The holiday season, aka gifting season, is upon us. For those of you who have procrastinated, here’s your heads up: As of this posting there are only 10 shopping days left. So, for all of you who are stuck looking for a gift for the traveler in your life here is a quick list of a few thing we thought were pretty cool.
The Bemo calls itself the “social” video camera. The small, yet rugged camera will let you record high-quality video and includes a time-lapse function. You can sync the camera with your phone and easily upload video to your social network after downloading an app. Pretty handy for sharing your travels while you’re still traveling! The Bemo Social Video Camera by Logitech runs about $119.
The Keyprop Keychain Stand ($12) is a simple but brilliant attachment for your smart phone. The key-shaped device fits on your key chain and plugs into your phone allowing it to be propped up so you can watch all the YouTube and Netflix you want without the inconvenience of holding up your phone.
If you have a photographer in your life, the Manfrotto Tri Backpack ($65) is a sensible and rugged camera bag. The design allows you to store your DSLR and 1-2 additional lenses. The backpack has adjustable straps that let you carry it like a backpack or messenger bag. The shell is water repellant and has a secondary rain protector that allows you to create a barrier between the inside and outside of your bag. The dimensions of 16″ x 9″ x 8″ make it the perfect carry-on for a plane.
Trackdot ($50) lets you know where your bag is even if it isn’t in the same city you are. The 3″ by 2″ device can sit in your luggage and is constantly pinging the network to determine its location. When you fly the device goes to sleep. When the bag lands, the device in your luggage wakes up and reports its new location. You can choose to be notified via text message or email. This can be a particularly helpful device when your carry-on has to be gate-checked. You’ll know if your bag made the trip as soon as you land; no more hoping and praying and worrying as you make your way to the baggage claim.
You can get the art lover and travel lover the same gift with these airport posters from 08left ($25). The frame-ready designs of airport codes and maps can be the perfect piece of art for your favorite travel enthusiast.
I often talk about the importance of journaling your travels and personally love using Moleskine Notebooks ($9-$30). The feeling of writing down your adventures in a bound hardback notebook can make you feel like a great explorer or writer like Livingston or Hemingway.
If you’re concerned your gift recipient might think they’re too cool for old fashioned pen and paper, Moleskine now has a cross-over notebook. The Livescribe Notebook ($30) is only the first in a line of paper notebooks that take what you write and transcribe it (via a Bluetooth pen) to an app. To better explain we’ll just quote the Moleskine website:
”The notebook features the iconic Moleskine design details, from the familiar rounded corners, ivory-coloured pages and ribbon bookmark to the elastic closure and “in case of loss…” label printed on the flyleaf. Its center-stitched binding ensures the notebook lies flat, for an enjoyable writing experience. The on-page commands which enable quick access to the app’s features, including voice recognition, have also been redesigned in the Moleskine style. Two bookmarks are stored in the back pocket with further commands for the Livescribe smartpen. Lastly, the debossed pattern on the cover subtly recalls the design of the smartpen, a perfect finish for this innovative tool that bridges analog and digital.”
We don’t always take our DSLRs and a dozen lenses with us when we travel, and instead rely on our phones for our snapshots. If you find yourself taking more phone-based photos, you’ll love Printstagram, now called Print Studio. Their calendar, made of thick paper stock, can help you count the days to your next adventure. You get 365 prints for $40. You can also get posters, stickers, note cards and much more, by syncing your Instagram account.
We wish you happy shopping, happy holidays and a year full of travel adventures in 2015.