When gifting a plane ticket isn’t an option, don’t automatically resort to a picture frame stamped with the Big Ben or any other overplayed idea. Here is a list of fifteen gifts that globetrotter in your life will love you for! This is the first part of a two-part series…


1. Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte

This hefty tome brings the flavors of Mexico straight to your table with vibrant graphics and painstakingly drafted recipes. Buy the hardcover for $29.97.

NakedontheRun2. Urban Decay Naked on the Run

Urban Decay’s best-selling makeup is now travel-sized! Featuring gorgeous nude tones that translate easily from day to night, along with a full-sized mascara, eyeliner, and lipgloss that will make doing makeup on the road a breeze! $54 at UrbanDecay.

3. Turkish Towel

The pastel color schemes reaffirm soft and lightweight linen and every purchase supports Turkey’s crafting culture. Comes in 21 colors starting at $34.00 each.

WorldMapNecklace4. There’s a Map for that Necklace in Gold

It’s a little less burdensome than “carrying the world on our shoulders” and prettier too. It’ll help dress up any outfit. $20 on ModCloth.

Herschelbag5. Little America Herschel Backpack

The go-to backpack for looking fashionable while being sensible on the road. Looks can be deceiving as these packs can fit a lot and you can count on your straps never fraying from wear and tear. Hundreds of styles to choose from with the lowest starting at $69.99 here.

6. Scrubba Wash Bag

The backpacker’s holy grail. Never will you ever have to worry about fresh, clean clothes ever again or being ripped off by expensive laundry services. Starting at $49.95 on SurvivalFrog.

7. Anywhere Travel Guide: 75 Prompts for Discovering the Unexpected, Wherever Your Journey Leads

Create your own journey through a series of prompts that can help you experience new destinations in interesting ways. $12.95 on Uncommon Goods.

8. Bouquet Map Print

It’s all about seeing the world in a different perspective right? Forever in bloom, perfect for reminding you that the world is blossoming with opportunities. $66 on ScoutMob.

Skoshbox9. Japanese Snack Box Subscription (Skoshbox)

For the friend whose obsession with Chinatown snacks is insatiable, here’s a monthly fix of the coolest snacks all the way from Japan. Cheapest plan starts at $10 per month.

10. Fujifilm Instax

The best investment I have ever made in my life. Now you can revisit every trip with hard copies of your favorite memories. White Instax Mini 7s Camera with a 10pk Mini Film bundle for $60.

11. Airport Tag Throw Pillow

The easiest way to dress up a boring old sofa or a plain bedspread? Fun pillows of course! $24.90 each in a number of styles.

12. City Map Glass

Casually sip a whiskey and coke while reminiscing of the time you ordered too many at your local neighborhood bar. Limited neighborhood picks; each $12.50.

13. Matching Leather Passport Holder and Luggage Tag

Look instantly chic at the airport with this personalized duo, making all your necessary items instantly recognizable. Airport check-in will be impressed. Buy the set for $52.99 with custom personalization.


14. Earbud Organizer Cord Tacos

Opening your bag up to a mess of tangled wires is never fun. Thankfully, these cord tacos do the job and take up minimal space. You’ll never have to scrounge around again. 5-pack of cord tacos for $29.

KivaGift15. Kiva Gift Card

Kiva’s microlending program allows you to lend whatever increment to a small business owner anywhere around the world. Within time, your loan is paid in full, which allows you to invest in another person’s success. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Gift cards are available in increments of $25 but a $30 gift card is available for a limited time only.





Filipina-American Millette Stambaugh is a thirty-something former expat who has traded her nomadic ways for Philadelphia living. Corporate worker by day, content creator by night, Millette specializes in visual storytelling and joyful journeys and wants to help others find their "next somewheres." Follow her escapades on Instagram, Youtube, and Tiktok @thenextsomewhere.


  • Brianna

    November 30, 2015

    Soooo many fantastic things I didn’t even know existed thanks for making my Chridtmas list for me


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