The best Italian gifts: for people who love Italy

italian gifts for people who love italy

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We love Italy and all things Italian. And we love receiving gifts that remind us of our favorite country in the world.

Italian themed gifts are a thoughtful way to show your Italy loving friends and family that you understand their passion and want to celebrate it with them.

We created this huge guide of Italian gifts to help you find that perfect present, no matter their age and interests or your budget.

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Italian gift baskets

 Italian Luxuries| Tuscany Basket | Italian Classics Basket | Pizza & Pasta

Everyone loves Italian food don’t they? An Italian themed gift basket is an easy and thoughtful present that even the person who has everything will enjoy.

We like this luxury Italian gift basket full to the brim with regional cheeses and a wide variety of treats from across Italy, and this pizza and pasta basket from a specialty Italian produce vendor.

You can even find specific Tuscan themed baskets that have all the ingredients to transport you to Tuscany in a single bite.

 

Make your own Italian food gift basket

 

1. Arborio rice | 2.Espresso coffee | 3.Olive Oil | 4.Pasta

Feeling creative and want to personalize your gift? Take a look at some of our favorite Italian products available in the United States and worldwide.

Just imagine what fun you will have choosing the items for your gift basket. You can also cater for food allergies, intolerances and preferences this way. For instance by choosing a high quality Italian made gluten free pasta.

5. Torrone (nougat) | 6. Balsamic Vinegar | 7. Biscotti | 8. Pecorino

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Italian kitchen items

 

 

1. Espresso Maker | 2. Cheese Grater | 3. Olive Oil set | 4. Pasta Machine

If you’re in love with Italy, chances are you love Italian food and cooking dishes in your own home. These gufts are perfect for any cook who loves to create Italian meals.

There is nothing quite like the smell of Italian home brewed coffee. The Bialetti Moka Espresso Maker is found in every Italian kitchen and makes the best coffee ever.

We use our parmesan cheese grater at least twice a week. A high quality cheese grater is a wonderful gift – especially when it is paired with tasty pecorino cheese!

Fresh pasta is the ultimate Italian indulgence. A pasta machine will have them turning out fresh ravioli in no time.

Books about Italy

Do your friends and family love to read? Choose a book that is set in Italy for their gift.

Reading inspires travel and memories of trips past. Here are some book ideas for your Italy loving friend.

Novels set in Italy

 

Best book(s) for your best friend – No one quite captures the spirit of Naples like Elena Ferrante. The first of a quartet of best-selling novels, My Brilliant Friend  explores the beginnings of a lifelong friendship between two girls who grew up on the rough streets of Naples. I read all four books within 2 weeks!  – >read our full review

Best for romantics – A Room with a View – at the turn of the 20th century, English woman Lucy Honeychurch tours Italy and undergoes a personal transformation. This classic novel transports you to Florence and the hills of Tuscany with every page.

Best for mystery lovers – The Villa in Italy – Four strangers are thrown together by fate to resolve the last will and testament of a woman they never met.

Best for lovers of historical fiction – Beneath a Scarlet Sky – set in Nazi occupied Milan, this novel tells the true story of resistance hero Pino Lella.

Click here for our full list of Italy inspired books

Italian cook books

Home cooks appreciate great books that inspire their taste buds. There are so many great Italian cookbooks that cover general cooking techniques, through to detailed pasta and pizza making. 

Best for serious cooks – Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking and this excellent guide to regional Italian cooking

Best for families – easy and popular recipes from one of Italy’s favorite chefs –Gennaro Let’s Cook Italian: Favourite Family Recipes

Best for easy recipes – Jamie Oliver’s chicken cacciatore is a winning dish that never fails – you’ll find it in his book Jamie’s Italy

 

Guide books for Italy

Even though we have been to Italy many times, we continue to read guide books (as well as blogs!) to help guide our travels. Guide books are a useful gift and can stir serious wanderlust! 

For first time visitors to Italy choose Lonely Planet Italy or Rick Steves Italy.

More seasoned travelers interested in art and culture will enjoy Blue Guide Sicily and Blue Guide Southern Italy

The National Geographic’s Walking Rome or The Cognoscenti’s Guide to Florence are great choices for city trippers looking to explore beyond the beaten path.

Want more travel themed gifts? Click here!

Italy posters and prints

 

 

Vintage travel posters are nostalgic and brighten up any room. Choose their favorite place in Italy and this will be a gift that is cherished for years to come.

I could (and do) spend hours looking at photos of Italy – browse the collection below of gorgeous photographs and prints of destinations in Italy for ideas. 

If you have access to favorite photos from trips past, you could make a special personalized photo book that captures those Italian memories forever.

You can make beautiful photo books with Blurb. We like their wide range of formats and high quality finish.

Rifle Amalfi Coast Print Art, 14.75x18.75
Orcia Art Print
Tuscany Escape No. 1 Art Print
Florence Sketchbook Art Print
Colorful Bicycles in Florence Framed Giclee Print, Artfully Walls
Venice Map Foil-Pressed Art Print
Bridge of Sighs Venice Art Print
Coliseum of Rome Art Print
Rifle Bon Voyage Rome Print Art, 8x10
One Kings Lane Judith Gigliotti - Cobalt Art
One Kings Lane Natalie Obradovich - Positano View Art
One Kings Lane Natalie Obradovich - Positano View Art
One Kings Lane Natalie Obradovich - La Fontelina Cliffside Art
One Kings Lane Natalie Obradovich - La Fontelina Umbrellas Art

 

 

Clothing and accessories

For her

 

Italian made accessories and clothing are always a good idea. Well made and stylish, they are a welcome gift that will stand the test of time.

In Italy it is always important to look good (you can read all about the whys and how to’s here). Harness that spirit and choose a special gift like this beautiful Italian silk scarf or these cool Prada sunglasses.

For those that collect bracelet charms you can find a wide range of Italian themed charms on Etsy. There’s everything from pizza slices to Venetian gondolas!

Those with a sense of fun will love this Ciao Bella sun hat or pasta necklace

Amalfi Silk Scarf - Pink/Turquoise - Pom Pom at Home
Alison Lou 14kt yellow gold mini Pasta by the Yard bracelet
Prada Prada Women's Saffiano Leather Camera Bag - Blue
Illesteva Women's Amalfi 50MM Round Sunglasses
Dolce & Gabbana Slogan iPhone X Phone Case
Dalgado - Handmade Nappa Leather Gloves Black Giovanna
Ripka Amalfi Small Pearl Mother of Pearl, Rock Crystal Quartz & 925 Sterling Silver Drop Earrings
Dolce & Gabbana - Rose Print Silk Scarf - Womens - Pink
Vintouch Italy - Satellite Sterling Silver Amazonite & Opal Bracelet

For him

 

Of course it’s not just the women who are super stylish in Italy. As a general rule, Italian men take pride in their appearance by sporting a silk tie and always the coolest sunglasses

If you are buying a gift for a man that appreciates Italian style, you can’t go wrong with Italian leather goods like a leather belt or pocket wallet.

Coppolo Wool Hat
Prada Men's Rectangular Cufflinks - Silver
Fendi Anthacite Pure Wool Scarf With Monogram
55MM Phantos Sunglasses
Mens Made In Italy Leather Belt
Vintouch Italy - Insignia Cameo Signet Ring

Fragrance and beauty

Nothing quite takes you back to place like the aromas that you enjoyed there. Is it wisteria wafting in the breeze on Lake Como or the lemon groves of Sicily that bring back those trip memories? 

We don’t buy too many souvenirs but I just had to have Carthusia’s Fiori di Capri scent after we spent a magical day touring Capri by boat. A small spritz of that scent takes me back to that day in an instant.

And now we have quite the collection of Italian scented goods. Acqua Di Parma’s Colonia shower gel is an everyday luxury that makes a beautiful gift. 

This Florentine Soap Collection could be divided into a number of smaller gifts or stocking stuffers.

Borghese 5 Shades of Sultry Eyeshadow Palette
ORTIGIA Perfume Diffuser
Cuticle Cream by Santa Maria Novella (30ml)
Acqua di Parma Women's Colonia Eau de Cologne Splash
ORTIGIA SICILIA Florio bath salts 500g
Orange Blossom Water by Santa Maria Novella (500ml Water)
Romantica - Tuscan Wisteria and Lilac by Nesti Dante (250g Soap)
SKIN & CO Roma Umbrian Truffle Soothing Shower Oil
Fiori di Capri Eau de Toilette by Carthusia (3.4oz Fragrance)

For the home

Bring a little piece of Italy into their home with these Italian gift ideas like the Rome cushion case or Italy wall calendar pictured above.

If they are are the type to stay home and enjoy quiet, thinking activities, how about an Italy Jigsaw Puzzle  that will keep them busy for hours.

This Fornasetti candle – is our idea of the ultimate luxury and would be a very special gift indeed.

Alessi "Big Love" Ice Cream Bowl & Spoon - Fuschia
One Kings Lane Vintage Italian Ceramic Lidded Container - Retro Gallery
Gucci - Herbarium Bee Porcelain Incense Stand - White Black
Riccio Caprese Sea Urchin Ginestra Reed Diffuser - Brown
Alessi Alessi La Stanza Basket
Taio Pizza Cutter
Fornasetti Fior di Lina Candle, 300g

Italian Christmas decorations

My mother collects ornaments from each place she travels to. It’s a lovely tradition and I think ornaments are wonderful gifts.

An Italian Christmas ornament is a small and thoughtful gift for those who love Italy and Christmas too. You can get Venetian gondola ornaments and even Leaning Tower Of Pisa ornaments.

Handcrafted ornaments from Italy are especially beautiful. This glass ornament is an example of the finest artisan glass blowing techniques from Murano island near Venice.

Vietri Limited Edition Old St. Nick Ornament
One Kings Lane Vintage Midcentury Italian Angel Ornament - Portfolio No.6
VIETRI VIETRI Old St. Nick Assorted Ornaments 4-Piece Set
One Kings Lane Vintage Large Italian Fruit Ornaments - Set of 2 - Portfolio No.6
One Kings Lane Vintage Italian Glass Deer Ornament - Portfolio No.6
De Carlini Soffieria de Carlini Nutcracker Tree Ornament
De Carlini Angel with Halo Ornament
De Carlini Glass Angel Ornament
De Carlini Blue Angel Ornament
Gilardoni Fausto Glass Ornament
Glitterazzi Joy to the World Collectibles International Santa Italy Christmas Ornament

Experiences in Italy

Are you buying a gift for someone who is going on a trip to Italy soon? Here are some experiences that they will love. You can buy a gift certificate if you are not sure what they would like to do.

We use GetYourGuide to source and book tours in Italy and Europe. To buy a gift card from GetYourGuide click here or read our full review here

Favorite food tours

italy food experience gifts

We are big fans of food tours wherever we go. It’s the best way to discover the cuisine and culture of the places you visit. This is fun even if you have visited a destination many times. There’s always something new and tasty to uncover.

Here are some recommended food tours throughout Italy:

  • discover ‘the other side of Florence’ with this 4 hour walking (and eating) tour of Oltrano – the city’s artisan food district – click for details
  • eat your way around Venice with a market and cicchetti tour. Cicchetti are like Venetian tapas or bar food and it’s a wonderful way to explore the city – click here for more information

 


We hope you found some inspiration from our list of Italian gift ideas. We either own or would love to own most of these items and experiences and live by the motto:  if you can’t be in Italy, the eat, read, wear everything Italian!

 
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