Holiday Gift Ideas for Italophiles

It’s that time of year again!

We are making our list, and checking it twice, and not surprisingly we have quite a few Italophiles on our Christmas list!  So naturally, we went on the hunt for the perfect gift for those friends and family who are just absolutely crazy for any and all things Italian.

If you are reading this, we are pretty sure you also have that special someone in your life that adores Italy as much as we do.

So, we’ve decided to help you out by sharing some great gift ideas that will certainly help you make a “bella figure“.

Tre Olive 

This is a great gift for that person on your list that adores cooking, especially if it’s Italian cuisine. Tre Olive is a family business that has been making extra virgin olive oil in the Calabria region of Southern Italy for generations. Today, they are based in the USA but they continue to provide 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil made in Italy from their Calabrian olives groves. Visit their site because they have so many great products available through their online shop, including great gift sets that would be perfect for the chef in your life.

Gioielli DOP

For the fashionista on your list, why not gift them an adorable and fun piece of jewelry from Gioielli DOP – Made in Italy!  Entirely handmade from start to finish, this jewelry collection has some fun and unique pieces that your Italian-obsessed friend or family member will adore. Browse their charms which have everything from pasta shapes to old lire coins, to famous Italian landmarks. Not to mention beautiful and playful bracelets, necklaces, and rings – all rooted in a passion for Italian culture.


Do you know someone who is obsessed with bags? Then you need to check out Carina. This small business got its start in 2020 during the pandemic and has been growing like wildfire ever since!  These charming clutches are made with vegan leather and come in a variety of colors. Each clutch has an Italian saying or word making it a great gift for people on your list with different interests.  For example, “viaggiare” for the travel lover, or “il mare” for the beachgoer, and there is even “spritz life” for that person who enjoys their aperitvo with a refreshing spritz. Not sure which one to choose? No worries, they also offer gift cards.

Nido di Seta

If you’ve been on one of our tours, there’s a good chance you’ve visited Nido di Seta in the beautiful hamlet of San Floro. We love being immersed in its lush Mulberry Grove while dancing in the shade of its branches. This inspiring and passionate group of young Calabrians has given new life to an ancient Calabrian tradition – silk making. They started a wonderful initiative a few years back where you can adopt a Mulberry Tree, from anywhere in the world, and choose a package containing a product from their activity. What a wonderful and sustainable Christmas gift idea for that special Calabrese in your life, or a treat for yourself! They have also expanded their shop to include a range of handcrafted items from clothing to food to cosmetics.

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We truly believe that travel is a gift that lasts a lifetime. So, if you have someone that has been dreaming of traveling to Italy or has talked about wanting to reconnect to their Calabrian roots, then we’ve got a gift that just might give them that extra nudge toward making their dream vacation in Italy a reality. Our gift certificates can be purchased in any amount so you can choose to cover the costs of a consultation ($250), or you can help pay for part of or all of their trip. Planning a trip can be overwhelming, but that’s why we are here – we will do everything we can to give you the trip of a lifetime with genuine and authentic experiences that will remain with you forever.

Buone Feste y’all!