Unique and Useful Gift Ideas for Women Who Travel: Shop Small Edition
I love shopping for gifts during the holidays, but I don’t just shop to buy stuff. I love finding that one thing for a friend or family member that you know they will love and use. It’s an art really. With the holiday season fast approaching, I decided to give my travel gift guide a refresh to feature small businesses that I love and that you can shop online! Whether you have a frequent flier or weekend warrior on your gift list, I've rounded up some of my favorite things that any traveler would want. P.S. I could use a few of these things too ;)
Gift Guide for Women Who Travel
Shop Small Edition
I grew up with entrepreneurial parents, so supporting small businesses is so important to me, especially during the holiday gift giving season. One of my favorite bloggers and shop owners, Mandy Rye of Waiting on Martha said it best this year on her instagram, “every time you spend a dollar at a small business you are literally providing for families, charities, & your local community.” Thanks to the internet, a lot of independent businesses have online shops so you can shop small from the comfort of your sofa. I do hope you plan on visiting local shops in your town on Shop Small Saturday and leading up to the holidays as well because you’ll make their day and you never know what gems you’ll find.
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Every time you buy from a small business, an angel gets its wings 👼. Okay maybe not, but I can assure you there's an actual person doing a happy dance! In all seriousness, as a small business owner, I cannot stress how important it is to shop small this season. To help you see just where your dollars go when you shop small I thought I'd break it down, & give you a peek into my small business @shopwaitingonmartha. WOM employs 16 employees, 6 of them being full time, 6 part time, & 4 contract employees, ranging in ages from 17 to 65. After 6 years in business, this is the 1st year I've paid myself a very small salary & one I had to cut in order to offer premium health insurance to my full-time employees because insurance is important. I have about 9,762 different products offered at the shop, each one hand-picked, in hopes that it brings you joy. Out of those about 72% of them come from small, USA businesses. All with a story to tell, & most depending on small businesses like myself to help tell it. We've got heart, & grit, & hopefully, we've got products & places that make you happier than any Amazon box ever could. This is just my story, but I know it's a similar story for thousands of small businesses. So when you're doing your shopping this season remember that everytime you spend a dollar at a small business you are literally providing for families, charities, & your local community. So really you guys are the angel & you're giving us our wings. 😇 #shopsmallbusiness #smallbusiness | 📷 @kathrynmccrary
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Ink Travel Wrap | Waiting on Martha - Whether you’re looking for someone’s birthday or thank you, Waiting on Martha carries thousands of thoughtful, fun, and useful products. I check out her travel section often and found this cozy wrap to add to my expanding collection of blanket scarves. Whether you need to stay warm on a long flight or need another layer to feel cozy on a road trip, a travel wrap is so necessary. This one comes packaged in its own little bag and packs up neatly into your carryon. There are just a few left in her online shop in black and grey!
Needlepoint Kit | Thorn Alexander - I met Brooke McGowan of Thorn Alexander at The Southern C Summit a few years ago and we hit it off right away. Her business is inspired by the age old tradition of needlepoint but with a modern twist. Think hand painted portraits of Notorious BIG & RBG and cheeky sayings like “I Veuve You.” With our lives becoming increasingly dominated by screens, I love working on my canvas for an hour or two to give my eyes a break. They are easy to pack too and help pass the time in the airport or on a long road trip.
Wild Sam American South Road Trip | Bitter Southerner - I’ve been an avid reader and supporter of the Bitter Southerner since their first article. They have been carrying Wild Sam guides in their shop for a while and I love them because they’re part history part travel guide and I can’t wait to check out their road trip guide to the South. It’s 160 pages of local stories, ode to the Mint Julep, and most importantly the best Meat & Threes in the region.
Graphic Tees | Darlings Fine Things - My friend Jamie at Darlings Fine Things always has an awesome collection of Chaser brand tees that are perfect to wear on a travel day or just a lazy weekend at home. Follow them on Instagram @darlingsfinethings and if you see something you like just give them a text and they'll invoice you. It’s almost too easy. Darlings also has a great collection of Hobo clutches and crossbody bags that are great for traveling.
Retro Inspired Swim | Sweet Paradise Club - I have a love/hate relationship with bathing suits. I’m very curvy and have found it difficult to find suits that are cute and make me feel comfortable and supported in. One of my friends from St. Simons Island, Erica has created the most comfortable, seamless swim wear EVER. Plus the whole line has this super cool, Bridget Bardot, 60s beach club vibe that I am here for. I got this top and bottom over the summer and I’m obsessed. I think I’m going to get the Lyle one piece for myself for Christmas. If you have a beach lover on your list, one of these would be perfect.
The Most Comfortable Romper | Lynt - Another essential for trips with warmer weather is this romper from my friend Andrea at Lynt. The fabric is antimicrobial, quick-drying, and wrinkle resistant making it the most packable and comfortable piece of clothing to take with you on a trip. They’re handmade in San Diego and ready for adventure.
Beach Bangles | BECASA - Jewelry is by far my favorite accessory because it can completely change the vibe of an outfit. With breezy linen caftans and travel friendly jewelry, my friend Emily Raffield’s beachy line BECASA captured my love for the coast immediately. I love and wear this turquoise bracelet set all the time because it reminds me of the ocean no matter where I am. The set comes with 15 bangles and are fun to wear as a stack or wear a few mixed in with other bracelets. They’re lightweight, TSA-safe for travel, safe for water and sunscreen.
Outdoor Gadgetry | Cord - Back in 2015, I tagged along with Ryan to an outdoor adventure conference in Portland, Oregon and discovered this shop, Cord, one day strolling around the Alberta Arts District. They carry just about any tool you could think of to have with you in the woods. Every knife imaginable, day packs, solar speakers, kitchen supplies like this insulated Stanley French Press, and more. I ended up getting a mushroom knife for foraging and a nifty battery powered dome light for our tent. Check out their online shop for unique gifts for the adventurer on your list.
Geography Pouch | Catstudio - Whether for toiletries, jewelry, or assorted electronic cords, pouches are always handy to have. They have every state in the USA represented so take your pick and carry your happy place with you everywhere. I’ve got my eyes on the Hawaii pouch.
Oyster Duffle | MB Greene - Not all duffle bags are created equal. I love MB Greene bags because they are durable thanks to waxed canvas and lined with vinyl making them easy to clean. I have this crossbody that I use for my gym bag but I’m in need of a new duffle bag and this one is just the right size for a weekend trip. It comes with a detachable strap and interior dividers. I’m partial to the neutral colors of the oyster collection, but check out all of the entire MB Greene collection online.
Zero Waste Utensil Wrap | Dot & Army - Ryan and I are trying to cut out single use plastics and any other unnecessary waste where we can. We cut out paper towels a long time ago and that’s how I learned about Dot & Army. They make everyday items for kitchen and home that also help reduce waste. I love these utensil wraps in her shop because she’s put everything that you’d need for a meal, bamboo cutlery, stainless straw, and a napkin, in a handy pouch to throw in your bag, camping kit or road trip cooler.
Detox Kit | One Love Organics - Traveling can wreak havoc on your body and skin so after a trip I give myself a good detox. One Love Organics has put together a handy gift set with everything you need to give yourself a refresh. This makes a great gift for a frequent traveler or someone that might just need to chill out and have a DIY spa day.
Sunday Kimono | Sunday Forever - Whenever I get home from a trip, I always spend the next few days resetting and enjoying the hygge vibes of being at home, trying to assimilate back to my normal routine. I discovered Sunday Forever scrolling on Instagram and just fell in love with their whole vibe of trying to get people to hold onto their Sunday vibe all week long. I’ve got my eye on their signature Kimono that was made for lounging. They’re made in the USA, available in short and floor length. They also have a cool selection of delicate jewelry that would be easy to travel with. I’ve purchased some of the evil eye bracelets as gifts and people love them!
Essential Face Serum | Virgin Apothecary - Simple skin care and makeup are key when on the go. I love Virgin Apothecary’s line of products because they’re easy to use and easy on your skin. The face serum roller is great to have in your carryon bag or purse because it moisturizes and soothes the skin without making it feel greasy. This small gift would make a great stocking stuffer. Learn more about Virgin Apothecary’s travel products here.
Hope this post is helpful as you shop for the traveler in your life. If there is a small business I missed with travel gear let me know in the comments!