Mash-Up Gift Guide: For the Traveler

By Rebecca Lehrer

A travel guide because, Mash-Ups.

Photo credit: fdecomite/Flickr

Oh, the places you’ll go. Even if it’s not a physical destination this holiday season, there’s still plenty of ways to whisk yourself off to a new place (including through these sumptuous cookbooks for your Mash-Up food needs). Here we’ve rounded up some of our favorite travel-related gear and gadgets for the wanderlust in all of us. 

To Start:

1. Rice, Noodle, Fish

$23

Photo courtesy of Roads & Kingdoms

Photo courtesy of Roads & Kingdoms

Part travel guide, part history book and part food bible, Rice, Noodle, Fish is a definitive and immersive guide to food and travel in Japan, from an American perspective.

2. Scratch off Mini Wall Map

$25

Photo courtesy of Flight 001

Photo courtesy of Flight 001

You know we love a scratch-off! This time, instead of playing the lotto, get this map where you can “scratch off” a country anytime you head somewhere new during your amazing travels.

Some essentials:

3. Universal Adapter

$25

Photo courtesy of Flight 001

Photo courtesy of Flight 001

Because conversion is a perennial issue. Plus we just love the color-coded design of this portable piece.

4. Passport wallet

$10

Photo courtesy of Flight 001

Photo courtesy of Flight 001

Because you want to look classy and don’t want that five-year visa to Brazil getting crinkled in your bag.

For your Mash-Up home:

5. Hammock from El Salvador

$53

Photo courtesy of TheHammockCompany.com

Photo courtesy of TheHammockCompany.com

We know that our Mash-Ups are siesta lovers. There is actually nothing better than taking a nap in a hammock and then waking up to a cup of coffee and a little something sweet.

6. Rainbow Chopsticks from MoMA

$40

Photo courtesy of MoMAastore.org

Photo courtesy of MoMAstore.org

Why don’t you own a good set of chopsticks? Why do you still have the takeout ones, or even those kinda cheesy ones from Chinatown? These chopsticks are so beautiful and colorful and the perfect shape and weight. We even keep them on display in our kitchen.

7. Vietnamese Traditional Coffee Filter

$8.95

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Time to make some Vietnamese coffee at home! Grab some ground coffee, some sweetened condensed milk, a tall glass, ice … et VOILA.

8. A Mexican Artisan Market Basket  

$135

Courtesy of The Citizenry

Photo courtesy of The Citizenry

These baskets are made from palm fronds by a collective in Chilapa, Mexico. They are gorgeous, flexible and roomy — and we know you love a farmers’ market!

What kinds of Mash-Up gifts do you have your eye on this holiday? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter using #mashupholiday.

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