The best Italian gifts: for people who love Italy

italian gifts for people who love italy

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Ciao a tutti! 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. You’ll find everything from gift baskets, to books and cooking items to unique experiences. And it’s ok to add these things to your list too. I know I do!

Here are the top 3 items on my wishlist – apart from a trip to Italy of course!

  • vacation photoshoot to remember our next trip – like our photos but with better angles and lighting
  • delicious aged balsamic vinegar to drizzle over salad greens or eat with a slice of pecorino cheese
  • this gorgeous images of Italy photo book full of scenes of bella Italia

But, enough about me, start your Italy gift browsing now.

Italian gift baskets

tour of italy gift basket
Gourmet Italian Gift Basket
gourmet italian cookies gift basket
Salami Gift Set

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 or share with friends and family.

We like this luxury Italian gift basket that takes you bite by bite around the regions of Italy with Sicilian olives, Umbrian olive oil and amerena cherries. But if you know someone who loves their salami, this salami gift set is bound to be popular.

  1. Tour of Italy gift basket – full of regional specialties to tempt any Italy loving foodie > more details
  2. Italian ‘thank you’ basket – has everything they need for an Italian feast > check inside
  3. Italian cookies tray – all the biscotti they could ever want > click here for yum!
  4. Salami gift set – mild to spicy and wine infused salamis made to a century’s old recipe > more info

Make your own Italian food gift basket

biscotti
arborio rice
balsamic vinegar
torrone
lavazza coffee
pecorino
italian olive oil
Rigatoni 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.

  1. Biscotti – to munch on while you cook or dip into coffee > dunking details
  2. Arborio rice – for the best ever risotto – second helpings mandatory > where to buy
  3. Aged balsamic vinegar – salads will never taste so good > more info
  4. Torrone – a decadent after dinner nougat treat > delicious details
  5. Pecorino – the most delicious Italian sheep’s milk cheese > eat me!
  6. Pasta – imported from Italy and best cooked to al dente > more info
  7. Olive oil – you can’t make an Italian savory dish without it > drizzle details
  8. Espresso coffee – Italians do it better! > get the brew

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.

Get more Italian food and kitchen gift ideas on our Italian food Amazon store

Italian kitchen items

alessi cheese grater
pasta machine
oil and vinegar dispensers
Bialetti coffee maker

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

  1. Cheese grater – for the finishing touch on a pasta dish – Alessi make the best > details
  2. Pasta machine – help them handroll their own linguine! > product info
  3. Oil and vinegar set – for the perfect Italian table > more info
  4. Moka espresso maker – you’ll find this stove top coffee maker in every Italian kitchen > product info

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

My Brilliant Friend
A Room with a View
The Villa in Italy
Beneath a Scarlet Sky

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

Essentials of Italian cooking
The Pizza Bible
Extra Virgin: Recipes & Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen: A Cookbook
Tasting Rome

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 and mentor to Jamie Oliver – 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

Pasta Antonio Carluccio
Gennaro Let’s Cook Italian
Jamie’s Italy
La Cucina

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! 

Lonely Planet Italy
Glam Italia!
DK eyewitness italy
rick steves best of italy

For first time visitors to Italy choose Lonely Planet Italy or Rick Steves Italy. Both well respected guides to Italy are valuable resources for any traveler. For those who would enjoy a bit of fun and spirit of adventure alongside travel practicalities, Glam Italia! is a great read.

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. 

If you’re looking for more ideas we wrote a full guide to the best travel guidebooks for Italy – includes guides for Italy as as whole as well as regional travel books.

national geographic walking rome
blue guide sicily
blue guide southern italy
the cognoscenti’s guide to florence

Want more travel themed gifts? Click here!

Experiences in Italy

colosseum night tour

Are you buying a gift for someone who is going on a trip to Italy soon? I always think experience gifts that create life long memories are some of the best. Here are some experiences that your family and friends will love. You can buy a gift certificate if you are not sure what they would like to do.

Small group tours and experiences

Our favorite small group tour companies are Take Walks (formerly Walks of Italy) and The Tour Guy (formerly the Roman Guy). Both offer very well designed and engaging tours of the major sights in Italy as well as interesting food and cultural tours.

Take Walks have a longstanding reputation for excellent service, groups under 20 people and guaranteed departures. So if you are the only person booked on a tour it will still go ahead.

*Note – they do not offer gift cards currently but you can book for the date you think would be ideal. If it doesn’t work out, changes or cancelations can be made up to 72 hours prior to tour commencement for a full refund.

Here are some ideas based on their most popular tours:

amalfi coast day tour from rome

The Tour Guy are a fun team known for their focus on making the sights of Italy come alive with stories and tales rather than facts and figures. Just for members of this group and readers of our blog, If you click on this link and make a booking a 5% discount is applied at checkout.

*Note – no gift cards are offered but The Tour Guy offers a full refund on cancellations made more than 24 hours prior to tour commencement. So if you get the day wrong for your gift, no worries. It can be rescheduled.

tuscany wine tour

If you can’t find the tour you are looking for try WithLocals – they run private tours at reasonable prices including some great options for families.

For larger group tours and activities we recommend GetYourGuide to source and book tours in Italy and Europe. To buy a gift card from GetYourGuide click here or you can 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 Raphael Tours available on Get Your Guide. Cicchetti are like Venetian tapas or bar food and it’s a wonderful way to explore the city > click here for more information

Italy posters, prints and picture books

rome map print
cinque terre canvas
framed manarola print
Tuscany wall art

Maps, canvas art, vintage travel posters and prints 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. If there’s a big space or wall to fill, you could choose a paneled canvas wall art piece to transport them back to the Cinque Terre or the vineyards of Tuscany.

  1. Modern map of Rome > check prices
  2. Three panel Cinque Terre canvas art print > check prices
  3. Manarola at night art print > check prices
  4. Three panel Tuscany art print > check prices
Ariane Moshayedi 'Positano Amalfi Coast 3' Matted Framed Art - 16" x 20"
Natalie Obradovich Fontelina Viii
Michael Tompsett 'Venice Italy Skyline B & W' Matted Framed Art - 11" x 14"
World Travel Rome Framed Wall Art by Anderson Design Group
  1. Positano framed print > check prices
  2. Amalfi Coast beach framed print > check prices
  3. Venice art print > check prices
  4. Rome travel print > check prices

Photo book of memories

travel photo book

If you have access to favorite photos from trips past, you could make a special personalized photo book that captures those Italian memories forever. Get those photos out of your phone or computer and make a book that they will treasure forever. 

You can make beautiful photo books with Blurb. We like their wide range of formats and high quality finish. Take a browse of some of their travel book formats and books that others have created from their own trips for inspiration. 

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.

For her

vespa tshirt
italian bracelet
italian como print scarf
pasta charm

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 – there’s everything from pasta bowls to Venetian gondolas!

Those with a sense of fun will love this Amore phone cover or pasta earrings.

Cuccia Italia Abstract Art Scarf
Prada Ultravox Sunglasses
14K Yellow Gold Gondola Charm
Dolce & Gabbana - Amore Embossed Pvc Iphone Xr Case - Red
KALAN by Suzanne Kalan 14K White Gold Amalfi Wave Ring, Size 4-8.5
Missoni - Aggie Striped Shell Umbrella - Red
Giada Benincasa 'Ciao Amore' embroidered t-shirt
Bijoux De Famille MAMMA MIA PASTA CLIP-ON EARRINGS

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

italia football shirt
italian leather wallet
italian leather belt
italian silk tie

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.

And for your sports mad Italy lover, they can get behind the Italian national team with this football shirt.

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? 

tocca body wash
Olive Oil Hand & Nail Cream
acqua di parma women
florentine soap

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.

Versace - Bright Crystal Absolu
Nesti Dante Natural Soap With Italian Olive Leaf Extract - Olivae Di Sicilia 150g/3.5oz
Fiori di Capri Eau de Toilette by Carthusia (3.4oz Fragrance)
Cuticle Cream by Santa Maria Novella (30ml)
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

For the home

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

italian flash cards
fornasetti candle
italy cushion
italy desk calendar

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 or these learn to speak Italian flash cards.

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
Hachette Book Group "Gray Malin: Italy" Book
Puebla Pasta Bowl
Taio Pizza Cutter

Italian Christmas decorations and ornaments

murano glass ornament
italy ornament
Italian nutcracker decoration
Tower of Pisa decoration

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. I like this jolly nutcracker decoration and the Leaning Tower Of Pisa ornament for the tree.

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.

Anthropologie Italian Cookie Ornaments, Set of 6
One Kings Lane Vintage Italian Glass Deer Ornament - Portfolio No.6
VIETRI VIETRI Old St. Nick Assorted Ornaments 4-Piece Set
One Kings Lane Asst. of 4 Italian Deli Ornaments - Rare Red
De Carlini De Carlini Soffieria de Carlini Metallic Angel With Candle Ornament
Glitterazzi International Santa Italy Ornament

 


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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