Catherine’s Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Jet-Setters

It’s my favorite time of the year, when I happily start to fill my schedule with all sorts of present-hunting, gift-wrapping and cupcake-baking goodness and run a military-style operation to decorate the tree (ensuring there’s equal numbers of each color bauble, that they’re all evenly distributed across the tree and that there isn’t a trace of tinsel within a thirty-foot radius of our house). Which also means that it’s time for my Christmas Gifts I Discovered While Procrastinating Online Guide! 

On Friday I shared my top prezzie picks for writers, Monday was caffeine fiends, and still to come we have book lovers and, um, me, i.e. my favorite things. But today we have Gifts for Jet-Setters, be they the people in your life who are always filling your Facebook feed with jealous-making photo albums, or the ones who dream of a 2013 filled with travel and adventure…

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  1. It pains me to say this, but jet-setters should have e-readers for the road. If you’re still on the fence, as I was until very recently, just think of it this way: taking an e-reader instead of books in your bag means you can buy more print books when you get there. Take a Kindle Paperwhite and a Personalized Erin Condren Kindle Folio to protect it.
  2. One of my most prized possessions is the Blurb hardcover coffee-table book I made of the blog posts I wrote and photos I took during my backpacking trip in Central America—and some of the most fun I had was watching my friend and traveling partner’s Sheelagh reaction when she first saw her copy. A Blurb Gift Card is perfect for the traveler who just got back.
  3. Travel-themed gifts usually come with the pressure to be a professional international jet-setter—but not this fabulous Not That I Ever Go Anywhere passport cover by Waldo Pancake that’s already bemoaning a potential lack of use.
  4. Whenever I’m headed to a new city I pick up its DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide because I find they’re the best to use while you’re there: they’re pocket-sized, have color photos and instead of pages and pages of dense text (and a history lesson you don’t really have time for while you’re actually there), they supply you with snappy Top 10 lists for all that’s worth doing in the city. Therefore DK’s Top 10 World is definitely going on my Christmas wish list.
  5. Prolong your vacation by spending the week you get back carefully preserving your memories of it. I love this Pass Stamps Self-Adhesive Album from Paperchase (which I actually own, full of Madrid and Valencia pics!) because it’s perfect for mixing photos and paper souvenirs such as tickets and maps.
  6. And finally, if you’re always on the move, then you’ll something suitably travel chic to protect your laptop. I love this Paper Plane Parcel Design Laptop Sleeve available from Campus Gifts. 

Click here to see all my Christmas Gift Guides 2012.

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