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10 Gifts for Well-Traveled Wanderers

We could all use a little help pulling loose ends together come the holidays. So this year I thought we’d offer up a little holiday shopping cheat sheet, Two Little Limes style. Grab your Santa hat and take a peek at what we’ve rustled up for all the global citizens and well-traveled wanderers on your list . . .

Swahili block set via Uncle Goose

All global travelers need a good journal to keep their observations, to-do lists, and long distance access numbers. These are from a new London-based paper atelier, Fanciful Pages, and they are stunning! Each brightly colored cloth journal is hand bound by a French bookbinder and embellished with gold foil on the cover, a bookmark of polka-dotted ribbon, and contrasting elastic closure. They come in brilliant green, royal blue, sunshine yellow, bubblegum pink, and baby blue, each with different covers, and they take custom orders. $55 each.

Cloth bound journals via Etsy/FancifulPages

Traveling fashionistas will swoon for the fold-over clutches from Gaia, Empowered Women. Not only are they on-trend, easy to pack, and fabulously put together with their suede tassels, of-the-moment ethnic fabrics, and luscious leather backing, but they’re sewn by refugee women here in Dallas. You can also buy a chain for them if you prefer yours cross-body style. $148.

Foldover Clutch from Gaia Empowered Women

No global chic home is complete without some textile love on the tabletop. These handwoven placemat and matching napkin gift set from Two Little Limes make quite a statement with its glorious colors and pom-pom trim.  Artisan-made in Guatemala, they come in a variety of patterns and colors, so you can mix and match to your heart’s content on their website (or even split up the set and just do napkins or placemats). A set of four napkin/placemat pairs runs $134.

Placemat + Napkin set from Two Little Limes

Paris is always a good idea. Help your favorite Francophile show their love and support with this beautiful watercolor print of the Eiffel Tower rendered in florals. A touching tribute if ever there was, you can’t help but smile and appreciate the beauty of the City of Light through this lovely print from Be Wild And Free. $14 for a 5x7, other sizes available.

Floral Print via Etsy/BeWildAndFree

Have a crafty friend or need an activity to keep little hands busy while you wrap gifts?  Try these laser cut wooden ornaments from Latvia. Tiny Lizard Gifts offers a wide selection that includes birch plywood snowflakes ready for painting, woodburning, or other decoration as well as cross-stitch blanks with endless pattern opportunities. They make great gift tags or pendants too. Sets start at $2.50 and $5.00 and can even be purchased in a wholesale lot of 100.

Laser Cut Ornaments via Etsy/TinyLizardGifts

You don't need to be a toddler to appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship, design-first aesthetics, or educational value of these incredible alphabet blocks from Uncle Goose, which come in not one, not two, but twenty-five languages!  Greek, Spanish, Dutch, Maori, Hebrew, Hindi, Chinese, Arabic, German, Swahili (pictured above), English, and even Cherokee and Egyptian hieroglyphic symbols, just to name a few. Sets of 28 or 32 blocks are made in Michigan of sustainable basswood, embossed, and printed with non-toxic inks. You can even order a wagon or keepsake bag, and don't get me started on the nautical, Braille, Periodic table, and Presidential blocks. Sets start at $38 and $43.

Portuguese blocks from Uncle Goose

It's easy to recall lazy afternoons swaying under the branches of some exotic locale while enjoying your very own hammock or hanging chair here at home.  Give the gift of soothing movement that's as design-friendly as it is comfortable with a leisure option from Two Little Limes. Handmade of 100% cotton in a variety of colors from natural or dove gray to jade green or bright fuchsia, both feature distinctive hand-tied macrame fringe and are oversized for added comfort. Chairs run $350 and hammocks, $444.

Handmade hammocks & hanging chairs from Two Little Limes

There's nothing quite like sending a letter through the mail when you're away from home.  It may arrive after you, but all those foreign stamps make the receipt of it so sweet. . . particularly when it's sent on paper as fresh as this. Color Box Letterpress makes beautiful notecards with painted edges and envelopes lined in cheeky designs. I personally love the cat eyeglasses in hot pink and black, the green and blue succulents, and the pink & orange pineapples. Hint, hint. $28/set of 6.

Letterpress notecards via Color Box Letterpress

Lastly, a few stocking stuffers.  I've never been much for salt & pepper shakers myself, but I changed my mind when I saw the ones available this year from Cost Plus World Market. It's just too much cute! The price is right and the selection can't be beat for a conversation piece: New York, Italy, Paris, England, India, Mexico, China, Japan, and even some adorable French bulldogs.  $9.99 per set.

Salt cellars via World Market

Know someone who could use some help mastering the art of chopsticks? These flamingo-and-giraffe trainers are the best! We have the buddy version for our kids, but only because I didn't know the animal set existed. I'd stuff stockings with these babies in a heartbeat. $7.98 for a set of 2.

Chopsticks trainers from World Market

I hope this helps lighten your shopping load this winter! Let me know what you think of these ideas and if you've run across any great gifts for your favorite wanderer... I'm always on the lookout!

This post contains some affiliate links, but all opinions are my own. No free product was received as part of this or other editorial.

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  • Nov 24, 2015

    Great and fun ideas. Thanks for doing this.

    — dave keller

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