Saturday, December 06, 2008

Bring Italy to your Christmas!

Christmas is just around the corner. For those who haven't yet thought of gifts for family and friends, I have some suggestions from two expat blogger friends in my part of the world whose creativity and resourcefulness has resulted in exceptional products for luxuriating and dreaming without breaking the budget.

The Amalfi Coast, as any of you who have been here will know, is a place which touches your soul.
It's brilliant colours, dramatic coastline and genuine down to earth products made with the traditional methods are a way of life here.
Nicki, who many of you will recognize from her blog, has created beautiful, handcrafted soaps which would look divine in your bathroom from the natural local products in the area. The colours reflect the ocean, the gelato coloured houses and the rocky mountain morphology. They are a feast for your eyes and your skin.

Take a look for yourself at Saponissimo: Etsy for the States and Dawanda for Europe.
You won't regret it!


South of Rome is a newly discovered blog for me by a fair lady who moved to Naples from Sicily.
The blog is well worth visiting and informative with gorgeous pictures as is her published book In Etna's Shadow just recently available on Amazon. For all you lovers of Italy's largest island, this is a travel book with a culinary twist to treasure. Karen offers a discount if you order from her blog. Do drop by and see what she has to offer for yourselves.

A Congratulations to both Nicki and Karen !

8 comments:

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

Great minds...I'm posting some expat-flavored gift ideas this week too. Love those soaps and that book!

mymelange said...

Very nice. I'll have to take a look. I am a big fan of Etsy....friend of mine is having a giveaway on her Etsy shop as well. Posted a litttle bit about it last week.

South of Rome said...

Grazie Molto! How v. funny I just popped over here to see how I could add a little Italy to my Christmas and hey, it's my book! Too funny. Thanks for the plug. Now I'm off to look at those soaps!

joe@italyville said...

Thanks for the great gift ideas!

Cherrye at My Bella Vita said...

Fun stuff. I'll take one of each, please! :-)

Megan in Liguria said...

I am so glad to see Nicki has succeeded with her dream. Boy is she talented! Think I'll need to some home to Mom and sis! Grazie for the blog! :)

qualcosa di bello said...

you have no idea how grateful i am to find your referrals! my gift purchasing this year is quite behind...

Anait said...

oh my gosh, I LOVE Nikki's soaps!! I think your post may just have helped me check off half my christmas list :)