Gifts for Food Lovers – What to Buy Street Food Loving Friends

Christmas Gifts for Street Food Lovers at Our Grantourismo Society6 Shop

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Our Christmas gifts for street food lovers include everything from a tote bag featuring Cambodia’s favourite street food snack to a cushion covered in Bangkok noodles. Available from our Grantourismo Society6 shop and created from images by travel and food photographer Terence Carter (the other half of Grantourismo), these are Christmas gift ideas for your street food loving friends and families.

These Christmas gifts for street food lovers have been created with your street food loving friends and family members in mind and they’re available on our Grantourismo Society6 shop, along with other fun products created with mouthwatering images by my food and travel photographer husband Terence Carter.

Buy something from our Grantourismo Society 6 shop and you’re not only getting a great quality product that is custom made for you after you place your order, you’re supporting the work of a travel and food photographer, the work we do here on Grantourismo to create delicious food and travel content for you, and our epic, original, first-of-its-kind Cambodia Culinary History and Cookbook project, which you can learn more about on Patreon.

Like so many freelance writers and photographers around the globe, particularly those working in travel and food, two industries hard-hit by the pandemic, we lost all our clients, projects and income when the world shutdown in March 2020 and we’re still recovering. Grantourismo also lost most of the valuable affiliate commissions that long provided us with a regular income from your travel and hotel bookings.

Every purchase that you make on our Grantourismo online shop at Society6 helps pay the rent, feed our cat, supports the creation of recipes and stories on Grantourismo, and allows us to continue to work on our epic Cambodia Cookbook and Culinary History.

If you’ve loved a recipe on our site or found a story, itinerary, reviews, or a destination guide that made a difference to your travels, and you’d like to see us continue to create travel and food inspiration and information here, please consider buying something from our Grantourismo shop. If you’re not in a position to purchase, please share this post or a link to our Grantourismo online store with your friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues.

Click through to learn more about our Grantourismo shop on Society6 and our other products, including fun reusable cloth face masks that you will actually want to wear. They not only fit snugly, are dual-layered so you can insert disposable filters, and are machine-washable, but if you buy them from our shop, Society6 donates a small portion of all mask sales to support COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Christmas Gifts for Street Food Lovers at Our Grantourismo Society6 Shop

Our Christmas gifts for street food lovers on Society 6 from top left to right, then bottom left to right:

Travel Mugs for Eco-Conscious Food Crawls

This travel mug featuring the Cambodian Dried Squid is the perfect gifts for street food lovers, especially environmentally conscious foodies who take their own travel mugs on street food crawls – or bar hops. Cambodian dried squid is a popular drinking snack in Cambodia, which explains the small pegs in the pic. The dried squid in plastic bags hang at roadside stalls, where Cambodians buy them to take to the local beer garden or pick some up when they head out for a case of beer for an evening drinking with friends.

My sister bought this travel mug for her morning coffee for the drive to work and vouches for the quality. Crafted with lightweight stainless steel, the people at Society6 reckon they’re pretty much indestructible. They have double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your drinks hot or cold for hours and a vacuum sealed lid to reduce spills. Society6 recommends hand-washing only, rather than popping them in the dishwasher.

Society6 has a great tip on their site too: they suggest making coffee ice cubes to prevent your iced coffee from watering down as the cubes melt. We have Society6 travel mugs in our Palm Trees, Cambodian Fresh Chillies, Air Dried Fish in Battambang, Cambodian Smoked Fish, Street Food Bangkok Chinatown, and Hoi An Vietnam images, and these can be custom made in other images from our shop.

Serving Trays for Cocktail Snacks and Backyard Barbecues

This Society6 serving tray featuring Terence’s image of Cambodian Nom Krok, fried coconut and rice flour cakes, is another one of our delicious Christmas gifts for street food lovers. If your street food loving friend has been to Southeast Asia they might have feasted on these at markets or road side stools – they are one of my favourite snacks.

The tray can be used for serving drinks and snacks at backyard barbecues, cocktail evenings or beachside picnics – it has a high-quality glossy finish to ensure the print won’t be damaged by spills. Like all Society6 products, the quality is excellent. Plus it’s another fab product for environmentally conscious friends – the serving tray is crafted from 100% eco-friendly sustainable bamboo. They come in three sizes (described on the website) and feature cut-out handles.

Society6 also has other suggestions for these versatile serving trays – a coffee table platter, bathroom organiser or plant holder – which is a good opportunity to point out that we also have these in our Palm Trees pattern (perhaps a better image for the bathroom than food!), as well Cambodian Fresh Chillies, Air Dried Fish in Battambang, Cambodian Smoked Fish, and the Cambodian Dried Squid, which is my favourite as you can see the rows of hanging dried squid.

Coffee Mugs of Heady Food-Fuelled Memories

My favourite coffee mugs are gifted and while thoughtful friends will carefully choose patterns or pictures that resonate, the mugs also become reminders of my time spent with the person who gave them to me. Coffee mugs make such great presents for Christmas or birthdays or even just a ‘thank you’, as they’re affordable and practical and who can ever have enough coffee mugs?

This Society6 coffee mug is another of our best Christmas gifts for street food lovers, featuring Terence’s image of Air Dried Fish from Battambang, Cambodia. I love the graphic pattern. If you’ve joined us for a culinary tour or you’ve been to Battambang’s prahok market, it might remind you of more than the striking scene of fish laid outside to dry in the sunshine – it should also inspire remembrance of the pungent smells of prahok (fermented fish) from the market itself, which you begin to smell from way down the road as you approach the market, such is the strength and potency of the aromas!

If that’s not something you want to recall, then we have coffee mugs in most of our other designs – and can have them custom-made in any other images you fancy – and I think they all look pretty cool. They are on the most popular gifting items on Society6. The ceramic mugs come in two sizes and have large handles for easy gripping and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Wall Clocks Because It’s Always Time To Eat

We reckon this striking Society6 wall clock in Terence’s Street Food, Chinatown Bangkok image is one of the best Christmas gifts for street food lovers – especially fans of Thai street food and those with fond foodie memories of the curries at this iconic Bangkok Chinatown street food stall. We suggest the wall clock go in the kitchen where it will get the most views and inspire plenty of Southeast Asian street food meals.

The Society6 wall clock is constructed with premium, shatter-resistant materials including a high-impact plexi-glass crystal face – just in case your hook comes out of the wall. There are three options for the frame: natural wood, black or white. You can also choose black or white hands to match the frame or design. There’s a backside hook for easy hanging too.

We currently offer the wall clock in our Cambodian Fresh Chillies, Cambodian Nom Krok, Palm Trees, Hoi An Vietnam, and Wadi Rum Jordan images, but they are custom made, so as with the other products we can design a wall clock in an image of your choice.

Mouthwatering Food Photography Prints

This print of Terence’s Street Food, Chinatown Bangkok image is another one of our best Christmas gifts for street food lovers, particularly Bangkok street food fans who know the legendary street food destination pictured, and for those for whom travel means culinary travel.

We offer all of Terence’s images in our Society6 shop as art prints. Terence has been a professional travel and food photographer for more than two decades and his images have appeared on magazine covers and graced the pages of the finest travel and food publications around the world, including National Geographic Traveller, Delicious, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia, and Conde Nast Traveller China, as well as news media, such as CNN, The Guardian and The Independent.

This print comes in five sizes on a natural-white matte background with a border and is printed on 100% cotton, acid and lignin-free archival paper. We also have framed prints, large canvas prints, mini-prints, and posters, and there are prints on metal and wood blocks that can be created just for you. The framed prints are particularly gorgeous, with frames in walnut, pecan or natural, available in six sizes, with a shatterproof acrylic cover, acid-free dust cover on the back, and a wire or saw-tooth hanger depending on the size.

Prices are very reasonable too, starting from $43.99 up to $152.99 for the largest. When you’re at our Society6 shop, click on Wall Art to see what’s available and message us if you don’t see a product on the material you want and we’ll customise something for you.

Folding Stools for Street Food Feasting

These Society6 folding stools in our Cambodian Fresh Chillies pattern are fantastic Christmas gifts for street food lovers, especially fans of fiery Southeast Asian street food who struggle sitting down on those tiny plastic stools at street food stalls – let’s not even think about trying to get up again.

Gift your street food loving friends this and they can take their own comfy folding stool on their next street food sojourn. Or buy your street food addict mates a set of folding stools and they can make their own footpath feasting fun in the safety of their own home.

Collapsible and with a light solid wood frame, they can easily be attached to a day-pack. Boasting a durable, woven polyester seat that is spill and splash resistant, they’re perfect for anything involving eating and drinking – backyard barbecues, weekend picnics, beach getaways, camping holidays, and road trips.

Terence took this photo of fresh red chillies at a market here in Cambodia. But it’s a familiar sight for foodies who’ve explored local markets in Southeast Asia, so should serve to remind them of delicious holidays past and inspire future culinary travels, when this pandemic is over.

Our Cambodian Fresh Chillies is our most popular range and we have a whole array of products in addition to those above, including a table to match these stools, serving trays, can coolers, floor pillows, cushions, counter and bar stools, coasters, tote bags, stationery, and more. The folding stools also come in our Palm Trees pattern, and we’ll be adding more designs over coming weeks.

Cushions Covered in Comforting Bowls of Noodles

I have to say that I adore Terence’s Bangkok Noodles image – not only because I vividly remember slurping that bowl of noodle soup – but it’s a stunning image in itself and is undoubtedly one of the best Christmas gifts for street food lovers of this selection.

I love this image so much I asked Terence to create a whole range of products featuring it, so we have everything from art prints, stationery (notebooks and cards), and laptop and phone cases and skins to masks, tote bags, trays, tables, and stools.

But I thought this Society6 throw pillow was a particularly fun choice for street food addicts who have spent a significant part of their lives perched on tiny plastic stools. There have been countless times that I’ve been tucking into a dish of noodles over the years, wishing I had a cushion to tuck beneath my butt. The image is almost hyper-real as it looks like the chopsticks are sitting on the cushion.

The throw pillows are filled with a fluffy faux down insert and are available in four sizes and all measurements are made with the pillow insert. It’s made with a100% polyester twill fabric that is durable, the print is on both sides, and every order is custom made just for you. We also offer the cushions in Cambodian Fresh Chillies and Palm Trees but can make them in other images.

Tote Bags for Trips to the Farmers Market

Perfect for a trip to the farmers market or your favourite specialty food shop, a tote bag has to be one of the best Christmas gifts for street food lovers, especially if you’re an eco-conscious food lover who is trying to rid plastic from their lives as we are. I don’t know about you, but I can never have enough tote bags.

The Society6 tote bags are hand-sewn with a premium canvas-like material (it’s a lightweight poly poplin fabric) that is durable, with double-stitched seams and stress points, and an inch-wide cotton webbing carrying strap. It’s available in three sizes (details on the website) and can hold a laptop if you’re like me and are not a fan of laptop bags.

They’re also machine washable, in case you’re intended it be used for fresh produce shopping and the people at Society6 reckon it can be tumble dried on low and the high-quality print will never fade.

I love these tote bags so much, we offer them in almost all our designs. This is the Cambodian Dried Squid, however, they are also look cool printed in the Cambodian Nom Krok, Cambodian Fresh Chillies, Air Dried Fish from Battambang, Cambodian Smoked Fish, and Palm Trees images.

Note: in the lead-up to Christmas, we’ll be adding more images to products in our collection, so do let us know if there are any photos on Grantourismo you’d like to see on a Society6 product and we can create something just for you.


Lara Dunston Patreon


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A travel and food writer who has experienced over 70 countries and written for The Guardian, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Feast, Delicious, National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia, DestinAsian, TIME, CNN, The Independent, The Telegraph, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, AFAR, Wanderlust, International Traveller, Get Lost, Four Seasons Magazine, Fah Thai, Sawasdee, and more, as well as authored more than 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Footprint, Rough Guides, Fodors, Thomas Cook, and AA Guides.

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