This is always my favorite guide to work on, mostly because it gets me excited for upcoming trips that we have on the books! I tucked that luggage scale in Dave’s stocking a couple of years ago after our first trip to Belgium. We were dinged with a $200 charge for overweight luggage thanks to all of the beer we were bringing back, and we didn’t have enough time to rearrange things between both of our suitcases. Oops!
I chose items at a variety of price points with most coming in at $50 or less. I know how quickly gift costs can add up at this time of year! And, as with all of my guides this year, I’ve included a few unisex items because we’re not all shopping exclusively for women!
Cold Brew Travel Kit – Hot coffee is totally overrated; I’m all about the cold brew! I love this travel brewing kit to make your own iced coffee on the go!
Luggage Scale – As dull as this may seem, any traveler would be remiss not to have a luggage scale. It’s an inexpensive item that can save someone a lot of money on their next trip.
Backpack – Paravel really became a breakout sensation in the luggage world this year. This three-in-one backpack is at the top of my wish list with our trip to London coming up in April. It looks like the perfect size to store my camera and any goodies we find during the day without having to deal with the strain a purse can have on one shoulder. It comes in six colors and can be worn as a backpack, a shoulder bag, or a used as a top-handle tote. (We received Visa gift cards for our holiday gift at work and I’ve pegged this as my treat to myself. I’m probably going to go with the black one.)
Travel Guide – If your giftee has a trip on the books, get him a travel guide to help with the planning process! The Monocle travel guides are the perfect of mix of practical and entertaining. Plus, they’re attractive enough to leave out on display.
Luggage Tag – A leather luggage tag adds a luxe spin to a utilitarian item. You can have it monogrammed, too! If you really want to be a high roller this year, you can tuck a printed travel itinerary inside to surprise your significant other.
Hand Sanitizer – I never thought I’d say that hand sanitizer makes for a great stocking stuffer, but just look at how pretty the packaging is for this one from Aesop.
Travel Humidifier – I’m always complaining about how dry hotel rooms are, so I was really excited to come across this gadget the other day. All you need is a bottle of water to create a mini humidifier! It’d make a great gift for someone at work, too.
Airport Map – NOMO came up with an artistic Runway Series to showcase the runways of major national and international airports. Once framed, it makes for a striking piece of art that commemorates a special trip or favorite location.