Sixteen gadgets to upgrade any globetrotter’s holiday.
Gift peace of mind this holiday season with the Wink HUB ($120)—a device that links all of your smart devices, allowing them to communicate. Philips light bulbs, Honeywell thermostats, Canary security systems: all these products, and more, can now be controlled from a mobile phone, making it easier than ever for travelers to leave home without ever being out of touch.
This portable projector ($279) fits in the palm of your hand, and is perfect for sharing travel photos or watching videos on a hotel room ceiling or wall (think crackling fireplace flames or a starry night sky). The 2-inch projector is compatible with smartphones, tablets, and laptops, and allows you to stream media without any wires.
Amateur photographers and professionals alike will love unwrapping Samsung’s latest SLR camera, the NX500 ($650). Lightweight, slim, and done in a retro, leather-style design (we recommend brown for the most authentic look), the NX500 lets you automatically upload photos your cell phone or Dropbox using Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth. Prepare for an influx of Instagram likes.
Nexus 9 Tablet
Android-lovers everywhere are coveting this Google tablet ($320), with its large screen (just shy of 9 inches) and light weight (an easy-to-pack 15.36 ounces). The tablet is built for multitasking, runs Lollipop, and boasts a durable, soft-plastic shell: perfect for tossing into your carry-on before takeoff.
With its Intel Core M processor and sleek gold finish, the new MacBook ($1,299) is the perfect luxury gift from the inside out. Serious business travelers on your gift list will swoon over the laptop for its slim, light design (.14 inches thick, 2.03 pounds—lighter even than the MacBook Air) and display features: 12-inch, retina display, 2,304 by 1,440 pixels. Nine hours of battery life means a long haul flight worth of PowerPoint presentations—or watching Netflix.
Exercise enthusiasts will love being able to easily track their fitness on the go with the Jawbone UP2 ($100). The slim, metallic band is more bracelet-like than ever (delicate geometric patterns decorate the splash-proof case), and the adjustable wrist strap, made of medical-grade, hypoallergenic rubber, is comfortable and secure. Smart suggestions and challenges help push wearers to step farther.
Ollo Clip 4-in-1 Lens
Stocking stuffer or must-have phone accessory: the Ollo Clip 4-in-1 Lens (now in gold) turns your iPhone’s built-in-camera into a Fisheye, Wide-Angle, or Macro lens (10x and 15x). Weighing in at less than 1 ounce, there’s no reason to ever leave home without it ($80).
SELPHY CP910 Compact Photo Printer
Have a friend or family member hooked on turning every vacation into a real-life photo album? Canon’s super-portable, easy-to-use photo printer ($85) offers Wi-Fi capabilities to turn snapshots on your phone into instant lab-quality prints. SELPHY also connects with AirPrint and is compatible with SD cards and USB prints.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
Non-conformists and hipsters on your bucket list will love the Fujifilm Instax ($68)—a candy-colored throwback to the Polaroid cameras of family vacations past. Novelty pictures can be surprisingly bold when the setting is right, and the tiny snapshots print within 10 seconds. Talk about instant gratification.
Solar Logitech Keyboard
Light-power makes it possible to charge this slim, wireless keyboard ($60) anywhere in the world—sunny Bahamian beaches, perhaps, or inside a dim hotel room. Of course, the battery can last as long as three months, so booting up won’t likely be a problem. It may not roll up, but the thin (1/3-inch thick) keyboard won’t take up much space in your briefcase, and is ideal for serious workers on the move.
PetChatz 1.0 Starter Bundle
Can’t take your pet along for the trip? Now, you never have to say farewell to Fido every again. PetChatz ($349) connects to your home Wi-Fi network and allows you to chat with your pet while you’re away—from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. A small, HD screen lets you see your pet, and vice versa. The PetChatz device can even deliver treats and calming essential oils on demand.
Bevy Local Photo Storage
The perfect gift for the family that travels together, Bevy ($299) serves as a communal storage device, and makes sharing pictures easier than ever. Auto back-ups protect your files which can be downloaded to the device from a phone, USB, or SD card.
Beo Play Bang & Olufsen Wireless Noise Cancelling H8 Headphones
Frequent travelers know you can’t put a price on achieving peace and quiet, but buying them a pair of these sleek, noise-cancelling, Bluetooth headphones ($460) will bring them close. At only 9 ounces, and with memory foam-filled lambskin ear pads, the headphones are light and ultra comfortable. The touch-controlled interface is also extremely intuitive, making it possible to play, pause, and more, on-the-go.
Satechi USB Portable Humidifier
Dry hotel rooms can be a nightmare, but this portable (and powerful) humidifier will make everything more comfortable ($35). Simply fill an empty water bottle or glass, submerge the filter in water, and plug it into the nearest USB port.
Forea Luna Mini
Keeping skin healthy and glowing can be hard work when you’re on the road. The Foreo Luna Mini ($139) is palm-sized, and gentle vibrations clear out 99.5 percent of impurities, making it easy to leave an airplane, train, or hotel room looking fresh-faced. Five colorful shades, including gray and turquoise, mean you can gift this to every beauty-conscious guy and gal on your list.
For more travel gift ideas, head to the main Travel + Leisure Holiday Gift Guide.