Christmas in Italy is the most anticipated festival of the year. In every Italian home a classic Christmas dinner is prepared. Family and dearest friends gather around the table on Dec. 25, to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Lights and sweets in the markets invite tourists and vacationers. You can find every kind of gift for this magical event. Here are some Christmas gift ideas in 2018 to make your Italian loved ones’ Christmas magical.
At Christmas we offer warm and colorful sweaters to those who love the mountains or skiing. Elegant clothes and accessories to wear on the last day of the year are also very welcome.
Every gift is welcome and family members usually pay homage to their loved ones with clothing or perfumes. They offer unusual and original gifts such as scarves in jacquard wool with leopards or tigers, and accessories for the home and the person.
Girls especially are enthusiastic about receiving clothes and jewelry that will entertain them at the end of year party.
Italian Sweets and Treats
Typical Christmas goodies include various cheeses, cured meats and sweets. Treats or flowers are given to thank the host for the invitation and for the work of preparing food. Christmas is celebrated with wine and it is customary for the man to bring some wine specialties from various regions.
Parcels with regional sweets are traditional with sweets such as: Piedmont hazelnuts, Calabrian olives, Ligurian Pesto, Tuscan Cantucci, Campana artisan pasta, cured meats from Trentino Alto Adige. Truffles and cheese, extra virgin olive oils are of great value.
Nougat and almond cakes are characteristic and really completes the spread of delicious food.
Books of all Sorts
Gifting a book is always a pleasure, whether it’s about history and philosophy or pure fantasy. The book must please those who read it. Adventure and love stories are popular as well as colorful fairy tales for the little ones.
In Italy there are many writers. Classical books are alternatives to the scientific ones. Fiction, science fiction or simply autobiographical novels give immense emotions. It is nice to learn about other people and traditions through a good book.
Electronic games attract children. Many wait for a new phone. The latest model is needed to be fashionable and to keep in step with peers. Adults prefer bingo and cards. Social games are sold out and are very popular during the holidays.
The most popular gifts, however, remain the jewelry. Christmas is the party festival. Gold, bracelets, earrings, rings, chains of all shape show the most important feelings.
Precious stones are preferred by women, as are trips and cruises with a loved one or with friends. In recent years, stays in wellness centers have been very popular. These are places where you can relax and take care of your body and beauty.
The most beautiful gifts
There is no lack of presents, for the little ones and for the adults. Even the most humble families do not forget games, books, sweets or clothing for the children. The housewife will receive gifts from the guests. The most beautiful and desired gifts throughout the Christmas season, however, remain: peace, love, health, work, serenity, and family!