With the holidays approaching and the biggest shopping days of the season only weeks away, we know many of you are searching high and low for the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones. But what do you gift the avid traveler who has more specific needs and use of certain items, who moves from one place to another, who may travel more via planes than cars? After searching for the latest and greatest, here are the top gifts to give to those who love to travel, and travel often.
Apple AirPods Pro
Apple just released an updated version of the Airpods dubbed the AirPods Pro, offering “active noise cancellation for immersive sound” with a transparency feature so that you can hear what’s happening around you. AirPods Pro have an external microphone that allows the internal speaker to adjust itself and drown out the noise so you can enjoy hearing music, films, podcasts and more without interruption. They last about 4.5 hours if constantly listening and with only 5 minutes of charging, you can add on an extra hour. Plus, these AirPods can charge wirelessly for ease of use or via a USB.
Price: $249 at Apple
Many travelers have wireless headsets, earbuds and AirPods, yet airplanes are not designed to accommodate these gadgets. One company has acknowledged this hindrance by developing an adaptor for wireless headsets, which can connect your favorite headphones with a click of a button. Now, you can enjoy watching your favorite film or TV show on the IFE monitor in front of you using your high-quality wireless earphones that are more comfortable than those with wires. AirFly can last up to eight hours, can be recharged via a USB, and needs a 3.5mm jack to plug into to work.
Price: $39.99 on Amazon
All-in-one travel gadgets are one of the best inventions, especially for those who travel often. Although there are so many types to choose from, one of our favorites for this gift-giving season is the Commute Clutch by Mark and Graham. The clutch features zipper pockets, slots for credit/debit cards, keys, wallet, headphones and more. Plus, it can fit an iPad or a small notebook, thanks to its compact size measuring 9 inches by 11 inches. The Commute Clutch comes in 14 different styles, can be monogrammed for an additional $10 and makes a great gifted for both men and women.
Price: $129 from Mark and Graham
Osprey Pack Backpack
Backpacks are essential for traveling, and although there are so many out there, this year we turn to Osprey Packs. These backpacks are made from nylon featuring a large zipper, lockable zippers to keep valuables safe, a belt that goes around the hips, a special section dedicated to laptops, internal straps to secure items inside, side handles and a mesh back panel to allow for airflow.
GoPro Hero8 4K
The avid traveler loves to capture moments, but not everyone wants to lug around an expensive camera. This is why the GoPro is the perfect gift. It can record videos and photos while hiking, surfing, ziplining and other activities, as well as just walking and exploring new places by foot, train or car. The GoPro Hero8 4K is lightweight, waterproof, has voice-control technology and live streaming abilities. For added oomph, combine it with the Adventure Kit, which includes a head mount, handgrip mount, QuickClip mount and a case to store it all in one place.
Price: $399.99 at BestBuy