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40+ Gifts for Italy Lovers – 2022 Curated List

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your Italy-obsessed sister?

Perhaps you want to find a 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 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

Click to see 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

Click to see moka pot

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

Click to see Nonni’s Classic Almond Biscotti

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

Click to see 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.

Wine

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

Click to see Alessi 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

Click to see tin of EVOO from Fattoria Bini

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.

Espresso Cups

Click to see ceramic Bialetti espresso cups
Click to see double-walled Bodum espresso cups

Espresso fans can always use a new set of espresso cups! We use a ceramic set like this one from Bialetti. These Bodum double-walled espresso cups are an excellent choice if you’re looking for something a little less flashy.

Italian Coffee

Click to see Lavazza Qualità Rossa blend

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

Click to see the Breville Bambino Plus espresso machine
Click to see the Nespresso Vertuo coffee and 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

Click to see Lion Steel knife

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.

Sweet Treats

Click to see Leone candy gift box

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, caponata, and pistachio pesto.

Clothing & Accessory Gifts for Italy Lovers

Soccer Jersey or Scarf

Click to see Juventus adidas jersey
Click to see Italy soccer 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!).

Cycling Jersey

Click to see 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 and this one has a unique aquatic theme.

Sunglasses

Click to see Gucci sunglasses

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

Purse or Wallet

Close up of Capri clutch from Dolce Italiana designs.

Click to see Capri clutch

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

Click to see Acqua di Parma Colonia spray
Click to see Acqua di Parma body cream

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

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, Sicilian lime, and jasmine.  This olive oil and jasmine hand cream is a luxurious treat for anyone’s mani hands.

Italy-Themed Toys & Games

LEGO

Click to see LEGO Vespa set
Click to see LEGO Colosseum set
Click to see LEGO Trevi Fountain set
Click to see LEGO Leaning Tower of Pisa set
Click to see LEGO Technic Ferrari set

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

3D Puzzles

Click to see Colosseum 3D puzzle
Click to see Pantheon 3D puzzle
Click to see Venice 3D puzzle

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

Click to see Scopa card game

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

Click to see La Dolce Vita poster
Click to see Rome Tramvia poster
Click to see Campari poster

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

Click to see olive wood spoon set

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.

Kitchenware

Click to see fruit bowl
Click to see cheese knife
Click to see salad utensils

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

Map

Click to see Italy map
Click to see Rome map
Click to see Italy wine map

Help your gift recipient daydream about past and future trips to Italy.  Gift a wall map like one of these.

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

Click to see Italy wall 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

Click to see bath towels

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.

Click to see Rosetta Stone Italian language program
Click to see Pimsleur Italian language program

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

Click to see Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

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:

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!

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

Click to see Italy by Gray Malin

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

Those who are learning Italian will appreciate a phrase book like Rick Steve’s 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

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

Moleskine Notebook

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!