Gift guide for travelers
by Kathy Witt
Here is a selection of gifts for the travelers on your list that will have them booking their next adventure before the Christmas tree comes down.
Ready to wear, ready to give
Active travelers can go hands-free without sacrificing their personal style with Olive & Cocoa’s Black Leather Belt Bag ($128), a simple yet elegant on-the-go essential that adds some sass at the waist or hips. It’s roomy enough to hold smartphone, sunglasses, credit card or cash, lip balm and other small items while still maintaining its slim silhouette.
The supple leather bag features a zip front pocket with an interior zippered pocket and a slip pocket on the reverse. Measuring six inches by nine inches with an adjustable belt that sizes up to 38 inches, the bag arrives in a package ready to tuck beneath the tree, in Olive & Cocoa gift wrap topped with ribbon.
Go first class in coach
Give your favorite coach travelers an upgrade with the First Class Travel Pack from Great Useful Stuff ($70) and empower them to DIY their own first class experience. This compact comfort gift set includes three luxurious naptime necessaries: a soft and silky eye mask imprinted with a “why stop dreaming when you wake up?” affirmation; a cozy quilted and ultra-lightweight insulated blanket; and a soft and squishable pack that stores both and can be used to safely and conveniently stow eyeglasses, jewelry and other personal items when snoozing.
In black trimmed in a calming blue pattern, the puffer blanket has snaps on the corners to secure around neck and knees to avoid spilling over into seatmate territory when sleeping and help maintain warmth on cold and drafty planes and trains. The matching carrying case, with zipper closure and carry strap, can be tossed into bag, brief or backpack for easy retrieval.
Eliminate bed head while enhancing comfort
Comfort creatures will also love packing their own silky-soft pillowcase to replace the cotton one that comes on the airplane pillow. Celestial Silk offers cases ($34.99) made with 100 percent pure mulberry silk in standard, queen and king sizes, in both zippered and envelope styles, and available in 19 color options, including lavender, silver and icy blue.
Even in coach, travelers can sink comfortably into their satiny-smooth pillowcase – thicker, more durable and more luxurious than lighter weight ones – confident that they won’t wake up with creases on their face or bed head on their crown. At hotel, stateroom or train sleeper car, travelers can ditch whatever pillowcase they find and replace it with their Celestial Silk case. This item arrives swaddled in tissue within a giftbox and would pair perfectly with the First Class Travel Pack, tucking neatly within.
Give the gift of peace of mind
Campers, hikers, skiers, festival-goers and other outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the TALKABOUT T800 two-way radio dual pack ($109.99) from Motorola Solutions. Used with the free mobile TALKABOUT app, adventure-loving off-gridders can feel connected and safe even in the most remote locations with reliable two-way functionality. No cell service is no problem.
The app pairs easily with both iPhone and Android devices and uses the T800 as a modem to send messages to travelers while off the cellular grid, share and track locations and send group messages. The unit offers 22 channels plus more than 120 privacy codes, has a built-in flashlight and sends emergency alerts, among numerous features. It has a range of up to 35 miles.
Users can download maps in advance of their adventures, set up a designated area to meet, alert others when they are about to leave that locale and advise on safety issues. With the app, they can also control radio settings using their smartphone. The radios have rechargeable batteries and also work with AA batteries.
Olive & Cocoa’s Black Leather Belt Bag elevates the hands-free look to casually elegant.
Photo: Olive & Cocoa
Go ahead: Pamper the travelers on your holiday gift list with the ultra-luxe three-piece First Class Travel Pack.
Photo: Great Useful Stuff
Celestial Silk’s mulberry silk pillowcases, a bestseller on Amazon, help retain the moisture in skin and hair, resulting in a smoother complexion and softer (less frizzy) hair.
Photo: Celestial Silk
The TALKABOUT T800 from Motorola Solutions lets outdoor enthusiasts share and track locations and send messages with fellow travelers while off-grid.
Photo: Motorola Solutions