There's plenty of things that fall into the “must-buy" category when you're in Amsterdam. Some of these are souvenirs that you can take home with you. Others you can enjoy while enjoying your holiday in the city. Our list is not extensive, but serves as a taster of what's available.
Clogs - Nothing says Dutch like a pair of wooden clogs. And they don't just come in a boring wood colour either! Take a look at the vendors on Dam Square and you'll be greeted by a range of bright colours. In fact, you may even find a few soft, furry ones.
Tulips and tulip bulbs - Again, the quintessential Dutch icon, tulips are a “must-buy. " They come in a wide range of colours, and it's beautiful to walk through the flower market, past row upon row of gorgeous bright colourful flowers, to pick out just the one that you want. You can buy tulip bulbs to take back home with you to plant in your garden (assuming that “back home" does not have a tropical climate).
Dutch painter prints - The Dutch are very proud of the famous Dutch Masters, and why not? You'll find some fascinatingly good prints of famous Dutch paintings for bargain prices. Capture your own piece of Dutch art and take it home with you.
Orange T-shirts - This may sound a little strange, but orange is the city's national colour. On the Queen's Birthday (April 30), you definitely want to hit the streets and join the parade while wearing a bright orange T-shirt like the locals.
Windmills - No, not a real windmill. You can get a miniature windmill at most souvenir shops in Amsterdam. If you get a chance to visit a real windmill, do put that on your list as well.
Museum tickets - Amsterdam is full of interesting museums. And it isn't restricted to history or art, although it could be argued that the alternative museums are simply a “different" form of art.
Heineken - If you're a beer drinker, you must sample the local brew. Heineken is known across the world as a quality Dutch beer. But there's nothing like drinking it in the homeland.
Dutch dolls - You get wonderful little 6 inch to 18 inch dolls from the souvenir shops that make terrific additions to a showcase. They come dressed in traditional Dutch outfits. They also make great gifts for young children.
Genuine Dutch chocolate - Chocoholics simply must grab a piece of their favourite treat made in true Dutch style. Puccini Chocolates are one of the most loved among locals and tourists alike.
Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Amsterdam accommodation rentals & Vacation rentals apartments .