Christmas in Florence is undeniably beautiful. Every year I look forward to seeing the Tree in front of the Duomo, drinking mulled wine at the Christmas market in Santa Croce, and enjoying the streets of Florence all decorated and lit up. This year I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Florentine gift ideas in case anyone is a procrastinator like myself and looking for inspiration. As a disclaimer, if you’re shipping or buying anything from Italy, you might want to let the recipient know it might be late. Last year I sent Christmas cards (cards!) totally on time at the beginning of December, and they arrived in their various destinations in mid-January and some even into February. You have been warned. Of course if you choose any of these, it’ll be worth the wait!
Antipina Leather Bag
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I recently fell in love with this classic Antipina bag when I saw photos that my friend Olga did for them, showing it off around the streets of Florence. With it’s timeless elegance, this bag can go from work to travel to leisure without missing a beat.
AquaFlor is an otherworldly perfume boutique, hidden away on a small street off of Santa Croce. It’s must-see even if you’re only in Florence for a day, and the perfect place to pick up a special gift, and of course a luxurious souvenir for yourself. They have an impressive collection of perfumes, candles, and beauty products made with their unique scents. My personal favorite is the Meletemi perfume, which I use anytime I want to put on a beach-vacation state of mind.
Who doesn’t love a pair of Italian shoes? In bright colors of leather and suede with pebble-style soles, L’Bardi loafers shoes are perfect for strolling the boardwalk of a seaside Italian town. This chic staple makes a great gift for both men and women, and is sure to become one of the favorite items in any Italophile’s wardrobe.
A Bottle of Dievole Wine
When in doubt, wine! My friends and family back in the U.S. always appreciate a nice bottle of Italian wine, so there are always a few bottles of Chianti and Morellino in my luggage when I take a trip home. According to Italian etiquette you should never show up to someone’s house empty-handed, and a bottle of wine is always well-received. Try a bottle of Dievole Chianti Classico or Divertimento!
Sole Yoga Retreat
This last one is for someone who has been extra good this year, and as a bonus is sure to arrive on time! Shari of Sole Yoga puts together amazing yoga retreats to incredible locations in Italy and beyond.
For inspiring views immersed in natural beauty go for the Positano retreat, and for luxury-lovers I recommend the 4-star Sardinia wellness retreat! The best part of this gift, is that you should probably go along and make sure they have a good time.
These are some of my favorite local brands, so buying these products has the added bonus of supporting artisans and entrepreneurs that put their heart and soul into their products and business.
Wherever you are and whatever you celebrate, have a happy holiday season!