Looking for the perfect gift for that friend, family member, or colleague who loves Italy and/or is a rabid chocoholic?
Impress them with a gift of high-quality Italian chocolates.
Even before the recipient tastes the mouth-watering sweets inside, they’ll likely appreciate the creative style and packaging of a gift produced in Italy.
While your first choice (and ours) might be to travel to the Bel Paese to taste and purchase these chocolates from their source, a number of online retailers feature authentic Italian products that can be delivered to your doorstep.
Italian chocolatier Venchi dates back more than 140 years. Their exquisite sweets were first made in Turin, one of Italy’s chocolate capitals. Now, they have become an international favorite sold at shops in Italy and chocolate boutiques in more than 70 countries, including the U.S.
This is the first time Venchi has collaborated with renowned American artist Andrew Bannecker to create a modern, fun, colorful, and detail-rich limited-edition holiday hamper. Priced at $179, the 62.5-ounce assortment of premium chocolates includes a variety of Venchi favorites from Chocoviar to the Italian Dessert Collection.
Eataly, the global Italian superstore, imports products from the north to south of Italy and works with a wide range of producers of artisanal chocolates such as Venchi, Amedei and Baratti & Milano.
Priced at $14.31 and packaged in a fashionably-wrapped box, the box of Mixed Sweet Truffles from Antica Torroneria Piemontese includes an array of confections that reflect the authentic taste of Piedmont’s time-honored dolce tradition. Flavors include truffles with amaretti, pistachio, and more.
The venerable company was founded in 1885. Now in its fifth generation, Antica Torroneria Piemontese continues to produce Italian products of excellence inspired by PGI Piemontese hazelnuts.
If you aren’t sure if they will like chocolate—and want to hedge your bets, the Italian Traditional Holiday Sweets Gift from food importer iGourmet features delicious artisanal Amedei chocolate (crafted in the province of Pisa in Tuscany) and more.
Amedei chocolate is known for its smooth taste and full-bodied flavor. The company enhances the quality of its chocolates by making them from the most precious, single-source cocoa beans.
Also included in the assortment (priced at $59.99) are: Panforte Christmas Cake from Pasticcerie Sinatti in Siena; Frollini sweet, crispy biscuits from Puglia; and macaron-type Amaretti (made with almond and apricot kernels) from Saronno (Lombardy).
The 100-year-old recipe for these sweets is deliciously simple. Perugina Baci Kisses are a blend of fine cocoa and finely chopped hazelnuts in the soft gianduia center. Then the candies are
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You know who we’re talking about. Maybe they tote an impractical, tiny leather backpack with a fleur de lis stamped on it, name drop the restaurant on Borgo Pinti they frequented while studying abroad in Florence, or have a lot to say about the correct espresso-to-milk ratio of a cortado. There's no questioning it: The traveler who checks these boxes is dreaming of visiting Italy. Luckily, this friend is damn easy to shop for, considering the way Italian craftsmanship touches nearly every single cultural realm—food, wine, literature, film, and fashion included.
Compelling books on travel inspire readers to not only learn about destinations and cultures across the globe, but also, lock in that bucket list trip they’ve been dreaming about. As most travelers can attest, exploring a new locale keeps the brain sharp, curiosities peaked, and humanity intact. Much may be gleaned through reading the memoirs, poems, and true tales of adventurers; seeing beautiful photography; and following writers down the rabbit hole, through verdant valleys, and up and over mountain peaks.
Know someone who feels perpetually drawn to America’s most beautiful spaces? Treat them to a National Park-themed gift for the holidays. From hand-drawn maps to outdoor apparel, these gifts will keep National Park enthusiasts connected to the most cherished landscapes in the country. Some of these treasures might even put new parks on their radar, inspiring their next adventure in the great outdoors.
When it comes to single malt whiskey, America has been, fittingly, like the Wild West. Sure, there are some basic rules that everyone follows—the whiskey must be produced from malted barley at a single distillery in the United States—but after that things have been wide open.
Of the key Alpine ski destinations, Italy offers the best value for money. Here, an espresso can cost €1.50 (£1.30) a shot, and a piste-side plate of pasta €10-15 (£9-13), items that are often 70-100% dearer in the A-list ski areas of France. And a peak-week, February half-term holiday in a three-star hotel can come in less than €1,745 (£1,500) per person half board, including flights and transfers. And that’s not taking some back-of-beyond resort as a point of comparison, either: all these prices are available in or around Canazei in Val di Fassa, part of the vast Dolomiti Superski area. On its doorstep, more than 300 miles of perfectly groomed pistes spin off the central Sella Ronda circuit; explore the area’s outer limits and that total hits 745 miles.
One of the best ways to get to know a country is through its food and beverage offerings. For the holiday season, check out these excellent wines from under-the-radar wine regions in different parts of the world (which we should be drinking more from!) for your wanderlust wine-loving friends who are eager to try something new. Note: All wines mentioned are available in the United States.
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Since the holidays can be a hectic and stressful time of year, why not gift the person you care about a destination-inspired candle? This way they can whisk themselves to their favorite places in the world, right from the comfort of home and whenever the mood strikes.
Pushing the limits of wilderness exploration can mean extreme weather conditions, hours or days spent outdoors, and lots of pulling and hauling, all to achieve an extraordinary experience. The products you wear, use and carry can be like superpowers that put impossible journeys within reach. Here are the best luxury gifts for exploring the great outdoors:
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