Pink elephants painted in India's Pink City. Japan's forests packed into scented bath bags. A curvy map of the Mississippi River.
A selection of gifts that will instantly transport you to another time and place. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
Little Globetrotters, Urbanites, Outdoor Adventurers:
See all of our 2015 holiday gift guides.
From Mississippi: A River Print
Trace the shifting course of the Mississippi (from prehistory through the 20th century).
Price: $24–$1,800 Available at: 20x200.com
Mini Wood Globe
Feel free to daydream at your desk.
Price: $20 Available at: amazon.com
From Japan: Candles
Take in the glow of traditional tapers made with rapeseed oil and handmade paper.
Price: $35 Available at: spartan-shop.com
From Japan: Maruyama Fiber Handkerchief
Weaved in Nara, Japan, from organic mosquito net fabrics, the quick-drying mini towel gets more absorbent the more you wash it.
Price: $6 Available at: omoionline.com
The Outsiders: The New Outdoor Creativity
Stories from the world's most successful globetrotters, adventurers, and ecoconscious designers. (And a shout-out to Our Open Road, one of
Fathom's 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites.)
Price: $41 Available at: amazon.com
From India: Pink Elephant Pillow
Dream of the Pink City with a decorative pillow hand-painted in Jaipur.
Price: $195 Available at: johnrobshaw.com
From Holland (via France): Tulip Hand Cream
This small tube (which smells like Holland in the springtime) will keep you soft and supple all winter long (even if that winter is spent in Amsterdam).
Price: $35 Available at: neimanmarcus.com
From Bolivia: Vintage Andean Blanket
Stay cozy with a handwoven
frasada made in Bolivia.
Price: $380 Available at: spartan-shop.com
From Germany: Weather Station
A thermometer and hygrometer will let you know with German precision when your home's heat and humidity levels are perfectly balanced.
Price: $172 Available at: bestmadeco.com
From Japan: Hinoki Bath Tea Bags
Turn bath time into a traditional ryoken experience. The natural resin content of the Hinoki shavings prevents mold and mildew from forming, which means you can use it again, and again, and again.
Price: $12 Available at: shop.nalatanalata.com
From Iceland: Wireless Speaker
Sleek Scandinavian tunes for the home.
Price: $449 Available at: aplusrstore.com
From the Woods: US National Parks Screenprint
Inspiration for another year of great hikes.
Price: $46 Available at: omoionline.com
From the Woods: Juniper Ridge Campfire Incense
Bring in the great outdoors. S'mores not included.
Price: $12 Available at: juniperridge.com
From Japan: Porcelain Boxes
Store treasures in printed
Ju-Bako porcelain boxes produced using a method from Japan's Edo period.
Price: $55 Available at: shop.nalatanalata.com
From the Road: The Salt of the Earth
The new Wim Wenders documentary is all about humanitarian adventures in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Serbia followed by incredible lansdcapes of the Galapagos and Patagonian rainforest.
Price: $27 Available at: amazon.com
From China (via SF): The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook
A recipe book with owner Danny Bowien's Mission anecdotes regarding an ill-fated trip to China, the development of his San Francisco restaurant, his cult foodie following, and expansion to NYC's Lower East Side.
Price: $21 Available at: amazon.com
From Japan: Charcoal Facial Cleansing Bar
Take a note from the Japanese and turn to a charcoal soap enriched with kaolin clay and carbon powder to help you on your quest for eternal youth.
Price: $11 Available at: omoionline.com
From the Sofa: Staycation Candle
For cozy winter days at home.
Price: $30 Avaialble at: snowehome.com
From the Grove: Olive Oil
A new annual subscription of world-class extra virgin olive oils custom blended and shipped with tasting notes and food and wine suggestions.
Price: $180 for four bottles Available at: groveandvine.com
From Africa: Sponsor a Child
Give and give back by sponsoring a Tanzanian child or family in someone else's name through The Small Things Give and Receive Holiday Drive. Donations help with daily needs like food, clothing, schooling, housing, and medical costs.
Price: From $15 Available at: thesmallthings.org