Last updated on November 15th, 2021
Are you looking for a special present for someone loving Italy? Let me help you with a few Italian gifts ideas that your family and friends will love. As an Italian, I’m grateful to all Italy lovers. And that’s why I’m happy to share a list of Italian gifts that might inspire you.
I love giving presents. Whether a little something or a more important gift, I like it to be unique and carefully chosen, with the special person in mind.
It might be a book, a piece of clothing, a decorative item. Whatever the gift and the occasion, I always try to think of what a person really likes, and I start my research from there.
Over time, this led me to draw thematic lists. From fantastic gifts for hiking and outdoors lovers, or presents for friends and family passionate about cooking. That’s how I ended up creating this list of Italian themed gifts because a lot of people love anything related to the Italian style. Italy is known for its unique landmarks and delicious food. And it’s also one of the most creative countries in the world. Just think of Italian design or the world-acclaimed Italian fashion.
Italian gifts for her
If love is in the air, these are perfect Italian gifts for her. Your better half will surely fall for these pretty, and useful, Italian presents.
ALESSI “TO” MUG
How about a heart-shaped mug in fine bone china to start the day with love?
ALESSI “BIG LOVE” ICE CREAM SPOONS
Aren’t they lovely? With this design spoons, ice cream will taste even better.
I still have to meet a woman who wouldn’t appreciate cosmetics as a present, not to speak about beauty products with a touch of Italian glamour.
Kiko Milano is one of the most famous Italian beauty brands, appreciated for its products combining a wide selection, good quality at an affordable price. I use several cosmetics from Kiko Milano and I like all of them.
KIKO MILANO EYESHADOW PALETTE
A beautiful palette with 10 shadows and 3 finishes, a mirror, and a 2-sided applicator. That’s a fantastic gift for perfect makeup.
KIKO MILANO FACE CREAM
A moisturizing and anti-aging face cream in a lovely red jar. Furthermore, Kiko Milano products are not tested on animals.
Italian gifts for men
Lots of men like a touch of Italian style, and it’s easy to make them happy with a special Italian gift.
TUSCAN LEATHER NOTEBOOK COVER
Italy is famous, among others, for its leather goods, often paired with a beautiful design.
MAN BEAUTY SET L’ERBOLARIO
L’Erbolario is a long-standing Italian company producing herbal cosmetics for both men and women.
TRUSSARDI EAU DE TOILETTE
With one of the most popular Italian fashion brands, you can hardly go wrong.
This backpack is indeed not only stylish, but also extremely well built, with loads of pockets to store a laptop, tablet, and other useful items.
Italian themed gifts for coffee lovers
The one thing I really miss when I travel is Italian coffee: dark, strong, and short.
If you’re not used to it, you might find it too strong, but you’ll certainly make your Italian friends happy. How about a beautiful coffee maker to brew real Italian coffee?
ALESSI LA CUPOLA
How about a coffee maker by one of the most famous Italian producers of Italian design houseware, to serve coffee with a special touch?
If you’re looking for a coffee maker that is also a beautiful piece of design, you’ll love “Pulcina”, by Alessi.
You can hardly make coffee like an Italian more than this. This is the typical coffee maker you find in almost every Italian house.
There are many brands producing grounded coffee for Italian coffee makers. Illy coffee is more expensive, but definitely one of the best Italian coffee.
Tea time, with an Italian flair
Although Italians are without doubt more into coffee, tea is becoming increasingly popular. The electric kettle is maybe faster, but a design water kettle is a beautiful object.
ALESSI WATER KETTLE
Designed by Aldo Rossi, this is one of the most iconic creations by Alessi.
ALESSI TEA INFUSER
Incredibly stylish, this tea infuser perfectly pairs with an Alessi water kettle.
Italian gifts ideas for wine lovers
By now, you probably guessed I absolutely LOVE the products by Alessi. Indeed, you can’t get anything better for tableware and home decor in terms of design and quality.
Alessi is one of the most famous Italian design brands, and its beautiful objects are sold all over the world.
Like food, wine is part of the Italian culture, and you can find Italian wines all over the world. Here are a couple of accessories that make perfect (relatively) inexpensive gifts for wine lovers.
It’s named A, and it’s the iconic corkscrew by Alessi.
ALESSI BOTTLE STOPPER
It pairs with Alessi A Corkscrew, in shape and colors (black, blue, green, magenta).
Italian design for stylish tableware
To many people, tableware is just functional. But there are a few design lovers craving stylish, timeless objects. If someone between your loved ones is a fan of Italian design, surprise them with these original and beautiful Italy gifts.
ALESSI FRUIT BOWL
Calling it a fruit bowl doesn’t make justice to such a beautiful object. Indeed, it’s so stylish that it’s a perfect gift for home decor. Whether you place it in the center of the table, on a bookshelf, or a chest of drawer, it’ll look amazing.
ALESSI CITRUS SQUEEZER
You might wonder if this seemingly alien object works and… it actually does. It might not be the most practical, though, if you’re a large family and plan to make squeezed orange juice all along. But it certainly is extremely decorative.
Italian gifts ideas for pasta lovers
Food is a serious matter in Italy, and I haven’t met yet a single person who doesn’t love Italian food.
If you traveled to Emilia-Romagna, you got to know that this region is the realm of homemade pasta. How about making your own pasta? It takes a little practice, but with the help of a good book and a pasta machine, you’ll get to prepare mouth-watering dishes.
The Atlas pasta machine makes it easy to roll thin sheets of dough of consistent texture. Perfect to prepare lasagna and tagliatelle, you can also combine it with additional accessories to create more pasta shapes.
MAKING ARTISAN PASTA
Novice will love this book. Aside from introducing how to prepare home-made pasta, you’ll discover plenty of delicious recipes.
Get ready for yummy Italian dishes.
Books about Italy
Do you have friends and family traveling to Italy soon? Or someone in your inner circle is passionate about Italian icons? And what about Italian fashion?
Maybe because I’m an avid reader, but I always thought that it’s hard to get wrong with a good book. Whether it’s one of the best Italy guide books or a beautifully illustrated publication, you’ll be sure to make a fantastic Italy themed gift.
RICK STEVES ITALY 2019
A guidebook from best-selling author Rick Steves to help people plan their Italian vacations.
Fodor’s guidebook provides tips, maps, and photos. With this book, it gets easier to get the most of a trip to Italy.
VENICE IN BLACK AND WHITE
Perhaps no city in the world is a photogenic as Venice. Discover enchanting views of the most romantic city in black and white. Enjoy the introduction by Tiziano Scarpa, reflecting on his life as a Venetian.
FERRARI, 70 YEARS
A beautiful, illustrated book on the most iconic cars of all time.
Ferrari is a unique combination of beauty, performance, exclusivity. And one of the most beloved cars in F1 races.
Gifts for Italy lovers: an Italian experience
When looking for presents, we often think about things and forget that there’s more one can give. Thus, how about an Italian experience for family and friends who love Italy and plan to visit the country soon?
Actually, I’m pretty sure they’d appreciate such a thoughtful gift that’ll make their Italian trip all the most memorable. There are indeed hundreds of exciting Italian experiences to choose from, so let me drop a few suggestions related to the most popular attractions in the main tourist destinations in Italy: Rome, Venice, Florence, the Cinque Terre.
- From Florence: a Tuscany day trip to discover Siena, San Gimignano, the Chianti hills, and Pisa
- Rome: Street food tour with a local guide
- Florence: Uffizi Small Group Tour and Skip-the-Line
- Venice: Tour of the Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica, with Terrace Access
- Venice: Discover the city’s highlights