Gift Guide for Traveling Women.
“Do you think Santa is going to find us in Malaysia?”, asked Bailey.
She’s a smart 11-year-old and suspends the belief that many her age has decided to forego. It may be a bit contrived, but who cares. You either believe or you don’t believe. Her mother and I are still believers. So, I’m glad she has followed suit.
Earlier today, she and I left her mother to work at home and took a stroll under the hot Malaysian sun. We walked with the intent to get some exercise but ended up spending the better part of the day taking a respite from the heat in the malls on Gurney Drive, the most coveted address in Penang.
We were told by our Uber driver that the climate shifts a bit this time of year and we are going to experience cooler climes. Today, however, there was no semblance of any seasonal change. There were even fewer signs that Santa actually comes here. We did encounter a tinsel-laden artificial tree in a pharmacy on the basement level of the mall, right next to the Iced Kacang stand (Malaysian shaved ice dessert, looking very much like snow) which gave us hope.
Our friends have been posting photos on various social media channels, the splendor that is Autumn in New York. I am fully aware that we will be the envy of all our friends come January when Winter takes its toll on the Northeast corridor of the United States, but until then, we are left to feel a tad envious of them.
We are travelers, and travel is what we do. Yes, there is the hazard of being left to feel sentimental here and there, but the ever changing climate within us, especially within our child, is a true gift.
“Yes, Bailey, Santa does come to Malaysia”.
For the Santa in all of us, here are some gift giving ideas, curated by Dish Our Town, for the traveler in you and the traveler in your life:
Before on-line check in, before long lines at security, before athletic wear was acceptable to go out in, getting on an airplane was a reason for people to dressed up and look their best. The late ’50s into the early ’70s were the height of flying in style. Those days are gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pay tribute to it. I think these pouches, with that Pan American aesthetic, do the trick. An excellent gift for the classy girl in your life.
“Eat Well and Travel Often”. Show me a traveler that doesn’t live by these words.
The Three Wise Men wandered quite a distance, but they knew where they were going. “Not all who Wander are Lost”.
Maybe it’s your co-worker, or cousin, or best friend’s wife that you don’t know very well, or your aunt, or mother in-law, and you want to give them a gift, something meaningful, but not too personal. I’ve always found these tin cookies from Yoku Moku a charm. The tins are yearly limited editions and are collectables (which means you have a theme from here onward) and the cookies themselves would make Santa late for his next delivery.
Great Wine, Great Cheese, High Fashion, Wonderful Museums, Beautiful Parks, and the Best Bread on Earth. “Paris is Always a Good Idea”. This Christmas, give someone you love a trip to the City of Lights, and for the rest, give them this mug.
You can’t go to Paris without the right luggage. Give the Traveler in your life the perfect gift Luggage from Delsey of Paris. How appropriate is that? We used ours on many trips, including Paris.
Maybe the idea is to go somewhere warm for the Holidays. Here’s a couple of totes for the beach. Or maybe there is a fan of traveling to Italy in your family or circle of friends, these two happen to have wonderful images from Milan and the Cinque Terre. Not just useful, but thoughtful at that.
Nothing a traveler loves more than to read about travel while traveling. Here’s an excellent read to consider.
As parents, few things are more special than keepsakes that remind us of our children. Some of the best moments of our lives are when we travel with our child, and every once in a while we like to look and read things that help us remember those wonderful memories. Years from now, it’s our children that are going to want to remember those moments with us. Keep your stubs, write about your journey, and remind this and the generations to come, the joys that come with travel.
Few items are as perfect a travel accessory as a scarf. A bit chilly, scarf. A bit underdressed, scarf. Easy Gift, scarf. We always bring a scarf each in our carry-on.
Now that flying is often quicker and cheaper to travel, especially in S.E. Asia, we’ve all invested on good compression socks to keep the blood circulating in cramp seats. Below is the one I found in REI and love it.
Here’s another gift guide for women you may be interested in from our friend, Emily Luxton: WHAT TO BUY SOMEONE GOING TRAVELLING
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