Here our ideas for a fashionable Christmas
The snow is falling, colored lights twinkle, Santa’s voice echoes in the skies and… Christmas is only days away. Therefore it is already time to think about the Christmas gifts. Ouchie! Like every year, we all struggle to be original and find the right idea for the right person. However, this time you can impress your beloved, family and friends with a typically Italian present of great style. Here are our ideas for a fashionable Christmas!
What makes you think about Italy more than great food? Well, sweet theet might appreciate nothing more than an authentic local present such as an all-Italian-products Christmas basket. For example, an Italian Gift Basket With Keepsake Colander ($79.99), that you can buy here.
However, you can always make your own, personalized quality food composition with some of the following traditional delicacies:
De Cecco Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($13.57), Mortadella Imported from Italy, Rovagnati ($16.99). Parmigiano Reggiano 24 Month Top Grade ($32.24), Urbani Dried Porcini Mushrooms, Italian Finest ($45.93), Borsari Traditional Cuor di Pandoro with Hazelnut Gianduia Cream ($39.99) or Fiasconaro Panettone Traditional Italian Holiday Cake ($27.85), Le Florentine Torrone Assortment ($10.79), plus an excellent sweet wine like the Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé 0,75 lt. ($57.78), perfect to match with strong cheese.
Speaking of food, some parents or partners who take a stab at cooking Italian might like a Stainless Steel Spaghetti Server ($10.85). If you have a bigger budget, for coffee lover families we suggest an elegant Mended Cups Coffee Set by Yoko Ono – Illy Art Collection ($299.99) or a more classical Original Bialetti Moka Express ($39.99).
Italy has a great literary tradition: from contemporary authors with a secret identity like Elena Ferrante — you can start from the first book of her series of Neapolitan Novels, My Brilliant Friend ($15.30) — to classics like Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, or writers of children’s stories like Gianni Rodari and his evergreen book for professional educators, The Grammar of Fantasy ($95.70). Otherwise, why not consider an Eataly Cookbook ($33.96) containing more than 300 hundred recipes?
4. Jewlery & Design
Italy is also the land of fashion and design. If you want to say ti amo to the person you love, you can get a 14 kt Yellow Gold Monogram Square-Top Ring Crafted in Italy ($299) or a Morellato Bracelet Drops Female ($87). Wanna do something really precious for the house? What’s more beautifully designed and refined than the classic Wall Lamp by Flos ($917.79), the best Italian lighting brand?
Winter is cold, but men love to be stylish anyway. The Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Eau De Toilette ($158.99) or Fratelli Orsini Everyday Men’s Italian Rabbit Fur Gloves ($59.95) might do for your boyfriend, husband or father. For women, the same Abruzzese company produces the Everyday Women’s Italian Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves ($56.95). Alternatively, girlfriends and wives will surely welcome a branded Valentino Women’s Icon Shoulder Bag ($139.95) or, for more eccentric tastes, a pair of Prada Women’s Embellished Sunglasses ($209).
When it’s cold outside, apart from the right kind of clothing, nothing is more healing than a hot bath. Things can get sexy or relaxing even at Christmas, when couples can enjoy a moment of pleasure with the Ortigia Natural Italian Bath Sea Salts with Fragrance Orange Blossoms ($38.00).
Parlami d’amore, Mariù… Wanna fill the atmosphere with Italian notes? You can give a CD with The 100 Most Beautiful Italian Songs ($18.86) to someone special. If you love Italian contemporary music, then you can’t miss the sentimental album Emozioni by Lucio Battisti ($13.99), the vibrant Giannabest by Gianna Nannini ($13.27) or the joyful Oh, Vita! by Jovanotti ($9.49). For those who are vinyl lovers, there is a magic Italian Movie Soundrack compilation by the great Chet Baker ($16.03).
Music can be the first step to learn Italian, but a language course is what is needed to do it properly. During Christmas, children and adults can take advantage of the break and master their language skills with the BBC’s Talk Italian: The Ideal Course for Absolute Beginners ($24.05).
9. Posters & Pictures
Venice can give to a dearest home a romantic touch, thanks to the Canvas Print Wall Art Painting For Home Decor View On Grand Canal At Night Venice ($32.99). The Great Book of Italy ($22.23) is a more sober bookcase object that always looks good in all surroundings.
We haven’t forgotten about the children! For the little ones, educational games can be fun with the Italian for Kids Game ($14.95) or the English to Italian Kids Flash Card Book ($25.99). If you wish to teach your kids some real Italian traditions and spend long nights playing cards with all the family around the table, then the Neapolitan Regional Italian Playing Cards ($7.14) can make them get rid of the videogames (an unbelievable, but actual thing in the Christmas break or during the warm Italian summer nights!)