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This year, my mom asked me for some ideas for Christmas gifts, and my resulting list was a red flag that I’m on a slippery slope to boringsville — a hair cut, sunscreen, and even were on the exciting end of the spectrum. (Okay — one made its way in there — between that and my recent flamingo dress purchase I’m well on my way to achieving my dream of being a Katy Perry backup dancer, no? Those should keep me out of lameland for a while.)

Anyway, my point is that I sincerely hope you all have more exciting holiday wish lists than I do. And if not? Well, Tucker and I have some suggestions.

Christmas Dinner Party

1. Wanderland Wearables

I’m really not much of a shopper when I’m home. Retail environments tend to zap me of the will to live, and if I make it all the way to the check out line I always end up angsting out over whether or not I want to carry my potential purchase with me around the world and back (#livingoutofabackpackproblems). But on my travels it’s another story entirely — I love wandering through exotic markets, checking out local artisans and bringing back treasures for my family and friends, and even myself on occasion.

I’ve long been toying with the idea of setting up a shop here on Meihoukai in Wanderland to bring some of my favorite finds to you, but a lot of obstacles have stood in my metaphorical way. Those include but are not limited to: the fact that I’m better at having ideas than implementing them, the limitations of my online-shop creatingΒ technical skills, and not really knowing if anyone would even be into that kind of thing.

However, during my most recent time in Thailand, I found a jewelry vendor I’d bought from years earlier — and it inspired me to finally give this idea a trial run. So, without further ado, I present Wanderland Wearables!

These are earrings I’ve personally owned and worn my own pair of for years and received compliments on over and over again. The metal leaf design above goes with absolutely everything and are incredibly hardy and perfect for traveling. The laser-cut wooden design below are a bit more delicate, but also insanely lightweight — I often forget that I have them in at all.

Sourced with love from Thailand, packaged with soul in New York. A limited run of each are available for $15.99 with free shipping within the USA. I will ship all orders on December 15th. Click any image above to buy — or visit my Etsy shop ! I hope you all will love these little guys as much as I do.

Update: We are all sold out. Thank you so much and watch out for the next collection!

2. Welcome to Wanderland Swag

When I launched my new site design, I loved my new logo so much that I released a few products with slight variations of it. If you want to take a little piece of Wanderland with you on your next adventure, might I suggest a snazzy new tote bag? Or perhaps you’d like to sip your morning tea out of something swank while daydreaming of your next journey — I know just the mug for that.

Check out my Zazzle shop for mugs, totes and luggage tags, and Meihoukai in Wanderland stickers. When you do, send me a photo and I’ll share it and tag you on my social media accounts! (A reader mug shot gallery, if you will. Zing!)

3. A Few of My Favorite Things

Looking for a few more gift ideas for yourself or your favorite travel buddy? Check out my Obsessions page, where I outline my absolute travel must haves. From camera gear to luggage necessities to green travel tools, there are potential presents in there at all price points.

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Christmas Dinner Party

And now back to our regularly scheduled travel programming. But before we go, I’m dying to know…

What are you wishing for this holiday season?

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33 Comments...
  • Ashley
    December 9 2014

    Wow! Those leaf earrings are stunning!! And I love your packaging. I may have to order a pair for myself for Christmas, they would look awfully cute with my New Years Dress……… Great idea Meihoukai!

    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      I just saw your order Ashley… so glad you decided to go for them πŸ™‚ Make sure to send me a photo if they make the cut into your NYE outfit!

  • Jamie
    December 9 2014

    Love this! Just picked up a pair of the leaf earrings. Thank you! πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      You are the best Jamie! Thank you for being my very first customer!

      • Jamie
        December 10 2014

        Haha, I’m honored! Hope the shop is a success! πŸ™‚
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  • Justine
    December 9 2014

    It’s funny for me to read about your shopping challenges. I’m really not a big shopper, but whenever I do go shopping I typically talk myself out of buying anything I can’t travel with. Living out of a backpack long term tends to have this effect. But even now that I’m living in an apartment for the next year, I still can’t bring myself to buy a ton of stuff, since more than likely I’ll be living out of a backpack again once this year is up! #livingoutofabackpackproblems, indeed! Anyway, I love the new line of Wanderland Wearables πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      Thanks Justine! I’m hoping they’ll be a big hit and I can keep the shop up in my future travels πŸ™‚ And yes, I know how you feel… I figure I’ll always feel tied down by stuff.

  • Rachel of Hippie in Heels
    December 10 2014

    Cute!! love the earrings πŸ™‚ Now people can drink coffee from a wanderland mug while they read about wanderland
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      That’s the idea! Although I guess it won’t exactly travel well πŸ™‚

  • Steve
    December 10 2014

    I love the merch Meihoukai. If I could one it would be the mug. For the holiday season I am wishing to spend quality time with the family.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      Me too, I’m really cherishing it this year. I love the mugs! Need to post a picture of my own soon.

  • Jade
    December 10 2014

    Love those earrings! And I feel exactly the same about home vs. travel shopping. I recently came home from Nepal with an entire duffle bag of gifts for myself and family but when it comes to buying jeans I actually need from England I um and ah for days!

    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      Ha! I know EXACTLY how you feel. I’ve been needing to go to the mall since I got home and I just cannot bring myself to go. Ugh.

  • Hannah
    December 10 2014

    I love those earrings, they’re beautiful. I have the complete opposite problem when shopping, I always want to buy things that I know are completely unreasonable to be brought along for living out of my backpack when I’m traversing around the world; I’m luckily getting better at quitting my unreasonable shopping habit. πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      Good luck nixing the habit, Hannah! I know it’s a hard one to kick πŸ™‚

  • becky hutner
    December 10 2014

    Accepting the fact that I’m destined to be eternally impressed with Meihoukai in Wanderland. Now on top of everything, you’ve managed to rustle up some merch & throw up a shop! Everything looks fantastic. The earrings are lovely down to the packaging. Well done, you.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      Thanks Becky! Here’s hoping they’re a hit…

  • Raymond @ Man On The Lam
    December 10 2014

    Very cool! I am diggin’ those mugs. πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      Thanks Raymond! I maybe should have made a travel version though πŸ™‚

  • Kiara Gallop
    December 10 2014

    I love the earrings! I’m guessing for the price they’re not silver? I’m annoyingly allergic to every single metal it seems apart from sterling silver and stainless steel πŸ™
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      Sadly I don’t think they are silver πŸ™ The downside of sourcing products from a country in which I can’t speak the language, ha.

  • Ayngelina
    December 10 2014

    I can’t get enough of packing cubes either but your store is far more fun. I love the earrings.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 10 2014

      I have eight packing cubes right now… and I’m definitely hoping I get the three more I asked for from Santa πŸ™‚ I can’t get enough!

  • Sky
    December 10 2014

    Love the Wanderland Wearables idea! If I wasn’t saving every penny for my trip I’d probably buy myself a pair. They’re so cute. Hoping the business takes off for you!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 14 2014

      Thanks Sky! Best of luck saving for the trip πŸ™‚

  • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    December 10 2014

    Love both sets of earrings Meihoukai! πŸ˜€
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    • Meihoukai
      December 14 2014

      Thanks Chanel! I’ve loved them both for years!

  • Chris
    December 11 2014

    Great little ensemble you’ve put together my friend!

    As for what I wish for this Christmas… somewhere down here in Central America that can serve me a delicious roast dinner πŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      December 14 2014

      I’m sure you’ll find something πŸ™‚ Head where the expats are!

  • Laura
    December 11 2014

    I LOVE the leaf earings! Good for you for getting started on your business ideas! I’m the same – so many ideas, so few actually executed. This Christmas I’m in the market for a new camera, but buying it while abroad is proving more difficult than anticipated!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 14 2014

      I always do my electronics purchasing when I’m home. Not that I’ve invested in any camera gear in a while… the itch is getting stronger though!

  • Ligeia and Mindy
    December 11 2014

    Awesome earrings! What a great idea to create your own stuff! Fantastic gift ideas. πŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      December 14 2014

      Thanks! It has been really fun and rewarding to make something with my hands again.