Grammar nerds are a class all their own, which is why if you have a friend who, like Ted Mosby, corrects everyone’s annoying (but totally harmless) mistakes, they’ll love these gifts come the holidays.
Face it. It’s kind of hard to impress people with material goods when they’ve seen half the planet.
Avid travelers who board flights to far-flung destinations across the globe each year are notoriously tricky to shop for when birthdays and holidays roll around. After all, it’s kind of hard to wow someone who has seen everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Sahara Desert with some knick-knack wrapped in pretty paper.
We can’t just go to their birthday parties empty handed, but what are we supposed to do? Use their experiences to our advantage, of course! Okay, that sounds horrible, but hear me out. Thoughtful gifts that remind them of favorite their trips (and help them plan their next one) will never go unappreciated. Here are a few ideas to help get you started!
1. This cork globe doesn’t just look great. Your favorite traveler can push thumbtacks into every country they visit until the whole world is covered in pushpins!
3. Photos are the best souvenirs, so why not hook your loved ones up with a network of professional photographers from around the world who can help them immortalize their adventures just about anywhere. Learn more on Flytographer’s website!
7. No one really likes sleeping in hotels and on planes, but you can help tired travelers relax with a sleep kit full of things like earplugs, sleeping masks, neck pillows, and even battery-operated white noise machines.
8. One essential that’s often forgotten about is a decent towel. This portable, ultra-absorbent travel towel folds into an iPhone-sized pouch!
All of these things are legitimate gifts to give a significant other. They’re also pretty easy to use should you and your partner break up. But what happens when your beloved gives you a giant stuffed bear that you can wear?
I know, who would do that, right?
Well, this girl found herself with a huge, pink stuffed bear after a breakup. So what did she do with it? Well…just watch:
And they don’t have to take forever. “I’ve found that most recipes for infusions tell people to leave stuff steeping for entirely too long,” says Marcia Simmons on Serious Eats. (As an infused alcohol experimenter myself, I have to agree with her.) “Herbs, hot peppers, and vanilla beans, for instance, can make an intensely flavored infusion in as little as a day,” she says. Here are quickie infusions that are sure to make them happy…
If you’re one for more conventional gifts, these chocolate-dipped bacon roses will not disappoint! Put them in a nice wooden cigar box, and you’ll have the most elegantly delicious Valentine’s gift ever. Hopefully your S.O. will share!