If you have a travel enthusiast on your “nice” list this year, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of gifts sure to light up their faces like the national tree, whether they’re true jet-setters or just feeling the wanderlust. As in years past, no disclaimers are needed for this post. These are just our personal picks for travel gifts, we haven’t received anything from any of these companies.
Let’s start with a timely and practical idea: noise-canceling headphones. While frequent flyers have been swearing by them for years, these high-tech headphones could become a true travel essential now that the FCC is reconsidering its ban on in-flight cell phone calls. While there’s no guarantee the rules will change (or that airlines will allow cell phone use even if the FCC says it’s safe), you’ll be helping your favorite traveler prepare… just in case. The “best noise-canceling headphones” according to CNET range in price from $79.95 to $399.
If your traveler is also a techie, you may want to consider this stylish roll-up travel charger from Restoration Hardware ($49). Plug the charger into one outlet and charge up to four separate devices using your own USB cables. When everything is charged, roll it up in its faux leather cover and stash it in your carry-on.
Does your traveler need a way to keep track of his or her journeys? Try this scratch travel journal ($27.99), complete with planning tools, a checklist, room for a diary, and scratch off maps to track where you (or the traveler in your life) have been. Want your traveler to enjoy the time away but keep home in mind? Give a hand-engraved compass necklace ($140) or a latitude longitude bracelet ($160) to guide them safely back.
What’s your favorite travel-themed gift (given or received)? Share a link in the comments (I’m still looking for ideas for Zeke’s stocking)!