A gift need not be extravagant to be cherished, for, as the saying goes, ‘It is the thought that counts.’ But for those living between two cultures, the thought behind the gift is sometimes hard to fathom. What might seem the product of cross-cultural differences may simply be a difference in tastes; evidence of the male-female divide; practical vs. romantic sensibilities; or just people being, well, people. However, while disappointing, inappropriate or just plain weird gifts may provoke tears, laughter or head scratching, they are memorable. (To wit: the lump of Cheddar cheese a flatmate once gave me.) So, for a bit of festive fun, we asked TF’s Facebook fans to tell us about the strangest gift they’ve ever received from a Florentine friend, relative or beloved. We leave it to you to ponder the thought behind each.