Best Travel Gifts 2010
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T+L’s handpicked earbuds, high-tech cameras, airplane-ready slippers,
and more are perfect gifts for the frequent traveler.
What do you get for the person who’s been there, done that?
With all of its
planning, fraught family interactions, and party logistics, the holiday season
causes its share of stress even before you rack your brain for great gift
ideas. To help out, we’ve delved into the world of
travel-friendly presents and found plenty that will make any road warrior—or casual
traveler—appreciate your holiday generosity.
keep things easy by bearing in mind some basic themes. First, no mementos or
tchotchkes: your intended recipients have probably already bought the souvenir
(or don’t want one in the first place). Instead, give them a way to capture
memories on their next trip: the Instax Mini 7s camera provides the same instant-film
gratification as a Polaroid. Or step up the tech level with the V-Lux 20 camera
from Leica, which not only takes 12.1mp shots and records HD movies but geotags
them via GPS.
it portable: it has to fit neatly in a suitcase and not weigh anybody down. The
Shure se535 noise-canceling earbuds will ensure a happy listening experience
even when surrounded by a racket. And a pair of portable folding speakers from Muji will bring the noise
sure your gift is practical: adventure travelers in particular love the latest
gadgets that will help them stay safe and in touch while venturing far and wide.
Check out Tivoli’s
water-resistant satellite travel radio, which will pick up stations almost
also love cool footwear, like self-heating, waterproof boots from Columbia.
your footwear-lover is a bit more style conscious, give a pair of cashmere-and-deerskin
slippers from Hermès—nothing
better than kicking off your shoes once you settle into an airplane seat or
travel-obsessed on your list just need a place to dream about? Consider the
talking city globe from Pylones; press a location on its surface and hear about local landmarks.
for a sackful of other great ideas for all peripatetic types. Once you’ve found
that perfect choice, remember to ask for a postcard from your recipient’s next
destination. —Soren Larson