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TIP OF THE DAY: Send A Digital Food Gift Certificate

The digital gift certificate is followed by a
snail mail version, with olive oil! Photo
courtesy Nudo.


It’s the 11th hour and you still need a special gift?

We’ve got the solution: an email gift certificate that will arrive the same day. There’s no need to scramble—or even leave your house. Most online merchants have a gift certificate that will be sent within 12 hours.

We’ve got two special recommendations that range from as little as $5.00 to $500.00.

Gift Certificate #1: Olive Oil & A Tree

Here’s gift that’s sustainable, green and healthy. Everyone can use fine olive oil.

Nudo, a family-run cooperative of 12 artisanal olive oil producers in Le Marche,* Italy, offers a delightful idea: an Adopt-An-Olive Tree gift certificate, complete with delicious olive oil. Here’s what’s included:


  • A personalized adoption certificate and information booklet that describes the tree that has been adopted in the name of the gift recipient.
  • Three 250ml tins of flavored extra virgin olive oil (chili, lemon and orange) from the current fall harvest.
  • Four 500ml tins of first cold press extra virgin olive oil, to be sent following the upcoming spring harvest.
  • An open invitation to come and visit, hug and/or water the tree in person.
    The entire adoption program costs $109.00, plus shipping. It’s not inexpensive, but it is memorable! You may not be able to afford a villa in Tuscany, but you can own a little piece of the Italian countryside.

    A digital gift certificate will be mailed within 12 hours, and a paper version will arrive with the first oil shipment. Order your gift certificate.

    *Pronounced leh-MAR-keh. One of Italy’s 20 regions, it lies on the Adriatic coast, immediately south of Emiglia-Romana and west of Tuscany.


    Gift Certificate #2: Customized Chocolate Bars

    For $5.00 to $500.00, you can send a chocolate bar gift certificate that allows the recipient to customize his/her own chocolate bars. It’s chocolate perfection!

    Just a few toppings you can add to the dark, milk or white Belgian chocolate bars:

  • Chips of any color: butterscotch, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, peanut butter.
  • M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, toffee bits and other favorites.
  • Every type of nut, toasted pumpkin seeds and other seeds.
  • Candy corn, gummi bears, jelly beans, Sour Patch Kids—the works.
  • Cookie dough, Junior Mints, Kit Kat pieces, marshmallows and Oreos.
  • Every type of dried fruit.
  • Herbs and spices, from lavender to chipotle and curry.
  • The excitement of creating your own bars is part of the fun of this gift. Visit See our review of Chocomize bars.


    Add anything you want to create your ideal
    chocolate bar. Photo by Katharine Pollak |

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