The Fly Girl Travel Holiday Gift Guide

The only time I trip is when I’m overseas.

The best gifts for a traveler are presents they'll love to use at home and bring around the globe.

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Scratch Map

Luckies of London's Scratch Map is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And I’m down for any gift that encourages its recipient to see more of the world.

To buy: 25% off with code BLACKFRIDAY at potterybarn.comuncommongoods.com, from $26

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The Trtl Pillow

This travel "pillow," which is actually more like a scarf with a hidden support structure that cradles the head, even in the middle seat.

To buy: amazon.com, $30

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City Map Glass

I need this cocktail glass in my life. It’s a gift that looks more expensive than it is.  They're made in the U.S. and hand-etched in New Hampshire and you can get a pair featuring their favorite city streets for just over $30.

To buy: uncommongoods.com, $16 each

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Jet Set Candy Charms 

Travel-inspired jewelry is a cute way for loved ones to wear their wanderlust even when they’re not on the road. Jet Set Candy designs 14K gold and sterling silver charms with airport tags from Portland to Bangkok and everywhere in between that look lovely on delicate necklace chains or chunky charm bracelets.

To buy: bloomingdales.com, from $68

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The Elouise & Ethel Affirmation Collection

More jewels for your travels. While you’re traveling stay grounded by affirmations you can wear that were designed to be physical reminders of the inherent power passed down to us from our grandmothers.  Hoops charm is a celebration of just how magical you are in your natural state. Big Hair, Don't Care. Hoops is every woman. Her motto is "All a girl needs: her curls, hoops & a red lip."

Indulge all of the natural girls in your life, just because. 

To buy: elouiseandethel.shop , from $55



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The Nexus Handbag by Mary Smallwood

When traveling keeping an eye on your purse is a must! That’s why I love this Nexus Handbag by Mary Smallwood. Crafted from exquisite leather, each handmade bag is the perfect combination of style and functionality, an elegant addition to any outfit. I love that it securely wraps around wrist -preventing pickpockets and items spilling from purses, stadium and festival approved. I can carry two cocktails!

To buy: marysmallwood.com, $245

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I always have a tough time finding something to wear when walking from the resort to the spa. It’s like, what can I throw on that is comfy and I can slip right off before I get a massage? Enter The Spa Dress®. Throw it in your carry on because it’s a is multi-use, feel-good wear for ladies on the go, offering a new way to use and wear a towel with less wardrobe malfunction. 

The Spa Dress® is a slip on towel thats practical for the sauna but versatile as a sundress or skirt on the beach, by the pool or anywhere your spa excursion takes you, at home or away. 

To buy: thespadress.com, $69

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Flight 001 4-in-1 Adapter

This compact converter enables travelers to plug in in 150 countries, and it comes with a color-coded map to make it easy to determine which prong situation accompanies their destination.

To buy: amazon.com, $25

The Fly Girl Cooking & Entertaining Holiday Gift Guide

I love love cooking and entertaining. I can pick out the best wine for dinner, I know how to assemble a charcuterie board and I know how to pronounce charcuterie. I can create a very impressive yet no- fuss meal with the quickness.

I am that, honey. I love cooking and entertaining so much that I just launched an IG page dedicated to cooking called Fly Girls Cook! Now, there’s nothing there but there will be. LOL! But follow it now to be in the know.

For my fellow fly girls who also throw down in the kitchen, here’s my curated list of my faves for cooking, snacking and entertaining.

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Because you cannot eat all of Patti’s Sweet Potato Pies, you gotta swap out the sweets for something with nutritional value. MadeGood is the answer to your sweet or salty cravings that won’t extend your waistline. This brand produces delicious, healthy granola bars, granola minis, crispy squares, crispy light granola, and soft baked cookies in a dedicated facility free from the 8 common allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, fish, and shellfish. For this reason, MadeGood snacks are organic, gluten-free, non-GMO project verified and contain the nutrients of one full serving of vegetables in each serving.

Check out MadeGood products on Amazon.

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Ladies- while you’re loading up on all the Christmas goodies, make sure you stay regular. I know, TMI, but I take wellness seriously. Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha, the first and only kombucha with a Certified Organic, plant-based, prebiotic fiber called XOS Fiber known to selectively nourish certain naturally occurring probiotic bacteria in your gut. Healthy gut health is a real thing, so say hello to your gut’s new best friend. Each 12 oz can contains only 10g of sugar. It’s fabulousness in a can!  It is great to drink as is, or it can be used to make great cocktails and comes in three fruit-forward flavors: Apple Mint, Ginger Peach and Tropical Mango. Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha is Certified Organic, Non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free.


Find Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha here.

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Between watching my little nephews, hitting the gym and blogging, I am pooped and the holidays are just getting started. I need caffeine STAT! Secret Squirrel Cold Brew wakes me up!  The yummy cold brew coffee is made with handpicked organic beans that are roasted to perfection, cold brewed for 18-24 hours, double filtered and then bottled quickly. The end result is a delicious non-GMO cold brew coffee that contains twice as much caffeine as traditional cold brew coffee. After a bottle, I am UP!

Found at your local Target or online here.

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How could I not love a small, women-owned condiment company that makes organic ketchups, BBQ sauces and vegan taco sauce? I mean, I’m already saucy but when I cook with Red Duck sauces, I have too much sauce. It’s a flavorful line of sauces that are all organic and made with clean ingredients, it’s like love in a bottle. Red Duck’s “So Unique” Sauce Set is my jam. It includes a curry ketchup, a sweet mustard peppercorn BBQ and a Korean Taco Sauce. I can’t wait to share my short ribs recipe where I used Red Duck’s sweet mustard peppercorn BBQ sauce. It was good.

Learn more about this boss babe company and grab one of their holiday sauce sets here.

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I live for a bath bomb but have you heard of Mixologi, the Original Drink Bomb? Literally, think bath bomb for cocktails. Pick your favorite flavor cocktail bomb, drop into a glass of your spirit of choice and watch the magic.  No need for multiple mixers to create a cocktail when they all come in one fun way to make a drink. It’s perfect for an upcoming holiday party, as a gift for the host of a party you are attending, stocking stuffers, or a girls night out. It’s a super fun and new way to drink a cocktail. Turn up!

Watch the magic- how cute right?

Mixologi, the Original Drink Bomb are available online. Thank me now, your NYE party is about to me lit.





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Tenuta di Capezzana Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fancy olive oil might feel too splurgy for some to buy on their own, which makes it a great gift. Capezzana's 2015 harvest first pressing fits the bill perfectly.

jet.com, $93.87



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Skura Style Sponge Subscription

Maybe I won’t dislike doing the dishes so much. This subscription sends four new sponges a month whose pattern fades when they're ready to be tossed—ideal for kitchen clean-up duty.

skurastyle.com , $36.00

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Stelton Bottle Opener

This bottle opener is unique, stylish, and a cinch to use.

finnishdesignshop.com, $33.40



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Spicewalla Chilli Collection

You can't get far without a decent spice rack. And these tins from Spicewalla's Chilli collection, with ancho, chipotle, and smoked paprika, look very nice on the kitchen counter.

spicewallabrand.com,  $17.00

The Fly Kids Holiday Gift Guide

I have just settled into my role of being the fly Auntie who travels, may have a man or two on the low, tells everyone to follow their dreams, and buys books for everyone for Christmas.

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I’m legit all the memes.

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I’ve curated a list of gifts for my fly Mommies (y'all the real MVPs) or Aunties who loves the fact that they can give their niece and nephews back.


I’m also the Auntie who went to a HBCU and came back all pro-Black. HU, You Know! I’m for celebrating all the #BlackGirlMagic for even the smallest princesses out there and letting our young boys know that they are a King in training.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Peep these two products created by Shante Bacon, a #girlboss for real, who created a line called Elouise & Ethel that is a marketplace for the empowerment of today's woman (or young man) on their way.



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HOOPS Magic Babysuit

$25.00, via www.elouiseandethel.shop



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HEIR Prince Boy/Youth Tee

$28.00, www.elouiseandethel.shop

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Story time just got a lot more exciting. Clip this attachment on your smartphone and Moonlite will project colorful photos and play sound as you read to your little one.

Moonlite Gift Pack, $42.59

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Yassss, those are pink tools you see! Made from 100% recycled milk jugs and free of phthalates and BPA, this eco-friendly starter set will bring a third pair of hands on board after your next IKEA trip.

Green Toys Tool Set

amazon.com, $27.99, $16.34

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Save these cozy headphones for your next long trip. The fleece headband fits right over his ears and the max volume of 90 db means the sound won't get too loud. 

Paw Patrol Kids Headphones by CozyPhones 

amazon.com, $17.97

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This travel-size owl doubles as a sound machine so her sleep won't suffer, even when she's away from her crib.

amazon.com, $21.99

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Flipside is the Rubix cube of 2018. Players have to quickly flip the colors to match flashing lights in this addictive, fast-paced game.

Flipside Game

amazon.com, $19.99, $14.99

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Remember the friendship bracelets you used as a kid? The KumiKreator churns them out with half the effort. 

KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker

amazon.com, $29.99, $19.97

The Fly Man Holiday Gift Guide

Because fly girls like fly men. Treat bae to gifts that he will love.

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WhistlePig

For the whiskey drinker who takes it neat.

10-Year-Old Rye Whiskey, thewhiskyexchange.com, £79.95



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Samsung

Gear IconX Earbuds

New marathoner in your house? These buds will keep him in the zone.

amazon.com, $199.99, $117.99

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The North Face

A bag he can throw in his locker and take to the office.

Kabig Bag, thenorthface.com, $149.00

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Book of the Month Subscription

Because reading is fundamental.

Starts at $10/month, bookofthemonth.com

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PURA D’OR Beard Oil 

Beard Oil is always a solid choice for a beardsman. PURA D’OR Beard Oil is specially formulated with 100% organic oils and extracts that soften, condition and strengthen beard hair, while relieving dry, irritated skin. This lightweight formula is quickly absorbed into coarse beard hair helping to smooth and hydrate even the most unruly beards. 

Good for him and you.

PURA D’OR Beard Oil, purador.com, $11.37

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Czech & Speake Leather-Bound Manicure Set

Take care of the details with this manicure.

Czech & Speake Leather-Bound Manicure Set, mrporter.com, $575