The 2016 Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide Part One
Here is a holiday list of twenty-five gifts for that wayfaring individual in your life.
‘Tis the season! I’m back with the second annual ‘Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide’ with double the inspiration. Find something under any budget and maybe treat yourself to in the process. The more the merrier! This is the first part of a two-part series that will be arriving soon with an extra goodie in the mix.
1. The Mija Crop Hoodie by Jill Bird Clothing
Made for water play or sporting on land, this textile print was designed by Jillian Bennett, an old friend from when I studied abroad in Florence. She’s taken her passion for illustration to make sustainable fashion pieces out of a recycled polyester fabric that has a reduced carbon footprint. 10% of all purchases go to Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i. Buy the Mija Crop Hoodie for $76. Use the promo code ‘NEXTSOMEWHERE’ for 20% off .
2. Rifle and Paper Co. 2017 Bon Voyage Wall Calendar
The stationery conneisseurs have put together a gorgeously dreamy wall calendar featuring watercolors sketches of Paris, London, Rome, and Amsterdam to welcome in every new month of the upcoming year. On sale for $18.20.
3. Polaroid Snaptouch Instant Print Camera
Snap, print, and share. Making memories is as easy as 1,2,3 with the handy snaptouch by Polaroid. The built-in printer powered by ZINK technology lets you print high-quality full color photos anywhere without the use of ink. The sticky photo paper is great for those cataloging enthusiasts. Originally $179. Now $159 at Amazon.
4. State Homesick Candles
If ever you’re feeling nostalgic for a certain somewhere (disclaimer: within the continental USA only), the makers of Homesick Candles have whipped up jars of soy wax candles that capture the distinct aromas of each state. Smell the sweet peaches of Georgia or the salty ocean breeze of Southern California. This is definitely an instant cure for all of those who feel the pangs of being far away from home. Now on sale for $29.95 per jar. Take an additional 25% off using the code ‘CYBERMONDAY.’
5. Kusmi Tea Russian Blends Assortment
6. Toms x Hill-side Sashiko
The new Toms collaboration with Hill-side features gorgeous yarn-dyed indigo sashiko fabric from Japan, a nod to the Hill-side brand’s ties to Tokyo. Elevate your style with these richly-hued kicks. $69 for the limited edition pair. Use the code ‘CYBERMONDAY’ for a 30% discount.
7. Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas by Rebecca Solnit
The last in a three-part trilogy, Nonstop Metropolis portrays New York through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. We guarantee you’ve never seen an atlas like this before. Also in the series: ‘Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas‘ and ‘Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas.‘ On sale for $20.04. Buy the whole trilogy for $63.96.
8. New Skyn Hangover Emergency Relief Kit
For all those travelers who groan at the idea of dehydrated skin after a long haul flight, this is a savior to perk up the face to be picture-ready in no time. This kit comes with hydro cool eye gel pads, an relief eye pen, cooling lotion, and two masks, compatible with all skin types. All of the ingredients come from Iceland. $25 for the complete kit.
9. Custom Loteria Poster
Inspired by Lotería, the Mexican version of bingo, this four-up print is completely customizable. Choose from a deck of the iconic pictograms to create your very own personalized wall art. Varying sizes range from $11 to $52.
10. Embroidered Necklace by Meet The Cat
Housed at ‘Forget Me Not,’ a digital emporium for contemporary Greek designs, this piece of glittering hardware by Meet the Cat was fashioned as an ode to Sunday family dinners breaking bread over yaya’s embroidered tablecloth. Buy now for $54 (converted from 49) in pink gold, gold, and silver.
11. Sasawashi Kumasaza Balm by Rikumo
With extracts from the Kumazasa plant grown in the cool highlands of Japan, this salve can restore dry and damaged skin in an instant. Restorative as it is practical for those constantly traveling through wintry climates. $40 per tin.
12. The Calder Printed Shorts by Onia
These quick-drying, lightweight swim shorts will get you in the mood for a tropical destination long before you arrive. The optic white and black graphics are perfect for staying stylish without trying too hard and are fade resistant. On sale for $72.
13. Parker Clay Passport Wallet
Patched together using premium quality Ethiopian leather, this multi-pocketed passport wallet is as sleek as it is ethical. Each product sold goes toward the Ethiopian-based non-profit Women At Risk, which seeks to rehabilitate and empower women rescued from the sex industry. Buy for $48 in camel, brown, and black.
14. Sal De Mer Sea Salt
Nothing says gourmet like sea salts from the sea of Cortez. The sea salt is procured by manual labor and each muslin bag has been hand-embroidered by local women from the rural village of Sonora, Mexico. $15 per satchel. Choose from ‘Cod Fish’ or ‘Sea Scene.’
15. Kanken Daypack
This classic Swedish backpack stamped with the minimalist fox logo is iconic amongst the leagues of nomads. Constructed from extremely durable Vinylon-F fabric, this 16-liter pack can weather the harshest elements. Can be worn as a backpack or toted as a pseudo-briefcase. On sale for $56.21 in a number of collectible colors.
16. The Kazi Cuff
This meaningful cuff is tattooed with the initials of the woman in Kenya who made it and your own — representing a camaraderie of women across the world. Each cuff sold has an enormous impact on the artisan who designed it, both economically and socially. Imbued with so much meaning, these artisanal pieces celebrate Kenya’s Boss Ladies, Supermoms, Trailblazers and Creators aka #womenwhowerk. $45 for each cuff. Take an additional 25% off with the code ‘BLACKFRIDAY2016.’ Free shipping.
17. ‘Merde Il Pleut’ Collapsible Umbrella
‘Shit it’s raining.’ Pardon my French. For when you need to make a statement with class. Comes in a variety of colors for $34 each.
18. Kate Spade Wash and Wear Lingerie Set
Hate the disorder that traveling brings? These neatly labeled bags will keep you feeling super tidy no matter what situation you find yourself in. Travel with a peace of mind that everything still has its own place, even on the go. $25 for the set.
19. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
An instant bestseller, comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s poignant memoir mixes humor with sorrow about being a criminal since birth. Growing up in apartheid South Africa to an interracial couple, which was illegal at the time, Noah shares the extreme lengths to which his mother kept his existence hidden and how he navigated the tumultuous freedom following the conclusion of apartheid. $16.80 on Amazon.
20. Fosterie Paper Plane Earrings
An refreshing alternative from the generic airplane silhouette, these gold-plated paper plane studs travel light and are a sweet and subtle tribute to one’s vagabonding ways. $13 for a pair. 30% off sitewide with code ‘CYBERMONDAY’
21. ‘Be Here Now’ Men’s Shirt by Humantra
Powered by the Live Learn Evolve community, the Humantra brand honors humanity. This design reminds us of the timeless mantra to be present. $35 for one shirt. Also comes in black.
22. Huffy Nel Lusso Women’s Cruiser Bike
It’s not a plane or a boat, but it’s definitely the next best thing. This sparkly sky blue cruiser with beige tires has us feeling all sorts of retro. With an embroidered padded seat, a wire basket, and a classic aesthetic, chances are you’ll be the coolest chick riding around the block. Starting at $119 from a list of third-party sellers.
23. Thai Elixir White Porcelain Mug
With an elegant elephant handle and detailed application of 2.6k gold paint, the white porcelain mug handcrafted by artist Panida Tamjun of southern Thailand calls forth the royal artistic styling of Benjarong in deep-seated hues of blue, red, and yellow. Each mug is equivalent to 180 sachets of rehydration salts, which are used to help children combat dehydration and life-threatening diarrhea. Buy now for $56.21.
24. The Jane Watch by Rumba Time
25. Chocolate Victoria Hot Chocolate 4-Pack
Mexican cacao beans, cinnamon, almonds, and cane sugar create a luscious blend of aromatic Mexican cocoa. The four individually wrapped disks make for great stocking stuffers. $11 for a 4-pack.
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