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Ever since the recent birthday of my best friend in the travel industry, I’ve been a little obsessed with travel-related gifts. Granted, I didn’t do my due diligence ahead of time and she wound up with a scarf and earrings instead of some sort of awesome travel-related gift, but I’ll know for next time. Since I specialize in honeymoons and have been attending tons of bridal shows lately, I’ve also ran across some really cool gifts for brides-to-be, so I wanted to compile a list of my favorite things. I mean, Oprah does it, so why can’t I?

VACATIONS BY LINDSEY’S FAVORITE THINGS OF 2013… SO FAR

I realize that we’re only 29 days into 2013. That just means you should expect a lot more favorite things in the upcoming months.

1. Liddabits

For the second year in a row, I’ll have a booth at the Atlanta Not Wedding (Feb. 25 for you Georgia brides!), which is a fake wedding to inspire your real wedding. Unfortunately, I still haven’t figured out how to portray a fake honeymoon, so I’m just there handing out brochures and telling people about travel. Last year, I admired the Liddabits table from afar and thought “Those are so cute – if ONLY I could find an excuse to order something!”

Liddabits is a design shop with tons of services available, but I just love the little paper signs for brides and grooms that you can see in the photo above.

This year for the Not Wedding, the wonderful owner, Liz, offered to make signs for some of the vendors! I was beside myself excited to get my very own Liddabits design:

blog-232 (1)That image courtesy of the fabulous Katie Bryant, a photographer that ALL brides should know about (and keep an eye out for my next favorite things blog post, because she’ll definitely be on there!!). Check out her great blog post on all of the amazing Not Wedding vendors!

 

2. Honeybee Invites

Speaking of the Not Wedding, I met one of my good wedding industry friends (and awesome honeymoon client), Allie, at last year’s event. She was so cute and spunky and our personalities instantly matched (I’m not trying to also call myself cute and spunky, some might disagree, but whatever). During our down time at the show, I sat and flipped through her amazing portfolio of handmade invitations and wedding crafts.

Her calligraphy just inspires this feeling that I get inside when I’m so happy to look at something so beautiful. I get that same feeling when I walk into the shoe section of a department store. Just kind of fluttery from being overwhelmed by gorgeous things.

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Allie’s handmade invitations are customized to fit you and your personality. They’re perfect for weddings or everyday stationery or gifts. She also does a ton of unique handmade signs and other wedding decor, so she’s your go-to girl for craftiness.

I’ll be honest, if someone gave me one of Allie’s beautiful stationery sets as a gift, I would be so excited and thankful that the first one of my handmade cards would go directly to that person in the mail as a thank you card. That’s how grateful I would be. HINT HINT HINT to anyone who needs to buy me a gift.

 

3. Poetry Salon 

The English major inside of me loves this idea. Say you’re a groom to be, you have no idea how to tell your bride how you feel – so, you give the poetic geniuses at Poetry Salon a call, tell them all about how wonderful your lady is, how you two met, how you can’t think of the right thing to give her as a wedding gift and voila! They craft a poem based on your story and arrange it to your liking, usually in some sort of epically romantic setting that makes me believe in love and poetry all over again.

Photo by PoetrySalon.com
Photo by PoetrySalon.com

My personal favorite is the poem rolled up inside of a cork. If $190 is too steep for you, you can call me and I’ll put my English degree to good use and write you a poem about whatever I feel like writing, because I’m all about inspiration. I’ll do it for $50. And, if you give me a bottle of wine with a cork in it, I’ll figure out how the heck one can shove a poem into a cork, and I’ll give you that cork back. That service is complimentary with the gift of a bottle of wine.

Here’s an example of my work:

An English major, once I was

I stopped writing poems because

Traveling the world was much more fun

It’s hard to compose while basking in the sun

So, thanks for the confidence in my work

And thanks for the wine, you can have back your cork.

 

 

4. Magnetic Travel Map from Frontgate

I’ve been wanting a way to mark off the places I’ve been, some sort of giant map to hang on the walls of my own home or office. So, when my parents gave me this beautiful magnetic travel map for Christmas, I was ecstatic. It’s the simplest way I’ve ever encountered to keep track of your travels and the magnets that came with the map were just enough to check off the places I’ve been. If all goes according to plan, the next big family vacation will hit 8 countries that I’ve never visited before, so I will definitely need to order an expansion pack!

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Honorable Mention:

As I was browsing gifts for my bestie travel friend (it’s Laura Allen of @lauraallentvl in case any of you Twitter fanatics were wondering. Be sure to follow her and me: @lindsey_epperly), I came across this little gem:

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Photo courtesy of the LA Times

LIGHTED EYEGLASSES!!!!!!!

Wow, wow, wow. Normal travelers, and anyone who doesn’t have x-ray vision, can you IMAGINE the look on your flight attendants face when you forget to power down your lighted eyeglasses to order a pack of peanuts?!

She will OBVIOUSLY think that you’re Superman. Or something.

The LA Times mentioned this wonderful invention on their list of holiday gifts for travelers, courtesy of Brookstone (it’s no longer on the website, I can’t imagine that these didn’t sell well?? They’re probably just sold out).

Laura, what would you have done had I given these to you for your birthday?!

Now I bet you’re extra grateful for that scarf and those earrings.

Lindsey Epperly

My name is Lindsey Epperly and I’m a travel consultant and owner of Epperly Travel, a national affiliate of Century Travel. I’m most passionate about building lifelong relationships with my clients and suppliers, discovering the globe in a way that makes me a better agent, and celebrating with my team when we reach a new milestone. One of our core values at Epperly Travel is to create fun and celebrate constantly – and I’m fortunate to be in a career that allows me to do just that. I’m proud to announce my recent achievements: landing a spot on Wendy Perrin’s WOW List as their Caribbean expert, being nominated for Virtuoso’s Rising Star Award and receiving a place on Jezebel Magazine’s Trailblazing Ten list.

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