Welcome to the second edition of The Feel Good Gift Guide, which highlights some of the best gifts for travelers in your life.
There are so many gifts for travelers on the market, and will soon be an onslaught of online gift guides for travelers. But, this guide is different.
Below, you will find only sustainable gifts that are either locally sourced or give back to communities. So, keep that special traveler (or travelers) in mind and get shopping for the holiday season today and give the travelers in your life something special! And, people who know me, these are ALL excellent gifts for a certain person you know.
It may add (the tiniest) bit of weight to a backpack, but what’s better than showing some hometown pride for a traveler out exploring the world. These light-weight T-shirts from Home T are super soft and the rage right now with celebs like Amy Schumer. They’re made in the USA and 10 percent of all profits go to multiple sclerosis research | Buy it now
Embrace the California lifestyle. No&Yo has created a line of outdoor clothing that is handprinted in California. The company is sustainable from the Social Equity perspective and only purchases from companies which are WRAP certified (meaning products are made in safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing conditions). In addition, they donate a portion of profits each year to a charity. Have a charity you’d like to see them support? Be sure to suggest it! Save 20 percent on your order today with the special code, DTR20. | Buy it now
For those who go nuts waiting in airport security lines, C4 has created a way to get people through quicker. The C4 belts are 100 percent vegan friendly, 100 percent recyclable and made of plastic, which means travelers can keep them on when clearing security at the airport. These mix-and-match belt straps and buckles come in a wide range of color combinations, prints and can even feature custom designs. Even better — every purchase of a C4 Belt gives customers a way to give back. Scan in the barcode included in the belt box and Choose Your Cause. In addition, the company supports The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Captain Planet Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of America and the Human Rights Campaign. Want to win your own C4 belt? See below! | Buy it now
Sandals that weigh next to nothing and take up just as little space in the luggage? It exists. Xero Shoes weigh 70 percent less than other sandals (and use far less material) and are only 6mm thick, plus they last up to 5,000 miles. Fashioned after the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico, Xero donates 10 percent of the revenue from the shoes to the Tarahumara Childrens Hospital Fund. | Buy it now
All the way from the La Guajira peninsula in northern Colombia, these handwoven and gorgeously colorful bracelets are one-of-a-kind. Embellished with Swarovski crystals, these bracelets are created to reflect the Wayuu lifestyle. Purchasing one of these beauties means a portion of the proceeds go directly back to the Wayuu tribe and provide social programs to help empower the women in their communities. Save $25 off your total order of $150 or more on Wanderlista.com, plus free standard shipping in the US by using DianaWanders15 when you order | Buy it now
The lovely women behind G Thingz, “G,” has been crafting gorgeous handmade items for years. For her, it’s all about finding stones and beads to work together and than creating each item. Made in Turkey, these little pieces of jewelry come with love, and give directly back to the artisan. They’re easy to tuck into carry-on and add a nice little slice of pretty to any outfit. I’ve got a stack of ’em and love them. | Buy it now
Stand out on the road! These gorgeous works of art are all handmade by Mike Edelman (yup, he’s my brother, and yup, this is a shameless plug, but he’s super talented) using recycled metal and copper. Forged in the mountains of western Maryland, this wearable art adds a statement and gets attention on the road. “Hey, that’s a gorgeous necklace. Where’d you get it?” Instant friend. | Buy it now
What happens to life jackets stowed under the seats in airplanes once the plane retires? Instead of going into a landfill, Hipcycle takes these colorful vests and repurposes them into bright messenger bags. With an adjustable shoulder strap, the bags make an ideal place to stow laptops and more when carrying on. Save 10 percent on the Life Vest line from Hipcycle Black Friday through Christmas by entering DTRAVELS | Buy it now Regardless or whether or not the traveler in your life is vegan, Create&Case has created some gorgeous, cruelty-free vegan leather tech accessories, purses and bags. Each product features unique artwork designed by artists from all over the world, and a percentage of every sale goes directly back to them. Use the special promotion code DTRAVELS now through Dec. 5 to save 20 percent on any order on CreateandCase.com. | Buy it now For travelers who take their laptops with them on the road, a protective case is important. Enter Looptworks Hoptu Laptop Sleeve. Created with excess neoprene from the wetsuit industry, the case features a zip closure and two small zippered pockets for earphones and a charger. The company offers plenty of other great travel gifts, mostly made from recycled leather (like airplane seats from Southwest). Feeling lucky? Enter to win your own Laptop Sleeve! Save 20 percent off all Looptwork’s neoprene products by entering DTRAVELS when you check out. | Buy it now Everyone needs to stay hydrated. However, the world doesn’t need more plastic bottles doing to landfills. The Cotopaxi BPA-free Agua Bottles help eliminate plastic consumption. The double-walled stainless steel bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot up to 12. Each product is backed by a Human Lifespan Guarantee, guaranteed to last a whopping total of 61 years. The company is the first-ever Venture Backed Benefit Corporation and help fund sustainable poverty relief and nonprofits addressing needs of those living in extreme poverty. | Buy it now The Turkish towel is one of the best gifts to give travelers. Why? Because it is so much more than a towel. Made of light-weight and quick-drying materials, these towels can be used as blankets, sarongs and more. Findiki Design recently partnered with a Turkish family which has been making these peshtemals for generations, to give travelers this popular item that helps out locally. Using 100 percent natural Turkish cotton, the most popular take on the towel is the Denizli, which, unlike other Turkish towels, gets softer — not harder — over time. Enter to win your own towel below! | Buy it now Know a traveler who loves the outdoors? Then, gift them the WakaWaka Power+, a rugged solar lamp and charger that provides up to 150 hours of LED light with a single charge from the sun. What’s more, the lamp/charger can also provide a full charge to smartphones, cameras and other gear via a USB port. With every WakaWaka purchase, you give one child or family living without power access to both light and power. The company works with the International Rescue Committee to get solar power into the hands of those who need it most and recently launched The Virtual Grid, a pay-as program in Rwanda that provides affordable electricity. | Buy it now
Most female travelers have a beauty regime, even if its something simple. Enter Wonderland Organics. These vegan serums and lotions are handmade in San Jose, Calif. from organic ingredients and essential oils. Even the packaging is sustainable; it comes in an eco-friendly, opaque glass bottle). Grab the sampler kit for easy stashing in a purse or backpack. Enter “samples” code when you checkout and save 10 percent and get free shipping | Buy it now Don’t let TSA requirements get the traveler in your life down. Grab some TSA-approved shampoo bars from the folks over at Riverdance Soapworks. These little gems are made in small batches by the Washington-based company that uses green production techniques with no hazardous materials created or released into the environment. Save 15 percent off your order with SUSTAINABLE15 |Buy it now
What traveler doesn’t dig maps/globes? The MOVA Globe isn’t just a globe to sit idly on a bookshelf. Inside this orb are solar cells that enable the globe to move silently. Each globe is handcrafted and made with recyclable materials, and makes a gorgeous addition to a room. It comes in a variety of colors, styles and sizes | Buy it now
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Forget spending those hard-earned bucks on wine while in-transit. FlyWine makes the perfect gift for any wine-loving globetrotter. Packaged in single serving, 100mL TSA-Friendly bottles, these little personal wine stashes are easily stashed and even more easily consumed. Sourced from from sub-AVA Vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, FlyWine partners with respected vintners and charities to fundraise $1 per bottle (roughly 15 percent of each sale) to their In Good Taste program. Past recipients include DogIsMyCoPilot, Family Services of Napa Valley, Do it For the Love Foundation and Roots of Peace | Buy it now While it won’t grant you foreign residency, environmentally-mind travelers can help be a part of eco-conservation with Highland Titles. An innovator in land preservation, purchase a souvenir plot of land in Lochaber, Scotland and help rescue the woodlands, as well as provide funding for tree planting, maintenance and acquisition of land at risk of development. Bonus points: this little plot of land provides the legal use of the Scottish title Laird, Lord or Lady and comes with a legal deed, Master Title Deed, map to find out how to reach the plot of land (which ranges from one square foot to 1,000), a bumper sticker and more | Buy it now Every traveler should have some form of insurance while traveling the world. The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers is a nonprofit organization that offers gift memberships for a cool $25. The gift membership provides the traveler to travel health information and a network of reputable English-speaking doctors around the world. Funds raised through the purchase of these memberships support travel health programs and the organization’s IAMAT Scholarship Fund that helps doctors and nurses from countries where travel medicine is not well established to train abroad | Buy it now But … what’s my ultimate favorite gift for travelers? It’s sustainable. It’s sexy. It’s animal-friendly. And, it’s pocket-sized and perfect for travelers. Can you guess what it is? Here’s the answer.
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