Finding a great gift for the traveler in your life can feel like a daunting task. Especially for those who seem like they have their travel gear down to a science. However, a little thinking outside the box can score you some great gifts for travelers, that they wont even realize they ever they needed (and some they probably did). Here are some of my picks for interesting gifts for the traveler in your life.
Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Gifts for Travelers
Hydaway Bottle ($20.00)
Water bottles are must when traveling through hot, humid countries. Unfortunately, they’re bulky, cumbersome and almost never make it home in lieu of souvenirs. The Hydaway Bottle solves more than a few of these problems with its portable and collapsible design. It can pack down flat to fit in your pocket and expands to a full 12oz or 21oz size. Perks like six cute colors, carabiner-friendly carry handle, flip-up straw and BPA-free construction make this design win our seal of approval.
Sparrow Wheeled Garment Bag (22” TSA-Friendly carry-on) by ECBC ($399.99)
The first wheeled luggage of its kind, the Sparrow Wheeled Garment Bag combines organization modern features like the ecbc FastPass® System allowing you to unzip the Sparrow’s specialized electronics compartment, lay the wheeled bag flat on the security conveyer and go through TSA without unpacking your laptop, tablet and cables! Keep your clothes wrinkle free in the garment section with the unique garment hanger clasp, holding your hangers and garments in place. In addition, this wheeled luggage comes equipped with an ecbc Portable Power Pack, allowing a quick charge for your electronic devices too!
Mini Beer Pong ($39.99)
Nothing brings the family closer together than a friendly game of beer pong…right? Right! This travel-friendly, tabletop version is perfect for gathering around the table after the holiday meal is cleared away. With Mini Beer Pong, players use catapults to shoot tethered balls into mini cups from the comfort of their own seats. The two-foot game board folds up into half the size with the one-ounce pieces stored neatly inside. The “grown up” in us likes the that the tethered balls wont be flying onto dirty floors, which means no chasing or spilling.
DreamWalk Express Pedi Foot Smoother ($29.99)
One of the hazards of travel and pounding the pavement is a serious case of beach feet: cracked and peeling skin so dry and calloused it could scratch diamonds. This electronic foot smoother buffs away rough, dry skin without blades and no soaking required.
Logitech Circle: Portable Wifi Camera ($199.99)
The hardest part of travel is leaving your home unsupervised. Portable, home security cameras like Logitech Circle make it easy to keep an eye on the house while you’re away. I can even use it to supervise that sneaky cat while I’m out running errands. Circle sets up with your smartphone in 60 seconds, smart filters video footage and offers a 30=second recap of the whole day. It even comes with free 24 hour secured cloud storage.
Featherweight Compact Folding Hair Dryer by T3 ($150.00)
When you conduct most of your travel with just a carry-on and a personal item, space is at a premium which means most of the bulky bathroom and grooming items usually get left at home, but the Featherweight Compact Folding Hair Dryer is a game changer with its foldable, compact design. I’m loving that I no longer have to sacrifice looking good for luggage space!
Logitech Keys to Go: Ultra Portable Keyboard ($51.99)
Being able to work, connect with family and manage itineraries is a must when you travel. When I don’t want to lug around the laptop, packing my iPad and a portable keyboard keeps my backpack light. Keys-To-Go is the super slender, uber handy, ultra portable iPad keyboard. It’s travel friendly in that it won’t crumble from spills, drops or in-flight pretzel crumbs.
Vinnibag Inflatable Travel Bag ($28.00)
I’ve never wanted to bring food items home from my travels as badly as I did in Italy and Rome. But how do you safely get bottles of aged Italian wine or pure olive oil back home after a coastal holiday without them breaking? Vinnibags! They’re perfect for fragile items and safe to use even in checked luggage because the design allows for changes in air pressure and temperatures. Packing and using is so easy: stick items in the bag, inflate using your very own eco-friendly lung power, snap the bag close and pack!
Logitech BLOK: Protective Case for iPad Air 2 ($59.99)
The BLOK had me at “made to be dropped.” It provides drop protection from as high as 6 ft. onto concrete – a legitimate risk on some of my more adventurous travels. It’s made of an absorbent polymer structure with extra polymers on the corners for extra protection. iPad more protection where it needs it most, the corners. It’s convenient any-angle stand makes it ideal for beating sun glare or fighting awkward angles from the plane’s tray table.
Samsung NX500 Mirrorless Camera Kit
Available on Amazon for $497.99
After receiving the Samsung NX500 earlier this year, I’ve ditched my full size DSLR and it hasn’t left my side during a single travel since. It’s 28mp APS-C sensor and 205 phase detect auto focus points have yet to let me down, plus it shoots video in 4k and comes with built in wi-fi. Not to mention NX500 has a beautiful Super AMOLED display that can tilt up 180 degrees and down about 45, making it easier to get “the shot” the first time. It’s compact size yet professional quality results makes it perfect for the traveling photographer.
Vintage Beauty Bracelet + The Jenn Necklace ($13.00 – $53.00)
One of the great ways to maximize space in my carry on is by packing transitional pieces that can from day to night. One of the easiest ways to pull off this transition is by packing a few staple accessories that match anything in my wardrobe. 7 Charming Sisters features affordable pieces that are fashionable and lightweight.
Women’s Monty Hi Brown/Elmwood / Women’s Monty Lo Gray/Smoke
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