‘Tis the season to start getting stressed about what to get for those on your holiday gift list. If the idea of another tie for dad, a great book for mom or a gift card for the kids is not leaving you feeling too festive, this is the blog for you.
We have all read by now of the huge trend that people want to acquire experiences as opposed to amass more material things. I have observed this to be true, however let’s face it: it’s nice to open gifts and even more delightful to watch people’s reaction when you really nail a great gift for them. With that in mind, here are five awesome gift ideas that can be positioned as material things that will help those travellers in your life acquire more of those amazing experiences!
The Trtl Pillow
I am one of those travellers who never brings a pillow on a flight and then wishes I did minutes after takeoff. My rationale is always packing and travelling with the actual pillow, but my excuse is officially obsolete. The Trtl pillow is the ticket. This travel “pillow” is actually more like a scarf with a hidden support structure that cradles the head, even in the middle seat. It’s light, it’s compact and the reviews are very positive. Throw this in a stocking and delight a traveller close to you. Price is around $30 and is available on Amazon or direct at trtltravel.com.
I’ve got the Power!
Do you have someone on your list that is a worldly traveller? If so, this compact cube will enable them to plug in while in more than 150 countries, and it comes with a colour-coded map to make it easy to determine which prong situation accompanies their destination. It’s another great stocking stuffer option and yours for roughly $35. Here it is at nordstrom.com.
My brother-in-law is getting this one under the tree this year. He has a very impressive list of countries he’s been to and currently has an old fashion map and a pen. This cork globe will help your loved ones track previous and future adventures. It comes with coloured pins to keep track of bucket-list destinations as well as cities you’ve already been. Price is $60 and available at uncommongoods.com.
Not your Grandma’s compression socks
The 30-year-old version of me is shuttering at this suggestion, but at 45, I get it. There’s something to be said about arriving at a destination with ankles the same size as they were before takeoff. Long flights can be tough on the body, but no one wants to dawn a pair of bland brown compression socks.
That has all changed thanks to these stylish beauties. Funky stripes and patterns will have fellow travellers asking about your designer socks. Looking good and feeling better when you arrive with socks that apply therapeutic pressure that starts at the ankle to improve circulation, which can also help stave off fatigue. Not cheap, but think of it as an investment for $35. They’re available at vimvigr.com.
I want this suitcase!
Taking the carry-on to the next level is this gem called G-RO. Check it out at G-RO carry on. Why is it the best piece of luggage ever? It does things your current travel bag can’t. For starters, it charges smartphones. It can be tracked via Bluetooth to avoid baggage claim confusion and its spacious. The signature big wheels draw the most attention, but they’re meant to be more durable, feel lighter and roll easier, especially over things like cobblestone streets. Old Quebec City, here I come! It’s the next best thing to a personal assistant. It’s pricey at $400, but it’s the best carry-on you’ll ever buy. Get one here at g-ro.com
I hope these suggestions speak to you; they’ve inspired me and ready to hit the road. What items do you recommend for travellers?