gifts under $5.00...
Gift shopping in Italy
need not be expensive if JourneyWomen shop in food markets
and grocery stores. Try some of the following delicious
ideas. You'll have loads of fun finding the products and
your presents will really be "Italian" and unique.
The most centrally-located
grocery store is on Via Giustiniani, the road (only about
2 blocks long) that runs from the Pantheon to Piazza Navona.
It's a gorgeous new store with a gourmet deli counter
and much more.
Chocolate eggs with fantastic, elaborate toy prizes inside
them. Kids and adults love them.
Great for spreading on crackers and even better for making
bruschetta. And it costs a fraction of what it costs outside
Most grocery stores sell regular, everyday pasta but they
also sell gourmet pastas that are unusual shapes or colors
Pre-made pesto in a jar is great in Italy. My mom always
takes lots of small jars back to the US when she visits.
Pasta and Pesto Seasonings
Some stores sell spices, pre-mixed, for various kinds
of pasta and pizza. Look for pizza spices, or spices for
penne all'arrabbiata and other pastas. You can also buy
these in bulk at the spice stands in the market at Campo
Teenagers love 'Mental Box'
A little box of mints that has this hilarious name. It
always makes young people laugh.
A pre-teen gift idea
Pick up Aquafresh or Colgate which comes packaged in tubes
with Italian writing.
All items are easy to pack and really fun to bring home.
Happy shopping, everybody!