Gift-wrapping with Italian style
One of the many things I loved about Italy when I first lived here in 1976 was the gorgeous gift wrapping. Even if it was just a tray of pasticcini (small pastries), I would walk out of the pasticceria with what looked like a very expensive gift! Every shop would offer to gift wrap whether it was Christmas or not. Sometimes, the packaging was so impressive, I wouldn't want to open the parcel. That was what happened on Saturday night when some Italian friends came to dinner. My friend is very artistic - paints watercolours and makes wonderful hand-sewn bags from recycled materials. I was so impressed by the way she had wrapped the gift she gave me that I preferred looking at the wrapping to opening it.