The holiday season is upon us! The travel enthusiast on your holiday gift-giving list would love to receive any of the items I’m packing this month! So use my suitcase for inspiration for your gift-giving.
Boots that are fashionably stylish and super supportive for travel and walking around even the hippest urban destinations? Sign me up! Plantar fasciitis can be painful, especially if your footwear doesn’t provide adequate support. Orthaheel’s Nell ($129) is a softly ruched side-zip boot that offers the perfect amount of flair, comfort and support for racing through the airport, walking on uneven city streets or even for areas needing a bit more traction thanks to the wave-patterned tread. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends these boots from the standpoint of a physician and any fashionista will give them high marks for the contrast stitching and rivet trim details.
I tested the boots in a rich chestnut brown color and they provided plenty of arch support thanks to the removable orthotics (also sold separately) that can be also be tucked into another pair of shoes. They were too cute to hide under pant legs, so pair them with leggings or skinny jeans (tucked in, of course). They were so warm, comfy and supportive that I found myself wearing them around the house too!
Perfect gift for: The traveler who needs comfy, wear-with-everything boots for a cool weather journey.
For years, I’ve turned every shower into an aromatherapy experience by sprinkling a few drops of pure, therapeutic grade essential oil on the tub floor and tiles before I run the steamy water. I use lavender for relaxation and to promote sleep if it’s an evening shower, peppermint or grapefruit to invigorate my mornings and eucalyptus when I’m congested. But the essences fade quickly and so do the aromatherapy benefits.
So when I ran across Essio at the ISPA Conference & Expo in Kissimmee last month, I wanted to know – did Dr. Nils Friis invent Essio just for me? The Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit ($44.99) comes with the adjustable Essio attachment device plus three popular blends of essential oils: clear, passion and unwind. The attachment device is an arm that easily clips onto your showerhead and the pod is filled with the essential oil blend that drips into your shower. I spent 5 minutes reading the instructions and then had the Essio installed two minutes later. Each pods lasts 2 to 3 showers and can be reordered in packs of 4 (plus three other blends) for $19.99.
Perfect gift for: the spa lovers, the traveler who wants to bring the benefits of aromatherapy with them during travel, anyone who enjoys or can benefit from an aromatherapy experience at home.
My passport is all dressed up and nowhere to go! We’ll have to rectify that soon, because the My Walit passport holder that it’s stored in is way to attractive to hide away in the safe!
MyWalit is an Italian leather goods brand known for their color-blocked innovative designs, bold color combinations and fine leather craftsmanship. The collection consists of men’s and women’s wallets, handbags, gloves, make-up cases, phone holders, iPad cases, office accessories, umbrellas and much more. MyWalit is sold in 600 department stores in the US and and specialty stores. It’s fitting that the pieces are also available at MoMa and other fine museum stores, considering they are a work of art in themselves. Traveling to Europe? The brand has five retail stores in Italy and stores and kiosks in Russia and Dubai.
I tested 4 items from the collection:
The Small Messenger Bag in the feisty Jamaica print, featuring rich red, vibrant orange, lime green and tuscan yellow is just the right size to stash your wallet, phone and a few small items for a day of sightseeing.
• Deep external zipped pocket
• Large snap, flap opening
• 3 credit card slots and pocket slot under main flap
• Deep internal compartment
• 1 internal zipped pocket
• Internal cell phone pocket
The Textured Passport/ID Holder in graphite multi is classy and clever. Use it as a passport holder and a wallet.
• 3 credit card slots
• Plastic window for passport
• 2 separate storage sections
Top Zip Handbag in zulu multi. This was my favorite of the pieces I tested!
• Adjustable shoulder strap
• External rear zipped pocket
• Substantial zips with braided trim
• Cool exterior colours
• Contrasting top-stitching
• Mywalit signature fob
Telephone Holder Purse/Wallet in punchy sangria multi.
• 8 credit card slots
• Note section
• Zipped coin pocket on reverse
• Wrist strap
• Transparent ID window
• Stylish silver pen
• Velcro closure for cell phone pocket
Perfect gift for: The traveler who wants to infuse some color and playfulness into their travel accessories.