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Men often proclaim that Women are difficult to shop for no matter the occasion. I don’t know how true that statement is because I think that I’m incredibly easy to buy for and hey, you can’t go wrong with something shiny and sparkly… or a plane ticket. (wink)

If plane tickets and jewellery are out of your price range OR if these are too predictable and unoriginal, allow me to share my Holiday Gift Guide 2013 with you. These suggestions may make the travelling Women in your life happy, and hopefully, SHE won’t be returning it in January!

Holiday Gift Guide 2013 – #1 – Shold it

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I haven’t seen a Sholdit Clutch Wrap Purse in person myself, but I’ve heard great things about it from my friends over at Frugal First Class Travel and Under the Yew Tree. Here’s a hint to the hubby – I want one!.

Think of it as the scarf/shawl/purse all-in-one. Multi-useful this would work well in your travels while in transit to “hide” your secret money stash or passport and would keep you warm on the plane. It would also be useful at home when running errands to keep you hands-free. I also love that it comes in different colours, fabrics and weights and you can wear it in many different ways.

Another plus is that the infinity style of scarf is very trendy and fashion forward right now!


Holiday Gift Guide 2013 – #2 – Packing Cubes

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The Sea to Summit Travelling Light Garment Mesh Bag are perfect for any traveller and not just the female traveller. How cute would it be to tuck a little something special and sparkly into these babies for a little extra surprise or even just a box of chocolates!

I’ve used these for a while, and a few different manufacturers produce them, but I love the lightweight rip-stop fabric ones by Sea to Summit. They come in a variety of colours to further help you separate and organise your belongings. Just think, you can use a purple one for daughter and a blue one for son OR green for clean and red for dirty and having an organised suitcase is a good thing (or so says Martha Stewart).

Here’s a tip. Measure your suitcase before you buy so that you can make sure which size cube fits best.


Holiday Gift Guide 2013 – #3 – Rejuvahealth Compression Legwear

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You may be thinking, “my wife/girlfriend/daughter/mum, etc. is going to freak if I get her compression stockings!”

But, hear me out – long flights or sitting in a car/train/bus for extended periods of time are not good for the venous system in your legs and you don’t want her legs to get varicose veins or spider veins do you? Deep Vein Thrombosis and blood clots are a dangerous part of travelling.

Besides, Rejuvahealth doesn’t make boring beige clinical-looking compression socks and stockings. These beauties come in adorable patterns and colours and come in a multitude of styles from socks, to thigh highs, to pantyhose, to leggings.

Check the review Keeping your Legs Healthy when Travelling with Rejuvahealth Compression Stockings


Holiday Gift Guide 2013 – #4 – Lug bags

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I love their bags – the bright colours, the multitude of pockets but I especially love the thought and care that goes into the design of every piece such as a fleece-lined pocket for your cell phone.

I have their cable car bag in bright purple and love the messenger style for home and travel, and I know that Sharon over at Dream Travel Magazine loves the sprout bag in hot pink.

What makes the puddle jumper (as shown in the photo) a favourite is the extra detail of having a spot to tuck shoes or “soiled” items so that they are away from clean items inside the bag. Ideal for going to the gym at home or for use as a carry-on when travelling.

Lug Puddle Jumper


Holiday Gift Guide 2013 – #5 – Travel Size Pampering Products

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What woman doesn’t love some pampering?

A great gift item is travel sized versions of her favourite products — just take a peak in her cosmetic bag/medicine cabinet so that you know what she likes.

If you are still stumped, you can’t go wrong with ANY product from L’Occitane (based in France). Their products are luxurious, sweet-smelling and contain essential oils and natural ingredients to calm, de-stress and moisturise. My personal favourite is the Shea Butter Hand Cream. At this time of year, they offer a lot of gift sets.


Hope we provided some useful suggestions to help with your shopping!

This is the last article in our series of Holiday Gift Guides for 2013.
Check our article for the Tech Traveller by Tech Guru Martin.
Check our article for the Male Traveller by Boy Wonder Jamie.
 

So, what are you buying the Female Traveller in your life?