Jetset Extra’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide
Looking for the perfect gift for friends and family members who are always on the go? We rounded up 10 travel-friendly gifts for everyone on your list—and maybe a few that will go on your wish list, too. Happy gift giving!
Durable, on-trend, and less than $100, watches from RumbaTime range from casual to stylish and are perfect for the time-conscious traveler on your list. The internationally recognized brand offers more than 18 collections for men and women, including Bowery Nylon, which features Japanese Miyota 2115 analog movement with a date feature and screw-in crown, luminescent hands, a nylon band, and 330 feet of water resistance. Band color options include naval, mallard, storm, and cream.
Even the most expert of packers has trouble avoiding an outfit full of wrinkles when arriving at his or her destination. When a hot steam shower just won’t do the trick, the ROWENTA First Class Travel Iron steps in to help. The compact iron comes in its own travel pouch and fits easily into large purses, totes, and suitcases. Vertical steam helps remove wrinkles from hanging garments; micro-steam stainless steel ensures a smooth, easy-glide surface; and a high-precision tip manages hard-to-reach areas. The handle folds flat for easy storage and packing.
For the person on your list who could win an award for most Instagram photos posted, check out Photojojo’s Phoneography Starter Kit. With a 2-in-1 macro and wide-angle lens, a pocket-sized flash, a full scholarship to Photojojo University, and a pouch to carry it all, the kit will help your photo-loving friends take their camera phone shots to the next level. The 2-in-1 lens allows users to take a photo with a larger view or a smaller, more detailed one, and the pocket spotlight provides more lighting control than the average smartphone. And with Phoneography 101, a four-week course that teaches photography fundamentals through the lens of a camera phone, short lessons sent via email provide fun and informative photo challenges.
Got a guy or gal on your list who always plays mixologist, even when on the go? Enter Bar10der Home Bartending Unitool (available at the Grommet), a sleek, pocket knife-like utensil that contains all the bartending essentials: a standard knife, a channel knife, a stirrer, a strainer, a corkscrew, a bottle opener, a muddler, a reamer, a jigger, and a zester. From opening bottles of beer and wine to grating citrus rinds, crushing herbs, and straining creative cocktail and mocktail creations, the Bar10der has all the tools needed to make the perfect drink at home or away.
By now, almost all of us are aware of the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule: 3.4-ounce bottles or less; one quart-sized clear, plastic, zip-top bag; one per person. And with the rise of checked luggage costs, many have resorted to packing only carry-ons—and being creative when trying to fit shampoo, sunscreen, toothpaste, and other liquids into a small Ziploc bag. 3FLOZ.com to the rescue! The company offers curated kits for any and all needs, including one for hair (pictured), jetlag, and those “In a Clutch” moments. 3FLOZ.com also carries more than 50 top-line beauty, grooming, and personal care brands in three-ounce bottles so travelers can create their own customized kit.
Epiphanie’s revolutionary line of camera handbags combines function and protection with quality and style. The London backpack and messenger-style camera bag can accommodate most 17-inch laptops, a tablet, a camera and attached lens, one to two additional lenses (including a 70-200), a flash, a battery pack, and a wallet. Extra pockets store keys, a cell phone, memory cards, maps, and business cards. Plus, all dividers can be removed to easily transition to an everyday bag. In addition to the London, the Austin style is also designed for both men and women; all other Epiphanie styles are created for women.
Cramped airline seats and heavy luggage can take quite a toll on avid travelers. T Spheres (available at the Grommet) combine massage and aromatherapy into one fabulous anecdote. The self-massage tool is infused with essential oil—such as peppermint, rose geranium, or lavender—to help alleviate tension and soothe sore muscles. Each set includes two t spheres, a 3-milliliter infuser, and instructional brochure in a drawstring bag.
Can’t keep track of that jet-setting friend who seems to hop from country to country? Help them stay connected (and keep their electronic devices charged) with Flight 001’s 4-in-1 Adapter, a set of color-coded plugs that can adapt to outlets in more than 150 countries. The product is the first to use the JA/C READY Adapter system, which makes it easy to find the right plug by matching up the colors. Plus, the adapter’s compact design means it’s suitcase/carry-on/knapsack friendly and ideal for a traveler who likes to pack light.
This year saw the rise of the “selfie,” with people all over the world snapping smartphone self-portraits. For that friend who always fits him or herself, along with the destination, in the picture, the Muku Shuttr is the perfect gift. The shutter pairs via Bluetooth with most Apple and Android devices and can snap photos from up to 30 feet away. No timer, no applications, no awkward arm angles needed.
The Beats by Dre Studio headphones, with adaptive noise cancellation (ANC), a rechargeable battery, and re-energized sound, have gone wireless. Take calls, skip songs, and change the volume directly from the headphones, which stay connected up to 30 feet. When listening to music, ANC automatically finds a balance between the tunes and the outside world; when the headphones are on ANC-only mode, they completely cancel external noise. A built-in, rechargeable batters lasts 20 hours when plugged in (it can be charged via micro USB almost anywhere) and 12 hours in wireless mode—perfect for those long-haul flights.