This season, unwrap centuries worth of Italian holiday tradition! From the best regional Italian ingredients to traditional Milanese panettone, our gifts are rich and sweet, timelessly delicious, and always a hit at any party.
In Italy, we have always considered good food to be the best gift, dating back to our grandparents’ days of hardship when it was much less abundant, and sharing it showed love. Thanks to our nonni, that tradition has held strong among Italians today. This year, show you care by giving the gift of food to the ones you love (and that includes yourself!). Explore our marketplace of gifts throughout the holidays to find the best gifts for mom or dad, for your friends, and beyond.
Check out our holiday gift guide with 10 gift ideas for everyone on your list – then visit us to find even more!
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Find the right Italian treat for all of your hosting and gifting needs this holiday season with 10 of our favourite gifts.
Wrapped in festive paper, this sweet and fluffy holiday dessert is a traditional, crowd-pleasing favourite. Hailing from Milano, each slice offers a taste of the high-quality flour, eggs, and dried fruit, which symbolize luck and prosperity. Discover the legend of Italy’s traditional Christmas cake, then bring one home to share! Not sure which to choose? Check out our panettone guide.
2. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
In Italy, it’s not uncommon to gift your loved ones a fine bottle of extra virgin olive oil. This year, take a page from our book and surprise someone with a hand-picked (literally) ceramic bottle of olio d’oliva, made from cold-pressed, 100% Italian olives. What could be a more unique gift to bring to a holiday gathering?
3. PARMIGIANO REGGIANO DOP
Made according to old-world Italian tradition and with just three ingredients, Parmigiano Reggiano DOP is nothing but the real deal. With each bite, savour the rich flavours and granular texture that only gets better with age. Consider a hunk as a prized addition to any antipasto board, or a special gift to keep the festive flavour coming for months to come.
4. ITALIAN SALUMI
Don’t be afraid to gift like an Italian: the gift of a whole salume is a creative (and delicious) way to show you care! This season, find brand new, extra special picks from our salumi and formaggi experts. Try Prosciutto di Parma DOP Aged 18 Months from Ferrarini, which can only be produced from the hind legs of specially-selected heritage breed pigs raised in the 11 approved regions of Italy, then processed and aged in Parma, a town in the heart of Emilia-Romagna.
Rich and buttery, our caviar is sourced from Calvisius, a farm in Lombardia that produces 25 tons of eggs per year from endangered sturgeons using sustainable methods that save the fish – and deepen the flavour. Luxurious and sustainable? Eggstraordinary, indeed.
Still hunting for the perfect gift? Hunted for only a few months out of the year in the woodlands of Piemonte, white truffles offer deep aromas and an unforgettable, delicate taste. The best part of all? The hunt is over, so all you need to do is add a dash of decadence to your holiday table with our fresh selection.
Ready to celebrate? Having a bad day? Just want a pick-me-up? Rich, complex, and deeply flavourful, artisanal chocolate made from premium cacao beans is perfect for any mood and every occasion. Open up your loved ones a classic Italian flavour like gianduja, made with creamy Piemontese hazelnuts and rich chocolate.
8. VINO & BIRRA
Give the gift of a local favourite with an Italian flair, with a specialty beer from Birroteca by Indie Ale House to really make every get-together unforgettable! Try a classic with Bionda, an Italian pilsner, or get the best of vino & birra in one bottle with their Vine Song series.
For the wine lovers, give the gift of Eataly Toronto’s new Wine Club, complete with 3 bottles of regional Italian vini, the perfect snack to pair, and a virtual tasting where you’ll learn more about the producers behind the wine as you sip alongside our experts. December’s wine region? Travel north to Veneto! Sign up online or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
You’ll have everyone saying cin cin in no time!
9. ARTISANAL PASTRY
“I regret eating that artisanally-made tiramisù,” said no Italian ever. Whether tiramisù or a fruit tart or even bite-sized pasticcini, an artisanal Italian pastry is sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering!
10. AN ITALIAN EXPERIENCE
When in doubt, give them a quick trip to Italy – no passport or airport lines required. Holidays are meant to be spent around the table, and the best part about high-quality food made with care is the opportunity to share it with someone you love. Treat your loved ones to a night in with food delivery from one of our restaurants, leave the cooking to us, and enjoy some quality time over a delicious meal.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT LOCAL WARES
New to Eataly this season, we’ve partnered with Toronto’s Kensington Flea Market to feature high-quality, hand-crafted wares from local artisans until December 31, from sauces to teas, soaps, jewelry, accessories, greeting cards, and more! Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift for loved ones or a way to treat yourself this season (it’s 2020 – you deserve it), shop local during the holidays at Artisan Market by Kensington Flea safely in-store or online at shoptoronto.eataly.ca.
Explore our entire marketplace for these gifts and more! Buone Feste!