I am going to Italy this summer to visit distant family that we haven't seen for nearly a decade. I want to take gifts, but don't know them well enough to be sure I'm getting the right thing for an individual person so the gifts have to be sort of generic. I'm also concerned about what customs will allow in (we're flying first into Spain, then on to Genoa) and weight (we are following RS' advice and traveling light). I live in the Pacific Northwest and my son lives in Massachusetts, so would like to take something locally produced.
The personnel breakdown is this: our hosts (an older couple and their adult son), a close cousin (and her 2 daughters, their husbands and 2 kids), distant cousin (her kids, their spouses, and their kids), and possibly some random others... It's quite a long list and a bit of a moving target. I'm thinking individual gifts for our hosts, but family gifts for the others?
I've considered candles, chocolate, handmade soap, maple syrup and smoked salmon. (Not sure what will get through customs?)
We're not rich and I really don't know what kinds of American things Italians find fascinating. Any suggestions?