This time of year, globetrotters around the world wish for unlimited airline miles or hotel credits to come from the North Pole. You may want to leave those big ticket items to fill Santa’s sleigh, but here are some of my favorite stocking stuffers for the avid travelers on your gift list:
Sleeping on planes is quite literally a pain in the neck and traditional carry-on pillows are bulky, taking up way too much space for those of us who prefer to travel light (and I have been known to lose them on planes and in airports…). This pillow attaches to luggage handles, weighs half a pound and is scientifically proven to keep your head, neck and spine in an ergonomic position while you rest.
When foodies aren’t wandering the planet sampling foreign cuisine, this monthly subscription that delivers the snacks, drinks and spices of the world to their doorstep. Carefully curated boxes can inspire gourmand’s to book trips based off newly discovered tastes or allow them to revisit the flavors of favorite destinations.
This affordable steadycam can use any smartphone for its monitor and all the vacation footage is simply stored on the free app. Weighing in at just over one pound, the Osmo goes anywhere and the battery lasts up to fifteen hours. The handheld gimbal is protected by a carrying case and can be accessorized with a tripod, extra batteries, cleaning cloth and base.
I received a portable power bank as a sample a few years ago and it saved my phone’s battery when we camped in the Sahara Desert earlier this year. This is a must for anyone heading out on a camping trip or multi-day trek sans power outlets. Hang the bank from a backpack strap to charge in the sun while you hike and connect to electronics via USB — this can be used for phones, cameras or tablets.
Even jet setters who prefer glam over grunge know travel is sometimes anything but luxurious. For long haul flights, chilly hotel rooms and homesick spells, pamper travelers with this cashmere set including a blanket, eye mask, socks and carrying case (which doubles as a pillow, when necessary).