Although a plane ticket might be the ultimate gift for the foodie in your life, it’s not always realistic to jet your friends to Bologna for homemade pasta or Madrid for Manchego cheese.

The next best option is to transport those foreign flavors directly to the door with La Tienda, an online shops that ships treats directly from Spain to the U.S. and Canada.

You can go with the standard gift box selection including with cheese tasting sampler and spicy-sweet little guindilla peppers in the Bestsellers Gift Box or Torres truffle potato chips and Rabitos Royale dark chocolate fig bonbons in the Tapas Party Gift Box.


But even more fun are the kits that provide the instructions, tools and even ingredients to make your own paella or bocadilla (that’s sandwich for the gringos).


They also have a great collection of tableware and cookware that will make even most novice of chefs feel like Ferran Adrià. I particularly like the Terra Cotta Sangria Pitcher.