valentine’s day gift guide for the ladies!

yesterday, i highlighted my favorite valentine’s day gifts for the man on the move.  today, i’ve brought together my favorite finds for the jet-setting ladies in your life.  i love every single one of these items, especially that vintage travel poster of the french riviera (dreaming of beach scenes from blustery wintery dallas right now).  i’m also intrigued by the “lost in translation” book that compiles beautiful words from around the world that do not translate into a single word in english – what a wonderful reflection on the different global cultures and the language required to communicate their unique characteristics.  happy valentine’s day!


1. lost in translation, $14.99  2. marlo crossbody bag from j. crew in neon orange, $98  3. adventure print from blackstar press, $15 for 8×10, not including frame  4. cedar street passport holder from kate spade, $78  5. 1950s vintage French travel poster from poster romance, $366.30  6. b&o play h8 noise cancellation wireless over ear headphones, $499  7. the transport tote from madewell (monogrammable!), $168  8. jet set candle in “bali” scent from jonathan adler, $28  9. the 500 hidden secret of paris, $25

valentine’s day gift guide for the gents!

it’s that time of year again when love is in the air!  <3   if you’re looking for something nice for the man who loves to get out of town, then look no further.  see below for a few of my favorite gifts for the man on the go.  i especially love that gorgeous time traveler watch from steven alan that allows the wearer to follow two time zones.  perfect for the long distance romance, as well?  enjoy!


1. travel cocktail kit from stephen kenn, $295 2. zebra animalia tray by jonathan adler, $118  3. time traveler watch from steven alan (program in two time zones!), $385  4. must eat nyc book, $24.95  5. the gentleman’s manicure kit, $27  6. neighborhood european map coasters (pictured: berlin), $36  7. 8×8 seattle print from archie’s press (many, many more cities available on his etsy shop), $22

stay tuned for an upcoming post on favorite gifts for the jet-setting ladies in your life!

travel-themed valentine’s day gifts for the ladies in your life

travel-themed valentine's day gifts for women

1. leather travel collection from aspinal of london, from $325  2. rose gold eye mask, $38  3. mexico: the cookbook, phaidon, $49.95  4. iphone 5 charger, $30  5. imaginenations flower power globe, $450  6. kate spade’s places to go, people to see, $40

aaaaaand i’m back!  with more travel-themed valentine’s day gifts, this time for the ladies in your life (click here for monday’s gift guide for the guys).  go the route of jewelry and flowers if you must, but wouldn’t it be so much fun to give a sense of adventure instead? a few travel necessities caught my eye, including the luxurious leather travel set from aspinal of london (*swoon*), the rose gold eye mask from anthropologie (this is a must for red-eye flights, as i’ve mentioned before here), and the heart-covered phone charger for when you’re out on the go (if you hate hearts, there is also an adorable pink and gold version here).

to inspire you for more adventure, i highly recommend kate spade’s “places to go, people to see” and phaidon’s “mexico: the cookbook.” i received “places to go, people to see” for christmas, and cannot put it down – it has everything from city guides to the best hotel cocktails to what to buy locally in cities around the globe.  plus, the photography is amazing (i keep fighting the urge to rip out pages and frame them).  my mother-in-law received “mexico: the cookbook” from my sister-in-law after her recent jaunt to san miquel de allende, and holy tamale, this book is amazing.  filled with pages of recipes and photos of the most amazing food you ever did see, this book has me wanting to hop on a plane and head south asap.

finally, i couldn’t resist including another imaginenations product.  wendy gold is so talented and i want every single thing on her website, including this stunning painted globe.  she personalizes both globes and maps (including push-pin maps to track your travels), and i can’t think of a better way to get inspired for future adventures.

what are some of your favorite travel-related gifts?

travel-themed valentine’s day gifts for the guys in your life

travel-themed gifts for the guys in your life

1. where chefs eat, phaidon, $24.95  2. the everlane twill weekender, $95  3. big sur backpacker’s cologne by juniper ridge, $60  4. owen & fred hey handsome shaving kit bag, $68  5. imaginenations personalized world travels push pin map, $145  6. f-8 club member photo print by gi artlab, $84.99

whether you love it or hate it, valentine’s day is back.  i love valentine’s, and always have, even though i was rarely with a date when the day rolled around each year.  to celebrate this year, i’ve compiled two travel-themed gift guides for your loved ones, whether they be significant others, friends, or family.  first up: the guys.

i keep seeing the book, where chefs eat, all over the internet, and would love to flip through it.  it chronicles the best restaurants around the world, as chosen by chefs.  yes, please!  for the adventurers out there, i love these teensy “backpacking colognes” from juniper ridge that are   made from trail scents and will tuck away into tiny spaces.  if the big sur scent is anything like big sur itself, i am in.  throw in the quirky moose tourist print from gi artlab, and i’m already dreaming of hiking through the pacific northwest. of course most men could use an update to their travel gear, and the everlane weekender and owen & fred dopp kit will do just that (and if you haven’t checked out everlane yet, please do so – they are making great products responsibly).  finally, the wall travel map is from my favorite, imaginenations, which sells stunning maps and artistic globes (and delightful note cards that i received for christmas).  track past and future travels on pins, and start dreaming of faraway lands.

do you have any favorite travel-related gifts?  stay tuned for wednesday’s post for my favorite gifts for the girls.

the merriest of travel gifts


a couple weeks late, but happy new year!  the holidays are always a whirlwind for me with travel and catching up with out of town friends; it can be busy, but it’s by far my favorite time of year.  this year, i found everyone talking about their travels a bit more – is it because i usually have travel on the brain, or are people starting to value more the time spent exploring and make it a priority?  i hope the latter, but can’t quite be sure.  i was lucky enough to hear friends’ and family’s stories from their recent trips to belgium, mexico, germany, new york, peru, argentina, france, and india.  what fun!

the gifts i received this year reflected the jetsetter spirit, and made them so fun to open!  from handmaid linens from mexico to kate spade’s new travel picture book (please just go buy it – it is perfect), it seems that new sights and adventures were on everyone’s minds.  take a look, and let me know your favorite gifts from the holidays.

cheers to you and yours, and happy new year!

1. let’s be adventurers tote bag  2. maps of the imagination notecards  (also, please check out more of this artist’s phenomenal work here)  3. salt cellar and pink himalayan salt from the filling station at chelsea market from my bestie’s recent trip to nyc  4. handmaid table runner from mexico from my sister-in-law’s recent trip to san miguel de allende  5. belgian chocolates from galler chocolatier, courtesy of my friend, laura’s, recent adventures in belgium (yes, she lives there now)  6. kate spade’s places to go, people to see book  7. hand crocheted hand warmers from nepal, found in the paris christmas market by my dear friends  8. silver compass necklace

holiday travel gift guide: the kiddos

christmas is literally next week…are you ready?  just in case, i have a few more gift guides up my sleeve.  i would have loved to have posted these earlier, but i actually do have a day job (shocking, i know).  this week: the kiddos!  i had so much fun putting this one together because the thought of inspiring kids to travel is such a great one.  i still remember my first travel journal i wrote during a trip to disneyland with my cousins and aunt and uncle – i still read it!  these gifts will have children dreaming of faraway lands in no time, and realizing there are different cultures than just their own.  bon voyage!

holiday travel gift guide: the men in your life

after shopping for your best friend and mother, it’s probably time to find some gifts for the men in your life, especially those that travel for work.  one thing i’ve learned from my husband is that he likes to keep travel simple.  these gifts will help him do just that.  from the obvious travel umbrella, manicure set, and garment bag (though what a garment bag that is!), to the less obvious 36 hours (read my rave here) to help him easily find where to eat/drink/see in any US city while traveling for a day or two for business.  he can later unwind in the hotel room with this small bluetooth speaker and jot down notes from the day in the voyager notebook, which includes pockets for tucking away business cards and concierge notes.  business travel never looked this good.


1. voyage travel journal, $11.86  2. 36 hours from the new york times, $39.99  3. rei travel umbrella, $35.50  4. gentleman’s hardware manicure set, $29  5. white wing garment bag, $495  6. bluboom bluetooth speaker, $68

holiday travel gift guide: your mother


1. gift card, any denomination  2. tory burch olea floral mix pom pom scarf, $165  3. sugar paper cabana stripe notebook, $16  4. travel america calendar, $26  5. the original flea bag, $440  6. julia child’s ‘my life in france,’ $16

the holiday gift guides continue (check out tuesday’s guide for your best girlfriend), with today’s finds for the women in your life: moms, grandmas, sisters, etc.  while a couple of the items are splurges, i just couldn’t resist adding them – especially the flea bag tote that i spotted in denver last year and had to track down.  for more reasonably priced travel-themed goods, check out the ‘travel america’ calendar (i may add this to my own wish list), and julia child’s “my life in france,” which i am reading now and cannot put down.  mrs. child remembers her time spent living in france after the war, and her adventures in cooking for the first time.  if we could all have the joie de vivre of mrs. child – how much fun it would all be!  finally, a favorite of mine is the gift card.  this is just forcing someone to take a weekend jaunt somewhere.  how luxurious.  happy giving!


holiday travel gift guide: your best friend


1. jonathan adler british flag coaster set, $48  2. stela 9 allende weekender, $282  3. gold dipped state necklaces by dogeared, $58  4. neiman marcus jewelry roll, $98 5. copper etched leather pouch, $48  6. taschen travel guide box set, $60

i’m not sure how, but the holidays are upon us! finally! this is my favorite time of year, and i thought i would celebrate with some travel-themed gift guides. studies have found that spending money on experiences (e.g. travel) provides much better happiness returns than spending money on things (i knew it!). booking a trip for you and your loved one sounds like, oh, the most perfect gift. but if you’re looking to spend a bit less, check out my gift guides for travel-inspiring finds.

first up: the best friend. if you’re looking to get away for a quick weekend with your partner-in-crime, this weekender, copper pouch, and jewelry roll should help you pack all your must-haves, while the taschen travel guide box set will help you figure out what to do once you arrive. if staying closer to home, these delicate gold-dipped state necklaces (confession: i received the california necklace as a gift and can’t stop dreaming of palm trees and orange sunsets) and british flag coasters help you dream of future trips.

next up: stay tuned for gift guides for moms, jetsetters, children, brothers who travel for work, and more.