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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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What's in this article
- 1 Italian gift baskets
- 2 Italian kitchen items
- 3 Books about Italy
- 4 Italy posters and prints
- 5 Clothing and accessories
- 6 Fragrance and beauty
- 7 For the home
- 8 Experiences in Italy
Italian gift baskets
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.
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
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.
Italian kitchen items
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.
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 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!
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.
Clothing and accessories
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.
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.
For the home
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.
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.
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.
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.
Favorite food tours
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:
- guided food and wine stroll through the streets of Rome with food tour specialists Eating Europe [gift cards available]
- 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