The 2023 Authorized Nomads Reward Information


I did my first ever vacation present information for vacationers a couple of years in the past, which was enjoyable to compile. Readers appeared to benefit from the varied objects, and I used to be blissful to share a number of the merchandise that accompanied me on the street.

Now that my life is a little completely different – one thing all of you already know – my present options are much less about souvenirs from overseas or studying about journey, and extra issues I exploit daily or discovered fantastic.

I hope you’ll discover one thing you want in them!

Vacation presents for the 2023 season

There are a number of birds in right here, you’ve been warned.

Fingers free footwear and boots

It was a fellow leak affected person who first instructed me about Kizik footwear, and I’ve used them ever since. Made with patented know-how that permit for hands-free use, these sneakers come in numerous types and hues, and can be found in youngsters, ladies, and males’s choices.

A observe that their newer fashions aren’t pretty much as good for my spinal CSF leak as a result of the heel drop is increased; I discover the Lima mannequin to be probably the most comfy, although my footwear are their Cairo mannequin that has since been discontinued.

When you tie the laces on Kiziks the primary time, you merely step into the footwear thereafter. To get out, you employ your different foot to carry the bottom regular and slowly pull out of the shoe. They’re glorious for individuals with disabilities, for being pregnant, for seniors, and customarily for many who hate having to crouch to get their footwear on and off.

And for this vacation season, additionally they have winter boots for the primary time, and a brand new Chelsea boot that goes to the ankle.

hands free shoes: perfect gifts for those on the go
The Lima Kizik ladies’s shoe in gray.

Extra data:
You’ll find these footwear and boots on their web site, Kizik.com. Utilizing this hyperlink will get you $20 off (it additionally provides me $20 off, however I don’t see myself getting any extra footwear as I’ve a number of pair!). They ship to Canada and USA.
Comply with them on: Instagram


A pencil to finish all pencils

Have you learnt somebody who’s specific about their writing implements? The New York Occasions calls the Blackwing 602 the “Rolls Royce” of pencils, a beforehand standard selection from many a author—together with John Steinbeck. First created within the 1930’s, the Blackwing was additionally utilized by Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and plenty of different Looney Tunes characters. After 1998, the pencil couldn’t be discovered, and devotees have been paying $40 a pop once they did find a stash. Fortunately, in 2010, a California firm introduced it again for “a brand new technology of writers, musicians, and others searching for a extra pure existence” (unsure what they imply by that, however sure — it’s an excellent pencil!).

They introduced again the cult-favourite mainstays: comfy grip, a replaceable eraser in a really satisfying rectangular form (why is that this so satisfying!?), and a pencil crafted from California cedar and Japanese graphite. It writes like a dream, and makes doodling a pleasure. It’s not low-cost nevertheless it’s not $40 a pencil costly. Nonetheless, should you’ve obtained a member of the family or pal who loves to attract or handwrite, it’s a enjoyable present.

great gifts for writers: blackwing 602 pencil

Extra data:
The place to purchase: Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or Blackwing’s personal web site
Delivery to
: Canada and Worldwide (together with USA)
Comply with them on:
Instagram


Hand-drawn maps of meals

Sure, sure—I’ve included my very own maps on this information as properly! My meals maps get compliments each time individuals go to, and make nice vacation presents for anybody who likes to eat.

hand drawn food map of Canada - white poster

Along with Canada, above, I’ve obtained Vietnam, Portugal, Thailand, Japan, Italy, and Mexico artwork within the store!

hand drawn maps of food gifts 2022

Extra data:
The place to purchase: the Authorized Nomads artwork store web site
Delivery to
: Worldwide
Comply with me on
: Instagram


Gluten free translation playing cards

Regardless of my work hours being restricted lately, one of many duties I preserve working arduous at is the gluten free playing cards mission. I began these playing cards once I obtained sick whereas consuming in Japan with a brief gluten free card in Japanese. I spotted I wanted to incorporate extra data, native elements names (not simply “I can’t eat gluten”), and cross-contact (not simply meals which can be gluten free).

The end result, 15 languages and counting with Bahasa Indonesia, Croatian, Lithuanian, and Swedish coming quickly and over 12,000 playing cards offered.

Every card goes by 2 units of translations for accuracy, with one translator at minimal being aware of celiac illness. I’m within the means of including PDF downloadable variations too, as an alternative of simply the PNG recordsdata. Increasingly more individuals need to print the playing cards, not simply have them on their telephones.

Good for the celiac who likes to journey!

gluten free restaurant cards for celiacs to travel around the world

Extra data:
The place to purchase: the GF Playing cards shopfront, with free nation guides right here.
Delivery to
: Worldwide as a result of they’re digital playing cards!


An ideal new card sport for journey

One other enjoyable present that’s excellent for the traveler: Journey Chaser, a brand new card sport, fantastically designed. Journey Chaser is the love little one of Dalene and Pete Heck, who you may additionally know from their website Hecktic Travels.

The sport lets you determine who’s probably the most travel-savvy of your group by shopping for, bartering, and playing your option to varied locations. The tougher a vacation spot is to get to from North America, the extra factors it’s value.

The sport is already offered out in Canada, however you may order it on backorder or through the US, the place there’s nonetheless inventory.

trip chaser game - a perfect gift for the traveler

Extra data:
The place to purchase: in Canada, the Journey Chaser web site. Within the USA, on Amazon US.
Comply with them on
: Instagram


Light-weight chef’s knife

I’ve an excellent set of World knives that I slowly gathered over my years of lawyering. The issue is, with a spinal CSF leak I can not use them as a result of they’re too heavy.

As an alternative, I’ve gotten a chef’s knife from Nakano, which is light-weight and cozy—a lot so, that anybody who is available in to assist in the home solely opts to make use of that one. It’s their “traditional chef knife” and weighs in at 6.5 oz / 185g. Light-weight, however sturdy sufficient to chop many an excellent factor within the kitchen. They’ve obtained a 30% sale occurring proper now, too.

nakano chef's knife - great holiday gift

Nakano additionally has santoku knives and different units on provide; I’m sharing the one I obtained and use as a result of that’s the one one I’ve expertise with. However it’s been an excellent addition to my knife block, and light-weight sufficient to make use of even when my spinal CSF leak is in tough form.

Please use code JODI at checkout for a 30% off deal in your knife buy. As an alternative of an affiliate cost to me, I requested for a reduction code for readers. It’s legitimate for the Nakano website usually, not simply this knife that I exploit and love.

Extra data:
The place to purchase: Nakano Knives
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My favorite pocket book

My pal Candace despatched me a couple of Joytop notebooks once I first obtained sick. She stated the traces are simply completely positioned, and the pocket book’s seams have been satisfying to make use of; I can’t disagree in any respect. There’s one thing in regards to the dimension and light-weight matte texture of those books that makes me need to write in them on a regular basis. I used to like Moleskine books however I obtained pissed off with the scale, all the time wishing I might unfold out my creativity and never be cramped to the facet of the web page.

These books permit me to do this, and for some purpose, I haven’t used something since. Actually, these books are beautiful however why are they so satisfying?! The simply are. No matter why, Candace was proper, and I needed to incorporate them so that you all can benefit from the satisfaction we get from writing in them.

joytop notebook holiday gift
All the time a whimsical cowl, plus satisfying to jot down on.

Extra data:
The place to purchase: In Canada, Yuyu.ca sells these, they usually ship to the USA and internationally as properly. In Australia, you’re in luck: Maconii carries them too.


A sublime straw system on your vegetation

When a pal in Sweden talked about plantstraws as an possibility for me as a result of I’m a infamous #plantkiller, I used to be intrigued. I do know lots of you like your vegetation and do much better at not murdering them than I do, so I believed you’d have an interest too.

Plantstraws is the brainchild of Sweden’s Elin Fyhr, who needed to make plant care easy and believes that “design must be playful, curious, and unhurried”. Can’t discover fault there.

The straws work by placing one finish right into a water jug and the opposite into the soil of your vegetation, permitting a cotton rope inside every brass tube to slowly add moisture to the soil with out overwatering. This implies you may put thirsty vegetation like swamp and rainforest native vegetation,on the same care schedule as succulents, cacti or Mediterranean vegetation. In addition they add a enjoyable look to any room with the brass tubes and glass jars:

plantstraws: a fun gift for the holidays

Extra data:
The place to purchase: the Plantstraw web site
Delivery to: Canada, USA, and Worldwide. (Delivery exterior Europe is expensive, although), so you too can consult certainly one of their resellers. For some purpose the one ones in Canada are in Alberta; hopefully that modifications sooner or later quickly!
Comply with them on: Instagram


Knitted cacti

With a mission to deliver greenery to “each struggling plant father or mother”, Kelsea’s whimsical knitted cacti caught my eye at an area flea market. The enterprise took place when Kelsea knitted her sister some cacti for Christmas, after seeing how her sister couldn’t preserve vegetation alive.

Taking inspiration from actual vegetation, Kelsea fastidiously crafts knit cacti and succulents in a wide range of sizes, colors, and shapes. She additionally tries to make use of sustainable supplies for different elements of her merchandise: upcycled packaging, sustainable yarn and stuffing, plus reusing cardboard contained in the pot to make them lighter weight for delivery.

The corporate is totally family-supported, together with the construct for the shows on the market stall I met her at.

I purchased myself a mini cacti (although I’m having cactus remorse that I didn’t get a bigger one), and thought you might have considered trying one too.

knit cactus with a red flower: excellent holiday gift

Extra data:
The place to purchase: the Kelsea Knits web site
Delivery to: Canada, USA, and Worldwide.
Comply with them on: Instagram


Fowl language puzzle

One among two choices (see Effin Birds under) for many who, like me, are in that candy spot of Venn diagram overlap between swearing and birds. This time, a 1000-piece puzzle so that you can put collectively as soon as dinner is over.

I cherished the color (it matches my emblem), and it has birds so I’m not likely a troublesome promote right here. For these within the winter chilly, a puzzle is all the time a good way to go a couple of hours of your time.

colorful bird puzzle for a holiday gift

Extra data:
The place to purchase: the Unusual Items web site
Delivery to: Canada, USA, and Worldwide.
Comply with them on: Instagram


Kitchen cuteness

I purchased Nessie the tea guardian the second I noticed her, and I’m obsessive about it. I exploit Nessie each time I’ve unfastened tea, and the satisfaction of watching her peek out from the cup rim will, I think, by no means get previous.

For the tea lovers and whimsy lovers alike!

gift for 2023: a nessie tea strainer

Additionally unmissable (should you’re me): the identical firm’s spaghetti monster strainer. I like it a lot.

cute gifts for holidays: colander monster for pasta

Extra data:
The place to purchase: Nessie: Amazon Canada, Amazon US.
The spagetti monster strainer: Amazon Canada, Amazon US.
This is similar firm that additionally makes the mushroom funnel I presently personal. Sure, I’m a statistic and I don’t care. You can too purchase their merchandise on the OTOTO Design web site, however they solely ship to the US.
Comply with them on: Instagram


Hummingbird ring

hummingbird ring gifts for holidays 2023

I loved the symmetry and pleasure from this cute hummingbird ring, which might be ordered in 18K plated gold, or sterling silver. It’s from Little Rooms, a store launched by designer Ester Delug in 2007. The store has expanded fairly a bit since then, however should you’re available in the market for some enjoyable and tasteful jewellery, you’ll definitely discover one thing right here.

In addition they promote stunning hair equipment and ear cuffs, along with jewellery requirements like necklaces and earrings.

Extra data:
You should buy from the Little Rooms web site.
Comply with them on: Instagram


Pleasant fowl artwork

I’ve had the pleasure of assembly the genius behind Birdstrips, Jess, in individual in Montreal twice earlier than we every moved elsewhere. Her illustrations have grown an enormous following on Instagram as a result of their whimsical, relatable messaging.

In Jess’ phrases, the store includes “the existential misery of the flightless by the eyes of the flighted.”

Beneath, two prints from her store: one a vintage-style poster of 33 “hardly ever seen” gulls, together with the elusive popsigull, peagull, and pierogigulls; and the second, remedy “earlier than and after”—in traditional Birdstrips fashion.

bird gifts for 2023
birdstrips gifts bird posters

Extra data:
The place to purchase: the Birdstrips Print Store (additionally mugs, tees, and extra!)
Delivery to: Worldwide
Comply with them on: Instagram


A conveyable pink gentle machine for ache

I wasn’t positive if I might tolerate pink gentle remedy with a mast cell dysfunction, however every little thing I learn advised that if I stayed at increased wavelengths of sunshine, my mast cells could be much less disrupted.

So I sought out a conveyable LED pink gentle machine that I might elevate with a spinal CSF leak, but in addition that had choices for increased nm of pink gentle, in order that I might hopefully tolerate it. That idea did bear out with my use of the FlexBeam, the place I can use their Setting 3 for 20 minutes a day on my back and front when wanted. I needed to work as much as that—I began at solely 5 minutes—however now I can do the total 10 minute session twice with out challenge. I do use it earlier within the day in case it disrupts my mast cells sufficient to have an effect on sleep, however most individuals really use it proper earlier than mattress as a result of they are saying it helps them sleep.

I opted for this gadgets as a result of from every little thing I learn, its lamps didn’t get scorching, and in contrast to laser gentle, I didn’t danger any tissue harm from the research I checked out. Whereas a combo of pink and near-infrared wavelengths are really useful for many makes use of of the machine, I opted for under degree 3, its longest wavelight, which penetrates deeper however most significantly doesn’t disrupt mast cells as a lot. I’ve discovered it will increase my vitality, helps with sleep (once I do it earlier within the day), and most significantly actually takes down any nerve ache I’ve. I used to be sceptical once I began utilizing it, however I’ve actually come to get pleasure from how a lot it helps the backbone ache from my leak.

The machine comes with velcro bands that you simply connect on the handles, for if you need to loop it round a leg or your backbone, in addition to a slender carrying case. I exploit it as is (with out the velcro) as a result of I simply place it on my backbone or abdomen the place my leak websites are, however many individuals I’ve chatted with apply it to their thigh or at lumbar whereas shifting round.

red light device for pain: a great holiday gift

The corporate is from Norway, however the machine is made in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Extra data:
The place to purchase: the FlexBeam web site
Delivery to: Worldwide
Comply with them on: Instagram


Birds + curse phrases

These illustrations of birds that swear in inventive methods are standard everywhere in the net, with good purpose. As Twitter implodes and the world feels prefer it’s doing the identical, the fowl outrage by Aaron Reynolds says all that we’re bottling up inside.

That doesn’t cease individuals from getting pissed off in regards to the cursing, however … did you count on the rest from an organization referred to as Effin Birds?! He additionally now has wax candles, a brand new addition to his “shitmas” assortment for individuals who dislike the vacations.

shitmas collection: funny gifts for holidays
effin birds gifts

Extra data:
The place to purchase: Clothes, mugs, pins, and extra right here, plus an Effin’ Birds e book (presently on sale!) and a French Effin’ Birds e book, in addition to a 2024 Calendar too.
Delivery to: Worldwide
Comply with him on: Instagram


Pearl jewellery from Tahiti

My pal Celeste shouldn’t be solely an excellent journey author, but in addition runs an environmentally-friendly Tahitian pearl firm, Kamoka, that adheres to the strictest ranges of sustainable farming on the planet. Their pearls are from oysters grown within the nutrient-rich lagoon of Ahe Atoll, 300 miles northeast of Tahiti, with electrical energy provided by photo voltaic and wind energy. And should you wanted extra convincing about supporting their enterprise: a Nationwide Geographic research discovered that their farming strategies helped improve the realm’s fish inhabitants lately.

One among their merchandise I put on typically: the Mana Bracelet. At $99, it’s an funding, however a sturdy and delightful one.

Celeste stated that this bracelet was initially crafted for surfers. Now, it’s certainly one of their greatest sellers for energetic individuals who need a gorgeous pearl bracelet with out worrying about fragility. The adjustable band is created from kangaroo leather-based (the strongest leather-based on the planet), and is a good selection for the modern wanderer and the energetic fashionista alike.

Tahitian pearl bracelet gift kamoka pearls

In addition they now provide a brand new assortment, that includes Tahitian blacklip oyster shells and jewellery created from their very own sustainably produced mother-of-pearl. The earrings under are extra inexpensive than the pearls alone, and are a gorgeous present for many who need one thing sustainable and completely different.

Mother of pearl earrings holiday gift

Lots of Kamoka’s merchandise are certainly one of a sort, and are put collectively by Celeste and her group annually.

Extra data:
The place to purchase: The Mana Bracelet is out there right here. The complete mother-of-pearl assortment is right here, with the earrings above right here. If rings are your fancy, they’ve obtained a beautiful aqua crescent ring this season as properly.
Delivery to: Worldwide
Comply with them on: Instagram



Embroidered coronary heart maps

I met the beautiful couple behind Sadie and June when at a flea market in Ottawa, and appreciated their enjoyable choices as a traveler with a number of locations I miss deeply. They promote hand-embroidered maps for 900 places (and counting), both as stand-alone “I really like this place” fashion, or connecting hearts, the place there’s a thread connecting two locations. In addition they do customized maps, in case your favorite locations aren’t on provide presently.

The couple, whose names are literally Steve and Kendall, are a cross-border couple—one thing fairly widespread right here within the cities that border the US! She’s from New Jersey and he’s from Ottawa, however they met in Florida. Extraordinarily standard any time I’ve seen their sales space round city, they seize the nostalgia of leaving items of ourselves in locations we cherished.

Says Kendall, “Our hand-embroidered coronary heart maps have been born out of this love and our perception that love is aware of no borders. The idea: I started embroidering by paper classic map prints that meant one thing particular to me and Steve.”

gift of a map with two connected hearts

The couple have a submit about how they went from being ‘flat broke’ in 2014 to constructing a full-time enterprise round their stitching abilities. Once I met Kendall on the market, she talked about that because the enterprise picked up she was struggling to get orders completed … till she taught Steve sew, and that helped get the maps accomplished a lot sooner. Now they’re each engaged on their standard maps, and including cities all the time.

hand-embroidered maps from ottawa

Extra data:
The place to purchase: the Sadie and June web site
Delivery to:
Canada and the USA, in addition to Europe
Comply with them on
: Instagram


These are my 2023 vacation present picks! I hope you get pleasure from not less than a few of them.

-Jodi



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