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8 Expensive Gifts for that Mom Who has Everything (Gift Guide)

It can be tough to shop for the posh mom (an expectant or new) who has everything.

This one is for the dads and partners out there who were wondering what to give that woman who has everything.

1. Any mom would be happy to receive a Tiffany blue box, especially if in it there is a Tiffany & Co. Bezzet Yellow Diamond Ring in platinum with a yellow diamond in an 18k gold bezel setting. Cushioned in modified fancy intense yellow diamond, carat total weight 1.57 Get it at Tiffany’s for a mere $27,100.

A second runner up is the Halo Princess Cut Pendant With Micro Pave Diamonds In 14K White Gold which sells for $675.

It is a square center princess-cut diamond surrounded by a dazzling pavé-set diamonds. 

2. If she is a bag freak and doesn’t already have one, you can get her the Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag which costs $120,000. These bags are named a after British singer and actress Jane Birkin. The clasp of this tote, which is actually made out of a crocodile, features 10 carats of white diamonds.

This bag isn’t even the most expensive! But a white Himalaya Birkin, handmade from Niloticus albino crocodile with more than 240 diamonds on its 18-karat-gold hardware tops the list at $371, 261.

Less expensive bags are available starting at $7,000 from the Vistiare Collective and there is no waiting list!

3. If that rich mom in your life loves sweet smells, you can get her one of the world’s most expensive bottle of perfume, Clive Christian No. 1 which sells for $2,150 for 2 ounces. The perfume is an extravagant combination of Indian jasmine, mandarin and sandalwood. Its bottle is handmade from lead crystal, while the neck is 24-karat gold-plated sterling silver, set with a solitaire.

But luckily for you, you can get a smaller 1.7 ounce vial at Nordstrom these days starting at about $880.00

4. If that spoiled rich mom has a sweet tooth, she may appreciate getting a dark chocolate truffle from Knipschildt. Wrapped in gold and handcrafted with 71% pure Ecuadorian dark chocolate, this mini indulgence rightfully earned the

title of most expensive truffle in the world. La Madeline au Truffle, $250 per truffle. With candy that rich, you have to cherish every calorie.

For $158, you can get an entire box for her box of 12 assorted chocolates from Knipschildt.

5. My favorite gift is anything spa related. If your mom has time on her schedule, book her a spa trip to the Hotel Victor in South Beach (which was bought out by the Hyatt) It offers guests of its penthouse suite the opportunity to lounge in a tub filled with 1,000 liters of pure Evian water, fuchsia, and orange Gerber daisies. Serena Williams was the first to try out the $5,000 bath, which is given in a 350-gallon infinity tub. You can also snack on smoked salmon lollipops, foie gras and chocolate as you bathe.

6. A monogrammed robe. For the first weeks after the baby is born, a new mom will be restless, sleepless, and anxious trying to navigate her new role, nurse, recover and heal from the pains of labor and delivery and entertaining guests. It can be overwhelming. Nothing can make a new mom feel comfortable and comforted than being enveloped in a nice plush robe, especially during cold and crisp Fall or Winter nights. Having it monogrammed adds the nice extra special touch. For those in warmer climates, a pretty frilly robe in pastels, paisley or other feminine design can help a new mom feel sensual during a time when she may be dealing with bloating and other pregnancy side effects. Brookstone sells a nice one, the Nab Robe, starting at $69.95.

7. Plush slippers– Many new moms experience water retention in their feet and legs during and immediately after giving birth. C-Section moms have it even worse because surgery creates even more water build up. As such, many moms quickly become to realize that they may not be able to fit into their old shoes and won’t for a while. A great warm and comfy pair of slippers would be an ideal for any new mom, for lounging around the home or just for slipping into after a day out and about on feet that are still recovering from childbirth. Ralph Lauren makes a comfy shearling slipper that retails for $75.

8. Anything from Tiffany’s – The sight of that little blue box can put a glimmer in any woman’s eye. For a new mom whose fingers may be swollen from retaining water, she may be upset and frustrated that she can no longer fit her wedding or engagement ring. Rather than put it away, wouldn’t it be a wonderful surprise to present her with a lovely chain to hang the rings on and wear around her neck so she can keep the symbol of your love and fidelity by her heart? Yes. Yes indeed. And as a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all things Tiffany’s related, believe me, that you are sure to find a necklace in a variety of budgets at Tiffany’s. An Open Heart Pendant Chain sells for $125.00 and can fit a ring easily along with the alphabet pendant bearing either the mom’s or new baby’s initial.

You can fake it by purchasing a Tiffany Blue Bag for $9.90! Pair that with an AerWo box for $6.99 and you can really fake the funk! lol

 

What This Blogger Wants for Christmas

This time of year, people are assembling their Christmas wish list and dropping hints. I am one of them! Here are 6 items on my wish list that are making a repeat appearance from a past year:

1. Exlura Women’s Off Shoulder Batwing Sleeve Loose Oversized Pullover Sweater Knit Jumper – $22.90

I love silk and silk blend sweaters because they feel great on the skin and have longevity compared to those made of synthetic materials. You can wear this sweater with jeans on the weekend or over dress pants and wear them at an evening function. Love.

2. CONVERSE ALL STAR Boots • Converse • $59

It’s getting cold so it’s boots weather and because I’m always on the go, these Converse boots are a combo of my active sneakers and my riding boots and are Perfect! They are different and will turn heads.

3. Burberry  Plastic Sunglasses • Burberry • $103

I lost these very same glasses a month after I got them this year so a replacement would be great. I love these frames. They fit my face wonderfully.

4. Apple iPad Pro $30 per month+

I love that the iPad Pro  is large enough to function as a laptop and a tablet. I checked out the specs and other functionalities and they’re tops. I’d love to get one of these one of these on Christmas morn.

5. Burberry Small Leather & Canvas Check Henham Cross body Bag • Burberry • $595

I don’t go anywhere without my Coach cross body bag. It lets me keep my hands free and my bag secure to my body. I would love to  get a larger one that can fit more things and can let me give my other bag a rest. This Burberry cross body bag would be ideal!

6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Door Knob iPhone 6 Case • Marc by Marc Jacobs • $88

I have been using the massive protective Otter case that I purchased when I got my iPhone 7  for the longest time because not a lot of manufacturers of chic cases had them available when I first got it. I’m a selfie queen so a stylish alternative to the boring grey I have now would be amazing!.

That’s it for this blogger! What’s on your Christmas wish list?

6 Awesome Family Coordinated T-Shirts To Give for the Holidays

Coordinated family pride t-shirts are trending. You can find a lot of small mom and pop shops and ecommerce stores selling these creatively made t–shirts on Etsy. Here are our top editor’s picks!

Father and Son Pizza by Xenotees – $49.99

Father and Son Original and Remix tee by KaAnsDesigns – $24.00

Mama Bear and Baby Bear by thinkedink – $29.00+

Dad and Son Outer Space play shirt by bykd – $39.00

Dad and child “Work like a captain, Party like a Pirate” tee – $45.00+

Dad and son/daughter Coffee Team $42.23

Your Gift Guide for that Book Lover in Your Life

It’s December 1 which means there are only 24 more shopping days until Christmas. Already, we’ve posted several gift guides for every type of person on your list.

Today we are sharing out top picks for that book lover on your list.

1 We really dig this mug that has all these great introductory lines from some of the most popular and most read literary works of our time. From Anna Karenina to Slaughterhouse Five, the mug comes in a fun gift box. It is sold by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild – $15.95

2 Calendars are still popular gifts to give at the end of the  year so Orange Circle Studi’s  2018 Album Wall Calendar  for Book Lovers is quite appropriate! Each month is a the book cover art from one of the historical classics. It is retro-inspired and comes packaged in a sturdy sleeve just like a classic vinyl record album. The calendar is printed on matte paper for a true vintage look and features full-color poster-style artwork $14.27

3 We love charms! A bangle with charms of an open book, an “I Love to Read” and a heart charm is, well, charming, wouldn’t you say? It would be well appreciated by a teacher or some other book aficionado in your life!  An Etsy shop I love to frequent sells it for  $8.99 and charges just $1 to personalize it! That’s a steal!

4 Throw pillows with fun sayings on them are great for livening up any den, office or other casual area in your home. This Pillow that reads “One More Chapter” is perfect reading pillow.

5 We got a hoot from bumping into Dasha Alexander mug that reads “Kindly Go Away, I’m Reading Mug” ! It sells for $17.95

6 A pair of fun and warm socks would be much appreciated this Christmas when gifted to a mom, librarian, teacher or other book worm. These novelty socks read on the bottom of it, “If you can read this, get me a book”! Hilarious! And also under $20 at $14.99

7 If you have yet to upgrade to the latest iPhone and are still carrying around the iPhone 7 or know another book-lover in your life who is, then consider getting this “Inspired Cases Bookshelf ” Book Lover Case for iPhone 7. It has 3D Textured Print  so you can actually feel the design. It’s made in the USA and protects a phone from dings and dents. It sells for $14.99.

8What do you get when you cross a book lover with a superhero fan? You get this Aluminum sports bottle. It is 13.5 ounces and made of 100% recyclable aluminum and sells for $17.95

9. We love journals and this sleek leather journal would be a great place to record all the books you’ve read or gift it to a book fan who is also organized and serious about tracking his or her reading. The journal is seriously made for it. It includes pages to list books that have been borrowed, lent away or given. It has pages for book sources and a spot to jot down members of the reading group and contact info for members. It is also smartly priced at  $12.96

Bonus is this tea spoon for a book lover who also loves to drink tea! It fits right into the under $20 theme at $10.99

 

 

 

Quirky and Fun Gifts For the New or Expectant Arrival (Gift Guide)

If you know someone who is expecting this year and planning their child’s nursery or who recently welcomed a new arrival, and you want to gift that person something special for the Holidays, we’ve curated our pick of gifts all under $25 for you to consider.

1.  A personalized framed piece of wall art bearing the child’s name will be a sentimental surprise. There are a lot of small sellers on Etsy who will create one for you and ship  it off within days from order like this Custom baby nursery wall art Tiger nursery print which sells for only  $13.95

2. Keeping with that theme but going bigger, you can get an actual wooden sign from 8 to 24 inches tall in the baby’s name. It can be hung up in the baby’s nursery above the crib and it too is just  $13.95.

3. There are a lot of lamps on the market but this cotton elephant night light or lamp is perfect. It is not too bright and is whimsical and would stand out in any room. The company that sells this, Lily’s Lights, also makes multiple animals and colors. It’s just $24.95.

4. Music is great for babies. It’s wonderful for developing their inner outer ear development and balance. Also it is soothing. The Ocean Wave Projector night light comes with a built-in Music Player  and has 7 color changing modes. Baby will be mesmerized by the lights and lulled by the music. It costs $23.99.

5. When time comes to take the baby’s first portrait, mom and dad do not necessarily need to rush out and pay a professional photographer (or they can). AiXiAng  makes this adorable newborn photography handmade crochet knitted costume to wear to the shoot, at home or a photography studio. It’s a Christmas lion cap and pants set! Sooo cute! It’s only $12.85. Love it!

6. Help mom and dad save for their new baby with an adorable piggie bank! $24

7. This stars and moon night sky vinyl wall art decal sticker mural is adorable. It’ s white so you’d need to place it on a dark background. It’s 22 x 49 inches, which covers a wide area, and goes for $19.99

8. The trendy thing to do is take photos of the baby’s first month. These monthly stickers in a gender neutral color can be placed on the baby’s onesie or t-shirt before being snapped. The parents will be grateful for such a thoughtful gift. It is  $12.95.

9. Finally, I love Yi!’s monitors and the Wireless IP Video monitor with Night Vision would be awesome to be used as a nursery monitor and it is modestly priced at $24.50. 

Hope you love these ideas but even if you don’t perhaps they inspired you to get something similar, interesting or unique !

 

For #SmallBusinessSaturday: Shop Our Blog’s Affiliates

For Small Business Saturday, I am encouraging all of the readers, followers and fans of this blog to patronize my affiliate partners because they help me deliver quality content, news and information every day.

Your patronage of these brands will support a small business which just doesn’t include mom and pop brick and mortar stores but the thousands of people who have products, services and platforms, like this one, online.

Check them out and if you’re in the need of any product, your purchase today will keep this blog running. I thank you in advance!

Isabella Oliver

Isabella Oliver is a celebrity fave maternity designer. When I was expecting, I wore some of these designs and found the signature ruching on the size forgiving and breathable. The aesthetic is simple and they stick to clean lines. I love this brand because you can wear the pieces under a denim or casual jacket or pair them with pearls and heels and the clothes work either way. IO also sells shoes, belts and other accessories.

Isabella Oliver

Gymboree

I know from first hand experience that the quality of the clothing is superior. They last in the wash and the colors do not fade. The brand is known for selling very well coordinated pieces with whimsical characters or in solids, neutrals and other long-lasting hues. The clothing is made of natural materials mostly, and they look really cute. I’ve blogged about this brand often before because I am a believer in it. It’s the brand all the affluent suburban moms outfit their kids in so you know it’s top stuff. (smile).  Gymboree sells from baby to tween.

Shop Global.Gymboree.com

Umi Shoes

Umi makes shoes with technology and comfort in mind.  Each shoe is lightweight and ergonomically fit for your child’s growing feet. They come in packaging made of 100% recycleable materials. The price point is reasonable and these shoes are durable and can stand the test of playground time and rough and tumble.

UMI Children's Shoes

Naturpedic

Since your baby will be spending most of her time (up to 18 hours a day) in her crib, it is important to get the right mattress and not go cheap. Get the best you can.  An eco-friendly foam and innerspring mattresses like the ones sold by Naturpedic tend to be made with fewer chemicals, plastics, and PVC (vinyl), and a greater percentage of renewable and sustainable materials, such as cotton, fast-growing bamboo, coir, plant-based foam, and natural latex (rubber from tree sap that’s been injected with air). Also, the manufacturing process for some eco-friendly crib mattresses tends to produce fewer carbon emissions. The Naturepedic No-Compromise Organic Cotton Classic 150 crib mattress shown here has a “U.S.-grown organic cotton filling” and a polyethylene plastic waterproof surface that, the manufacturer says, is free of vinyl/ PVC, phthalates, lead, or antimicrobial biocides. It sells for $260. The outer cover of this mattress might limit the exposure to toxins.

Naturepedic Organic Baby Mattresses

ABC Mouse

I’ve boasted plenty about this online learning platform for kids. I purchased a subscription for my daughter when she was 4 and she followed the curriculum through the end. Today, she is a top reader, tests in the 99% for reading and gets all As in school. I credit her early start from this program which is having a sale through Cyber Monday of 63% off its annual fee. This is perfect equalizer for those who cannot afford to pay a tutor for their child like some of the most affluent amnong us. ABC Mouse is used in schools and many early learning centers around the nation and globe!

Pittman and Davis

This Holiday season, consider giving a gift of food! Fruit baskets, cakes, candy and other assorted food items are great for giving employees, teachers, vendors, a boss, colleagues, clients and the like. Also, order a few small gift baskets to give as host gifts when you go over people’s homes for parties, gatherings, dinners and other social gatherings this holiday season. Pittman and Davis have been shipping orchard  orchard fresh fruit, smoked meats, cheeses, pastries, candies and other scrumptious gift food items for over 80 yeas. The family owned company is based in Texas. All items are shipped and delivered fresh with a money-back guarantee for deliveries that do not meet up to company standards. Shipping food items can be a very quick and relatively inexpensive way to knock out your holiday gifting for distant and extended family and business relationships in one fell swoop.

Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit, Orange, Pear and Apple Gifts

Bajuken

Baukjen is the sister brand to Isabella Oliver. Because it is by the same designer, you can expect to find similar clean simple styling and lines. Quality constructed soft, stretchable and breathable all natural materials.

Baukjen

B2C Jewels

In the market for an anniversary or renewal band? Want to get a pair of diamond studs to add to your classic collection of jewelry. You can get top quality jewelry and diamonds at a reasonable price compared to going to a jewelry store by shopping B2C Jewels.

B2C Jewels

ExploreTrip.com

If you love to travel or can afford to take a family trip during the winter, you can save a ton on your flight through ExploreTrip.com. In fact, this winter, you can save up to 80% on Worldwide flights  and Get up to $15 OFF with promo code WINTER.  And ExploreTrip is also having a Cyber Monday Sale! Get an EXTRA $15 Off on your booking + Save up to 60% Off on all Flights. Promo Code: CMONDAY. Book Now!

Cyber Monday Sale! Get an EXTRA $15 Off on your booking + Save up to 60% Off on all Flights. Promo Code: CMONDAY. Book Now!

Janie and Jack

This is the slightly more upscale sister brand to Gymboree. The clothing looks for posh to me. The price point is higher.

Crazy 8

And Crazy 8 is the less upscale sister brand to Gymboree. Clothing is still top quality but you can get insane deals starting at $4 for tops. They have a large variety of options and are great for stacking on on play clothes.



Crazy 8 Sale On Now!

Le Tote

Le Tote is the best subscription box for preginistas who are new moms-to-be and don’t have time any longer to figure out their clothes. Members get sjo[[ed unlimited number of apparel and accessories each month. It just recently entered the maternity wear business and it just recently started offering maternity wear. We love it so much, we’ve partnered with Le Tote as affiliates. It is having a Cyber Week Sale! Take 85% off First Month of Le Tote Rental! Ends 12/1

Wild Dill

I love Wild Dill because it combines commerce with conscious shopping. They source their goods direct from the creators in Africa, South America, Israel and all over the world and sell them online for a fair share of the profit which is different from what a lot of companies do: they steal the concept, create duplicates in China made of sub par material and market them as authentic.

Nested Bean

The latest on our radar is a swaddle blanket that takes the guess work out of swaddling a new born and adds technology of “touch” so baby can feel even more secure when sleep. It’s called The Zen Swaddle and it was created by a desperate mom who came up with an ingenious solution for some long sleepless nights.

Urth Box

Urthbox specializes in sending healthy, delicious and tasty new snacks from local stores and vendors.  Delivered each month, the curated collection is designed to serve as an alternative to unhealthy snacking in the face of stress, busy schedules, and other life struggles and to complement a healthy, fit lifestyle.

Creation Crate

STEM (Science, Techonology, Engineering and Math) is a big deal these days and getting kids interested in this discipline of topics can be tough. With a subscription box from Creation Crate, your kid gets a project to make each time. It’s more than software though, the projects include a building component to it.

Creation Crate

We Found THE absolute BEST Black Friday Deals For You

Personal finance website Wallet Hub released its survey of the stores with the Best Black Friday Deals in terms of the amount of savings offered to customers. JC Penney and Kohl’s tied for first with 66.3% discounts on goods sold that day after Thanksgiving.

We reviewed the other top stores on their list and identified the items on the Bellyitch Staff’s List that constitute the BEST Black Fridaybdoorbuster Deals around!

Element 40 inch TV- Target for $179

Free Samsung Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8 or Galaxy 8+ – FREE

Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro no-contract phone – $39

Amazon Fire 7 tablet 7″ 8GB  $39

Sony PlayStation 4 1TB console – $199 ($100 off!)

HexBug R/C Robot BattleBots Arena – $49 (Save $30)

Jetson Beam electric scooter – $199 (Save $100)

Skyline 5-pc. luggage set – $49 (Save $50)

Graco Pack ’n Play Simple Solutions playard – $49.99 (save $30)

Dyson V6 Animal – $249 (save $250)

Crock-Pot 4.5-qt. manual slow cooker – $10

George Foreman 2-serving classic grill – $10

Bodum French press coffee for two – $10

Hamilton Beach 6-speed 275-watt hand mixer with case – $10

Ninja Coffee Bar coffee maker with thermal carafe – $199 (save $100)

T-fal 20-pc. nonstick cookware set – $49 (save $50)

Rubbermaid 34-pc. food storage container set – $7

Threshold™ chenille or Sherpa throw – $10

Queen-size bedding sets – $35 (save$44)

 

20% off one shopping trip between Nov. 28 – Dec. 10*

Kohl

Keurig® K-Select™ Single-Serve K-Cup Pod® Coffee Maker –$99 (save $50)

The Sharper Image 14.4-in. Lunar Drone with HD Camera & Virtual Reality Smartphone Viewer $79 – (Save $89)

X-Rocker Bluetooth 2.1 Gaming Chair – $99 (save $100)

Free Shipping when you shop online for orders over $50

Sears

Reebok Women’s Dash Athletic Shoe – $29 (save $30)

NordicTrack 10.9 Elliptical with Free Delivery – $599 (save $1000)

Sterling Silver 1/10 ct. tw. Diamond Studs fwith any Online Purchase of $19.99 or more – $19

Gold Over Silver 1/10 cttw Diamond Heart Pendant – $17.99 (save $82)

JC Penny

JCPenney Home™ 6-pc. Bath Towel Set – $19 (save $40)

Disney Princess 9-pc. Doll Set – $49.99 (save $50)

Carter’s 2-pc. Stripe Pant Set Baby Unisex – $7.99 (save $12)

Free Shipping on any order over $49.

Gifts For That Woman On Your List Who Only Wears Black!

I love Black! Recently, I was cleaning out my closet and realized that the majority of the clothes in my closet is black. I am content with this. I really don’t need color in my wardrobe. I’m not afraid of color. I’ve worn it, but my preference is black clothing. There are others like me. We have a tribe.

If you are shopping for a family member or friend this Holiday season who wears black a lot, don’t try to change them. Instead, get them what they like and that’s something black.

 MY CLOSET:

I do wear color and loved the lovely peach bohemian dresses generously provided by Top Tier Style that I wore to the Mother-Son dance and my kids’ school this year and paired earlier in the day with the steampunk shades also from Top Tier Style.  I loved that I got to match with my son’s shirt and complement with the tie. The dress was feminine and light. The shades are a conversation starter, durable and top quality.

But these times are rare.

Using the tools from my partners at Shopstyle, I curated a list of the stuff I saw scroll through that was black and I like and I love. I know my tastes aren’t like every other black lover but if you want some inspiration, feel free to click through my finds below:

  1. Women’s 1.state Off The Shoulder Sheer Chiffon Blouse • 1 STATE • $47.40
  2. Women’s Rag & Bone/jean Amelie Back Cutout Turtleneck • Rag & Bone • $160
  3. Burberry – Balmoral Packaway Hooded Shell Trench Coat – Black • Burberry • $795
  4. Women’s Baublebar Gabriela Tassel Fringe Earrings • BaubleBar • $48
  5. Fitbit ‘Charge 2’ Wireless Activity & Heart Rate Tracker • Fitbit • $149.95
  6. LIKELY Driggs Strapless Dress • LIKELY • $71–178
  7. Herschel Supply Co. ‘Settlement Mid Volume’ Backpack – Black • Herschel • $60
  8. Women’s Bp. Flare Sleeve Sweater • BP • $39
  9. Revolution Run Hat • Lucy • $9.88
  10. Women’s Sorel Joan Of Arctic Wedge Genuine Shearling Bootie • Sorel • $270 
  11. Echo Luxe Asymmetric Poncho • Echo • $59
  12. Women’s Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Lite Ribbed Scarf • Barefoot Dreams • $44
  13. Blake Embroidery Brim Hat • Henri Bendel • $148
  14. Women’s Sam Edelman Tia Ankle Strap Pump • Sam Edelman • $71.96
  15. GG jacquard pattern knitted scarf • Gucci • $350
  16. Tory Burch Parker Leather Tote – Black • Tory Burch • $199.66
  17. Women’s Steve Madden ‘Ecentrcq’ Sneaker • Steve Madden • $59.95
  18. Women’s Brixton Fiddler Cap – Black • Brixton • $42
  19. Women’s Michael Michael Kors Cowl Neck Sweater • MICHAEL Michael Kors • $58.96
  20. Women’s Bp. Fab Nara Over The Knee Boot • BP • $89.95
  21. Women’s Gibson Tie Sleeve Cozy Fleece Top • Gibson • $54
  22. Women’s Jeffrey Campbell Del Sol Wedge Sandal • Jeffrey Campbell • $108.71
  23. Tonal Stripe Foldover Clutch – Black • BP • $12.49
  24. Bp. Tonal Stripe Foldover Clutch – Black • BP • $12.49 FRAME – Le Skinny Stretch-leather Pants – Black • Frame • $950

The steampunk shades and the bohemian dresses in this review were provided by Top Tier Style. If you would like to purchase your own use the coupon code BLOG15 for 15% OFF everything on their store!

Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide for Frequent Flyers from $0 to $20

Everyone has that person in their life who is an avid traveler. This is the person who spends more of their life on the way somewhere than sitting home. We live vicariously through them via the fabulous photos they share in social media.

If you are interested in helping to fuel their adventures, consider gifting them something than any frequent flyer would appreciate. All of these gifts cost anywhere from NOTHING to $20!

1. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter  ($19.99) – This is a must-have for international travelers especially who have to be very careful about water quality.  The LifeStraw Filtered Water Bottle cleans up 99.9% of waterborne parasites & bacteria from water sources in countries where water quality can be an issue.

The 2nd stage activated carbon filter reduces odor, chlorine and leaves zero aftertaste too

2. 2.  Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See($16.99) – The traveler’s bucket list of places to go is constantly growing. This award-winning and very popular book from the Travel Guide experts at Lonely Planet will give them a host of new ideas!

3. All in One Travel Wallet – 2 Passport Holder + Gift Box / cash tickets cards pen ($16.99) – Although frequent travelers are usually organized, they could appreciate another new option to store all the things they need for the flight in one place: passport, ID, boarding pass, money and more.

4. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition Paperback – July 1, 2015 ($18.99) – Similar to the Lonely Planet guide, this well reviewed book provides a host of ideas

5. Offer to House Sit a Pet – ($0) – If you wanderlust pal has a pet, you know the cost of pet sitting services can be high for them. Gifting them pet sitting services during one of their longer stints away from home would be much appreciated.

6. Bake a tin of cookies for them to take to the airport – ($5) – Also pretty low cost would be to prepare a tin of cookies, granola or some other snacks that can be taken with them on a flight or at the airport.

7. Everlasting Comfort 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow Airplane Travel Kit With Ultra Plush Velour Cover, Sleep Mask and Earplugs (Lifetime Warranty) ($18.95) – A frequent traveler doesn’t leave home without the essentials for a long flight across the ocean. This kit included a neck pillow, mask and earplugs to help them get some rest on an extended plane trip.

8. Make them a Mix Tape and put it on a Jump drive, Spotify, SoundCloud or some other service. ($0) – A traveler could always use some new tunes to jam to while waiting in the airport or heading somewhere exciting. Get them in the mood with some of their (and your) fave music.

9. Pioneer Quality Audio Performance In Ear Lightweight Metal In Ear Headphone, Blue (SE-CL722T-L) ($19.99) – Speaking of tunes, the earbuds they give out on the flight cannot compare to a set of quality earbuds.

10. Create a list of Free Events going on where they are heading. ($0) A gift of list of fun and FREE activities that are happening near or around where your travler friend is heading would be a time and money saver when they arrive.

11. BONAZZA Universal International Travel Adapter Kit with 3.4A 4 USB Ports –  International travelers know the challenge of finding an outlet to fit their US-based electronic devices and products like hair dryers. This travel adapter kit works in Over 150 Countries and a bonus is that in includes aUSB Power Adapter for iPhone, Android, All USB Devices ($19.95)

12. Germ Defense Kit – Protect Yourself While Traveling! 30+ Piece Kit – $14.95 – Germs are everywhere in public places and during travel, it becomes doubly important to wipe off surfaces like courtesy phones, counters and more. Your wandering buddy will appreciate this germ travel kit.

The Ultimate Beyonce Fan Gift Guide (SHOP)

Everyone has that one person in their life who is a Beyonce fan. And if you don’t and  you are a regular reader of this blog then know that you have me! If you’re thinking of getting something this Holiday gift-giving season for that Beyhive or Beyhive Lite member you know, go no further.

I poured over items from my ecommerce partners at Etsy and Shopstyle and other sites and curated an awesome list of clothes, novelty items and screen t’s that any Bey fan would love!

Boho Turquoise Jewelry – $67

 

 Flawless shirt – $16.99
 X O Print – $13.66
 Queen B T-Shirt – $24