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No matter how much we all love the Christmas holidays, gift-giving can be a stressful time if not planned out properly. It’s like making new year resolutions, we all love the idea, we all say we’re going to do it, we even write out on paper, and then… it passes and we promise ourselves we’ll do better next year.
I’ve written this post to help anyone who is looking for ideas on what to get their family members. I hope my post provides the inspiration to either come up with your own ideas or help you find the perfect stress-free gift with pure joy, Italian-style.
This list can be used for siblings, parents, aunts, uncles or anyone else – including your Italian in-laws even if you’re Irish!
As an Italian myself, I am listing either ideas that were gifts I’ve given to others, gifts I’ve received, or sadly… they’re gifts I WISH I had gotten! Alright, we’re all in a rush so let’s get started.
1. Italian Board Games
Italian board games are so much fun for the family! Put the cell phones and computers away and enjoy some laughter with these games! Here are some fun ones below:
2. Anti-Pasti Serving Sets
Instead of putting together your own anti-pasti bundle, why not order a nice serving set instead?
You can add to it by providing olives, salami, pepperoni, and Italian cheese. That’s about as basic as you can get. Gather the items, place them in a basket with some shredded tissue paper and you’re all set.
Here’s just one of many styles you can find online:
3. Italians Love Their Wine
Like most Mediterranean cultures, the Italians love and appreciate a good wine. If you’re not sure what kind of wine they like, then go with a selection so they can pair the wine with their meals.
4. Try a Wine Club Membership
Another idea is to purchase a wine subscription plan. This is a plan that sends a wine selection each month by mail. It’s a great idea for those who are not tied to a single wine preference and it’s the gift that keeps giving…each month!
5. It’s not Just the Older Generations Love their Italian Music Classics
Most Italians that come from an Italian culture live by this formula (in no particular order): Music, Food, Wine and Family = Love. It’s true.
So in regards to music, you can still get some of the real Italian authentic artists from back in the day. Music is like magic, it takes a person back to time and place where they either were at one point in their lives, or a place where they wish they could go.
6. Pasta Makers
Pasta makers range in price, but for anyone who wants to make their own homemade pasta, you can find a machine that fits the budget. You can go with manual crank pasta makers which give more control over thickness and style. Or go with an electric machine that does all the hard work for you!
If you’ve read my review of the Philips pasta maker then you know that is my favorite. Hands down it delivers every time – you just need to follow the recipe quantities so the consistency is right.
7. Italian Wall Art
Italian wall art can transform a room from scenes of spiraling Tuscan streets to the beautiful rolling hills and vineyards.
8. Clothing with Funny Italian Sayings
True to Italian style, Italians love to wear their Italian pride big and bold! There are lots of clothing options out there and most with some humor thrown in. From the soccer sports jacket to funny tee-shirts that scream Italian, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
Here’s a classic Italian tee shirt that is very popular with it’s I’m Italian, We don’t Call the Cops, We Call Family! There are lots of varieties online!
9. Italians Love to Garden, So Encourage It!
Well, maybe love is a bit strong. But most Italians have a history of gardening. Not because we love to be in the sun, but we appreciate the value of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, and fresh herbs. It’s one reason why my website here is called “simple Italian cooking”.
Here’s a Scuddles Garden Tool set nicely packaged in a fabric organizer where he/she can keep all their gardening supplies organized!
10. Italian Kitchenware
Italian kitchenware is a great gift for Italians. It’s not as if I need to repeat the point, but anything food related means anything kitchen related will most likely be appreciated.
11. Fun Italian Kitchen Clocks!
Need I say more? One look at these fun Italian kitchen clocks and you just can’t help but smile!
Here’s a Vintage wall clock I personally like but there are many others you can view on Amazon as well!
12. Wine Glasses
This can also be complimentary gift to the wine mentioned above, or it can make a great stand alone gift by itself. You can purchase wine glasses easily online. Here is a classy Paksh Novelty Italian Red Wine Glass set of 4.
13. Pizza Stone
Pizza stones help cook your pizza so they are nice and crispy on the bottom, mimicking as close to possible a brick oven pizza. Anyone who loves to cook pizza will love to have a pizza stone like this one below as part of their kitchenware collection!
14. Italian Pizza Socks
If you really want to get the laughter rolling, you’ve got to try these pizza socks!
Friends, I hope the above list helps you out as you search for the perfect gift. I’ve provided an Italian gift list that includes items ranging from less than $10 to well over $100.
I hope you enjoy this list and I’d like to say as the holidays approach, Merry Christmas and no matter what your gift may be that you choose this season, remember the ultimate gift of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – the best gift of all!