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The 2021 Dame Traveler Holiday Gift Guide

I don’t know about you but this holiday season has crept up so fast, I can hardly keep up! But I’m so excited because my favorite time of year – cozy, festive season has arrived and I can’t wait to share all of my favorite items that make for perfect gifts for the Dame Traveler in your life!

Cody Foster Ornaments

These vintage inspired ornaments and decor pieces by Cody Foster are absolutely beautiful and they create ornaments inspired by everything from New York Ctiy to pop culture icons that are currently trending, to your favorite foods, public figures and more. It’s the perfect gift to give if you want to give something personalized and thoughtful!

Global Good Partners Ornaments

A more kid and pet friendly alternative are the  felted wool ornaments by non-profit organization, Global Good Partners are just as adorable and thoughtful. Each one is handcrafted in Kathmandu, Nepal, by women artisans and they offer tons of creations. Buy a gift and feel like you’re giving back! My tree this year is NYC themed so these are my favorites!

“Give your friends and family a gift that has the power to lift women out of poverty and bring lasting positive change to artisans and their families around the world.” – Global Good Partners


Ceramic Coasters Manufactured in Turkey by a Woman Owned-Etsy Shop

These stunning Turkish/Persian coasters made by Cemre of the TheCGCShop are absolutely gorgeous and make for the perfect, unique gift for the culture lover in your life. The prints are stunning and they’re so well made and made out of tin.


Finally! A fragrance that doesn’t small like my grandma’s powder room. I’ve never really been a fan of fancy fragrances. I always found them too expensive and just too much. Pretentious floral scents and brands that just didn’t do it for me. That is, until I discovered Snif. They make for the perfect gift for so many reasons. They’re affordable, the scents are incredible, the packaging is modern and uber cool and they offer an at-home trial period that starts the day your package is delivered. You’ll have 7 days to smell and test the mini sample fragrances or candles inside before you commit.Your at-home trial period starts the day your package is delivered. You’ll have 7 days to smell and test the mini sample fragrances or candles inside before you commit. Amazing!

Advanced Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy by SolaWave

For the skincare lover in your life, the SolaWave Wand is ideal for the ultimate at-home spa facial. It helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, blemishes, and dark spots. and de-puffs, as well as energizes the skin in as little as 5 minutes per day, 3 times per week!

Stationary and Planner by American Made Brand, Appointed

For the organized traveler on the go, we love Appointed products, especially the gorgeous En Route Jotter Set with travel-inspired gold foil details on the perfectly sized journals along with their gorgeous and responsibly sourced pens that come in so many beautiful colors. And lastly, the 2022 Year Task Planner to help plan our the adventures ahead.

Manta Healthy Hair Brush

There’s nothing worse than jet lag bed head after a long-haul flight and rushing to get all the tangles out before you disembark from the plane. But luckily, we discovered the incredible and stylish Manta Healthy Hair Brush that safely gets tangles out in a breeze. The compact, light and travel friendly brush minimizes breakage and even comes with a little brush protection bag to keep it safe while you’re traveling. It doesn’t hurt to give yourself a stimulating scalp massage while you’re at it!

Armbrust USA Surgical Masks

With the new variant slowly taking over and the unpredictability of the world we live in, it’s better to be safe than sorry and wearing a mask (in addition to getting vaccinated) is the best way to do that. My all-time favorite masks are the black Armbrust USA masks. Their a perfect fit, are so well made and the black color matches everything I wear. They also have a rainbow pack for more fun colors. Made in the USA.


I’ve been using plastic bags to pay smaller items for years now because it was the only way to pack light and reduce space until I discovered the amazing ZipTop containers which are also light and more sustainable than using ZipLock bags. They make for the perfect practical gift for the traveler in your life! They’re also great for the home as well. Buy 1 Get 1 50% off (sets only) + $25 gift certificate for every $120 spent from Dec 3rd – 12th!


For the beauty product lover on the go in your life, we love PURA D’OR. Manufactured in sunny Southern California, PURA D’OR is dedicated in providing sustainable and friendly products that uses renewable energy and recyclable packaging. Some of our favorite products include the 4oz Castor Oil and Bonus Brush Kit – 100% Pure USDA Organic and the 25% Vitamin C Serum with Derma Roller.

BLUNT Metro Umbrella

No umbrella out there is better made than a BLUNT umbrella. We love the Metro, a small compact umbrella for easy travel.

MATE The Label

This is my all-time favorite brand because I love and respect everything they stand for. Check out their MATE Eight below.

The MATE Eight

1. Clean

We uphold a strict list of restricted substances to ensure that carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and other toxins are kept out of our supply chain and off your body. By using Organic materials and non-toxic dyes, both our customers and supply chain MATEs stay safe and protected.

2. Essential

We believe the best way to limit your impact is to buy quality goods that will last a lifetime. That’s why we make seasonless styles that are meant to be worn every single day, year-round. From our designs to our color palette, we strive to create well-loved, well-worn pieces that stand the test of time.

3. Organic

We use Organic yarns and dyes so that people and the planet are not exposed to harmful pesticides. Sourcing Organic improves the full lifecycle of our products—from farms, to garment workers, to customers, and back to the soil.

4. Ethical

When we say we create safe, comfortable, and fair working environments, it applies far beyond our headquarters. Everyone in our supply chain—farmers, garment workers, and recyclers—must be treated with respect, and must make responsible choices when it comes to carbon emissions, water use, and chemical use.

5. Women-Centered

MATE is a company founded by women, run by women, and focused on making products for all women—through every stage of life. (Even though Mini MATE looks super cute on the boys, we all know girls run the world.)

6. Plastic Free

Life in plastic . . . not so fantastic. That’s why we’ve eliminated all the plastic in our labels and packaging, and even developed MOVE by MATE which only uses 8% spandex (significantly less synthetic fibers than typical activewear.) You won’t ever find polyester, nylon, or polyamide in our products.

7. Circular

The best MATEs are the ones that come back around. Through our recycling program, we take your old garments back and give them new life as another MATE product. We also collect all of the cutting scraps from our factories and incorporate them into new MATE products with the help of a mechanical fiber recycler.

8. Local

We have deep roots in the LA apparel community and we wouldn’t give them up for the world. We believe in making longstanding partnerships in our local communities to support LA garment workers and reduce transportation emissions. All our goods are knitted, cut, sewn, and dyed in LA, often no more than 15 miles from our office.

Airline Compliant and Stylish Pet Carrier by Wild One

The Pet Carrier by Wild One is e such a great gift for the travel lover in your life that has a pet (or got a pet during the pandemic like many of us!). The bag is probably the most stylish pet carrier I’ve ever seen. We love the Spruce Green color. The bag also opens up and turns into a canopy with a comfy travel mat! This is def a first-class seat for the ultimate traveling pet.

Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure

And for the ultimate gift for the travel lover in your life, our book, Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure published last year is packed with inspiring destinations, insider tips, stories, photographs and more!



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