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The 2021 Authorized Nomads Reward Information

I did my first ever vacation reward information for vacationers a couple of years in the past, which was enjoyable to compile. Readers appeared to benefit from the varied gadgets, and I used to be glad to share a number of the merchandise that accompanied me on the street. This yr, I needed to do one thing a little bit completely different.

For starters, my life is a little completely different – one thing all of you already know. Because of this, my very own presents to household and pals aren’t souvenirs from far-away locations, however enjoyable issues I’ve found on-line. I needed to share a few of them right here, particularly as many are small companies like myself.

The gadgets beneath are from artists that I’ve supported, a few of whom I’ve truly met, and they’re all merchandise I stand behind.

Artwork and jewellery presents

Some stunning gadgets to make your personal.


When looking for a present for my mum’s birthday final yr, I believed I might do one thing a little bit completely different. I seemed for an artist who might illustrate our household with a lovely border after which ship her a printed copy for her birthday.

I’ve by no means commissioned this sort of reward earlier than, and Rebecca – the artist I selected – was affected person and sort, and we went backwards and forwards a couple of occasions till I used to be happy. She even agreed to make my brother as depicted, sporting his favorite martini t-shirt.

customized family illustration gift

I used to be ready on this reward information till my mum acquired her reward, and he or she liked it!

Rebecca’s full store right here, and observe that she’s going to do different kinds of designs as properly, like Save the Dates for weddings, vacation playing cards, customized child blankets, and extra.


I’ve adopted Michael Buchino’s whimsical phrase work for a while on Instagram, because it combines two of my favorite issues: studying, and artwork. His Insta feed, Lexigraphique, is a type of accounts that I ship to a number of pals many occasions every week.

Earlier than this information went up, I wrote him to ask if he had any vacation gadgets I might embrace, and fortunate for all of us he was nearly to launch the hygge playing cards beneath.

hand drawn holiday cards hygge lexigraphique
(c) Michael Buchino 2021

You should purchase his prints and these cute vacation playing cards in his Buchino store, right here.



These earrings are stainless-steel, quirky, and a enjoyable strategy to put on probably the most necessary components of the physique in your ears. I anticipate many, “is {that a} tree?” questions, to which you get to say, “nope, it’s BRAINS!”

You should purchase them right here.


Anne Connell’s store is a marvel to behold, chock filled with paper items designed — as she notes on Instagram and on her web site — with an “absurd consideration to element” She lists herself as a precisionist, and it’s simple to see why. Her art work is meticulous, delicately crafted, and really distinctive.

I discovered her botanical card sequence first, and clapped my palms with glee. As somebody making an attempt to get out in nature throughout temporary spurts of respite from bedrest, they have been a breath of recent air. Her constellation playing cards, that includes every of the zodiac indicators, are a transparent crowd-pleaser. I’ve put these two forms of playing cards beneath however truthfully it’s value heading to see her full store.

I notice these are listed as playing cards, however I feel they’re frame-worthy all by themselves.

detailed botanical cards PictrixDesign
(c) Anne Connell 2021

Her full store right here.


lunette vulva earrings in wood

I’ve written about how a menstrual cup has been probably the most helpful gadgets for a solo feminine traveler to convey, and this yr they’ve added a enjoyable light-weight jewelry possibility in wooden. I purchased these for myself, and completely love them.

They’re sufficiently subtle to not scream VULVA to anybody you meet, they usually’re in my favorite color. Figured I’d add a second physique half to this information 🙂

Earrings here, and a necklace possibility right here.


Nicola is a long-time Authorized Nomads reader, and a fellow lawyer and traveler. She has generously shared fowl illustrations and different enjoyable to maintain me cheered up once I’ve been down. She’s additionally a really proficient artist, and her playing cards and different gadgets are wealthy in puns and joyful artistry. 

Nicola’s work jogs my memory of the youngsters’s’ books I liked most, with inventive characters, maps, and eccentric animals. A proficient hand-brush lettering artist, she additionally contains plenty of drawn typography in her work.

From a grumpy owl to a festive sheep, you’ll you should definitely discover vacation playing cards to your tastes. And one in all my absolute faves is her marriage ceremony card beneath, “Of all of the fish within the sea” — pleasant.

nicola allen art grumpy owl 2019
(c) Nicola Allen 2021

nicola allen art festive sheep 2019
(c) Nicola Allen 2021

nicola allen art wedding card 2019
(c) Nicola Allen 2021

Nicola’s full store is right here.


I’ve had the pleasure of assembly Jess, the genius behind Birdstrips, in individual twice. She’s presently in Montreal, and a good friend launched us simply earlier than I re-leaked final summer time. Her illustrations have grown an enormous following on Instagram as a consequence of its relatable messaging, and her captions that accompany the drawings are uncooked and weak. Collectively, it’s highly effective work that makes nearly everybody really feel heard.

In Jess’ phrases, the store contains “the existential misery of the flightless via the eyes of the flighted.”

birdstrips whimsical bird art
(c) Birdstrips 2021birdstrips tshirt

You may try her photographs and choose up mugs, shirts, prints and extra, right here.


JP and Mike Andrews, two brothers from the UK are an Instagram favorite of mine. I usually share their photographs with my neighborhood as a result of their eye is exclusive, and their photos compelling. Like me, they completely like to journey. In contrast to me, they specialise in photographing weird, aerial photographs our planet utilizing drone images.

Their purpose: to share views of the world in any other case unseen, captured from a vantage level most of us miss. A terrific reward possibility for individuals who like to roam.

Right here’s one I really like from them: Skyline, a drone {photograph} of a freighter that appears like a cityscape.

abstract aerial art prints
(c) Summary Aerial Artwork 2021

And this aerial view of a seaside made me smile:

abstract aerial art prints
(c) Summary Aerial Artwork 2021

Their full gallery store right here.


Jason Markow, aka TEKSTartist is an artist I discovered a couple of years in the past, and was hooked instantly. His work combines each conventional and digital media, a fusion of methods that end in elegant but crisp merchandise. Provided that my very own merchandise are typographic representations of meals, I really like that his artwork contains quotes he’s loved over time, visually represented in distinctive methods.

One among my favourites: this flower, “Your Backyard, Perpetually” out there right here, created by warping and twisting the phrases from Tennyson’s well-known quote – “If I had a flower for each time I considered you…I might stroll via my backyard without end.”― Alfred Tennyson

tekstartist art word art
(c)TEKSTartist 2021

And the merchandise beneath, The Giving Tree, was created by warping/twisting the phrases from your entire set of textual content from Shel Silverstein’s iconic e book “The Giving Tree”. Purchase a replica of the art work right here.

TEKSTartist word art
(c)TEKSTartist 2021

Full store right here.


These illustrations of birds with curse phrases sayings are all the fad on Instagram and Twitter, for good cause: they’re hilarious. Crafted by Aaron Reynolds, they do appear to offend some, however because the identify suggests precisely what they’re it’s onerous for anybody to be upset. Don’t like them? Shut the tab.

Personally, I discover them precisely what I want, each day.

effin birds mug
effin birds tshirt

Clothes, mugs, pins, and extra right here, plus an Effin’ Birds e book and a 2022 Calendar too.


I’m excited to share the brand new tote luggage within the Authorized Nomads store. Beforehand, I provided a canvas, bull-woven tote of the maps, with the map printed on one aspect. These new tote luggage are black and white – and if individuals like, I also can swap out the handles to make them purple or mustard! – and the design is printed on each side.*

The brand new tote has sturdy handles and holds as much as 44lbs, good for errands and/or carrying a laptop computer and not using a laptop computer bag. Meals maps of Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Portugal, Italy, and Mexico out there.

food art maps tote bag
(c) Jodi Ettenberg 2021

Store the brand new totes right here. The total store is right here. Use code TOTESAMAZING for a 15% low cost till December eighth, 2021


Given my love of nature, it’s no shock that I additionally love jewellery that depicts it in design. I noticed these gold leaf earrings lately and ordered a pair as my vacation reward to myself. They’re light-weight — nice for anybody with complications — and they’re delicate and simply so fairly. I just like the distinction of the gold with the emerald inexperienced stud within the ear.

If leaf earrings aren’t your factor, Mica additionally has necklaces, rings, and different earrings in a wide range of sizes and shapes. They’re light-weight and delightful, and oh so inventive. Her jewellery is hypoallergenic and nickel-free.

Purchase the identical gold leaf earrings that I really like right here, with Mica’s full store right here.


My good friend Celeste shouldn’t be solely an excellent journey author, but additionally runs an environmentally-friendly Tahitian pearl firm, Kamoka, that adheres to the strictest ranges of sustainable farming on this planet. Their pearls are from oysters grown within the nutrient-rich lagoon of Ahe Atoll, 300 miles northeast of Tahiti, with electrical energy equipped by photo voltaic and wind energy. And if you happen to wanted extra convincing about supporting their enterprise: a Nationwide Geographic research discovered that their farming strategies helped enhance the realm’s fish inhabitants in recent times.

As with my former reward information, I needed to incorporate their Mana Bracelet. At $99, it’s sturdy and delightful. Celeste mentioned that this bracelet was initially crafted for surfers. Now, it’s one in all their greatest sellers for lively individuals who need a lovely pearl bracelet with out worrying about fragility. The adjustable band is created from kangaroo leather-based (the strongest leather-based on this planet), and is a good alternative for the trendy wanderer and the lively fashionista alike.

Tahitian pearl bracelet gift
(c) Kamoka Pearls 2021

For one thing a little bit extra delicate (and fragile!), I really like this white Tahitian keishi pearl ring, offset with a crescent to symbolize the solar and the moon. Keshi pearls are glad accidents, small nuggets which might be created as a by-product when the pearl grows and not using a nucleus, or rejects the bead nucleus because it grows.

I really like that Kamoka took these often-discarded gadgets and made one thing stunning out of them.

white tahitian pearl ring
(c) Kamoka Pearls 2021

  • The Mana Bracelet is out there right here.
  • The White Tahitian Pearl Ring is right here.
  • Kamoka’s full store, with pendants, necklaces, rings, bracelets, and extra, is right here. Their vacation sale is on now, with 20% off.

Sensible Items for Well being and House

Some further concepts for this vacation season.


wine wands low histamine for wine

I used to be sceptical of those, however they actually do work for me through the occasional time that I’ve a glass of wine. As a consequence of an inflammatory immune situation referred to as Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (I’ve written about it elsewhere on the weblog), wine is a rarity. However these wands make a glass one thing I don’t react to anymore, which has been nice.

Purchase them right here.


Best SAD lamp for winter months

I exploit a SAD lamp within the winter months when in a colder local weather. As the times shorten, it’s simple to really feel the winter blues. These Verilux lamps are inexpensive and use LED lights, and are increasingly more transportable over time. They solely model I’ve used for years.

Purchase them right here.


These tiny earbuds don’t play music or audio from the telephone, however have noise cancelling know-how. They’re the world’s smallest for this function, and are constructed to be comfy for sleep—together with for aspect sleepers. I used to be involved they’d match, however they arrive with an XS earbud dimension that’s good for me.

Purchase them right here. Black Friday sale on earlier than the 2021 holidays.


I’ve been utilizing these footwear for nearly a yr, and I can’t see myself going again to the rest. With a spinal CSF leak, I can’t simply get right into a pair of footwear, or tie my very own laces. Previous to discovering out about these from a good friend, I used an extendable shoe horn to get into my footwear with ease.

Not anymore!

Now, the shoe itself is sufficient. Kizik’s patented know-how in all of their footwear encompasses a in-built “spring-back” motion making them simple to placed on and take off. I exploit the Cairo girls’s shoe (above) as a result of I needed probably the most strong assist that they had. They’ve a more moderen operating fashion (the Atlas) or lower-profile kinds just like the Vegas or Prague which might be additionally nice. Actually simply depends upon what you wish to put on!

Many readers have bought these already, and love them—I get numerous emails about it. So have pals who broke a leg, or are pregnant and may’t attain their footwear, or are disabled like me. I’m not an envoy for them, I simply love the footwear as a result of they’ve helped my high quality of life and are comfy to put on.

Utilizing my hyperlink will get you $20 off a brand new pair of footwear, and you’ll test them out right here.


food crayon from montreal

These are a Quebec product, and tremendous enjoyable. They’re concentrated flavours in a “crayon” that comes with its personal sharpener. You may add the shavings to spice up any meal, or cocktail, with a wide range of flavours. Made by hand, they’re all vegan and gluten-free, and presently supply 24 flavours.

Purchase them right here. They ship exterior of Canada, too.

For readers who requested the right way to assist me throughout this vacation season, one of the best methods are through my Patreon (come be part of us! there are birds!), or through a one-time assist possibility.

Thanks as all the time for all of the love!


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