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?

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