We believe the best gifts fit inside suitcases. It can be tricky to find gifts for the traveler, as their soul is full of experiences while their bag is full of souvenirs. We recommend getting your loved ones compact technology that will make the world of difference. Futuristic finds can put an extra pep in travelers’ steps and provide that much-needed energy from the holidays to the layovers throughout 2018 and beyond.
To help you score presents that won’t disappoint, we’ve compiled a list of five gadget-licious gifts that no one has but everyone wants. We charged, downloaded, played and tested this year’s best travel technology to help you know exactly what to buy this year. And the best part? These gifts are traveler-tested, and humankind approved.
For Anyone & Everyone
“Wait, where are my…?”
Be a saint this year and ensure the traveler in your life never has to ask or hear that question again. In fact, give everyone on your list a Tile.
But first, what’s a Tile?
Probably the best invention since the internet. This sleek square “Tile” attaches to any of your possessions to make them locatable. You can ring your keys from your phone and your phone from your keys. Can you hear me now? That’s the sound of sanity. They have designs for key rings, slims (slide into your wallet or pocket), and more. At only $30 a pop, this is the perfect stocking stuffer.
Give peace a chance with the ChargeHub, offering space for seven USB cords all at once. Only one outlet required for over half a dozen charges—ideal for when you’re on the road and sharing a room or charging multiple phones, cameras, and backup batteries!
What are the holidays without music? Whether you’re rocking out to Mariah Carey, the Beach Boys, or Beiber, turn up the volume with the Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker! We promise it will be the hit of the (every) party and be extremely useful all year long. This speaker boasts best-in-class sound and it’s portable! From your office to the hotel to the mountaintops, sing out loud!
Especially during the holidays, airports are at full capacity with TSA security lines crazier than the North Pole on Christmas Eve. For this exact reason, frequent travelers should enroll in TSA Pre-Check to skip the lines and keep on their shoes. BUT if you’re overseas or looking for the perfect present for the traveler in your life, meet the SwissGear’s Scansmart padded sleeve—this pack is TSA-approved so your traveler won’t need to remove the laptop from their pack, saving on time and hassle. It’s the perfect bag to safely house all tech toys, with its reinforced pockets and zippered sections.
For the Perfect Finishing Touch
Paper gift tags are soooo 2016. Get with it, and tag your goodies with labels they’ll actually use. At only $7, the eBags Connected Luggage Tag is the same price as a bougie bow. Choose from one of the dozen designs! This tag’s QR code syncs with an app so you can locate lost luggage worldwide without revealing personal information.
Hey, that was easy! No matter where you’re spending the holidays or what trips are on the 2018 horizon, these tech-friendly gifts for gearheads will make the journey so much more enjoyable.
Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.