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Usually each year I share a gift guide that is centered around travel. Items like suitcases, headphones, and gifts suited for those who love travel and are frequently on the road. With travel on hold right now, this year I was inspired to create a guide for gifts that can transport us right at home.

Whether it’s a decor item, a book, or even a candle, I wanted to share a curated gift guide for a well-traveled moment right at home. It’s those kinds of moments when you snuggle up in a robe and it brings you back to a favorite hotel. Or that time you recreate one of your favorite recipes from a country that you love. There are so many gifts that can transport us.

I know for me, even a piece of art like a vintage painting transports me to the feeling of strolling through a museum in Europe. It’s these very simple yet poignant things that can do wonders and invites us to intertwine them into our daily lives. So digging through what inspires me to have a well-traveled moment at home, I’m sharing this year’s holiday gift guide with hopes that it will inspire you. Inspire you to find the beauty right at home, to embrace the moment, and keep those wanderlust feelings alive.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas That Transport Us

Shop Small Highlight: The Vintage Rug Shop

For this holiday season, I wanted to highlight one small shop that for me transports me in so many ways. Meet the Vintage Rug Shop. This beautifully curated store (physical location in Oakland, California) features heirloom-quality goods, sourced rugs from around the world, and unique finds. We have one of the “Femme” art prints in our home that has a vintage, Parisian feel to it. It transports me every time I walk by it. So I’m sharing a few of my favorite finds from this store, and trust me, there are plenty more on the site.

Cloud Cotton Robe by Parachute Home

If there is one thing that transports me to a hotel stay, it is a plush robe. This beautiful one by Parachute Home is the perfect robe for those who love a leisurely morning cozied up in a robe. It comes in several colors, and you may even consider pairing it with these slippers.

Coffee-Inspired Gifts

If you have a coffee enthusiast in your house, nothing will transport them more than a beautiful coffee setup. When we make coffee each morning at the house, it is an opportunity to disconnect and pour ourselves into a ritual. Upgrade their kettle, grab a few essentials, and consider some unique gifts below.

Dripkit Coffee — We love these at our home, they’re single serve pour-over coffee you can take on the go. They partner with coffee roasters around the world as well.
Where to Drink Coffee — A stunning coffee table book on coffee around the world.
A Ceramic Pour-Over Set that comes with everything you need to make pour-overs.

Crabtree & Evelyn — Explorer-driven Gifts

This year, Crabtree & Evelyn launched this incredible quiz (take it here) that helps you figure out the best gift to give to the explorer in your family or friends. Their products are rooted in travel, with scents that hail from around the world (like my favorite Bali incense). I took the quiz and the two products chosen for me were the Rose Refresh Collection and the Long Haul Hydration Set. Love the idea of matching a product with someone’s style of travel!

Brightland Olive Oil + Accessories

For the gourmand in your life, incredible olive oil does wonder. We use it on it everything at home. Upgrade their olive oil this year with this stunning Brightland Duo. You could even create a gift basket with a few accessories like the ones below.

Around the World City Radio by Palomar

When I saw this, I knew I had to include it in the gift guide. This radio plays radio stations from around the world with the touch of a button. You can travel across the globe with a click of a button like Tokyo or Paris.

Travel Prints From Idyll Collective

This year I launched a set of travel prints with the fine art print company, Idyll Collective. The selection of 10 prints is natural landscapes from across Europe. We have the Lago di Braies print in our home and it transports me right there every time. The print shop also has a selection of other travel and fine art photography prints. They come framed in three color choices and available in a range of sizes.

Coqui Coqui Room Diffusers + Candles

It’s a heavenly scent that transports you to the beaches and jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s like vacation bottled. Comes in a diffuser or another scent in a candle version.

Airbnb Gift Card

I had to include one travel gift and a favorite of mine to give is an Airbnb gift card. It’s perfect for future planning and since they don’t expire, can be used whenever.

Gifts for the Gardener

Have someone in your home that loves to garden? You’ll find everything you need at Bloomist. One of my favorite small shops to source everything you need for gardening, arranging, and even a few decorative home objects.

A Coyuchi Organic Blanket

One of my favorite items in the home is our Coyuchi blanket. We have a linen blanket from their past collection and bought this one last year for my in-laws.

I’ve been eyeing this Miramar Waffle Blanket and thinking we need to get one for the house.

A Picture Perfect Coffee Table Book

For years we have been gifting beautiful coffee books to our family. Ones that are based on topics they’re interested in, or ones that are just a must-have. It’s a simple, understated gift that can transport someone. We flip through our coffee table books regularly. I even wrote a whole guide on coffee table books I love.

“Live Beautiful” by Athena Calderone. My top choice for a design-lover who is inspired by travel.
“Wabi-Sabi Welcome” — for those who entertain and design with thoughtfulness. The book we’ve gifted to everyone.
“My Tiny Atlas” — for the traveler
From the Land” — for the architecture-lover

A Masterclass Subscription

One of the best investments I did this year was to purchase a Masterclass subscription. The plethora of online classes on here ranges from interior design to cooking. I even wrote an entire blog post about why I think it’s worth the money. This would be a wonderful gift for those who are interested in learning new skillsets from industry experts.

A Table Well Set

For the person who loves to host (like myself!), they’ll love these essentials. Sheldon Ceramics is a favorite for all of the serving dishware (find more here and here). The other natural tone accessories below are a few favorite finds this season.

Baskets For Multiple Purposes

Beautiful baskets never get old. Whether it’s a bolga basket used as a catch-all or a farmer’s market bag, they have several uses. I love setting them around the house as decorative pieces too.

A few favorite places to shop baskets are:

Lulu & Georgia
Connected Goods

Japanese-Inspired Cooking Essentials

For the adventurous cook in your home, cooking essentials from Japan are a sure hit. There is a style of cooking called “donabe” which is based around one-pot dishes like stews, soups, and rice pots. They’re delicious, easy to make, and a favorite at our house. If you’re looking for more Japanese-inspired kitchen accessories for gifts, check out this blog post. My go-to store for all things Japan is Jinen Store.

Donabe Kamadosan — ideal for cooking rice and other Japanese dishes.

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1. Book Your Flights

Use Skyscanner to find the best flights. It searches 100s of airlines and websites across the globe to ensure you’re not missing out on any route options or deals.

2. Book Your Accommodations

Use for hotels and guest houses. They have the biggest inventory and consistently offer the best rates.

3. Book Your Tours & Experiences

Use Viator or Get Your Guide to find the best tours and experiences. They are my favorite tour search engines. I always check both as their inventory varies depending on the destination.

4. Book Your Car

Use Discover Cars or to find the best car rental deals. I recommend comparing rental agency reviews on Google to ensure you are booking with the best company in that destination, as the reviews are often more accurate than the car rental search engines.

5. Don’t Forget Airport Lounge Access

Get a Priority Pass membership to gain access to 1,400+ VIP lounges and airport experiences worldwide. The Priority Pass app is the first thing I check when I have a layover. I’ve been a member for over a decade, and having a comfortable place to relax before and between flights makes air travel so much more enjoyable.

6. Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

I never leave the country without travel insurance. It provides comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong (ie. illness, injury, theft, and cancelations, etc.). I use it frequently for my travels to stay protected.

My favorite companies that offer the best coverage and rates are:


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