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The 2023 Authorized Nomads Present Information

I did my first ever vacation present information for vacationers a couple of years in the past, which was enjoyable to compile. Readers appeared to benefit from the varied gadgets, and I used to be completely satisfied to share a few of the merchandise that accompanied me on the street.

Now that my life is a little totally different – one thing all of you already know – my present solutions are much less about souvenirs from overseas or studying about journey, and extra issues I take advantage of day after day or discovered great.

I hope you’ll discover one thing you want in them!

Vacation items for the 2023 season

There are a number of birds in right here, you’ve been warned.

Palms free footwear and boots

It was a fellow leak affected person who first informed me about Kizik footwear, and I’ve used them ever since. Made with patented expertise that permit for hands-free use, these sneakers come in numerous types and colors, and can be found in youngsters, ladies, and males’s choices.

A notice that their newer fashions aren’t nearly as good for my spinal CSF leak as a result of the heel drop is increased; I discover the Lima mannequin to be probably the most comfy, although my footwear are their Cairo mannequin that has since been discontinued.

When you tie the laces on Kiziks the primary time, you merely step into the footwear thereafter. To get out, you utilize your different foot to carry the bottom regular and slowly pull out of the shoe. They’re wonderful for individuals with disabilities, for being pregnant, for seniors, and usually for individuals who hate having to crouch to get their footwear on and off.

And for this vacation season, additionally they have winter boots for the primary time, and a brand new Chelsea boot that goes to the ankle.

hands free shoes: perfect gifts for those on the go
The Lima Kizik ladies’s shoe in gray.

Extra info:
You will discover these footwear and boots on their web site, Kizik.com. Utilizing this hyperlink will get you $20 off (it additionally provides me $20 off, however I don’t see myself getting any extra footwear as I’ve a number of pair!). They ship to Canada and USA.
Observe them on: Instagram

A pencil to finish all pencils

Have you learnt somebody who’s specific about their writing implements? The New York Occasions calls the Blackwing 602 the “Rolls Royce” of pencils, a beforehand widespread selection from many a author—together with John Steinbeck. First created within the 1930’s, the Blackwing was additionally utilized by Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and lots of different Looney Tunes characters. After 1998, the pencil couldn’t be discovered, and devotees have been paying $40 a pop once they did find a stash. Fortunately, in 2010, a California firm introduced it again for “a brand new technology of writers, musicians, and others in search of a extra pure existence” (unsure what they imply by that, however sure — it’s an incredible pencil!).

They introduced again the cult-favourite mainstays: comfy grip, a replaceable eraser in a really satisfying rectangular form (why is that this so satisfying!?), and a pencil crafted from California cedar and Japanese graphite. It writes like a dream, and makes doodling a pleasure. It’s not low-cost but it surely’s not $40 a pencil costly. Nonetheless, when you’ve bought a member of the family or buddy who loves to attract or handwrite, it’s a enjoyable present

great gifts for writers: blackwing 602 pencil

Extra info:
The place to purchase: Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or Blackwing’s personal web site
Delivery to
: Canada and Worldwide (together with USA)
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Hand-drawn maps of meals

Sure, sure—I’ve included my very own maps on this information as nicely! My meals maps get compliments each time individuals go to, and make nice vacation items for anybody who likes to eat.

Along with Canada, above, I’ve bought Vietnam, Portugal, Thailand, Japan, Italy, and Mexico artwork within the store!

hand drawn maps of food gifts 2022

Extra info:
The place to purchase: the Authorized Nomads artwork store web site
Delivery to
: Worldwide
Observe me on
: Instagram

Gluten free translation playing cards

Regardless of my work hours being restricted today, one of many duties I maintain working laborious at is the gluten free playing cards undertaking. I began these playing cards once I bought sick whereas consuming in Japan with a brief gluten free card in Japanese. I spotted I wanted to incorporate extra info, native components names (not simply “I can’t eat gluten”), and cross-contact (not simply meals which can be gluten free).

The consequence, 15 languages and counting with Bahasa Indonesia, Croatian, Lithuanian, and Swedish coming quickly and over 6000 playing cards offered.

Every card goes via 2 units of translations for accuracy, with one translator at minimal being accustomed to celiac illness. I’m within the technique of including PDF downloadable variations too, as a substitute of simply the PNG information. Increasingly individuals need to print the playing cards, not simply have them on their telephones.

Good for the celiac who likes to journey!

Extra info:
The place to purchase: the GF Playing cards shopfront, with free nation guides right here.
Delivery to
: Worldwide as a result of they’re digital playing cards!

An incredible new card sport for journey

One other enjoyable present that’s good for the traveler: Journey Chaser, a brand new card sport, superbly designed. Journey Chaser is the love baby of Dalene and Pete Heck, who you may additionally know from their website Hecktic Travels.

The sport lets you determine who’s probably the most travel-savvy of your group by shopping for, bartering, and playing your method to varied locations. The tougher a vacation spot is to get to from North America, the extra factors it’s value.

The sport is already offered out in Canada, however you may order it on backorder or through the US, the place there’s nonetheless inventory.

trip chaser game - a perfect gift for the traveler

Extra info:
The place to purchase: in Canada, the Journey Chaser web site. Within the USA, on Amazon US.
Observe them on
: Instagram

Light-weight chef’s knife

I’ve an incredible set of World knives that I slowly amassed over my years of lawyering. The issue is, with a spinal CSF leak I can’t use them as a result of they’re too heavy.

As an alternative, I’ve gotten a chef’s knife from Nakano, which is light-weight and comfy—a lot so, that anybody who is available in to assist in the home solely opts to make use of that one. It’s their “basic chef knife” and weighs in at 6.5 oz / 185g. Light-weight, however sturdy sufficient to chop many an incredible factor within the kitchen. They’ve bought a 30% sale happening proper now, too.

Nakano additionally has santoku knives and different units on supply; I’m sharing the one I bought and use as a result of that’s the one one I’ve expertise with. Nevertheless it’s been an incredible addition to my knife block, and light-weight sufficient to make use of even when my spinal CSF leak is in tough form.

Extra info:
The place to purchase: Nakano Knives
Observe them on Instagram

My favorite pocket book

My buddy Candace despatched me a couple of Joytop notebooks once I first bought sick. She stated the traces are simply completely positioned, and the pocket book’s seams have been satisfying to make use of; I can’t disagree in any respect. There’s one thing concerning the measurement and light-weight matte texture of those books that makes me need to write in them on a regular basis. I used to like Moleskine books however I bought annoyed with the dimensions, at all times wishing I may unfold out my creativity and never be cramped to the aspect of the web page.

These books permit me to try this, and for some cause, I haven’t used something since. Actually, these books are beautiful however why are they so satisfying?! The simply are. No matter why, Candace was proper, and I needed to incorporate them so that you all can benefit from the satisfaction we get from writing in them.

joytop notebook holiday gift
All the time a whimsical cowl, plus satisfying to jot down on.

Extra info:
The place to purchase: In Canada, Yayo Stationary sells these, and so they ship to the USA and internationally as nicely. In Australia, you’re in luck: Maconii carries them too.

A chic straw system on your crops

When a buddy in Sweden talked about plantstraws as an possibility for me as a result of I’m a infamous #plantkiller, I used to be intrigued. I do know lots of you’re keen on your crops and do much better at not murdering them than I do, so I believed you’d have an interest too.

Plantstraws is the brainchild of Sweden’s Elin Fyhr, who needed to make plant care easy and believes that “design needs to be playful, curious, and unhurried”. Can’t discover fault there.

The straws work by placing one finish right into a water jug and the opposite into the soil of your crops, permitting a cotton rope inside every brass tube to slowly add moisture to the soil with out overwatering. This implies you may put thirsty crops like swamp and rainforest native crops,on an analogous care schedule as succulents, cacti or Mediterranean crops. Additionally they add a enjoyable look to any room with the brass tubes and glass jars:

Extra info:
The place to purchase: the Plantstraw web site
Delivery to: Canada, USA, and Worldwide. (Delivery outdoors Europe is expensive, although), so you may also consult certainly one of their resellers. For some cause the one ones in Canada are in Alberta; hopefully that modifications sooner or later quickly!
Observe them on: Instagram

Knitted cacti

With a mission to convey greenery to “each struggling plant mum or dad”, Kelsea’s whimsical knitted cacti caught my eye at an area flea market. The enterprise happened when Kelsea knitted her sister some cacti for Christmas, after seeing how her sister couldn’t maintain crops alive.

Taking inspiration from actual crops, Kelsea fastidiously crafts knit cacti and succulents in quite a lot of sizes, colors, and shapes. She additionally tries to make use of sustainable supplies for different components of her merchandise: upcycled packaging, sustainable yarn and stuffing, plus reusing cardboard contained in the pot to make them lighter weight for delivery.

The corporate is absolutely family-supported, together with the construct for the shows on the market stall I met her at.

I purchased myself a mini cacti (although I’m having cactus remorse that I didn’t get a bigger one), and thought it’s your decision one too.

knit cactus with a red flower: excellent holiday gift

Extra info:
The place to purchase: the Kelsea Knits web site
Delivery to: Canada, USA, and Worldwide.
Observe them on: Instagram

Fowl language puzzle

One in every of two choices (see Effin Birds beneath) for individuals who, like me, are in that candy spot of Venn diagram overlap between swearing and birds. This time, a 1000-piece puzzle so that you can put collectively as soon as dinner is over.

I cherished the color (it matches my emblem), and it has birds so I’m not likely a troublesome promote right here. For these within the winter chilly, a puzzle is at all times a good way to go a couple of hours of your time.

Extra info:
The place to purchase: the Unusual Items web site
Delivery to: Canada, USA, and Worldwide.
Observe them on: Instagram

Kitchen cuteness

I purchased Nessie the tea guardian the second I noticed her, and I’m obsessive about it. I take advantage of Nessie each time I’ve unfastened tea, and the satisfaction of watching her peek out from the cup rim will, I think, by no means get outdated.

For the tea lovers and whimsy lovers alike!

gift for 2023: a nessie tea strainer

Additionally unmissable (when you’re me): the identical firm’s spaghetti monster strainer. I find it irresistible a lot.

cute gifts for holidays: colander monster for pasta

Extra info:
The place to purchase: Nessie: Amazon Canada, Amazon US.
The spagetti monster strainer: Amazon Canada, Amazon US.
This is identical firm that additionally makes the mushroom funnel I at present personal. Sure, I’m a statistic and I don’t care. You may also purchase their merchandise on the OTOTO Design web site, however they solely ship to the US.
Observe them on: Instagram

Hummingbird ring

hummingbird ring gifts for holidays 2023

I loved the symmetry and pleasure from this cute hummingbird ring, which may be ordered in 18K plated gold, or sterling silver. It’s from Little Rooms, a store launched by designer Ester Delug in 2007. The store has expanded fairly a bit since then, however when you’re out there for some enjoyable and tasteful jewellery, you’ll definitely discover one thing right here.

Additionally they promote stunning hair equipment and ear cuffs, along with jewellery requirements like necklaces and earrings.

Extra info:
You should purchase from the Little Rooms web site.
Observe them on: Instagram

Pleasant hen artwork

I’ve had the pleasure of assembly the genius behind Birdstrips, Jess, in individual in Montreal twice earlier than we every moved elsewhere. Her illustrations have grown an enormous following on Instagram on account of their whimsical, relatable messaging.

In Jess’ phrases, the store includes “the existential misery of the flightless via the eyes of the flighted.”

Beneath, two prints from her store: one a vintage-style poster of 33 “hardly ever seen” gulls, together with the elusive popsigull, peagull, and pierogigulls; and the second, remedy “earlier than and after”—in basic Birdstrips fashion.

bird gifts for 2023
birdstrips gifts bird posters

Extra info:
The place to purchase: the Birdstrips Print Store (additionally mugs, tees, and extra!)
Delivery to: Worldwide
Observe them on: Instagram

A transportable crimson mild gadget for ache

I wasn’t certain if I may tolerate crimson mild remedy with a mast cell dysfunction, however every little thing I learn prompt that if I stayed at increased wavelengths of sunshine, my mast cells can be much less disrupted.

So I sought out a conveyable LED crimson mild gadget that I may raise with a spinal CSF leak, but in addition that had choices for increased nm of crimson mild, in order that I may hopefully tolerate it. That principle did bear out with my use of the FlexBeam, the place I can use their Setting 3 for 20 minutes a day on my back and front when wanted. I needed to work as much as that—I began at solely 5 minutes—however now I can do the complete 10 minute session twice with out problem. I do use it earlier within the day in case it disrupts my mast cells sufficient to have an effect on sleep, however most individuals truly use it proper earlier than mattress as a result of they are saying it helps them sleep.

I opted for this gadgets as a result of from every little thing I learn, its lamps didn’t get sizzling, and in contrast to laser mild, I didn’t danger any tissue injury from the research I checked out. Whereas a combo of crimson and near-infrared wavelengths are beneficial for many makes use of of the gadget, I opted for under stage 3, its longest wavelight, which penetrates deeper however most significantly doesn’t disrupt mast cells as a lot. I’ve discovered it will increase my power, helps with sleep (once I do it earlier within the day), and most significantly actually takes down any nerve ache I’ve. I used to be sceptical once I began utilizing it, however I’ve actually come to get pleasure from how a lot it helps the backbone ache from my leak.

The gadget comes with velcro bands that you simply connect on the handles, for once you need to loop it round a leg or your backbone, in addition to a slender carrying case. I take advantage of it as is (with out the velcro) as a result of I simply place it on my backbone or abdomen the place my leak websites are, however many individuals I’ve chatted with apply it to their thigh or at lumbar whereas transferring round.

red light device for pain: a great holiday gift

The corporate is from Norway, however the gadget is made in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Extra info:
The place to purchase: the FlexBeam web site
Delivery to: Worldwide
Observe them on: Instagram

Birds + curse phrases

These illustrations of birds that swear in inventive methods are widespread everywhere in the net, with good cause. As Twitter implodes and the world feels prefer it’s doing the identical, the hen outrage by Aaron Reynolds says all that we’re bottling up inside.

That doesn’t cease individuals from getting pissed off concerning the cursing, however … did you anticipate anything from an organization known as Effin Birds?! He additionally now has wax candles, a brand new addition to his “shitmas” assortment for individuals who dislike the vacations.

shitmas collection: funny gifts for holidays
effin birds gifts

Extra info:
The place to purchase: Clothes, mugs, pins, and extra right here, plus an Effin’ Birds e-book (at present on sale!) and a French Effin’ Birds e-book, in addition to a 2024 Calendar too.
Delivery to: Worldwide
Observe him on: Instagram

Pearl jewellery from Tahiti

My buddy Celeste just isn’t solely an incredible journey author, but in addition runs an environmentally-friendly Tahitian pearl firm, Kamoka, that adheres to the strictest ranges of sustainable farming on the earth. Their pearls are from oysters grown within the nutrient-rich lagoon of Ahe Atoll, 300 miles northeast of Tahiti, with electrical energy provided by photo voltaic and wind energy. And when you wanted extra convincing about supporting their enterprise: a Nationwide Geographic examine discovered that their farming strategies helped enhance the world’s fish inhabitants lately.

One in every of their merchandise I put on typically: the Mana Bracelet. At $99, it’s an funding, however a sturdy and delightful one.

Celeste stated that this bracelet was initially crafted for surfers. Now, it’s certainly one of their finest sellers for lively individuals who need a good looking pearl bracelet with out worrying about fragility. The adjustable band is comprised of kangaroo leather-based (the strongest leather-based on the earth), and is a superb selection for the trendy wanderer and the lively fashionista alike.

Tahitian pearl bracelet gift kamoka pearls

Additionally they now supply a brand new assortment, that includes Tahitian blacklip oyster shells and jewellery comprised of their very own sustainably produced mother-of-pearl. The earrings beneath are extra inexpensive than the pearls alone, and are a good looking present for individuals who need one thing sustainable and totally different.

Mother of pearl earrings holiday gift

A lot of Kamoka’s merchandise are certainly one of a form, and are put collectively by Celeste and her workforce annually.

Extra info:
The place to purchase: The Mana Bracelet is out there right here. The total mother-of-pearl assortment is right here, with the earrings above right here. If rings are your fancy, they’ve bought a stunning aqua crescent ring this season as nicely.
Delivery to: Worldwide
Observe them on: Instagram

Embroidered coronary heart maps

I met the stunning couple behind Sadie and June when at a flea market in Ottawa, and appreciated their enjoyable choices as a traveler with a number of locations I miss deeply. They promote hand-embroidered maps for 900 areas (and counting), both as stand-alone “I really like this place” fashion, or connecting hearts, the place there’s a thread connecting two locations. Additionally they do customized maps, in case your favorite locations aren’t on supply presently.

The couple, whose names are literally Steve and Kendall, are a cross-border couple—one thing fairly widespread right here within the cities that border the US! She’s from New Jersey and he’s from Ottawa, however they met in Florida. Extraordinarily widespread any time I’ve seen their sales space round city, they seize the nostalgia of leaving items of ourselves in locations we cherished.

Says Kendall, “Our hand-embroidered coronary heart maps have been born out of this love and our perception that love is aware of no borders. The idea: I started embroidering via paper classic map prints that meant one thing particular to me and Steve.”

gift of a map with two connected hearts

The couple have a put up about how they went from being ‘flat broke’ in 2014 to constructing a full-time enterprise round their stitching abilities. Once I met Kendall on the market, she talked about that because the enterprise picked up she was struggling to get orders accomplished … till she taught Steve find out how to sew, and that helped get the maps accomplished a lot sooner. Now they’re each engaged on their widespread maps, and including cities all the time.

hand-embroidered maps from ottawa

Extra info:
The place to purchase: the Sadie and June web site
Delivery to:
Canada and america, in addition to Europe
Observe them on
: Instagram

These are my 2023 vacation present picks! I hope you get pleasure from at the least a few of them.


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