10 Great Gifts for Frequent Travelers
Everybody's got that one friend who's always globe-trotting, jet-setting, or traversing the Earth via methods of transportation aside from trotting or jetting. And just like everyone else, this friend is going to need a gift this holiday season.
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But what do you buy for a frequent traveler who has everything? She's probably already content with her luggage and eBooks. And depending on where she's going, setting her up with travel guides or language software is kind of a crapshoot.
Your only option is to get really creative with cool new gadgets, slick new accessories or fun new travel finds. Here are 10 great gifts that your globe-trotting (or jet-setting) friend might not think to buy for herself:
Scratch Map Deluxe
Every traveler needs a place to log their journeys, and it doesn't get cooler than this Scratch Map Deluxe. Simply scratch off areas of the world to reveal a colorful chunk of the continent underneath.
Available at Uncommon Goods, $29.95.
Spacepak Clothing Bag
When you really think about it, shoving dirty laundry into the same piece of luggage as clean clothes is kind of disgusting. The Spacepak bag solves this problem, featuring separate compartments for both clean and dirty clothes. By keeping the entire wardrobe in one Spacepak, it's also protected from snags and stains caused by shoes or toiletries.
Available at Flight 001, $46.00.
Air-O-Swiss Portable Travel Humidifier
It can get awfully stuffy in those hotel rooms. Make it a little easier to breathe with an Air-O-Swiss Portable Travel Humidifier, which measures just 4 2/5" x 2 3/5" x 3 1/5" and utilizes an ordinary water bottle.
Available at Bed Bath & Beyond, $39.99.
(Bed Bath & Beyond)
TravelRest Travel Pillow
Most travelers already own a travel pillow, but not one like this. The TravelRest inflates easily, stays in place thoughout the trip, and rolls up when not in use.
Available at TravelRest, $26.95.
Muji Folding Speakers
Good tunes are essential for the frequent traveler. These MUJI Folding Speakers collapse for easy portability and unfold to fill a hotel room, campsite or guest bedroom with the sounds of an iPod, iPhone or MP3 player.
Available at the MoMA Store, $38.00.
Travel Range Passport Cover and Luggage Tag Combo
A well-worn passport is a badge of honor in some circles, but a sleek passport case can be even more impressive. This retro Travel Range Passport Cover protects a passport from spills, stains and creases with its faux leather construction, and it comes with a matching luggage tag, to boot.
Available at Shop PBS, $32.99.
Foodie Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide
If there's one thing a frequent traveler needs, it's a great place to eat. Give her a selection of fantastic restaurants in the form of "Foodie's Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide," featuring choices from the world's top critics.
Available at Barnes & Noble, $14.96.
(Barnes & Noble)
Hibermate Sleep Mask
Here's an item your giftee definitely doesn't own … because it doesn't exist yet. The newest generation of the Hibernate ships in December, and it's essentially an upgraded version of their previous sleep mask featuring improved earpads which reduce significantly more noise.
Available for pre-order at Hibermate, $59.99.
MyCharge Peak 6000
When there's no outlet in sight, the myCharge Peak 6000 rechargeable battery pack holds enough juice to recharge the average smartphone four times over. It also recharges iPads and tablet computers.
Available at myCharge, $79.99.
Bodum Travel Press
Every Tom, Dick and Harry has a travel mug, but not many people can boast a Bodum Travel Press. Its dual-walled contruction keeps hot water hot until a thirsty traveler is ready to brew fresh coffee or tea.
Available at Sur la Table, $19.95.