A piece of a place: Souvenirs and gifts from Italy Part 2

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Posted On August 13, 2014 / Posted In Gift Guides / Tagged Italy, souvenirs, Italian gift guide, a piece of a place

Text and images by Sarita Rajiv

As promised, I’m back with part 2 of my Italian gift guide. If you enjoyed reading Part 1 of Souvenirs and gifts from Italy, I promise you’ll enjoy this one too. And if you decide to visit Italy, this guide will help you get started on the kind of Italian products to look for.

Handmade toys & accessories: Remember how I alluded to wood in the previous post? I was referring to Bartolucci. If you love handmade toys and accessories, Bartolucci is the place to go. Pinocchio is the star there and it’s like being in a fairy tale land of wood people! It’s one of the popular Florence attractions when it comes to shopping in Florence. While Bartolucci has shops across Italy (and even the world), it was fun to visit the Florence store, Florence being the birthplace of Pinocchio and all. They have magnets, key chains, pen holders, clocks, pencil sharpeners, even motorcycles – you will be spoiled for choice. The best part is that everything is handcrafted, made in Italy and affordable!

Italy shopping, Florence attractions and Things to do in Florence

Handmade toys, Italian products, shopping in Florence and souvenirs from Italy

Burano lace: While we were in Venice, along with the fabulous Murano glass art, we also had a chance to see some classic Italian lace from the island of Burano. It takes a group of women several months to complete something like a lace tablecloth as each woman is specialised in one kind of stitch. Fascinating right? Can you imagine the exclusivity of something like that? Perhaps you fancy a scarf for your girlfriend or a traditional tablecloth for your mother? There is a lot to choose from depending, of course, on how deep your pockets are. 

Guide on  souvenirs from Italy, Italian products and Italy shopping.

Postcards and stationery: Did I tell you I like postcards, but never really sent any until recently? Whether you’re planning to send these postcards to your friends and family or whether you intend to gift it to them, you will be spoiled for choice in Italy. While I saw these peculiar postcards and this gorgeous stationary (oddly it has a Parisian touch) at Aqua Alta Libreria in Venice (remember that quirky book shop I talked about in part 1 of my guide?), Florence has its fair share of shops selling stuff like marbled paper and other kinds of stationary. 

Italy shopping guide with postcards and souvenirs from Italy.

Stationery from Italy. shopping in Florence, things to do in Florence,

So that was my Italian Gift Guide in its entirety. What are your favourites? Have I missed out something? I'd love to hear your suggestions. 

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Sarita Rajiv is a writer, gifting specialist and founder of The Orange Gift Bag. She’s on a mission to uncover the ‘best gifts after love’. When she isn’t dreaming up unique gift ideas, she writes for The Copenhagen Post and The National Geographic Traveller India among others.

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Anne @ Unique Gifter

13/08/2014 at 15:30

Wow - I didn't know that Pinocchio was from Florence! Burano lace is so intricate, I went there, once upon a time. I love the fish on the envelope in that last photograph. I hope you had an awesome trip!


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13/08/2014 at 19:42

I'm guessing the Burano lace brought back some memories of your own trip:-) Our trip was fantastic Anne...everything we had hoped for. I didn't know about Pinocchio's origin either until I saw Pinochios everywhere and did some reading about him.