The Lost Girls' Gift Guide

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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.

For Overseas Adventurers
Smartwool Women's TML Light Full Zip
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.
For Overseas Adventurers
Eagle Creek Pack-It System Set
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.
For Techie Travelers
Nikon COOLPIX S8200
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.
For Techie Travelers
Kindle Fire
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.
For Spiritual Wanderers
Mala Beads
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.
For Spiritual Wanderers
Travel Yoga Mat
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.
For Urban Warriors
OTBT “Price” Boots
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.
For Urban Warriors
Roc Nation Aviator headphone
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.
For Business Trippers
Slim Sonic Toothbrush
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.
For Business Trippers
TravelPro® Checkpoint Friendly Brief
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.

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