Well, possibly not directly from their country of origin, but one of the great things about the web has been the specialist websites that concentrate on a particular cuisine, or a couple of related ones. Here’s some choices from a couple of favourites of mine:
It’s no secret that I love France, and have spent many happy hours there, with lots of great food. Cheaper than a trip, Bien Manger can deliver the best of France to your doorstep. You could choose a hamper, with choices such as classic, trendy or signature, but I’d be focused on the regional ones if the foodie you’re giving to, like me, has a favourite area. Given my most recent trip, then I’d go for the Taste of Brittany, giving you some great things like the cider, salted butter caramel sauce and sardines. Although probably there’s not a Breton dish that combines them all together!
Heading a little further south and I’d pick Delicatezza for Italian food. For something quite luxurious then the Truffle Hunters Hamper, which would give them whole black truffles (perfect to go with scrambled eggs over the holidays) or white truffle laced acacia honey. There’s plenty of sweet stuff as well on there, if you want to balance the savoury and sweet.
If we travelled a bit further north, then ScandiKitchen is a great source for all types of Scandinavian food. There’s a great hamper of all kinds of Scandiavian goodies, but sadly I’ve written this too late for you to get a guaranteed delivery pre Christmas. If you have an early January birthday to buy for then they could still get this for you.
Heading further west and south a bit, then I’d choose MexGrocer for all things Mexican, including authentic cookware. So if you have someone to buy for who has always wanted to make their own tortillas, then this is site for finding a great gift. You can add all kinds of sauces and spices, and even a sombrero and mariachi CDs if you want to go all out.
Keep heading further and further west, and we would just about end up in Japan. The Japan Centre is still one of the best sources of all kinds of Japanese goods, and for a keen food and culture enthusiast, then I’d take the fun angle this Christmas and go for the Christmas Pop Culture set. This somes up the madness of Tokyo to me, which is usually just a few paces from tradition and serenity. But instant ramen, sweets and drinks could be just the thing to offset all the traditional Christmas turkey.
Really I think you can find any type of cuisine. MFL seems to have a thing for Estonia, and I can find quite a lot sites covering that, and I can find a site devoted specifically to the food of Trinidad. So whatever they are into on the food front, then a bit of research and you’re in with a good chance of finding it. Just need to get a shuffle on as guaranteed delivery is fast closing.