The Lost Girls' Gift Guide
Finding the perfect gift for the traveler in your life can prove trickier—and more time consuming—than trying to guess their favorite destination. Can you ever get it right when the answer is ever-changing? You bet. Rather than wrapping up something that sounds vaguely adventurous (neon orange cargo vest? hand-held luggage scale?) give your globetrotter a present that truly suits their on-the-go personality.
The Lost Girls recommend the best options for seven major travel types, from travel techies to glam globetrekkers. Surprise someone this season—or get a few ideas for treating yourself.
By Holly Corbett, Jennifer Baggett and Amanda Pressner
This all-weather zip-up jacket offers warmth without making you look like an Abominable Snowwoman. Constructed with special fibers to trap in moisture before it reaches your skin, this Smartwool mid-layer will keep you dry and toasty. And because of its ultra-light material, it's small and easy to pack, so you won't think twice about tossing it into your bag. Also available in men’s. $150.
We’ve all been there. Frantically flinging every item from your suitcase to locate that one seemingly missing ski glove or critical sports bra. Or realizing your muddy hiking boots have been rubbing against your remaining clean clothes. Our solution: the Eagle Creek Pack-It™ system -- custom packing containers, which serve as portable dresser drawers. Our fave, the Frequent Flyer set, comes with Folders to keep nicer items wrinkle-free, Cubes for separating essentials like socks, tank tops and pants, and Sacs for organizing toiletries. $40.
Although its just 1.3 inches thick, this point-and-shoot packs in a 14 x optical zoom, moving among wide-angle, telephoto and macro views in seconds. And since it also takes full HD movies, there's no need to pack a separate video camera on your next getaway. $300.
Books? Check. Music and video? Check. Web browsing? You bet. The Kindle Fire, the latest addition to the Kindle family puts all the best entertainment options right at your fingertips, while also offering the ability to surf the web while on-the-go. Slim and only 7" wide, this tablet can easily be slipped into a carry-on or backpack. $199.
We first learned about mala beads (aka prayer or mediation beads) while visiting an ashram in India during our yearlong trip. For the spiritual traveler, beautiful prayer beads from Tiny Devotions make for a unique gift: Each one is made with a semi-precious stone that represents a different goal, such as the Goddess Mala for love and emotional balance, and African Jade Mala for strength and good luck. $108.
Stay fit (and zen) on the road with the ultra slim and portable eKO SuperLite yoga mat from Manduka, which folds to fit easily into even the smallest bag. Weighing only 2 lbs. and made from all-natural and biodegradable materials, it’s the perfect present for eco-conscious yogis. $39.
These buttery soft ankle boots are as chic as they are walk-for-hours comfortable. And because they look equally as hip with jeans, shorts and dresses, you can whittle down your on-the-go shoe wardrobe to a single pair. Okay -- maybe 2. $105.
Don a pair of these retro-cool, high-fidelity headphones, crank up the tunes -- and it’s impossible not to feel like a rock star. Since smart travel is all about keepin' it compact, these fold up nicely for easy storage. $150.
A smile is worth a thousand words when you're trying to get bumped to business class, so help the business traveler in your life take care of their pearly whites: The Slim Sonic Toothbrush has a replaceable brush head that vibrates at 22,000 strokes per minute for fast-acting cleaning power. $16.
Not your average briefcase, the Executive Pro Checkpoint Friendly Brief combines sophistication and functionality. Gone is the hassle of having to remove your laptop and put it in a separate bin. Light-weight, stylish, durable, this checkpoint-friendly briefcase makes airline travel a breeze. $119.
Stand out from the frequent flyer crowd with chic and distinctive accessories from Owl Say. Our latest obsession is the custom-embroidered travel clutch ($40), which holds everything from your passport, boarding pass and traveler’s checks to credit cards, a pen and several currencies. We also love the matching waterproof passport covers ($5) and luggage tags ($8), which come in dozens of modern and retro designs to fit your distinctive travel style.
For sophisticated partygoers on the go, this portable bar set comes with martini glasses, shaker, tongs, jigger, strainer and napkins -- all packaged in a stylish black leather carrying case with space for 2 bottles of your favorite liquor. So you can serve up a perfectly shaken (or stirred) martini anywhere in the world. $120.
If you like to travel with only a carry-on, packing toiletries can be tricky. Enter leak-proof, solid shampoo bars from LUSH. They’re better for you (since they have no liquid content, they’re preservative-free) and for the environment (they use less packaging). Plus, the bars are ultra light-weight so you’ll breeze through security -- toiletry bag and all! $10.95 for the tingly Dr. Peppermint shampoo bar, and $3.95 for the re-useable bar tin to keep contents safe when traveling.
It takes 15 tea bags to get the same health benefits from disease-fighting antioxidants as you would with just 1 cup of loose-leaf tea. BijaBody’s Tea Tumbler makes drinking loose-leaf while traveling easy. It’s made of double-walled borosilicate glass and is fair trade. Try it with the organic Beauty Tea blend, made from oolong and pu-erh leaves and other herbs and spices traditionally used for healthy skin and metabolism. $28 for tea tumbler; $15 for 3-oz. tea tins.