Ideal holiday gifts to slip under the trees of the travel-inclined; absolutely includes you for your next vacation.
A blush-coloured leather luggage tag ($35 CAD and $25 USD at awaytravel.com*) is a millennial-pink way to make a black, hardshell suitcase stand out from an endless sea of black, hardshell suitcases.
Not just for outdoor adventures, Lifestraw's personal water filter ($25.95 CAD at Amazon.ca and $17 USD at walmart.com) quickly purifies drinking water when you're skeptical of the hotel bathroom tap, but refuse to (over)pay for minibar bottles.
Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down jacket ($89.90 CAD and $69.90 USD at uniqlo.com) in navy is sleeker than black and packs down to practically nothing, so you’re prepared for when temperatures plunge.
Aviator sunglasses such as these by Lucky Brand ($40 CAD at clearly.ca) look chic on city days and sporty on casual days, and because they’re only $40, you won’t ugly-cry if they get left behind in a foreign taxi.
Rodial’s 12 Days of Red Carpet Glamour Calendar, ($110 CAD at shoppersdrugmart.com*), starts out all childlike, window-opening delight then becomes the grown-up satisfaction of having travel-sized, curated skincare and makeup for one’s next holiday. And it's a 12-day beauty advent calendar; there's still time to pick one up before the countdown begins.
Just say no to scratchy, airline-issue, polyester sleep masks. The Dia eye mask ($40 CAD and $30.36 USD at aulitfinelinens.com*) is soft silk with elasticized loops that cleverly go around one’s ears instead of wrapping around the head, so it’s never too tight.
For essential-oil-scented comfort on the road, the cordless, portable, ultrasonic Puressentiel Diffuse & Go Diffuser ($49.99 CAD at amazon.ca and at Rexall Pharmacies) replaces stale hotel air with spa-like aromatherapy, providing 40 hours of diffusion on one charge. And it's so compact, you could carry it in your purse.
The Pro Wet & Dry Detangler by The Knot Dr. for Conair ($19.99 amazon.ca) is a perfect travel companion – it comes in its own snappy case for hygiene and won’t melt when confronted with scorching hot hotel hair dryers. (What the dryer does to your poor hair is another matter entirely.)
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What's the best travel-related gift you've ever received? Or given?
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