Christmas Gifts from the Island of Gozo

December 7, 2018

Celebrating Christmas in Gozo is best done the authentic way. Nothing beats going back to the roots and sharing the typical artisan products of the island. From tasty delicacies to sweets and traditional crafts, it’s about gifting real value and exquisite items.

Here’s a list of items that most of us wouldn’t mind finding in their stockings:

  1. Jams, Preserves , Gozitan Cheeselets and other Pantry Items – Gozo’s rural heritage and traditions are embodied in a variety of products such as preserves, jams, spreads, sun-dried tomatoes, chutneys, capers and olive oil. They’re a delightful addition to most meals and it’s always great to have a stocked-up pantry!

 

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  1. Honey Rings, Nougat and Other Sweets – If you have a sweet tooth, then think of the delectable honey rings, a speciality of the Christmas season, along with other delights such as crispy bread and sesame rings, almond biscuits, festive logs and the traditional Maltese nougat.

 

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  1. Liquors and DOK Gozo Wines – A perfect way to end a meal… in Gozo you can purchase liqueurs such as the aniseed, carob, prickly pear, pomegranate, orange and limoncello. Gozo also has its own DOK Gozo label for wines that specifically originate in the territory.

 

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  1. Gozitan Honey – Needing no introduction, authentic Gozitan honey is a gift that is appreciated by all.

 

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  1. Filigree – The delicate tracery made by the intertwined fine gold or silver wires is the base on many precious ornaments and jewellery that one can purchase on the island.

     

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  1. Hand-woven Textiles and Lace – A gift for you or your home, hand-woven rugs or spreads are a perfect gift during the colder season, while traditional lace is always considered a fine gift.

 

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  1. Blown Glass, Metal Works and Pottery – If you’re looking for a splash of colour or unique home accents,  blown glass, metal ornaments and pottery will be a great option.

 

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  1. Holiday on the Island – Ultimately, the best gift will be surprising someone with a holiday on the island of Gozo.

 

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Over the Christmas season, you can visit various Christmas markets around the island where you will undoubtedly find a variety of the above items.  Alternatively, you can check the craft villages and artisan centers to choose from a great variety of Christmas gifts.