Gifts for travelers
When it comes to travel, one gift does not fit all, though some do suit many. Just as travelers run the gamut from laid-back staycationers day tripping to a local vineyard to full-out explorers climbing mountains in remote areas, so does their gear.
Wish your loved ones a bon voyage with these gifts for frequent travelers. Whether they're road-trippers or jet-setters, there's something here for everyone.
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Wear Long Island proudly as you travel the world. The Home T -- a Shark Tank favorite apparel company -- makes soft cotton T-shirts emblazoned with an image of the United States region of your choice, marked by the word "home." Best of all, every T-shirt is made in the USA, with a percentage of the profits going towards Multiple Sclerosis research. It's a great gift for those who need a touch of their native land while heading to parts unknown. $30. More information: http://bit.ly/2d4xWd8
Dry Spell Water Defender Bag(Credit: OCG Products)
Most cool accessories for your electronics offer pretty bling without functional bang, but this mini dry-bag from Tech Candy serves a purpose. It allows you to bring your phone on your paddleboard, kayak, surfboard or snowboard to Snapchat and text friends through a clear plastic window without fear of water damage. Even better, Defender Bags come in jewel-tone colors and float when dropped in H2O. $18.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2dbCHjN
'Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders'(Credit: Workman/Photo from Workman)
For those who have traveled the world and think they've seen it all, we present this curio cabinet of a book - a collection of some of the quirkiest sites and phenomena on the planet, compiled by the editors of AtlasObscura.com. From the Jeweled Skeleton of St. Munditia in Germany to the fossilized remains of a Dinosaur Stampede in Queensland to the "Scars of the Wall Street Bombing" at 23 Wall St. in New York (it killed 38 people in 1920), readers will discover a bounty of curiosities, some closer to home than one might imagine. $35. More information: http://bit.ly/2dhurwF; For best price: http://bit.ly/2dwVC8b
Insect Shield shirt(Credit: Cragshopper Apparel/Jay Mawson)
For the gent who likes to stay nattily dressed, even while camping, there's the the Henri Shirt. One of many Insect Shield styles in the Craghoppers Travel collection, this "cotton-rich" buttondown long-sleeve shirt incorporates NosiLife insect-repellent technology for protection against bug bites and SPF 40 to guard against UV rays. $80. More info: http://bit.ly/2d4Ap7b
Gold Glitter Luggage Tag(Credit: LoLo)
LoLo's luggage tags makes it easy to spot your bags at every airport carousel. There are dozens of colors and designs to choose from, such as anchors, hearts, pineapples, flamingos, the Eiffel Tower, pets and much more. $24. More information: http://bit.ly/2dEqRAj.
Folding Reading Glasses(Credit: One Click)
One can never have too many reading glasses, especially on the road -- readers have a tendency to get lost, scratched or squished. Each one of these compact folding versions from readers.com comes in its own hard-shell case which can be clipped to a belt or attached to a backpack and makes the perfect stocking stuffer for Mom or Dad. Pictured: The Apricot Folding Reader, in purple, $19.95. Other colors and styles available. More information: http://bit.ly/2df3kG0
Ultimate Bucket List Baseball Package at Hotel Commonwealth, Boston(Credit: NJFPR)
A splurge for rabid Red Sox (or Yankees) fans, this package for two includes overnight accommodations in the luxury Baseball Suite (with mitts on the balcony to catch fly balls), two front-row seats in Dugout Section 49 of Fenway Park, VIP field access during batting practice, personal message on the scoreboard, behind-the-scenes tour of the Green Monster, signed baseball from a Red Sox legend, baseball-themed welcome basket and valet parking. Package for two starts at $2,595, or $2,995 for Yankees/Sox Games. More information: http://bit.ly/2dn8mxL
Trek Travel Portland to Portland Bike Tour(Credit: Zack Jones Photography/Zack Jones Photography)
It's grueling, heart-pounding and meant only for the fittest individuals. But this cross-country 45-day, 44-night bike ride is the epic trip of a lifetime. Hitting hot spots, lesser known attractions, and with an upscale boutique hotel at the end of each arduous day, this tour is costly but -- according to those who've done it -- well worth the steep price. Aug. 20-Oct 3, 2017. $16,999 per person. More information: http://bit.ly/2deYpox
Pinch Airplane Mode Travel Kit(Credit: Pinch Provisions)
This travel kit is perfect for any jetsetter. It includes 18 essentials for air travel, including a packing check list, phone/tablet stand, pill container, mini comb, hair bands, ear plugs, eye mask, emery board, hand cleaner, hand lotion, lip balm, breath drops, floss, deodorant towelettes, stain remover, facial tissue, ear buds, wrinkle remover and more. $26. More information: http://bit.ly/2e0UDfm.
Hip City Sak(Credit: Hip City Sak)
Little girls love these purple and pink faux leather "fanny packs." Developed by a mom to help her young daughter become independent (and reduce "pack-mule-Mom" moments), each Hip City Sak holds 8 ounces of snacks, lip-gloss, small toys and other items, allowing girls sizes 5-9 a hands-free travel experience. The bag snaps onto an expandable 22-inch elastic belt that also can be worn alone with heart and star shaped appliqués that attach easily. Sak with belt, $24.99; accessories $8.99 for two. More information: http://bit.ly/2dxt29C
Inn By The Sea Gardening Package(Credit: Inn By The Sea Garden)
Does your honey like to dig in the dirt? This Gardening Getaway in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, gives him or her plenty of opportunity to do so, along with a luxury suite and plenty of extras. The package includes two nights in a garden suite, 60-minute spa service for two, breakfast for two daily, three hours of gardening side by side with the inn's head gardener, a "Gardens of the World" book and a personalized flower pot. Rates for two people for two nights begin at $780. Mid-May through mid-June and after Labor Day weekend through October. More information: http://bit.ly/2cyTDmi
Compact touch-up and travel iron(Credit: Collar Perfect/Daniel Cordero/Daniel Cordero)
This small device deftly smoothes out wrinkles in generally tough-to-iron spots -- collars, pockets, around buttons -- without having to take the garment off the hanger. Ingeniously engineered and very user friendly, the Collar Perfect expands to operate conventionally as well. Ideal for the no-time-to-waste business traveler. $34.95. More information: http://bit.ly/2cyTBLs; For best price: http://bit.ly/2dmc4vu
Harmon AKG N60 Noise-Canceling Headphones(Credit: Matter Communications)
Put these comfy, lightweight headphones snug around your ears, flip on the "NC" switch and you won't hear one decibel of jet engine noise while in flight. Winning the highest praise from reviewers, AKG N60 headphones impart pure, full sound while external noise is canceled out. Lasts 30 hours on one charge and folds to fit in a small semicircular pouch. Perfect for the well-traveled audiophile. $249. More information: http://bit.ly/2deUZ5z; For best price: http://bit.ly/2dmYMiI
Motorola Talkabout T605 H2O(Credit: Trailblazing Public Relations)
For those who believe walkie-talkies are so passé in the era of the Smartphone, imagine losing your kayaking buddy in a remote area with uncertain cell service. These waterproof, floating, two-way radio/flashlights are capable of communicating up to 35 miles from mountain to valley, 6 miles on open water and up to 2 miles in dense neighborhoods. Comes with carry case and car charger. $119. More information: http://bit.ly/20SxTAo; For best price: http://bit.ly/2dmXGDv
Flared Auto Emergency Kit(Credit: Flared LLC)
This is quite possibly the most important gift you'll ever get for road-trip loving drivers. Packaged in an eye-catching steel case, the Deluxe Flared Emergency Auto Kit, designed for women, comes with purple jumper cables, high-visibility LED flare, reflective belt, flashlight, first aid kit, pepper spray, bottled water, electronic device power bank, twine, duct tape, tire gauge, umbrella and more to boost safety until help arrives. $89.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2cx9EUV
The New York Pass(Credit: Nicholas & Lence Communications)
This generous pass card offers each bearer free entrance to 80 museums, sightseeing tours and attractions in the five boroughs, such as the Hop-On-Hop-Off Big Bus Tour, Central Park Bike Rental and Tour, Empire State Building Observation Deck, Food On Foot Tours, Inside Broadway Tour, Schooner Tours, On Location Tours and plenty more. Purchase one- to 10--day passes, activated at your first attraction. $149-$399 (adults), $89-$239 (kids 4-12); watch for 20% discounts at the end of each month. More information: http://bit.ly/16oUjCM
Polk BOOM Swimmer Duo(Credit: Business Technology)
Catch some tunes at the beach, on your kayak or by the pool with these waterproof, shockproof, dirtproof Bluetooth speakers. Though you can use just one, link two together for a richer sound. Each bell-shaped rubber speaker comes with a flexible "tail" that can easily attach around a deck or boat rail and a suction cup for your favorite shower virtuosos. $59.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1TQpWbt; Find best price: http://bit.ly/2denlcr
Biaggi Zipsak Foldable Backsak(Credit: Biaggi )
For travelers who routinely return with a lot more than they brought, this invaluable lightweight 16" backpack expands generously but is so compact when folded that it slips easily into carry-on luggage. Made from durable Crinkle Oxford Nylon, the pack has interior and exterior pockets galore -- including a cushioned sleeve for a laptop -- and can fit a weekend's worth of clothing and accessories or your favorite finds. $49.98. More information: http://bit.ly/2cyKLNv; Find best price: http://bit.ly/2d4BLxi
'Epic Bike Rides of the World,' by Lonely Planet.(Credit: Lonely Planet)
Armchair, beginner and hardcore cyclists will thrill to the pictures and diverse biking routes outlined in this substantial hardcover book. From a 31-mile circumnavigation of Manhattan to the 7,500-mile ride from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town, South Africa, there's a route calling your name. $35. More information: http://bit.ly/2cx0JTw; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/2cXSPWg
Madison Tote with White Adirondack Chairs(Credit: LoLo)
This navy mesh tote is great for the beach, as an airplane carry-on or for any travel destination. $70. More information: http://bit.ly/2e0XlGZ.
Dollar Shave Club Traveler and Holiday Gift Set(Credit: DollarShaveClub.com)
Choose a new favorite razor, either the 4X or the Executive and the length of a DollarShaveClub.com subscription. The set also includes Dollar Shave Club's grooming products such as Dr. Carver's Shave Butter and Post Shave Cream. The toiletry bag (sold separately) fully opens from the top with double-sided, easy-open inverted zippers and many compartments to keep your grooming products neatly organized. $40-$140 for holiday gift set; $25 for toiletry bag. More information: http://bit.ly/2e0WDcT.
Zip + Flip Penguin Pillow(Credit: KIKKERLAND.COM)
NAME Zip + Flip Penguin Pillow by Kikkerland Design Inc.
WHAT IT IS A cute, plush penguin that easily transforms into a comfortable neck pillow for kids for plane, train and car travel.
THE GOOD It's a polar opposite of what it looks like on the outside. Unzip the bottom, flip the penguin inside out, push the microbead stuffing to the side and you've got a handy U-shaped neck pillow for your next road trip or flight. If the pillow gets dirty, just clean it with a damp cloth and mild soap. It's also available in a black bear design.
THE BAD It is aimed at kids, so the pillow may not fit around all adults' necks.
INFO shop.walkerart.org -- Washington Post
Coolclutch Mini(Credit: brrr.com)
Keep this tiny clutch (large enough for a cellphone and lipstick) in the freezer. Its embedded ice pack comes in handy on hot nights when you need a bit of brrr on your neck. $52; More information: http://bit.ly/20gcxOW
'Ultimate Travel'(Credit: Lonely Planet)
This tabletop book ranks the top 500 spots in the world, based on the reports of Lonely Planet's intrepid travelers. The fact that the Temples of Angkor, the Great Barrier Reef and Machu Picchu top the list (in that order) provides some idea of this catalog's adventurous scope and focus. Photos are stunning; $24.99
Escort Passport Max 2(Credit: Escort Radar)
NAME Escort Passport Max 2
COST $599 at escortradar.com
WHAT IT IS This radar detector gives you a heads up when you're about to enter a speed trap.
THE GOOD It uses global-positioning technology to warn drivers about known speed traps and eliminate the pesky false alerts that plague many radar-detector users. It will also alert you if you are exceeding the speed limit. It comes with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology which can be used to access the Escort Live radar-detector app. The real-time ticket-protection network provides alerts from other users in the area, and gives you access to local speed limit data.
THE BAD The device is pricey, but will ultimately pay off with how much it should save you on speeding tickets. -- The Washington Post
5 Blades Travel Razor by eShave(Credit: MCT )
NAME 5 Blades Travel Razor by eShave
WHAT IT IS A sleek nickel-plated razor that breaks down for storing inside its own easily packable metal canister. The handle uses Gillette Fusion blades.
THE GOOD This thing looks a lot more like art than something as pedestrian as a men's razor. But appearance aside, this razor is so nicely balanced in the hand, it's actually fun to shave. Most important, it was designed to easily expel accumulated hair with a single run under the water. Why can't every manufacturer do this?
THE BAD Expense, plain and simple. This will appeal to guys who are financially comfortable or to generous families of more financially uncomfortable guys who really deserve something special as a gift that's going to make one of life's drudgeries a pleasure. Sometimes the splurge really is worth it.
AVAILABLE FROM eshave.com
Crumpled City Maps(Credit: Palomar)
NAME Crumpled City Maps
WHAT THEY ARE These waterproof, lightweight maps can be creased, squashed and easily bunched into your back pocket.
THE GOOD A no-fuss, convenient solution for the travel buff who prefers printed maps to GPS devices -- without the slapstick of trying to properly refold a map. The maps are printed on a special technological material that can be crammed into your pocket, backpack or the carrying pouch provided with no worry about refolding. Cities range from Amsterdam, Barcelona and Berlin, to Cape Town, Chicago and Hong Kong, and each map provides details about a large part of the city, including streets, monuments and a sightseeing index.
THE BAD Of the 40 maps available, Chicago, New York and San Francisco are the only U.S. cities.
INFO palomarweb.com-- Washington Post
WHAT IT IS A man's travel Dopp kit that looks like a toolbox.
THE GOOD This durable hard-shell case for toiletries keeps shampoo bottles and toothpaste from exploding, as they might inside soft-sided Dopp kits. It's also compact, lightweight (1 pound) and well built, with silicone netting that keeps items securely in place, and neoprene lining that prevents leakage into your luggage. The case is available in three colors: red, gray or black. The Tooletries rugged macho looks will please every traveling home improvement guy in your life.
THE BAD You can't stuff "a bit more" into a hard-shell case as you could with a softer, more forgiving exterior.
COST $39.95; TheGrommet.com-- MALERIE YOLEN-COHEN. Special to Newsday
Cleanse by Lauren Napier(Credit: Lauren Napier)
NAME Cleanse by Lauren Napier
COST $6 travel size (three wipes), $18 Luxe Box (12 individually wrapped wipes) and $40 for the Abundance box (50 wipes) at at laurennapier.com
WHAT IT IS A set of individually packaged facial cleansing, exfoliating and refreshing wipes created by celebrity makeup artist Lauren Napier.
THE GOOD These easy-to-carry purifying face wipes take the place of several beauty products. While most facial cleansing wipes are infused mostly with skin-drying alcohol, Cleanse is water-based and also contains aloe, cucumber, oat-kernel extract and other natural, restorative ingredients. Perfect for long flights, the wipes are convenient for freshening up before landing.
THE BAD Because they are made with mostly natural ingredients, Cleanse wipes are not as proficient at removing heavy mascara as other, harsher makeup-removal wipes.-- MALERIE YOLEN-COHEN. Special to Newsday