EZ Gift Picks: For the Traveller

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If you’ve got a globetrotter in your life, or one that’s just dreaming of heading into the wild blue yonder, we’ve got a selection of last minute gift ideas and stocking stuffers that will make travelling easier. From beauty products that help while flying or just on the fly, to a packable rain boot – yes, we said packable boot! – that will be a go-to whether they’re going round the world or taking a stroll round their own block. And that’s the beauty of these gifts. Even if your traveller is the armchair type, these ideas work as well at home as they do on the road.



A Skin Care Travel Set

Help them keep up their skincare regime with 11 travel-sized products from Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced Travel Set – all are within carry-on size allowances – that are specifically formulated for anti-aging. Botanicals help to give the skin a firmer appearance, and reduce fine lines, and keep skin hydrated through time zones. Plus, the kit features two day creams, both with SPF 20 – for double duty skin care – a nourishing body wash and a firming body cream, for head-to-toe care. www.arbonne.com

In-Flight Hydrators

On a flight from Munich to Toronto, the gentleman next to me dumped a full glass of water in my lap. I was wearing jeans. Soaked through. The flight attendant, however, assured me said jeans would be completely dry upon arrival. She was right. I could only imagine how dehydrated my skin was! So, to save your skin in flight and beyond, here are two to try: Vichy Laboratoires Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power Serum promises 48 hours of hydration; La Roche Posay’s Substiane + Fundamental Volume Anti-Aging Concentrate may help pump up mature skin’s moisture “holding” power and stimulate cellular activity. At drug and departments stores.

A packable rain boot

Last year, Hunter introduced the Original Tour Neoprene boot, inspired by its Highlands origins. A mashup of the company’s tried-and-true rubber Wellington with the same high-traction tread but with the leg shaft constructed from soft neoprene. Aside from black or dark olive, you can now slip them on in umber, khaki brown (above) or midnight blue. Whether your packing style is folder or roller, the boot will fit like a glove – in your suitcase, that is. www.hunterboots.com

A multi-wear backpack

Carry on with this backpack, the ultimate in Roots’ heritage cool. It’s a hybrid of utilitarian nylon, lightweight leather and updated hardware, evolved from the company’s stylish flat-bag design. Great for travel (an under-the-flap zipper provides greater security), it also gives you multi-wear options: adjust the straps into a shoulder bag, a cross-body bag (another Roots favourite) or simply remove them for evenings out. Nylon/leather Charlotte pack, Roots Canada, www.roots.com/ca/en/homepage

Sophisticated sneakers

Updated kicks aren’t just for kids, as they really do make an all-ages appropriate gift, especially when they’ve been given the chic treatment with supple leather. The Ecco Soft 7 is perfect for him, in low and high top versions (we’ve chosen the men’s high tops in black, above) and for her, as shown in the white leather low top, here (there’s a high top version for the ladies in both black and white, too). The adjustable closure helps tailor the fit to the wearer’s foot, and a deep dip at the back of the high tops allows for easier slip on/slip off through security or at the front door. Plus, a leather lining gives extra cushioning, while ECCO’s unique Comfort Fibre System™ keeps tootsies dry and fresh all day, and the two-component rubber sole for extra grip and flexibility. ca.shop.ecco.com


For the Road Tripper’s Car

For he or she is the type that loves to take to the open road, in other words, lives in their car, you’ll know what we mean when we say, “Time for a freshen up!” Stuff their stocking with a Febreze CAR Vent Clip to help rid their ride of smelly odours for up to 30 days. And, just in time for the holidays, Febreze is introducing two new scents, to help “Make spirits merry and bright, with the Limited Edition fresh Cranberry Cheer and wintry forest Jolly Pine. Of course, what’s a car’s interior odour-fighter if you don’t have that “New Car” smell – the perfect vent clip scent for all year round. You may just want to go along for the ride. www.febreze.com/en-CA


For the Armchair Traveller

That Savage Water (Exile Editions) is a series of travel stories in which the Canadian author, Matthew R. Loney, takes readers from familiar destinations to foreign cities rich in history, from “turquoise beaches to desolate mountain ranges, from consecrating baths in the sacred Ganges to fringe indulgences in Cambodian brothels—and back home, to a northern Canadian cabin where the father of a tsunami victim reels in the quiet aftershocks of grief as the rubble of his memories drag him toward further destruction.” Loney’s use of language transports readers to places they might not travel themselves. The title comes from the tragic 2004 Tsunami, but this is not a book of mourning, it is a celebration of the adventure, discovery and intimate experience of travel.