The Traveler's Holiday Gift Guide Part One @The Next Somewhere

The third annual 2017 “Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide” is here!

With twenty brandspanking new holiday gifts for our fellow neighbors, fill your homes with one-of-a-kind ornaments, and fill your bellies with foods from around the world. There’s more coming your way in part two including two giveaways! Don’t miss out on the competition by subscribing to the blog.


The Traveler's Holiday Gift Guide Part One @The Next Somewhere
2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide City Fog1. The HEELS Men’s Shirt by City Fog

With designs produced by homegrown artists paying homage to Californian subcultures, the most obvious being a deeply seated admiration of surf and sea, this NorCal-based clothing brand birthed on the shores of Santa Cruz is the perfect blend of place informing product. $28 for the shirt. Enter ‘BLOODNSEA20’ for 20% off your entire purchase.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Candle2. Haleakala’s House of the Sun Candle by Ethics Supply Co

This resplendently packaged candle is part of the ‘This Land is Your Land’ collection by Ethics Supply Co. An ode to the many natural and manmade marvels of the United States, the adventure-inspired candles help you cover every far corner of the American states… minus the mileage. When lit, the House of the Sun candle with its notes of pikake jasmine, sea salt, and Hawaiian sandalwood are meant to capture the experience of watching the sunrise from Haleakala’s volcanic summit in Maui.  $42 for this artisanal candle.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Airhook3. The Airhook Drinking Cup and Electronic Device Holder

Tired of the space limitations imposed by cramped airplane seating? The Airhook is a nifty gadget that utilizes a locked tray table as an anchor for electronic devices, beverages, and even headsets. Comes in four colors: Cool Grey, Jet Black, Sky Blue, and Jet Black on Sky Blue. On sale for $22.50, originally $27.95.2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Uncommon Goods4. 100 Places Bucket List Poster by UncommonGoods

List makers, meet your match. This scratch off bucket list poster is an upgrade of the popular travel scratch map, with 100 destinations hiding behind each tiny square. You have the cornerstone bucket list destinations like the Statue of Liberty and the Colosseum, but also more off-the-beaten-path treks like Myanmar’s Bagan and Peru’s Nazca Lines. $18 for one poster.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Maple Holistics5. Tea Tree Oil Shampoo by Maple Holistics

My hair usually goes haywire whenever I travel as it is super sensitive to the different minerals in other country’s water, along with all the changes of various climates and environments. The discovery of Maple Holistics Natural Tea Tree Oil Shampoo has been an actual gamechanger timezone to timezone. Made from a simple tonic of natural oils including botanical keratin and—you guessed it—tea tree oil, after one wash, my hair is in a better state than it arrived in. $25 for an 8 oz. bottle, now on sale for $8.95. Not ready to spend cash? They even have a free samples program that you can enroll into to get great products!

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Rice Love6. Recycled Travel Backpack #Jaipur by Rice Love

A one-of-a-kind, lightweight knapsack whisks you away to mystical Jaipur, a desert city in the Indian state of Rajasthan recognized for its wondrous bazaars and palaces of wind. The mission of Rice Love is to feed hungry families and through your purchase of this bag, you’ll be providing one family three square meals for a day. Each bag has a unique story, shared by fabric taken from disposed burlap rice bags, a local seamstress who pieced it together, a family fed, and once procured, you become woven into this storyline. $45 per upcycled bag. Enter ‘CouponCode’ for 10% your entire purchase.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Universal Yums7. Monthly Snacks From Around The World Subscription Box by Universal Yums

If you’re like me and know the best souvenirs can be acquired on a grocery store shelf, than the Universal Yums subscription box was made for you. A box of snacks from *insert country here* is delivered to your door monthly. There’s also an 8-page booklet to travel deeper into the mix. The mini Yum Box comes with 6 snacks. Double size the order to 12 snacks with the Yum Yum Box.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Accompany Bracelet8. Ocean Blue Bimi Tassel Bracelet by Accompany

Mexico is having a moment. Everything from its cuisine to its cities is taking the world by storm, and its textiles and trinkets are no exception. This bracelet announces itself without being too gaudy. Made from microglass beads and complemented by colored tassels capped in gold, you can dress up any low-key outfit with this statement piece. Now 40% off, $21 for one bracelet.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Lotto Love9. “Win For Good” Lottery Cards by Lotto Love

Every recipient is a winner with this stocking stuffer! Scratch these cards to reveal gifts of literacy, solar power, clean water, and nutrition. How is this done? Once your purchase is made (including two ‘basic needs’ scratch cards and a gold foil greeting card,) Lotto Love donates the proceeds from your purchase to its partner organizations to fulfill their social mission. $20 for a variety pack of 2 with gold foil greeting cards.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Siestas for Fiestas10. The Gaviota (Blue) by Siestas for Fiestas

A rainbow striped blanket bordered by fuzzy yellow pompoms evoke the “Siesta for Fiestas” ideology made by makers of the same name. But it also alludes to the company’s do-good mission that for every blanket purchased, a family in need in Mexico receives a full Christmas dinner. Sourced in Mexico—I told you, Mexico is having a moment—you can pre-order your next beach investment for $58.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide The Atlas of Beauty11. The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits

Beyond its societal impact as a tool to redefine what it means to be beautiful across all national and cultural borders, I also commend photographer Mihaela Noroc’s perseverance to transform an online project into a hardcover tome. Since 2013, she’s traveled around the world to photograph the everyday woman. The 500 portraits are poignant, compelling, and will keep future guests entertained as they thumb through the next addition to your coffee table library. Get a hardcover edition for $19.02 on Amazon.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Gandys Flip Flops12. “The World At Your Feet” Flip Flops by Gandys

When brothers Rob and Paul lost their parents in the 2004 Thailand tsunami, they transformed their grief into action and founded Gandys, made by orphans, for orphans. Their line of goods include these cartographic flip flops that will undoubtedly be a compass for better living on your travels. Originally $28.00 for a pair, on sale for $17.50.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Toothy Tabs13. Limelight Toothy Tabs by Lush

A citrusy, zesty version of the original Miles of Smiles Toothy Tabs, the Limelight toothy tabs make the act of tooth brushing something to look forward to. Before you hit a night on the town with newlymade friends or deboard a 12-hour red eye flight, just pop one of these tabs into your mouth and start brushing. Your teeth will feel extra fresh and sparkly. $10.95 for a 1.7 oz bottle.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Allure Bon Voyage Travel Essentials14. Travel Essentials Beauty Box by ALLURE x CONDE NAST TRAVELER

READY, SET, JET! Wouldn’t it be nice if the prepwork for every trip could be as neatly wrapped as this cheery yellow giftbox? Carefully curated for travelers constantly on the go-go-go, every box comes with dry shampoo, a gel mask, face mist, a foldable brush, and some fancy contraption called “the spongette” that has been crafted to “time release” body wash but is not a liquid. Fascinating. $39.95 for a limited edition box.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Ethnotek Wallet15. The Ketat Bill Fold Wallet by Ethnotek

Ethnotek marries indigenous textiles with practical travel gear, crafting a beautiful line of socially responsible, modern handicrafts that showcase heritage. The “ketat” wallet, which comes from the Bahasa Indonesian word for “tight,” is made from 100% recycled bottles and is tagged with a patch of the country’s flag from where the textiles came from. Do you know where the wallet in the picture is from? Comment below! $19 for billfold wallet.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Compartes16. Gourmet Chocolate Bars by Compartes

The chocolatier with a celebrity following, ‘made in Los Angeles’ Compartes is back with a chic new repertoire of holiday chocolate bars made with the finest chocolate from around the world and studded with crumbles of yuletide-specific treats. If the sugar bomb fails to entice you, maybe the pretty packaging will. They also have an exclusive line of California-inspired chocolates called “California Dreaming.” Get it while it’s hot. $9.95 for the California Dreaming Dark Chocolate Brownie Bar. $11.95 for a Limited Edition Holiday Bar.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Serenflipity17. Serenflipility: 30 Everyday Adventure Cards by Chronicle Books

If you have a hard time being present, tote around this nifty deck of “everyday adventure cards” to inspire you to live life a little more in the present. Each card has a set of written instructions that you must follow… leading you into who knows what kind of serendipitous situation. $11.83 for one deck.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Papercut City18. City 8×10″ Papercut

The art of papercutting has long fascinated me due to the sheer finesse of bringing to life a complete image out of one single sheet of paper. The work of Papercut City is a wonderful way to commemorate one’s hometown, an adopted city, or even a cityscape which stokes feelings of fernweh in you. The Japan papercut juxtaposes the old and the new, a counterbalance between ancient temples and modern skyscrapers with the iconic Mt. Fuji at the heart of the scene. On sale for $24 without frame, $44 with a white or gray frame.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Arrival Bags19. Arrivals Luggage Cover by Uncommon Goods

Bienvenue a Paris! Beyond the practicality of investing in a luggage cover (because you know they’re definitely ignoring that “fragile” label), this cover celebrates the joy of journeying. Modeled after airport status screens, this cover features both a list of Arrival and Departure destinations with positive phrases to company major airports written in a mix of official languages and English. $26.95 for a luggage cover.

2017 Travelers Holiday Gift Guide Seed Mill Halva20. Halva Gift Set by Seed + Mill

Halva is not for everyone, but for the gourmands in your life, there’s something about this gritty Middle Eastern confection and the way it breaks so elegantly at the slightest touch. Upon first taste, the texture is a rich, buttery encounter, feeling dense, yet weightless all at once. Seed + Mill, out of New York, churns up gorgeous bricks of gluten-free halva infused with ingredients like dark chocolate, orange, coconut, and sweet pecans. $35 for gift set.

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The Traveler's Holiday Gift Guide Part One @The Next Somewhere

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.


  • December 6, 2017

    You know I love you anyways, but this is genuinely the BEST gift guide I’ve seen so this season! So many lovely goodies..kinda makes me sad I’m not based in the US! You have such nice taste 🙂

  • Megan Indoe

    December 7, 2017

    This is the most beautiful gift guide I have ever seen with SO MANY gifts I want to buy myself! Haha! I love that bracelet and that Allure x Conde Nast Traveler box set intrigues me – I am a sucker for beauty products! I love those papercut cities too! You found so many cool unique gifts I think I will just drop this link over to my mom as a not so subtle hint – haha

  • December 7, 2017

    Love the graphics. It is really cool. You can tell you put in extra effort for it to look good and it really does look amazing 😀 I would love to get Beauty Box by ALLURE. The bucket list poster is so cool as well. I love that it is cool gifts as well not only essentials like a luggage lockers etc. Thank you for sharing 😀

  • Megan Jerrard

    December 7, 2017

    I love and NEED the Airhook Drinking Cup and Electronic Device Holder – I’ve just come off a long haul flight and it was so awkward trying to cram everything you need into the airline’s mesh magazine holder thing in the back of the seat in front of you – this looks fabulous. Might drop it as a “hint” to my husband for this Chrismtas!

  • December 8, 2017

    I love how beautiful you manage to make something as simple as a gift guide! I love it! Plus, I want basically everything on it! (Is it socially acceptable to buy myself all these Christmas gifts?) haha I’m loving that tassel bracelet. It’s so darling. I also can’t believe that the Ketat Bill Fold Wallet is made from water bottles, I never would’ve guessed!

  • December 11, 2017

    Lovely ideas for gifts! I’d love to taste all those international snacks! Also, that airhook with a cup looks super useful. I should definitely do this kind of post myself, this was super useful and beautiful post. 🙂

  • December 11, 2017

    This time of year is chock full of gift giving posts. I really like yours and think it’s actually stuff worth gifting as opposed to the same scratch map gifts everyone else points out. They look fantastic. Really well done – time to go shopping!

  • Aisha

    December 12, 2017

    This is a travel gift gold mine! Love all of them! Seriously wish they would appear under my tree this year!

  • December 12, 2017

    The recycled backpack is an absolute stunner. I’d love to be pampered too with some tea tree shampoo. The 100 places bucketlist poster also looks cool. Happy Holidays to you Izzy!

  • Followingtherivera

    December 13, 2017

    This is such an awesome gift list! I particularly love the bracelet and the tassel bracelet for myself! For my partner, I’d definitely buy that airhook for the plane as he always needs more space!

  • December 15, 2017

    Very cool list. Very nicely posted, I agree with the others your graphics are very pretty and functional.
    I am very interested in the AirHook and the Luggage Cover both are functional (I’m a functional kinda guy) and are examples of smart and easy tech to make your travel a little less stressful.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep traveling and blogging, Adventure is better shared with friends!

  • December 15, 2017

    All of these gifts ate classy and chic. I can imagine myself with all of them at different times and it made me happy. Those subscription packages are the highlight for me. I just need someone to gift me fee of these gifts, I’m not greedy for all. I’d bookmark your page for gift ideas for my travel buddy for his birthday.

  • Tim

    December 16, 2017

    Wow! Amazing list! Really loving that City Fog T-shirt! Just bought it thanks to your wonderful list! Great job!

  • December 17, 2017

    This is a nice curated list of traveler’s holiday gifts for 2017. All of them look unique and excellent as gifts. My personal favourites here however would be the recycled backpack and the bucket list poster. Hope I get these gifts!

  • December 18, 2017

    That drinking cup holder is so cool! You don’t know how convenient that is until you want to put your drink down while in a bus that is rumbling along a rough countryside road. That colorful blanket is excellent as well. 🙂

  • December 18, 2017

    The world at your feet are so cute. Definitely one for the traveler, so useful in the summer holiday but suitable to use indoor anytime too. I, however, personally am interested to recycled backpack. Very cool concept to start with!

  • Ami

    December 18, 2017

    These are some unusual gifts for a traveler. I am glad to see the Jaipur bag in the list. It is quite a quirky and lovely addition. My personal favorite and one that I would want this Xmas (hope santa is listening) are the flip flops. World at my feet 🙂

  • December 18, 2017

    Some really different gifts that are great to give friends. 🙂 I like it !!!! Gives me ideas for birthdays !!!:)


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