Gift Guide: For the Traveler | Artisan Made Goods for Your Next Adventure

I was compensated for my time creating this post by Genesis Fair Trade. Featured above: Dulce Mandarina Backpack

I’m fortunate to work at a shop that closes down for the last weeks of December. We’re mostly volunteer run, so it’s important to give our hardworking, unpaid staff some time to travel to their families or relax at home for the Holidays. The byproduct of that is that I get time off, too.

This year, Daniel and I are going to roadtrip down to our homeland, Florida, to meet up with family, visit old friends, and soak up the southern sun. Traveling up and down the east coast is truly an adventure. Hundreds of miles of Blue Ridge Mountains eventually turn to foothills, then flat land as you slither your way through long stretches of Georgia. Humidity increases. Eventually you can smell the Atlantic Ocean – you can feel the salt in the air even before you catch a glimpse of that eternal, glimmering sea.

Traveling is an immersive, life giving experience if you take the time to do it with intention.

It only makes sense to cradle your travel essentials – from clothes to money to phones – in items created with intention: with fair labor, careful curation, and extraordinary talent.

Today I’m featuring hand selected items for your next adventure, all available from Genesis Fair Trade…


Fiesta de Abril Crossbody, $20

Perfect for security lines and quick trips to the gas station. Made in Guatemala.

Olas Rotas Overnight Bag, $255

Made in Guatemala with locally sourced fabrics and dyes. Great for weekend getaways.

Mina de Turquesas Backpack, $164

Handmade in Guatemala using a traditional Mayan color palette. I prefer a backpack when traveling by air.



Lightweight Mayan Ikat Scarf, $49

Hand-dyed and woven in Guatemala. Perfect to add a bit of warmth while traveling by train, plain, or automobile. And if you’re going somewhere warm, you can use it to keep the chill off at night.

Allinchaey Acua Cusco Coin Purse, $35

I like to throw toll change, small bills, and even lip balm in my little coin purse so it doesn’t get lost in my purse. Made in a pattern used by Incan and Andean communities in Peru. Lined in cotton.

Mayan iPhone Case, $35

For 6/6S and 6 Plus/6S Plus. Made with traditional Yucatecan Maya designs in Mexico.

Most of the items shown above come in different designs and color stories, so I recommend poking around on the Genesis Fair Trade Website to find the best fit for you. 

Happy travels!

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