If you have a friend who travels thousands of miles just to dine at a renowned restaurant or spends weekends battling deep bouts of wanderlust by cooking cuisine from some far off land—this is the list for them. Tap into the exotic sensibilities of your favorite travelers with this comprehensive list of tested and approved travel-ready gifts for food lovers.
For a Cook on the Road
WÜSTHOF GOURMET 7-Piece Traveler Kit
Never again will the lucky recipient of this Gourmet 7-Piece Traveler Set from WÜSTHOF need to deal with dull knives at their destination. The travel-ready kit comes equipped with a paring knife, serrated utility knife, 6-inch chef’s knife, waiter’s corkscrew, collapsable kitchen shears and mini knife sharpener. Unsurprisingly, everything is of the highest quality (it is WÜSTHOF, after all), right down to the durable travel case.
For the Traveler Who Has Tried Everything
Cha No Ka Japanese Cookies
Appeal to your globetrotter’s exotic palate with a box of beautiful Japanese Cha No Ka cookies. Infused with matcha green tea from Uji-Shirakawa, Japan, the individually wrapped biscuits have an entirely unique flavor that is delicate and just sweet enough courtesy of a white-chocolate filling. We were particularly fond of the creative packaging too—each cookie is wrapped individually, and the ornate box just feels important.
For the Trip Planner
Cuisine Around the World Calendar
Keep your giftee constantly inspired in 2015 with this adorable calendar illustrated by Little Low Studio from Uncommon Goods. Each month profiles a different country with a table decked out with its best and most traditional foods. Before you know it, your pal will be highlighting dates to visit each spot highlighted.
For the Cheese Connoisseur
Formaggio Kitchen Global Cheese Sampler
Know a traveler who is serious about cheese? Look no further than this global cheese sampler from Formaggio Kitchen. The cheese experts at Formaggio Kitchen do the selecting but guarantee there will be a goat-, sheep- and cow-milk cheese as well a blue cheese, each from a different country. In the package we tested, we got an adventurous selection featuring the pungent Epoisses de Berhaut from France, sharp Manchego from Spain, soft Tronchetto Carbone Trinchero goat cheese from Italy and bold Bayler Hazen Blue from Vermont. Now that’s global.
For the Globally Conscious
Indian Block Print Apron from Global Goods Partners
Give a global gift that does good with an apron from Global Goods Partners. The Rice Bag Eco-Apron (left) is made of up-cycled rice bags from Cambodia and crafted by the Artisans Association of Cambodia, an organization that aids formerly trafficked women and landmine survivors. The other is crafted in Afghanistan by sex trade survivors and poverty-stricken women. The sell of both of these pieces will directly impact the lives of those who stitch them for the better. Oh, and the aprons are pretty cute, too.
For the Tea Partier…
Around the World Tea Collection
Take your friend on a tour of tea with this indulgent tea set containing 10 diverse loose leaf variations from the world’s top tea regions. Each tube included contains enough leaves to brew a six- to eight- cup pot and varieties range from an energizing Chinese green tea to a soothing Oolong from Japan.
…And for When that Tea Partier Wants to Travel
Travel Tea Glass Infuser
The market is flooded with fancy travel coffee mugs, so it’s about time tea gets a stellar vessel of its own. A perfect partner gift to the Around the World Tea Collection (above), this travel tea glass from Libre is made from a durable BPA-free poly Tritan with a glass container in the interior. At the top, a hidden tea infuser sits waiting to be filled with a loose leaf tea of your choice. The stylish infusers come in a variety of patterns and sizes, but all will fit wonderfully in a stocking of your choice.
For the Snowbirds
Sandals LaSource St. George’s Grenada
Prices: Rooms start at $339 Per person/per night
Want to actually globe trot with your travel-lover? And turn up the romance and relaxation while you’re at it? Look into booking a vacation at Sandals LaSource in St. George, Grenada. Redefining what it means to be all-inclusive, this brand new Sandals resort opened its doors less than a year ago with an innovative dining program that features chefs representing countries all around the world. Perched on the edge of the glistening Caribbean Sea, there are 10 restaurants on the property (all included with the price of your room) so if you want to do a round-the-world progressive dinner starting with Japanese sushi at Soy and ending with a French chocolate cake at La Jardinier, you can! And remember to try all of the cocktails—they’re already paid for.
For the Book Worm
This hefty book from the experts at National Geographic is over 300 pages and details the best markets, street foods and drinks in the world. It is the best kind of coffee table book—one that makes a statement while also being educational and visually interesting to flip through.
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