Holiday Giving: 26 Gifts For Hungry Travelers
Olive oil from Especially Puglia. Photo courtesy of Food52.
A Burmese alternative to potato chips. A Japanese tool kit for tea ceremonies. And an Italian olive oil subscription with roots in Puglia. We pulled together 26 food-related goods that make traveling the world possible without leaving the dinner table.
"The Dim Sum Field Guide"
Bring this pocket-sized illustrated dim sum field guide to dinner and you may fool your friends into thinking you studied abroad in China.
Available at amazon.com, $15.
Wicklow Cheese Knives
A fancy cheese knife (for your fancy fromage) made by master carver Chaïm Factor in Ireland using local yew, walnut, and sycamore woods.
Available at the-citizenry.com, $25.
Eataly Pasta Tool Kit
Pretend you’re an Italian grandmother (or Mario Batali, if you wish) with an old-school pasta maker, gnocchi cutter, and two ravioli presses.
Available at amazon.com, $38.
There is such a thing as flavorful instant coffee. It was invented by a master barista from Finland, and is delivered to your door in TSA-friendly vials via subscription service.
Available at suddencoffee.com, from $24/month.
Splash Margarita Mixer
An all-natural splash of tropical vacation without the calorie counting (or the weird cocktail mixer aftertaste).
Available at splashmixers.com, $48 for 3 bottles.
Seed + Mill Tahini
Upgrade your international pantry with velvety tahini made from Ethiopian sesame seeds by New York’s Chelsea Market specialists.
Available at seedandmill.com, $12.
Chocolate Victoria Mexican Hot Chocolate 4-Pack
Stir up winter afternoons with rich Mexican hot chocolate. Each box comes with four discs to dissolve in hot water.
Available at squareup.com, $11.
Donabe Kamadosan Rice Cooker
A heavy-duty rice cooker that amateurs can master, made in the Iga style of pottery, one of the most highly regarded ceramics makers in Japan.
Available at amazon.com, $180.
Q Squared Medina Platter
A melamine centerpiece modeled after ancient Arabian mosaics that won’t break if it falls off the dinner table.
Available at amazon.com, $48.
"Dinner at the Long Table"
For the home entertainer, a collection of recipes for seventeen seasonal family-style meals by Andrew Tarlow, the kingpin restauranteur behind Brooklyn’s world-famous food scene.
Available at amazon.com, $40.
"Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the World"
The cookbook not only features some of the world’s oldest recipes, but profiles the people who preserve them — Maasai warriors, Icelandic shepherds, Hawaiian taro farmers — with captivating photography.
Available at amazon.com, $40.
Tutu Soji Tall Red Canisters
Canisters crafted from castor aralia wood in Japan make a precious way to pack a picnic (or store your leftovers).
Available at nalatanalata.com, $90.
Neighborwoods Brooklyn Coasters
Four aromatic cedar coasters engraved with different sections of the Brooklyn map, perfect for your craft-beer-loving friend who wishes they lived in Brooklyn.
Available at domino.com, $36.
FarmSteady Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Kit
Spread the holiday schmear with a bagel baking and cream cheese making kit for people who can’t get enough of the New York City classic. (Guilty as charged.)
Available at nordstrom.com, $25.
Maille Truffle and Cep Mustards
For the global gourmand, a limited-edition gift box featuring two indulgent flavors of mustard: black truffle and Chablis white wine, and black truffle and smokey cep mushrooms.
Available at maille.com, $93.
Especially Puglia Adopt An Olive Tree Gift Box
Take a love for olive oil to the next level by adopting an olive tree from one of four sustainable groves in Puglia. After the autumn harvest,
Especially Puglia sends adopters three liters of the grove’s EVOO, a ceramic cruet made by local artisans, and updates on the family-run farm.
Available at food52.com, $160.
Kettl Loose Tea Gift Set
The tools for a casual Japanese tea ceremony: young green tea from Yame, handmade porcelain cups, and an earthy
kyusu pot with built-in strainer from the famous ceramics city of Tokoname.
Available at kettl.co, from $150.
FoodCross Greek Thyme Honey
A taste of the Aegean: Pure, unprocessed thyme honey packed with pollen grains from the island of Astypalaia.
Available at foodcross.com, €30.
Izola Odeme Flask
A stylish, travel-friendly flask for those festive moments when getting caught red-handed is actually a good thing.
Available at amazon.com, $32.
"Land of Fish and Rice: Recipes from the Culinary Heart of China"
Chinese food expert Fuchsia Dunlop breaks down the rich culinary traditions of the lower Yangtze region, and its capital Shanghai, with mouth-watering, throwback recipes. (Beggar’s Chicken, anyone?)
Available at amazon.com, $35.
Apolis City Series Market Bag
Make like the farmer’s market and show off where you came from with these customizable, reusable, waterproof totes made by a fair-trade co-op of female artisans in Bangladesh.
Available at apolisglobal.com, $68.
Lotus Root Chips
Pack the Burmese snack for a healthy alternative to potato chips when the munchies strike on the road.
Available at farmtopeople.com, $7.
South Africa’s version of beef jerky actually tastes good. It’s grass-fed, air-dried, sugar-free, and reminiscent of prosciutto.
Available at brooklynbiltong.com, $35.
Snake Oil Hot Sauce
For his small-batch elixir, chef Spike Gjerde of Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen uses organic fish peppers — a rebounding heirloom of the Chesapeake region. It dials in at slighty spicier than Tabasco.
Available at snakeoilhotsauce.com, from $8.