Snow gently falling, that crisp winter pine scent in the air, twinkling stars in the sky, and a peppermint latte held between cozy mittened hands. Ahhh, December. Cozy evenings in beside a fireplace, Christmas carols playing on repeat, sleigh rides, jingle bells, poinsettias, mistletoe…and packed shopping malls, fighting over parking spaces, Christmas parties, a long list of holiday commitments to try and meet. The holidays are a magical time of year, and even as an adult, still one of my most favourite, but they can be busy and stressful with too much going on, especially if you’ve got a long list of people to shop for.
Gift shopping can be tough, and the traveller(s) on your list can seem especially difficult to buy for. After all, what do you get someone who can’t be pinned down to one place? Well, grab yourself an eggnog (with some spiced rum, perhaps?) settle in beside the fire, and get ready to check that traveller off your list with the Wanderlost & Found 2017 Gift Guide, complete with handy shopping links so you don’t even need to brave a snowstorm or the holiday shopping crowds. (all prices quoted in CAD unless otherwise stated.)
Boscia Peppermint Blotting Linens
A must for long travel days, these blotting linens are infused with peppermint to soothe and refresh skin. Abaca tree leaf fibres help blot excess oil and perspiration to keep your favourite traveller looking fresh-faced instead of shiny.
To buy: $10.00 CAD from Sephora.ca
Mytagalongs Endless Summer 4L Dry Bag
The perfect accessory for a beach vacation, this dry bag keep your essentials close at hand, dry, and protected. Let them take belongings in the water, or hop in and out of boats and kayaks without fear of submerging their phone. Mytagalongs features a clear plastic window, just in case anyone forgets what they’re toting around.
To buy: $18.00 from Indigo Books
Saje The Sleep Duo
An eye mask is essential for sleeping while travelling on planes, trains, or buses. Blocking out the ambient light can make the difference between arriving somewhat rested or arriving feeling like a zombie. The Sleep Duo also comes with Saje’s Sleep Well aromatherapy blend to help them drift off to a peaceful sleep.
To buy: $24.95 from Saje Canada
Luckies of London Travel Scratch Map
A fun way to show off travels and visualize the countries that they’ve visited. The top layer of gold foil scratches off to reveal colour and geographical detail, making it a great display piece and a unique way to preserve some travel memories.
To buy: $29.95 from Amazon.ca
Tofino Towel Co Lightweight Towel
These Turkish towels are lightweight and compact, making them ultra-easy to pack and a super stylish accessory on their next trip. The organic cotton and bamboo blend sheds sand easily, while still being absorbent and quick drying. Perfect for the beach, or to wear as a wrap, sarong, or even use as a light blanket when temps get chilly.
To buy: $54.99 from Tofino Towel Co
Lululemon Warm Down Jogger (or the ABC Jogger for men)
There’s nothing better than feeling comfy AF and looking stylish at the same time, and these Lulu joggers deliver. A handy media pocket keeps phones and tunes on hand, and the lightweight cotton is breathable and feels super soft on the skin.
Osprey Talon 33 Backpack
My go-to for long day hikes or shorter backpacking trips, the Talon is ultra light and ultra comfortable. It has a separate pocket for a hydration bladder, and the pack itself is waterproof, with a super breathable back panel. And to top it off, Osprey has one of the best warranties in the biz. They’ll repair or replace any product for any reason for life. The Talon is the mens version, while Tempest is women-specific, but I actually ended up getting the Talon anyways since I found it more comfortable and it fit my longer torso better than the Tempest did.
To buy: $179.99 from Outter Limits
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera
A nostalgic throwback to the good old days of polaroids, but with a bunch of modern upgrades, the Instax Mini 90 is perfect for documenting travel memories and displaying them back at home. This camera has bulb mode to keep the shutter open longer for low light photos (like cityscapes at night), and double exposure mode to create some artistic and unique photos. It’s also got a self timer and macro mode, plus a tripod socket.
To buy: $144.88 from Amazon.ca
Epiphanie Vienna Camera Bag
The ultimate accessory for the photographer exploring foreign cities, this stylish leather handbag doubles as a secure and protected bag to carry any DSLR camera at the same time. The padded camera “basket” fits a camera body with 24-70mm lens attached, plus 2-3 additional lenses and space for spare batteries and camera accessories, and is removeable for days when they don’t need to carry their camera with them.
To buy: $269.00 USD from Epiphanie
The North Face Apex Flex GTX Jacket
It’s important to be prepared for all weather conditions when on an extended trip, and the Apex Flex GTX jacket is the ultimate in flexibility. The soft shell jacket is engineered with gore tex, so it remains dry as a bone without looking – or sounding – like a traditional rain jacket (no more swish-swishing here!) Pit zip vents keep them cool in warmer weather, while the soft knit interior keeps them warm when the temps get chillier.
Beats Studio 3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
The adaptive noise cancelling ensures they won’t hear anything they don’t want to while enjoying tunes or movies on their next plane trip. (Screaming baby? What screaming baby?) And the rechargeable battery offers 22 hours of continuous playback, with a fast charge option that gives 3 hours of playback on only 10 minutes of charging. These heaphones and sleek, lightweight, and totally comfy while also looking super cool.
To buy: $399.99 from Bestbuy Canada
Burton Wheelie Double Deck
For the traveller on your list who doesn’t know how to pack light, the Wheelie Double Deck is perfect for giving them the room to cram in everything they could possibly need. (I can even fit my large camera tripod in mine!) Both sides of the suitcase have mesh dividers to keep items securely stowed, and it features Burton’s signature CRAM zones so they can stuff even more to maximize volume. Just warn them to be careful – packing and cramming everything into this suitcase could land them over the weight limit for flights!
To buy: $399.99 from Burton Canada
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