In case you didn’t realize it, we’re smack dab in the middle of the gift giving season. Maybe you’ve made your shopping list and checked it twice, or (if you’re like me) you’re just now starting to think about shopping. Well have no fear, friends. This round up of my favorite gifts for the traveler on your list might just kill lots of birds with one stone.
Tunes + the beach go together like Sonny & Cher, which is why this Jawbone JAMBOX is a no brainer. This pint size Smart Speaker™ takes those killer playlists from your smart phone to the masses. That’s why it’s a must-have for the next vacation you’ve got planed. And of course, this isn’t a vacation-only necessity. Anytime you need music, you need your Jawbone. There’s even a MINI JAMBOX that’s exactly what the name says – smaller. You can customize the look and feel with custom color schemes, finishes, accessories, etc. Oh, and my recommendation? Spring for the water resistant coating. You’ll be taking this to the beach after all.
We all suffer from a bit of wanderlust now and again, and now it’s time to gift that. Yes, I’m serious. Give a gift that will spark plenty of conversations about all the places on everyone’s travel lists. The National Geographic’s World’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations is more than just a stunning coffee table book. It profiles over 225 cities across the world with impressive photography, personal narratives, fun facts, and recommendations on where to find the best food and shopping, just to name a few. Warning: prepare for your recipient to be immediately distracted and start reading immediately upon unwrapping.
We live in a world where we're constantly connected to the digital world nearly 24/7. Often times people think you can just snap a photo with your phone and there's no real need for a fancy, schmancy camera. Well, I disagree. The days of personal near-professional photography shouldn't be a thing of the past. But it's all about finding the right camera that makes picture taking easy and sharing even easier. That's why my pick for a top-notch digital camera is the Nikon 1 J4. Featuring Nikon 1's phase-detection - which captures all those smiles, winks, thrills and spills you'd miss with your regular old iPhone camera, it also boasts an 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor and powerful EXPEED 4A image-processing engine. But that's not my favorite function - it's the touchscreen with wifi capabilities that makes sharing those high-quality photos on your Facebook feed happen instantly. See, a fancy digital camera is totally worth it.
So this makes my list solely because of how much I love the name. Okay, it’s more than that. It’s a travel NECESSITY – trust me. So many times we travel with multiple cords and chargers, and we’ve all been that person who spends a half hour untangling them just to throw them back in your bag and encounter the problem all over again. Not anymore. The Cordito by This is Ground is the cord organizer of a traveler’s dreams. Not to mention, there are plenty of different fun & trendy styles, I’d also consider the Cord Taco a must. It’s a tiny little taco that keeps your headphones separate, untangled, and easy to find. LOVE.
This is 2014. A cell phone with no juice just doesn't cut it anymore. And duh, your Instagram feed never sleeps. So there's honestly no excuse for your cell phone to die. Especially when you're the proud owner of a Jackery Bar. This bad boy is the end-all, be-all solution for the well-connected recipient this year. Simply charge up the bar before you leave the house and then when you're low on cell phone juice, you can plug in your phone to this sleek portable charger. I also love the color selection, there's truly an option for every body. Trust me, this bad boy is ALWAYS in my bag, especially when I'm busy traveling from one place to the next. Makes for a great white elephant gift or stocking stuff too, by the way.
Let me ask you one important question - how important is it to you to wow the recipients on your list? I hope you're response is - IMPORTANT. People remember the things you gift them and you definitely want to be the friend or family member that killed it this year, don't you? So if you know someone who's a self-proclaimed jet setter, make sure to add these travel-inspired gifts to your shopping list. And if you'd rather by for yourself - don't worry, we won't tell. Happy Holidays!
Brittany Innes is the try-anything-once spontaneous type with a knack for exploring new places and embracing her inner food-lover. She's also a big fan of college football and instagramming everything she eats, as she eats it (she's that girl).