Easily done, the only effort is the drunken raisins and putting it together. Simple, but mature gift. Hopefully it is a success when taken to Milano.
Peppermint creams - kneading, rolling, shaping, dipping or drizzling - lots of easy steps. Can easily be made in a group and different flavours used, for example orange, lemon etc.
Toffee Vodka - why not you need more drinking at Christmas. Yum. http://www.thomascooktours.com/tours/europe/russia/heart-of-russia
The Cake Hunter: Christmas Countdown Gifts: Caramelised Red Onion Chutney - UK Baking Blog
These easy white chocolate truffles make great Christmas presents!
baked cheddar star crackers...nice savory snack for your holiday guest!
Chilli jam - Delicious mag. Note: used 10 birds eye chillies, added 1TB extra nam pla, 4x whole star anise and more ginger.
Cherry & coconut Florentines. Cute chewy bites. Make one giant version, then stamp out the star shapes - leaving lots of bits to nibble!
Home made garlic and chilli oil. For Christmas hampers!
This mulled cranberry and red onion chutney makes a beautiful gift for someone this Christmas