Ghent is at its most convivial in December. This is mostly thanks to the atmospheric Christmas lighting, but local traders also do their bit by paying extra attention to their shop windows. There are specialised gift shops where you can buy everything from a small present to a timeless treasure.
But be sure to walk into a local gourmet shop, because a Ghent delicacy is also a lovely gift. And a great upgrade for your festive meal, by the way. In Ghent, you can go Christmas shopping every day in December, including Sundays (Except on 25 December).