2014 One Carry-On Gift Guide for Travelers

Holiday season or not, I love shopping for high quality, locally made gifts for myself and my friends when traveling. After celebrating several Christmases in the Southern Hemisphere, I know how frustrating it can be to receive countless "gift guide" emails from retailers promoting seasonal products...the opposite season I was living in. So when I was brainstorming for my own One Carry-On Gift Guide, it felt natural to use the hemispheres for my inspiration. 

Here are some of my favorite items from small and medium-size business owners from places like Cape Town, Melbourne, New York, and Istanbul that will bring happiness to their recipients no matter where they live.

Sangiorgio Mykonos in Greece via AFAR magazine

Northern Hemisphere

From snowy ski lodges in the Alps, to cozy pubs in England, this gift list is for the traveler inspired by warm earth tones and colder climes.
(Sangiorgio Mykonos in Greece via AFAR )

One Carry-On Travel Northern Hemisphere gift guide 2014 holiday season

Yay Banner by Zana Products
A banner flag for your wall that will make you smile each morning. $20, Zana Products (South Africa)

Cuval uses local craftsman to create contemporary handbags. TL300, Cuval (Turkey)
A handmade mug for your coffee or for planting a small succulent. $38, Mazama Mug (Oregon)
A pendant made of discarded cow horn. $89, Savannah Chic (Kenya)

French cooking made accessible. Well, as accessible as it can be. $25, David Lebovitz (France)
A cozy hat from a modern day general store. $34.95, Old Faithful Shop (Canada)

Stylish antique copper bowls that you'll pass down through the generations. $180 set of four, Coppermill Kitchen (Connecticut)
Minimalist, menswear inspired ladies watch for everyday wear. $199, Daniel Wellington (Australia)
Handsome walnut serving board. $59, A Sunny Afternoon (Michigan)

A manly scented candle in a feminine jar. That’s what I call a win-win. $48, MCMC (New York)

A carry-on that holds all the necessities for a weekend jaunt. $95, Everlane Weekender in Peat (China)

Mini versions of some of my favorite beauty products. $37, Aesop Skincare (Australia)

Southern Hemisphere

From thatched roof beach huts in Mozambique, to sipping cocktails at the Bucket List in Bondi Beach, these gifts are for travelers inspired by bright colors and sunshine.
(Hotel Qualia in Whitsundays, Australia via AFAR)
One Carry-On Travel Southern Hemisphere gift guide 2014 holiday season

A handcrafted cosmetic bag for the bohemian jetsetter. $88, Seminyak Tassel Cosmetic Bag by Kaight (Thailand)

Beautiful, bright iPhone Case. $44, Britt Bass Turner (Georgia)

Diamanta Throw
A cozy blanket for beach bonfires. $135, The Citizenry (Handwoven in Peru)

Carry On Cocktail Kit
Mixology made simple with this tiny kit that gives you everything you need to craft an Old Fashioned in the plane cabin. $24, W&P Design + Punch (New York)

Tropical inspired rings by jeweler Dear Rae. From R330 (South Africa)

A scarf that instantly dresses up any plain tee or tank while on the go. $575, Mignonne Gavigan (New York)

One Love Organics
A travel kit stocked with tried and true organic beauty products. $50, available at Anthropologie. (Georgia)

Leather Harbor Tote
The perfect carry-on tote for work and travel. Bonus: it's handcrafted by an organization that helps empower women in East Africa. $235, Sseko (Kenya)
A blue slate pillow for all seasons. Handmade, styles vary. $139, Rebecca Atwood (Rhode Island & New York)

For charting your gastronomic adventures. $12, ElloThere (New York)

If you don't have any trips planned anytime soon, reading this is the next best thing. $19.95, Chronicle Books (Worldwide)

A functional and stylish men's watch. GBP215, Larsson & Jennings (Swiss made with Swedish & British influences)

Last but not least... a gift for all seasons.
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This tiny camera automatically takes photos every 30 seconds. Perfect for documenting all your upcoming adventures. From $229, Narrative (Sweden)

Happy Holidays!