“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures”
~ Lewis Carroll
WHERE TO NEXT?
Have you finished your holiday shopping yet?
I have not. I usually have plans to be done early, but somehow still have many things left to buy.
In the spirit of helping both me and you, I created this week’s newsletter.
Today is all about gifts! I have collected a variety of “the best of” gift lists and shared them with you below. I have also made my own list by selecting a few items from those lists and combining them with:
- gifts I’ve previously given
- friends’ recommendations
- other gifts I’m giving this year
- things I personally covet
A special shout out to Suzi Curtis, a friend and the owner of Woody’s Mercantile in Woodstock, VT. She has more design sense in the tip of her little finger than I will ever have in a lifetime. Her shop in Woodstock is so beautiful, TikTokers are now using it as their backdrop to showcase the Vermont lifestyle. This year she has an online store – check out her items below or follow her on instagram.
You will find so many inspiring ideas for teens, college kids, friends, spouses and who ever else you want to purchase a gift for.
If you click on the photos, most have links to purchase. None of these are affiliate links – just things I think are terrific!
They range from tiny – perfect for stocking stuffers, to experiential – Sugar Glider Kitchen cooking classes, to gigantic – a 217 foot yacht charter. There is something for everyone!
Personally I think pairing a tangible gift with an experiential one (travel!?) is an ideal combination! And we love helping you come up with creative ideas – just ask!
Simple starter ideas:
- Make an Italian gift basket and pair it with a trip to Tuscany
- Wrap up yoga clothes with a week at a destination spa
- Combine a pair of Ororo heated mittens with a weekend skiing in Aspen
- Gift sunglasses, a beach bag and flip flops with a long weekend in St. Barths or Punta Mita
The possibilities are truly endless!
Caveat – I have purchased/tried/seen many of these, but not all. If you do buy any, would you send me a note and let me know which and how you or the recipient likes it? And if you have other great ideas that aren’t on here, please send them to me – the more the merrier!
I hope you find items that you want to buy for someone (or for yourself – that’s ok too) or I hope these inspire other ideas.
If you are having trouble making a decision, consider taking Gretchen Rubin’s Gift Giving Quiz. Answer 8 questions about the recipient and you’ll learn what types of gifts they appreciate.
And if you love these ideas – please take 3 seconds to share these ideas with your friends! Simply push the forward button on your email. You will receive good karma and a thank you from me.
I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving with your family! Our trip to Mohonk Mountain Lodge was a success. More details to come on that in January when I have more time to write.
I’m now in Santiago. Our flight was on time and uneventful (just how I like them). 10.5 hours from JFK non stop to Santiago is the perfect length of flight to get a full night’s sleep.
I love cities where you can do a proper hike from town and Santiago is one of them (Dubrovnik is another favorite). Yesterday we did an adventurous hike up San Cristóbol Hill and took the teleférico down. Great exercise and beautiful views!
With only two days in the city, I am having trouble narrowing down all of the incredible dining options for our limited meals. Today we have lunch with one of my friends and dinner with another. I’ll have much to share in the coming weeks!
Tomorrow at 3:15am we will be picked up to go to the airport for our flight to Patagonia – an additional 3.5 hours south. A bit early for us but we are so excited!
What places are on your bucket list for 2024?! Don’t just dream about it, plan it!
- The best gift ideas for 2023!
- Other gift guides
Skytrak golf simulator
If, like us, you live in a part of the world where golf is not a year ’round activity, this is a perfect gift! Luckily Jason has a friend with one so he is able to practice even when it’s snowing.
EXPERIENCE: Sugar Glider Kitchen cooking classes
Gesine Bullock Prado lives near us in VT. Her classes are so popular they sell out in minutes. Not only do you get credit for a great gift idea, but also securing something highly coveted. She also has a new cookbook, My Vermont Table.
AWAY Everywhere Zip Backpack
I have three pieces of Away luggage and I’ve been eyeing this one for my new travel backpack. Spacious, comfy straps, laptop compartment, hidden passport pocket and trolley sleeve.
EXPERIENCE: Intro to hang gliding or paragliding lessons Morningside Flight Park
My friend and I gave these to my son Trevor and his best friend a few years ago. They loved it! A great gift for older teens!
Pickleball, ice skates, basketball, ping pong, football
No. 12 Cast Iron Skillet, Smithey Ironware
According to Woody’s owner, Suzi, this is the best cast iron skillet!
Gourmet lunch at the Black Diamond
A long way off the beaten track, take a guided horse trek to a gourmet, private lunch at the remote Black Diamond in New Zealand. The full glass front gives you spectacular views while you enjoy being in the moment with your favorite person.
Taylor Swift Eras Tour tickets
Make it an excuse for an adventure to… Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore, Paris, Stockholm, Lisbon, Madrid, Lyon, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Zurich, Milan, Munich, Vienna, Toronto, Vancouver She’ll be in all of the above cities before the end of 2024!
Sporting event tickets
Professional soccer game in Europe, the Olympics, the French Open, F1, Rugby World Cup
Noah Kahan is a favorite in our house. Find out your kids’ current favorite artist and score great seats
We played this over Thanksgiving and it was universally loved by teens, college kids, young adults and adults.
I don’t know how to work them, but I love when someone else does.
EXPERIENCE: Lessons – kite surfing, e-foiling, wake surfing, surfing
In the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos, Greece, Costa Rica
Books based on their interests
I was gifted this a couple of years ago and love flipping through it for inspiration.
This company has been around since the 1700’s making items for royalty and presidents. One key bit of info…”Maison Goyard does not engage in e-commerce” which gives you the perfect excuse to plan a trip to Paris!
First edition for the person who has nostalgic memories about a specific book.
Poldina Pro Table Lamp
One of Woody’s top sellers. Cordless lamps=light wherever you want it whenever you want it. Perfect for entertaining or reading in a cozy spot.
Charter a 217 foot yacht
My favorite over the top yacht! This can of course be done on a smaller power yacht or catamaran. And it’s also super fun to do a flotilla of boats with your friends or another family.
- 11 guests
- 17 crew
- water sports center
- winters in the Caribbean
- owner’s master bedroom with folding balcony and VIP suite
- 6 meter contraflow swimming pool
- inside outside dining room
- cinema room
- fitness room
- 2 jetskis
- 2 seabobs
- e-foil surfboard
- 2 SUP
- 2 kayaks
- waterskis (kids and adults)
- banana boat
- Aquaglide junglegym
- inflatable couch
- inflatable aqua glide runway
- fishing gear
- snorkel gear
- dive compressor
- full beach set up
- 2 tenders
The perfect extra bag to bring on your trip for the things you buy and don’t fit. Folds up to small ultra lightweight pouch and has a trolley strap. I’ve purchased but haven’t used it yet.
Teens and college kids love to put these on laptops and water bottles. Another great use – as an easy identifier on your hard sided luggage.
Bluetooth transmitter for using your Airpods or Beats wireless headphones with in flight entertainment.
Reach out to plan your
OTHER GIFT GUIDES
23 wanderlust-y gifts for travelers, used by expert travelers, The Points Guy
The Ultimate Gift Guide, Robb Report
Holiday Gift Guide, Woody’s
The 17 Best Carry-On Travel Backpacks for Easy, Breezy Packing, Town & Country
52 Fun Travel Gifts for 2024: What Travelers Really Want!, Explore Now or Never
35 Travel Gifts for the Globe-Trotters and Jet-Setters, Town & Country
Our Favorite Outdoor Adventure Books for Every State, Outside Magazine
The Ultimate Gift Guide For Adventure Travelers, Adventure Travel Hub