50 Uniquely Awesome Holiday Gifts
for The Special Traveler in Your Life
By Leslie E. Royal
This is truly the most wonderful time of the year. During the holiday season, scores of shoppers go online or into brick and mortar stores to find that perfect gift for loved ones. It’s fun to shop for family, friends, and colleagues that are travelers. But what do you buy the person who jet sets around the world on the regular? Or how about the person who vows to visit all 50 states in the union? Even more, how about the families that like to take regional road trips by car? Whatever their choices for excursions, the Travel Bags with Annita Blog has curated a special holiday gift guide to assist you in selecting the ideal gift for everyone that you know – including yourself!
TravelPro Platinum Elite Backpack – https://www.travelpro.com/ – Ideal for the upscale, professional millennial traveler, this superb gift’s special design includes genuine leather accents and superior fabrics. It features padded laptop and tablet sleeves, organizational pockets for pens, earphones, chargers and such as well as several exterior pockets. He or she will love that the TheftBlock™ pocket ensures credit cards and passports are safe from identity theft scanners.
LoungeBuddy Gift Certificate – https://www.loungebuddy.com/ – For family and friends that fly on a regular basis, a really thoughtful present would be a gift certificate to more than 2,500 classy lounges in 800 of the busiest airports around the world. Named a “Must-Have App” by Conde Nast Traveler, your loved one can pre-book the relaxing visit or reserve at the airport.
Kijaro Kubie – https://www.kijaro.com/ – This is the perfect holiday gift for the adventurer with a love of the outdoors. This insulated poncho is multi-functional as it can be used as a ground cover, sleeping bag, pillow, hammock, hammock liner, blanket, shade canopy, and more. The water resistant, fleece lined product can be used at football games, around a camp fire, and more.
Eagle Creek Packing Cubes and Laundry Bags – https://www.eaglecreek.com/ – When you’re traveling, whether by plane, train, or automobile, it helps to have items to store soiled clothes or running shoes in your luggage. Enter the Eagle Creek Packing Cubes and Laundry Bags. Great gifts for yourself or others, they make for really good space savers until you need to store items.
Ashro Blare Caftan – https://www.ashro.com/ – Nothing says comfort and elegance quite like this soft, silky, gorgeous, reasonably priced Blare Caftan by Ashro. The women in your life will adore this beautiful, full length, regal outfit that is fit for a queen. The flowing gown can be worn both indoors and outdoors during travel. Since one size fits all, you can easily order the Majestic, Etelani, Izel, Eksotiese, and many other designs for every woman you know. And it takes up so little room in the suitcase or carry-on luggage. To accessorize, click: One Caftan, Three Ways.
Midnight Velvet Ultraplush Throw and Bootie Set – https://www.midnightvelvet.com/ – This duo would make for the best home-away-from home gift while traveling. When your loved one is away for weeks on end, she’ll totally relax in her hotel with this soft, plush, super comfy set. Whether at home or abroad, this would make a great gift for you too! The throw is 55” x 60” and the booties have anti-slip bottoms. Lively, vibrant colors include cranberry, latte, plum and teal.
Loctote – https://loctote.com/ – Whether traveling on vacation or business, the recipient of this Christmas gift will have an excellent slash-resistant, anti-theft, all-in-one personal safe and bag that will protect credit cards, wallet and passport. Choose The Flak Sack II, the world’s toughest, theft-resistant drawstring backpack, The Flak Sack SPORT and The Anti-Theft Sack 3L.
Empack Backpack – https://theempack.com/ – This gift is perfect for the person who is committed to training and working out whether on vacation or traveling for work. It’s a gym in a bag so to speak. The bag has sections that fits up to four reservoirs – 15 pounds of water and 21 pounds of sand. Other features include padded handles for training, removable shoulder pads, and an internal laptop sleeve for a 15” laptop.
MyCharge HubPlus or HubMax – https://mycharge.com/ – This is a must-give gift for the on the go professional who travels continually. Gone are the days of the small, ineffective chargers that require an extra cord to charge. MyCharge is a heavenly gift to business people chatting on their cell phone all day. This all-in-one, compact, portable charger has up to 4x – 6x extra battery life and 12 layers of protection to prevent overcharging and overheating. Having built-in Apple® Lightning™ and micro-USB cables, it charges up tablets and other USB devices as well.
Boll & Branch Plaid Robe – https://www.bollandbranch.com/ – Both he or she will love packing one of these luxe, soft and cozy robes in their luggage. While kicking back in their hotel, the giftees can luxuriate in the 100% cotton, modern plaid navy or red robe. For the person who is extra special to you, add the flannel pajama pants, chunky knit socks, and flannel sleepshirt.
Travelpro Platinum Elite Carry-On Spinner Tote – https://www.travelpro.com/ – How divine! This goes to a person on your “super nice” list. Just the right size, it’s an all-in-one bag that can be taken on short weekend trips. It features several compartments for great organization, a built-in USB port, dedicated powerbank pocket, and other amazing comforts. For longer trips, add the rolling garment bag, expandable spinner suiter, or international expandable carry-on spinner.
Diono Rainier 2AXT Sport Car Seat – https://us.diono.com/ – Road trips will be a blast for parents and tots alike. The parents of little ones will be delighted with this top-of-the-line gift. Called the “sports car” of car seats, details include perforated, nappa leather, fine engineering, and the best safety features. Colors include blue, grey dark, grey oyster, black, plum and red.
Runlites – https://www.gorunlites.com/ – Also known as Mangatalites, Runlites is one of the most practical presents you can give. For the traveler who exercises before dawn or at night, the gloves will light up unfamiliar areas when running, walking, or cycling. At home, the receiver can make use of these wearable safety lights while working in the attic, basement or garage.
Bruno Magli Leather Airpods Case – https://www.brunomagli.com/ – When sitting on an airplane, the recipient of this gift can stylishly remove wireless Bluetooth earbuds from the protective leather case. Having interior lining, charging port access, and available in black, dark brown, and camel, this will be a classy, luxurious gift for men and women alike.
Tapplock – https://tapplock.com/ – The person receiving this wonderfully practical gift can safely secure valuables in a hotel room or lock bags to beach/pool chairs without worry. Having cutting edge, advanced technology, this lock can be loaned out to close family and friends with its capacity to store up to 500 different fingerprints on one lock. It has Bluetooth access and is water-proof as well as weather-proof. It’s also great for business owners and professionals.
Brave Era Sleep Mask and Travel Sheet – https://braveera.com/ – Let’s face it. A good night’s sleep can be hard to come by on the road. But your loved one can sleep much better with this amazing sleep mask and luxury sheet specially designed for travelers. Both are 100% silk and hypoallergenic. Compact and lightweight and only weighing 6 ounces, the smooth sheet is temperature regulating and insect resistant. The adjustable sleep mask, effectively blocking harsh light, is high grade with an elastic, spandex fiber band to allow for a one-size-fits all gift.
HYDAWAY® Water Bottle – https://hydawaybottle.com/ – This water bottle is essential for the traveler on your Christmas list. Airline passengers won’t have to pay for expensive airport bottled water again. Created to collapse flat into a little 1.5” disc, it can easily fit into most any small purse. Open it up and add up to 18 ounces of water at one of the filtered water stations. Planet-friendly and can be used any place and any time like when running, jogging and hiking, it has really cool colors. Select hues like bluebird, midnight, mist, plum, seaside, sunset, and more.
Solo Unbound Backpack – https://www.solo-ny.com/ – Part of the Solo Nomad Collection, this backpack is an airline passenger’s dream. TSA checkpoint friendly and lightweight, it has a full zipper opening allowing it to lay flat so that individuals don’t have to remove laptops for most airport screenings. Give the gift of an any place, any time bag. They’ll like the grey/black tones.
Show Me Adventure Kids Books – https://showmeadventurekids.weebly.com/ – These are idyllic educational and entertaining gifts for kids while on road trips to and through Missouri. They can also inspire visits to other states after reading related books on travel. Author Deborah Reinhardt brilliantly and vividly motivates children to read while encouraging parents to engage in family-friendly, informative outings. Plan a trip to the Pony Express National Museum after your little one reads Show Me Adventure Kids: Weigh What You Say. Show Me Adventure Kids: Making Friends at the Zoo can result in a visit to the Saint Louis Zoo. Gift the adorable dolls too.
The Wisconsin Cheeseman Gift Box https://www.wisconsincheeseman.com/ – Since 1946, this has been a traditional niche, edible Christmas gift brand. Order any holiday box for your road trip to visit family and friends. Feast on the high-quality Wisconsin cheeses and meats while on the road and save some for the family to enjoy when you’ve reached your destination. Popular gift boxes contain natural cheeses such as Colby, Brick, Sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack. Delight in a ready to party trio of Salami, Original and Garlic all-beef summer sausages! Lest we forget the mixed nuts, dried fruits, petit fours, Bonbon cookies, and preserves. Oh My!
Ezra Arthur Optical Case – http://ezraarthur.com/ – Present this luxury gift to the person who likes to wear his or her eyeglasses in style. This premium leather, high quality case with rich luster can be ordered in green, navy, whiskey, malbec, jet, and jet top stitch. They can toss it in their tote bag, carry-on or briefcase while moving through the airport or once seated on the plane. And if you want to really splurge on the ultimate gift, check out the stylish Keystone Rucksack.
Showers Pass Transit Waterproof Backpack – https://www.showerspass.com/ – Made with the urban cyclist in mind, this gift is perfect for the person taking a bike on vacay or for biking events. The four red, flashing Beacon lights provide for visibility at night. It is lightweight, strong-welded, made of ballistic strength nylon, and includes a fleece-lined laptop section.
Coolest Cooler – https://coolest.com/ – It is indeed the Coolest of Coolers. Spectacular in fact! Buy this for the traveling millennial who relishes beach vacays, lakeside trips, concerts in the park, and tailgating at out-of-town and in-town games. Phenomenal features include an ice crushing blender, USB charging port, Bluetooth speaker with Party Pairing®, LED lid light, cutting board divider, magnetic bottle opener, telescoping handle, accessory deck storage, four to five-day ice retention, plates, ceramic knife and corkscrew set, and so much more. Check out the colorful Vibe soft-sided cooler. Shaped just like a radio or boombox, it has jazzy features too.
Ample Drinkable Meal – https://www.amplemeal.com/ – Specially created for the on-the-go traveler, Ample is a gift that will help your loved one save money and time in the world’s busy airports. TSA-compliant, just drop the bottle of dry mixture in a carry-on bag. You can add water when ready to drink the nutritional meal with quality, real-food ingredients.
MrMiSocki Comic-Inspired Socks – https://www.mrmisocki.com/ – If your family member or friend is that person who likes to kick off his or her shoes on the plane, walk around in socks in the hotel, or chill in stockinged feet on the road trip, these comical, yet comfy, socks will make for great gifts. The mis-matched pairs, such as Tony TwoToes & Leftie Socks or Soxi Brown & ASAP Socks, can be delivered anywhere in the world.
Alchemi Labs Expedition Hat – https://www.alchemilabs.com/ – This is really useful for the adventurous person who likes excursions around the United States and globally. This gift features radiant barrier technology, the ability to block 99.9% of skin damaging UV rays, capability to reflect up to 80% of sun’s heat waves, unisex adjustable sizing, a moisture-wicking sweatband, and aggressive cooling ventilation. Colors include dark olive green and khaki.
The Swiss Colony Gifts – https://www.swisscolony.com/ – The Swiss Colony has been all about the business of creating smiles, celebrating special occasions, and giving delicious gifts since 1926. As your family travels to visit others this season, whether by land or air, easily and conveniently pack these incredible, handcrafted gifts to take to them. Consider great favorites specially placed in tins, boxes, or baskets. Delectable, edible delights include snack-sized summer sausages, premium cheeses, mixed nuts, fruit spreads, pies, cakes, breads, brittle, toffee, nut clusters and more. Yes! Lovely jewelry, comfy apparel, toys, and home items are sold too.
Solo Madison Tote – https://www.solo-ny.com/ – Give this marvelous gift to the jet setting, elegant fashionista in your life. The sleek, black bag is small enough to be considered a personal item and slide under the seat in front of her on the plane. Yet, large enough to hold a 15.6” laptop in a dedicated, fully padded compartment as well as so many other necessities in its interior organizer section. She’ll like the blue interior lining, shoulder straps, and top zippered closure.
A-Champs ROXs 2s – https://www.playroxs.com/ – For the family with youth that travel continually, kids can keep busy at hotels with a fun, interactive game that can be interchangeably tailored to suit the environment. A real-life gaming system, it gets the family away from cell phones, tablets and TV screens to the outdoors for fresh air. For the young and young-at-heart, they’ll exercise by moving, jumping, running and having some good old-fashioned play time.
Candied by Tricia Briley Gourmet Popcorn – https://candiedbytriciabriley.com/ – This tasty artisan gift is simply divine. For popcorn lovers, this is a must-give present. Whether you are packing lovely gifts to carry on airplanes for others or desire to have tasty treats as you drive to visit family out of town, this scrumptious, gourmet popcorn is perfect. Relish flavors like banana pudding, buffalo ranch, caramel pecan, strawberry cheesecake, cheesy cheddar caramel, cookies and cream, cinnamon bun, key lime, pecan cinnamon bun, and red velvet. Savor the delectable, adults only, alcohol-infused flavors such as Hennessy, Crown Apple, and Jack Daniels.
Sorority or Fraternity Gifts – https://zebra-lane.myshopify.com/products/aka-ivy-gift-set-4 – If you have family and friends that are members of Greek Letter organizations, they will definitely appreciate travel gifts. For example, your Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority sister will feel you are the best with the beautiful gifts that are ideal for her travels. The shoe bags separate shoes from clothing. The fans can slip easily into her tote to be brought out when the plane gets a little warm. Ink pens, scarves, and more can complement your gift box or bag quite well.
Family Tree DNA – https://www.familytreedna.com/ – Here’s a thought. For the persons with a love for travel, give them this precious and fulfilling present. Once they trace their roots back five generations and up to 500 years ago, they can begin a genealogical trek to locales globally.
Casio Watches – https://www.casio.com/home – Even with cell phones, tablets, and laptops keeping time, there’s just something really important about having a wristwatch when traveling. Casio has a great line of water-resistant, shock-resistant watches that include G-MS, G-Squad, Beach Traveler Series, Running Series, Step Tracker, Beach Glamping Series, and others.
Sunski Sunglasses – https://www.sunski.com/ – Whether walking the streets of Paris or climbing to the mountain peak of Mont Blanc, your loved one one will love opening this thoughtful gift of Sunski sunglasses. The cool, novel, lightweight shades are quite comfortable and have recycled plastic frames with a forever warranty. Get the Treelines, Makanis, Yubas, and Dipseas shades.
Krups 4 Slice Belgian Waffle Maker – https://www.krupsusa.com/ – If your family member or friend just has to have waffles while traveling, this product is the answer. Because it is compact in size, it can be packed up and taken to any hotel or vacation rental property. This well-made Belgian waffle maker has five adjustable browning levels, a beeper to let you know when the waffle maker is ready to bake and when the waffles are done, and deep pockets to allow for fruits, nuts, maple syrup, cream cheese, and other favorite fillers. Yum.
Case’s Case from Fischer & Wieser – https://www.jelly.com/ – When traveling to visit family this holiday season, it’s not necessary to go out and purchase many sauces and jellies to prepare your special Christmas cuisine. Fischer & Wieser has the tastiest, most flavorsome sauces and jellies. Just order Case’s Case. This great assortment includes: The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce®, Mango Ginger Habanero Sauce, Sweet & Savory Onion Glaze, Mild Green Jalapeno Jelly, Four Star Black Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, Sweet, Sour & Smokey Mustard Sauce, Charred Pineapple Bourbon Sauce, Amaretto Peach Pecan Preserves, Almond & Cherry Jubilee Jam, Das Peach Haus® Peach Salsa, Salsa Verde Salsa, and Champagne Honey Mustard.
Monster Towel – www.monstertowel.com – Beach lovers will adore having this super cool gift to take on their next vacay to Long Beach, Myrtle Beach, one of the Hawaiian beaches or others. The world’s largest beach towel, it measures 10 x 10 feet and covers 100 square feet. It’s highly absorbent, has ultra-soft microfiber material, folds up small, takes up very little space, has four large corner pockets, and features one secret pocket to hide valuables.
Scentered – https://us.scentered.me/ – Discovering the Sleep Well, Focus, De-Stress, Love, Escape, and Be Happy Travel Essentials under the Christmas tree will be a special treat. The beautifully fragrant aromatherapy products are 100% natural, eco-friendly and the balms are in travel size. The candles are also small enough to allow for placing in your carry-on bag or tote.
Luxe Intimates – https://luxefashionline.com.au/ – Just because you’re a career woman who travels the world doesn’t meant you shouldn’t look and feel your best. Even down to your lovely undergarments. Give yourself the gift of comfortable, yet classy, chic intimates such as the Cassidy Bustier, Foxy Bustier, Dream Embellishment Set, Fantasy Bralette, and One Love Set.
Elemental Super Foods – https://www.elemental-raw.com/ – While in airports, it’s difficult to find healthy foods at a reasonable price. Give the gift of several packages of Elemental to be stowed in carry-on luggage and eaten at any time. The grab and go snacks, like crumbles and bars, are raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, filled with omegas, and sweetened with organic raw honey.
Hoyle® – http://www.hoyleplay.com/ Vertellis – https://www.vertellis.com/ – Your family will be ready for your road trip for Christmas with both of these card games. Put away the technical stuff and become engaged. Start with the Super Me! and Monkey, May I? by Hoyle. Designed for children ages 4 to 6, the card sets promote emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and empathy. The Vertellis Family Edition cards allow you all to have much needed, genuine conversations.
Ginny’s Bytech Charging Station – https://www.ginnys.com/ – Give your favorite couple or family this awesome gift. While at hotels or at home, they’ll still have the comfort of multiple chargers at their bedside. The 4-device charging hub also eliminates clutter associated with extra extension cords. Apple and Android compatible, the four USB ports can accommodate smartphones, tablets, and other devices. It is available in gold, rose gold and black.
The Bag Branch – https://buybagbranch.com/ – She will be able to keep all of her travel essentials together with this really nice gift. The wonderful five or six pocket organizers will hold her passport, boarding pass, cell phone, sunglasses, credit cards, charger, personal items, and other things needed right at her fingertips when she’s running through the airports.
White Fox 100% Salty Swimwear Line – https://www.whitefoxboutique.com/ – Sure she travels a lot for work. But more than likely, there are indoor and outdoor pools in her hotels. For sure, when she goes on vacay, she’ll want some fabulous, exotic, swimwear. Spectacular Salty swimsuits as a Christmas gift are great. Designs include the Salty Long Black Crop, Soaked Bikini Top, The Baddest Bikini Top, High Pressure One Piece, and High Strung Bottoms.
MyFlipShade – https://myflipshade.com/ – This is a fun, cool, colorful gift to give to teens and millennials alike. When on long flights, smartphone users can use the product as a privacy shield. While riding in the car and sightseeing, individuals don’t have to squint to read screens or take pictures in direct sunlight. It shields, shades, blocks, and stands. It also lies flat when not in use.
Seven Saints Large Crystal Cross Pave Gold Tassel Earrings – https://www.sevensaints.life/ – Everyone will pause when she walks into the room. If she likes to make a statement when she travels, give her these large sparkling earrings. They pack easily in tote bags. In 18k gold vermeil, the cross measures 13 mm wide and 15 mm long. Having a two-inch long tassel, it is also available in rose gold vermeil and white rhodium finished sterling silver.
Book Boutique T-Shirts – https://bookboutique.me/ – She has to be relaxed and comfy whether she’s flying, driving, or riding a train. Nothing says comfort like a t-shirt. She will especially like your gift of a Book Boutique tee. Their shirts let her show who she really is. She’s a Cool Chick who Reads. She strives to Level-Up each day. Of course, as she’s traveling the world, she can rock the I’m Living My Best Life t-shirt. The 100% cotton tees will surely place her at ease.
GG Bailey Custom Car Mats – https://www.ggbailey.com/ – Get him a gift that is custom-designed. These all-weather car mats are available in three different styles. Function + Design™ conceals and protects while offering a patented anti-slip feature of its mats. The Oriental Car Couture™ is a classy present for her. The ultra-plush, 70 oz, high quality, woven polypropylene is available in the black or red oriental design. Race car fans will especially appreciate the RACEMARK – inspired by Bob Bailey, founder of Porsche Team America. Road trips will rock.
Moso Natural Bags – http://mosonatural.com/ – For the person with allergies, no scent is the best scent. Gift several types of these bags to the traveler who carries running shoes when flying and person looking to have a fresh smell in his or her auto. They are a naturally safe, powerfully deodorizing, air purifying bags. It removes allergens, smells, harmful pollutants, and excess moisture from the air. For shoes, order the Mini Moso Bag set. For the car, a regular size Moso bag will do. Buy other small or large sizes for the fridge, bedrooms, kitchen and large spaces.
The Leslie’s Lane Lucky Seven Grownup Stocking Stuffer – Why should kids have all the fun? Create a special “Traveler’s Stocking” stuffed with these cool gifts. Not only will they all fit in one stocking, they are TSA-approved and will fit in one cosmetics case! Exotics Essential Oils (https://www.gurunanda.com/) – Get the Limited Edition Kissed Collection. Its oils have age defying, mood lifting, skin rejuvenating, relaxing, and healing benefits. Palladio Liquid Eyeliners, Lash Extenders, Lip Colors and More (https://www.palladiobeauty.com/) – Paraben-free and cruelty-free, these are dynamic botanical and vitamin infused cosmetics
Black Girl Sunscreen (https://blackgirlsunscreen.com/) – This all natural, moisturizing, melanin-reinforcing, SPF 30 sunscreen is specially designed for women of color. Go Girl Designs Bracelets (https://gogirldesign.com/) – These trendy, beautiful “Busy Girl Bangles” are dual designed to keep up with your hair ties too. What a great gift for teens, tweens and women in between. Genius!
Twice Toothpaste (https://www.smiletwice.com/) – Introducing a premium whitening, anti-cavity, sensitivity toothpaste packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E. Designed to motivate others to look forward to twice-a-day brushing, it is inspired by the beauty, health, and confidence of dental patients in Eleuthera. (Read the moving story.)
Urban Armour Gear (UAG) (https://www.urbanarmorgear.com/) – Featuring more than nine devices on the market with numerous classy styles, UAG cases have military grade drop and shock protection. NuExpressions Diamond Shine by Bronner Brothers ( https://bronnerbros.com/) – This light, marvelous gloss gives the ultimate shine to her hairstyle as she heads to the airport or work.
Links to The 2018 Leslie’s Lane Holiday Gift Guide Trilogy EXCLUSIVE
As a product review expert, Leslie E. Royal compiles guides quarterly. This year, she has written an EXCLUSIVE trilogy of holiday gift guides. Her Leslie’s Lane brand has partnered with two extraordinary, global digital publications having their fingertips on the pulse of contemporary society. The first two EXCLUSIVES appeared in Upscale Living Magazine. Click on the links below to view. This holiday travel guide is the third instalment of her Trilogy. Please enjoy.
Volume I – Upscale Living Magazine
12 Luxury Christmas Presents You’ll Adore: An EXCLUSIVE Holiday Gift Guide
Volume II – Upscale Living Magazine
An EXCLUSIVE: 12 Ways to Express Your Holiday Love
with DIY Luxury Gift Baskets, Delicious Delivery Edibles and Specialty Sets
Volume III – Travel Bags with Annita Blog (This Article)
50 Uniquely Awesome Holiday Gifts for The Special Traveler in Your Life
Guest Contributor, Leslie E. Royal is an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, social media influencer, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, FORTUNE.com, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, The Ashro Blog, and Chron.com. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books: How to Write and Self-Publish Your Book for FREE with Amazon’s KDP (Amazon $9.95) and Leslie’s Lane The Book! Your One Stop Internet Resource Guide to Links for Jobs, Inspiration, Discounts, FREE Stuff, Scholarships, Travel and More! (Amazon $14.95). Follow her on social media @LesliesLane. Visit her website – Leslie’s Lane and Leslie’s Lane Blog – https://leslieslane.wordpress.com/.
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