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Taste Boxes are the perfect gift for a travel lover

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If you or someone you love, loves travel this year has been brutal. I mean, the last time I was on a plane was in January and have not traveled much since. And for me, food is a fantastic way to get to know another culture. I love trying new cuisines. So, I started looking into taste boxes to experience a destination. And they make excellent gifts for either yourself or a friend or family member who loves.

Subscription boxes for those who can’t travel – here are some of my favorites

Munchpak (tastes assembled from all over the world)

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These are snacks from all over the world. The packaging is upscale and your recipient will love the fun packaging. One of the neat things is that no matter what your price range is you can impress your recipients. Choose from 5, 10 or 20 piece packages. You could choose a 5 pack box for six months for just around $70. Or a 10 pack for 3 months (this is what I’d order) is just under $70. If you buy soon, you can get $10 off a subscription box of more than 3 months for the 10 or 20 pack boxes.

Spicy, sweet, candy, chips, sour, gummy are some of the flavors you can expect. When they say the flavors are from all over the world, they are not kidding. I sampled items from India, Italy, Thailand, South Korea, Bulgaria, Croatia, just to name a few.

Okay, and so the D’Italia cream pastry was magnificent as was the Haitai Baked Potato Flavor Biscuits (think of these like long breadsticks you would get at a fancy restaurant. The Tirimusi falvored wafters from Bulgaria. Oh and the Solen Nutymax from Turkey – a chocolate bar filled with pistachio cream!

Note that you will need to have your order placed with Munchbox by December 15 to ensure a delivery date by Christmas.

Bokksu ( a taste of Japan)

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If you can’t make it to Japan order this “taste box” for a box of goodies that are unique to Japan!

One thing I’m glad to have discovered is Bokksu. The subscription box is available for just under $45 per month and includes upscale snacks directly from the makers in Japan. I love that these are quality Japanese snacks you can’t find just anywhere. Many were both sweet and savory. Think items like red bean doughnuts, seaweed tempura and Japanese green tea just to name a few. And the packaging is so cute and upscale.
Every box purchased helps keep these independent retailers in business. Plus, the pretty packaging even comes with a pretty booklet that describes the items from Bokksu and where each comes from.

You can get someone a 3 month subscription for about $135. You can order a taste box from Bokksu here.

Taste of Seattle Gourmet Appetizer Gift

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Another fun taste box is from a company called Knack. One thing that is cool is you can shop and build your own gift basket if you know someone well or you can choose a box that is already curated, add to your cart and bam! You’re done. Doesn’t that sound great?
Another thing that’s great is that you can choose by ethos. Want to support sustainability, women owned businesses, minority businesses? Choose which and you can build your gift box that way.

Every gift you send includes a message card with your personal message. You can even upload a photo or logo to this card. And we go one better, as well! If you want to order for a Christmas gift, make sure to order by December 10th for US delivery.

For my taste box, I tried a Taste of Seattle which was $93. It was a fantastic assortment of appetizers from the Pacific Northwest. Of course the salmon really made me think of Seattle. But can I tell you a secret? I loved the Plantains the best! Not really a “Seattle” type of thing but they are made there. These are seriously the best plantain chips I’ve ever had in my life.

Gift set contains:

  • Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Original CrackersGirl Meets Dirt Pink Bartlett Cutting Preserves
  • SeaBear Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon
  • Salt Blade The Seattle Stick
  • Miss Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantains
  • The Bread Dip Company Olive and Herb Gourmet Dip

 

Amora Coffee…or Tea – a great gift box!

Do you know a coffee or tea lover? Turn them onto Amora!

Amora Coffee was founded in 2011 and since its creation remains passionate about bringing freshly roasted coffee to all people. Amora is a U.S. based company that only use the highest quality beans to make their roasts and have perfected their nine stage roasting process that delivers delicious results. Amora Coffee is a subscription service for true coffee aficionados who like their coffee delivered directly to their door. For $68.75 you get a choice of eight custom gourmet coffee blends which arrive at your door within 2 days!

Starting in about two weeks, and every month thereafter, they will receive a fresh batch of four half-pound bags in the blend you selected, at the regular price of $16.00 per bag plus $8.95 shipping and handling (Total $72.95) until you cancel. Shhh. They don’t have to know. Click the image below to order.

Or maybe they like tea?

 

After three weeks, and about every month thereafter, your recipient will receive four tins of 16 sachets each, in the variety you selected, at the regular price of $14.95 per tin plus Free shipping and handling ($59.80) plus sales tax where applicable, billed to the credit card you provided. Clik the image below to order.

Wine Insiders is a site dedicated to helping wine connoisseurs find the best wine for them.

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You could get someone a gift of 12 wine bottles for just $89!

Choose a single wine bottle starting at $9.99 to curated packs of award winning wines. Through Wine Insiders you can decide on your perfect wine bottle by browsing through tasting notes and customer reviews for any bottle on the site.

Wine lovers can also join the The Wine Insider Club, a subscription service that allows you to receive an expertly selected 12 bottle case of Red, White or Mixed wine depending on your preference every 12 weeks for only $89. This subscription service offers free shipping and is free to cancel at any time.

With all of these taste box options, there’s something for everyone on your list to enjoy, or just gift yourself. Which taste box would you pick?

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About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!