Gift | Regalo

Did you know? Gift translates to poison in German…
Etymology: gift in italian comes from Spanish regalo, “gift to the king”. (King in Italian is re.)

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Il regalo
The gift

I regali
The gifts


Adjectives for gift in Italian

A gift can be…

gradito
appreciated

sgradito
unwanted

inaspettato
unexpected

speciale
special

perfetto
perfect

modesto
modest

costoso
expensive

prezioso
precious

azzeccato
fitting

utile
useful

spontaneo
spontaneous

generoso
generous

gratuito
free

impegnativo
demanding, fancy

Che regalo vuoi per il compleanno? – Nulla di impegnativo.
What kind of gift do you want for your birthday? – Nothing fancy.

I usually throw away unwanted gifts.
Sono solito buttare via i regali sgraditi.


Regalo indovinato
Spot-on gift
Literally: guessed gift

Regalo scherzoso
Gag gift
Literally: joking gift

Regalo frivolo
Frivolous gift

Regalo riciclato
Recycled gift

Regalo simbolico
Symbolic gift

Regalo d’addio
Parting gift

Regalo di compleanno
Birthday gift

Regalo di Natale
Christmas gift

Regalo di nozze
Wedding gift

Regalo di anniversario
Anniversary gift


Verbs for gift in Italian

You can…

fare
make

incartare, confezionare or impacchettare
wrap

scartare
unwrap

dare
give

accettare
accept

aprire
open

ricevere
receive

comprare
buy

scambiare or contraccambiare
exchange

ricambiare
return

offrire
offer

spedire
send

restituire
give back

riciclare
recycle

Dai, scarta il regalo! Sono curioso di sapere cosa contenga.
Come on, unwrap the gift! I’m curious to know what’s inside.

È maleducazione riciclare i regali.
It’s bad manners to recycle gifts.

Apprezzare un regalo
To appreciate a gift

Rifiutare un regalo
To refuse a gift

regalare dei fiori
Regalare dei fiori
To give flowers as a gift

Other collocations for gift in Italian

Articoli da regalo
Giftware

Un regalo da parte mia / tua / sua / nostra …
A gift from me / you / s/he / us …
Literally: A gift from my part, your part…

Idea regalo
Gift idea

Confezione regalo
Gift box

Carta da regalo
Wrapping paper

When wrapping a gift, you can add a bigliettino (card, tag) and a fiocco (bow).


Common sayings with gift in Italian

Ricoprire di regali
To shower with gifts
Literally: To cover with gifts

Non vorrei … neanche se me lo regalassi!
I wouldn’t want … even if you gave it to me!
Meaning: To hate something very much


Usage examples of gift in Italian

Che regalo hai fatto a Vittorio per il suo compleanno?
What gift did you give Vittorio for his birthday?

Durante le festività natalizie, la gente si scambia molti regali riciclati.
People exchange many recycled gifts during the Christmas holidays.

Incartare regali è la mia specialità.
Wrapping gifts is my specialty.

Ho dimenticato di comprare un regalo di anniversario per la mia ragazza.
I forgot to buy an anniversary gift for my girlfriend.


What next?

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