The Artefact Holiday Gift Guide: Travelers
With clients all over the world and designers from (nearly) as many countries, we spend a lot of time traveling. Through some trial and error over the years, we like to think we’ve gotten pretty good at it and we’re ready to pass our knowledge on. We’ve hand-picked a set of our favorite travel necessities: from carry-on cocktails to Dopp kits for your tech and bi-annual travel magazines. Nearly everything on this list is bound to become essential for your next trip.
Tile – $25
If you’ve ever left something on an airplane, in a hotel room or in a cab, Tile is for you. Attach the tiny Bluetooth tracker to your luggage, keys or purse and never worry about your items running off again. If you do misplace a valuable, just check the companion app to see where it was left. It’s like Find My iPhone, but for everything else.
Airbnb Gift Card – $25+
A crowd favorite, an AirBnB gift card is that perfect gift that you didn’t even think to ask for, but are so happy to get. Airbnb gift cards are simple to redeem, never expire, and are an easy way to provide a loved one with an unforgettable travel experience anywhere in the world.
Tech Dopp Kit – $99
Covetable Los Angeles leather brand, This is Ground has created the perfect piece of luggage for every traveling techie. The organizer is handmade to order by leather workers in DTLA and has a home for each of your tech accessories. By maximizing utility and providing room to strap down cords, adapters, and headphones, the brand has found a way to keep you organized and stylish. The Dopp kit comes in three sizes and colors, and can even be monogrammed to make it an extra special gift this holiday season.
While we’re on the subject, compact organization is often the key to a smooth travel experience. This all-in-one leather clutch from Mochi Things holds a passport, airline tickets, credit cards, pens, a smartphone, and even keys. Instead of struggling to find things in the TSA line, keep everything in one place and allow for smooth travels this year. Give that Type A person in your life the gift of travel sanity, everyone will thank you for it.
Moment Camera Lens – $100
Let’s face it: more often than not, you’re sightseeing on a trip and your iPhone is the best camera you’ve got. Moment has created a way to capture all those unforgettable travel photos without sacrificing high-quality photography. No, these aren’t DSLR quality images, but they are a hell of a lot more clear than without. Moment has created two lenses: The telephoto lens lets you get close to the action without sacrificing image quality, and the wide lens captures landscapes without creating a fish-eye effect. Both are designed to bring professional-grade glass to anyone’s phone (and, for the fraction of the price of purchasing a new camera set up).
CEREAL Magazine – $30
Not sure where you’re headed next? Give a case of wanderlust this holiday season with a subscription to CEREAL, a bi-annual travel and style magazine. Each volume contains beautiful photos and guides to places around the world, from California to Antwerp to Iceland, and is bound to inspire plenty of future trips.
The Carry-On Cocktail Kit – $24 // 21+
Forget those two-ingredient in-flight ‘cocktails’. Punch and W&P Design have partnered to create a series of Carry-On Cocktail Kits. Each kit includes all the accessories you need to mix up a couple of cocktails mid-flight (minus the alcohol, which you’ll have to bring separately). There are currently four kit options: The Moscow Mule, The Gin & Tonic, The Champagne Cocktail and The Old Fashioned. These stocking-stuffer sized kits contain a recipe card, bar spoon, high-quality mixers, and even a coaster.
Even world travelers like to enjoy the comfort of a home- (or hotel-) cooked meal every once in a while, but more often than not your temporary digs are lacking in the spice department. Uncommon Goods created the Mobile Foodie Survival Kit with 13 essential organic herbs and spices to doctor up any and all your meals while you’re abroad. This little guy is a must for anyone taking a long trip or heading back to school after break.
Try the World – $39+
If we’re being honest, we have to admit that trying new foods is one of our favorite reasons to travel. But when you’re stuck where you’re at, Try the World is a delicious alternative. The subscription service aims to inspire you to experience a new corner of the world through food. Every two months they deliver a curated, artisanal box of food, spices and recipes from a new region like Spain, France, and Hungary. Give their special edition holiday box a try, you’ll thank us later.
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