There are gift baskets…and, then, there are Italian gift baskets. We don’t mean to disparage the shopper who wants, say, a Canadian gift basket. But, really? You know that you can’t miss with an Italian gift basket. There are many different types of Italian gift baskets in this list. Some don’t come with a basket, but some other container. Others include foods associated with Italian food, but not necessarily from Italy. And still others feature foods that are strictly Italian. We’re not judging one better than the other. Each of the entries on this list were selected because they include terrific ingredients and they each vary enough from the other to give you a lot of choices. While you’re thinking of food for Christmas, don’t forget that a nice fruitcake is a great option! Check out this legit list of the Top 10 Best Fruitcakes to Buy for Christmas. Or if you’ve just got a hankering for the sweets, then peep the Top 10 Traditional Christmas Candies: The Ultimate List. For lots of great suggestions for all kinds of Christmas gifts, check out the big list for ideas. Fortunately, the gift of food at Christmastime is wonderful gift. A gift basket is always very fun to receive (and give). An Italian gift basket is eccezionale!
1. Little Bit of Italy Gift Basket
You can easily describe this Italian gift basket as “the real deal.” There are 13 products here, and it would work very well for a dinner for four with plenty left over for another night. Starting with the appetizers, there are two salamis, a jar of antipasto, a jar of Castelvetrano olives (if you’ve never had them get ready to become addicted — they’re like butter), and a bag of Taralli, which is an Italian pretzel/cracker. For the main course, you’ve got the pasta, the pasta sauce, a wedge of Parmigiano Regianno cheese and a tin of extra virgin olive oil. For dessert: biscotti, strawberry spread, amaretti cookies and dark chocolate amaretti cookie crumble bark. It all comes in a dark brown rustic wood crate.
2. Rossi Pasta Varieta Grande Gift Basket
If you know anyone who loves pasta, bread and pizza, this is the gift basket for them. It’s a 15 item basket and it’s all about the comfort foods! Plenty of pasta possibilities here: Capelli d’Angelo; Tomato Basil Garlic Fettuccini; Spinach Basil Garlic Fettuccini; Wild Mushroom Linguini; Italian Rotini; and Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna. Then there are the thee sauces: Classic Marinara; Artichoke Sauce; and Classic Pizza Sauce. There are two kinds of pizza dough mix: Classic; and Italian Herb. There’s a Garlic Focaccia Bread Mix. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Aged Balsamic Vinegar. And, finally, Veggie Spice Seasoning. We’ve done the math for you and this all works out to eight different main dishes (of course, you’ll need to add some of your own ingredients, particularly when you use the lasagna pasta). Do take note that the pastas are each 12 ounces, as opposed to the traditional grocery store pasta that comes in 16 ounces.
3. Deluxe Italian Food Gift Basket
This is the big boy of the list. It comes with 22 products, so whoever gets this gift will be doing a lot of indulging. Take a deep breath: it comes with four assorted pastas; three assorted pasta sauces; two assorted cheese spreads; Italian pasta salad; artisan bread sticks; Romano Garlic Crunchy Sourdough Twists; Parmesan Bread Sticks; Italian Cheese Biscuits; bottle of basil and garlic oil; extra virgin olive oil; two assorted seasoning mixes; a tin of Pirouline Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Filled Swirl Cookies; Cashew and Almond Buttercrunch Toffee Roca; an Italian style table cloth; and a pasta sauce/linguini spoon. It all comes in a woven handled basket.
4. Wine Country Gift Baskets The Italian Collection
This basket includes eight items: pasta; marinara sauce; cheese spread; olives; crackers; cheese swirls; cookies and pralines. In other words, you can have an entire dinner for two: cheese spread, crackers and swirls for appetizer; pasta and marinara sauce for the main (I would include the olives in the sauce, making sure to remove the pits prior to throwing them in the marinara); cookies and pralines for dessert. Pro tip: get the basket for someone special and invite yourself over to employ the basket ingredients. Disclaimer based on some reviews: some reviewers say the basket they received had different items than they expected. Indeed, even the listing on Amazon shows a different pasta in the photos. But, hey, any pasta is great, right?
5. Table in Tuscany Italian Gift Basket
A seven item Italian gift basket that gives you the option of two different main courses — and some appetizers. The basket comes with pasta shells and it comes with arborio rice, which is the rice that is used to make risotto. It also includes a jar of puttanesca sauce, which you could use for either the pasta or the risotto, although our suggestion is to utilize the marinated artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in your risotto (you’ll need a few additional, simple ingredients of your own to make the risotto). Of course, the artichokes and tomatoes can be served as the antipasto course, along with the cracked pepper Tuscan crisps. Finish it all up with a dessert of tiramisu water rolls. Comes in a keepsake woven basket with a ribbon and bow.
6. Italian Gift Basket with Keepsake Colander
This is fun — it’s the Italian gift basket that keeps on giving: the “basket” is actually a stainless steel colander. It comes with handmade artisan pasta, a jar of tomato, basil and garlic pasta sauce, a jar of pesto and a package of pistachio biscotti. The colander, of course, will become part of the recipient’s kitchen tool collection. The food, of course, will become delicious and ready to be devoured.
7. Italian Classic Gift Basket
This is, basically, a snack basket and it’s got some nice cheeses and meat included. A total of nine items: three cheeses (Provolone Piccante; Asiago d’Allevo; Grana Padano); a salami chub; Grissini breadsticks; sliced Italian Speck, which is a smoked, cured ham very much like prosciutto; a vegetable tapenade; two desserts — biscotti and an imported Italian chocolate bar filled with ganache. It comes in a hand assembled woven basket and is finished with a dark brown ribbon. Each of the cheeses is almost half a pound and the speck is three ounces, which is a typical size for the thinly sliced cured meats. It gets a handful of reviews, but they’re exceedingly positive. It comes from igourmet.com and I will say that my mom has bought igourmet products for me in the past and I’ve always loved them.
8. Italian Roast Coffee Gift Basket
Who says a gift basket has to be all about dinner? This one is for the coffee lovers. And the chocolate lovers. It features Lavazza Italian Roast coffee (this is ground coffee, not beans). In addition, there’s a great looking insulated vacuum travel mug with a copper lid. It also features almond biscotti; Ghirardelli Hazelnut Heaven dark chocolate; Almond Roca; Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Caramel Squares; Italian Almond Biscotti; and Seattle Chocolates Pomegranate Truffles. The basket is actually a woven “hamper” (sort of like a briefcase) with a brass clasp, so it can be easily repurposed (we didn’t say “regifted,” but, hey, if that works for you…). It even comes with scissors so the recipient can easily get at their treats. Definitely a memorable Italian gift basket.
9. Italian Luxuries Gift Basket
This 12 item gift basket is great as a appetizer course that should last through a couple of meals…unless it’s for a large dinner party, in which case it would also work very well. There are four cheeses: Montasio, Pecorino, Gorgonzola and Grana Padano. Each cheese is eight ounces, so a total of two pounds. Also in the savory column, you get Grissini Breadsticks, Italian Vegetable Tapenade, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Acetum Balsamic Vinegar. On the sweet side: Torrone nougat dessert, Italian Biscotti and a T’a Milano Chocolate Bar. In addition, this gift basket comes with a cheese knife and is presented in an oval basket wrapped with a brown ribbon.
10. Mini Italian Dinner for Two Gourmet Gift Basket
This is a gift basket that’s perfect for a couple who wants to eat Italian one night. It includes seven products and will work for appetizers, main course, dessert and cappuccino. The pasta is spaghetti; a jar of marinara sauce; a jar of sliced mushrooms (to add to the sauce or to eat as an appetizer); Parmesan crisps; sun-dried tomato basil dipping sauce mix; chocolate covered biscotti; and Bella Cappuccino mix. It all comes in a woven handled basket with a bow.