Tis’ the season of gift giving. Has your favorite traveler been naughty, or nice, this season? No matter! There’s a perfect gift choice for everyone. Whether you are shopping travel gadgets for yourself, or someone else, there are lots of awesome options to choose from.
And without further adieu, here are my favorite travel gifts for 2014. Some I already own, and love so much I just have to share. Others are on my wish list, and quite possibly your traveler’s wish list as well. Best of all, you don’t have to travel to appreciate these gadgets!
PhotoJoJo Attachable Lenses for Cell Phones
Expand your favorite traveler’s phone photographic skills with a nifty cell phone lens attachment from Photojojo. These affordable, high-quality lenses are lightweight and truly pocket-sized, making them perfectly packable travel companions. Photojojo lenses are also great for day-to-day cell phone photographic needs. You know, those unexpected moments in life where you wish you had a telephoto lens to capture the moment?
Expand your cell phone’s possibilities to a whole new photographic vision! Photojojo iPhone and Android lenses range from $20 up to $115 for the iPhone Super Kit.
Why You Want These: Sometimes you don’t want to lug around heavy camera gear or you need to travel light. Sometimes you just want to use your cell phone camera.
GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition
GoPro has finally done it. They’ve come out with a GoPro camera I am clamoring to have, and so will your special traveler. You might even want one for yourself! This new version has answered many of my pet peeves about the earlier GoPro cameras, including:
- A built-in touch screen for much simpler framing and play-back. Just view, tap and swipe the screen for immediate feedback.
- Sharper, more life-like image clarity with enhanced sensors and 1080p60 video.
- A much faster, more powerful 12MP burst photo capability.
- HiLight Tag feature to mark key moments for easier playback, editing and sharing.
There’s just so much to love about the new Silver. Except perhaps the price. A GoPro Hero4 Silver will set you back $399.
Why I Want It: Because it’s just so gosh darn fun! Not to mention how versatile it is. I sure hope I get one this year! Hint hint, my family.
Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Packable Backpack/Duffel
On-the-go extra storage needs are not an issue when an Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Packable Backpack is along for the trip. Whether it’s a backpack needed for an afternoon hike, or a duffel bag to bring home a stash of souvenirs, these lightweight bags have it covered. And when the day is done, they fold up small, fitting easily into just about any other bag.
The oh-so-versatile Eagle Creek 2-in-1 BackPack/Duffel retails for $80.
LLBean’s Stowaway Day Pack
The Eagle Creek 2-in-1 Packable Backpack too large or a too pricey? LLBean’s Stowaway Day Pack is a smaller, yet equally as functional packable backpack. It’s super light, super tough, and retails for $40. We day-tripped across the Galapagos with two Stowaway Day Packs, and they held up superbly.
Why You Want One: Because one never knows which way the road will take you, nor how many souvenirs might be purchased along the way!
Sol Republic Relays Earbuds
Don’t let their good looks deceive you! The Sol Republic Relays sweatproof earbuds are simplistically chic, performance packed earbuds at a surprisingly affordable price for what you get. Their specially designed earbuds have a seamless, adaptable fit that makes them easy to put in, and then stay put during all the action. So whether your travels take you up the mountain or down the mountain, across town or across the world, the Sol Republic’s Relays will be with you each step of the way.
SolRepublic Relays retail for $80. That’s a decent price for a pair of earbuds jam-packed with style and function.
Why I Want These: Two reasons – the sweatproof design and the improved ear fit that keeps these firmly in place whether I’m hiking the trails, or running the roads.
The Nest Earphone Cord Holder
The Nest Earphone Cord Holder is the ideal stocking stuffer for anyone who travels with earbuds. Nobody likes tangled up earbud cords, but that won’t be a problem anymore if you give them a Nest Earphone Cord Holder. This simple, extremely durable device is easy to use, fully protects earbuds and keeps cords completely tangle-free. I know. I’ve been using one for six months now. This device is just pure genius at such an affordable price!
The Nest Earphone Holder retails for $10 at Digital Innovations and Amazon. Trust me, this is one device everyone who owns earbuds will totally appreciate!
Why You’ll Love It: No more tangled earbud cords. Enough said.
Lumsing Portable Battery Charger
Every on-the-go traveler needs a little battery back up from time to time. This powerhouse of a portable charger has just what your traveler needs to keep his gadgets fully functional at all times. The Lumsing 10,400 mAh Dual USB battery charger can charge an iPhone up to four, possibly even five times, and a tablet two times. Best of all, it’s small size and dual USB port feature makes it the ideal powerhouse pocketable travel companion.
The Lumsing Dual USB Power Bank is perfectly priced at $25, and is available from Lumsing, Amazon and other retailers.
Why You Want This: Because nobody likes dead devices on the road. This little powerhouse will keep your gadgets going, and it’s easy to pack!
Grid-It Gadgets Organizers
Grid-It organizers are a traveler’s gadget’s best friend. Rows of rubberized elastic bands are specially designed to hold gadgets firmly in place. The criss-crossed pattern will keep practically any gadget snug as a bug where ever the road takes you. Tablets, cell phone chargers, headphones, even the keys to the car? Yep, they’re all safe and snug on a Grid-It. Not to mention no more lost little items in the bottom of the suitcase!
Why I Want It: As a family of 4, we travel with lots of gadgets, and lots of cables that always get tangled. I need a better solution.
Pacsafe RFID Blocking Compact Organizer
Did you know that many passports and credit cards contain RFID chips filled with highly sensitive personal information? And that these same RFID chips are prime targets for sophisticated identify thieves? Don’t be a victim! Give a Pacsafe RFID-blocking organizer and help keep everyone’s identity safe where ever they travel. A Pacsafe RFID-blocking organizer safely stores key travel documents like passports, credit cards, ID’s, and more. The specially designed organizer shields the contents within from sneaky RFID thieves.
Why You Need One: Identity thieves are becoming more sophisticated with their ability to access sensitive information off unprotected RFID chipped documents and credit cards.
The Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader
The Kindle Paperwhite is the ideal traveling reader’s companion. Its size is perfect for purses and carry bags. Its features are perfect for reading in practically any situation. Late night at the hotel, when others are sleeping? No problem! Resting poolside in bright sun? No problem! Whether reading in bright light, or deep darkness, the Kindle Paperwhite can handle the task. And best of all, no more bags weighted down with hefty books.
There’s just too many cool, useful features of the Kindle Paperwhite to mention here, so be sure to check it out at Amazon. The Kindle Paperwhite retails for $119.
Why I Love This: Our bags used to be weighed down with lots of books. Now we load up two Kindle Paperwhites, and have enough reading material for months of travel!
A FitBit Flex will keep your intrepid traveler on top of his game, be it day or night, at home, or exploring distant lands. During the day, FitBit Flex keeps track of all those steps taken and calories expended while exploring the world. At night, it monitors sleep quality, then silently wakes you up when it’s time to get going to the next day’s adventures.
The FitBit Flex retails for $99, and is available in a wide range of colors.
Why I Want This: It provides the motivation I need to get out and get moving. And the justification for that yummy dessert after dinner!
The Gift Of An Incredible Experience
Gift your traveler who’s been extra nice this season with an incredible experience! Every traveler has a list of places to visit, experiences to be had. So if the sky is the limit, or price is not an issue, then give the gift of a special once-in-a-lifetime experience. From taking a ride on the wild side in a Ferrari or Lamborghini, to a breathtaking skydiving experience, to a fab once-in-a-lifetime vacation to an exotic destination, your gift will surely be remembered for years to come.
What I Want: The Peru Outbound Trip by Row Adventure. Machu Picchu has long been on my list of must-have experiences. Hey, I’ve been very, very good this year!
What’s on Your Traveler’s Gift List?
Has your favorite traveler been naughty or nice this year? What will you be giving them?
Do you have a gift idea any traveler would love? Do share! I love hearing what others love to travel with.
Gift box image by EricJamesSarmiento via Flickr. All other images from product websites.