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Both my husband and I are Italian, and I remember our wedding day like it was yesterday. The above photo is a picture of our own wedding gifts friends and family generously gave us.
Getting married is an exciting time for everyone as we celebrate alongside the bride and groom on their wedding day. As a Italian woman married to an Italian man, I can certainly express my valid opinion on the topic of gift giving to a newly married Italian couple.
Understanding Italian Culture Helps with Choosing a Good Italian Wedding Gift
If you’re not familiar with Italian culture there are a few things you should know.
Food, family and love. Or is it Family, food and love. Actually maybe it’s Love, food and family? I’m just kidding, but you get the point.
All three above are very important.
But in Italian culture I cannot stress enough the importance of food. Italians love their Italian meals, whether it’s lasagna, simple pasta and breadcrumbs, Italian desserts, or pasta fagioli.
They also typically love to cook, or at least talk about cooking. 🙂
Italian Wedding Gift Ideas for the Bride and Groom
But what gift do you buy for an Italian wedding? Or may you just know the bride and groom simply loves all things Italian?
So, to help get you started in the right direction and get the creative juices flowing, I’ve put together for you this list of Italian wedding gift ideas for the bride and groom to be.
Keep in mind, these ideas can also be used for bridal showers too!
Use these ideas to help you find the perfect Italian-themed gift that will be appreciated by the newly married couple, Italian blooded or not.
And remember… Food, Family & Love (or whatever order you think fits best!)
Italian Lasagna Pan: Every new Italian wife will be trying to make lasagna, so a lasagna pan is a good idea.
Italian Bread Pan
Food Processors: There are lots of types online. I personally own and use the Cuisinart 11 Prep plus. One of the uses I use it for is to grind my blocks of Italian Romano cheese and to make breadcrumbs!
Pizzelle Makers: These are great for making desserts and are oh so Italian! They are relatively low priced. You can also use pizzelle makers to make cannolis. Look for Pizzelle Makers that have Cannoli Rollers or Forms, or just buy them separately. Cannoli forms usually only cost around $5.00.
HandPainted Italian Dinnerware
By this I mean pasta bowls, serving bowls, plates etc. I talk about the beauty of these Italian hand painted bowls here . I’m still undecided if these are best as decorative pieces. I know many people do collect them. These make wonderful wedding gifts.
You can find a wide variety of Italian pasta bowls at Amazon. Some are handpainted, others are not.
Regular Pasta Bowls
If I’m going to list handpainted bowls, I need to also include another more moderately priced category. Again I go over all the various types of pasta bowls, (like the cool white ones you see in restaurants) most of which can be found on Amazon.
This is a fun gift, and a good one for those who ever traveled to Italy and came back raving about their gelato ice cream. Gelato is an Italian ice cream which is denser and has a greater intensity in flavor.
These are not cheap however, at least the best ones aren’t. I write about them here.
I specifically mention stainless steel because as a wedding gift, a higher quality item in this category is the way to go. It will last longer and not look as cheap as the aluminum ones.
Keep in mind there are a variety of different styles for stainless steel. If they will have a gas stove top, then make sure the espresso maker has a wide bottom, not narrow. This allows the maker to not fall into the center of the gas stove area.
Also keep in mind, the quality. The less you pay the cheaper the quality. My sister gave me a stainless steel one which cost about $39. The quality was inferior. I ended up getting another one which cost over $100 (granted it was the Alessi 9090 which is showcased in NY’s MOMA). The difference is astounding and I know I’ll be keeping my new one for years upon years.
You can still get good quality ones for less than what I paid – just don’t go for the cheapest.
You can find a wide variety of espresso makers at Amazon.
Another idea is to simply buy an Italian gift baskets. These are always impressive, and come in such a wide variety of sizes and prices that they will literally fit any occasion.
For that reason they are good not just for people who you know well such as friends and family, but also co-workers, neighbors, etc.
These gift baskets can be themed by having Italian cheeses, olive oils, olives, herbs, meats, pastas, sauces etc. If you want to create your own Italian gift basket, check out my guide.
These are not only beautiful, but they make a lasting impression!
Everyone needs a helping hand when it comes to cooking. Try some Italian cookbooks to start the marriage off right… in the kitchen!