Best Travel Technology of 2017 (Part 2)

For The Huffington Post. March 2017. 

Looking for the latest laptops, cameras, or gadgets that will make travel easier and more exciting? Here are some of the best technical innovations of the year….

CANON POWERSHOT

This hi-tech 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 3x Optical Zoom, DIGIC 7 image processor, and built-in Bluetooth camera comes in an ultra-slim design that fits in a pocket. Take superior-quality photos even in low light, capture sharp details, and minimize blurs with one touch.

AXON 7 MINI

Frequent travelers will love the elegant design of the AXON smartphone that is equipped with dual SIM cards, 16 MP rear/ 8MP front camera, and 4K video recording capabilities, on an Android OS. The quick charge battery lasts all day, so you can enjoy an entire day of talking, listening to music, and capturing your vacation experiences.

MICRO DRONE 3.0

Micro Drone 3.0 is the first small scale drone that is easy to fly, costs less and doesn’t sacrifice on functionality. It uses intelligent motion sensors which allow it to hover and fly in perfectly straight lines, without deviating from its fixed axis. It’s small, smart and streams Live HD footage to iOS or Android smartphones.

EARIN

Ditch the wires and enormous headphones. Earin is as light as 2 earbuds and produces amazing quality sound that last for up to 3 hours on one charge. The fashionable Scandinavian designed earbuds are perfect for a morning run or a noisy bus ride.

SPROCKET

HP’s portable printer fits in the palm of the hand and connects via Bluetooth to print 2×3 inch images using no ink. It is super quiet, fast and can be used in remote areas where you may not have access to much. Try it on a volunteer vacation and hand out selfies to your new friends!

LENOVO LAPTOP

The Yoga 900 13.3” touch screen laptop comes with 8GB memory, 356GB solid state drive and Inter Core i7 processor. The computer functions as a tablet, laptop or viewing screen and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. Weighing only 2.84 lbs. and measuring 0.6” thin, the laptop is perfect to read, watch movies and draft emails during long flights.

HOMING PIN

Never lose a bag, phone, laptop or wallet with Homing Pin’s loops and stickers that have a unique number on them. The company can track all reported devices and recover them for you through the airlines. For a small charge, they will even deliver it to you anywhere in the world.

DART-C

DART-C is The World’s Smallest Laptop Charger® that is up to four times smaller and lighter than chargers found on the market today. DART-C supports the newest USB Type-C laptops including Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad 13, ASUS ZenBook 3 and Dell XPS 13.

G-RO

This smart carry on works as your virtual office, with portable power chargers, and a hard-shell laptop pocket. Though small enough to go under the seat of an airplane, it has enough room to store clothes, electronics, water bottle and essentials for a weekend. The all-terrain wheels also make the bag easier to balance over any kind of terrain.

AIR SCALE

This compact scale can weigh your bags, as well as serve as a battery bank. Its dual functionality makes it ideal for frequent travelers and eliminates the need to carry two gadgets.

SOUND GRENADE

This 1-oz ultra-compact siren may save your life while traveling. It emits a 120-decibel alarm that can be heard up to 300 feet away. The crime and animal repellent signal will sound for 30 minutes unless the pin is returned to the device. It is TSA friendly and safer than carrying sprays.

 

 

Best Travel Products of 2017 (Part 1)

For The Huffington Post. March 2017. 

Are you a frequent traveler, travel blogger or enjoy having the latest gadgets in travel? Then you need to take a look at this list and check out some of the most innovative products of the year.

SAMSONITE STRYDE

Shaped like a square, Stryde offers multiple pockets for organization and a longer handle allowing better maneuverability. It is easy to spot on the conveyer and comes in 3 sizes.

BEST TRAVEL JEANS IN THE WORLD

As the name suggests, this pair of jeans is designed for travel. It is made of stretchable and breathable cotton, has hidden pockets to hide change, and loops for headphones. Comes in 4 colors and available for him and her.

TECHAWAY ROLL

Organize charging cords with this lightweight and durable tri-fold bag. The zipped compartments and mesh windows makes chargers easy to reach when on the go.

MY AIR MASK

Carry a personal air mask that maintains humidity in the respiratory system and reduces exposure to airborne illnesses. The colorful patterns avoid making you look like a hospital patient and help with jet lag. Each pack includes 3 replaceable filters and a zip lock case.

ROTHY’S

The 3-D knitted super-cute shoes are made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles and come in a variety of designs. They are lightweight, seamless, comfortable and match with everything. Rothy’s are also completely machine washable.

JEMMA BAG

Crafted from light and durable materials, this stylish soft Italian nylon tote features a ventilated compartment for stowing shoes, and interior pockets for daily essentials including a laptop and water bottle. It also comes with an additional cosmetic case and laundry bag.

ABLY

With Ably’s odor-proof, stain-proof and environmentally friendly garments, you can wear the same shirt for 2 weeks and not know it. Pack less, feel fresh and look good!

AROMAFLAGE

Aromaflage is probably the only product that repels mosquitoes that cause Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever, and smells good too! Notes of silken vanilla, warm cedar wood, and exotic orange fragrant each bottle keeping you safe and fresh.

PERSONAL TRAVEL HUMIDIFIER

Frequent travelers can breathe easier and get a good night’s sleep by using this ultra-portable humidifier. It only uses a glass of water and power supply, and runs for 10 hours at a time. Breath better at the hotel, office, or use it on the go.

UN-SNEAKER

Bruce Katz, the original co-founder of Rockport shoes has created a pair that is nice enough to wear to a business meeting, to dinner at a fashionable restaurant. They are the most comfortable pair of shoes you will ever own.

MIA MELON JACKET

This trendy jacket is weatherproof, windproof and so lightweight, it takes up no room in a carry-on. With a sleek design, Everglades jacket goes from morning to night, and is ideal for traveling.

LINT FLIP

Smaller than the size of a smart phone, this compact lint roller fits into a purse and is perfect for on the go. It is as effective as a regular lint roller, with a bonus of a cover that keeps sticky sheets intact and separate.

KNOMO

With built in RFID blocking technology, this luxurious hand bag keeps your phone, credit cards and passport safe during travel. It can also fit a 14-inch laptop and be used as a cross body bag. What’s more the bag can be traced using the KNOMO ID portal.

ZIPTUCK™

Made of reusable FDA-Grade EVA material, air tight and dishwasher safe, these are the best storage bags available in the market. They are safe for packing snacks, medicine, cosmetics or anything else you need to stow during travel or at home, and great, sustainable alternative to a snap lock bag.

JOEY JACKET

The kangaroo themed jacket is an alternate to carrying a “man purse” because you can fit everything you need in different conceptualized compartments. The jacket is smart, yet functional, and you will never forget your keys again.

COLE HAAN

These innovative and stylish sunglasses are must have for travel. They are made with premium lightweight and flex-like materials with cushioned temple tips. A grooved design on the temple mimics the sole design of StudiØGrand footwear. UV protected and available in smoke and beige colors.

TOAD&CO

These lightweight and durable pull-on pants are not just great for hiking, they combine Insect Shield Technology and drawcord hems to keep bugs off you. There is also a built-in zipper pocket for storing essentials like money and phone. Perfect for a jungle safari and camping trips.

Unique Golf Gifts For Your Holiday Shopping List

For The Huffington Post. November 2016.

Don’t understand the game of golf but have someone close who is crazy about it? As you begin to make those holiday shopping lists, cross off the golfer men and women in your life using this unique shopping guide. Whether they are learning the game, or a pro already, the list below offers 22 of the trendiest products that any golfer would ever need! From recyclable polos and Scandinavian footwear, to swing analyzers and GPS enabled watches, below are some of the best gifts of the season for the golfer, available at every price range.

ACCELERATOR PRO® INDOOR PUTTING GREEN WITH BALL RETURN $49.99

Can’t get out on the course this winter? Practice your swing at the office or at home, with this 9-foot true-roll indoor putting green. It rolls out 3-7 feet and stores well in a small box. Practicing indoors might actually give you an edge when spring comes around.

OFFICE GOLF CRATE $99.99

Surprise a golf lover at work with this gift box from Man Crates, that actually is a sealed wooden crate, equipped with a crowbar. Inside you will find a SKLZ Chipping Training Net, 12 Impact practice balls, Turf Chipping Mat & Rubber Tee, a Putt Pocket Training Cup and a Line M Up Ball Marking Tool. It’s quirky, fun and memorable.

DOUBLE DUTY™ PUTTER $49.99

Got back problems but still love to play? Designed for right-and left- handed golf players, this divot repairing putter helps with comfort and balance. It alleviates back/knee pain, improves golf game, and assists golfers in repairing ball marks. Proper golf etiquette requires that players repair their own ball marks on the green, so the Double Duty Putter from InventHelp comes in quite handy.

HICKIES SHOELACES $15 

Looking for a fun stocking stuffer? The no-tie elastic lacing system is perfect for athletes who don’t want to worry about their laces coming undone. The laces come in a variety of colors and are adjustable to any size. Even acclaimed golfer, Danny Willett won a couple of tournaments this year while wearing HICKIES!

JONES SPORTS CO GOLF SHOE BAG $44.95 

Have a thing for the 70s and 80s designs? The classic single strap golf shoe bag with breathable air flow holes, makes for the perfect accessory out at the course. It can also be personalized with custom embroidery for an extra special gift. Let dad stand out with his cool looking shoe bag.

ICEBUG FOOTWEAR $149.95

Icebug Mist RB9X is a Scandinavian designed shoe that feels like a sandal, yet wears like a shoe. It is great for dry and wet weather, with open air mesh upper, and gives great traction on the green. Specially designed upper holds the foot for comfort all day long.

SEAMUS WOOLEN GOLF HEADCOVERS $55

Never get your clubs mixed up again. Seamus Golf woolen golf head covers are hand cut and sewn in Oregon, USA and were featured at the U.S. Open 2015 and 2016. They come in a variety of designs, colors, and sizes. Add a custom leather label or choose a tartan representing the family clan name for a personal gift.

ORVIS PERSONALIZED ID CADDY $55

Know someone who likes to collect vintage? Get them a personalized military style leather ID tag that snaps securely onto a golf bag. Engravings come on a solid brass tag that tucks into the leather caddy, while the leather caddy itself can also be embossed with initials.

TOM TOM GOLFER 2 SMARTWATCH $249.99 

Tech savvy golfers will love this ultra-slim, GPS-enabled smartwatch that also shows how far you’ve hit each ball, and keeps track of the score, distance, and time. The inbuilt GPS is preloaded with 40,000 courses worldwide and is weather and water resistant up to 40 meters.

BRAVEN 105 BLUETOOTH SPEAKER $49.95

Too quiet out in nature? Listen to your favorite tunes without carrying a heavy speaker around. The BRAVEN 105 is a waterproof, compact speaker that allows you to stream music wirelessly up for 8 hours. It even has multifunctional elastic strap that mounts onto a golf cart.

LEUPOLD GX-2i2 RANGEFINDER $329

Need a personal caddie to get your game on? This handy rangefinder allows golfers to quickly choose the proper club, complete rounds faster, and improve scores, using advanced technology. It also accounts for uphill and downhill slopes, and makes recommendations customized to a golfer’s specific hitting distances.

AT HOME GOLF GNOME $29.95

Here’s a corky gift that would make any golfer cheer up! The 15-inch golfing gnome with clubs from At Home is adorable in the yard, at the desk, or on a bookshelf.

EVAPOLAR PERSONAL COOLER $179

Feeling hot on the course? Carry your own portable personal eco-friendly air cooler on the cart or at the range. The cooler uses unique basalt nano material to cool, humidify and clean the air 3-4 square meters around you, creating the perfect microclimate to get your best game on.

TECH TOTE FROM G.U.S $45

This tech tote from Great Useful Stuff is designed to hold everything you would need during all 18-holes. Listen to music with a built-in wireless speaker with Bluetooth capabilities, answer calls, from the swipe-friendly plastic cover without having to remove or touch it, and store food, beverages, and golf gear – all in one easy to carry bag!

POWERHANDZ TRAINING GLOVES $69.99

Those who want to improve hand strength and work on their swing can benefit from Pure Grip Gloves. The patented premium weighted training gloves are designed to improve muscle memory during training through repetition, and help increase power and speed.

TILE SLIM BLUETOOTH TRACKER $30 

Never lose your wallet again with the ultra-thin Bluetooth tracker – as thin as two credit cards. Tile Slim is a handy device that connects to an app, can ring your phone, and be seen on a map. Tuck it into a golf bag, wallet, or anything you don’t want to lose, and use our simple app to make it ring or see the last place you left it at.

BRADLEY ALLAN OXFORD POLO $89 

Look good on the course and in the boardroom with the Bradley Allan Oxford Pique Pocket Polo, featuring technical fabrics, subtle textures and proper fit. They come in a solid and strip styles, and in a variety of colors.

LOVE POP GREETING CARD $13

Of course you need a golf themed pop-up greeting card to accompany all those gifts! Check out the eco-friendly 3D Lovepop card titled Golf Ball which features a life-size pop-up golf ball and tee from the perspective of the golfer.

GOLFING NOTEPAD COLLECTION $29.95

The Stationery Studio offers golf theme notepads that can be personalized with up to 3 lines of text and one of four design logos. The pads come ready to be gifted, wrapped in cellophane with a coordinating ribbon.

RECOVER RECYCLED POLO $34 

What’s better than some good looking polos? Ones that are made from recycled plastic bottles! The Recover Polo look and feel like cotton, feature a relaxed collar and chest pocket. Each one is made from 8 plastic bottles so you can feel good about your purchase.

BLAST GOLF 360 $149.95

Whether you’re a golf pro or a beginner on the greens, the Blast Golf 360 motion sensor is an absolute must have! The sensor is easy to use and records various analytics to help you improve your game.

LIVV Headphones™ $299 

Take your music hands and Bluetooth free! These are the world’s first premium, wireless over-ear active headphones with built-in 8-GB onboard storage that stores up to 4,000 songs in the headphones. They are also water-resistant and perfect for enjoying sports hands free.

 

Holiday Gifts That Give Back

The Huffington Post Style, November 2015. Before you hit the Black Friday rush, or join thousands of other citizens on a month-long shopping spree, browse through this meaningful holiday gift guide. These products will not only bring happiness to your friends and family, but also impact someone in need. From chocolates, toys, pet supplies, jewelry, apparel, handicrafts, and mattresses, to sporting goods and more, these would fit within every budget, and can be easily purchased online.

The social enterprises listed below give back either a portion of the revenues to a cause, donate an item for an item sold, or directly invest in people by creating meaningful job opportunities. This season, make a pledge to beat the crowds and share the joy of the holiday season by purchasing gifts that also give back.

1. Accessories That Do Good

Accessories by For Goodness Sake show inspiring messages that remind people to give everyday. Enabling people to shop with purpose, this lifestyle brand provides a sustainable funding solution to its philanthropic partners by donating a minimum of 25% of net proceeds of every purchase. Donations made through the platform aid the underserved and support important health, environmental and educational initiatives. $20-1,500 at www.forgoodsake.org

2. Chocolates That Feed The World

Seattle Chocolate Company, offers a full line of premium chocolates that includes truffle bars, truffles, jcoco bars, in handcrafted flavors, like black fig pistachio, edamame sea salt, and agave quinoa sesame. The ingredients are all-natural, sustainably sourced, GMO free, and certified Kosher. For every jcoco chocolate purchase made online or in stores, SCC partners with Food Banks in New York City, Greater Boston Food Bank, SF-Marin Food Bank and Northwest Harvest, to provide food assistance to local communities in need across America. $1.75-78.95 at www.seattlechocolates.com

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3. An Outlet by Disabled Artists

Custom order a painting with your favorite pet or person’s profile. Chicago based Project Onward, is a nonprofit studio and gallery for professional artists with mental and developmental disabilities. There are very few opportunities for disabled artists who graduated from the city’s art program, and the organization provides them workspace, materials, professional guidance, exhibition opportunities and access to markets. The 60 resident artists represent 30+ Chicago neighborhoods. $25 – $7,000 at www.projectonward.org

4. Hostess Gifts That Fight AIDS

Support the global fight against AIDS with Alessi (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition Collection, comprised of elegant kitchenware and home goods. Led by chef Mario Batali and supported by more than 50 leading chef Ambassadors worldwide, the campaign rallies the culinary world around the goal of delivering an AIDS Free Generation, with Michelin-starred restaurants, food trucks and everyone in between offering special (RED) menu items during the month. $18-110 at www.alessi.com

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5. Sweaters From The Largest Slum in Kenya

Slumlove classic sweaters for men and women are made sustainabily with 100% cotton. All products are made by people living in the largest slum in Kenya, called Kibera. The employees are treated with respect, given fare wages, plus a portion of every purchase is used towards educating the children in Kenya. $95 at www.slumlove.com

6. Books That Teach Animal Welfare

Children’s books Kamie Cat’s Terrible Night and Pablo Puppy’s Search for the Perfect Person illustrate the important healing potential that animals can offer. All proceeds from the books go to support the work of Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. $4 at www.awionline.org

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7. Bikes for Empowerment

Stylish and high performance Miir Bicycles come in different designs and sizes for kids, teen and adults. For each bicycle purchased from MiiR, a bike is donated to someone in need, to be used for access to education or employment. To date MiiR has helped to empower over 3,000 people with bicycles. $139-1,395 at www.miir.com

8. Pet Toys That Rescue Homeless Animals

PetSmart’s Luv-A-Pet Collection including Luv-A-Pet Lucky Dog and Chance plush toys, holiday-themed apparel with adorable sayings like Rescue Love Adopt, Best Present Ever, are great to give your furry family member or the animal lover in your life. 10 percent of the purchases of Luv-A-Pet rescue products will be donated to PetSmart Charities to help save homeless pets this holiday season. $3.99-$23.99 at www.petsmart.com

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9. Wallets That Empower Women

The Eyerusalem Passport leather wallet by FASHIONABLE is hand crafted in Ethiopia by women who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to addiction to a lack of opportunity. FASHIONABLE invests in women and helps them find purpose in the work they do. The online store also sells jewelry, scarves, leather bags and home goods. $35 at www.livefashionable.com

10. Glasses That Give The Gift of Vision

Reduce digital eye strain while using computers and smartphones with these adjustable Interface glasses. With the turn of a dial, users can adjust the focus themselves from -6 to +3 diopters. In fact, Interface glasses can be adjusted to improve vision for 90% of eyeglass and contact lens wearers who do not have astigmatism. Through the Buy One Give One program, administered by Vision for a Nation(r), a pair of focus eyeglasses is donated to people in Rwanda. $49.99 at www.adlens.com

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11. Backpacks That Support Education
Teach your kids to learn, explore and change the world, with high quality and fun
Backpacks by Sydney Paige. For every Sydney Paige backpack sold, another one is filled with school supplies and donated to low income children in need. You can show your kids how to enrich lives with education and break the poverty cycle. $40-80 at www.sydneypaigeinc.com
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12. Baskets of Peace for Rwanda
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace program includes colorful and symbolic baskets and bowls, handmade by Rwandan weavers who survived the country’s civil war and genocide. The baskets have led not only to peace between Hutu and Tutsi tribes, but also between men and women. $30-60 at www.macys.com

13. Fashion That Empowers Afghan Refugees

Raven + Lily’s Pakistan collection features hand embroidered eco-friendly dresses and tops, and empowers Afghan refugees living in the Pakistan region to help improve their livelihood. Raven + Lily currently helps employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. $99-232 at www.ravenandlily.com

14. Ethical and Wildlife Friendly Chocolates

Nuubia hand-makes San Francisco based specialty confections, is the first chocolatier to not only refuse to use palm oil, but to insure that what they make has no negative impact on the rainforests of the world. The OMG Candy Barwas awarded “Best Foods in the U.S.” by Esquire Magazine, and other products that standout include fresh squeezed Lime Juice with Vanilla Bonbons, Caramelized Hazelnut Spread Sauce, and Johnny Walker Black Espresso Ganache Half Spheres. $4.99-65.00 at www.nuubiasf.com

15. Mattresses That Care For The Earth

Leesa Sleep is an American-made, high-quality mattress that is more supportive than latex and memory foam and ideal for any body type. With its One-Ten program in place, Leesa donates one mattress to a local shelter for every 10 sold. Also, Leesa’s One-Earth Program plants one tree for every mattress that is sold. Approximately, over 1,500 mattresses will be donated to shelters and 20,000 trees will be planted by the end of 2015. $525-990 at www.leesa.com

16. Inspiring Jewelry to End Homelessness 

The precious metals necklaces by The Giving Keys come in sterling silver, 24k gold, and black rhodium, and share empowering messages such as STRENGTH, BRAVE, DREAM, etc. Based in Los Angeles, The Giving Keys’ mission is to end homelessness by partnering with organizations to provide housing and employment. $32-125 at www.thegivingkeys.com

17. Loungewear to End Human Trafficking in India

PUNJAMMIES™ are cotton loungewearbottoms that come in trendy colors and patterns. They are made by women in India who have escaped human trafficking. Proceeds go to provide housing and education for women and their children, as well as job security and a sense of self worth. $47.99 at www.sudara.org
18. Leather Bags That Help Kids in Rwanda
The Rawhide Crossbody Bag by Love41 is a unique gift for any girlfriend, mother or grandmother. 100% of profits from this bag go back to helping orphans, widows and street kids in Rwanda via Africa New Life Ministries (ANLM). There are also beautiful crafted leather ornaments, jewelry, totes, and luggage available on the website that support the same cause. $129 at www.love41.com

19. Gifts That Impact Children Around The World

Honor loved ones by making a meaningful donation in their name and supporting everything from poverty in USA, farming assistance in Uganda, to clean water in Niger. You may also purchase handcrafted gifts such as these Filipino coasters, through the World Vision Gift Catalog, which supports a variety of World Vision’s programs around the world. $65 at www.worldvision.org

20. Fashion Jewelry That Fights Childhood Cancer 

Inspired by the iconic elephant, a symbol of family, strength and good luck, Ann Taylor’s new Limited-Edition Elephant Jewelry Collectionis a wonderful gift for a special woman, that also gives back. From November 13, 2015 to January 30, 2016, Ann Taylor will donate 50% of the purchase price of each item sold from its collection to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, that strives to educate and fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. $39.50 – 59.50 at www.AnnTaylor.com

21. Winter Jacket That Alleviates Poverty

This stylish outdoor Tianjin Down Jacket by Cotopaxi will not only keep you warm though the winter, but also help alleviate global poverty. Cotopaxi gives targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world. Their products include all-weather jackets, ski gear, backpacks and outdoor accessories that make for good gifts for adventurous men and women. $249.95 at www.cotopaxi.com
22. Stationery That Gives Back to Schools
These fun and colorful stationery and office supplies make learning fun for your kids and those in need. Many kids in the U.S. don’t have access to basic school supplies unless teachers pay for them out of their own pockets. For every Yoobi item purchased on their website or in Target stores nationwide, Yoobi donates an item to a Classroom Pack which contain hundreds of essential tools kids need to learn and then distributed to classrooms in need. In one year, Yoobi has donated enough free school supplies to impact more than 1 million students nationwide.
Holiday bundles $15-40 at www.yoobi.com
 23. Cell Phone Cases That Empower Women in Africa
Africa themed iPhone and Samsung cases by Kidogo Kidogo make for great stocking stuffers. The profits are used to buy mobile phones for women in rural Tanzania. These phones help women support their families, run businesses, and stay informed. By providing a small mobile phone, the community in many ways is positively impacted, as the women feel more empowered, are able to work and support their families. $28 at www.kidogokidogo.com

24. A Gift Box That Feeds Twice

Looking for the perfect gifts for coworkers? The wine and cheese collection by That’s Caringcomes with a bottle of California Cabernet Sauvignon, White Blend or Sparkling, along with gourmet cheese spreads and toasts. For every gift purchased, That’s Caring provides meals to children in need through food banks in the US. There are also chocolate, coffee, tea and confectionary themed gift boxes available. $49.99 at www.thatscaring.com

25. Fair-Trade Gift Boxes That Support Global Communities

You may not be able to afford a trip abroad every month of the year. But what if the world was delivered to your door? Pumeli is a monthly subscription box filled with teas and textures designed to help busy women slow down, unplug and give themselves permission to relax. Pumeli works with small businesses and craft producers on different levels to bring well-designed and high quality products. $49.95 at www.pumeli.com

26. Fashion Jewelry to End Modern Day Slavery

Great stocking stuffers and gifts for women, these under $50 pieces of costume jewelry comes in beautiful designs, along with the name of the female artist who made them. Purpose Jewelry is an Orange County based jewelry line that is handcrafted by survivors of modern-day slavery in Mumbai, India and Orange County, California. 100% of proceeds benefit International Sanctuary, the brand’s non-profit that provides holistic care for young women rescued from sex trafficking. $38 at www.purposejewelry.org

27. Belts That Give a Hand Up

Mission Belt gift sets are great for men who want practical yet styling leather and nylon belts, that can go from the office to the golf club. Comes in different colors, as well as an assortment of licensed NBA, NHL and NCAA belts. A dollar from every belt sold goes to fight global hunger and poverty. To date, over 26K Kiva (peer-to-peer micro lending) micro-loans have been funded from the sales of Mission Belts. $99.95 at www.missionbelt.com

28. Pencils That Help The Environment

The Sprout pencil is an ingenious way to teach your kids about sustainability. Instead of throwing away pencil stubs, kids can plant them and have them grow into something delicious, beautiful, and fun, such as herb or flower gardens. Pencil are available in color as well. $8.45-20.95 at www.sproutworld.com
29. Golf Balls That Care for Kids
Most golfers don’t know which ball is the right ball for them. With Nicklaus Black, Nicklaus Blue, and Nicklaus White, all they need to know is the tee to play from. 18-time Major Champion, Jack Nicklaus, offers his famous Nicklaus Golf Balls, where $1 is donated to both Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Hospital for every dozen purchased. For every order shipped using FedEx, an additional $1 is donated to St. Jude. $28 -32 at www.shop.nicklaus.com
30. Casual Ware That Does Good for Animals

The fun apparel, tote bags and accessoriesfrom Farfetched Apparel are great gifts for animal lovers. 100% of proceeds from their #DOGood campaign go to support animal shelters.
$29.00-54.99 at www.farfetchedapparel.com
31. Help Keep People on Their Feet

As you are shopping for trendy winter boots and booties or just everyday shoes, consider Vionic Shoes. Innovative and stylish, these suede booties feature advanced comfort technology and go from the office to a dinner out. Vionic donates through their Vionic Supports program to various charities and the Dr. Weil Foundation Recently, Vionic donated 1,200 shoes raising $50k for ovarian cancer research, and 1,000 supportive slippers at the AVON39 walk for breast cancer.
$149.95 at www.vionicshoes.com
32. Quilts That Save Traditions in India

Gift a rare and beautiful handmade lotus block print quilt and become a part of history. There are only two families in India left who do this traditional form of hand weaving. The cotton is sourced from organic farmers, dyes are plant and vegetable based, and each product is sown by hand to create a product that is environment friendly. Ichcha was founded by three sisters to encourage conscious living and support traditional craftsmen and women across India.
$200 at www.ichcha.com
33. Guatemalan Handbags That Support Down Syndrome

These limited edition, beautiful, handmade bags,have been named for the inspirational Madeline Stuart, the first globally-recognized model with Down syndrome. 5% of proceeds from The Madeline line of handbags, are donated to the National Down Syndrome Society. EveryMaya donates a portion of every sale to Education for the Children, a school in Jocotenango, Guatemala which provides education, nutrition, healthcare, counseling, and career guidance to local children from disadvantaged upbringings. $120 at www.evermaya.com
34. Scarf That Sustains Women in Peru

This classic 100% natural alpaca wool scarf is sourced from the Andes, and crocheted by local Peruvian women who are employing their unique skills in order to become self sufficient and earn a steady income. From handcrafted fashion accessories and jewelry made by a father in Lao, to one-of-a-kind home and décor essentials created by artists in Nairobi, each piece on Enrou tells a beautiful story of the person who created it and directly impacts the growth and development of his or her community. Many products start at only $9. $220 at www.enrou.com
35. Baskets That Help Indigenous Artisans in Mexico

Globein—an artisan gifting baskets can be purchased in colorful patterns or ordered filled with items from around the world that give back to the community and have a corresponding story. From Mexican woven baskets, Palestinian spice mixes, and South African bottle stoppers, to Ghanaian coasters, each handcrafted good is highly curated and made by struggling artists. Each month features a different theme and a membership allows you to gift someone a taste of the world throughout the year. $12 at www.globein.com
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36. Knit Dolls That Help Feed Kids

Made of 100% cotton yarn and stuffed with hypoallergneic polyfill, these nontoxic handmade dolls by cuddle+kind will become your child’s favorite toy to cuddle with this holiday season. For every cuddle+kind doll purchase, 10 meals will be donated to children in need through World Food Program USA and Children’s Hunger Fund. $55 at www.cuddleandkind.com

Must Have Accessories for a Yoga Getaway

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Over 16 million Americans have practiced yoga or pilates in the last 12 months (source). Yoga studios are popping up in every neighborhood, and more travelers are choosing to go on yoga retreat to exotic destinations such as Costa Rica, Bali or India.

Accept it – working out is more fun when you have the right accessories to make you feel confident and when your practice is comfortable. Whether you are headed to the beach or the studio, here are a few must-have accessories for your next yoga getaway.

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Join Sucheta on a Yoga Retreat in Bali in September 2015.

 

 

30 Top Travel Accessories of 2015

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June 2015

As you are getting ready to pack for your summer getaway, shopping for father’s day gifts, or simply want to add to your collection, make sure to check out my favorite travel accessories this year. Each one offers a creative way to solve a travel challenge.

From access to clean water, coping with jet lags, keeping fit on the road, to charging devices on the go – I have found the most innovative products that will address every traveler’s needs.

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