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Give Fresh Air? Oui Oui! 100% Air from Paris & New York City

Original Canned Air from New York City by Cooperativ

Original Canned Air from New York City

I’m totally not kidding. This is 100% canned air.

Now before you get all WTF on me, have a look at the charm (and the atmosphere) packed into these things.

Original Canned Air Formula from New York City

New York City Canned Air Formula

Created by traveler and photographer Kirill Rudenko, he writes of the can from New York City:

Direct from our supplier in NYC. The air formula is as pictured and may contain traces of Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island.

It’s 100% bio. Fresh air from New York relieves stress, cures homesickness 
and helps fight nostalgia. It is made by careful hands in the heart of the city.

Get yourself a piece of the City to remember. Feeling down? Got the blues? Buy a whole box of Air and open the cans whenever you feel sad, remember the atmosphere, marvelous time you spent in New York City and feel better. Never been to NYC? Order your can online and begin your journey while still at home!

Quite appropriate for the right person, wouldn’t you say?
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Travel the World Through the Eyes of Herb Lester

You Are Here : London by Herb Lester

You Are Here, a London guide by Herb Lester

Have the Olympics reignited your travel bug? Every time I watch a competition I’m reminded of yet another place I’d like to go, with London of course beckoning with its splendid architecture and dry humor.

Whether visiting or revisiting one of the world’s great cities, Herb Lester Travel Guides offer a new take on the tired old travel map.

For starters, they’re so wonderfully illustrated that instead of hiding behind them, you can spread that map proudly fair tourist. These are meant to be seen.
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Everything Here is Wonderful: Screen-Printed Maps by Best Made Co.

Wonderful Silk Screened Maps by Best Made Company - Seattle

It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about going somewhere. Getting outta Dodge and hitting the road, en route to somewhere wonderful. Lucky for us, this country is full of wonderful destinations, many of them right under our very noses.

It’s precisely these places that Best Made Company's Everything Here is Wonderful map series was created to celebrate—the parks, cities and the journey in between across these United States.

Hand-printed in Saint Paul, MN, numbered, and embossed with a Best Made seal, these topographic survey maps represent “some of the more remarkable and cherished locations you’ve ever (or never) explored.”

Give a Wonderful Map in recognition of a wonderful place they dream of visiting, or the one they call home.

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Satisfy Their Lust for Life – 12 Gifts for Sagittarians!

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Happy Thanksgiving; or if you’re a Sagittarius, Happy Birthday! Born November 22 – December 21, Sagittarians are fueled by their independent sense of adventure and lust for life. Represented by their astrological symbol – the Archer – Sagittarians are are focused and intent. They believe that anything is possible and are happiest when on the move, curious to explore and to travel, sharing their experiences along the way. Optimistic and free as a bird, Sagittarians want to experience all life has to offer and any one of these gifts will help them do just that!

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Make This Gift: Stitched Map Art!

Stitched Map Art / Image: Martha Stewart Living

Stitched Map Art, photo from Martha Stewart Living

Maybe it’s the weather (or all those delicious fall smells), but I’ve been feeling mighty nostalgic lately. Anyone else feeling wistful these days? I was reminiscing about past adventures just recently when I spotted this great little DIY art and gift idea from Martha Stewart Living.

Celebrate and remember family vacations or road trips with friends by hand-stitching the route on maps and framing them—brilliant! It’s sentimental without being too cheesy; handmade without looking like a summer camp craft you made in the 4th grade; and inexpensive without looking cheap or last-minute. In other words, it’s the perfect DIY gift!

Stitched Map Art / Image: Martha Stewart Living

Stitched Map Art, photo from Martha Stewart Living

I already have a few stitch-friendly road trips in mind, including one that would make a great anniversary gift (shh, don’t tell). What about you? Do any specific vacations or trips spring to mind? What was your destination?


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Give & Tell with Morgan Haines

Morgan Haines

Meet the newest addition to our team! She’s a talented graphic designer and self proclaimed internet addict. She’s funny, clever, and been making me smile since the day we met. She’s also one hell of a gift hound. Check out Morgan’s first few posts on Wantist and keep an eye out for more to come. Also visit her personal blog, Internet Therapy, for tales of her love affair with Mr. Internet.

I asked Morgan to Give & Tell for us today so you could get to know her better. She was all over it. Here she is!

Tell us about a gift-giving ah-ha moment you recall.

My girlfriend and I have a running “that’s what she said” joke contest. We never tire of it and use it as often as possible. We even managed to work it into our bridesmaid speech when we co-maid-of-honored another friend’s wedding last year.

I was mindlessly browsing at Urban Outfitters the other day when I came across a book completely devoted to “that’s what she said jokes.” I instantly knew she needed to have it and snatched it up right away. I was going to wait for her birthday in December but it looks like the cat’s out of the bag now (Happy Birthday, Melissa)!

What’s your favorite reason to celebrate with a gift?

I believe the best days and ways to give gifts are the ones you give for no reason at all! I love to give gifts simply because I found something and thought someone I knew might like it. “Just because” gifts are so much more heartfelt and spontaneous than ones that you give because the holiday or birthday (or some other annual event) requires them.
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What should you give your Boss?

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Ecards for Bosses by someecards

There are all kinds of bosses—good, bad, hilarious, humorless, geeky, adventurous, gregarious, odd.

We appreciate variety and that not every boss is the same (though you humorless ones could use a little lightening up, mmmk?) It’s why we made Wantist the way we did and you don’t see a drop-down for “Boss-man” (or woman).

To find the perfect gift for your boss, I recommend starting with something for someone professional, unless your boss is a wild one then head straight for the gifts for fun-loving people.

However, to get you started here’s a few favorites for boss-types.

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Gift Wrap for World Travelers

Cavallini Bon Voyage Wrapping Paper

Bon Voyage Wrapping Paper

They’re off to see the world!

As their dear friend, you’re encouraging, excited for them, and can’t wait to see their photos riding the gondolas in Venice and up high at the ruins of Machu Picchu.

You’ve also picked out the perfect gift to send them on their way—a stylish Dopp Kit for her, TSA approved fine toiletry essentials for him, the ultimate travel wish book The, with a capital T, Travel Book by Lonely Planet, and the map of my dreams that never has to be folded, this Crumpled City Map.

Perhaps you even made them their very own leather passport holder. You’re such a good friend.

Now it’s time to wrap it up, and I’ve got the perfect wrapping paper for you. From their archives of vintage ephemera, these wraps from Cavallini & Co. in San Francisco are printed on Italian acid free paper and pretty enough to hang on the wall.

So now the hard part, deciding do you wrap with it or frame it? At only 3.95 a sheet, you can do both!

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Make This Gift: A Simple Leather Passport Holder

DIY Leather Passport Holder / Image: Alicia Jepsen

I don’t know about you, but when I think about making something out of leather my mind short-circuits and I start babbling about how hard and impossible such a task must be. I mean, c’mon! It’s made out of leather! Sure, us humans have been doing that for, well, a really long time. But somehow it seems like something only highly skilled craftsmen can do–people who have been doing it for generations, even.

Surely I’m not alone in this thinking, right? Good! Because that’s exactly what people are going to think when you give them this leather passport holder YOU MADE YOURSELF. They’re going to think you’re some sort of leather-working god. You’re going to blow minds, climb the ranks of awesome gift givers, and maybe, just maybe, have a statue erected in your honor.

Or something like that.

DIY Leather Passport Holder / Image: Alicia Jepsen

Turns out, making a simple leather passport holder is SUPER EASY. On top of that, it’ll only take up about 2 hours of your time–not bad for something that’s sure to go down in the gift-giving hall of fame! If you’re ready to cut your leather-working teeth, as it were, check out Alicia Jepsen’s tutorial over on Poppytalk. She shares loads of photos and detailed instructions for making your own leather passport holder. Now go! That statue isn’t going to erect itself.

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