5 Ticinese gifts

Every year, some of us seem to find ourselves running out of time and having to find the perfect gift at the very last moment. It should also be original, sustainable and reasonably priced, look great and not be a candidate for the new year’s unwanted gift swap. Here are five ideas for gifts that will have the lucky recipient either looking forward to the next holiday or starting to believe once more in Father Christmas.

1. Castelgrande is one of Father Christmas’ stop-off points

You can make your way comfortably to the Castle from the Piazza del Sole by lift rather than by reindeer-drawn sleigh, unlike someone else we know well. The atmosphere at the Christmas Market within the epic walls of Castelgrande is inspiring and finding just the right gift for your loved ones is a piece of cake.

2. Now these tears are something we do want to see

A slightly stronger wine is just the thing around the Christmas period. The more ‘tears’ that appear when swirling your glass, the stronger the wine. The Casa del Vino Ticino stocks wines of nearly all the producers of the region. It’s practically impossible to go home with the wrong wine from this expert stockist!

3. The wondrous joys of nature

come together to bring you an immune-boosting Christmas or advent gift. In the winter period, our immune systems need that extra sugary support. A pot of typical Ticinese chestnut honey with its dark-brown colour and herbal touch is a treasure chest of proteins, vitamins and minerals.

4. You can never go wrong with a little luxury

A day spa voucher is always better as a pair: one for you and one for me.

5. The first Gin with the aroma of Ticino

Unwrapping this wonderful gift brought to you by the four friends behind the Bisbino gin label, you’ll find either a bottle of crystal-clear Ticinese gin or amaro liqueur containing herbs from the Muggio Valley. Both are utterly delicious and unique to the region.

Live Christmas in Ticino