Although I only shop when absolutely necessary at home, and my husband even
less, shopping is something we both enjoy as part of our travels. We love
the food markets, and bring back gifts of vacuum packed Parmigiano Reggiano,
provenšal tapenades, & decorative containers of salt from the Camargue in
Christmas ornaments from different countries are also easy to pack. Friends
have really enjoyed Pinocchios from Italy and a selection of carved or
molded deep red wax ornaments from Vienna.
Provenšal lavender sachets, silk scarves, leather gloves, and Florentine
paper items from the Florence street markets, and Venetian glass jewelry are
other easy-to-carry, well-received gifts.
We usually spend a lot of time in one place when we travel, so our shopping
is leisurely and part of the fun - and we get it done WAY before Christmas!