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Try these pack­able presents for din­ing and decorations.

Dres­d­ner Christ­stollen

Dres­den’s pop­u­lar ic­ing sugar-dusted fes­tive fruit­cake, wrapped in waxed pa­per and string. The golden sticker guar­an­tees it is lo­cally made to an au­then­tic recipe.

Ital­ian Dolci

At Christ­mas time, Ital­ian con­fec­tions fea­ture plenty of dried fruit and nuts — try the panet­tone (a cake), pan­forte, and all man­ner of bis­cotti and tasty tor­rone (nougat). You’ll find su­perbly pack­aged ex­am­ples nearly ev­ery­where, but in Venice, shop at An­tica Droghe­ria Mas­cari, which claims to be the long­est es­tab­lished spe­cial­ity food store in the city’s his­toric cen­tre.

Fin­nish Glass­ware

If you’re stop­ping in Fin­land’s cap­i­tal Helsinki on your way to La­p­land, head to the flag­ship Iit­tala store and snap up glass­ware from the de­signer brand’s classic Kaste­helmi range. Its bob­bled ef­fect is fash­ioned to rep­re­sent water droplets and looks su­perbly fes­tive.

Barmy Baubles

Brits go bonkers for out­landish fes­tive or­na­ments, with sta­tionery chain Paper­chase able to cor­ner the mar­ket in mak­ing kitsch cool. That means pur­ple uni­corns, cac­tus fairy lights, sushi rolls, crois­sants and beer-stein baubles.

Paris Treats

Lose your­self in the true Aladdin’s cave known as the E. De­hil­lerin cook­ware store to seek out cute lit­tle madeleine pans, wooden stir­ring spoons and more. And a trip to Pierre Hermé, the mas­ter of mac­arons, is sim­ply a must.

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