Creative Gifts for Italian Family and Friends

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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. Now add in trying to find the right gift for an Italian family, well that’s taking it to a new level.

Italians are often very giving, frequently known for their extreme generosity and hospitality, especially when it comes to food.

So what what would be a good gift for an Italian family?

Gifts for Italian family

I’ve created a list of ideas that involve three things: food, family, and home.

I hope my list 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 friends, 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… their gifts I WISH I had gotten!   Alright, we’re all in a rush so let’s get started.  

Food is a Great Gift for an Italian Family

Anything related to food is a good gift for Italians.

If you want an Italian-theme gift for a family try going for handcrafted biscotti from Amazon .

You could also make homemade biscotti using my classic almond biscotti recipe.

Italian Board Games for the Family

Here’s a fun Italian gift for the family.  Put the cell phones and computers away and enjoy some laughter with these games! 

Here are some fun ones below:

Tombolo Bingo Board Game


Scopa Card Game


Handcrafted Dinnerware is a good gift for an Italian Family

Why not order handcrafted dinnerware? Find one like this one, handcrafted in Italy, not China. They do run pricey for a single item, but that is expected with these type of items.

Here’s just one of many styles you can find online:

italian dinnerware gift ideas for italian family

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.  

Also consider a wine of the Month Club subscription.

wine of the club month

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 as an Italian gift idea, 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.

I actually recommend this as an idea on my Italian gifts for men post.

Gifts for Italian family

You can check out CDs or Vinyls you can get online at places like Amazon.

One of my favorites that I play for my Sicilian mother-in-law when I’m visiting is Claudio Villa.

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.  

Although Italians may have their own way of making pasta, some Italian-American families may have unintentionally left the traditions in the past.

Give some encouragement with these options.

Manual Pasta Maker Machine


Philips Electric Pasta Maker – this is my go to. I own one and LOVE it. It makes excellent pasta and is fast and easy to assemble and disassemble.

electric pasta maker

Clothing Gifts for Italian Family

True to Italian style, Italians love to wear their Italian pride big and bold!  You really can’t go wrong with this.

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!  This one is sold for Men, Women and kids. There are lots of varieties online!


Italian Families Love to Garden, So Encourage It!

Well, maybe love is a bit strong. 

But most Italian families 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!

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.  

Italian kitchenware

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! 


Wine Glasses for an Italian Family Gift

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.  


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!

pizza stone

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 some Italian gift ideas.   I’ve provided an Italian family 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!

Creative Gifts for Italian Family and FriendsCreative Gifts for Italian Family and Friends