7 Must-Buy Gifts for Lovers of Food and Travel

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It’s hard to strike upon the perfect gift when it comes to the travel-happy, food-loving friend in your life. Wrapping up their favorite sandwich would be kind of weird, while arranging a surprise getaway would break the bank with airfare alone. Fortunately, the Internet offers a world of opportunities for delivering themed gifts to suit the taste of just about any globetrotting gourmand out there.

Read on to learn seven of the best gifts to buy for the foodie traveler in your life. You’re just clicks away from the perfect present!

1. Food Lover’s Guide to the World: Experience the Great Global Cuisines (Lonely Planet Food and Drink)

Food Lover's Guide to the World

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An indispensable guide for any foodie tourist worth their salt, this book presents some of the best dishes to dine on around the world in an easy-to-understand format with mouthwatering color photographs. From Afghanistan to Vietnam, the Food Lover’s Guide to the World gives a general overview of each region’s cuisine, as well as over 50 recipes that travelers can make when they return home. Additionally, it also provides tips on etiquette and eating practices, so you can fully immerse yourself in the unique eating cultures of each location. You can find the Food Lover’s Guide to the World: Experience the Great Global Cuisines here.

2. The World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World

World Atlas of Beer

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The only thing better than eating delicious foods from around the world is washing those meals down with a delicious beer. The World Atlas of Beer features over 500 of the greatest beers from around the world so you’ll always know which local brew will perfectly complement the country’s cuisine. Besides offering a geographic survey of the world’s best beers, The World Atlas of Beer also breaks down the different types of beers, the brewing methods, and the history of the drink. An essential resource for the beer aficionado who likes to travel. You can find The World Atlas of Beer: The Essential Guide to the Beers of the World here.

3. Wealers Compact Foldable Outdoor Camping Hiking Cookware Backpacking Cooking Picnic Bowl Pot Pan Set with Mesh Bag

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Of course, not every traveling adventure involves four-star restaurants, or even access to a modern kitchen. Luckily, portable cooking equipment is available for the foodie whose journey may sometimes go off the beaten path. This foldable cookware set is lightweight, portable, and perfect for preparing meals over campfires. All the handles fold up and each component can be packed into one piece for easy transportation. And when you’re not using it to prepare food on the go, you can store ingredients inside the cookware set. Available as both a two-piece or four-piece set, you can find the Wealers Compact Foldable Outdoor Camping Hiking Cookware Backpacking Cooking Picnic Bowl Pot Pan Set with Mesh Bag here.

4. Norpro Cut-N-Slice Flexible Cutting Boards, Set of 3

Norpro Cutting Boards

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Another essential kitchen tool for the foodie on the go is this set of three flexible cutting boards. Made of durable, lightweight plastic, these cutting boards will ensure that you always have a clean food prep area. Each cutting board is color-coded for different foods in order to prevent cross-contamination: Green for fruits and vegetables, yellow for seafood and poultry, and pink for meats. You can find the Norpro Cut-N-Slice Flexible Cutting Boards, Set of 3 here.

5. Handpresso Outdoor French Press

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Nothing is worse than being on the road and being unable to get a decent cup of coffee. Make sure that this nightmare scenario never happens to you with the Handpresso Outdoor Complete French Press. This portable coffee-making set features everything you need to make the perfect cup of espresso on the go. Simply fill the included thermos with hot water and you will be able to instantly make high-quality espresso no matter where you are. You can find the Handpresso Outdoor Complete French Press here.

6. Zojirushi SL-JAE14SA Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar, Silver

Zojirushi bento box

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While it’s always fun to try new and exotic foods, sometimes the best meals are the ones that you make at home. And when it comes to packing home-cooked meals, perhaps no culture on earth has perfected the skill better than the Japanese.  Home-packed meals, known as bento in Japan, are renowned both for their artistry and portability. The Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar from Zojirushi puts a modern twist on the traditional partitioned bento lunchbox. The vacuum-insulated stainless-steel holds four microwaveable inner bowls that can keep food hot or cold for hours at a time. It even includes a spork that attaches to the side of the lunch jar and a zip-up carrying case. You can find the Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar in various colors here.

7. Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide: Selected by the World’s Top Food Critics and Glam Media’s Foodie Editors

Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide

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This book could have easily been subtitled “A foodie’s bucket list,” because that’s essentially what it is. Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide features profiles on the top 100 restaurants around the world, as selected by top food critics. The book includes details about each restaurant’s menu, service, and overall ambiance. A must-have guide for any serious foodie who likes to travel. You can find the Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide book here.

Introduction written by Catherine Northington

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