For some reason, this guide is always the hardest one for me…possibly because part of me thinks this whole blog is one giant style gift guide (isn’t it?). But still, I know we all have that trend-obsessed slave to fashion on our list who feels impossible to please. Take my word for it: your work’s officially done. Any one of these gifts is 100% SMC-guaranteed to put a geeky holiday grin on even the pickiest fashionista’s face.
If she’s guaranteed an upgrade every time she sets foot on a plane, knows the best hotels in every major city, and racks up more frequent flyer miles than most pilots, here are a few treats she’s sure to stash in her carry-on.
- One thing every traveler has in common is dry skin and hair. Fix it in one fell swoop with this genius travel set packed with argan oil-infused essentials. Moroccan Getaway travel set, Josie Maran, $39
- This trim tote packs flat, holds a ton, and the baby soft leather is stylish enough for any adventure. Baggu leather tote, $150
- Every good traveler needs a page-turner novel to get them through those Atlanta layovers. Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay, $15
- This clever gadget is a surge protector, USB charger port and phone cradle all in one – pretty impressive for under $20. Portable charging station, RCA, $19
- Heats up in an instant, seriously delivers on style, and comes with a trim, ultra-glam case to keep your clothes safe when you have to throw this in your bag while it’s still warm. GHD Scarlet styler, $225
- Borrow from the boys and get her a dopp kit that will actually hold all her beauty essentials in one bag. Hammocks & High Tea dopp kit, $50
- So big you could stow a greyhound inside (I’ll never admit to how I know this), but so light, it makes carry-on a breeze. And I love the mod plaid print. LeSportSac large weekender, $108
- The stuff deskside daydreams are made of. 2012 Paris calendar, Little Brown Pen, $22
- Oh, the places you’ll go – these are tiny enough to stow away in the smallest suitcase, and comfy enough to save your travel-weary feet. Tieks foldable ballet flats, $175
- Stylish and feminine, but not girly. Portola Valley passport holder, Kate Spade, $65
if you’re stumped for stocking stuffers this year (or every year, as i am), here’s a list of a few goodies sure to make santa very popular on christmas morning! incidentally, these also work very nicely as last-minute, low-cost gifts for all of those people you accidentally forgot to buy for. if i were smarter, i’d follow my own advice from last year, and have a few of these on hand for gifting emergencies.
left to right, from top: moonstruck chocolates penguin & snowman collection, $16; la mer lip balm, $45; foot petals holiday limited edition, $7+; baggu/no.6 reusable shopping bags, $12; patrick hruby memory game (for the tykes, obviously, but it’s beautiful), $13; jin soon holiday nails collection, $56.
For the girl who’s racked up enough frequent flier miles to take a trip around the world (if only she could find time between layovers), this list is packed with presents guaranteed to make it into her coveted carry-on space.
But why stop there? So many of these travel-friendly finds would be genius picks for a friend who’s always on the go, even if her travel is mostly of the afternoon-commute variety. Or for the girl who doesn’t often travel far from home, but is forever daydreaming about her next exotic vacation. In other words, whether it’s wanderlust or wander-must, there’s something here that’s perfect for any traveler on your list.
left to right, from top: baggu zip travel bags, $8-12 for sets; pacifica roll-on perfumes, $12; blow to go hair travel kit, $28; Cashmere tunic, $139; lily & lionel london cityscape scarf in sepia, $272; lesportsac large zip travel wallet, $48; tieks foldable flats, $175; ghd dazzle styler travel set, $240; gorjana thomspson jewelry case, (sold out; similar here, $29).
ever since moving to rainy portland, i find that i spend a lot less time carrying my expensive handbags. it’s just not worth the heartache when a spring shower descends. instead, more often than not, i turn to an easy, no fuss tote to get me through the day. and these new duck bags from baggu may be my favorite yet!
i love that they have both a tote handle and a shoulder strap (which, by the way, also works as a crossbody strap, making it awesome for travel). i love the bright, cheery rainbow of colors, and the fact that they’re light as a feather but surprisingly durable (i’ve been using mine as a magazine tote, and it shows no signs of surrender, even under the weight of the spring fashion issues).
yes, i love a lot of things about this bag. but i positively adore the price tag: $26. how’s that for a thrill?