30 Italian Gifts For Those Who Live La Dolce Vita

By Candice Elliott | Updated: September 19, 2023

    Italy, from Rome to Sicily to Cinque Terre. It’s given us so much, olive oil, espresso, biscotti, Limoncello! No wonder there are so many devoted Italianphiles. If you have one in your life, we have fantastic Italian gift ideas that will have you living the sweet life in this gift guide.

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    What are the best Italian gifts?

    For lovers of Italian cuisine, a gourmet gift basket filled with authentic Italian staples like olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and artisanal pasta is always a hit. For the fashion-forward, Italian leather goods such as handbags or wallets showcase the country’s renowned craftsmanship.

    Art enthusiasts might appreciate a beautiful Murano glass piece symbolizing Italian artistry. Coffee aficionados would be thrilled with a top-notch Italian espresso machine or a selection of fine Italian coffee blends. Finally, no one could resist the allure of Italian wines, making a curated selection of regional vinos a fabulous gift for any occasion.

  1. Pasta Bowls


    They’ll need something to eat all of those tasty pasta specialties they’re whipping up out of, so these bowls are perfect. The set includes a serving bowl and four pasta bowls, and they’re made of ceramic and make dishes for serving and eating salad. 

  3. Lira Necklace
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    Before Italy joined the Euro-Zone, the country’s unit of currency was the Lira. The necklace is made with a genuine 20 Lira coin. The chain and setting are sterling silver, and the cable chain measures 18 inches in length. This is one of the most unique Italian-themed gifts you’ll find!

  5. Fancy Olive Oil
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    Really good extra virgin olive oil is a thing of beauty, so smooth you could drink it. Frankies Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is produced with 100% Nocellara del Belice olives that are grown in Sicily, Italy. This olive oil is award-winning with a rich and spicy flavor profile. See and taste the difference!

  7. Focaccia Making Kit
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    Foccacia is not only delicious to eat, but it’s beautiful to look at too! This kit includes everything you need to make focaccia, including flour, yeast, seasoning, sea salt, and even food tweezers so you can decorate the top with vegetables, herbs, and even edible flowers. Baking the bread is a fun activity to do with kids. 

  9. Coffee Maker
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    Italian coffee is an art, and this coffee maker, Moka pot, will help you experience that at home. This espresso maker can make three cups of high-octane morning fuel! This is not a fancy-new fangled espresso machine; this is stove-top, the way Italians intended! 

  11. Fig and Olive Candle


    Scent memory is strong, and if you’ve ever been to Tuscany, it’s the smell of figs and olives is the one that you remember most. This candle captures that fresh, earthy scent, and it comes in a beautiful melamine bowl and gift box. This candle is especially lovely in the kitchen or during the warmer months. 

  13. Cookbook
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    Lydia is so lovely, and her mom too! Lydia has written many cookbooks, but this is one of her best. Whether they’re a novice or an old hand at Italian cooking, Italian food lovers will find new recipes, techniques, and tips in this book. 

  15. Limoncello
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    This set is two gifts in one! Not only do you get a delicious bottle of Limoncello, but a handcrafted, hand-painted bottle and two glasses as well! Made in Italy, the set can be used repeatedly to hold more Limoncello, olive oil, or balsamic vinegar. 

  17. Slim Aarons La Dolce Vita
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    Slim Aarons is one of the greatest photographers of the 20th Century and summed up his works with the iconic quote, “Photographing attractive people who were doing attractive things in attractive places.” This book documents his love affair with Italy from Florence to Tuscany to the Amalfi Coast and more and is rich and beautiful, a perfect addition to anyone’s library. 

  19. Murano Style Glass Bowl
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    No list of Italian gifts would be complete without some Murano-style glass, and this bowl is a beautiful example of the craftsmanship that has made Murano famous. Handcrafted, this bowl is an exquisite addition to any home.

  21. Whole Bean Coffee 
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    There is nothing like a good cup of coffee unless it’s a good cup of Lavazza coffee! Arguably, the king of Italian coffee, Lavazza, is known for its depth of flavor and rich mouthfeel. This bag contains 2.2 pounds of whole bean coffee. 

  23. Biscotti Gift Box


    These biscotti are the perfect gift for Italy lovers who have a sweet tooth. There are 24 biscotti in four flavors, and each is dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with assorted tasty toppings. They come in a pretty gift box tied with a bow.

  25. Pasta Maker
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    If you didn’t have Nonnas to teach you how to make pasta by hand, you’d need a pasta machine, and this is a great one! This machine lets you create all kinds of pasta, from spaghetti to fettuccine to linguini, and even dumpling skins! It’s easy to take apart, so cleaning is a breeze. 

  27. Panettone
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    Italy lovers the world over know what this is! Panettone is a traditional holiday treat, but it’s terrific any time of year with an excellent espresso. This cake is made with 100% sourdough, so it’s not overly sweet like some Panettone knockoffs! 

  29. Italian Food Gift Basket
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    The best Italian gift ideas are the edible ones, and this basket is chock full! The gift set includes gourmet Italian treats like Amaretti cookies, pasta, savory biscuits, mixed olives, and lots more! This gift basket makes a great Christmas gift for Italy lovers! 

  31. Grappa Glasses
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    Grappa or Limoncello, it’s a toss-up for many of us as to which Italy tipple is the best. Good thing no one is making us choose! The right glass can help enhance the drink within, and these are the glasses you drink grappa from! The set includes four glasses that hold just under four ounces each. 

  33. Stemless Wine Glass
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    Cin Cin is a toast in Italy; basically, it’s the Italian version of Cheers! The words are engraved, not printed, so that they won’t disappear over time. The glass is dishwasher safe and comes in a gift box.

  35. Language Course 
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    Michel Thomas was a legendary language teacher in New York City. His method was the best I found when I was learning French. It’s hard to explain how it works, but it just does! This starter Italian course is perfect for those planning a trip to Italy. The best part is that it’s portable. You don’t have to be sitting in front of a computer to use this course, you can listen while commuting, working out, cooking or anything else! The CDs make great travel gifts! 

  37. Leather Journal
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    Another tremendous Italian industry is leather. Italian leather goods are some of the highest quality in the world. This handsome journal is made of 100% Italian leather. The journal contains 320 pages of vintage-looking paper and is refillable, so they can use it for many years to come. 

  39. Shopping Tote
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    Say “Ciao Baby” to flimsy plastic shopping bags and use this cute reusable shopping tote bag instead! The bag is water-resistant, has an inside pocket for your wallet, keys, and phone. The tote includes a small pouch for storage and can hold up to 44 pounds, so you can fill it with all the parma ham, salami, and Parmesan Reggiano you can carry! 

  41. Framed Map Print


    This elegant watercolor print of the map of Italy is a beautiful addition to the home decor of an Italian lover. The print comes framed and is available in four different frames. The print measures 9×7. 

  43. Travel Poster 
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    I love vintage-style travel art and have several in my own home. This one captures an idealized image of the Amalfi Coast, which is not far off the real thing! The poster is a reproduction from a travel poster printed in the early 1900s and measures 10×13.5 inches. 

  45. Kitchen Towels
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    I love olive-themed kitchen items, and this set is charming! The gift contains four waffle-weave 100% cotton tea towels and makes a lovely housewarming or hostess gift. 

  47. Christmas Ornament
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    Bring a bit of Italy to the Christmas celebrations with this Italy-themed ornament. The map shows several major cities and attractions that any Italian lover will be familiar with. The ornament is made of glass and includes a loop for hanging. 

  49. Puzzle
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    This beautiful puzzle captures the magic of Italy’s Cinque Terre in 1,000 pieces. Spend fun-filled hours piecing this detailed puzzle together and dreaming of the day you can get there or get back! 

  51. Coasters 


    This set of four tile coasters depicts a vintage travel poster from Capri. The coasters measure 4×4, and the back is lined with felt to protect your furniture. 

  53. Luggage Tags
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    Of all the places in the world, some people prefer to travel to Italy time and time again. These luggage tags are perfect for that kind of traveler! The tags are made of sturdy plastic with a clear back and ID card, and the straps are made of leather. 

  55. Sun Hat
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    You need the perfect accessories for lounging on the Italian Riviera, and this hat (and maybe some white cat-eye sunglasses) will make sure you fit right in! The hat will also help protect you from the intense sun as it provides UPF 50 coverage. The hat has a drawstring closure to prevent the wind from carrying it off. 

  57. Wine Guide
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    One of Italy’s many gifts to the world is Italian wine. This book will guide you through Italy’s different wine-producing regions, styles of wine, producers and vintages, grape varieties, and more. It’s a masterclass on Italian wine, and wine lovers will be delighted. 

  59. Mugs


    These mugs aren’t made in Italy, but the pattern is called “Italian Blue.” Proving that the best Italian gifts might not always be Italian! The set is porcelain, holds 12 ounces, and is dishwasher and microwave safe.