Discovered a beauty secret abroad? Axel and Ash’s beautiful cloth Swept Away by Wanderlust journal is the perfect place to stash insider info. Unlike typical lined and bound notebooks, this one also features whimsical questions, engaging writing prompts, lush photography, witty “to do” notes, and more ($39.99, axelandash.com).
(Courtesy Axel and Ash)
Hang vacation prints along with souvenirs, postcards, maps, ticket stubs, and other sentimental mementos on Umbra’s clothing line-like display ($20, amazon.com).
Every two months, Try the World delivers a gift box filled with artisanal delicacies from around the globe, along with a cultural guide, recipes and more. Gift a one-time box, or splurge on a year’s worth of goodies ($50 and up, trytheworld.com).
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Polaroid’s CUBE is quite the powerhouse despite its petite 1” form. Shock proof and water resistant, the action camera can be mounted to the nose of just about any surfboard allowing riders to capture the magic as it happens ($99, amazon.com).
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No need to awaken the force! Pottery Barn Kids’s Star Wars-themed luggage easily rolls from home to holiday destinations on earth and throughout the galaxy. Available in large and small, it is (from $109.50, potterybarnkids.com).
(Courtesy Pottery Barn Kids)
Like your most fabulous and connected friend, Jetsetter prefers hotels that are curated and classy. The site features its top-rated global getaways at competitive rates, along with killer flash sales that make upscale travel affordable. Splurge on a gift card so that lucky someone (you, perhaps?) can live the good life for less (gift cards start at $100, jetsetter.com).
Not only does the new Karim Rashid-designed Bobble model filter out chlorine and impurities from ordinary tap water, it essentially replaces up to 300 disposable bottles (an environmental scourge) before a new carbon filter is needed. It’s also BPA, phthalate and PVC-free. Everyone should pack at least one ($11.99, www.waterbobble.com).
Everything old is new again! Fujifilm’s sweet, petite Instax Mini 8 camera’s is fun, no-fuss way to produced high quality instant pics that fit in a pocket just so. Available in seven stylish hues ($100, urbanoutfitters.com).
(Courtesy FUJIFILM North America Corporation
Who could resist these retro-glam Warby Parker sunglasses? Created in partnership with fashion-fave Maiyet, purchases of the seriously fab but affordable shades help support Nest, a non-profit devoted to artisan craft and social entrepreneurship around the world ($145, warbyparker.com).
(Courtesy Warby Parker)
Subscribe to BarkBox, and one lucky pup will get a monthly delivery complete with treats, eats, and toys perfect for jaunts to the park and other exciting locales. Plus, 10% of profits benefit shelters throughout the U.S. and Canada. One, three, six, and 12-month plans are available (from $18 per month, barkbox.com).
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Stash makeup, skincare, grooming tools, jewelry and other personal items into this pink, 3-zip cosmetic bag featuring a cheerful tropical print, the result of a brilliant collaboration between Rifle Paper Co. and the iconic bag brand, LeSportsac ($25, riflepaperco.com).
(Courtesy Rifle Paper Co.)
Lush’s “FUN” kits turn bland hotel baths into bubbly bliss—without taking up excess space in the Dopp kit. Each scented bar does quadruple duty as soap, shampoo, bubble bath and a Play-Doh like bath toy. The new FUN Snakes and Ladders kit is colorful new edition to the line, but winter lovers may prefer to just build a Snowman ($7 each at lushusa.com).
Keep travel essentials, drinks, and snacks neatly tucked away in this stylish three-section Picnic at Ascot trunk organizer, complete with a removable insulated cooler. Heading home? Fold it up and stash away until the next adventure…or the grocery store ($51, brookstone.com).
From mid-hike catnaps to camping all-nighters, Kammok’s roomy, ripstop Roo hammock lets up to two people relax to the max. It sets up in snap, and packs up just as quickly into a water-resistant compression sack. Available in six colors ($99, kammok.com).
Afraid of flying? Who wouldn’t be—arid cabin air is notoriously harsh. When’s Travelmate sheet mask (a South Korean beauty staple) infuses skin with hyaluronic acid, chamomile, ginseng, Swiss Alpine herb extracts, and other nutrients to hydrate, soothe, and create a dewy complexion upon arrival. Stuff a one-time-use sheet into someone’s stocking ($7, sephora.com).
Flaxseed-filled, lavender-scented soothers offer sweet relief to anyone suffering tired, puffy eyes or tension headaches. Place one over your peepers and the stress of travel just melts away—even if you’re stuck in the middle seat ($48, ahalife.com).
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Not only do Stowaway’s right-sized cosmetics help women look gorgeous while traveling light, each petite product (beauty balm, concealer, rouge, eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick) is priced right, too (from $10 each, or $75 for a full set, stowawaycosmetics.com).
(Courtesy Stowaway Cosmetics)
Who wouldn’t tumble for Pendleton’s tumbler? Designed for hot and cold beverages, a portion of the stainless steel travel cup’s sales benefit the United State’s National Park Service, in honor of its upcoming centennial ($25, pendelton-usa.com).
(Courtesy Pendleton Woolen Mills)
Another holiday sweater? Yes, when it’s as classical handsome as this buffalo plaid woolen number from J.Crew. It lets anyone explore the wild in style ($98, www.jcrew.com).
(Courtesy J. Crew)
J.Crew’s cozy, wool trapper hat features a faux-shearling lining and jaunty plaid print. It’s great way to look cool while keeping toasty warm ($59.50, jcrew.com).
(Courtesy J. Crew)
Let Safari Surf School help you plan the perfect gift as getaway to surfing hotspots Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Along with surfing lessons, guests can opt for add-ons like yoga and zip-lining, as well as opportunities to volunteer within the local communities (from $1,370 for seven nights, safarisurfschool.com).
(Courtesy Safari Surf School)
Way before social media took over our lives, prescient pop artist Andy Warhol obsessively chronicled his life (and the lives of the famous and fabulous) through instant photos. In Andy Warhol Polaroids (Taschen), art critic Richard B. Woodward presents 100s of these images, both glamorous and mundane ($99 list, amazon.com).
Looptworks sources excess neoprene from the wetsuit industry to keep tablets and laptops safe, all the while conserving water and other natural resources. Crafted exclusively in fair labor factories, these meticulously upcycled sleeves come in multiple sizes and colors (from $30, looptworks.com).
Who doesn’t love a deal? CityPASS lets travelers hit tourist hotspots in top U.S. and Canadian cities for up to half off the regular admission. Prices vary by age and city ($30-$114); Southern California, which features extra time to enjoy deals on major attractions like Disneyland, is priced from $286 (citypass.com).
GPS is for city folk. Those who like to run wild navigate the outdoors using old-school tools like this gorgeous brass compass. Attach it to zippers, key chains, backpacks, glove boxes, survival kits, and other places guidance may come in handy ($46, sanborncanoe.com).
(Courtesy Sanborn Canoe Company)
For the cerebral surfer… Thrilling escapades and social history share space in William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Penguin Press), a memoir chronicling the New Yorker writer’s life-long obsession with the sport ($28, barnesandnoble.com).
(Courtesy Penguin Press)
If you need to catch a flight to catch some tasty waves, a board bag is a must. OAM’s black and blazing neon Day Mission bag is heat and UV-resistant, and features a shoulder strap for easy hauling ($86, oamsurf.com).
Light it up! Coconut-scented candles from the legendary Sex Wax brand burn for up to 30 hours of aromatic bliss ($9, sexwax.com).
Zig Zag City Guides help young travelers explore popular destinations via illustrated cards filled with fascinating facts, fun activities, quizzes, maps, and more, all tucked into a neat packable box. Cities includes: Rome, Paris, San Francisco, New York, and now, London ($24, zigzagcityguides.bigcartel.com).
(Courtesy ZigZag City Guides)
The Company Store’s whimsical Bon Voyage neck pillows provide comfort and company to tiny travelers. Each of the five charming characters (including Pony, shown) comes decorated with appliqués and embroidery for a homespun appeal ($49, thecompanystore.com).
(Courtesy The Company Store)
Embedded with magnets to keep towers for tipping, Tegu’s 8-piece pocket wooden block set turns airplane trays, hotel desks and brasserie tables into creative hot spots ($25, giggle.com).
This holiday season, TOMS has partnered with Chemex to treat caffeine connoisseurs to the smoothest filtered cup of java possible—and one person in need to a week’s supply safe drinking water—with the purchase of this special edition, 8-cup coffeemaker. Its handsome glass carafe comes come wrapped in a polished wood collar, a blue leather tie and seriously good vibes ($44, Toms.com).
Wrap up something ultra decadent from Kiehl’s limited edition Creme de Corps holiday collection. Featuring custom art designed by celebrated fashion duo Costello Tagliapietra, net proceeds up to $100K will help Feeding America provide one million meals to families in need (prices from $30, www.kiehls.com).
(Courtesy Kiehl's Since 1851)
Globalgiving.org lets you literally give a gift of giving. From microloans to medical care, the crowd-funded non-profit connects would-be-givers with thousands of worthy projects around the world (gift cards start at $10).
The Dreaming Tree’s Crush (a red blend), Cabernet and Chardonnay wines all feature sustainably designed bottles and help support various conservation organizations. Nice. Even better, they’re offering a holiday gift pack featuring the above trio along with $50 gift card to Ticketmaster—which makes sense since musician Dave Matthews is one of the company’s co-founders ($69, a $95 value, dreamingtreewines.com).
(Courtesy The Dreaming Tree)
Vintage camera aficionados will go mad for Pop Chart Lab’s meticulously detailed print, The Charted Collection of Cameras. Pressed on 100 lb. archival stock, each 27" x 39" print is signed, numbered, and showcases more 200 iconic cameras spanning 175 years ($38, popchartlab.com).
(Courtesy Pop Chart Lab)
Who hasn’t dreamt of camera bag that can also chill some brewskis? Poler Stuff’s updated 2.0 Camera Cooler features a padded insert for DSLR cameras and accessories, plus room for a six-pack when removed ($55.95, polerstuff.com).
(Courtesy Poler Stuff)
Planning some holiday fun in the sun? This salty trio of nautical-inspired floating buoy toys is perfect for doggies that appreciate a cool dip ($15 each; $42 for three, waggo.com).
Far or near, never fear! Available in seven bold hues, this epoxy ID tag can be engraved with up to four lines of personal info—so Fido can always be found ($21.99, petco.com).
Hand-dyed and crafted in Brooklyn, NY, each Found My Animal’s prismatic rope leash features a number-stamped tag that’s as unique as your favorite little travel buddy ($64, foundmyanimal.com).
(Courtesy Found My Animal)
Designed by artist Wesley Bird, DENY Design’s fleece-topped pet pillow serves as a cute and cozy reminder to never stop roaming ($129, at denydesigns.com).
(Courtesy DENY Designs)
For oenophiles who can’t abide drinking out of the wrong wine glass—even on the road—there’s Riedel’s “O” To Go, a single stemless red or white glass nestled in a sturdy, travel sized tube ($17.50, riedelusa.net).
(Courtesy Riedel Crystal)
Each quarter, Causebox delivers $150’s worth of ethically made items sourced from socially conscious companies like Krochet Kids, LSTN Sound Co, Noonday and Salt Skill. A portion of proceeds also benefits charities like JoyJars, which brings cheer to kids with cancer (subscriptions from $50, causebox.com).
Not sure where your loved one will end up next? Treat them to an Airbnb gift certificate by email (which can be added to their account), and they can hole up anywhere from Brooklyn to Beijing (certificates from $25, airbnb.com).
Muslin bags filled with natural aged wood chips come straight from Katy, Texas, to your BBQ. Available in pecan, mesquite, and hickory, the reusable chips burn slow and impart smoky flavor to whatever’s hot on the grill ($4.95 each, kaufmann-mercantile.com).
(Courtesy Kaufman Mercantile)
Serve up exotic, oven-ready dishes from the world on this stunning brass trivet designed and casted in Japan. At just six inches in diameter, there’s room on the table for all favorites from far and near ($75, kaufmann-mercantile.com).
(Courtesy Kaufman Mercantile)
Give just about any laptop a whole new look with iStyles' road trip–themed computer skin. Easy to apply and remove sans goo, the art quality print also provides beloved gadgets with bulk-free protection from scratches (from $20, istyles.com).
Sumptuous, hand-sewn leather bison moccasins are lined with eco-felt that warms toes and provides light foot support. No carry-on should be without a pair. Available in men’s and women’s sizes ($79, kaufmann-mercantile.com).
(Courtesy Kaufman Mercantile)
Let the wit and wisdom of this luggage tag always be a reminder of what’s possible...and important ($10, islandcompany.com).
(Courtesy Island Company)
Join Gypset Travel writer Julia Chaplin as she explores the insider enclaves and favored destinations of the carelessly glamorous, bohemian upper class—the gypsetters, if you will ($50, assouline.com).
Make someone feel all Tinggly inside. Gift boxes come with a voucher good for more than 350+ experiences in 80+ countries. Giftees can opt to: canoodle in a Venetian gondola; search for Northern Lights in Iceland; bungee jump in Cape Town; sample rums in Puerto Rico; scuba dive in Quintana Roo; or choose some other amazing activity ($119, tinggly.com).
Biking to the beach? Linus’ sturdy canvas sac hooks onto the bike’s rear rack for fuss free hauling. A d-ring and included padlock keeps valuables secure ($69, linusbike.com).
(Courtesy Linus Bike )
Baja Zen’s oversized, 100% cotton towel makes for a soft, sumptuous place to sprawl. Plus, it’s easy to spot after an ocean dip thanks to a splashy tie-dyed print that’s impossible to miss. Available four vivid colors ($44, bajazenusa.com).
(Courtesy Baha Zen)
San Diego Hat Company’s lightweight, two-tone paper fedora rocks a rope and coconut ring accent around the brim—perfect for staying and looking cool in equal measure ($25, sandiegohat.com).
(Courtesy Sand Diego Hat Company)
Get in gear with an Every Day Carry basic key ring kit, which comes hung with screwdrivers, tweezers, a pry bar, and a waterproof lighter. Need more stuff? Brass cash stashes, pocket knives, flashlights, scissors, and other on-the-road requirements can be added as wanted, starting at $7 each ($54, kaufmann-mercantile.com).
(Courtesy Kaufmann Mercantile)
From a late-night food truck in standing-room-only eateries in San Francisco and NYC, Mission Chinese did something no one though possible—make Chinese food cool. The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook (Ecco) regales readers with tales of the restaurant’s improbable rise, and shares favorite fusion fare like schmaltz fried rice and hot-and-sour soup dumplings ($34.99, harpercollins.com).
Hooked on the Wayz app? iOttie’s cellphone mount allows drivers to focus on the road—not fuss with the screen—by securing smartphones to the dashboard. The bright red hue adds a cheery burst of color ($15, amazon.com).
Imagine having to travel the world with…old people. Not cool. With EF College Break that won’t happen, since the company’s exciting but affordable tours of Europe and beyond are for student travelers only (anyone age 18-28). It’s an amazing, life-changing graduation gift—we wish our parents had loved us more. Trips run from less than a week to a month or more (tours from $2,179, efcollegebreak.com).
(Courtesy EF College Break)
Every road trip has its down and dull moments. Keep boredom at bay and add a new level of cuteness to game playing, house building, magic tricks and card tossing, by treating travelers to 3-D decks of cards featuring lenticular cats or dogs. Adorable any way you look at it ($9 each, madewell.com).
What’s camping without a campfire? This antler-handled, magnesium fire starter ignites up to hundred blazes, even in the wettest conditions (i.e. when you really, really need one). More than mere gift, this one’s a potential lifesaver ($35, kaufmann-mercantile.com).
(Courtesy Kaufman Mercantile)