Gift Guide 2016: For The Traveler

Black Friday, Cyber Monday . . . the countdown to the holidays has officially begun. Gulp. And so begins our series of gift guides, to make shopping easier for you. Each is chock full of some of our favorite tried and true items from 2016 and of course, a few products from our own wish lists. First up: some gift ideas for the traveler with all the adventurous details after the jump . . . traveler

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Women Together

The holiday season has snuck up on us once again, but this year it’s come during an emotional and volatile point in time where it feels as though some of our nation’s most fundamental liberties are being challenged. If there’s anything I’ve taken away from the recent political, cultural and environmental events, it is that complacency is silence. And as a woman, a mother and a daughter of immigrants, silence can be detrimental. Now, more than ever, is the time to unite, learn, educate, participate and donate time and money to causes that will fight to protect us and the equal rights that make this country so beautiful. As I’m personally trying to navigate how to better engage in issues and how I can stand to make even the smallest difference within my community, it doesn’t mean that I (or you!) shouldn’t continue take delight in the holidays. Especially when some of my favorite female designers have started initiatives to bring awareness and to give back to impactful organizations. Designers of #WomenTogether, which includes Ulla Johnson, Ace & Jig, and Rachel Comey, are giving 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28. 15% of all Bliss and Mischief proceeds will go towards an organization of your choice, which includes Standing Rock Sioux and the Human Rights Campaign. And Patagonia is continuing their yearly tradition of giving 100% of proceeds, during Black Friday, to underfunded grassroots organizations, working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations. Whether you shop or not, let’s all pay it forward . . .

Rachel Comey: A portion of sales will be donated to the Trevor Project, the leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28

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Kathleen Whitaker: 100% of profits to be donated to The Natural Resources Defense Council on November 25th. 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28.

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Bliss and Mischief: 15% of online proceeds towards Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock Sioux, Human Rights Campaign, Environment America and more, from now until December 31st

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Salt By David Burdeny

I can’t get over the breathtaking range of color emitting from these otherwise prosaic salt flats and dry lake beds, captured so brilliantly by David Burdeny. The Canadian photographer spent years flying over salterns in Western Australia, Utah’s Great Salt Lake and the Mojave Desert, during different times of days and seasons, to seize the right angles. Though they’re man made, you can’t deny the beauty that occurs naturally thanks to organic forces.

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Mother Patches

I’ve been on a denim embellishing spree, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see that Mother recently launched a collection of colorful iron on patches that include all the letters of the alphabet, mystical symbols and retro motifs. Perfect stocking stuffers, am I right? I’m literally running out of jeans and denim jackets to DIY but I’m definitely adding these sweet patches to my growing collection until I’m ready to adorn my next piece.

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