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Well, it’s that time of year.
The gift giving season.
It seems like everyone and their mom has a holiday gift guide for you, so I usually don’t do them. But this year I wondered: is there a gift guide out there for people like me? People who travel extensively. People who live a minimalist lifestyle. People who value experiences more than things. People who have simple needs.
And I haven’t seen a guide like that. So I thought I’d attempt to make one.
Here, then, you’ll find a handful of gifts that I wholeheartedly love because they’re high quality, experience-valuing, and also beautiful.
Without further ado, then, my picks for the gifters among us:
Know someone thinking about traveling with a pet? I adore our Sleepypod Air and Luna does, too. We had our first Air for about three years. It went to Mexico and San Diego, Switzerland and Spain…on trains and planes and in cars. And it held up exceptionally well. I had to replace the floor padding (which Luna dug through when we got stuck in the London airport for a bazillion hours) once, and when I finally replaced it this past summer, the only wear and tear it showed was a couple tears in the inside lining. I sold it to a Swiss family for their pup and Sleepypod was kind enough to send me a second Air in exchange for a review here on the blog.
Now we’ve had our second Air for about six months. It’s done five flights, more train rides than I can count, and a mini road trip (and I was so glad I had it for that, as the Air actually attaches to a seatbelt in the car and is high-ranking for safety).
As you know, when I travel I like to rent apartments. I love living in local neighborhoods, being able to make my own food in the kitchen, and having all that space and privacy that hotels don’t generally have. And I pretty much always start my apartment search with Airbnb. So when I saw they had gifts cards, I was pretty thrilled. A great gift for your favorite traveler.
(And if you’ve never used Airbnb before and you’re going to sign up? Use this link and both you and I get a credit.)
Thinking about getting someone a new camera? I’m enjoying my Sony A6000 so far. It’s pretty easy to use and the photos come out well even on the automatic setting.
Earlier this week, I answered a reader question about my favorite books. Any of them would make a spectacular gift (and, in fact, they’re my own gift-giving go-tos).
If you’re buying for a true minimalist, a full-time traveler, or just someone who “has it all,” consider giving them an experience or, even better, an experience plus some of your time. An evening out, a nice dinner in their favorite type of restaurant, a food tour in your own city, a massage, a spa day, a spa weekend, a trip, or even an invite to your home for a homemade meal featuring their favorite type of cuisine…every single one of these is something the person will probably long remember and really appreciate.
There are a lot of tough things happening out there in the world. And the fact that we can afford to give each other gifts is an incredible privilege. Another gift I know that myself and my fellow bleeding hearts would love? A donation to an organization doing something important and good, like the UN Refugee Agency.
Now, to you: any other suggestions? What are you buying for those difficult travelers, bleeding hearts, and minimalists?