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You might not be able to take your vacation home with you, but you can certainly bring back souvenirs. From high-end boutiques on Rodeo Drive to night markets in Southeast Asia, learn which destinations are perfect spots to shop till you drop for gifts to remind you of your travels for years to come.

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Pup-Head Portable Dog Potty
Pup-Head Portable Dog Potty

Pup-Head Portable Dog Potty

The “original portable indoor dog potty” resembles a patch of real grass, and attracts dogs with its patented scent. Plus, antimicrobials prevent odor. The potty is great for trips to high-rise hotels, on boats and in RVs, but the “grass” will need periodic replacement. 960 1280

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Mr. Herzher’s Smart Ramp

Mr. Herzher’s Smart Ramp

Lifting large or senior pets into and out of automobiles is hazardous for you both. Another Amazon top seller, this ramp’s “Shur-Foot” tread surface is safe and supports up to 300 pounds. Non-slip ends keep the ramp secure, and it extends to 70 inches. 960 1280

  

Ark Naturals Happy Traveler Capsules

Ark Naturals Happy Traveler Capsules

The pet-calming treatments market is vast, including the Thundershirt and pheromone sprays, so seek a vet’s advice for the safest option. These capsules (which also come as chews) are all-natural and promise to relieve anxiety and motion sickness in dogs and cats. 960 1280

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Fold’ N Go Bird Travel Cage

Fold’ N Go Bird Travel Cage

We didn’t forget Polly this holiday season. For your avian adventure, this cage is “ideal for short-term containment of medium to large-sized birds.” The cage’s components all store in a pan when folded, making for easy packing. See also: Paradise Perch and Go! Travel Cage, Drs. Foster and Smith. 960 1280

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Pet Ego Messenger Pooch Pouch

Pet Ego Messenger Pooch Pouch

Look hip even with your furry friend on your hip. Designed by Emanuele Bianchi, professional cyclist and founder of PetEgo, which specializes in “luxury Italian goods for cats and dogs,” this stylish tote is comfortable, durable and weighs less than a pound. See also: Kyjen Outward Hound Pet Sling. 960 1280

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Snoozer Wheel Around Travel Pet Carrier

Snoozer Wheel Around Travel Pet Carrier

There is much to consider when flying your pet in-cabin -- safety, comfort and size restrictions, to name a few. But what about you? Pull this sturdy bag along like a suitcase for airport speed and dexterity, and a heads-up view for your pet. Plus, it converts into an under-seat carrier or backpack. 960 1280

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Nite Dawg Light Up Collar

Nite Dawg Light Up Collar

Don’t lose your pup when walking in dark, unfamiliar places. This collar comes in 3 sizes and 2 colors, and provides a bright light in steady or glow mode -- just click the button. It also has a long-lasting battery and is weather-resistant. Most importantly, you can still attach your dog’s ID! See also: Rogz Reflective Breakaway Cat Collar with Bell. 960 1280

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Solvit Car Safety Harness

Solvit Car Safety Harness

In cars, dogs must be secured. But collars and leashes are choking hazards, and pet crates may not fit. This strong, padded harness (an Amazon best seller) won’t dig into skin and promises easy use in any car. 960 1280

Solvit Products  

Canine Genius Leo Toys

Canine Genius Leo Toys

These colorful, connectable rubber toys will entertain a fussy kennel passenger for hours. Leo toys allow treats to slide around inside the rubber ball for snacks with stimulation. They are also dishwasher safe! 960 1280

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Pet Travel Bowl
Pet Travel Bowl

Pet Travel Bowl

“Picture this: You’re on a long car ride, and suddenly, the dog begins to lick the condensation on the outside of your water bottle. Shoot! She needs water. But what to put it in? Don’t get caught in a pinch! These squishy pet travel bowls fold up so small, you can literally take them anywhere. An added bonus: they’re super cute!” -- Allee, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Tablet Folio

Tablet Folio

"What’s the one thing we never leave home without? Our tablet, of course! I could forget my passport, but never my tablet (or iPad – whichever you prefer). And protection is key, so take care of it with the Tablet Folio from Fab.com." -- Rani, Managing Producer 960 1280

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Jewelry Travel Pouch

Jewelry Travel Pouch

"I've found when I travel with jewelry I tend to only bring a few special pieces, which would perfectly tuck into this chic jewelry pouch. I'm usually not a fan of monograms, but the gold, block letters still feel modern." – Sara, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Eskuche Control v2 Headphones

Eskuche Control v2 Headphones

“The one thing I can't travel without is a good pair of headphones, but I still can't bring myself to drop $200 on a pair. Eskuche Control v2 headphones have all the quality, comfort and style of a high-end pair of headphones, but at a much more reasonable price. The retro styling keeps you hip while killing time at the airport or falling asleep on the plane, and the square, plush ear cups fit comfortably over your ears, so you can avoid the dreaded earring poke.” -- Amanda, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Contigo Travel Mug

Contigo Travel Mug

“The Contigo travel mug is the perfect vessel for road trips. When you fill it with your beverage of choice, you don't need to worry about spilling anything if the mug topples over during a hard turn … unless it's filled with Pellegrino, as it doesn't always work well with carbonated drinks.” -- Arthur, Video Producer 960 1280

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Skagen Watch

Skagen Watch

"I am a huge fan of watches. After scouring websites and retail stores, I found this affordable, yet sleek and classy Skagen watch – it’s the perfect gift for a watch lover.” – Ben, Interactive Producer
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Book Dock

Book Dock

“If you travel a lot, making your destination feel a little more homey is always a plus and a Book Dock by Rich Neeley Designs can do just that. Every dock is unique and fits a variety of tablets and smartphones. I love that they keep my devices in one steady place, too, so I can avoid losing my smartphone in a hotel room’s unfamiliar nooks and crannies.” – Liz, Photo Editor 960 1280

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Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard

Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard

“I’m obsessed with SUP (stand-up paddleboarding); I even have even taken up SUP yoga. The only problem is there’s no easy way to carry those giant boards around. My problem is solved with this Tower inflatable stand-up paddleboard! Now I can easily carry my board when I travel, as it folds up, comes with its own carrying bag and even fits in the overhead compartment on a plane. Perfect for my next trip to Hawaii.” -- Kathleen, Interactive Producer 960 1280

  

North Face Insulated Down Jacket

North Face Insulated Down Jacket

“With the Farmers’ Almanac predicting a nasty 2013-2014 winter season, it’s time to get back to the basics, with this sturdy, yet sleek long winter coat from The North Face. I’m hoping it will keep me warm in the wilds of Montana this winter!” -- Lisa, Interactive Producer 960 1280

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Tablet to Keep Connected On the Go
Tablet to Keep Connected On the Go

Tablet to Keep Connected On the Go

BlackBerry’s PlayBook has Wi-Fi connectivity and makes it easy for a traveler to check emails, manage schedules on the go with built-in calendars, and stay up-to-the-minute on social media with apps for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Long layover? Catch up on your favorite movies and TV shows by watching them on the high-resolution screen with the new BlackBerry Video Store app. blackberry.com/playbook 960 1280

  

Organization System for Luggage

Organization System for Luggage

A common traveler’s dilemma: A suitcase that turns into a black hole where you can’t ever find the one thing you’re looking for. The solution? The Hoboroll, an organizer with 5 compartments that has drawstring end closures and compression straps to minimize bulk. There’s also a tool loop making it possible for hikers to clip onto their daypacks, and for minimalists to use as their main bag. mygobigear.com 960 1280

  

Hat to Cover Bad Hair Days

Hat to Cover Bad Hair Days

For when your hotel doesn’t have a hair dryer or you’d rather be exploring a new place than spending time getting ready, try wearing a cute cap instead. The Leila cap is much more stylish than a baseball hat, has a comfy stretch-back fit and inside lining. The wool blend and cotton corduroy cap comes in 4 different colors. Evo.com 960 1280

  

Good-for-You Candy

Good-for-You Candy

Give the kids in your life a sweet treat to enjoy when they’re traveling home after the holidays: UNREAL candies make for great stocking stuffers and have no artificial flavors, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, GMOs or synthetic colors. Plus, they have more protein and fiber per serving than the leading candy companies. Bonus: They’re made with responsibly sourced ingredients, such as cacao beans from Ghana and Ecuador and organic palm kernel oil from Brazil. Try the Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar. Available at CVS, Target, Michaels, Kroger, Staples, BJ’s Wholesale Clubs and many others. 960 1280

  

Fresh and Clean Fragrance

Fresh and Clean Fragrance

An uplifting scent can be a real pick-me-up after a long flight. Lisa Hoffman’s Fragrance Gift Set in French Clary Sage is a combo of watery greens and clean cotton. Included in the set is an easy-to-wear-on-a-plane fragrance bracelet, a perfume oil roll-on and a travel-sized eau de parfum spray bottle.lisahoffmanbeauty.com 960 1280

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Purse That Doubles as a Pillow

Purse That Doubles as a Pillow

To simplify your favorite jet setter’s carryon, go for a fashionable purse that feels like a pillow. The Pillow Purse can hold all travel essentials with 2 side-zip compartments for extra storage and a center zip compartment for larger items. Plus, it can easily convert to a supportive pillow for your head or back. Available at Macy’s department stores. 960 1280

  

GPS-Equipped Running Watch

GPS-Equipped Running Watch

Fitting in fitness when you’re traveling can be a challenge, and just trying to do your typical jog in a new place can be frustrating when you don’t know how many miles you’re logging. Enter the brand-new PINK Timex Marathon GPS: It tracks distance, time and even calories burned to take the guesswork out of exercise. It also gives much-needed motivation to strap on your running shoes on the road. Amazon.com 960 1280

  

Stylish Passport Holder

Stylish Passport Holder

Save a traveler time from digging around for important documents with the Robinson Passport Holder. The sleek wallet not only has space for your passport, but also for a flight itinerary, credit cards, 3 different currency compartments and more. toryburch.com 960 1280

  

Easy-to-Clean Men’s Toiletry Bag

Easy-to-Clean Men’s Toiletry Bag

Help your guy keep his grooming essentials all in one place with the Pack-It Quantum Kit. The toiletry bag has a roomy main compartment with another zippered bottom space to separate razors, toothbrush and other small items. Plus, it’s water-resistant inside and out, so it easily wipes clean. shop.eaglecreek.com 960 1280

  

Travel-Proof Skincare for Guys

Travel-Proof Skincare for Guys

The Jack Black Jet Set Traveler comes in a mesh bag with 4 manscaping essentials packaged in airline-approved 1.5-oz. sizes. The kit includes Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, Face Buff Energizing Scrub, Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather and the Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20.Available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue or GetJackBlack.com. 960 1280

  

Carryon-Friendly Skincare

Carryon-Friendly Skincare

Flying can zap moisture from your skin, so hydration is key to keep your complexion healthy. The limited edition Wild Plum Berry Gift Set includes a hydrating Wild Berry Cleanser with naturally exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids to polish flaky skin, and the Wild Plum Whip Moisturizer is full of quenching Evening Primrose oil and wrinkle-fighting grape extract. Locate a retailer near you at eminenceorganics.com 960 1280

  


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