Want to make travel more for fun the frequent flyer on your lists? Check out these suggestions based on their potential traveling companion(s).
Kids. Traveling with children is in an enriching and rewarding experience for the entire family. But getting there can often be a pain in the parental unit. Good gifts for parents who travel with children include miniature, magnetic board games, a backpack harness for toddlers, small tablet computers, kid-safe headphones, and books about their destination. Travel + Leisure also recommends city-themed building blocks sets and comfortable hiking boots. Parents with young children may also appreciate wearable GPS tracking devices so they can locate their curious kid should they wander off in the excitement of seeing a new city.
Pets. Lots of folks travel with their canine companions, so don’t leave the dog out of the gift-giving extravaganza this year. Help your world traveler protect his or her pet with the gift of pet microchipping. The American Veterinary Medicine Association says that microchipping, along with accurate registration information, can help reunite lost pets with their owners. Other excellent gifts for traveling dogs and their owners include homemade dog treats, hip, trendy, and portable food and water bowls, dog sitting services for a night out with the two legged members of the group, and a hands-free leash.
Colleagues. Unfortunately, not every world traveler leaves for leisure. Business Insider reports that noise canceling headphones, a smart carry-on, personalized luggage tags, and a portable power supply are among the most sought-after gifts for business travelers. If you’d like to help your intended recipient combine business with pleasure, consider gifting points from their hotel brand of choice to cover an extra night or two’s accommodations so that they can enjoy a little personal time on their next business trip.
Spouse/partner. There are many benefits to traveling with a spouse or partner. One is simply having time to be together without being interrupted by work, home, or other obligations. The best gift you can give here is to offer to watch the kids for a weekend so the lovebirds on your list can get away together. But if you simply must put something under the tree, consider matching luggage, luggage tags, or a gift certificate from a local restaurant near their destination. Many cruise lines and resorts also offer you the opportunity to have a gift delivered directly to the couple’s room. A massage, candlelight dinner, or adventurous outing will be a surprise they will remember for years to come
Group. Gift ideas for people who like to travel with friends and family include custom luggage, toiletry kit, travel blankets, and matching shirts so the group can keep up with each other in a crowd.
Alone. Like traveling with a partner, there are numerous benefits to enjoying a solo sojourn. But going alone isn’t always a safe is traveling with a group. Gifts for single travelers include personal emergency alarms, cross body bags, which are more difficult for purse-snatchers to remove in a hurry, an anti-theft waist pack, and wallets that can be worn around the neck. Other gift ideas include travel pillows, portable Bluetooth speakers, waterproof cases, portable travel hammocks, and e-readers.
No matter what you choose to give the jetsetters in your life this holiday season, consider their companions. While giving a gift does not have to be practical, thoughtful consideration of your recipient’s likes, dislikes, and personal circumstances is always appreciated.
Still not sure what to get? Surprise your loved one with a weekend getaway, three day cruise, or overnight stay at a local bed-and-breakfast.