Uncommon Goods Holiday Gift Guide - The Wanderlust Effect

Uncommon Goods Holiday Gift Guide

Unique gifts for the traveler in your life

Happy November!

Somehow October came and went in the blink of an eye, and the holidays are right around the corner. There are few greater feelings than the act of giving, and the holidays provide us with ample opportunities to share that generosity with the people that we love. I often waver between finding the perfect, tangible gem of a gift and the practice of gifting experiences to people (a trip, a foodie foray, or a one-off experience in a new destination). This holiday season I’ve partnered with Uncommon Goods to share some of my favorite holiday items for the traveler in your life. One of my favorite parts about this? Your gift keeps on giving. With Uncommon Goods’ Better to Give program, you’ll get to choose a charity to receive $1 from Uncommon Goods upon checkout. Below check out my top three picks for your best friend, your little one or for the cocktail lover in your life (inspired by my husband).

For the Best Friend & Travel Buddy

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Scratch Off Travel Map

1I’m pretty sure that I continue to include a scratch off map of some sort in a holiday roundup because I want one. It’s lightweight, personal, and perfect for a friend and travel buddy. Plus, at $40 for the large size, it’s the perfect gift for a friend with incurable wanderlust.



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Travel Cord Roll

2Y’all, these are THE BEST THINGS EVER. For the constant traveler, having a pre-packed case with all of your necessary cords makes flying, road trips and life on-the-go infinitely more organized. I keep mine stocked with a range of iPhone cords, a Fitbit charger, two sets of earbuds, HDMI cords, auxiliary cables, and Kindle chargers. I promise, it’s one of the world’s most practical gifts for $20!

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Convertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf

3There are some things you just sort of wish you had invented yourself. This is one of those things. I always travel with a scarf (it’s arguably the single most functional item), and always wish I had a neck pillow but feel like I have the room for it. Enter the convertible scarf, which can be inflated into a pillow. It’s for real, guys, and it’s $40.

Check out more unique travel-inspired gifts for the girlfriends in your life.

For the Little Traveler


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Personalized USA Road Trip Book

1I’m all about instilling a love of travel in little ones, and really do believe that travel provides such an essential education beyond the classroom. For little travelers of the domestic sort, the personalized USA Road Trip book brings all kinds of inspo to little ones helping plan their next American adventure. {$35}

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Children’s World Map

2For globetrotting kids that are interested in learning more about the world around them, a kid-friendly (read: laminated and colorful) world map ticks all of the boxes when it comes to education and inspiration in one. Durable, easy to hang, and just $17, it’s the perfect way to get little ones excited about upcoming international adventures.

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Color Your Own Map Pillowcase

3I mean, if it were socially acceptable I’d probably buy one of these for myself… is this not every kid’s perfect gift? Who doesn’t love coloring, especially when your parents are allowing you to color on your pillowcase which is actually a world map?! The pillowcase comes with washable markers so the pillow can be washed clean and act like a fresh canvas again. Pretty sure I’ll be buying one of these for every friend with a child! {$18.95}

For other little travelers on your list, check out these great gifts for kids from Uncommon Goods.

For the Cocktail Enthusiast

For the mixologist in your life, find the perfect little gift or stocking stuffer for the holidays.


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Moscow Mule Carry-on Cocktail Kit

1Up the ante on your little travel-sized bottle of vodka by pairing it with a Moscow Mule Kit to enjoy a little luxury in the air (or nab a margarita kit for tequila drinkers, gin + tonic kit for gin lovers, or the champagne cocktail kit for glam at 35’000 feet). This perfect kit really is one of those things that you’ll rarely buy for yourself, which makes it a great gift for the cocktail loving jetsetter in your life. All kits priced at $24 each.


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eparé Pocket Wine Aerator

2Wine lovers unite! To be honest, it’s rare that we’ll open a bottle of wine at home when it’s just the two of us, but transport me to some far-flung destination and it’s odd for us enjoy an evening out without a glass of vino. This purse and pocket-sized aerator is perfect for those on the go. It aerates in 15 seconds and offers three settings depending on your wine of choice. {$19.95}

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Travel Mini Bar

3For someone that’s really worth the splurge, this travel mini bar is everything. The discerning mixologist will be a happy camper, even in far-flung locales, with this 16-piece tool kit plus four lowball glasses. Even if your idea of traveling is just a local get-together, it’s easy enough to take on the go to mix up your favorite sips for your favorite people. {$300}

Happy holidays, travelers! Feel free to share your favorite gift guides below for other travel-inspired gifting ideas!

More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. Additionally, Shannon is the founder of Compass & Vine, a luxury boutique travel design firm, and is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort. Shannon holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and is a current candidate for WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits.