This year, my mom asked me for some ideas for Christmas gifts, and my resulting list was a red flag that I’m on a slippery slope to boringsville — a hair cut, sunscreen, and even more packing cubes were on the exciting end of the spectrum. (Okay — one watermelon bikini made its way in there — between that and my recent flamingo dress purchase I’m well on my way to achieving my dream of being a Katy Perry backup dancer, no? Those should keep me out of lameland for a while.)
Anyway, my point is that I sincerely hope you all have more exciting holiday wish lists than I do. And if not? Well, Tucker and I have some suggestions.
1. Wanderland Wearables
I’m really not much of a shopper when I’m home. Retail environments tend to zap me of the will to live, and if I make it all the way to the check out line I always end up angsting out over whether or not I want to carry my potential purchase with me around the world and back (#livingoutofabackpackproblems). But on my travels it’s another story entirely — I love wandering through exotic markets, checking out local artisans and bringing back treasures for my family and friends, and even myself on occasion.
I’ve long been toying with the idea of setting up a shop here on Alex in Wanderland to bring some of my favorite finds to you, but a lot of obstacles have stood in my metaphorical way. Those include but are not limited to: the fact that I’m better at having ideas than implementing them, the limitations of my online-shop creating technical skills, and not really knowing if anyone would even be into that kind of thing.
However, during my most recent time in Thailand, I found a jewelry vendor I’d bought from years earlier — and it inspired me to finally give this idea a trial run. So, without further ado, I present Wanderland Wearables!
These are earrings I’ve personally owned and worn my own pair of for years and received compliments on over and over again. The metal leaf design above goes with absolutely everything and are incredibly hardy and perfect for traveling. The laser-cut wooden design below are a bit more delicate, but also insanely lightweight — I often forget that I have them in at all.
Sourced with love from Thailand, packaged with soul in New York. A limited run of each are available for $15.99 with free shipping within the USA. I will ship all orders on December 15th. Click any image above to buy — or visit my Etsy shop here! I hope you all will love these little guys as much as I do.
Update: We are all sold out. Thank you so much and watch out for the next collection!
2. Welcome to Wanderland Swag
When I launched my new site design, I loved my new logo so much that I released a few products with slight variations of it. If you want to take a little piece of Wanderland with you on your next adventure, might I suggest a snazzy new tote bag? Or perhaps you’d like to sip your morning tea out of something swank while daydreaming of your next journey — I know just the mug for that.
Check out my Zazzle shop for Welcome to Wanderland mugs, totes and luggage tags, and Alex in Wanderland stickers. When you do, send me a photo and I’ll share it and tag you on my social media accounts! (A reader mug shot gallery, if you will. Zing!)
3. A Few of My Favorite Things
Looking for a few more gift ideas for yourself or your favorite travel buddy? Check out my Obsessions page, where I outline my absolute travel must haves. From camera gear to luggage necessities to green travel tools, there are potential presents in there at all price points.
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And now back to our regularly scheduled travel programming. But before we go, I’m dying to know…
What are you wishing for this holiday season?
Wow! Those leaf earrings are stunning!! And I love your packaging. I may have to order a pair for myself for Christmas, they would look awfully cute with my New Years Dress……… Great idea Alex!
I just saw your order Ashley… so glad you decided to go for them 🙂 Make sure to send me a photo if they make the cut into your NYE outfit!
Love this! Just picked up a pair of the leaf earrings. Thank you! 🙂
You are the best Jamie! Thank you for being my very first customer!
Haha, I’m honored! Hope the shop is a success! 🙂
It’s funny for me to read about your shopping challenges. I’m really not a big shopper, but whenever I do go shopping I typically talk myself out of buying anything I can’t travel with. Living out of a backpack long term tends to have this effect. But even now that I’m living in an apartment for the next year, I still can’t bring myself to buy a ton of stuff, since more than likely I’ll be living out of a backpack again once this year is up! #livingoutofabackpackproblems, indeed! Anyway, I love the new line of Wanderland Wearables 🙂
Thanks Justine! I’m hoping they’ll be a big hit and I can keep the shop up in my future travels 🙂 And yes, I know how you feel… I figure I’ll always feel tied down by stuff.
Cute!! love the earrings 🙂 Now people can drink coffee from a wanderland mug while they read about wanderland
That’s the idea! Although I guess it won’t exactly travel well 🙂
I love the merch Alex. If I could one it would be the mug. For the holiday season I am wishing to spend quality time with the family.
Me too, I’m really cherishing it this year. I love the mugs! Need to post a picture of my own soon.
Love those earrings! And I feel exactly the same about home vs. travel shopping. I recently came home from Nepal with an entire duffle bag of gifts for myself and family but when it comes to buying jeans I actually need from England I um and ah for days!
Ha! I know EXACTLY how you feel. I’ve been needing to go to the mall since I got home and I just cannot bring myself to go. Ugh.
I love those earrings, they’re beautiful. I have the complete opposite problem when shopping, I always want to buy things that I know are completely unreasonable to be brought along for living out of my backpack when I’m traversing around the world; I’m luckily getting better at quitting my unreasonable shopping habit. 🙂
Good luck nixing the habit, Hannah! I know it’s a hard one to kick 🙂
Accepting the fact that I’m destined to be eternally impressed with Alex in Wanderland. Now on top of everything, you’ve managed to rustle up some merch & throw up a shop! Everything looks fantastic. The earrings are lovely down to the packaging. Well done, you.
Thanks Becky! Here’s hoping they’re a hit…
Very cool! I am diggin’ those mugs. 🙂
Thanks Raymond! I maybe should have made a travel version though 🙂
I love the earrings! I’m guessing for the price they’re not silver? I’m annoyingly allergic to every single metal it seems apart from sterling silver and stainless steel 🙁
Sadly I don’t think they are silver 🙁 The downside of sourcing products from a country in which I can’t speak the language, ha.
I can’t get enough of packing cubes either but your store is far more fun. I love the earrings.
I have eight packing cubes right now… and I’m definitely hoping I get the three more I asked for from Santa 🙂 I can’t get enough!
Love the Wanderland Wearables idea! If I wasn’t saving every penny for my trip I’d probably buy myself a pair. They’re so cute. Hoping the business takes off for you!
Thanks Sky! Best of luck saving for the trip 🙂
Love both sets of earrings Alex! 😀
Thanks Chanel! I’ve loved them both for years!
Great little ensemble you’ve put together my friend!
As for what I wish for this Christmas… somewhere down here in Central America that can serve me a delicious roast dinner 😉
I’m sure you’ll find something 🙂 Head where the expats are!
I LOVE the leaf earings! Good for you for getting started on your business ideas! I’m the same – so many ideas, so few actually executed. This Christmas I’m in the market for a new camera, but buying it while abroad is proving more difficult than anticipated!
I always do my electronics purchasing when I’m home. Not that I’ve invested in any camera gear in a while… the itch is getting stronger though!
Awesome earrings! What a great idea to create your own stuff! Fantastic gift ideas. 🙂
Thanks! It has been really fun and rewarding to make something with my hands again.