Ok, I admit it.

I’m not a big Christmas shopper.

I prefer gifting consumables: cookies, wine, bubbly and homemade sweets.

It’s simple, practical and always appreciated.

Below, I’ve made a list of simple but wonderful Italian inspired gifts to give to friends, family or co-workers who love Italy or love to travel.

You can easily buy, make or send them — even last minute!

Christmas shop like babbo natale . 6 Italian inspired gift ideas.

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1. Salute! Break out the bubbly with Organic Villa Teresa prosecco. Or soak your Christmas cantuccini in this beautiful Tuscan vin santo.

2. Gifting cookbooks provides years of inspiration. Here are my favorite Italian cookbooks.

3. An adorable app that sends a real 4×6 real postcard to anywhere in the world. A lovely and inexpensive way to say, “I’m thinking of you” to your friends in faraway places.

4. Homemade presents are the best! I make these Tuscan almond biscuits with a hint of orange every year. Here’s the best cantuccini recipe.

5. A box of panettone is a perfect hostess gift.

6. Bring back memories of your trip to Tuscany with panforte. Sure, you can buy it pre-made but check out this handmade panforte recipe from my friend Giulia.

Can you add to this list of simple gifts? I’d love to hear your “go-to” Christmas present.

With love + panettone,



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4 Responses

  1. What a great recipe–I just finished a batch using Meyer lemon zest and the fragrance is wonderful. I’ve tried making cantucci before and they never turned out quite right. These are spectacular. Thanks, Bianca, for such an easy and delicious recipe. I’m giving these to my mom and sisters for Christmas with some Mamma Ro ceramics.

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