Last updated on October 8th, 2023
Are you looking for the perfect graduation gift for your Italy-obsessed sister?
Perhaps you want to find a birthday present for your husband who loves all things Italia.
Look no further! After over 20 years of living in Italy and guiding travelers around the country, I’ve gotten a pretty good idea of what Italy fans enjoy receiving as gifts.
You won’t find 1,000 ideas here – these are my favorites, and they’re gifts I’d actually give (or have already given) to my own family and friends.
Even if you don’t find something here, I hope this list inspires you and gives you some ideas for gifts for the important people in your life!
Andiamo – let’s go!
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Italy-Themed Food, Wine, & Kitchen Gifts
Pasta Cutter Wheel
Ravioli-making is a breeze with a quality pasta cutter wheel. This one can be passed down to the next generation! If you’re looking for something a little more utilitarian (and a bit easier on the wallet), check out this one.
If you’ve ever made espresso in Italy, it was probably on a stovetop with a moka pot shaped just like this one. Just close your eyes and imagine you’re looking out onto the hills of Tuscany. If you’re looking for function over form, this moka pot also does the job.
If you can’t find authentic Antonio Mattei Biscotti at your local Italian grocery store, these are your next best option. Nonni’s makes individually-wrapped biscotti, but I love the packaging on this jar of classic biscotti with mandorle.
White Truffle Oil
Truffle-lovers, rejoice! Da Rosario’s organic white truffle olive oil is excellent drizzled on dishes like pasta and pizza, and also on scrambled eggs, popcorn, and even mashed potatoes. It’s a small bottle, but a little goes a long way.
Give the gift of a bottle (or 3!) of Italian wine. Wine.com has selections from some of Italy’s most famous wine regions, including Piedmont, Tuscany, Sicily, the Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna. VeroVino works will smaller Italian producers. You can shop for farm-to-glass, artisan wines from Vero here.
If your recipient is always misplacing the corkscrew, this is the perfect gift. Italian company Alessi always puts design and function on equal levels – so not only is this corkscrew easy to use, but it’s also a great conversation piece.
I’ve also got my eye on this electric corkscrew.
Here in Tuscany, we harvest and press our olives in early November. Our family gifts ‘new’ olive oil, and we also love receiving it (it’s fun to taste the differences between olive oils from other parts of the country).
My all-time favorite is from Villa Zottopera from Sicily, and if you want to order it, you can find it on Amazon or order from them directly. If you’re a Costco member, I also recommend Costco’s Italian extra virgin olive oil. If you’re looking for quality EVOO in a beautiful package, try this tin from Fattoria Bini, located in the Tuscan hills near Florence.
We have these Bialetti ceramic espresso cups and I love the fun colors.
Espresso fans can always use a new set of espresso cups! I like these colorful espresso cups, and these Bodum double-walled espresso cups are an excellent choice if you’re looking for something a little less flashy.
My Italian husband will only drink this Qualità Rossa blend from Lavazza. Perfect for espresso in the moka pot, espresso machine, or a traditional American coffee maker.
If using a moka pot is too much work, the Breville Bambino Plus espresso machine does it all for you. Or, do like many Italians do and choose one of Nespresso’s popular-in-Italy coffee and espresso machines – like the Vertuo.
Lion Steel knives, made in the Friuli region of Italy, are high-quality and gorgeous. They’re perfect for an Italian picnic. This Opinel knife also works well and has a handy corkscrew.
I often bring candies and chocolates to friends and family. Some favorites over the years include Leone candies and Venchi chocolates.
Italian Foods Gift Basket
You could put together your own gift basket of Italian goodies, or buy one already made. This gift basket from Eataly showcases food products from Sicily, including capers, olive oil, and pistachio pastries.
Clothing & Accessory Gifts for Italy Lovers
Soccer Jersey or Scarf
Do you have a Juventus fan in your life? They’ll surely appreciate a jersey. Or, gift an Italia calcio scarf in preparation for the Canada / Mexico / USA World Cup in 2026 (forza Italia!).
Whether you’re riding an indoor bike or putting in the miles outside, a Castelli cycling jersey makes a perfect gift for an Italy-loving cyclist.
Chanel your inner Lady Gaga with a pair of oversized Gucci shades like these.
Purse or Wallet
You can’t go wrong with an Italian leather purse or wallet, and if you can’t get to Florence to buy directly from a shop, the Capri clutch, this Furla tote (with a large zippered inner compartment) or this Bottega Veneta wallet will still thrill your recipient.
Beauty & Body Care Gifts for Italy Lovers
Acqua di Parma
Men and women appreciate the timeless fragrances from Aqua di Parma, and especially the Colonia spray. Or choose the scent’s luxurious body cream.
Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy
The colorful packaging is almost as delicious as the scents, which include fig, bergamot, and jasmine. This Sicilian lime hand cream is a luxurious treat for anyone’s mani hands.
Italy-Themed Toys & Games
LEGO & Building Blocks
LEGO fans will love one of these Italy-themed sets – a Vespa, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or a Ferrari.
If you’re looking for something a little more exciting than a traditional puzzle, these are for you! Lifelike mini versions of Italian monuments like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the city of Venice.
This game brings families and generations together. It’s one of Italy’s most popular card games, and it’s sure to be a hit with your recipient.
Home Gifts for Italy Lovers
Vintage Italian Posters
Choose a vintage Italian cinema, cocktail, or city poster. You can also frame it so it’s ready to hang. Note – you should know the person you’re giving this to very well. A poster isn’t something you can ‘tuck away’ easily if you don’t like it.
Olive Wood Utensils
Italian olive trees are gorgeous, and you can have a little piece of one (literally) in the kitchen. These olive wood spoons are useful and beautiful to look at.
Alessi products are loved in Italy and beyond. Wouldn’t you be happy to receive this fruit bowl, cheese knife, or salad utensils?
Help your gift recipient daydream about past and future trips to Italy. Gift a wall map like one of these.
This wall calendar takes you on a journey through Italy, visiting a new region each month. Every day has a small photo of something beautiful or interesting from the region.
H by Frette is a line by the famous Frette brand that makes the luxurious linens a little more affordable. They’re still incredible and they make an amazing gift!
Experience Gifts for Italy Lovers
Language Class or Software
In-person language classes will help take your recipient’s Italian language skills to the next level (or even the first level, if they’re just beginning!). If that’s too difficult to organize, you could also gift an online language course or Italian language software.
Trip to Italy
I spent ten years working in the active travel industry, and I can tell you that seeing Italy on foot or by bicycle is an incredible way to visit! Check out Backroads.com’s Italy trips and give a gift of a vacation to Italy(!) or help with the expense by purchasing a gift card.
Yes, you can replicate that amazing ragù, dreamy carbonara, and mouthwatering ravioli in the comfort of your own home! Join a group or private online course (check out The Chef & the Dish, The Table Less Traveled, and The Pasta Chef) or look for an in-person course in your recipient’s hometown. Stores like Sur la Table and Williams Sonoma often offer courses, and you can check with local Italian restaurants, delis, and bakeries as well.
Gift a wine tasting at a local wine shop, or look online (and you can even gift the wines they’ll need for the online tasting).
Italy-Themed Book & Movie Gifts
Your chef (and wannabe chef) friends will appreciate an inspiring cookbook. For general Italian cooking, I always find myself grabbing Marcella Hazan’s “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.” You may want to read about my favorite Tuscan cookbooks.
Italy Books for Adults
You can find an Italy-themed book in any genre. Some of our favorites to gift include:
- The Agony & The Ecstasy, by Irving Stone (and other books about Michelangelo)
- Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson
- Tim Parks’s books about Italy
- Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes
- Elena Ferrante’s novels
- A Room With a View, by E.M. Forster
- Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown
- Brunelleschi’s Dome, by Ross King
- War in the Val d’Orcia, by Iris Origo
Italy Books for Kids
I have three kids, and they love reading and listening to the Who Is? series. Some Italy-themed books from the series include:
As a bonus, even though they’re kids’ books, I really enjoy reading them too!
Italy Books for Babies & Toddlers
Some of our family’s favorites to gift and read include:
Italy Coffee Table Book
Gray Malin’s Italy and Always Italy by Frances Mayes and Ondine Cohane both have gorgeous photos that will have the reader ready to book a flight.
Italian Phrase Book
Movies Set in Italy
You can gift a Netflix subscription because there are always movies and shows about Italy on the platform. Or, purchase and gift individual films – from classics like Cinema Paradiso and La Vita è Bella to modern movies like Call Me By Your Name and Letters to Juliet.
Italy Travel Guides
There’s an Italy travel guide for every type of traveler. Take a look at:
- Rick Steve’s Italy (and his regional and city guides)
- DK Eyewitness Italy
- The Rough Guide to Italy
- Lonely Planet Italy
Milan-based Moleskine has a few products that make excellent gifts. The classics include its yearly planners and simple notebooks.
I hope you found a gift that’s perfect for your friend, family member, or colleague!