European Gift Guide

Business Week


November 24, 2009

Finding Old World Charm Online
Leona Liu

Instead of hitting the crowded malls this holiday season, why not shop for your loved ones curled up in flannel pajamas in front of a blazing fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate? And for a bit of variety, why not consider hand-crafted gifts from Europe, which are now easy to find and buy online?

Whether you're looking for Scottish tartans, French country furnishings, gourmet foods from Spain and Italy, Scandinavian design, or German kitsch, our selection of e-commerce sites covers the territory.

La Tienda
Spanish gourmet items

Sample products: Mont Marcal Brut Cava sparkling wine ($15), sliced jamón Serrano ham ($18), mini-paella kit in a wooden gift box with paella cookbook ($75), "Feast of Spanish Flavor" sampler gift basket for 10-12 people ($350)
Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
Christmas delivery cutoff: Dec. 15

This family-owned company offers the largest selection of Spanish food online (700 specialty products), including paella, jamón (Spanish ham), chorizo, and even Piquillo peppers. In addition to food and wine offerings, the site also sells traditional dinnerware so you can enjoy Spanish cuisine in all its authenticity by eating sizzling garlic shrimp out of a terra-cotta cazuela or munching on tapas off a Spanish wood plate.

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