Been putting off your holiday shopping? Avoid overheated, crowded department stores and order one of these travel-themed gifts online!
If you’re the spontaneous type who avoids planning ahead whenever possible, holiday shopping might not be your strong suit. Before you grab a handful of gift cards at your local drugstore—or frantically start stuffing envelopes with cash—check out our holiday gift guide geared to last-minutes shoppers. Whether your recipient is a bold adventurer planning a long trip to Nepal, a busy business traveler whose passionate about frequent flier miles or a niece embarking on her first-ever plane flight, we’ve got ideas for travel-lover on your 11th hour shopping list.
Replace the tattered duffel he’s been dragging around with a bag that’s practical, durable, and versatile. The super-tough No Matter What Flashpoint Duffel carries the No Matter What™ Warranty, so he’s fully covered in the event that the bag ever becomes damaged during the course of his travels. (Sizes: Small-XLarge, MSRP $70-150)
The Evelyn Pouch will help her stay organized when she’s on the go. This lightweight bag comes in a range of colors and patterns, and features an adjustable shoulder strap that can be worn cross body or removed altogether to convert the pouch into a chic clutch. However she carries it, the Evelyn Pouch is designed to fit a passport along with the rest of her daily essentials. (MSRP $30)
They have your eyes, your smile, and your sense of adventure: it’s probably a safe bet that your little ones are bound to grow up to be travelers too! Get them started with Travel Bug Backpacks, which are small enough for younger travelers to carry themselves, and large enough to fit everything they might need for a family hike or long plane ride. There’s even space designed just for a tablet, which will make the trip more enjoyable for them—and more relaxing for you! (MSRP $65)
When you were young, your parents helped you learn to stay safe and avoid “stranger danger.” Now it’s time for you to return the favor: Protect Mom and Dad’s passports and credit cards with RFID Blocker Neck Wallets. They’ll be beaming with pride at how responsible you turned out. (MSRP $26.50)
Everyone loves candy in their holiday stocking, but save some room inside for travel goodies, too! The ID Zipper Pull Set always makes a perfect fit: These brightly colored zipper pulls can help everyone from holiday travelers to seasoned hikers find their gear at the baggage claim in no time. (MSRP $8)
Warning: bringing a Pack-It™ Specter Cube Set to a White Elephant gift exchange may result in fierce competition among party guests! Swappers will be vying to take home the ultra-lightweight, translucent packing organizers for their next backpacking trek, or as an easy-to-pack addition to a gym bag. (MSRP $38)
Office Secret Santa
Everyone knows that you picked up that drug store gift card on the way to work last year—and not even the seasonal bag of chocolates made up for that. This year, treat your frequent flying office Secret Santa recipient to a USB World Travel Adaptor, which can be used to charge electronics in more than 150 countries! The built-in USB charger will keep your jet-setting colleague iCharged for work or play wherever they go ($30).
The Absolutely, Positively, Last Minute, Needs-To-Be-There-NOW Gift
You put off your shopping so long that even overnight shipping isn’t going to help. While this considerably limits your options, there’s still an ideal solution! An Eagle Creek Gift Certificate is a one-size-fits-all present that you can send instantly to the inbox of your last-minute recipient.
Are we forgetting any Eagle Creek gear that you feel would make ideal holiday gifts for a friend—or for yourself? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!
Caila Ball is a freelance writer and full time travel enthusiast. You can see more of her work at CailaBall.com