(I'm still finding my way around, so I hope I am posting this in the right place ...) Favorite gifts gotten: iHome portable re-chargable mini-speakers, for listening to music in hotel rooms; a hand-written journal of our trip to HKG, from mr. zee; and (oh my) a flask, for bring a little bit of spirit for when I'm away from home. Favorite gifts given: My 13 year old niece is about to take her first international trip this month - apart from trips to see family in Florida or Canada, this is her first big trip. So, for an early birthday present, I got her a really groovy PURPLE suitcase of her very own. I wish I had one when I was that age, instead of having to use my mother's old white beat-up Samsonite bag. As a go-with, I went through all of my travel-related swag and put together a pretty good-sized box of travel sized shampoos, conditioners, gels, soaps, goos, q-tips, lip balms, loofahs, plus a couple kits (with earplugs, eye-masks, socks) from the last time I flew international first.