Christmas–the season of gifts, stocking stuffers, and (hopefully) togetherness–is almost upon us. I hope you’re as excited as I am! Here at Modern Love, we know that many of you will be traveling to spend the holidays with loved ones. Christmas shopping can be tough when you’re traveling, and just as tough when you’re the one buying gifts for a traveler.
Ideally, presents for travelers should be portable, useful, and affordable–not to mention something your friends and family might like. Since it can be such a hard thing to identify perfect stocking stuffers or gifts for a traveler, we’ve put together a list of ideas to get you thinking.
How many times have you found your cords all tangled together, or lost your iPod, phone, e-reader, phone charger, etc in the chaos inside your suitcase? This slim, wrap-case has enough pockets and loops to hold all of your cords, flash drives, memory cards, and small devices.
Have you ever gotten nailed for excess baggage fees? I have, and it can really cost you (hello, $338 in Bangkok airport… that one still stings.) These tiny luggage scales (and reading the fine print on your ticket, which was actually my problem in Bangkok) can help make sure that you don’t make an expensive mistake.
This is the perfect stocking stuffer for someone who is more of a “horrendous daily commute” traveler than the “backpacking around Turkey” type. It’s easy to clean, it autoseals between sips, and it’ll keep that 20 ounces of coffee hot for up to five hours.
Some people have the gift of keeping a suitcase neat. Others of us… not so much. And tearing your carefully packed bag apart looking for your one pair of black underwear is really annoying. The answer?? Packing cubes. This set of four packing cubes can add order and sanity to ANY traveler’s suitcase. Even mine.
While we’re talking all things beverage… anyone who loves wine and travels will regularly run into the problem of how, exactly, to get their carefully curated collection of wine home. This set of 3 wine protector sleeves and a bonus travel chiller bag will take the worry out of transporting wine.
The cheapest travel gift on the list, this weighs in at an impressive $3.99 (and 0.3 ounces), but it will be worth far more than that to anyone who wants to pack along more than one memory card. This small case holds 20 memory or SIM cards (12 regular size slots and 8 larger slots for SD cards). You can splurge and add in a memory card or two and still stay under the $20 limit.
Did you even know you could get tiny lenses that will help you take better snaps with your cell phone? This portable kit contains five different lenses including macro and wide-angle lenses. They can be used with a wide range of cellphones, including iPhones, Samsung Galaxy, and more (NOT dual lens smartphones, though). Perfect for someone who cares a lot about traveling light AND the photos they take along the way.
Lightweight, roomy, and durable, this backpack folds down into it’s own zippered inner pocket. Take it along, then unfold it when you need a carry-on for excess baggage, a daypack, a grocery sack, or anything in between.
This handy adaptor has dual voltage, dual plugs and dual USB ports for charging. An LED power indicator. No voltage conversion (voltage conversion requires a bulkier, heavier, converter), but most travelers won’t need that feature.
This awesome gadget extends your laptop’s wifi signal so that you can pick up and strengthen signals that were weak or previously out of reach–many users say they can get a four bar signal where previously there was one. Excellent for hotel rooms, airports, or shared housing.
Speaking of cool gadgets, if you carry this with you in your pocket or your bag and it will record your daily steps (walking and running), distance, fat and calories burned, and exercise time. It can provide great motivation for your traveler to do some extra sightseeing on foot and get their exercise in at the same time.
And what is your traveler going to slip their valuable documents into when they are out clocking up steps on your pedometer? This small, light bag clips around your waist and tucks up under your clothes if you wish. Made for runners, it’s a bargain and the perfect hands-free and secure place for travelers to store their wallets, passports, phones, or anything else small that they need to carry with them.
Another essential when it comes to keeping valuables safe in transit–a jewelry case. I’ve tried lots, and keep coming back to these simple drawstring bags. They are soft-sided, and light. The interior pockets lining this little pouch do a great job of keeping necklaces and earrings untangled and out of harms way.
Do you know it costs less than $80 to buy a small digital reader that can steal data such as your bank account number, name and address, and card expiration date off your credit cards or passport without ever touching you? It’s called digital skimming and it’s becoming increasingly common. This gift contains 10 RFID blocking sleeves to protect your credit cards from electromagnetic readers and 2 passport protectors.
Identifying your own suitacse or backpack as it comes off a plane, train, or bus, can be harder than you might think–particularly if it’s black. Help your traveler keep track of their luggage and brighten up their day at the same time by making them a personal luggage tag. Add your own photo and/or text to this blank, high-quality luggage tag from Zazzle.
If your traveler goes anywhere near the water (beach, camping, kayaking, fishing…) this pair of drybags will come in handy. The large 10L drybag will carry everything you need to stay dry, and the small one is perfect for a wallet, passport, smartphone, and keys.
Another super fun combo-gadget, this little tube is a 3-in-1 power pack. It provides 4000mAh battery capacity to charge up your iPhone or iPad. With a twist of the top you can turn it into a portable speaker to play your music. Lay it on it’s side to function as a stand for your phone for chatting or watching media.
Is your traveler a coffee snob? If so, they’ll pack along this portable hand-crank coffee mill and think of you with great gratitude every single morning that they don’t have to drink hotel coffee. If you want to splurge above the $25 limit, partner this gift with an aeropress portable coffee maker.
This 300 piece first-aid kit isn’t a gift that your traveler is likely to pack along in a backpack when they next come to visit, but it is a gift that they can take home with them and put in their car (which is where they’re like to need it–while they’re busy traveling roads close to home). So stock them up with first aid supplies help your traveler take care of themselves or others when they need it most.
Is your fridge a mishmash of photos and cards and reminders? Or, worse, do you NOT have any happy snaps on your fridge? Hanging photos of together-times and other happy-times can help bring a smile to your face ever day. There are a million ways to do this, but here’s one… hang this photo organizer (the fridge gallery) on your fridge and keep all your photos and fridge reminders neatly organized AND visible.