Regardless of how many people you’re buying gifts for this year, you inevitably have at least one who’s always on the road. Or in the sky, if you want to get technical.
That said, I don’t think there’s nearly enough emphasis on travel-centric gifts in the world. Some might argue that a suitcase or a Dopp kit doesn’t necessarily exude thoughtfulness, but as someone who both travels frequently and enjoys being on the receiving end of gifts, I’d beg to differ.
So, on that note, consider skipping the whiskey stones in favor of a travel kit this year…or, perhaps, custom luggage tags. Below, a roundup of must-have travel accessories from my favorite brands, which I’m positive all the jet-setters on your list will love.
Brandless Checked Luggage
For the uninitiated, Brandless is, in fact, the name of this brand — and, frankly, a breath of fresh air where internet-popular luggage brands are involved. Featuring a lightweight polycarbonate shell with reinforced corners to protect from damage, an interior lining made from recycled plastic bottles and zippered mesh compartments, the Brandless Checked Luggage is both good-looking and functional, without being fussy.
Canon’s EOS R7 RF-S18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Kit
I’ve always loved taking photos, but once I started really traveling — particularly for work — one thing became abundantly clear to me: my iPhone wasn’t going to cut it anymore. The EOS R7 has been a total game changer in that regard. I’m hardly an expert, but this camera is so user-friendly — so intuitive — that you truly don’t need to be to enjoy it. I also shoot with the Canon RF 50MM, which has a pretty sweet price point and isn’t as intimidating as some of the more prosumer lenses. It’s the best gift I’ve been given (albeit to myself) in a very long time, and it’s a now-staple in my carry-on.
Framebridge Custom Picture Frame
Because now that they have a brand new, beautiful camera, they should also be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor. What good are photos if they’re just going to sit on a memory card, anyway? Framebridge will allow them to custom frame…just about anything. They can choose from dozens of frame choices (or defer to a designer); upload a photo, drop by a store or send them your art; and have the frame built and shipped directly to them.
Ostrichpillow Bamboo Compression Socks
Not the sexiest gift you could give, but compression socks offer a whole slew of benefits for frequent flyers — increased circulation, chief among them. Because no one wants blood clots, swelling, leg fatigue…you get the idea. Again, not sexy but endlessly practical.
Matador NanoDry Packable Shower Towel
For the adventure traveler on your list, Matador’s NanoDry Packable Shower towel is a must-have. It’s packable and equally absorbent. It’s also got a silicone travel case with a carabiner attachment for easy carry.
July Pet-Personalized Leather Luggage Tag
For the person on your list who spends the entirety of every trip talking about how much they miss their pet: meet July. July is a luggage brand that, like many other luggage brands, offers customization. What none of those other brands offer, however, is the option to customize said luggage with your pet’s face. I’m the proud owner of the July luggage tags emblazoned with my mini dachshund’s face. Safe to say, it sparks an immense amount of joy.