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ON THE SCENE: Just in time! Three tasty last-minute gift ideas

Are you a last-minute shopper? There’s no shame in it. If you hadn’t waited so long, you may not have come across these three fun suggestions for the foodies on your gift list:

For the Italophile: Adopt an Olive Tree

When I first heard about a program that provides an opportunity to “adopt an olive tree in Italy” for a year and receive the oil your tree produces, I had mixed feelings. First it was giddy excitement and then some healthy cynicism set in. But after reading up on Nudo, I’ve learned that it’s the kind of marketing gimmick that’s truly a win-win, sharing some of the features of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where you invest in the grower up-front and reap the rewards related to a single farm over time.

It’s not too late to Adopt-An-Olive Tree as a last-minute gift for the gourmands on your list, even until late Christmas Eve, thanks to digital adoptions! For $116, the customer will receive an adoption certificate with specific information about their tree and two shipments of oil over the course of the next year. A two-litre can of cold-pressed organic, extra-virgin olive oil will arrive in the spring and a trio of flavoured oils (lemon, chili, and orange) follows in the fall. The website even gives customers the option of selecting a specific grove by learning about the farmer, the varietals, and the flavour profile of the oil.

As someone who is happy to drink olive oil off a spoon and appreciates any opportunity for Italian armchair travel, this is an appealing opportunity. From now through Christmas morning, each customer will receive a digital copy of the certificate with information via email within 12 hours. Paper copies will arrive by snail mail. For more information visit: www.nudo-italia.com

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