Looking for a gift for the Italy lover on your list? Of course, the best gift one could get would be a trip to Italy—or, an ItaliaPass ($49), which offers members hundreds in savings on Italy tours, shopping, restaurants, airfare, car rentals, and train tickets. Barring actual plane tickets to Italy and a tour, how about a lovely gift instead, one that says: ‘I love you. Here’s some Italy, on me.’? We’ve compiled the best Italian gifts, all under $50, and no matter what your Italy-obsessed family member, friend or loved one is into. Happy Holidays!
THE ART LOVER: Coffee Table Book of Florentine Masterworks
Like a walk through the Uffizi, this gorgeous new coffee table book is super-comprehensive, featuring nearly 2,000 reproduced master artworks from Florence’s majestic museums and churches. Amazon.com; $48.
THE FASHIONISTA: Italian Wool Earmuffs
Known for its minimal yet feminine knitwear made with the finest Italian wool yarns, Milanese womenswear brand Sartoria Vico produces afforable accessories, like these chic earmuffs. Sartoriavico.it; $38.
THE TRAVELER: ItaliaPass Membership
Give the gift of Italy. Essential for anyone going to Italy, members enjoy hundreds in discounts at restaurants, shops, and tours in Italy’s top cities, plus savings on airfare, car rentals, and train tickets. Benefits also include VIP access to the ItaliaPass Lounge, a modern oasis in Rome’s Termini train station. ItaliaPass.com; $49.
THE MUSIC LOVER: Verdi Anniversary Concert CD
Can’t get to Milan’s beloved La Scala opera house? This new CD of a concert performance in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth comprises some of the Italian composer’s best-known overtures. Amazon.com; $25.
THE BEAUTY MAVEN: Olive Oil Body Lotion
Made with 100% extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany, this body lotion from Prima Spremitura is so luxurious and nutritious, you’ll want to bathe in it. Granducati.com; from $8.95.
THE PET LOVER: Luxe Talcum Powder for Dogs & Cats
From Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, one of the world’s oldest pharmacies founded in 1221 in Florence by Dominican friars, comes a new natural, rose-scented talcum powder that prevents moisture and cleans furry friends without irritating them. Santamarianovellausa.com; $32.
THE WINO: New-Fangled Wine Decanter
A new device for wine connoisseurs, the Centenillo wine decanter is a beautiful one-dose vessel made from hand-blown glass that’s drip-free. And, they have decanters for olive oil, too! Granducati.com; $49.
THE FOODIE: Panforte Collection
This collection of dense Italian fruitcake—a Christmas time classic—was featured on Oprah's Favorite Things 2015 list. The trio of panfortes includes: Figs & Walnut, Chocolate and Margherita, made with candied orange, lemon peel and almonds. Italian-products.com; $49.
THE GOOFBALL: Personalized Serenade, Italian-Style
Move over Pavarotti, your friends with a good sense of humor will appreciate being serenaded via phone or Skype by Luca, an Italian opera singer from Rome. Romegiftshop.com; $29; your friend’s reaction: priceless.
THE COFFEE LOVER: Stainless Steel Espresso Cups
No more whining about cold coffee. This new set of two stainless steel espresso cups with saucers made by Frabosk features demitasse that are thermally insulated, double walled and super durable. 1st.line.com; 49.
POPE FRANCIS LOVER: Pope Francis Plush Doll
Pope Francis is even more huggable! This plush replica of the 266th pope stands 10 inches tall, and even looks like the Pontiff, only softer. St. Jude Shop; $19.99.
SPLURGE FOR THE FRIEND YOU REALLY LOVE: An Olive Tree!
Adopt an olive tree for your loved one from Tre Olive, located in the foothills of Calabria. Recipients get an adoption certificate; a photo of their tree; and in the spring, olives will be pressed and olive oil from their tree (3 liters or 6 x 500ml tins) is delivered right to their door! Bellissimo! Treolive.com; $110.