Welcome back to We Hear by Travel Savvy. I’m your host Paula Keung.
Today I’d like to talk about gift ideas for people who love to travel. Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s important to give mama something memorable, something that screams thanks mom to the woman who has cooked countless meals and folded endless loads of your laundry. She’s loved every art project you ever made and always tells you how perfect you are. Well let’s pick out a thoughtful gift that shows her how much you love her too. First, let’s consider what mom needs. I like this crushable, packable straw hat by J. Crew. It’s made of a very malleable raffia, so it retains its shape very well and the style is classic enough for everyday use but it’ll dress up or down depending on the occasion. Plus, it’s under $50 so it’s not a budget buster. For a sentimental touch, how about choosing this beautiful scratch-off map by Utah artist, Kristen Douglas.
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These handmade Waypoint wanders maps are beautifully rendered in watercolor and foil and we love the idea of scratching off the tops to reveal the colorful hand-painted destinations underneath. You can choose a world map, a US map, or a European version and they run about $30 each. It’s a super creative way to commemorate all the places you’ve been together or to showcase the places she’ll be going to. Find Kristin’s beautiful work at www.waypointwanders .com or at KristenDouglasArt.com. If you want to splurge on something special, we love the idea of gifting a smart piece of luggage. AWAY is a luggage brand that has built an excellent reputation on producing thoughtfully designed, top end carry ons that feature a built-in charging station. AWAY also makes a soft tote called the Everything bag that’s sized just right to fit under the seat in front of you.
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This isn’t your average travel tote. At 2.6 pounds, it’s lightweight and it includes smart touches such as a back flap that secures on to your trolley handle to keep it from sliding around, a padded built-in laptop sleeve, lots of separate compartments, and different pockets to preserve your sanity and keep you organized, and a waterproof compartment on the bottom that stows an umbrella and keeps it away from your belongings if you’ve used it during a rainstorm. At $195, this sleek smart bag is a no-brainer for someone who loves to travel in style, but appreciates functionality and usability. And my final gift idea is this week’s giveaway item. It’s the Polaroid Snaptouch Instant digital camera. Yep it’s digital, but it prints your pics on the fly. I love the rainbow of colors you can choose from and I really like that it has three color modes, black and white, color, and vintage sepia. Editing options let you add filters, stickers, and borders before hitting print. It’s also Bluetooth compatible and has an automatic timer and selfie mirror for more photo opportunities.
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This is truly the perfect travel camera for Mom. It’s easy to use, it’s fun, and she’s going to like the instant gratification of being able to print pictures on the go. As far as how you can package it, I was thinking of something a little bit more personalized. In my carry-on, I always tuck a soft bag with stuff I like to have on hand while I’m on the go. Inside mine I keep a tide pen, hand lotion, lip balm, and a pack of gum or some disposable toothbrushes, because nothing needs clean teeth and fresh breath. So in the spirit of something akin to a care package, like mom used to send you while you’re away at camp, how about picking out a cute soft sided zippered pouch, like this one, which I got on Amazon and filling it with a handful of things she’ll need on her next trip, like a travel size lotion, perhaps a few first aid items, maybe a hand sanitizer, and this Polaroid camera.
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The pouch will run you about 10 to 15 dollars and I’ve seen the camera for around 120 dollars at different online retailers. Hand her the pouch and show her how much thought you put into putting together her gift. Now for the giveaway. Like this post and comment below about the gift you liked best from today’s roundup and you’ll be entered to win this camera and one pack of Polaroid printing paper.
I can only ship in the US and only to physical addresses, so please keep that in mind. Also stick around to the end of this post for this week’s travel joke. That’s it for this week’s We Hear. Travel Savvy and see you next time! Here’s today’s travel joke. Where do cows go on vacation? To Mooooo York!.