Great gift ideas for the traveler that will give the globe-trotter in your life an easier and more comfortable journey.
Something Soft Handsome and handwoven, this 100 percent oversized wool scarf will become a go-to piece. Woven in India by Panchachuli Women Weavers and finished in Brooklyn by Study designer Tara St. James. $195; studyny.squarespace.com
Gift Ideas for the Traveler: Cashmere Travel Set These buttery soft, Muskhane travel sets—in bright, happy colors, with a blanket that doubles as a shawl and a pillow case—will keep your traveler warm, cozy and stylish on any flight. $495; abchome.com
Gift Ideas for the Traveler: Paper and Place Working Compass Map Necklace Designer Erica Taylor mixes found and vintage chains, maps, crystal and glass to create these pretty working compass necklaces so that you will always find your way. from $30; paperandplace.com
Gift Ideas for the Traveler: Green Kitchen Travels A collection of healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes inspired by authors David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl’s travels around the globe with their young daughter. Perfect for the arm-chair traveler! $22; barnesandnoble.com
Gift Ideas for the Traveler: Remedies No matter what—exhaustion, insomnia, stress, stuffiness, lack of clarity—H. Gillerman Organics Get Focused organic 100 percent essential oil blend remedies will keep you clear. $93; hgillermanorganics.com
Gift Ideas for the Traveler: True Nature Botanicals Solid Perfume There’s no better way to take your fragrance with you than to slip a solid perfume disc into your bag. We love these beautiful, all-natural perfumes: Noble Floral, Noble Citrus, Noble Woods. $95; tnbotanicals.com
Gift Ideas for the Traveler: Little Flower Six Set This gorgeous collection of six mini candles, scented with pure essential oils, is perfect for spicing up a hotel room, with Italian blood orange, French lavender and other lovely scents. Give the set as a gift or tuck them into stockings individually. $65; redflower.com
Gift Ideas for the Traveler: 1 Face Watches These sleek, stylish watches are waterproof and feature a touchscreen. With each purchase, you can also choose what your donation will go to: i.e., cancer research, world hunger, clean water and more. $40 and up; 1facewatch.com
Gift Ideas for the Traveler: A New Life Handmade from waterproof bags used to carry cement and fish feed in Southeast Asia, the Torrain Sling (other styles available) is lightweight and fully lined, perfect for travel, while helping provide fair wage and job support to artisans in Cambodia. $34; torrain.org
Gift Ideas for the Traveler: Trek Light Gear Bindle Backpack Made from a super-light, mold- and mildew-resistant parachute nylon, this backpack holds up to 40 pounds—and folds down to fit in your palm, for easy packing. Through a partnership with Be the Change Volunteers, every backpack sold will help deliver school supplies to a child in need. $32; treklightgear.com
Gift Ideas for the Traveler: Nap Anywhere A travel pillow designed by a doctor to make it easy to sleep on those long-haul flights! The NapAnywhere offers great head support, folds down flat and contains a recyclable core. $59; napanywhere.net
Action Camera This perfectly portable DVR 787HD Action Camera—with 12.1 megapixel digital sports camcorder, waterproof casing, and bicycle and helmet mount for bike trips—will capture those moments on the move. $99; vivitar.com
Traveling with Your Dog
The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel by Kelly E. Carter is an engaging guide to over 75 pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and other dog-friendly attractions across the U.S. and Canada. Carter—-who has traveled with Lucy, a Chihuahua, for over 10 years—spoke with Organic Spa Magazine recently.
Which destinations would you recommend for an organic canine getaway?
Kelly E. Carter: A spa in Honolulu called Cocojor Emporium & Spaw, which is heavenly and uses all-natural products. Another place that offers a unique experience is Domaine Summum, a dog-friendly wilderness resort about 80 miles northwest of Montreal.
Are there any spas that tend to both dogs and people, a “furs and hers” sort of spa?
KC: There’s La Quinta Resort near Palm Springs, where Lucy and I enjoyed a “Me & My Best Buddy” side-by-side massage in the Canine Suite.
What are your favorite places for camping and “ruffing” it?
KC: I prefer to go “glamping” with my pampered pooch at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, MT, about 35 minutes from downtown Missoula.
Of everywhere you’ve traveled, what is your favorite trip?
KC: I’ve had so many special trips with Lucy, such as our trip to Cabo San Lucas when she had her first massage—on the terrace of our casita at Esperanza Resort.
Would Lucy agree?
KC: Lucy can be quite the diva dog, but after that massage by one of her peeps (she is Chihuahua, you know, and we were in Mexico), she was a blissful bow-wow.
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