San Sebastian Gift Guide: 5 Foodie Gifts Everyone Will Love

Give the gift of San Sebastian this holiday season!

We might be biased, but San Sebastian is one of the most unique cities in Spain. Never is that more obvious than during the holiday season. Unfortunately, all vacations must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your unforgettable memories with your loved ones! This San Sebastian gift guide will help you find the perfect delicious memento for everyone on your list.

Think holiday shopping is stressful? Not anymore! Our San Sebastian gift guide will help you bring a taste of the Basque Country home this winter.

1. Txakoli

Perfect for the wine lover on your list, txakoli (cha-ko-lee) is a white semi-sparkling wine produced exclusively in the Basque Country. It’s hard to find anywhere else, which makes it a one-of-a-kind addition to our San Sebastian gift guide. Luckily, here in San Sebastian, you can find it just about everywhere—from grocery stores to gourmet specialty shops. One high quality brand to look out for is Txomin Etxaniz.

Txakoli takes the number 1 spot on our San Sebastian gift guide!
So much txakoli, so little time. Photo credit: Fresco

2. Idiazabal cheese

Spain loves its cheeses, and San Sebastian is home to some of the best on the peninsula. Idiazabal cheese is aged to perfection for several months and takes on a delicious nutty, buttery flavor. It’s the perfect addition to any cheese plate and to our San Sebastian gift guide!

Idiazabal cheese from the Basque country is a must on our San Sebastian gift guide!
We can’t get enough idiazabal cheese!

3. Cider

Northern Spain produces some of the best cider in the world, and no place does it quite like the Basque Country. All throughout San Sebastian, locals pack into cider houses to drink the region’s most famous alcohol with good friends. Bring the spirit of a San Sebastian cider house home with a bottle of high quality local cider—and be sure to show your friends how to pour it the traditional way!

The region's famous cider is a must on our San Sebastian gift guide!
Put a twist on this year’s holiday toast: use cider!

4. Txistorra

You’ve heard of chorizo, now try its Basque cousin! Txistorra is a local sausage similar to the more popular chorizo, but with a bit of a kick. You can find it all over town on December 21 for St. Thomas’ Day, but be sure to pick some up for the foodie in your life back home! It pairs great with some crisp local cider and idiazabal cheese.

It wouldn't be a San Sebastian gift guide without txistorra! Pick some up at the St. Thomas citywide market on December 21.
Basque sausage makes a great addition to any holiday table.

5. Guindillas

Add some heat to your next cooking adventure! Guindillas, also known as piparras, are the Basque Country’s answer to chili peppers. Although they’re more on the mild side, they still give a spicy-sweet kick to any dish.

Guindillas add a spicy-sweet kick to any dish! It's no question why they've earned a place on our San Sebastian gift guide.
Guindillas are also delicious speared onto a toothpick with other ingredients for a quick and easy pintxo! Photo credit: Shane Fallon

If you’re anything like us, you probably keep lots of fellow foodies and travelers in your circle—and they’re all likely drooling over the pictures you’ve been posting of your trip to San Sebastian. Share the love and give them a Devour Tours gift certificate so they can experience Europe’s top gastro destination for themselves (and leave you living vicariously through their Instagram snapshots—it’s only fair).

2 Comment

  1. Joyce says
    February 15, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Love all of those gifts! If you can, go one step further with the gift of cider and visit a sagardotegia. I’ve made cider converts out of everyone who came to visit me in San Sebastián!

    1. Katie says
      February 19, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Oh, what a lovely idea!!

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