Wow! December sure came on fast. You know what that means – it’s crunch time to finish up that holiday shopping list! So many gifts to get, so little time to find that oh-so-perfect gift. Perhaps I can be of assistance.
Are you in need of gift inspirations for that intrepid traveler? Something they might not already have? Something they may not even know they need – until you give it to them? Check out these favorite traveler gift ideas. Better yet – you don’t need to be a traveler to enjoy many of these gifts!
Looove these! And your intrepid traveler will too. They clip onto just about anything, including bags, belts and belt loops, making it so easy to keep time close at hand. My favorite is the Mini Clip, though the new Micro-Mini Clip is a close second – it’s just so gosh darn cute! They are both affordable and come in a variety of style options, sure to please your traveler. Hmmm – maybe one of each?
Carabiner clip watches range from $24 – $80. And from now until Christmas, all Mini and Micro clips are 20% off.
A well designed toiletry organizer is essential for any trip, whether camping or cruising. Why this organizer? Several reasons – it’s ease of use, the multiple divided compartments, the removable hanging shower caddie, and the external hanging hook. The organizer even comes with it’s own mirror. Hang this bag practically anywhere – on a shower rod, a door hook, even a tree branch!
Organizers range from $25 – $50. Shop to it today! LLBean has 10% off any order through Wednesday, December 12, as well as free shipping and a free $10 gift card for orders of $50 or more.
This down jacket is so lightweight and compact, it easily fits into any carry-on. It’s also quite versatile. Use it as an outer layer on mildly cold days or as an extra layer on super frigid days. Your favorite traveler can even stuff it into the stuff sack and use it as in impromptu pillow on that red eye flight home. Available for men, women and kids.
Want a more feminine look? Check out Isis For Women’s Whisper Jacket and Whisper Hoodie Vest. Such pretty colors, and they too come with their own stuff sack.
Patagonia down sweaters range from $99 – $200. Isis Whisper jackets are $189 and Whisper vests are $149.
SteriPEN Hand-Held Water Purifier
Avoid Montezuma’s revenge! This easy to pack, easy to use, UV water purifier will make sure that a drink of water won’t ruin the adventure. The hardest part is choosing which particular style, but you won’t go wrong gifting the Traveler SteriPEN.
SteriPEN travel water purifiers range from $50 – $120.
Yes, I know, you can’t take water bottles through airport security. Oh wait – you can! And the collapsible, BPA-free Bubi bottle is just bottle to bring! Just don’t fill it with water until past security. Practically any liquid, hot or cold, can be poured into a Bubi Bottle. It’s so cool, it even won a “Best Product Concept Award 2012.” I’ll take two, please. BubiBottle has free shipping on orders of $75 or more.
Bubi Bottles range from $20 – $30.
No more confusing black suitcases when you give MyFly luggage tags. These tags can be completely personalized with your own images, text, or whatever you think will ensure your traveler doesn’t grab the wrong black suitcase off the luggage carousel. But you might want to skip that embarrassing photo, please.
MyFly personalized tags are $6.95.
Feeling generous? This compact travel zoom camera even has a built in GPS locator and a database of a million landmarks and maps of 90 countries! She’ll never forget exactly where that photo was taken when she has this camera.
Lumix ZS20 cameras manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $350, but shop around. There are better prices out there.
Gift your traveler with the luggage lock that airport security won’t cut off. How’s that? Through an agreement with the TSA, Safe Skies has developed locks that allow baggage screeners to open, inspect, and relock without unclipping the lock, ensuring your bags arrive safe and secure.
Safe Skies locks range from $11.99 – $14.99.
A well organized travel bag is crucial to any traveler, and the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag has what it takes. These bags are designed with traveling in mind. So many pockets to stash – and not loose – essential items. The bag even includes a clip to attach keys – very handy when stashing car keys for a week. And there’s plenty of room for snacks, kids’ clothes, and whatever else a day trip might demand. The Timbuk 2′s wide shoulder straps also make it a comfortable “all-day” travel bag.
Timbuk2 Classic Messenger bags are on sale for $79 at Timbuk2 until December 16th.
AGlove Smartphone Gloves
With many styles to choose from, you are sure to find the best fit for that traveling smart device lover on your list. Give a pair of these gloves, and he’ll be swiping and texting without a hitch on those frosty cold days at the train station or on the ski slope. Oh, and buy them through AGlove and get free shipping. How cool is that!
AGlove prices range from $20 – $30.
Give the gift of silk and she can take the comforts of home where ever she travels. And weighing in at a teeny tiny 6.3 ounces, this silk sheet is very easy to pack. Better still – right now it’s 10% off with free two day shipping at Backcountry.
The Cocoon silk sheet is on sale at Backcountry for $71.96.
A Travel Magazine Gift Subscription
Digital may be where it’s at for many reading materials, but it’s still so much fun to peruse through an actual travel magazine. Nothing’s more inspiring than that awesome four-page spread of colorful photos to the hottest travel spots. Four personal favorites are Conde Naste Traveler, Budget Travel, National Geographic Traveler, and AFAR.
Just about anything from 3floz.com
So many cool items for that lady traveler on your list, I couldn’t choose just one! 3floz.com is a one stop shop for all of her favorite TSA friendly beauty products. But, if I am forced to make a choice, I’d go with one of these Travel Kits.
Travel Kits range from $36 – $192.
You’ve got fourteen days left! Have you completed your holiday shopping? Did you find any gift inspirations for your intrepid traveler, or somebody else on your list? Let us know in the Comments section below.