You know the type. They post photos on Facebook of themselves in far-off places. They’re standing on the top of a mountain or at some exotic, end-of the-world locale. They travel the world, and whether they reach those places for business or pleasure, there are guaranteed ways to keep any jet-setter happy come Christmas. Ready to check off another person on your Christmas list? Here are 10 great gift ideas for that very person.
1. Travel Apps
Splurge on one they would normally bypass for a free app, a USA Today report recommends. The iTunes store makes gifting apps easy — simply select “Gift this App” in the drop-down menu next to the app’s price. For Android phones, the easiest option is to purchase an Amazon-branded gift card good for app purchases.
Trip Lingo: The app itself is free, but the language-pack add-ons, which teach thousands of phrases and sentences in 12 different languages, cost extra — between $9.99 and $49.99. Rather than learn the grammar basics, you can use the app’s audio feature, which speaks the basics and has you copy and repeat.
FlightTrack 5: Available for $4.99, this will put any worrying traveler’s mind at ease. It lets them keep an eye on flight statuses, terminals, and gate numbers and can also predict flight delays based on airport warnings.
iExit: This is great for travelers who opt for cars rather than planes. For a mere $0.99, this app displays services at upcoming interstate exits, locates nearby toilet stops, pet-frendly hotels, and campgrounds.
J-pillow is a genius gift for any traveler. The top part of the pillow rests on your shoulder, cushioning your head like a regular pillow, while the “J” part curls under your chin, supporting your neck and chin, USA Today writes. It can be purchased for $29.95.
3. The TrakDot
Luggage device will help track down missing bags. Tuck the device into a checked suitcase, and it uses cellular technology and a companion app to email or text you confirmation that your bags landed when you did, or if they didn’t, it tells you what airport they’re at. The device is $59.95, has a one-time activation fee of $8.99 and $12.99 annual service fee.
SurfEasy is the perfect gift for any traveler who can’t step away from the laptop. At $69.99, you’ll be giving the gift of Internet security. SurfEasy plugs into PCs and Macs and enables you to browse the Internet through an encrypted channel, so there’s no need to stress about the security of data in public Wi-Fi hotspots.
5. Scratch Map
This is perfect to give to the road warrior who has been to many places all over the world. The scratch map, priced at $20, allows you to track your travels with a scratch-off-where-you’ve-been map that charts globetrotting in an innovative way. Scratch off the areas you’ve visited to reveal pops of color to mark the spot.
6. Travel Gift Cards
It’s the perfect gift idea for someone who sees a lot of air time. Check out American Airlines Travel Gift Cards, which can be for any amount between $50 and $1,500. What better way to say happy travels than to help cut the cost?
7. Luggage Tags
It’s a must-have for those who frequently find themselves in an airport. A quirky or unique looking tag can help you spot your suitcase immediately. With an average price of about $10, it’s a gift you can’t afford to pass up, according to Travel + Leisure.
8. The Grid-It Gadget Organizer
This gift will be a hit with the techie traveler in your life. Priced at $22, Travel + Leisure says it keeps phones, digital cameras, recorders, iPods, and chargers together and in one place with its woven bands.
9. Eagle Creek Pack-It Packing Solutions
The Pack-It products are envelope-style and come in different sizes and styles, said Forbes contributor Larry Olmsted. Starting around $17, they have a rigid bottom and let you stack several folded shirts or pants, close up the Velcro flaps, and keep your clothes neat and in ready-to-wear form.
10. Passport Holders
This is a completely basic but necessary item that travelers should have. The last thing anyone wants is a misplaced passport — especially while traveling. Ensure they have a protected place for theirs with the selection of passports that Brookstone offers for example, with prices averaging around $40.
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