The Best Wellness And Self-Care Gifts For Travelers

While it’s always been a necessary part of a balanced and healthy life, wellness and self-care proved has proven to be even more important in times of acutely high stress – just like this year.

So ahead, ten ways (listed in alphabetical order) to give the gift of wellness this holiday season. Not only is everything in this guide suitable for all genders and lifestyles, when the time is right again – will make perfect travel companions as well.

Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics Natural CBD Cream Kit, $230

While CBD is wonderfully versatile and healing on its own, Montreal-based chiropracter Dr. Andrew Kerklaan realized how much more potent it is when paired with other proven ingredients. The Natural CBD Sleep Cream in this holiday bundle, for example, is formulated with melatonin and lavender, in addition to full-spectrum CBD, for a calming sensation.

Equilibria Peace of Mind Gift Set, $79

From the groundbreaking, women-owned CBD company comes this limited-edition set. Elegantly packaged in a limited-edition pouch by artist Patricia Vargas, it holds a bottle of delicious Cranberry Elderflower-flavored Daily Drops (with 300mg of CBD), and a duo of functional, naturally-scented CBD roller oils (Calming and Energizing).

Happy Dance Bath Bomb, $15

Founded by actress Kristen Bell, Happy Dance is a CBD-focused line that’s affordable and uplifting in ways more than one. And the company’s bath bomb – which contains four break-apart cubes infused with hydrating coconut oil and zesty ginger extract for four soaks – makes an especially thoughtful stocking stuffer.

Hello Products 12 Days of Awesomeness, $19.99

Unlike skincare and haircare – where new products are constantly popping up – dental care has been limited and dull. But Hello Products, founded by Craig Dubitsky, is poised to change all that with its with natural and wallet-friendly toothpastes, flosses, and rinses. This bundle is a wonderful way to introduce someone to the brand.

Knesko Skin Luxe Face Mask Kit, $99

While precious gems and stones have long been admired for their beauty, turns out: they can do wonders for your complexion as well. Knesko enlists a proprietary GEMCLINICAL® technology that locks in the skin-healthy properties of diamonds, gold, rose quartz, and black pearl with other proven ingredients, and this sleek kit lets you indulge in all of the brand’s cult collagen face masks.

Kush Queen Flight of Gummies, $149.99

There’s no shortage of CBD companies out there, but Kush Queen by Olivia Alexander was among the first to destigmatize the natural workhorse ingredient by offering approachable and of course, effective products in 2015. Gummies are one of the most popular ways to enjoy CBD, and this trio of gummies (Gummies Rx, Gummies Rx Bliss, Gummies Rx Sleep) not only tastes great, but offers targeted relief.

Lunair Wellness LA Mask in Paradise, $10

Since masks are a must for the foreseeable future, why not wear one that’s

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The Best Gifts For Food-Obsessed Travelers

One of the best parts of traveling is almost always the cuisine, whether that’s a teppanyaki experience in Japan with a private chef or finding the best budget kaiserschmarren high in the Alps. But as we all know, international travel is but a dream for the average American this winter. But if you’re buying this gift-giving season for someone who loves both food and travel, you’re in luck: food and ingredients from just about anywhere in the world if you know where to look.

While recreating their favorite dish at home is no substitute for really being in a country, it’s a great way to be reminded of a favorite past trip or learn something new together: after all, there’s a certain technique to making the perfect sushi rice. And gifts for traveling foodies aren’t just limited to having their favorite snacks imported. Many of the gifts below are interactive, customizable, and perfect for people who appreciate the experience of foreign cuisine as much as the taste.

Every suggestion below can be shipped to the U.S. relatively quickly (or is already based in the U.S..)

Of course, with a year so challenging for most people as 2020, it’s important to remember there’s another far more affordable gift giving option for foodies: for nearby friends and family, try making their favorite dish. Even if it doesn’t turn out perfectly, they’ll still appreciate the effort (though homemade cookies should please everyone no matter what type of food they prefer.)

An Italian Olive Tree Adoption: $79+

We can’t all be lucky enough to have family in Italy who can ship us traditionally made small-batch olive oil. Fortunately, you can now “adopt” an olive tree and enjoy the literal fruits of the investment in the form of cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil from your chosen grove, shipped directly to your door. Not only is a great way for culinary travelers to access high-quality olive oil at home, but it also helps preserve traditional Italian farming practices and supports small-scale family producers. The shipments also come with information about the grove and growers, plus a charming “adoption” certificate.

Scottish Whiskey and Movie Night Pairing: £85+

Know someone who planned on heading to the highlands this year? You can still bring the highlands to him or her (provided they’re over 21, of course.) “Watch with Whisky” offers curated whiskey pairings set to your favorite films. Recipients will receive five different whiskeys to be tasted at different points during the film, plus tasting notes and directions on when to drink each one to best compliment the film. , a helpful tasting mat, and FAQs will be sent to you via email. Current movie offerings include “Braveheart,” “Thunderball,” “Local Hero,” and “Whiskey Galore,” with more titles in the works for 2021.

A Grow-Your-Own

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The Best Hygge-Inspired Gifts For Grounded Travelers

Currently, international travel is a no-go for most folks, yet that doesn’t mean woolgathering about far-flung destinations is off the table for when it’s safe to, once again, move about the cabin and roam the planet. For now, your loved ones can rest and daydream, research and learn, and apply the principles of hygge, a Danish and Norwegian word for the art of comfort and coziness, to their daily routines.

For those in your inner circle who love to explore the far corners of the globe, yet appreciate downtime at home between trips, here are the best hygge-inspired gifts to encourage comfort and wellbeing.

Portland, Oregon

Many cool products are made in Portland and the handblown glasses from North Drinkware definitely fit the description. Each glass has a specific mountain crafted on the bottom of each pint and tumbler—Mt. Washington in New Hampshire; Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor in Oregon; Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Saint Helens in Washington; Mt. Shasta and Half Dome in California and other crags from Wyoming, Colorado and Vermont. This is a gift that will positively impress your loved ones this year.

Pohenui Island, New Zealand

Jeremy Moon, founder of icebreaker, was inspired by a chance meeting with a sheep farmer on Pohenui Island in New Zealand that catapulted his career into the activewear business, eschewing synthetic materials, and making natural solutions instead. What began in New Zealand has now, after 20 years, blossomed to 40 different countries. What’s more: icebreaker plans on utilizing all plastic-free materials by 2023. Gift a best-seller: the Women’s Merino 250 Tech Long Sleeve Crewe Thermal Top, which comes in four different colors and a variety of sizes.

Marysville, Washington

Protecting your feet while wandering around outside, forest bathing under trees, chasing after your little ones, or basking in the rare sunshine on a winter day, allows you to enjoy the elements—come what may. For a classic duck boot style, that’s waterproof and stylish, choose the Kathmandu Winter Snow Boot made by Northside.

Tincup, Colorado

Inspired by the bygone mining town of Tincup, Colorado, named after the tin cups miners would drink from, TINCUP whiskey was created by Jess Graber, a mountain and history lover. Two American whiskeys—high rye Indiana bourbon and single malt Colorado whiskey— are blended together and aged in oak barrels before being mixed with Rocky Mountain water.

Hollywood, California

Co-founder Cameron Diaz has created a wine from organically farmed grapes called Avaline, which is best shared with friends while at home. Ingredients are listed on the website and

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The 10 Best Carry-On Bags For Frequent Travelers

Whether you choose to criss-cross the country now via plane or make the journey via road, it is important to plan the right luggage to take on board for your next trip. Not all carry-on bags are created equally, and that difference is highlighted more when traveling internationally since many airlines weigh (or size) bags brought into the cabin differently than U.S. airlines. These are some of the best options for those planning 2021 adventures.

Briggs & Riley Sympatico Domestic Carry-On Expandable Spinner

The Sympatico line from Briggs & Riley is universally popular and a best seller for the company. That comes as no surprise given the durability of these shiny, easy-to-roll bags that fit comfortably into airline carry-on sizing units. The Sympatico Domestic Carry-On Expandable Spinner’s Polycarbonate material protects the contents well while its large and sturdy wheels glide across any surface. Best of all, it has an expandable section that can enlarge the capacity of the bag with just one zip. The $569 bag (sometimes discounted online) comes with a lifetime warranty plus the ability to get bigger as you go, making it the perfect bag for travelers that always return with more than they started.

Briggs & Riley Delve Convertible Brief

This professional carry-on bag easily converts from a soft-sided briefcase to a backpack with built-in straps hidden in a zippered compartment. Inside the Briggs & Riley Delve Convertible Brief, there’s space to keep a laptop and paperwork secure. Small pockets keep valuables separated from other things with a larger compartment to store chargers, toiletries, and other carry-on necessities. The bag is ideal for frequent travelers and retails for $289 online.

The North Face Rolling Thunder 22-inch Carry-On

In multiple colors, The North Face Rolling Thunder 22-inch Carry-On bag has a hard-shell exterior on one side to protect valuable items. On top, its soft shell allows it to expand depending on the amount of space you need. This also helps it to more easily squeeze into tight spaces on an airplane or in the trunk of a vehicle. The $269 bag has two large wheels to roll easily across any surface with a retractable handle as well as top and side handles. There’s an internal mesh pocket for organized packing as well as two exterior pockets for quick, grab-and-go items.

The North Face Base Camp Duffel

Part duffel bag, part backpack, this versatile carry-on bag fits easily into most airline “sizers”

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The Best Presents For Travelers Who Love Airplanes

Though most people have been grounded for months due to the COVID pandemic, you can still indulge your favorite frequent flier’s passion for the skies with an aviation-themed gift or two this holiday season. From décor with airport motifs to artistic photographic prints, and first-class pajamas to plane-shaped cocktail shakers, there are items that will have the aviation geeks in your life simply soaring. Here are the best presents for travelers who love airplanes.

Flight Path Photos

Photographer Mike Kelley painstakingly compiles time-lapse shots at some of the world’s busiest airport, including Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, and Los Angeles, among others. The results are simply stunning, with dozens of jets of every stripe and size arrayed in a colorful parade. One of his prints is a great way to please the passionate plane-spotter in your life – with plenty of liveries, aircraft types, and flight coordinates to parse through. There are also some fascinating “final approach” shots for folks who really want a glimpse of the underbelly – literally – of aviation.

Prices from $500.

Airport-Themed Swag

Many folks groan at the prospect of having to spend time (or sprint through) a colossal concourse before their flight, but airport aficionados relish the rush. While you might not have suffered through security or sidled down a jet bridge recently, you can still evoke the airport ambiance with a selection of destination-themed knickknacks from Airportag. Whether it’s t-shirts or throw pillows, eye masks, mouse pads, or socks, you can sort through a selection of your travel buddy’s favorite cities and stock up on stocking stuffers sure to delight.

Prices from $3.99.

Qantas First Class China

It might be a while until Australian airline Qantas begins operating international flights with first class again. But in the meantime, you can treat someone you love to a high-altitude fine-dining experience by purchasing a set of the airline’s premium china made by Japanese tableware purveyor Noritake. The retro dishes and cups were custom created for the airline by industrial designer Marc Newson – and since they’re meant for the hectic conditions of flight and afterwards, they’re even dishwasher- and microwave-safe. 

Prices from $34.99.

Plane Tags

Decommissioned aircraft get a new lease on life thanks to upcycled “Planetags” that are “resurrected from the skin of retired aircraft.” Think of them like baseball cards for airplane junkies that can double as baggage tags and key chains. There are TWA and Qantas Boeing 747s, Hawaiian Airlines Lockheed L-1011s, and Eastern Airlines DC-9s. Each tag includes a series number, aircraft type, and tail number, and is decorated in the airline’s signature

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