Seven Christmas Gift Ideas for the Traveler in Your Life
Christmas is nearly upon us, and now the pressure is high to wrap up (pun intended) all of our gift shopping. If you’re reading this post, it’s likely because you or someone you love is passionate about world travel. So just in time for the holidays, here is my list of seven smart, fun, and downright useful gift ideas for the traveler in your life. And go ahead – grab an item or two for your next trip, as well!
The super-soft fleece, sturdy neck support, and compact design of the Trtl Travel Pillow combine to make it one of my favorite sleep-promoting systems on a long flight. It’s half the size of a typical travel pillow, and scientifically proven to provide the head and neck support that our bodies need for restful sleep.
Easily one of the best travel inventions ever, the AKG Noise Canceling Headphones live up to their name. And if you’ve ever endured an overnight flight or train ride with a screaming baby or loudly-talking conversationalist nearby, you know how blissful it is to hear the sound of silence when you’re trying to get some sleep. Comfortable for hours of continuous wear, these headphones also have excellent sound capacity when you choose to plug in for music or a movie on your smartphone.
You know how it is: After several long hours of flying or driving, you and your fellow travelers find yourselves tangled in the long, overlapping wires of headphones, USB cables, and charging cords. Hide & Drink have perfected these utilitarian, leather cord keepers to help you keep things tidy and organized on the go. The rustic, handcrafted design could be a perfect fit for the man in your life.
Do you ever get onto a flight, settle in, and then find yourself shivering? This happens to me on nearly every airline – whether I’m traveling to Europe or the Tahitian islands, and regardless of the season! This gorgeous fringed wool wrap from ACNE Studios is the answer to all of our frigid-weather travel woes. Made in Italy of super-soft camel wool, the caramel-colored wrap looks smart layered over your clothing, and is sufficiently-sized to guard you from those ubiquitous airline drafts.
Handmade with full-grain and vegetable-tanned leather, these colorful passport holders can be personalized to suit the jet-setter in your life. I love the playful designs, the whimsical text, and the hand-stitching that adorns each cover. On a more functional scale, I also appreciate that these passport holders have added storage for credit cards and cash, making it simple to keep all of my travel essentials in one attractive cover.
This natural antiaging skincare kit from Tata Harper has everything I need to keep my skin hydrated and healthy during international travel. Each product is perfectly-packaged for air travel, in TSA-friendly sizes that don’t hold me up in the security line. And the best part? These natural formulas are clinically proven to provide dramatic results, all without any synthetic chemicals.
After the trip-of-a-lifetime has come to a close, and life has fallen back into its comfortable groove, one of my favorite things to do is to read back over the incredible experiences I’ve recorded in my travel journal. In addition to memorializing the famous landmarks visited, and the stunning sights viewed, I like to write down some of the seemingly-mundane memories, like the conversation I had with the local baker, or the feeling of walking down an empty medieval street in Italy on a summer evening. This personalized travel journal offers 160 pages to fill with memories and observations of your next grand getaway, and the spiral binding makes it very easy to flip the front cover behind the back cover, so that you can more comfortably write on each page.