There are many ways to help Venice and Venetians after the floods that hit the city in November 2019, causing devastation and damage. One of the best ways to support local communities year round, and especially nice for the holidays, is to shop local. Here, we bring you a list of Venice gift ideas that will also help the city – especially the local artisans who carry on valuable handicraft traditions and have been especially hit hard by the latest devastion. We hope you enjoy browsing this list and will find some unique gifts your friends and families will love, while also helping the city of Venice.
Our Prontopia Local Giada suggests the following favorite shops in Venice for hand-crafted leather goods:
Quorami – Quorami is a charming leather sharp near the Scala dei Contarini del Bovolo that sells hand-crafted leather accessories. The name is a spin on the Venetian word “Curame” meaning tanned hide. It’s a great place to select a belt or wallet as the perfect gift!Calle de la Mandola, 3730,30124 Venezia VE, Italy+39 041 887 7543
Kalimala – Kalimala produces its own shoes, belts, handbags and wallets in fun upbeat colors and designs.Salizada San Leo, Castello 538730122 Venezia VE, Italy+39 041 528 3596
Bottega del Mondo – Giada recommends this shop in the Santa Croce neighborhood for their artisan leatherworkSanta Croce, 203930135 Venezia VE, Italy+39 041 522 6684
Paperworks and Prints
Paper Owl – Paper Owl, is also recommended by our local Giada, for its beautiful handmade paper. Paper Owl also dedicates part of its profits to sustainable causes. Buy one of their handcrafted paper Christmas trees today, and they will make a donation on your behalf to TreedomSanta Croce, 2155/A30135 Venezia VE, Italy+39 041 476 1974
Barchetta di Carta di Maria Mariano – Here you can find adorable baby gifts, fabric covered notebooks from whimisical original prints and much more.San Polo 1731 Calle dei Cristi30125 Venezia VE, Italy+39 041 564 6888
Alberto Valese Ebru – This artisans showroom near Piazza San Marco features hand-printed paper in designs ranging from typical marbled paper to globally inspired print-makingCampo Santo Stefano, 34730124 Venezia VE, Italy+39 041 523 8830
Plum Plum Creations – Here you will find loving creations by Venetian artist Ariana Sautariello, who also hosts printmaking classes at the shop’s studio. Take home a watercolor, linocut, etching, or illustration as a thoughtful gift from Venice.Fondamenta dei Ormesini, 268130121 Venezia VE, Italy+39 041 476 5404
Feelin’ Venice – Filippo and Matteo were inspired to create the Feelin’ Venice shop to feature printed fabrics and papergoods based on original creations by Venetian artists that render a modern view of the city. It is one of our favorite shops year-round, and you can find the perfect gifts to take home from their stores in San Marco and on Strada Nova.
Impiraressa Marisa Convento – Prontopia Local Eloisa had the pleasure of meeting Marisa with Italy expert Vittoria De Maio and learning how Marisa’s desire to preserve the ancient traditions of the Impiraresse – women beadworkers who made handcrafted jewelry from the beads produced in Murano. Marisa carries on this tradition in her delightful studio with modernist creations set among an amazing collection of vintage photos. A visit to her atelier is more than just a shopping experience, it is an important historical one, too.Calle de la Mandola 3805a30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Perlamadre Design – Perlamadre design studio is an atelier run by two local Venetian artists who create glass beads according to the ancient traditions of Murano and render them into elegant bead jewelry. They offer free international shipping. It is also possible to do a workshop.Calle de le Boteghe, 318230123 Venezia VE, Italy+39 340 844 9112
Libreria Marco Polo – many of the Prontopia Locals recommend this local bookshop in Dorsoduro. They have a wide range of books and when you enter you can browse through coffee table books evoking the history, art and architecture as the perfect gifts. They also have a nice kids book selection. This really cool design book was a big hit last Christmas as a gift for a client’s daughter in art school studying illustration.Sestiere Dorsoduro, 289930123 Venezia VE, Italy+39 041 822 4843
Photos by Fabio Bressanello – Check out Fabio’s art studio in one of our favorite local areas of Venice near Ponte San Barnaba, or go online to purchase a memorable print of Venice with free shipping for the holiday season. Fabio will also be offering photo walks in 2020!Ponte di San BarnabaDorsoduro 3168/B 30123 VENEZIA+39 3485363175
Lellabella – for our craft enthusiasts, visit Lellabella design studio for handmade yarns. They also create original sweaters and scarves from the yarn, and ship internationally. Check out their website to purchase online.San Marco 3718 (6,165.16 mi)Venice, Italy 30124+39 041 522 5152
Antichità al Ghetto – Browse antiques or purchase handmade replicas of ancient designs from this shop in one of the most historic neighborhoods of Venice, the Jewish Ghetto. During the holiday season, you can also find some of the most amazing fritelle in this area as well. Shopping and fritters, what can be better!Cannaregio, 113330121 Venezia VE, Italy+39 041 524 4592
San Maurizio Christmas Market – Prontopia local Michela suggests exploring the stalls of the Christmas market of San Maurizio, which is famous for its antiques, to take home a special gift from Venice. The market is featured in Campo San Maurizio every holiday season, where you will also find an ice rink and Christmas sweets to enjoy.
We Are Here Venice – the fate of Venice ecologically and culturally is a fate that is a risk to other cities around the world if we do not take action to preserve local ecologies. You can give the gift of giving this season by purchasing a membership to We Are Here Venice, an activist group that advocates for the city and its citizens, as an extra special gift.
La Venessiana – Experiences are often the most cherished gifts. La Venessiana is a cultural program and blog created by Venetian Iris Loredana, who together with her grandmother Lina has created an e-course on the history, culture, art, and cuisine of Venice.