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Twenty gift ideas for foodies who love to travel

Updated: Dec 9, 2022


Travel Gift Ideas - Foodie Travel Plated dish from Michelin star restaurant, Le Cirque inside the Bellagio Las Vegas. ©AlonzoWright
A travel gift guide for those obsessed with foodie travel. Plated course at Michelin starred Le Cirque at Bellagio Las Vegas. ©AlonzoWright

Have passport, will travel for food. Sound familiar? If you’re a foodie who loves to travel, you already know that where and what you eat is just as important (if not more) than where you stay. And that also means you know the pain of craving your favorite cacio e pepe from Rome, that mole negro you had in Oaxaca or that funky raclette from the Swiss Alps. Food is a sensory experience and those who covet truly delicious fare understand and appreciate the quality behind special ingredients and accessories; especially long after they’ve arrived home. Here’s where these travel gift ideas come in.


People scouring through produce in a traditional food market is one example of foodie travel. ©AlonzoWright
Foodie travel usually includes a trip to a traditional market, this one is in Bruges, Belgium. ©AlonzoWright

If you need something special for the foodie travel buff in your life, we’ve curated this Travel Foodie Gift Guide specifically for those with a discerning palate and a deep appreciation for food they’ve enjoyed abroad. We’ve taken the time to pour through hundreds of international artisans and small businesses to share with you the incredible products behind some of the world’s most famous foodie destinations. And a quick note while we’re at it: if you’re eating just to stay alive, you are seriously missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures. Here's our list of travel gift ideas for those obsessed with foodie travel.

 

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Imported artisanal Olive Oil from tuscany

Entimio Collection | 2022 Harvest Organic Olive Oil Extra Virgin from Tuscany, Italy | Award-Winning, High in Polyphenols, Early Harvest Italian Olive Oil | 25.5 (3 x 8.5) fl oz




Olive oil history

Nobody knows for sure when olive oil was actually discovered or invented, but it’s been used for thousands of years. Including by the Father of Modern Medicine, Hippocrates in ancient Greece who used it for all kinds of medicinal purposes. This particular pedigree is impressive. Entimio is a three-time 2022 NYIOOC Gold Award Winner, a three-time 2022 EVO IOOC Gold Award Winner, produced by small family estates and also USDA certified as organic, and lab tested to prove it doesn’t contain chemicals or pesticides. Not to mention, it’s extremely delicious.


Authentic Balsamic Vinegar from Modena

Entimio Extra Vecchio | Traditional Modena Balsamic Vinegar DOP Aged +25 Years from Modena, Italy | Authentic from Small Family Producer, Giftbox with Product and Producer Info | 3.4 fl oz




Balsamic Vinegar history

Balsamic vinegar is made in Modena, Italy and just like wine and olive oil from this country, it’s a lot like art. There’s even a special certification process the product goes through before it gets the stamp of approval. The grapes are pressed with the juice, skin, seeds and stems all intact late in the harvest season. They are then left to ferment and then aged for at least 12 years to reach that thick velvety texture. Just like the olive oils, Entimio’s balsamic vinegar is produced straight at the source, by Modena-native sisters Sofia and Taisia Malagoli.


Handmade olive wood cooking utensils

Demy Craft Wooden Salad Servers, Handmade in Europe Olive Wood Utensil Sets 12 Inch 2 Pieces Set with Wooden Spoons and Serving Fork



WHY OLIVE WOOD IS A GREAT TRAVEL GIFT IDEA

Mediterranean olive wood accessories make exclusive gifts for your foodie travel friends because they’re dense and durable, holding up well over time, but also because they’re unique and rare. Utensils are typically hand-whittled from branches and clippings from trees that are hundreds of years old, so no two utensils are ever exactly alike. Demy Craft products are handmade from olive trees who have come to the end of their natural fruiting life, meaning that once they can no longer produce olives, the trees are repurposed into artisanal products and new olive trees are planted in their place.


Travel Gift Ideas - Foodie Travel Hand-carved stone sphere candle holders.
This set of three mixed stone spheres and hand-carved in Puglia using the ancient local limestone. Photo courtesy of Say it with Stone.

HAND-CARVED STONE CANDLE HOLDERS

Set of 3 Mixed Stone Spheres Candle Holders Smooth Rough Grooved Handmade in Italy - Includes Gift Box - Home Decor Coffee Side Tables Centerpieces




WHY ARE CANDLE HOLDERS A GREAT TRAVEL GIFT IDEA?

What makes these candle holders so special is that they are each hand-carved from ancient Italian limestone, so no two are exactly alike. Made in Puglia, Italy, the Pietra Leccese limestone is so old it contains fossil fragments. The company, Say it with Stone, was founded by Giovanni and Rachel, a couple of Italian and Irish descent with a serious love for animals. With each purchase made, a portion of the sales are donated to a local shelter which cares for abandoned animals and helps them find their forever homes. So not only are the candle holders a perfect addition to any tablescape or buffet, you are also contributing to charity just by giving them as a gift. Sounds like a win-win situation.


Travel Gift Ideas - Foodie Travel Natural Ambrosia Hand Carved Charcuterie or Cutting Board made in North Carolina on a table with artisan pizza
A hand-carved ambrosia maple serving or cutting board. Photo courtesy of Specialty Wood Designs in North Carolina.

Natural wood serving boards from north carolina

Large Long Ambrosia Maple Wood Cutting Board with Handle, Charcuterie Serving Board




How American cutting boards made our list of travel gift ideas

Maple wood is a little slice of Americana. While its sap is known as the source of pure maple syrup across northern states like Vermont, it also makes a beautiful gift. Michael Sansevieri, the expert woodworker and artist behind Specialty Wood Designs in East Bend, North Carolina, creates truly unique gifts, furniture and custom ord