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Colorful boxes of Leone candies on a shelf at a shop in Italy.

40+ Gifts for Italy Lovers in 2024 – A Curated List

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.

Moka Pot

Hand holds a Moka pot with Tuscan countryside in background.
This is our well-loved (and well-used) Moka pot that we make our coffee in here in Tuscany

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.

Biscotti

Tray of freshly-baked cantuccini in Tuscany.
Eating Around Italy’s biscotti – so delicious!

If you can’t find authentic Antonio Mattei Biscotti at your local Italian grocery store, classic biscotti from Nonni’s are your next best option. Nonni’s makes individually-wrapped biscotti, but I love the packaging on this jar of classic biscotti with mandorle. Or, try your hand at making homemade biscotti using a recipe straight from Tuscany!

White Truffle Oil

Bottles of truffle oil lined up on grocery store shelf.
Truffle oil for sale at our local supermarket here in Italy

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.

Wine

Wine for sale at the Enoteca inside the Fortezza in Montalcino, Italy.
Wine for sale in the Fortezza in Montalcino, Italy

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.

Corkscrew

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.

Olive Oil

My son, hugging an olive tree in Puglia

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 contact them to order it from them directly. If you’re a Costco member, I also recommend Costco’s Italian extra virgin olive oil.

Espresso Cups

We have these Bialetti ceramic espresso cups and I love the fun colors.

Brightly-colored Bialetti espresso cups laying on sides and stacked two deep on a terracotta floor.
We use these ceramic espresso cups from Bialetti – they’ve lasted for years

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.

Italian Coffee

Hand holds a package of Lavazza coffee in front of the Tuscan countryside.
Lavazzo Qualità Rossa rules in our Tuscan household

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.

Espresso Machine

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.

Picnic Knife

Lion Steel knives, made in the Friuli region of Italy, are high-quality and gorgeous. They’re perfect for an Italian picnic.

Sweet Treats

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, like these from Eataly.

Clothing & Accessory Gifts for Italy Lovers

Soccer Jersey or Scarf

Boy dressed up in Fiorentina hat and scarf, ready to go to the football stadium in Florence, Italy.
My son wearing his Fiorentina scarf – we don’t have any Juventus scarves in our household

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!).

Cycling Jersey

Woman cycling on Passo Gardena road in the Dolomites in northern Italy. You can see the high mountains on the left and green grass on either side of the road. It's a sunny day with some whispy clouds.
Cycling in the Dolomites – in a Castelli cycling jersey

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.

Scarf

Florence’s Salvatore Ferragamo creates gorgeous silk scarves – many of them have a gorgeous floral theme. You can find them at department stores like Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sunglasses

Chanel your inner Lady Gaga with a pair of oversized Gucci shades.

Purse or Wallet

Close up of Capri clutch from Dolce Italiana designs.

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, pick up a Capri clutch, a Furla tote (I love the ones with a large zippered inner compartment) or a Bottega Veneta wallet. Each of these will 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

Products on display at the Santa Maria Novella pharmacy in Florence, Italy.

I love giving and receiving the melograno (pomegranate) bar soap, and men will catch notes of the fruit in the before-and-after shave cream.

Ortigia Sicilia

The colorful packaging is almost as delicious as the scents, which include fig, bergamot, and jasmine.  The brand’s hand creams are a luxurious treat for anyone’s mani hands.

Italy-Themed Toys & Games

LEGO & Building Blocks

Blue LEGO Vespa inside the LEGO store in Florence, Italy.
The LEGO store in Florence

LEGO fans will love one of these Italy-themed sets:

3D Puzzles

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.

Scopa Cards

Scopa is a card game that 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

Olive wood kitchen utensils and cutting boards on display in Radda in Chianti, Italy.
Olive wood utensils and cutting boards on display at a shop in Radda in Chianti in Tuscany

Italian olive trees are gorgeous, and you can have a little piece of one (literally) in the kitchen.  An olive wood spoon is useful and beautiful to look at.

Kitchenware

Alessi products are loved in Italy and beyond.  Wouldn’t you be happy to receive this fruit bowl, cheese knife, or salad utensils?

Map

Help your gift recipient daydream about past and future trips to Italy.  Gift an Italy, Milan or Italy wine wall map.

Art Print

You can find plenty of beautiful Italy prints on Etsy.  For something a little more unique, commission a special watercolor painting by talented Tuscany-based artist Lisa Brancatisano.

Calendar

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.

Linens

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 like Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur.

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.

Cooking Class

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.

Wine Tasting

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

Italian Cookbook

Hand holding Marcella Hazan cookbook up outside in Tuscany.
My copy of Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking has earned its spot on my kitchen shelf

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

Books about Italy written by Ross King on a terracotta surface.

You can find an Italy-themed book in any genre.  Some of our favorites to gift include:

Italy Books for Kids

Children's books about Da Vinci and Galileo set against a stone wall.
My boys are big fans of the Who Is? series.

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!

Magic Treehouse fans will find a few books about Italy, including Vacation Under the Volcano and Carnival at Candlelight.

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

Hand holding Italian phrasebook against snowy background.
My dad’s copy of Rick Steves’ Italian Phrasebook

Those who are learning Italian will appreciate a phrase book like Rick Steves’ Italian Phrasebook.  And some recipients will get all they want and need from Gabrielle Euvino’s Dirty Italian.

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

Stacks of guidebooks on display at a bookshop in Tuscany.

There’s an Italy travel guide for every type of traveler.  Take a look at:

Moleskine Notebook

Green Moleskine planner on terracotta surface.
I use a planner from Moleskine every year and gift the small notebooks to friends and family

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 Italy-loving friend, family member, or colleague!

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