Buon Natale! Still not sure what to get that Italy-loving member of your famiglia? Here are a few of our ideas- feel free to comment if you have others to add, as well!
1) Looking for a gift to impress your Italian-American amici? Tickets to an Italian (or Italian-American) performance are a great way to gift a memorable experience. If there’s no concert in your area, pick up a CD!
- The MetOpera in New York City is showing several famous Italian operas.
- Andrea Bocelli is a wonderful choice for any music fan!
- Have a music fan who loves traditional and modern music? Check out Cheek to Cheek by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.
2) Shopping for an Italian wine lover? Seven Italian wines made Wine Enthusiast’s ‘Best Buys of 2014’ list! From Pinot Nero to Verdicchio, this list is sure to please the wine lover in your life and your wallet, too!
- Stemmari 2012 Pinot Nero (Terre Siciliane) 87 pts. $9
- La Cappuccina 2012 Fontego White (Soave) 89 pts. $10
- Fattoria Laila 2012 Verdicchio (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi) 89 pts. $12
- Veglio 2012 Nebbiolo (Nebbiolo d’Alba) 89 pts. $12
- La Staffa 2012 Verdicchio (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico) 90 pts. $15
- Gracciano della Seta 2013 Red (Rosso di Montepulciano) 90 pts. $15
- Erik Banti 2011 Red (Morellino di Scansano) 91 pts. $15
3) Clothing made in Italy is always a trendy purchase for the fashion-savvy person in your life. Here are a few authentic “made in Italy” brands that can be purchased throughout the United States.
- Lidia Bastianich: Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master
- Rocco DiSpirito: The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to 5 Pounds in 5 Days by Eating the Foods You Love
- Michael Symon: Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners
- Giada De Laurentiis: Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets
- Mario Batali: America–Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers
Or, for the lazy food lover, purchase a gift certificate to the most authentic Italian restaurant in town. To find one near you, check out Thrillist’s list of the best Italian restaurants in America for 2014. Or, send them an Italian food basket of goodies from Italian shops like Di Bruno Brothers or Bagliani’s Market that ship nationwide.
- Rosetta Stone
- My Italian Family (OSIA members receive 10%-20% off services.)
- Ancestry (OSIA members have free access the OSIA records collections online at Ancestry.com and they also receive 20% off all items in the Ancestry.com Store.)
Written by Krystyne Hayes, OSIA Executive Assistant to the National Executive Director.