10th Day Before Christmas: 12 Best Italian Gifts to Give This Year


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This article, written by Catherine Edwards, appears on The Local.

The twelve best Italian Christmas gifts to give this year

How’s the Christmas shopping going? Whether you’ve yet to begin, or are puzzling over what to get for that one difficult relative or the friend who’s got everything, we’re here to help.

Take back a little piece of Italy in your suitcase and everyone will be satisfied, so here are the very best Italian Christmas presents for everyone on your list this year.

For cultured friends: Italian art

No need to shell out on an original Caravaggio (though if you’re really lucky there might be one hiding in your attic). But prints of famous Italian artworks can be found at any gallery gift shops and most souvenir shops have arty prints too.

As an alternative to the more traditional pieces, why not try to find a local artist? We recommend CLET in Florence (famous for his quirky road sign art) or Alice Pasquini in Rome, who has painted murals and street art all over the country.

For foodies: as much Italian food as you can fit in your case

Give friends and family a taste of Italy. Italy has 138 products of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO or DOP in Italian), which means they’re authentic and of high quality. Extra virgin olive oil (make sure to check the label carefully to get the good stuff), pesto and Modena’s balsamic vinegar are a great starting point, and you go wrong with Baci, Italian Christmas cake panettone or Nutella anything. Read the rest of the list at The Local…

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