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Hot Travel Gear + Gifts for the Holiday Season

Not sure what to buy the traveler in your life? Check out these holiday gift ideas. (Photo: Alamy)

Holiday shopping season is upon us, and you’re probably well on your way to making a list and checking it twice. If you planned ahead, your gift-buying was taken care of months ago with awesome local mementos and souvenirs you picked up on your travels … Wait, you didn’t remember to buy gifts when you were on your vacation back in April? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From stocking stuffers to high-tech travel gear, these nine gifts will wow everyone on your list.

Raden A22 Carry

This suitcase is a genius. The sleek hard-shell carry-on bag comes with Bluetooth-enabled proximity sensors, a built in luggage scale and 2 USB ports that can charge a phone up to four times. It even comes with an app that reports traffic and TSA wait times.

Great for: Packing to impress in Silicon Valley

Price: $295 at

Poppin Mini Medley of Soft Cover Notebooks

These pocket-size notepads are perfect for logging life on the go. The soft leathery covers are durable enough to be tossed around in a bag. Plus, the rainbow assortment means you can color-code your travel notes and doodles: Red for Rome, Purple for Paris.

Great for: Jotting down a new word you just picked up in a French cafe

Price: $20 at

WebRC – XDrone Spy

These flying cameras are a must-have for any photography enthusiast looking to try something new. This remote-control model records photos and video while doing aerobatics and flips at a beginner-friendly price point.

Great for: Capturing stunning footage on a West Coast road trip

Price: $69.99 at Toys R Us or 22,500 Marriott Rewards points

JetBag Bottle Protector

We’ve raved about this travel bottle protector before, but it’s an easy win for any wine fans in your circle. The pouch protects both your bottle from breaking, and everything else in your bag from falling victim to accidental spills. Plus it’s priced lower than most corkage fees.

Great for: Bringing Sonoma home with you

Price: $3.99 at the Container Store

Garmin Approach S6 GPS Golf Watch

Out of gift ideas for your golf guru? Try this fully loaded GPS watch. It comes programmed with maps and info on more than 38,000 golf courses and analyzes your swing technique as you play.

Great for: Teeing off in new territory, like in Scotland or St. Kitts

Price: $349.99 on or 110,000 Marriott Rewards points


If you have someone on your list who always looks put together no matter where she is, this monthly beauty sample subscription is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only is it a fun way to try out new looks each month, it’s also a secret jackpot when it comes to loading up on travel-size versions of high-end products.

Great for: Keeping your skin hydrated while jetsetting off to Los Cabos

Price: $110 per year at

Fitbit Flex 2

Whether you’re off on a big hike or galavanting around the city, the fitness phenomenon’s newest tracker helps keep you healthy on the road. Pick a neutral color like black that’ll match more of your outfits while you travel.

Great for: Bucket-list hiking at Machu Picchu

Price: $99.95 at or 30,000 Marriott Rewards points

Coleman DarkRoom Fast Pitch 4-Person Tent

The outdoorsy folks on your list will thank you when they learn they don’t have to rise with the sun on their next camping trip. This tent stays nice and dark inside – even in the daylight, which means it stays cooler too. Bonus: it’s super easy to set up.

Great for: An adventure in one of the country’s national parks

Price: $189.99 at Sears or 55,000 Marriott Rewards points

Scratch Map

Need something for that friend who’s been everywhere? This scratch-off wall map reveals all the places you’ve traveled. It’s just like giving someone the gift of bragging rights.

Great for: Anyone on a quest to visit every country

Price: $26 at Uncommon Goods