Friday, December 17, 2010

The Hug Holiday Gift Guide 2010 - Part Deux

Holiday Gift Guide: The Wanderlust
For the friend who has logged more frequent flier miles than Santa himself, surprise them with holiday gifts that appeal to their sense of adventure and help them travel in style. 

1. Shaun Sundholm Print
Explore the sun-drenched loveliness of this image featuring an old beaten path and an irresistible invitation to get lost in the moment.  Like the opening of a classic Italian film, this limited edition print will have your world traveler hot to trot to their next dream destination. 20 x 200.  $50

2. Lug Travel Blanket + Pillow
Say ‘bon voyage’ to scratchy blankets on long plane rides and say hello to your new best friend, the Lug 2-in-1 travel blanket + pillow set!  Made with super soft fleece, this small bundle unzips to reveal a cuddly blanket and an inflatable pillow that slips back into the cozy carrying case – genius! 

Escape to onboard napping bliss in 10 different eye catching colours. Solutions. $28

3. Ork Posters

Show off your neighbourhood pride with these typographically rich urban prints from Ork Posters!  Spotlighting the unique geographic silhouette of some of North America’s biggest cities, these eye-catching works make a perfect addition to your office or home living space.  Not to mention, dishing out travel recommendations on the best places to eat, shop and play becomes a breeze when you’ve got the whole city laid at your feet. 
Available in regular poster and special screen printed editions. Ork Posters. $22+

4. FlickrPro Account
If a picture is worth a thousand words, make sure your traveler has lots to say with a FlickrPro account!  Expanding on the decent features available in the basic level account, this upgrade will grant your traveler unlimited uploads and storage, ad-free browsing and sharing, and most importantly, a safe and easily accessible place to store high-resolution original images when zipping around the world. FlickrPro. $25

Holiday Gift Guide: The Humble Hostess 
Why show up empty-handed for holiday parties, when you can surprise your hostess with a charming little gift to enjoy all year long? 

1.  Cabin 7 Cardholders
Be this season’s ‘hostess with the mostess’ when you set the table with these darling cardholders featuring natural Maine birch and glamorous gilded gold.  
Artists Chris and Jen describe gilding as ‘a craft of applying thin sheets of metal leaf to a surface to create the look of gold.’  By gilding each and every shop piece by hand, you’ll be guaranteed to bring home a handmade original worth its weight in gold!  Cabin 7. $36

2. Joy to the World CD ~ Pink Martini
Affectionately referred to as the “little orchestra” from Portland, Oregon, Pink Martini makes music that sounds like it could have come directly from the set or era of Mad Men. 

Classy, sassy and grand, their latest album effortlessly interprets holiday favourites from all around the world.  With such a diverse selection, it’s beginning to feel like a lot more than just Christmas! Available exclusively at Starbucks. $15

3. Mr. Robot 2.0 Tea Towel
 Domo arigoto Mr. Roboto!  Not only do you cheer up the room with your smart bowtie (which is the bee’s knees, by the way) but you also do an A+ job of keeping the kitchen neat and tidy during the mad holiday rush!  

A modern gentleman with eco-friendly views, the Mr. Robot 2.0 tea towel is hand stenciled and printed using biodegradable Terraskin and comes wrapped in environmentally-friendly gift packaging.  The Lime Shop. $18

Amy Ng is a freelance writer and dim sum enthusiast currently working in the not-for-profit arts sector.  You can follow her adventures at and


  1. I have the LUG travel pillow and it goes with me wherever I go. This is a great gift idea.

  2. I love the LUG collection too. I have the passport wallet :)