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

my favorite products: SoLA

i know it’s already mid-september (how?!), but i keep wanting to hold on to those last few scorching hot days. temperatures of 100+ degrees and crazy humidity?  bring it on.  as long as i get my warm nights and endless amounts of sun, i’m one happy camper.  so i’m pretty thrilled that i stumbled upon sisters of los angeles (SoLA), founded by three amazing angeleno women, who, between them, add architect, author, product development specialist, manufacturer’s rep, fashion/lifestyle publicist, and marketing expert to their resumes.  SoLA sells unique city-themed gifts that immediately brought back memories of living in los feliz and soaking up the sun.

and hark!  SoLA sells products for a variety of cities, though los angeles-themed goods make up their largest selection.  here are a few of my favorite gifts from their site.  (fact: i doubt i can live without that los angeles beach towel/sun or smog tumbler set.)  which are your favorites?

los angeles beach towel, $40:


dallas candle, $15:


new york friendship brackelet, $7:


golden state rocks – sun or smog, $48:



boston mug, $15 – 50% of purchase price will be donated to which was founded by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.


beaches women’s t-shirt, $42:



las vegas mug, $15:


big san diego beach tote, $35:


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: 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.