With less than 25 days until Christmas, it’s time to start
doing thinking about doing your christmas shopping. This year, since I’ll be coming home for the holidays from Italy, I think I’ll try to bring back a little bit piece of the boot for everyone.
Usually when I buy gifts from Italy, I opt for a bottle of reigonal wine, or some good quality olive oil. Even though those these are really great gift ideas, they aren’t exactly original and they can be difficult to transport. Which is why I’m trying to branch out this year and find some more unique Italian gifts (and hopefully lighten my suitcase as well!).
Some of these gifts can be found only in Italy, while others you can buy online. Buon Natale and happy shopping!
Italy Project’s Top 10 Italy Gifts
1. Bialetti Moka Espresso Pot – This little guy is great for any friends or family members that love Italian espresso. The Moka Pot is much smaller and less expensive than a fancy-shmancy espresso machine, and for me, makes the most authentic Italian coffee, seeing as almost every Italian household has a Moka Pot in their home. You can usually buy them from supermarkets or kitchen stores all over Italy, or, if you aren’t in Italy, order them online. They come in various sizes, ranging from 3 cups to 12 cups. Bialetti is definitely the most trusted brand. Make sure you also include some extra rubber rings to replace the others once they get brown and old.
2. Alessi Spaghetti Measure -Anyone who has ever made spaghetti knows the difficulty of measuring the right amount. You either end up with too little or a massive heap of pasta (which isn’t always a bad thing, eh?). I saw this little tool recently in an Italian kitchen store and I thought it was not only very practical, but also beautifully designed! The Alessi brand is quite popular in Italy.
3. Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy -I bought this book 3 years ago because I wanted to learn more about the wines of Italy. It is still one of my most referenced wine books and even though I am no wine expert, I consider it a great guide. It’s perfect for anyone who loves Italian wine or is looking to know more.
4. Beautiful Ruins: A Novel – I read this book over the summer because Amazon recommended it to me (I don’t know how it knows what I like!). I figured I would give it a try after being allured by its cover which has an illustration of Cinque Terre. I have to say it really surprised me! It’s one of those novels that is difficult to categorize – it’s got love, drama, mystery and comedy all in one. It’s partially set in Italy and has Italian dialogue spread throughout. I found that it was very well written and would appeal to many audiences.
5. Timpano Pan – If you have ever seen the film Big Night, you know exactly why this is a fantastic pan. Timpano is a typical baked pasta dish from Southern Italy that is composed of tube shaped pasta, various meats and cheese, red sauce, all wrapped up in a thin pastry dough and then baked in a giant timpano pan. It’s seriously impressive.
6. Marbled Stationery – After living in Florence for several months, I quickly fell in love with the colorful, handmade, marbled stationery sets that you see throughout the city. I even had an opportunity to watch an artisan make this special paper, which makes it ever more worth the purchase. I also really love this Florentine Italian Stationery, which has a beautiful design that you see often in Florence.
7. Handmade Italian Leather Bookmark – If you’re in Florence, check out Scuola del Cuoio, which sells all handmade leather products, including beautiful etched bookmarks, which will last forever. A perfect stuffing stocker or addition to a book.
8. The Best of Lucio Dalla CD – Lucio Dalla is by far one of my favorite Italian singers! Funny thing is, unless you are Italian, most people don’t know about him. Still, his music is by far more enjoyable for me than Andrea Bocelli (who is fantastic, but just not my type). Check out my favorite Lucio song below and decide for yourself :)
9. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking Cookbook by Marcella Hazan – Like the title implies, this is an essential cookbook for any chef who wants to practice Italian recipes. Marcella Hazan is basically the Julia Childs of Italy. Her recipes are 100% authentic and written with extreme detail.
10. Italy Vintage Map Pendant – I saw this on Pinterest and I think it’s really adorable. It would make a fantastic present for any Italy-lover gal (like me). Plus it’s handcrafted, which I support 100%!
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