Well, this tip is specific to all the souvenir shops in the Dam Square area and leading along to the red light district... there are dozens of them, all with kinda the same offering, at about the same prices... its still fun to wander along the street, cause you never know what you might find!
What to buy: Some of the shops have a nice selection of T-Shirts, and most of them sell the standard tourist souvenir - Ashtrays (with Marijuana stamps - bought one of them for my future mother and father in law :-p), mugs, lighters, postcards, etc... the smaller ones have a nice selection of pipes too.
What to pay: Anything from 1 euro to 25 euros
Around Dam Square there are countless souvenir shops all with the same prices (3 magnets 5euro, 1 tshirt 14euro, cups and other touristic stuff made in china). But come on, why to buy something so typical that is the same everywhere in the world??
In case you want something better buy some great local cheese (yes, you can have it out of the bridge for some days if you don't open it and anyway do it one day before you leave).
In Jordaan area there are some tiny stores with strange things.
At Singel canal there is a flower market where u can buy seeds (bring toulips to ur garden!).
There are many flee markets, the most famous is Waterlooplein with second hand stuff, tshirts etc
I found some great music boxes in the museum of Musical Instuments at Utrecht (30' by train from A'dam)
Any of the big souvenir shops throughout the city will stock clogs. They come in varying sizes from about 1cm long to full blown clogs a grown man can wear. There are many colours and designs to choose from. However if you want a plain wooden clog then these are available too.
I found The Grand Bazaar shop near the station on Rokin to be competitvely priced.
What to buy: Clogs!!
What to pay: Expect to pay at least €20 for a pair of clogs to wear. Payu more for bigger sizes and for designs.
In Amsterdam there is a souvenir shop called 'Bazar' on Damrak 24 & 60 and on Nieuwendijk 128 (and 'Bon Dia' as well on Kalverstraat). They have Holland t-shirts & sweaters (with all kinds of sayings on them), hats, caps, bracelets, underwear made out of candy, sex things, jewelry, bongs, weed lollipops, really cool lighters, ashtrays and so on.
A really cool store that u should check out!
What to pay: It depends, but not expensive
I will classify this under antiques / souvenirs as there was no category listed as "world treasures."
Bead Art on Reestraat has beautiful treasures and gifts from around the world, especially Asia and Far East/Orient.
This is not junk or tourist "gifts," these are truly class treasures hand picked by the owner in the countries she visits.
Most of all, the most enchanting Mevrouw Ellie Sayid is not only kind, warm, welcoming and helpful, but also one of the more knowledgeable and interesting people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and speak with.
If you shop seriously here and manage to make her acquaintance, if she has time, ask her to show you the painting and photograph of herself taken dressed as (my impression) a glamorous, early film star (e.g. Theda Bara).
She was so lovely in the picture, and she is still so attractive and charming today.
My thanks and sincere respect to her husband who had the class not to thrash me for muttering and stammering as I drooled over his lovely wife: asking question after stupid question just to remain as long as possible in her presence:
Dank u well Meneer.
Just for fun, hear is a Theda Bara quote:
""the reason good women like me
and flock to my pictures
is that there is a little bit of vampire instinct in every woman "
What to buy: What your heart desires, what catches your eye, and of course, what suits your budget.
Again, this is not cheap junk. You get what you pay for.
Truly beautiful pieces of art, sculpture, glass, antiques, of legitimate wares from Asia, the Orient, and ???
There is something here for everyone.
The link below is a picture of the shop and some of the objects in the window from my "Reestraat Stroll" Travelogue. Scroll down to the picture that says "Reestraat 12 shop"
Bead Art Front Window
What to pay: What the market will bear. Ms. Saiyd will negotiate a fair price if you are not rude or pushy.
If you want some, you won’t have to look far – this colourful display was found suspended from the ceiling in a shop right on Dam Square, but they seemed to be in all Amsterdam souvenir shops.
Painted wooden ones, plain ready to paint wodden ones, and even soft furry ones - I presume to use as slippers!!
Personally, I can’t imagine walking far in the wooden ones in comfort – maybe I should have bought some and tried!
I collect certain odd things, one of them is Ganeshas ... I was led into this shop by it's logo, yup a Ganesha.
In addition to Hindu inspired nic-nacs, interesting souvenier T-shirts, ashtrays, etc ... they also had nice incense and burners, as well as the requisite items you'd find in a head shop.
What to buy: I bought a fun baseball cap w/ their logo (that I wear almost everyday), T shirts, ashtrays ... all sorts of little things for myself, as well as for others.
What to pay: I felt the items were better than those across from Damrak canal in the tourist trap strip of shops ... I paid about 5E for my cap, and I honestly can't remember about the other prices, but they were good in my opinion :)
What to buy:
Classic Dutch Wooden Shoes --
Any Souvenir shop will sell them.
Don't worry about buying a size to fit you; I can assure you that you will NEVER wear them. No, not even on Halloween. And if you dare: OUCH! Go ahead save some cash and space in your luggage -- buy a smaller pair.
This place lies between Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum. I am not sure what is it called.. probably museumplein.. museum square..
The ground is sandy and there a small fountain pond.
People are usually found lazing around in the square after having a good dose of painting watch. There are a few icecream kiosks and food joints. But mainly this place is cool for souvenier hunters..
What to buy: 1. Small wooden shoes.. primarily key rings.
2. Postcards of heavyweight paintings.. whose else.. Rembrandt and Van Gogh
3. Other small knickknacks
This great little gallery is located right behind the Westerkerk, facing the Anne Frank Museum. Sonja sells some wonderful, quirky paintings of Amsterdam that were quite different to anything we saw anywhere else.
What to buy: Prints and paintings, souvenir t-shirts
What to pay: Framed prints start around 6 euros. Expect to pay 20 - 40 euros for an original.
You will find that most of the souvenirs in Amsterdam have a ‘cannabis’ or ‘sex’ theme. You can buy a rolled up joint attached to a Van Gogh postcard... At firs I was very cynical about all that. But in the end they managed to ‘break’ me and I found myself going with the flow…
What to buy: My mum loved the cannabis fridge magnet and lollipops - they have no affect on you, not even if you have two in a row, or so she said ;-)
What to pay: at leat 2-3 eur for small thingys... bigger cost more :-)
What to buy: Kewl Dutch Clogs.... Windmills... Postcards, Magnets... Dutch Costumes (Dress)... Dolls dressed in Dutch Costumes.... Dutch Miniature Houses (my latest passion)... Buy them all! ;-)
What to pay: It's cheaper to buy them outside of Amsterdam - in the villages. Expect to pay more if you were to buy them in the city center.
What to buy:
These little magnets make lovely souvenirs - they are small, don't weigh much and can be attached to almost every refrigerator!!!
Do look around though, before you buy any - there are enourmous differences in quality and price!!!
Souvenirs are always very overpriced in my experience. I need them often as gifts when I go abroad. So instead of going to the souvenir shops or Tourist Information, I prefer to go to the Bloemenmarkt (daily flowermarket between Koningsplein and Muntplein) and buy little Delft Blue articles there.
I also saw good bargains on Waterlooplein.
there are about 3 million tourist shops in amsterdam, well maybe not 3 million but it sure seems like it.. even though these shops sell crap it's still crap from amsterdam that at that moment you feel you need more than anything.
What to buy: we bought a lighter from almost every shop we went to that had them, we bought 3 van gogh matted prints, a van gogh ceramic painting, the sunflower painting on a magnet, quite a few postcards, and numerous other trinkets! but really it is cool to have a piece of amsterdam no matter how lame it is back home!
What to pay: actually we spent half the money we excpected to spend, we were shocked at how cheap some things were. for a matted 16X20 van gogh print was 11 euro, not bad..the ceramic painting was 20 euro.