Holiday Gift Guide | for the World Traveler

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Just a sampling of lovely gifts for the travel bug on your list. If you’re out of time and looking to purchase something in-store, be sure to check any special/global gift shops in your area (try Ten Thousand Villages if you have one nearby) for one of a kind items. These eleven gifts are practical pieces for any frequent flyer, and are reminiscent of cultures from around the world for those who don’t jet-set as often but still suffer from chronic wanderlust (aka me).

  1. World Market: Menhdi Chest | This beautiful Indian chest is perfect for storing jewelry and adds a touch of color to any room. $40.
  2. Ten Thousand Villages: Deco Leaf Bangle | Gorgeous fair trade bangles straight from India are an easy but thoughtful gift. $10.
  3. Ten Thousand Villages: Mosaic Mandala Bracelet | Fair trade from India. $16.
  4. Ten Thousand Villages: Frond Batik Bangle | A beautifully dyed wooden bangle, fair trade from Indonesia. $7.50.
  5. Anthropologie: Dip-Dye iPad Case | This case is economical space-wise and perfect for stowing an iPad in style during long plane rides. Plus, it’s a fair trade product, handmade by women in Guatemala. $58.
  6. Anthropologie: Driftwood iDock | One of the most unique ways to charge your iPod (seriously, no two pieces are alike) that I’ve seen. $98.
  7. J. Crew: Tartine Tote | A roomy and beautiful bag that will carry absolutely everything and last for years. $298.
  8. World Market: Star Leather Wrap Watch | I love watches. This one is perfect for any girl that needs to keep track of time while traveling, and has an adorable wrap design. $20.
  9. J. Crew: Leather Passport Case | A chic way to keep track of your passport. $45.
  10. Ten Thousand Villages: Blue Capiz Earrings | Dyed fair trade shell earrings from the Philippines. $16.
  11. Brookstone: Wheeled Storage Trunk | This trunk is perfect for traveling or makes for a statement storage piece. $166.


Holiday Gift Guide | for the Photographer


I’ve decided to publish a short series of specifically-focused gift guides for the holiday season, sourcing more unique (but still easy) gifts as opposed to the fall-back gift card. The gifts in this one are tailored for the photographer — or simply photo enthusiast — on your list (or for yourself). I’ve also tried to include a range of prices, so there are plenty of options! Shopping for a photographer can be expensive, but if you’re creative you can find fun gifts for much less.

  1. Grafea England: Leather Camera Bag | This leather camera bag is the really deal, made from high quality leather with a sturdy design. It’s a chic alternative to all the black nylon camera bags out there, and I love the vintage look. $260.
  2. Ballerina Project Prints | The Ballerina Project is a fantastic ever-growing photography collection (check out the Facebook page for more images), and they are also offering limited edition prints online. 11×14 prints are $80 and 16×20 prints are $230. All prints are hand numbered and signed.
  3. National Geographic: The Photographs | This iconic collection of images, curated by Leah Bendavid-Val, features 310 color photographs from the National Geographic archives. Currently on sale for $10.
  4. Photojojo: Reusable Underwater Camera | For a super low price, this camera is a cute gift for anyone remotely interested in photography. An easy-t0-use film camera, this gift would also be perfect for kids. $15.
  5. Photojojo: Wood Camera iPhone Case | This detailed walnut case comes in sizes for the iPhone 4/4S as well as the iPhone 5. The vintage look finishes off the case. $42.
  6. Printstagram: Instagram Stickers | Printstagram offers a ton of adorable options for all your Instagram gems, including mini photo squares and tiny photo books. These stickers come in batches of 252 for only $10.
  7. Lytro Lightfield Camera | If you’ve never heard of the new Lytro camera, you should check it out — the technology, which allows you to focus images after taking the picture, is stunning. The camera comes in several colors for $399.
  8. Flickr Pro | This is perfect for your friend who uses Flickr for photography but is constantly restricted by space limits. Need to get this for myself, as well… A yearly membership is $24.95.
  9. 2013 Photographer’s Market | This guide to selling your photography is a great starter for any friend who does photography as a side job or is looking to become a professional in the business. The book details conventional and unconventional ways to make money from your shots. $35.

Hope you enjoyed this gift guide, whether you’re a photographer yourself or looking to inspire a shutterbug on your list this holiday season. More to come!