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8 Travel Gift Ideas For The Grounded Jet-Setter

The best travel gifts for jet setters are the items that inspire forthcoming trips, capture memories, bring comfort, or are useful for when on-the-go. And, while travel looks a bit different right now, it doesn’t mean world wanderers have stopped dreaming of new destinations to visit in the future or past ones worth remembering. Keep reading to learn about the best gifts for right now, whether it’s something advantageous for trips in the outdoors, a meaningful present to give—or keep—for a special occasion, holiday, or birthday, or something to satiate wanderlust.

For the Hygge Inspired

New on the scene, is the collaboration between Utah’s High West, the state’s very first whiskey distillery, and Coaltree, the eco-centric outdoor gear and apparel company. This power duo has created the High West X Coalatree Kachula Adventure Blanket, made with sustainability in mind with 100% recycled materials. And, if all that weren’t enough, $30 from every blanket sold will be donated to support the conservation efforts of the largest nature reserve in the continental U.S., the American Prairie Reserve. The blanket converts into a travel pillow, poncho, or outdoor blanket. Package the blanket, along with High West’s American Prairie Bourbon, for a fun gift.

 For the Travel Loving Chef

Many folks have been spending more time in the kitchen, creating homespun meals instead of going out to eat, and they’ve been learning how to follow new recipes with diverse ingredients. Why not try hand-harvested sustainable sea salt from Iceland’s remote Westfjords region, a large peninsula in the northwestern part of the country? Saltverk creates unique flavors—Arctic Thyme, Birch Smoked, Lava, Flaky, Licorice, and Seaweed—made with geothermal energy, which leaves a zero carbon footprint on the environment. Add the salt to fish, fresh bread, caramels, or homemade chips and dream of visiting The Land of Fire and Ice someday in the future.

For the Active Outdoorsperson

Spending time in the outdoors, walking among the trees and breathing in fresh air, is how many people are getting through quarantine. It’s now more important than ever to protect our health, be active outside, and find ways to support our wellbeing, even when the weather gets crisper. Micheal Kleinwort, founder of kora, first came face-to-face with a yak during a Himalayan trek. He saw a way to support the nomadic culture, which depends on the yak for income, by developing the wool fibers into performance fabric that insulates, breathes, and wicks. Since 2018, kora has been the go-to brand for antimicrobial base layers, mid layers, and warm accessories.

For the Wellness Sages

The travel and wellness markets have been buzzing with an on-the-go innovative product: oral spray vitamins from SpectraSpray. Whether you travel for business or fun, your health should never take a back seat. TSA compliant and easy to use without water, you can now get your vitamins whenever, wherever. While jet lag may not be a current-moment problem, getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy immunity, and lowering our stress might be. SpectraSpray, a woman owned and operated small business formed in 2016, uses micro emulsion, absorbing into the body quickly. Consider the B12 Energy, Immune, Multivitamin, Sleep, or Stress all-natural travel-kit sprays.

For the Sweet Tooth

Small batch chocolates, made with high-quality ingredients like single-origin cocoa beans from Madagascar, Tanzania, and Nicaragua, and organic sugar cane and Icelandic milk powder individually sourced directly from farmers, are welcome gifts for many travelers. Omnon, Iceland’s go-to chocolate maker based in Reykjavik, featured on Zac Efron and Darin Olien’s new Netflix docu-series Down to Earth, has a strong company ethos that includes social, environmental, and economic impact accountability. The factory runs exclusively on geothermal energy, making Omnom a prominent sustainable chocolate maker. Get a taste of Iceland through a variety of artisan flavors, wrapped in fun animal prints: coffee and milk, sea salted almonds, raspberry, and more.

For the Board Gamer

From print-and-play travel board games, free from Asmodee, to classic travel board game favorites like Catan Traveler, Ticket to Ride, Match Up, and Story Cubes, hours of entertainment can be had while on the road or at home. Travel gifts are available for a variety of ages and interests—surprise your travel and adventure enthusiast with a board game bundle.   

For the Road-Tripper

Licorice is a Scandinavian favorite and the treat is a perfect pick-me-up while on a road trip in America. Lakrids by Bülow, a luxury Danish confectionery brand, first opened its doors in 2007. Involving the community and spreading the love of licorice has been a company goal since the beginning. In fact, if you wanted to be a part of the Lakrids community, you can do so through the Lakrids Lovers Lab. Suggest new flavors for the lab to test, participate in focus groups, and get perks along the way. Best-selling licorice gifts include chocolate coated, red, habanero, sweet, and salty taste profiles. Try multiple flavors with a Selection Box, an ideal gift for those who love variety.

For the Spa Aficionado

Spending more time at home with family is the modus operandi for most as of late and finding a way to get some alone time is now quite essential. Create an at-home spa day with candles and high-quality hair, bath, and skin products from SPA of ICELAND, developed by Icelandic cosmetics entrepreneurs Haraldur Jóhannsson and Fjóla Gudrun Fridriksdóttir. No matter what you choose to purchase, all products are vegan and locally made with natural ingredients. Iceland is well-known for their geothermal pools, hot springs, and spas and now you can bring the time honored relaxation traditions from Iceland into your own home.

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