Coming up with an original gift for someone you love is quite often a serious challenge. Especially when the one receiving the gift constantly tells you that they have everything they ever dreamed of and you really have to stop thinking of giving them a present. But as we all know, we do not want to come with empty hands.
The most original gift one might get
Therefore, it might be wise to focus on a loved one’s hobby, interest or collection and buy them an original antique Dutch Delft tile. These tiles can be more than 400 years old and are as unique as a gift can get. Completely handmade and painted in the most beautiful colors, these antique tiles are part of the world famous Delft Blue pottery or Delftware (tin-glazed) and are true pieces of art. There is never a second one of the tile you bought, which makes the tile even more valuable to the one receiving it. Next to that, as they are original antiques, they gain value over the years, but are still very affordable to purchase.
A Delft blue tile gift for someone who is into land animals, fish or birds
If you are looking for a gift for someone that is into bird watching, has a general interest in wildlife or is the biggest Elephant lover you know, there will almost always be an original Dutch Delft tile depicting these kind of animals. On Antique Tile Shop you can find tile collectibles with land animals such as a horse, cow, goose, hare, rabbit, cats and dogs. For the true fisherman there are all kinds of fish, such as a carp, dolphin and a perch. Of course, whales were also often depicted on Dutch Delft tiles. The birdwatcher might find our collection of birds, such as a falcon, owl, pigeon or ostrich, more interesting.
A gift related to the mythological figure of Cupid (Amor or Eros)?
Maybe the most iconic mythological figures we know today are Amor and Eros, probably better known as Cupid. Throughout the centuries Cupid has been depicted on the most brilliant paintings, sculptures and of course Dutch Delft tiles. Quite recently we published a post on this blog about the Dutch Delft tiles depicted on Johannes Vermeer’s painting ‘The Milkmaid’.
For any collector or adorer of Cupid, an original Dutch Delft tile might be a great contribution to their collection. Cupid is depicted in a wide variety of poses or occupations, such as a painter or a violin player.
The ultimate appreciation gift for someone retiring
Occupations can often be found on antique Dutch Delft tiles as well. If a person you love retires from his job as a baker, farmer, musician, fisherman, the army, gardener or any other occupation, they will never expect an original Dutch Delft tile as a present. A long lasting memory to a beautiful career.
Other categories to find a potential Dutch Delft tile as a gift
Dutch Delft tiles are stunningly beautiful and will therefore be much appreciated by anyone who loves beautiful antique objects. A great gift to give away or to receive! The other categories you might want to browse are:
- Animals (land animals, fish and birds)
- Building & Landscape scenes
- Figures (Daily life, Craftsmen, Military, Musicians, Religion)
- Flowers & Fruits
- Mermaids & Sea Monsters
- Ships & Boats
Some tips & tricks in buying the perfect antique Dutch Delft tile as a gift
- For collectors: Know what kind of tile will be a contribution to their collection and how important the condition of the tile is to them.
- For stylistas: Know their taste and what kind of objects they appreciate as a contribution to their home interior
- For hobbyists: If someone is into flowers, get them a tile with a clear type of flower and introduce them to the world of collecting their favorite flowers on antique tiles.
- For the sentimentalist: Bring back the past! If they have great childhood memories of their (grand)parents having Dutch roots or tiles on their chimney, you might be able to bring back good times.
Good luck in finding your gift! If you need any help, do not hesitate to get in touch by visiting our contact page.