Holiday Gift Guide With A Twist

I have to admit that I wasn’t planning on doing a gift guide this year. Why? Because the blogging world is saturated with them (some really great ones, in fact) and what the heck do I know about buying gifts. Everyone in my circle knows to expect Pinterest crafts and baked goods.

Clearly I caved and made a gift guide anyways. And thank goodness I did, because this adorable picto-chart is the trendiest thing to ever grace the blog.

I decided to do something a little different though, something with a little more zing– I’ve included gifts that give back and items made by local artists. Travelers tend to be a conscious group of consumers, so picking presents that benefit both local and global communities will surely melt their hearts!

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Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts That Give Back

  • TOMS Shoes – Great shoes for traveling. For every pair you buy TOMS donates a pair to a child in need. Awesome.
  • Support a Cause with Agros International– This non-profit works with Central American families to bring them out of poverty into prosperity through a multi-faceted village program.
  • FEED Bags– Similar to TOMS, with the fact that every bag you buy helps a child in a need. This time with food though!

Locally Made Gifts

  • Custom Woodwork (Skookum Woodworking, Jeff Nelson)- Have a wood project in mind? How about a beautiful picture frame or a set of coasters? Jeff is your guy for handcrafted, locally sourced wood pieces!
  • Austin Grisham Photography. Photo’s always make a great gift, but they are even more special when the images are of home. Austin offers striking prints of the pacific northwest and beyond. And his prices can’t be beat! Contact information is available on the website.
  • A. Codd Artwork.– Talk about a true artist. His work is one of a kind and anyone, traveler or not, would be stoked to get a piece of his art! Take a look through his expansive portfolio and you are sure to be blown away.

Camera Gear

  • Handmade Camera Strap, Etsy. A touch of personality is a great way for travelers to show off their spunk. I LOVE this camera strap… hint, hint!
  • SD Card– This is a pretty boring gift but it is a must for anyone who travels with a camera. 16 gb is my preferred size because it holds a couple days worth of photos, but not so many that I would lose ALL my memories if something were to happen to it.

Travel Gear

  • Passport cover, Etsy- Again, another great way to add some personality to your travel ensemble!
  • Packing Cube Set, REI-If you have never experienced the magic that is a packing cube, you’ve been seriously missing out! These are a must for every single trip I take.
  • Pack Towel, REI- This is one of those gifts that isn’t particularly exciting but no one wants to spend their own money on a lame towel, so they will thank you!

Stocking Stuffers

  • Airport code T-shirt– What a neat way to commemorate a favorite location!
  • Solid Shampoo Bar, Lush- This is gem. They last forever and you won’t have to worry about those pesky airport carry-on regulations.
  • Cute Mug, Dot&Bo- Believe it or not, travelers DO spend time at home every now and again. And they are going to need something to sip their coffee out of, it might as well look cool.
  • Cute Flask, Dot&Bo- Because everyone needs a vessel to discretely store liquor.


  • “36 hours…” city guide collection from New York Times- This is definitely on my list! The NY Times finally decided to put all of their super handy city guides into one convenient location. Hallelujah!
  • The World by Lonely Planet- A simple reference for pretty much every country in the world. It doesn’t provide in-depth information like their location specific guides, but it is great for the beginning stages of trip planning!
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau- Not exactly a travel book, but it will rock your world. It’s one of those books I find myself going back to time and time again.

Oh, before I forget… Presents don’t make people happy. People make people happy, so spend some time with your loved ones this holiday!

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