An Italian-American Holiday Gift Guide

What do you get the paesano who has everything? Here are a few gift ideas for Italian-Americans who love their heritage and want to reconnect with their roots. 

For the musician... 

A tamburello! This model designed by world-renowned percussionist Alessandra Belloni is perfect for beginners interested in the pizzica tarantata style from Salento. Light-weight and comfortable to hold, it produces an authentic sound, but is produced using 100% vegan materials. 

And, if you're more interested in playing the Neapolitan tammurriata, check out this larger drum featuring a beautiful image of the Black Madonna. 

Pair either one with Alessandra's book, Rhythm is the Cure

For the international traveler... 

Italian or Neapolitan language lessons! Anna Scognamiglio is a native speaker and scholar of literature. Her private online classes are tailored to your needs, regardless of whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced student. 

For the healer... 

Cimaruta Remedies! Inspired by her ancestors and by Southern Italian folk medicine, Kara Wood crafts herbal remedies using plants she grows herself. Follow her on Instagram for a taste of what she offers. 

For the magician... 

A charm against the evil eye! The evil eye or mal'occhio is believed to cause illness and bad luck. But it can be averted using one of these charms, which also serve as signifiers of Italian-American identity. 

For the devotee...

Our Lady of the Green! Gail Faith Edwards reweaves plant wisdom, medicine stories, and the feminine divine in this series of 13 recordings focused on the Mysteries of the Rosary and Southern Italian folk medicine. 

For the lush...

Liquore Strega! Brewed in Benevento, the legendary meeting spot of Italian witches, this bittersweet amaro is perfect before or after a meal. The beautiful bottle and label make it a great gift for your favorite holiday party host(ess). 

For anyone! 

A subscription to the New Neighborhood! Dolores Alfieri and Anthony Fasano, hosts of the Italian American Podcast, bring you the New Neighborhood: an online community devoted to preserving and sharing Italian-American culture. Join the group for online discussion and special cultural events.