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The 40 Best Foodie Gifts for Travelers


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There’s still plenty of time to get a thoughtful gift for every foodie on your list. We’ve rounded up gifts in seven different categories (from the at-home cook to the DIY bartender) to make your last minute shopping a breeze.

Find the best gifts for every type of foodie below:

Best Foodie Gifts for the At-Home Cook
Best Foodie Gifts to Relive Vacation
Gifts for the Ultimate Foodie
Gifts for the 21+ Foodie
Gifts for the Grill Master
Gifts for Kids
The Best Stocking Stuffers for Foodies

All of the products featured in this story were hand-selected by our travel editors. Some of the links featured in this story are affiliate links, and SmarterTravel may collect a commission (at no cost to you) if you shop through them.

Best Foodie Gifts for the At-Home Cook

The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook

This critically acclaimed cookbook has been at the top of many bestseller charts. The Rise offers a glimpse into the diversity of black culture and history through food. The book is filled with 150 recipes from everyday meals to celebration dishes. A few of the recipes in the book are steak frites with plantain chips and green vinaigrette and grilled short ribs with a piri-piri marinade and saffron tapioca pudding.

DIY Baking Kit from Crumble Crate

Even the best chefs can use some inspiration from time to time. Set up the home bakers in your life with a subscription to DIY Baking Kit from Crumble Crate. Each box contains recipes, step-by-step visual guides, and any specialty tools needed to make that month’s treat. Each recipe makes 12 to 24 servings, so there will be plenty to share.

Kitchen Mama Electric Can Opener

Opening cans just got a lot easier with this kitchen gadget. The gift is perfect for the at-home cook, grandparents, or just someone who hates twisting traditional can openers. The best part about this electric can opener is that it cuts along the side of the lid so there are no sharp edges.

Mintrico Silicone Trivet Mat Pad

For home cooks who love taking dishes from the hot oven to the table, these trivet mat pads are perfect. The beautiful designs make them perfect to leave on the table all the time. These trivets are also freezer and microwave safe, making them a handy addition to the kitchen.

Family Cookbook Project

Writing down family recipes to pass from generation to generation is a tradition that many people love. One way to make this even easier is with the Family Cookbook Project. This gift allows you to download the software to make your own family cookbook so all of your prized recipes are in one place. After you give this gift you can even collaborate as a family to work on the cookbook together.

Zen of Slow Cooking Gourmet Spice Blends for Home Cooking

Slow cooker meals are some of the easiest and most delicious home cooked dishes. The Zen of Slow Cooking offers spice blends to throw in with your slow cooker meal bring even more flavor to the final dish. Each packet has a corresponding recipe on the back to show you how to make the best dish with each spice blend.

Bold Palate Foods Plant-Based Sauces

For the home cook who choses to eat plant-based, or enjoys trying new things these sauces are a great option. Each sauce can be used as a marinade, salad dressing, dip, or sauce. The flavors are quite unique with options ranging from a plant-based ranch dressing alternative and a beet and mesquite flavored sauce.

Best Foodie Gifts to Relive Vacation

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Maine Lobster Roll Kit from Get Maine Lobster

If your family travels to Maine or anywhere in New England for summer vacation you know that a lobster roll is a must-get lunch. With Get Maine Lobster you can now have an authentic Maine lobster roll experience at home and for the holidays. The lobster roll kit includes two pounds of fresh frozen claw and knuckle lobster meat from wild caught lobsters off the coast of Maine, 12 classic New England split top buns, lobster seasoning mix, and prep instructions.

Ooni Koda Outdoor Pizza Oven

Making authentic Italian pizza that tastes just like the pizza from your trip to Italy just got easier with the Ooni Koda Outdoor Pizza Oven. The pizza oven connects right to a propane tank, heats up in 15 minutes, and bakes perfect pies in 60 seconds.

UNICOOK Heavy Duty Skewers

These stainless steel and bamboo skewers from UNICOOK will help them recreate incredible kebabs or just help them up their grill game. Each set contains twelve total skewers, six metal and six bamboo, along with a ribbed grill rack to keep food in place and elevated above the heat source.

Mintrico Reusable Chopsticks

Upgrade sushi night with these chopsticks that are beautifully designed with a decorative top end and very narrow bottom that’s usefully for picking up delicate sushi or scooping up heaps of fried rice. The chopsticks are dishwasher safe and come with five pairs.

IRVINS Salted Egg Potato Chips Crisps

This salty crispy snack is one of the most popular snacks in Singapore. Each bag of crisps are made with hand-picked salted egg, curry leaves, and red chili pepper, making for a truly unique final product. For the person who can’t get enough traditional culinary experiences from other countries these crisps are a fun gift.

Bev’s Traditional Biscochitos Cookies

Traveling across the southwest means getting some traditional biscochitos cookies. These anise cookies from New Mexico are the state’s signature cookie. Each cookie is light and buttery with a hint of licorice flavor from the anise, making these a yummy holiday tradition.

Gifts for the Ultimate Foodie

Man wearing a "You Had Me at Tacos" shirt eating four tacos
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Maille Mustard Variety Pack

Finding good quality mustard on the grocery store shelves can be a challenge. While some people are completely fine with yellow mustard straight from the squirt bottle, others prefer something a little more refined. This Maille Mustard variety pack features four different mustards: Dijon Original, Old Style, Honey Dijon, and Rich Country. The mustards can be used in a variety of ways, from dressings to dips and spreads.

Hudson Valley Marshmallow Co. Gourmet Marshmallows, French Toast

Making s’mores just got even more delicious with these French toast flavored marshmallows from Judson Valley Marshmallow Co. The marshmallows are hand-made in small batches then sliced and bagged before being sent out. The French toast flavor is reminiscent of maple syrup, butter, and custardy bread.

Black Truffle Infused Laconiko Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Anything with black truffle is super indulgent and adds something special to somewhat boring dishes. The Black Truffle Infused Laconiko Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made with olives that are hand-picked in Southern Greece and has been named one of the world’s best olive oils.

Mulay’s Best Sellers 8-Pack

Handmade sausage from Colorado is a unique food gift that your friends and family will not soon forget. This Mulay’s best sellers bundle comes with breakfast links, breakfast ground, mild Italian links, mild Italian ground, original Italian links, chorizo, bratwurst, and meatballs. The company is woman-owned and family run, and all of their sausage is made with 100 percent antibiotic-free heritage pork.

Gifts for the 21+ Foodie

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Ullo Wine Purifier

For the wine lover in your life a wine purifier is a gift they will use over and over. The Ullo purifier will work with any red or white wine by removing sulfites but keeling all of the wine’s tannin, flavors, and aromas that make a glass of wine special. The removal of the sulfites alleviates headaches and hangovers caused by sulfites.

Fundamental Cocktails for the Home Bartender

If one of your family members or friends is the entertaining guru they will enjoy the Fundamental Cocktails for the Home Bartender cocktail deck. The deck contains 52 cocktails printed on beautiful cards that can be set out for people to make different drinks. In fact, this allows the host or hostess of a party to actually enjoy a party instead of being stuck behind the bar cart all night passing out drinks.

KANARS Old Fashioned Whiskey Glasses

Drink glasses can sometimes be boring, but these old fashioned whiskey glasses from KANARS are etched crystal making them durable and beautiful. Even if you don’t know anyone who drinks whiskey these would be great for other cocktails that require a rocks glass.

Coravin Model Six Advanced Wine Bottle Opener and Preservation System

The ultimate gift for wine lovers has to be a Coravin Model Six Advanced Wine Bottle Opener and Preservation System. The Coravin brand is known to keep wine safe from oxidation and going bad, which allows it to continue to age in the bottle. With the system you can pour wine without ever removing the cork so you can enjoy a bottle for weeks or even years to follow after the initial pour.

Gifts for the Outdoorsy Foodie

Kebab skewer with veggies and meat over an open fire
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Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks

Going camping or just hanging out by the backyard fire pit likely means roasting marshmallows or cooking hotdogs on a stick. Forget the old wooden skewer or wire hangers and get the Carpathen Campfire Roasting Sticks. Each stick is extendable up to 34 inches making staying away from the flames of a fire safer for everyone while still getting perfectly charred bites.

PREVAIL Jerky Variety Pack

Hiking in the woods usually means munching on beef jerky to keep your energy up but still have a light backpack. The PREVAIL jerky variety pack comes with four different flavors of beef jerky: original, spicy, umami, and lemongrass. Each piece of jerky is chewy without being tough and has a ton of flavor.

Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill

Taking a small grill to a campsite to make meals is always a necessity. The Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill is a great option for the camper in your life since it’s compact but has a lot of power to make perfect burgers, hotdogs, and other tasty meals.

Gifts for the Grill Master

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Carpathen Smoke Tube

This smoking tube is perfect for the grill master who doesn’t have a smoker. The tube uses wood pellets to make smoke that will last for five hours to infuse meats, fish, cheese, and more. Wood pellets do not come with the smoke tube and will need to be ordered separately.