Travel & Tech Gift Ideas

Everyone appreciates the little things that make their travels easier—especially when they’re stuck on the road or in the air next to crying babies and “manspreading” strangers.

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These well-designed products make life on the road feel like home. Give your special someone a luxury that will make them remember you even when they’re a thousand miles away.

1. Combine the instant gratification of digital cameras with the permanence of film.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera takes great pictures and prints them out on the spot. Use the selfie mirror to make sure you’ve got your shot framed perfectly and let the camera do the rest of the work.

This new incarnation of the Instax comes in five stylish colors and can be purchased with a case and film. Give the younger generation a throwback to the past or give a nostalgic, easy-to-use device to an older friend.

The Instax 9 has several features that will help the photographer obtain a perfect exposure with minimal adjustments. Best of all, it’s compact and takes up little room in a duffle bag or suitcase. It gives travelers the perfect way to remember their trips and share memories with the friends they meet along the way.

2. Keep your loved ones organized and well-prepared as they travel through security, customs, and beyond.

This leather tri-fold document holder from Zoppen can handle passports, boarding passes, credit cards, and more. Keep different currencies in different pouches, and always know where important documents and items are.

Being organized means spending less time with an open wallet, which increases a traveler’s security. This high-tech wallet also features RFID-blocking technology to keep identity theft at bay. It’s chic, roomy, and secure. What more could a traveler ask for?

3. Speaking of organized travel, there’s an even more important accessory that can keep everything in order.

A three-piece Samsonite luggage set fits everything a traveler needs in wheeled, heavy-duty suitcases. The best part is that the wheels rotate 360 degrees, so these suitcases will never fall over while someone’s hustling to catch a connection.

All three suitcases are 100 percent polycarbonate with nylon lining. Side-mounted locks ensure security and dividers and cross-straps help keep contents in order. Whether someone is taking a long trip with all three suitcases or just needs one for a weekend getaway, this versatile set offers tons of options.

4. Become the favorite relative or best friend by revolutionizing someone’s life.

No one will ever forget who gifted them an Echo Plus. This state-of-the-art device connects to Alexa, allowing users to play music, make calls, check the weather, and so much more with a simple voice command.

The Echo is outfitted with seven microphones to properly pick up and interpret input. Once you see how effective this device is, you may want to buy one for yourself as well.


5. When someone arrives at a vacation destination, they have to be prepared to start the party.

That’s why you can’t go wrong giving the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker. It packs big sound into a stylish little package. Travelers don’t have to take up half their suitcase or sacrifice on the big bass that gets the party started.

This innovative speaker travels easily and sounds like a speaker four times its size. Users can take it to the beach, a basketball court, or a picnic. Anywhere someone wants big stereo sound without lugging around a boombox, the Bose SoundLink has them covered. The Bluetooth connection means there are no extra wires to keep track of.

6. They can make the rest of the world disappear for a while with this great luxury, whether they’re on a train, a plane, or even in an automobile.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones give a moment of zen to road-weary travellers. Silence bickering siblings and loud talkers with these noise-cancelling headphones.

Of course, silencing the outside world is only half of the equation. Getting crystal clear sound with a 20-hour battery life is the other half. These volume-optimized headphones are just what every tired traveler needs when they’re at the end of their rope.

7. Just because someone travels to a place with no chairs doesn’t mean they don’t want to relax.

Luckily, the ChillaX Inflatable Lounger gives adventurous souls a very portable and compact blowup lounger. This obscenely comfortable bed can turn even the most uninhabitable place into a bedroom (at least temporarily).

The set comes with the lounger, a carrying case, a bottle opener, a securing stake, and an anchor loop. The only thing not included is the beautiful scenery.

8. Give a unique way to track past vacations and future trips.

This scratch-off map lets jet setters mark their progress in seeing the world one location at a time. It functions as an accurate world map, but it becomes a great conversation starter as a traveller starts scratching off the countries they’ve visited.

Users can also scratch off the flags of the world as countries are visited. This fun gift is a great decoration and a good reference map, but most importantly, it can inspire dreams and plans for the future.

9. Here’s a slightly more understated way to map trips.

This cork globe is a perfect decoration for an office or bookshelf. Red push pins allow a person to map out past or future trips and attach mementos or photos to any location.

This gorgeous 3D map shows topographic features with colorful detail. Anyone can boast about and reminisce on the places they’ve been with this stylishly designed, minimalist globe.

10. With the right technology, your favorite traveler can pack more movies and TV shows than they could ever watch on their vacation.

By now, everyone knows that the Amazon Fire TV Stick is as small and fast as streaming devices come. It takes up less space than many comparable devices, meaning it can move from TV to TV around the house.

A lesser-known advantage of such portable technology is that vacationers can bring their streaming services with them when they travel. The Fire TV Stick can be tricky to use with some hotel Wi-Fi setups, but creating a Mi-Fi hotspot does the trick in most places.

Help your loved one save money by skipping on-demand movies by relying on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu instead. Throw in an eyeglass case for a cheap, easy, and secure container for the new Fire TV Stick.

11. Sometimes, the most useful technology is hidden in plain sight.

This Bluetooth beanie has one-size-fits-all headphones right in its lining. Connecting the hidden Bluetooth headphones to a phone is as simple as holding the power button until the phone connects.

With temperatures dropping, this snug hat will come in handy on chilly nights. Give a unique gift that no one is expecting, but anyone will appreciate.

12. Make your loved one the center of it all with this crowd-pleasing gift.

The HP Sprocket portable printer is an awesome accessory to bring to a party or event. Everyone can take photos and print them out right then and there.

This high-tech device is so small, travelers can even take it with them in a carry-on bag. Taking photos on vacation becomes a group activity with this fun instant printer.

13. The only thing left to do now is plan a trip.

Through hotels.com, you can give the gift of an adventure to the person on your list who loves to travel. Why not find a great deal and book a personalized getaway for that special someone?

Hotels.com has a great rewards program, and most hotels booked through the site offer free cancellation. While you’re searching for the perfect trip for your loved one, you might even spot a great deal for yourself.

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