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Travelers’ Gift Guide

December 5, 2013

I’m having a lot of fun perusing the various gift guides out there right now, looking for inspiration for presents for my loved ones.  So I decided it would be fun to create my own personal gift guide for the travelers on your Christmas list.  These are just a few of the things I either have and love or have been coveting, that I think would make most travelers’ holidays and lives even happier.  Also check out my Packing Essentials post for a few more ideas!

For the glam traveler: A Birchbox Gift Subscription

This might sound a little out-there, but hang with me.  Birchbox (<– referral link) is a subscription service that sends you a box full of beauty and cosmetics samples every month for $10/month.  There’s also a men’s version for $20/month that contains even more goodies. You can choose a 3, 6 or 12-month gift subscription.

My sister gave me a gift subscription to Birchbox last year, and I don’t know if she even realized the depths of her brilliance.  Along with the obvious perk of getting to sample a lot of fun products that you might not have tried otherwise, almost everything they send you will be smaller than 3 oz.  Yep – a box full of TSA-approved goodies every month!  Through my Birchbox subscription I’ve received a travel-size dry shampoo (my favorite), funky nail polishes, and enough travel-size moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners to keep me traveling in style for a long time!

For the globetrotter: A Scratch-Off Travel Map

How much fun is this?  The map comes in a solid color, and you scratch off countries as you visit them for a fun, decorative keepsake.

For the organized packer: Vera Bradley Hanging Organizer

I know that I already mentioned this in my Packing Essentials post, but it really is the ideal travel cosmetics bag.  If you don’t like the patterned bags, you can find lots of other options at a variety of price points by Googling “hanging travel toiletry bag.”

For the jet setter: A Wheeling Carry-On

Every time I’ve been in an airport recently, I’ve found myself pretty jealous of my fellow travelers zipping around the terminal with those snazzy new carry-ons with 4 wheels instead of 2.  They just looks so much easier to maneuver, and I’d love to upgrade to one at some point.  Ditto for sleek-looking hard-sided ones like this beauty from Delsey.

For the cold-weather traveler: Lightweight Down or Down Alternative Jacket

Right now, I kind of think everybody should have one of these jackets.  I am currently obsessed with my new Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket.  It’s a warm, comfy down-alternative jacket that weighs practically nothing.  If you favor down, Mountain Hardwear has a great one too, as does Patagonia.

Why should every winter traveler have one?  I just took my first trip with mine over Thanksgiving, and I loved how it kept me warm between the car and the airport, then packed down so small to stick in my carry-on.  Most of these are so small that they’ll fold into their own pockets.  Once I was at my destination, it was the perfect weight for every activity – somehow it kept me just warm enough whether it was only moderately chilly or quite a bit colder, without ever over-heating.  It’s like magic.

For the hands-free traveler: Cross-body purse

I already mentioned in my packing essentials post how much I love my cross-body purse for traveling.  The ability to roam around without having to hold anything or hoist a bag back up on my shoulder is very freeing.  I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to a different style of purse.  A few intriguing ones I’ve come across:

Old Navy for only $10:

Old Navy Cross-Body

I might just order that one for myself as soon as I hit “publish.”

The Sak for around $100 – this one comes in some great color options!

The Sak Crossbody

Vince Camuto for $96.99:

Vince Camuto crossbody

For the armchair traveler:  A National Geographic Subscription

A lot of the fun of traveling is reading about and planning your next trip.  National Geographic is a travel mag with a bit more substance than many of the others, in my opinion.  You might actually learn something while paging through dreaming about your next vacation.  Plus, their photos are reliably fantastic.

Those are just a few of my favorite gift ideas for travelers this year.  Please share any great ideas you’ve got in the comments!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Monica DiNatale permalink
    December 5, 2013 2:18 pm

    If you a New York lover on your shopping list check out the book “365 Guide.” Nothing but restaurant and bar deals in the Big Apple. Enjoy!

  2. December 9, 2013 12:00 pm

    My sister got me the scratch off world map for Christmas last year and I love it! Does make me want to go visit some big countries though so I can do a big bit of scratching!

  3. December 17, 2013 5:59 pm

    This is great! Now I want a Birchbox subscription for myself!

    • December 18, 2013 9:42 am

      Thanks! You should totally try Birchbox. It’s a lot of fun, and you can cancel at any time so it’s not like there’s a big commitment. I hope you enjoy it!

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