In the Bag: Gift Guide

Whether traveling across the world on a fabulous vacation, or just across the country for a holiday get together, these items will keep you in the perfect mood for your stay. Or wrap them up and stuff a stocking or two!

Stay Beautiful

Cygalle Healing Spa’s travel size Royal Treatment Kit, a favorite of Charlotte Ronson, used backstage at New York Fashion week this past fall. This kit comes with the perfect skin cleansing regimen in the right size for jet setting. I started with the Organic Chamomile Make-Up Remover, which both soothed my sometimes make-up irritated eyes as well as relaxed me with the refreshing scents of cucumber and chamomile. Following this with the Licorice Spice Face Wash to cleanse and the Volcanic Clay Scrub to exfoliate – leading to glowing, gorgeous skin. Top that with the Sea Pearl Elixir and my combination skin is flawlessly smooth and balanced. Oily T-zone is tamed, dry winter cheeks are moisturized, and this kit has made it into my ‘must-have’ collection! Available at

Once your skin has returned to its flawless glow, make sure you use the right tools when putting on your favorite make-up! it Cosmetics’ Brush Therapy boasts a varied collection of all natural brushes for every need. My make-up kit is not complete without the Dual Retractable Airbrush Concealer Brush, which gives me an airbrushed look each time I use it. Pair the Luxe Angled Radiance Brush with the Hello Light™ Anti-Aging Radiance Illuminating Powder for a perfectly primed face. Find these and more at

For a seamless kit that’s ready to go when you are, grab the Real Techniques Travel Essentials by Samantha Chapman brush kit. Three must-have brushes – Essential Foundation Brush, Multi Task Brush, and Domed Shadow Brush – paired with a 2-in-1 case/stand small enough to fit in your purse or carry on. Not sure how to use the brushes? Real Techniques has you covered with step-by-step tutorials to creating flawless looks. Pick this up at

Stay Plugged In

One thing I learned this past month was how important it was to prepare ahead for extended time without power. Targus is well ahead of me with its Backup Battery for iPad. This can extend the life of your iPad battery 5 to 10 additional hours, as well as fully charge your smartphone 3 to 5 times. A USB port allows for charging of multiple different devices. While you’re enjoying your iPad’s extended use, be sure to protect it with 3M Screen Protectors. These come in three types – the Privacy Screen Protectors keep unwanted eyes from your iPad, the Natural View Anti-Glare Screen Protectors keep the sunlight from obscuring your view and the Natural View Fingerprint Fading Screen Protectors keep your screen clean of fingerprints and smudges. Grab these at and your local Target, respectively.

Prop it up with Felix’s TwoHands and MonkeyDo. These both can be used to hold your iPad, ereader, or other device while keeping your hands free. Perfect for when watching a movie or referencing a recipe in the kitchen. The MonkeyDo’s design is fun, while TwoHands adjusts and folds to a compact size, perfect for traveling. Check your local Staples for these fab finds!

Stay Entertained

My new favorite toy, the 3M Projector Sleeve is an absolute must have. Compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S, this compact sleeve has a built in projector that can project up to a 60 inch screen. Watch your favorite videos from YouTube, Netflix, or your own collection anywhere you go. Prepare a picture slideshow of your latest trip, or a presentation for work, this is as good for business as it is for pleasure. The design adds so much without the bulk, so your iPhone can still fit in your pocket or purse. On top of the projector, this can also charge your device. Find this at your local Target or

Speaking of iPhone fun, keep your kids entertained on the go with Ubooly. This interactive plush is powered by your iPhone or iPod touch. Load up the accompanying app and give life to Ubooly for your child. The Ubooly tells stories, plays games, and updates regularly through wifi, so it’s always got something new. The world’s first Smart Toy, the Ubooly grows with your child, so it never gets old. Available for adoption at

Pack Square Shooters® for a fun dice game for an airport layover. This game comes with 54 playing cards and 9 dice and can be played multiple ways. The purpose of the game is to match your dice roll with a hand you’ve drawn. Perfect for card aficionados, especially poker players, and can keep the whole family entertained! Find this game at your local Walgreens or Barnes & Noble.

Show off your best free throw for a brew with Basketpong. Using the concept of beer pong, Basketpong literally turns it on it’s side. Folds up easy for travel, and perfect for a fun night. Fill the cups with your favorite beverage, alcoholic or no, and adjust to the height you prefer. This floats, so it can also be played in the pool! Get the full court or half court at

Stay Calm

The holidays are stressful enough, make sure to take time to relax! Curl up Christmas Eve in a luxurious robe by A.MOET. These terry cloth robes come in four stylish designs and are warm and inviting after a long day at the mall. Check these out at

What’s more relaxing than a warm hot cocoa? Just because you’re running from place to place doesn’t mean you can’t indulge. Fill up a Contigo Randolph AUTOSEAL Handled Travel Mug with your favorite hot beverage. Equipped with AUTOSEAL technology, this mug reseals after every sip to guarantee no spillage. Keep your coffee hot for up to four hours or your iced tea cold up to 12 hours and adjust to fit either left or right handed sippers. Find this and more travel mugs at

Nothing is more relaxing than a meditation, and Wrap Yourself in Love gives us a reason to feel comforted. These love wraps are not only fashionable wraps, but are meant to be worn during meditation to feel love and warmth. Accompanied by the Experience Love Now guided mediation, wrap yourself and fall in love. Bring this along on your trip not only for the mediation, but also to keep extra warm and comforted on the flight! Not only can you experience this for yourself, but with their Buy One/Give One – Wear One/Share One™ program, for every wrap you purchase, another is donated to a person in need of a little healing love. Find this at

Staying calm while traveling invariably means keeping the kids calm, and nothing soothes a child like GUND’s Nuzzle. Nuzzle is the stuffed animal that hugs back, perfect for long plane rides or just nap time. The large head is weighted to wrap over your child’s shoulder and the soft fabric feels comforting against their cheek during takeoff. Get one for your favorite miniature jet setter at

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