W&D 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: 11 Gifts for the Traveler Who’s Been Grounded

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W&D 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Traveler Who's Been Grounded

It’s no secret that this year did not turn out as planned (understatement of the century…). And one of the first things to go was our ability to safely travel as broadly as we may have liked. With many a trip having been canceled or postponed this year, we wanted to suggest a few gift ideas that will help those you love fulfill the sense of wanderlust they may be experiencing, at least a little bit.

Below you’ll find eleven gift ideas for the traveler who’s been grounded, from a lineup of scents that evoke specific locations to a collection of home goods handcrafted by global artisans to one of my favorite cookbooks that introduced me to incredible recipes from the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Stay tuned for our final holiday gift guide next week, featuring a roundup of all of my personal favorite items from 2020. And if you want to learn more about my approach to gifting this season, have a look at this post on the topic.


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Brooklyn Candle Studio offers a variety of different candles in scents evocative of different locations around the world. For $38, you can transport your giftee to the streets of Santorini, Maui, Brooklyn, and more, all by simply lighting a match.

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W&D 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Traveler Who's Been Grounded
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Broaden your giftee’s horizons through their daily snacking routine. Through SnackCrate, you can gift a box featuring snacks from around the world as either a one-time purchase or a monthly subscription. 

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W&D 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Traveler Who's Been Grounded
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For the eternal problem solver in your life, give the gift of this jigsaw puzzle which features intricate, charming map drawings of Amsterdam, Athens, London, and Mexico City. A lovely way to spend an afternoon at home if you ask me.

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Transport your giftee to another place through the magic of cooking via the offerings from Airbnb Experiences. This Argentine Empanadas class and this Italian Gnocchi and Ravioli class look amazing. Book a date, get them a bottle of wine to crack open as they cook, and your gift will surely be the talk of the town.

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Indulge your giftee with some of the creature comforts that tend to make a hotel stay feel so calming and special. Treat them to a pair of cozy slippers or a warm, comfy robe—you can’t go wrong either way.

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W&D 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Traveler Who's Been Grounded
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This cookbook is one of my favorites from 2020. It has the power to transport any home chef to a different place through the smells and tastes it will help create. This is an ideal gift for any at-home cook in your life.

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Give the gift of wine to match your giftee’s palate, from locations around the world. Winc. offers wine at price points to match any budget. It’s a one-stop online shop for your wine gifting needs.

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If you’re able to and feel safe getting out of town, book a weekend trip to a nearby destination via Airbnb. You can browse through fourteen of our favorite nationwide Airbnb locations in this post.

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Even if we’re not taking international trips right now, we can still relive the joys of past journeys. Print your giftee photos from a favorite trip of theirs so they can relive all the magic while they wait to embark on the next jaunt. A little nostalgia never hurt anyone, right? (Bonus! These photo prints can also double as name tags on gifts!)

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W&D 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Traveler Who's Been Grounded
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A book that encourages the adventurer in all of us to go about our travels at a slower pace, exploring nature and our inner selves along the way. It’s an idyllic book to help prepare and reflect ahead of day and weekend road trips right now, and for longer trips in the future.

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Image via The Citizenry

The Citizenry sells a collection of home goods crafted by artisans around the world. This beautiful brick red wall hanging was handcrafted in Oaxaca, Mexico and would make a stunning addition to any space.

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BY Kate Arends - December 8, 2020

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