Have a friend, loved one, family member or co-worker who loves all things Italian? (Duh. Who doesn't really?) Well, if you are having trouble coming up with a gift, let me come to your rescue.
Here are some swell Italian inspired items any Italophile would love!
You could always get biscotti, but why not get something extra-special- the jar to put them in. There is nothing like an authentic piece of Italian Deruta Pottery, and who wouldn't love to see this gorgeous hand-painted piece sitting on your kitchen counter.
And nothing would go better with biscotti, than a cup of perfectly-brewed espresso. Forget those monstrous expensive modern machines and stick with a traditional Bialetti. Plus, it looks so cute just resting on the stovetop.
Florence is known for its high quality papers and stationery. I love this delicate pattern with its jewel-toned colors edged in gold. So pretty. But sophisticated and classy at the same time. Choose from Florentia boxed folded note card sets, portfolios, or sheets. Makes extra special correspondence for that extra special person.
Perhaps you are looking for some homemade Italian skincare, perfume, lotion or soap. An Italian concoction, if you will. Look no further than Santa Maria Novella line. Founded in 1221, the lotion and potion recipes used are still the original scents and are made from the finest natural products. The packing is simply divine. They even have products for men!
It is hard to take a bad picture of Italy. Every area has its beauty. Wouldn't it be nice to drool over a stunning photo every day for a whole year. Give the gift of an Italy 365 day wall calendar and they can be reminded everyday why they love Italy more than life itself!
From the woman that started it all for me, Frances Mayes, comes a once in a lifetime gift to bring the olive oil of Bramasole, right to your door. That's right- Bramasole's own Tuscan Olive Oil, made in
small batches, would make the perfect gift. It must be purchased in advance and by the case.
For the wine drinking Italian lover, go for one of the best- a bottle of delicious Amarone. Thick, luscious, powerful and unforgettable. Amarone is special because it's made from grapes left to dry on straw mats, increasing the sugar and alcohol content (a whopping 14%, sign me up!). The resulting raisiny flavor is one to treasure.
Crunchy, bite-sized Italian cookies called amaretti are a staple of Italian culture. The delicious almond flavored treats are a gourmet gift imported right from Italy. Buy the larger ones that are individually wrapped and come in a reusable gift tin.
A gift subscription of the award-winning newsletter, Dream of Italy would make any traveler, armchair or otherwise, happy. Special rates for the holidays make it even more affordable!
Thousands more Italian inspired gifts. So little time!
What are your favorites on the list? Hey Italophiles- what other gifts are on your list?