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Holiday Gift Guides 2023: Travel & Hostess Gift Ideas

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

With the thought of helping you cross items off your holiday list- we decided this year to search out some pretty cool items for this year's shopping season. Gift guides 1 and 2 are for the traveler in your life or if you are needing something special to bring the generous people who are hosting something this season. Over the next week, we will be sharing these carefully selected guides. The next ones to drop will be for the Family & Kiddos, then Foodie & Kitchen lover, and finally ideas for Stocking Stuffers and that special Gal in your life. So if you are in need of more ideas- keep checking back! In these guides you will find items for any budget and some of them we have purchased (and loved so much they had to be included) but many of the others are simply because they are highly rated or on our wish list for ourselves or others. Happy Shopping!!

Travel Gift Ideas

What we love about these finds:

  1. Container Store: Cadence Starter Capsule- carries shampoo to medicines to Band-Aids, is magnetized, & several fun colors to choose from

  2. Container Store: Parallelle Traveler bag- attractive, unique design that holds a ton of vanity items upright and folds down for easy access without having to dump everything out on the counter

  3. 2Modern: Jetkids Travel Set- sturdy, fun & because wheels are king when the kids want to ride!

  4. The Container Store: Stackers Petite Travel Jewelry Box- The perfect size for just a few key pieces of jewelry.

  5. Rifle Paper Co: Mistletoe 16oz coffee mug- A triple insulated mug to keep your brew hot for 3 hours. Bonus that it comes in several sweet prints

  6. Columbia: Atlas Explorer 42L Carry on roller bag- simple, tough and lightweight roller bag to use when you prefer not to check a bag

  7. Quince: Italian Pebbled Leather Sling Bag- A stylish way to carry a few key items when traveling. Beautiful Italian leather in 3 neutral colors that will go with everything.

  8. Columbia: Trek 18L backpack- Lightweight, smartly patterned pack that will carry your laptop, water bottle and anything else you might need

  9. Amazon: Muama Enence Instant Two-Way Translator- this fabulous little device can easily fit anywhere and instantly translates 36 languages at the touch of a button

  10. Quince: Organic Cotton Canvas Convertible Backpack- whether used as a backpack, crossbody or tote, this sturdy pack carries your laptop and anything else you need while on the road. Bonus: comes in black, olive & tan

  11. Amazon: Sidney Sleep Mini Travel Sized Neck Pillow- This versatile memory foam pillow comes with its own carrying pack, is washable, and can be used for lumbar, knee, or neck support while traveling.

  12. Nordstrom: Auto Open and Close Compact Umbrella- this umbrella’s iridescence is a welcome punch of rainbow color to the usual standard black and let’s be real- is a much better fashion statement.

  13. Quince: Italian Leather Triple Compartment Weekender- a perfectly sized tote for a quick weekend getaway in tan, taupe or black and a convenient luggage handle for placing on luggage when it becomes your +1.

  14. Lego: Eiffel Tower- this not-so-small 59”, 10000 piece replica of the Eiffel tower for a diehard Paris lover. Almost as good as the real thing!

  15. Nordstrom: Afar Travel Hair Dryer- small & mighty- This sweetly colored compact hair drier is perfect for on the go styling and uses ionic technology to dry hair quickly and with less frizz

  16. Nordstrom: Sandalwood Travel Kit- TSA friendly for the guy in your life (because you know He won’t think of this for himself!)

  17. Nordstrom: The Mini Weekender Travel Bag- Fun plaid print with separate zippered shoe pouch on the bottom. For the quick getaway with minimal items

  18. Nordstrom: Claire Miami Clearly Tortoise Jumbo Makeup Case- A generously sized, easy to clean makeup case in a fabulous tortoise shell print

  19. Nordstrom: Mini Ultimate Detangling Hairbrush- compact, non slip and super fun colors

  20. Nordstrom: Mini LED 15x Lighted Mirror- nifty suction cups allow the mirror to be placed at just the right height on a bathroom mirror for hands-free getting ready for the day

  21. Nordstrom: Brush with Greatness Mini Brush Travel Kit- 4 small sized, sweetly printed essential make-up brushes that take up minimal space when packing

  22. Nordstrom: Super Cryo Mini Massaging Orb- A great way to help with circulation in face and body legs when traveling

  23. Amazon: Compact Travel Toiletry Bag- Perfect for the guy in your life

  24. Amazon: Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Packing Cubes Starter Set - keeps everything ultra organized. If you have never used packing cubes, we highly recommend them!

  25. Amazon: Samsonite Freeform Hardside Expandable with Double Spinner Wheels, Carry-On 21-Inch- Comes in 15 colors and 2 sizes

  26. Amazon: WANDF for Spirit Airlines 18" Foldable Travel Duffle Bag Weekender Bags Carry on Bag - Super lightweight and folds down into itself 1/20th of it’s size.

  27. Amazon: Silicone Luggage Tag with Name ID Card- Brightly colored tags will make identifying your luggage super easy

  28. Amazon: LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw for Hiking, Backpacking, and Travel-Eco friendly & filters out any water while traveling to make it safe for drinking.

  29. Amazon: Wacaco Minipresso GR, Portable Espresso Machine- no electricity needed to operate. Just add boiling water. For people who can’t live without their coffee!

  30. Anthropologie: Watercolor Lilies Scarf- lightweight, super versatile and allows you to add a punch of color or dress up an outfit

  31. Anthropologie: multicolor abstract scarf- heavier duty for those trips when it’s cooler

  32. Amazon: Apple Airtag 4 pack- you will never lose a bag again (or when you (or the airport) does, you will now be able to find it)!

  33. Anthropologie: Rogue Paq Travel Paris Scissors- because- well, why not?

  34. Anthropologie: Glad & Young Studio The Traveler's Journal- jot down memories and details of your journey you want to always remember.

  35. Amazon: iMangoo Shockproof Carrying Case- answers the first world problem of containing all the technology necessities in one place.

  36. Amazon: Multi Outlet Extender- turns one outlet a station to charge multiple different accessories

  37. Anthropologie: CAMPO SLEEP Roll-On + Black Silk Mask Kit- because we all could use help sleeping when on the road

Hostess Gift Ideas

What we love about these finds:

  1. Food52: L.A. Burdick Chocolate Mice- the cutest thing we’ve seen

  2. Arhaus: Rhodes Mixed Marble Taper Holders (Set of 4)- beautiful- paired with or without candlesticks

  3. Macy’s: Fabulous Food Board Kit: Simple & Inspiring Recipe Ideas- easy and simple was to do charcuterie

  4. Etsy: Holiday Recipes Book- a nice book for the hostess who likes to pass down family recipes

  5. Rifle Paper Co: Holiday Serving Tray: a fun gift for the host to use at the next holiday party they throw

  6. The Container Store: ILLUME Assorted Candle Tapers- keep them up to speed with trendy candles that are the same color in different shapes.

  7. Rifle Paper Co: 2024 12-Month Planner-in fun different patterns for planning their next party

  8. The Container Store: Everlasting Candle Co. Steel Candle Sticks- a smart gift that will never burn out!

  9. The Container Store: L'AVANT Collective Room Spray- for wherever you want it to smell better- soft smell of ylang-ylang, bamboo with pure essential oils of soothing lavender and geranium.

  10. The Container Store: Apothecary Guild Glass Candle - long, clean burning candle comes in 4 delicious scents- my faves are gardenia & fig vetiver

  11. Anthropologie: Jingle Bell Bottle Opener- a fun & festive way to open your next beer

  12. The Container Store: APOTHEKE Candle Set- for when you can’t decide on a scent- get them the minis so they can see which one they like best

  13. Anthropologie: Gilded Evergreen Woody Fresh Balsam & Cedarwood Glass Candle- beautifully etched green glass container filled with a scent of the season

  14. The Container Store: Rabbit Wine Aerator- designed to fit on a single glass or a bottle, pair this with the perfect wine and you’re good to go

  15. Harry and David: Box of Chocolates- delicious chocolates in a cute Christmas tree box- nothing sweeter!

  16. Anthropologie: Blossom and Blooms Apothecary Jar- This retro vase comes in 3 colors and perfectly sized for highlighting a few key blossoms

  17. CB2: GIANNA GLASS DISH WITH LID- a modern take on the old fashioned candy dish

  18. Serena & Lily: Tapered Candles (Set of 6)- pick your host’s favorite color to give as a thank you.

  19. Crate & Barrel: Mixed Wood Appetizer Plates -Set of 4- perfectly sized for small bites and the different colors help you identify which one is yours after you’ve put it down

  20. Anthropologie: Hot Toddy Curated Gift Box-Comes with ingredients & recipe for a cozy winter evening for 2

  21. Anthropologie: Tulip Glass Candle- Beautifully swirled green tulip- shaped candle in Night Gardenia scent- one of my favorites

  22. William Sonoma: Chocolate Gift Tower- for the chocolate lover

  23. Crate & Barrel: Acacia Cheese Board 36"- generously sized board for serving appetizers, desserts, charcuterie or anything else you like

  24. Anthropologie: Samson Serving Set- this sleek set comes in 4 different finishes

  25. Anthropologie: Morgan Agate Coaster- beautiful agate & marble each having their own unique loo

  26. Anthropologie: Floral Dahlia and Currant Candle- gorgeous glass container by house of hackney that can be reused long after the candle is gone

  27. Anthropologie: Wonderland Boxed Tin Candles, Set of 6- the perfect potpourri of winter scents- from woody to sweet, all having a burn time of 12 hours

  28. Anthropologie: Boards & Spreads Recipe Book- The book itself is lovely as are the inspiration pictures. 65 recipes for hosting spreads breakfast through the rest of the day.

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