Travelers will find that their days are kept busy in San Gimignano so they may not want to plan on spending entire days devoted to shopping in the area.  However, visitors also will not want to go home empty handed, as there a number of interesting items to be bought in the area and shared with others back home.  Most visitors will find that picking up items throughout the stay is better than devoting time specifically to shopping.  The museums ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g18... ) usually have guest shops where tourists can buy commemorative items to celebrate their trip.

In terms of items which visitors will want to buy during their stay in the area, because they are special to the area, saffron oil and other saffron products tops the list.  The importance of saffron to the history of San Gimignano can be learned about at http://www.sangimignano.com/sgzaffei.htm.  Wine is also important in the area and visitors will want to be sure to pick up a bottle of the local wine to take home and enjoy.  As with other Italian locations, strong coffee or espresso is also greatly enjoyed in the area and coffee drinkers will likely want to pick up some beans during their stay.

In terms of shopping for ceramics and tuscan handmade one of the oldest and traditional store is Beconcini (http://www.beconcini.com) located in the small and charming Piazza Pecori.  For jewels, the most popular choice is usually Bittagioielli (http://www.sangimignano.net/bitta/ ) where visitors can pick up local jewelry to show off upon their return from San Gimignano.  In terms of general shopping, there are many store in the main street and in the main squares.

Move from the busy main street to Via Berignano, where you may find the Museum San Gimignano 1300 and its shop, hosting the ceramic reproduction of the ancient town. If you look for original art works make sure to stop at iSculpture (same street), a contemporary art gallery featuring only the works of Italian sculptors where you will be warmly welcomed by the two young owners.

If you are shopping for original Tuscan paintings, visit the Rotini Art Gallery at Via Palestro, 2 in San Gimignano.  There are many paintings by local artists of various sizes to select from and Mr. Rotini will arrange to ship the art work to your home.  Once purchased, you will receive a Certificate of Authentication with a photo attached as well as a biography of the artist.  Mr. Rotini is very knowledgable about the artists and enjoys showing the art work.