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2015 TRAVEL WELL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

40+ PRODUCTS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOU AND GOOD FOR THE WORLD

TRAVEL & ADVENTURE  |  FITNESS  |  COOKING & NUTRITION  |  WELLNESS  |  LIFE & STYLE

During the holiday season, it’s more important than ever to be conscious of where we shop and what we buy. That’s why every year we put together a list of our favorite things that match our mission of health and sustainability for people and the world we explore. This year we’ve curated 40+ products we love that are good for you, good for the planet and good for communities in need.

Better still, this gift guide reaches farther than your Christmas shopping list. Bookmark this link and come back all year-round for Travel Well-approved products you’ll love and companies who’ve earned your business.

 


 

TRAVEL & ADVENTURE

STONE + CLOTH TOTE

GIFT AT GIVES BACK

Stone + Cloth’s fashionable bags not only make for the perfect durable travel companion, every purchase also provides 25 hours of classroom learning with the Knock Foundation.

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BRAUDEL SOLAR CHARGER

STOCKING STUFFER  |  ECO-FRIENDLY

Protect your phone and give it some much-needed extra juice anywhere with this Braudel Solar Panel phone case. No outlets required.

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SHOLDIT INFINITY POCKET SCARF

Style meets function with the SHOLDIT clutch scarf. Every traveler knows the importance of keeping your valuables safe and secure on the go, and this infinity scarf gives you flare with zippered pockets to keep your stuff safely hidden and on your person at all times. Plus, ladies can convert the scarf to an easy-to-pack clutch.

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fashionABLE PASSPORT COVER

STOCKING STUFFER  GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

fashionABLE’s products empower women who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to addiction to a lack of opportunity, and the Eyerusalem passport cover is no exception. Named after a heroic women the organization works with, this cover means she is ABLE to take care of her kids.

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ESPEROS LAPTOP BAG

GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

Business travelers and digital nomads everywhere know a good laptop bag is critical to their travels, and the ethically-made Voyager messenger bag is designed just for them. Plus, ESPEROS donates 10% of each sale to help fund one year of education for a child in the developing world through The Nobelity Project.

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NOKERO SOLAR LIGHT

ECO-FRIENDLY

Give the outdoor adventurers in your life the gift of light with this solar light from Nokero, which lasts up to 15 hours on a single day’s charge from the sun.

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UPCYCLED TENT TRAVEL TOILETRY ORGANIZER

ECO-FRIENDLY

Every traveler needs a durable and compact organizer for toiletries and other essentials, and the upcycled tent toiletry bag gives them just that plus the added consciousness for sustainability.

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MOLESKINE (RED) JOURNAL

STOCKING STUFFER  |  GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

Every traveler needs a notebook, whether for important notes or jotting down their favorite adventures. Every purchase of Moleskine’s (RED) notebook gives 5% of the retail price to the Global Fund to fight AID, which could provide over 3 days of life-saving medication.

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FITNESS

HEADSWEATS PERFORMANCE HAT

Headsweats performance headwear goes the extra mile in two things runners need and love most: comfort and safety.

Read more: How to Choose the Right Running Hydration System, Socks, and Headwear

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AFFIRMATS YOGA MAT

Make your athlete or yogi friend smile every time they unroll with Affirmats. Every yoga mat comes printed with an empowering message to bring a positive light to every workout.

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FITKIT HOPE

GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

The FitKit is a great portable workout system for travelers and anyone on the go. FitKit donates 25% of all HOPE proceeds to breast cancer research and emphasizes the importance of fitness and nutrition in breast cancer prevention and re-occurrence.

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FEETURES! PERFORMANCE SOCKS

STOCKING STUFFER

Socks are small but mighty. Fitness buffs love high performance socks, and Feetures has you covered.

Read more: How to Choose the Right Running Hydration System, Socks, and Headwear

 

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MIIR BICYCLE

GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

When you give a Miir Bike, you’re not only giving them an active, eco-friendly and free way to get from point A to point B, you’re helping someone in need do the same! Miir donates new and refurbished bikes, field mechanics and bicycle parts to those in need.

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FLIPBELT

STOCKING STUFFER

This handy belt stores phones, keys, chews and other small necessities in a sleek and soft belt with a reflective logo that’s perfect for running, cycling and other workouts.

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CROSSROPE WEIGHTED JUMP ROPE

Add some extra burn to your recipient’s workouts with a weighted jump rope set. Crossrope’s systems come with steel handles with ball bearings and high strength rope for use that’s much smoother and sturdier than your average jump rope, and they come in a variety of weights to mix up the speed and intensity.

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NATHAN HYDRATION BELT

Hydration is critical to any workout and active life, so make it comfortable and easy for your recipient with NATHAN’s hydration belts and other water bottle systems.

Read more: How to Choose the Right Running Hydration System, Socks, and Headwear

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STRENGTHCRATE

Can’t decide what to get? StrengthCrate allows you to give your recipient a little bit of everything–gear, supplements, lifestyle products and more. You can pick from three boxes: Warm Up, Game Day, or Greatest of All Time (GOAT). Or you can design your own!

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COOKING & NUTRITION

LIFE WITHOUT PLASTIC MEAL CONTAINER

ECO-FRIENDLY

Life Without Plastic supplies countless sustainable, plastic free products for all daily needs, like this stainless steel meal container with removable dividers.

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MODERN SPROUT HERB JARS

ECO-FRIENDLY

Healthy cooking is made much more fun and tasty with fresh herbs, and this stylish reusable mason jar set lets your home cook have some on hand (and display) at all times.

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HARNEY & SONS LOVE LIFE TEA

GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

Tea is a great addition to any daily routine, and this Love Life green tea with strawberry, coconut and vanilla from Harney & Sons gives back with every sip. 50% of the sales from this tea will be donated back to GMHC, an organization fighting to end the AIDS epidemic and uplift the lives of all affected.

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THIS BAG SAVES LIVES

ECO-FRIENDLY  |  GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

This sustainably tote handmade with recycled materials makes a great beach, picnic and shopping companion, and for every bag purchased, a life-saving malaria treatment is provided to someone in need.

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WOODBRIDGE HARVEST WINE SET

GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

This apron and oven mitt set doesn’t just make cooking easier and more stylish (and more fun with a bottle of wine!), 100% of proceeds from this set are donated to AmpleHarvest to feed families in need.

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CANVAS HOME SAVORY SALTS

ECO-FRIENDLY

Give your cook friends a creative way to add another layer of flavor to their favorite dishes with Canvas Home’s handmade and sustainably packaged savory salt blends, like this one with rosemary and lavender.

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FEED KITCHEN WARES

ECO-FRIENDLY  |  GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

When you gift one of these lasting and ecofriendly kitchen goodies from West Elm, FEED provides 10 meals to families in need.

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UNITED BY BLUE SUSTAINABLE CAMPING COFFEE SET

ECO-FRIENDLY  |  GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

Give your outdoor adventurer the gift of coffee anywhere, any time. Plus, United by Blue will remove 1 pound of marine debris from the ocean thanks to your gift!

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WELLNESS

KARI GRAN SKINCARE TRAVEL SAMPLER

ECO-FRIENDLY

Kari Gran Skincare’s eco luxury line of cleansing oils, mineral makeup and other all natural products treat your skin just as much as they care for the environment.

Read our full review of the Kari Gran travel set and why it’s now a permanent part of our daily skincare routine.

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TRIGGERPOINT THERAPY COLLECTIONS

Foam rollers are an exerciser’s best friend when it comes to recovery, and they’re just as helpful for relieving daily aches and pains. For a great intro to foam rolling and self massage, give one of TriggerPoint Therapy’s product and instruction bundles.

Read our review of TriggerPoint’s NANO Foot Roller and see our Introductory Guide to Foam Rolling for more info.

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S+ SLEEP TRACKER

The S+ Sleep Tracker is one of the few trackers that doesn’t require contact to work. Give the gift of better sleep—a critical piece of the health puzzle—with this device that pairs with a smartphone to track patterns and other data.

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LUSH CHARITY POT

ECO-FRIENDLY  |  GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

LUSH’s entire line of ecofriendly personal care products is made in kitchens—not factories—and offers fantastic scents and textures for everyone on your gift list. LUSH donates 100% of the charity pot’s price (minus the taxes) to small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.

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YELLOW LEAF HAMMOCK

ECO-FRIENDLY  |  GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

Who doesn’t like relaxing in a hammock? All of Yellow Leaf’s hammocks follow their three piece mission: Train mothers to weave the world’s best hammocks, spread good times and relaxation around the world, and break the cycle of poverty and build a brighter future.

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GO TAPE

STOCKING STUFFER

GO Tape is another great option for injury prevention, pain reduction and recovery for recipients who could use some extra support and comfort during workouts and daily activities.

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HAND IN HAND SOAP

GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

Soap is a staple never goes to waste, and with Hand in Hand’s selection, washing your hands with one of their delightfully-scented bars provides soap and clean water to those in need.

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AROMATHERAPY LOCKET

STOCKING STUFFER

Aromatherapy is an underrated addition to personal care practices, but it’s made much easier and more stylish with these aromatherapy lockets from Scentered. Customize a locket’s style and therapeutic scent to perfectly match the ladies on your list.

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LIFE & STYLE

WEWOOD WOODEN WATCH

ECO-FRIENDLY

Sustainability meets style with WeWood’s wooden watches that turn discarded wood scraps into wearable works of art and function. WeWood’s impressive selection means there’s something for everyone on your list.

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HEADBANDS OF HOPE

STOCKING STUFFER  GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

Headband of Hope’s selection of fantastic headbands for every occasion from fitness to couture is only made more wonderful by its impressive mission: For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl battling cancer.

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ALEX AND ANI CHARITY BY DESIGN BANGLE

STOCKING STUFFER  GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

Alex and Ani’s collections offer something for every lady on your list, but their Charity by Design series gives something to more than just the wearer, like this The Way Home bangle. Alex and Ani will donate 20% of the purchase price from each one sold, with a minimum donation of $25,000, between October 2015 and December 2016 to The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

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KROCHET KIDS HOODIE

GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

Krochet Kids’ empowers women in poverty stricken areas of the world by employing them and giving them the resources and support to rise above poverty and transform themselves, their families and communities. Not only is every Krochet product is made by hand and signed by the woman who made it, they are a perfect mix of style and comfort for travel and everyday life.

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CAUSEBOX

GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

The subscription box arm of Sevenly, a company that raises money for a new cause every week through the sale of beautifully designed shirts and other products, delivers a surprise box of quality products for a good cause.

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THE HIP HUMANITARIAN COZY BOX

GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

The Hip Humanitarian curates products from companies that are just as focused on ethics, outreach and sustainability as they are on form and function. Their Cozy Box is a perfect mix of fun and meaningful gifts for every woman on your list.

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COTOPAXI JACKET

GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

All jackets are not made equally. Cotopaxi’s jackets are slim, stylish, warm and great for layering, and they’ll stand the test of time for anyone on the go. More importantly, Cotopaxi funds solutions that address the most persistent needs of those living in extreme poverty by giving targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world.

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Cheers to you and yours this holiday season!

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