Whether they adore the Amalfi Coast or are transfixed by Tuscany, the Italophile in your life will be kept happy with one of these Italian-inspired gifts. From the scents of Sicily to the aromas of Piedmont, these unique presents will capture the essence of the La Dolce Vita and transport them to Bella Italia, without the need for getting on a plane.
Nest New York Sicilian Tangerine Candle
With it citrus notes of tangerine blended with bergamot, this elegant candle will transport them to the verdant hills and turquoise seas of the Mediterranean island of Sicily. The premium wax candle comes in an etched glass, frosted with stripes, in keeping with the stylish island. Founded by industry heavyweight Laura Slatkin (a pioneer of luxury home fragrance since the early 1990s), NEST New York is built on the principal that a great scent can totally change your space – and mood.
From £45, nestnewyork.com
Creed Jardin D’Amalfi Eau de Parfum
Lemon, bergamot, mandarin and pink berries fizz together to create this scent inspired by the sweet-smelling gardens of Amalfi – Italy’s glorious stretch of coastline. At the heart of the perfume are notes of rose and jasmine – found in the floral pergolas, which adorn the homes of this region.
Creed was founded by Olivier and Erwin Creed, who travelled the globe in search of the finest essences for their Les Royales Exclusives collection. This fragrance captures late afternoon strolls through tree-lined trees, sunshine glittering across the iridescent sea and the breeze scented with Amalfi lemons.
From £405 for 75ml, creedfragrances.co.uk
Fornasetti Calendar Plate 2023
An icon in the world of Italian design, Fornasetti was founded in the 1950s by Piero Fornasetti and is now headed up by his son Barnaba Fornasetti. Renowned for his surreal ceramics and wallpapers, each year the company issues a porcelain Calendar Plate. This – the 56th edition – brings with it a new message of good wishes for 2023, alongside a landscape of towers of playing cards rising high into the sky, defying the clouds that drift across it.
Perfect to wish a loved one good cheer for the new year, this collector’s item can be hung on the walls of the home as a refined ornament, or used to embellish the table as an exclusive festive decoration.
Ginori 1735 L’Ammazone Red Clay Room Diffuser
The name Ginori 1735 refers to the 18th-century origins of this Italian heritage porcelain company. It was originally founded by the Marquis Carlo Andrea Ginori who launched the future Manifattura di Doccia in the villa of the family estate in Doccia, Tuscany. This striking diffuser comes from the LCDC – La Compagnia Di Caterina – collection.
Designed by Luca Nichetto, it is inspired by a sensorial journey linking Florence to Paris in search of a modern Renaissance. With this collection, Ginori 1735 pays homage to the story of Catherine de’ Medici, presenting the imaginary characters of her company, one of which is L’Amazzone, depicted on the face of this diffuser. The refillable room diffuser is made of pure porcelain, and is supplied with the Orange Renaissance fragrance kit, a zesty fragrance blended with notes of Tuscan cypress, honey and musk.
Gucci Lady Nest GG-Jacquard Metallic-Weave Scarf
Give the gift of style with this classic Gucci scarf, which will be a staple sartorial item in their wardrobe. The Lady Nest Scarf takes inspiration from the original Gucci rhombi pattern that was first introduced in the 1970s. Crafted from a soft wool blend, it’s finished with fringed trims and a sparkling metallic weave.
Acqua di Parma Panettone Candle
Offering the ultimate in a festive Italian home, this limited-edition candle, from the Acqua di Parma Holiday Collection, is inspired by Florentine artisanal traditions with its sunlit yellow elements on the glass jar and creative print on the packaging. Light the candle and the warming scent of Panettone infuses the air with citrus notes blended with gourmand hits of vanilla and candied fruits. Panettone is, of course, the traditional Milanese festive dessert loved all over the world.
Officine Universelle Buly Campagne D’Italie Scented Matches
Coated with a scented solution, with bergamot and grapefruit accords topped with cedar, sandalwood and patchouli, the Officine’s matches elegantly perfume the atmosphere in the room with one swift move.
The Campagne d’Italie scent captures a moment in history: when dreams of glory and conquest took flight beyond the Piedmont and Lombardy country, in 1796. Delicate bergamot and grapefruit rinds, still warm from the sun, blend with woody cedar and oak notes.
From €16, buly1803.com
Aman Umbr Fine Fragrance
Inspired by the Aman hotel in Venice – carved out of a grand 16th-century palazzo – Umbr is the Latin word for shadow, a nod to the ‘whispers’ of opulence of the Venice of centuries past. Aman’s Fine Fragrance collection is a sensory way for brand enthusiasts to revist their past Aman experiences. The Umbr version has layers of spice and a floral heart of orange blossom and rose, textured with black pepper and saffron. Seductive leather and wood accents add a darker edge to the fragrance.
Stories of Italy Macchia su Macchia Murano Glass Tumblers
A beautiful keepsake, these Murano glass tumblers (set of two) have a unique hexagonal shape with a speckled finish. Stories of Italy is a Milan-based brand and design studio creating fine products steeped in traditional Italian craft. The aesthetic is maximalist in colour, yet minimalist in shape with a strong focus on Murano blown glass.
£195 for two, Selfridges.com
Assouline Amalfi Coast Book
The perfect coffee-table book to whisk your loved-one off to Amalfi through its pages. Written by Carlos Souza, the hardback book celebrates the 13 towns that make up this iconic coastline. The narrow, winding cliffside route unites a string of villages and is famously picturesque with its mountains and Mediterranean sea below. Photographer Charlene Shorto depicts some of the breath-taking landmarks – from the Cathedral in Amalfi to Villa Rufolo in Ravello.