Best Travel Gifts

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    T+L’s affordable holiday gift guide for your favorite globe-trotters.

    From December 2013 By

    With Instagram feeds and Facebook updates bringing the world to our smartphones, “Wish You Were Here” postcards are all but obsolete. Introducing their retro-futuristic equivalent: custom postcard books of your vacation photos, courtesy of Artifact Uprising.

    We may not be able to give the gift of exotic trips to all of the special people in our lives this holiday season. But helping them savor travel memories and plan for a future trip is definitely in the budget. We’ve put together a list of globe-trotting goods for this holiday season, none priced at more than $110.

    It includes innovations like waterproof Bluetooth speakers, ultralight bags that convert from backpacks to duffels, and Kitson’s 10-in-1 portable cocktail tool (it’s a Swiss Army Knife for tipplers).

    You can keep the next generation of travelers entertained with on-the-go art projects and delight foodies with new cookbooks that serve up the best of Tokyo, Brazil, and L.A. Then there are gifts that keep giving, like fair-trade accessories and a solar-powered charger promotion—buy one, and one is donated to the Philippines typhoon relief effort.

    As we reflect on what we’re thankful for, our trips top the list. And we’re not alone. According to the UN World Tourism Organization, international travel was up 5 percent in the first eight months of the year, with a record 747 million people venturing outside their borders. And a recent TripAdvisor survey found that 88 percent of people think it’s worth making sacrifices to make memories. We couldn’t agree more.

    For more ideas, check out T+L's 2012 travel gift guide.

  • Best Travel Gifts: Definitely Digital Good Night

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    Definity Digital Good Night

    Help a jet-setter conquer the scourge of jet lag with this Definity Digital Good Night bulb. Most bulbs (and gadget screens) emit blue light, which tells the body not to make one of the hormones needed to fall asleep. Developed by NASA astronauts, this bulb filters out more than half of that blue light, helping travelers conk out more easily (store.earthled.com; $59).

  • Best Travel Gifts: 4-in-1 Adapter

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    4-in-1 Adapter

    This handy Lego-like tool snaps together four plugs and one adapter to power up gadgets in 150 countries. The red, blue, yellow, and green components correspond to a color-coded map to help you quickly determine the parts needed based on your destination (flight001.com; $25).

  • Best Travel Gifts: ate Spade Saturday Two-Tone Passport Holder

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    Kate Spade Saturday Two-Tone Passport Holder

    In 2013, Kate Spade launched sister brand Saturday with products in bold prints and bright colors like this two-tone leather passport holder. It comes with interior slots for a passport and three cards, plus a clear ID window and an exterior slot for stashing a boarding pass (saturday.com; $50).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC29 QuietPoint Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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    Audio-Technica ATH-ANC29 QuietPoint Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    The top choice for those who need to tune out their seatmates at 30,000 feet, these sleek headphones strip away 87 percent of outside sounds when noise canceling is turned on. With thumping bass and clear dialogue at a reasonable price, these headphones made T+L’s recent list of the best travel gadgets (shopaudiotechnica.com; $100). —Tom Samiljan

  • Best Travel Gifts: Artifact Uprising Postcard Packs

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    Artifact Uprising Postcard Packs

    Great vacation shots tend to languish on hard drives and iPhones these days. Show them off instead by making a postcard book with Artifact Uprising. Its easy online tool helps you upload photos and edit them into richly designed postcard packs, photo books, even a wooden calendar made from reclaimed Colorado pines (artifactuprising.com; $16.99–$29.99).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Bentgo Containers

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    Bentgo Containers

    Culinary-minded fliers, road trippers, and car campers alike will appreciate being able to pack and go with these stackable plastic food containers. Inspired by Japanese bento boxes, the BPA-free plastic packs include two containers; a built-in knife, fork, and spoon; and a sealing strap. They’re safe for both microwaves and dishwashers (bentgo.com; $14.99).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Eagle Creek Ultralight Convertible Bags

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    Eagle Creek Ultralight Convertible Bags

    The teeny pouch weighs less than a pound, but it folds out into a tote that converts into a backpack—or a backpack that converts into a duffel bag. Made from ultralight, durable ripstop nylon, the convertible bags come in black and a variety of ’90s-inspired bold neons (shop.eaglecreek.com; $60–$80).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Hand-stitched Artemis Leatherware Camera Case

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    Hand-stitched Artemis Leatherware Camera Case

    Add some old-school cred to a new-school camera with this hand-stitched leather case. Made from vegetable-tanned, high-quality Italian leather with solid brass hardware, it’s meant to weather and age as you travel. Because each one is handmade, the case can be custom designed for a particular camera model in a variety of leathers (etsy.com; $110).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Neuhaus Haute Patisserie Chocolate Box

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    Neuhaus Haute Patisserie Chocolate Box

    Nine international pastry chefs, including Cronut creator Dominique Ansel, have crafted gourmet chocolates inspired by their surroundings and cooking philosophy. Think praline, hazelnut, rose petals, and fresh raspberries topped with chocolate ganache and robed in milk chocolate to reflect the Cornish garden of chef Martin Chiffers (neuhauschocolate.com; $45).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Blue Bar10der Cocktail Tool

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    Blue Bar10der Cocktail Tool

    There’s no better way to make friends on the road than with a cocktail or three. That’s why we love this 10-in-1 bar tool that includes a muddler, a knife, a stirrer, a jigger, a corkscrew, and a bottle opener. Made of stainless steel and BPA-free plastic, it’s a compact way to mix up draughts on the go (quenchproducts.com; $39.95).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Pok Pok cookbook

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    A World of Cookbooks

    Mix in one serving of the year’s best new cookbooks. Andy Ricker shares travel tales, recipes, and technique tutorials in Pok Pok. Roy Choi takes readers on a multiculti culinary tour of his hometown in L.A. Son. The chefs behind a cult Brooklyn joint present lushly photographed recipes in Roberta's Cookbook; Ivan Orkin transports you to Tokyo with Ivan Ramen; and Alex Atala deconstructs Brazilian cooking with D.O.M. But the pièce de résistance may be The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, a mind-bending photography book that goes inside a spice blender, optically deconstructs a sandwich, and will make you rethink the most common of ingredients (amazon.com; $17.99–$108).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Harry's Truman Retro Shave Kit

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    Harry’s Truman Retro Shave Kit

    The company that makes these snazzy shave kits has been molding high-end razors for European barbers for nearly a century. Harry’s delivers the retro razors with a tube of shaving cream that blends cooling ingredients like licorice, milk thistle, and cucumber with moisturizing marula and coconut oil and fortifying vitamins E and B5 (harrys.com; $15).

  • Best Travel Gifts: National Parks Map

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    National Parks Map

    This Ello There print on 100 percent cotton rag archival paper celebrates the U.S.A.’s 59 protected parklands, mixing faux bois patterns and graphic print trees. It’s a lovely reminder to appreciate our cash-strapped national parks—and count off the ones you’ve visited (schoolhouseelectric.com; $95).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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    Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    Pump up the jam on the beach, in the pool, and beyond with this new portable speaker. The lithium ion battery means a two-hour charge will power eight hours of music at full volume (or 16 hours at half). It also has a handy tail that can be looped onto surfaces, hooked to act as a stand, or removed to reveal a suction cup that sticks to flat surfaces (boommovement.com; $59).

  • Best Travel Gifts: BottleGuard Neoprene Double Wine Protector

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    BottleGuard Neoprene Double Wine Protector

    There’s nothing more disappointing than toting around precious vintages for an entire trip only to arrive home to a suitcase full of broken glass and Bordeaux-stained clothes. Help the oenophiles in your life keep their bottles safe with this double-layered, shock-absorbent neoprene wine protector (wineenthusiast.com; $34.95).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Doodles at Breakfast

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    Doodles at Breakfast

    Doodles at Breakfast keeps artistic little ones engaged during on-the-road meals. The tear-off place mats include whimsical illustrations and instructions to teach kids how to draw everything from a lotus to an ocelot (barnesandnoble.com; $9.89).

  • Best Travel Gifts: WakaWaka Solar Charger

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    WakaWaka Solar Charger

    Give a gift that gives back with this WakaWaka solar charger. The compact, seven-ounce device juices up a phone in just a few hours and has a built-in light that can shine for more than 60 hours. Best of all? For each charger purchased, the company donates one to the typhoon relief effort in the Philippines (wakawaka.com; $69).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Moleskine Photo Notebook

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    Moleskine Photo Notebook

    Authors, artists, and travel writers all swear by Moleskine’s classically styled, durable notebooks. The latest offering retains the old-school open-flat stitched binding, ivory colored pages, and elastic closure but lets travelers customize, adding photos, notes, and quotes to the pages (moleskine.com; $50).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Paper Neighborhood Stamp Set

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    Paper Neighborhood Stamp Set

    Each of the 21 vulcanized rubber stamps in this set, handmade in Cincinnati, depicts a different architectural element. Mix and match them to create an imaginary historic neighborhood or to re-create your favorite landmark buildings (paperneighborhood.com; $52).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Raven + Lily Nimol Wristlet

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    Raven + Lily Nimol Wristlet

    This minimalist cotton and leather bag is made from natural-dyed, hand-loomed fabrics and remnant materials by women in Cambodia. The bag is part of a collection of travel-friendly, boho clothing and accessories produced for fair-trade wages by marginalized women in Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, and the United States (ravenandlily.com; $34).

  • Best Travel Gifts: How Do You Zoo Fox Sleeping Bag

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    How Do You Zoo Fox Sleeping Bag

    Make little ones feel at home on the road—or at a friend’s sleepover—with this How Do You Zoo sleeping bag. Made of soft cotton, the bags roll up with elastic straps for easy portability. The cuddly animal face can be removed for use as a pillow; penguin and bear bags are also available (landofnod.com; $99).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Bridget Sandals

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    Bridget Sandals

    Slip right into island time by strapping on a pair of these sandals. Created in Jamaica by former model and Playboy Bunny Bridget Brown, they’re seen on the island’s most fashionable feet. (Reggae royal Rita Marley is a fan.) We love the Rose, with its gladiator ankle wraps and a leather rosette that blooms between your toes (bridgetsandals.net; from $95). —Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon

  • Best Travel Gifts: World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti

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    Travel-Inspiring Reads

    The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti surveys 113 artists, including Mexico City’s Sego y Ovbal and Berlin’s Aram Bartholl. French Style is a breezy tour of the country’s greatest visual hits, from Yves Saint Laurent to Babar. And for the beach fanatic, Time & Tide: Photographs of Praia Piquinia presents riveting pictures of a Portuguese beach (amazon.com; $35–$65). —Kolby Yarnell

  • Best Travel Gifts: Little New York Ornament Set

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    Little New York Ornament Set

    Deck the halls with this set of New York ornaments. Housed in a wooden keepsake box, the mouth-blown, handcrafted glass ornaments include icons like the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty, all courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art (momastore.org; $70).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Anker Portable Charger

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    Portable Chargers

    Staying powered-up is one of the biggest challenges for on-the-go gadget lovers. The Prong PocketPlug builds a plug and charger right into its iPhone case to ensure you can plug and play anywhere. The Anker Astro Slim Portable Charger hooks up to smartphones, iPods, and GoPros alike to supply backup power as you travel (goprong.com and amazon.com; $37.99–$69).

  • Best Travel Gifts: luggage tags

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    Luggage Tags

    Lose that old ribbon and let a real luggage tag do the talking. A few of our favorites: a printed This Is Mine leather tag by Jonathan Adler; an OMG rubber tag by Flight 001 (also available: WTF; LOL); a customizable leather label from Owen & Fred; and a tear-proof Tyvek tag by Herb Lester in your choice of Rail, Sea, Land, and Air options ($6-$45). —Brooke Porter Katz

  • Best Travel Gifts: Bonfire Log

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    Bonfire Log

    Nothing is more romantic than firelight. And nothing kills it faster than the time it takes to get that flame going. That’s why we love this portable bonfire log from the hip folks at Terrain. Just plunk down this kiln-dried birch stump, light a match, and bask in the glow (terrain.com; $28).

    For more ideas, check out T+L's 2012 travel gift guide.

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  • With Instagram feeds and Facebook updates bringing the world to our smartphones, “Wish You Were Here” postcards are all but obsolete. Introducing their retro-futuristic equivalent: custom postcard books of your vacation photos, courtesy of Artifact Uprising.

    We may not be able to give the gift of exotic trips to all of the special people in our lives this holiday season. But helping them savor travel memories and plan for a future trip is definitely in the budget. We’ve put together a list of globe-trotting goods for this holiday season, none priced at more than $110.

    It includes innovations like waterproof Bluetooth speakers, ultralight bags that convert from backpacks to duffels, and Kitson’s 10-in-1 portable cocktail tool (it’s a Swiss Army Knife for tipplers).

    You can keep the next generation of travelers entertained with on-the-go art projects and delight foodies with new cookbooks that serve up the best of Tokyo, Brazil, and L.A. Then there are gifts that keep giving, like fair-trade accessories and a solar-powered charger promotion—buy one, and one is donated to the Philippines typhoon relief effort.

    As we reflect on what we’re thankful for, our trips top the list. And we’re not alone. According to the UN World Tourism Organization, international travel was up 5 percent in the first eight months of the year, with a record 747 million people venturing outside their borders. And a recent TripAdvisor survey found that 88 percent of people think it’s worth making sacrifices to make memories. We couldn’t agree more.

    For more ideas, check out T+L's 2012 travel gift guide.

  • Best Travel Gifts: Definitely Digital Good Night

    Definity Digital Good Night

    Help a jet-setter conquer the scourge of jet lag with this Definity Digital Good Night bulb. Most bulbs (and gadget screens) emit blue light, which tells the body not to make one of the hormones needed to fall asleep. Developed by NASA astronauts, this bulb filters out more than half of that blue light, helping travelers conk out more easily (store.earthled.com; $59).

  • Best Travel Gifts: 4-in-1 Adapter

    4-in-1 Adapter

    This handy Lego-like tool snaps together four plugs and one adapter to power up gadgets in 150 countries. The red, blue, yellow, and green components correspond to a color-coded map to help you quickly determine the parts needed based on your destination (flight001.com; $25).

  • Best Travel Gifts: ate Spade Saturday Two-Tone Passport Holder

    Kate Spade Saturday Two-Tone Passport Holder

    In 2013, Kate Spade launched sister brand Saturday with products in bold prints and bright colors like this two-tone leather passport holder. It comes with interior slots for a passport and three cards, plus a clear ID window and an exterior slot for stashing a boarding pass (saturday.com; $50).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC29 QuietPoint Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Audio-Technica ATH-ANC29 QuietPoint Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    The top choice for those who need to tune out their seatmates at 30,000 feet, these sleek headphones strip away 87 percent of outside sounds when noise canceling is turned on. With thumping bass and clear dialogue at a reasonable price, these headphones made T+L’s recent list of the best travel gadgets (shopaudiotechnica.com; $100). —Tom Samiljan

  • Best Travel Gifts: Artifact Uprising Postcard Packs

    Artifact Uprising Postcard Packs

    Great vacation shots tend to languish on hard drives and iPhones these days. Show them off instead by making a postcard book with Artifact Uprising. Its easy online tool helps you upload photos and edit them into richly designed postcard packs, photo books, even a wooden calendar made from reclaimed Colorado pines (artifactuprising.com; $16.99–$29.99).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Bentgo Containers

    Bentgo Containers

    Culinary-minded fliers, road trippers, and car campers alike will appreciate being able to pack and go with these stackable plastic food containers. Inspired by Japanese bento boxes, the BPA-free plastic packs include two containers; a built-in knife, fork, and spoon; and a sealing strap. They’re safe for both microwaves and dishwashers (bentgo.com; $14.99).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Eagle Creek Ultralight Convertible Bags

    Eagle Creek Ultralight Convertible Bags

    The teeny pouch weighs less than a pound, but it folds out into a tote that converts into a backpack—or a backpack that converts into a duffel bag. Made from ultralight, durable ripstop nylon, the convertible bags come in black and a variety of ’90s-inspired bold neons (shop.eaglecreek.com; $60–$80).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Hand-stitched Artemis Leatherware Camera Case

    Hand-stitched Artemis Leatherware Camera Case

    Add some old-school cred to a new-school camera with this hand-stitched leather case. Made from vegetable-tanned, high-quality Italian leather with solid brass hardware, it’s meant to weather and age as you travel. Because each one is handmade, the case can be custom designed for a particular camera model in a variety of leathers (etsy.com; $110).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Neuhaus Haute Patisserie Chocolate Box

    Neuhaus Haute Patisserie Chocolate Box

    Nine international pastry chefs, including Cronut creator Dominique Ansel, have crafted gourmet chocolates inspired by their surroundings and cooking philosophy. Think praline, hazelnut, rose petals, and fresh raspberries topped with chocolate ganache and robed in milk chocolate to reflect the Cornish garden of chef Martin Chiffers (neuhauschocolate.com; $45).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Blue Bar10der Cocktail Tool

    Blue Bar10der Cocktail Tool

    There’s no better way to make friends on the road than with a cocktail or three. That’s why we love this 10-in-1 bar tool that includes a muddler, a knife, a stirrer, a jigger, a corkscrew, and a bottle opener. Made of stainless steel and BPA-free plastic, it’s a compact way to mix up draughts on the go (quenchproducts.com; $39.95).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Pok Pok cookbook

    A World of Cookbooks

    Mix in one serving of the year’s best new cookbooks. Andy Ricker shares travel tales, recipes, and technique tutorials in Pok Pok. Roy Choi takes readers on a multiculti culinary tour of his hometown in L.A. Son. The chefs behind a cult Brooklyn joint present lushly photographed recipes in Roberta's Cookbook; Ivan Orkin transports you to Tokyo with Ivan Ramen; and Alex Atala deconstructs Brazilian cooking with D.O.M. But the pièce de résistance may be The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, a mind-bending photography book that goes inside a spice blender, optically deconstructs a sandwich, and will make you rethink the most common of ingredients (amazon.com; $17.99–$108).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Harry's Truman Retro Shave Kit

    Harry’s Truman Retro Shave Kit

    The company that makes these snazzy shave kits has been molding high-end razors for European barbers for nearly a century. Harry’s delivers the retro razors with a tube of shaving cream that blends cooling ingredients like licorice, milk thistle, and cucumber with moisturizing marula and coconut oil and fortifying vitamins E and B5 (harrys.com; $15).

  • Best Travel Gifts: National Parks Map

    National Parks Map

    This Ello There print on 100 percent cotton rag archival paper celebrates the U.S.A.’s 59 protected parklands, mixing faux bois patterns and graphic print trees. It’s a lovely reminder to appreciate our cash-strapped national parks—and count off the ones you’ve visited (schoolhouseelectric.com; $95).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    Swimmer Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

    Pump up the jam on the beach, in the pool, and beyond with this new portable speaker. The lithium ion battery means a two-hour charge will power eight hours of music at full volume (or 16 hours at half). It also has a handy tail that can be looped onto surfaces, hooked to act as a stand, or removed to reveal a suction cup that sticks to flat surfaces (boommovement.com; $59).

  • Best Travel Gifts: BottleGuard Neoprene Double Wine Protector

    BottleGuard Neoprene Double Wine Protector

    There’s nothing more disappointing than toting around precious vintages for an entire trip only to arrive home to a suitcase full of broken glass and Bordeaux-stained clothes. Help the oenophiles in your life keep their bottles safe with this double-layered, shock-absorbent neoprene wine protector (wineenthusiast.com; $34.95).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Doodles at Breakfast

    Doodles at Breakfast

    Doodles at Breakfast keeps artistic little ones engaged during on-the-road meals. The tear-off place mats include whimsical illustrations and instructions to teach kids how to draw everything from a lotus to an ocelot (barnesandnoble.com; $9.89).

  • Best Travel Gifts: WakaWaka Solar Charger

    WakaWaka Solar Charger

    Give a gift that gives back with this WakaWaka solar charger. The compact, seven-ounce device juices up a phone in just a few hours and has a built-in light that can shine for more than 60 hours. Best of all? For each charger purchased, the company donates one to the typhoon relief effort in the Philippines (wakawaka.com; $69).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Moleskine Photo Notebook

    Moleskine Photo Notebook

    Authors, artists, and travel writers all swear by Moleskine’s classically styled, durable notebooks. The latest offering retains the old-school open-flat stitched binding, ivory colored pages, and elastic closure but lets travelers customize, adding photos, notes, and quotes to the pages (moleskine.com; $50).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Paper Neighborhood Stamp Set

    Paper Neighborhood Stamp Set

    Each of the 21 vulcanized rubber stamps in this set, handmade in Cincinnati, depicts a different architectural element. Mix and match them to create an imaginary historic neighborhood or to re-create your favorite landmark buildings (paperneighborhood.com; $52).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Raven + Lily Nimol Wristlet

    Raven + Lily Nimol Wristlet

    This minimalist cotton and leather bag is made from natural-dyed, hand-loomed fabrics and remnant materials by women in Cambodia. The bag is part of a collection of travel-friendly, boho clothing and accessories produced for fair-trade wages by marginalized women in Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, and the United States (ravenandlily.com; $34).

  • Best Travel Gifts: How Do You Zoo Fox Sleeping Bag

    How Do You Zoo Fox Sleeping Bag

    Make little ones feel at home on the road—or at a friend’s sleepover—with this How Do You Zoo sleeping bag. Made of soft cotton, the bags roll up with elastic straps for easy portability. The cuddly animal face can be removed for use as a pillow; penguin and bear bags are also available (landofnod.com; $99).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Bridget Sandals

    Bridget Sandals

    Slip right into island time by strapping on a pair of these sandals. Created in Jamaica by former model and Playboy Bunny Bridget Brown, they’re seen on the island’s most fashionable feet. (Reggae royal Rita Marley is a fan.) We love the Rose, with its gladiator ankle wraps and a leather rosette that blooms between your toes (bridgetsandals.net; from $95). —Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon

  • Best Travel Gifts: World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti

    Travel-Inspiring Reads

    The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti surveys 113 artists, including Mexico City’s Sego y Ovbal and Berlin’s Aram Bartholl. French Style is a breezy tour of the country’s greatest visual hits, from Yves Saint Laurent to Babar. And for the beach fanatic, Time & Tide: Photographs of Praia Piquinia presents riveting pictures of a Portuguese beach (amazon.com; $35–$65). —Kolby Yarnell

  • Best Travel Gifts: Little New York Ornament Set

    Little New York Ornament Set

    Deck the halls with this set of New York ornaments. Housed in a wooden keepsake box, the mouth-blown, handcrafted glass ornaments include icons like the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty, all courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art (momastore.org; $70).

  • Best Travel Gifts: Anker Portable Charger

    Portable Chargers

    Staying powered-up is one of the biggest challenges for on-the-go gadget lovers. The Prong PocketPlug builds a plug and charger right into its iPhone case to ensure you can plug and play anywhere. The Anker Astro Slim Portable Charger hooks up to smartphones, iPods, and GoPros alike to supply backup power as you travel (goprong.com and amazon.com; $37.99–$69).

  • Best Travel Gifts: luggage tags

    Luggage Tags

    Lose that old ribbon and let a real luggage tag do the talking. A few of our favorites: a printed This Is Mine leather tag by Jonathan Adler; an OMG rubber tag by Flight 001 (also available: WTF; LOL); a customizable leather label from Owen & Fred; and a tear-proof Tyvek tag by Herb Lester in your choice of Rail, Sea, Land, and Air options ($6-$45). —Brooke Porter Katz

  • Best Travel Gifts: Bonfire Log

    Bonfire Log

    Nothing is more romantic than firelight. And nothing kills it faster than the time it takes to get that flame going. That’s why we love this portable bonfire log from the hip folks at Terrain. Just plunk down this kiln-dried birch stump, light a match, and bask in the glow (terrain.com; $28).

    For more ideas, check out T+L's 2012 travel gift guide.

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