By Eva Whalen


Are gift cards and their endless potential burning a hole in your pockets? If so, we have some solid suggestions for excellent items that will keep giving and delighting all throughout 2017.


If you dread unloading all of your tech items into gray plastic bins at airports, and wish you could easily power up your tech items, then you’ll adore e/c/b/c’s latest premium luggage offering, the wheeled Sparrow 11. Complete with its own removable power pack for charging devices, and featuring a TSA-friendly front pocket that easily zips open to display your tech items (vs. the dreaded bin), it’s also remarkably lightweight, sturdy, well-made, and the ideal size for carry-on. When you invest in this, you’ll have an item that will make your life so much easier for many trips to come. Read more about the Sparrow 11, which uses aircraft grade aluminum and weighs just 9-lbs (and check out videos) at Make flying far less stressful in the new year.



Traveling to a warm climate? Bring local birds straight to your window with the lightweight, on-window Birds-I-View bird feeder from Nature Anywhere, which attaches easily with incredibly strong suction cups. Brilliant idea! Cat owners in the city will love it, too. Made with high quality, anti-UV plastic glass, this bird feeder remains clear and beautiful for years to come. Travelers, children, the bedridden, cat owners, and nature lovers of all sorts will appreciate having beautiful birds visit them vs. the other way around — and feeding them is a lovely gesture. No construction needed: simply stick to your window and savor the plumage. Find it at

Happy 2017!

Originally published December 2016

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