Gift ideas for the traveller in your life
Looking for gifts for the traveller in your life?
It’sluggage that moves you! Pulling your luggage around the airport is so yesterday so how about riding it to the gate instead? The sleek Micro Luggage Scooter is the clever result of a collaboration between Micro Mobility Systems of Switzerland and Samsonite. Designed to help busy travelers move quickly through airports, it glides quietly through the terminal and when the wheels are folded back up the scooter turns into a conventional wheeled trolley. Push down the telescopic handle and the whole Micro Luggage Scooter fits into a standard sized overhead bin on the plane.
$299.95 for the adult 3- in-1 and $249.95 for the kids’ version 4-in-1. www.kickboard.ca
Travelpro Runway Elite Carry-On luggage has an external USB Port and integrated battery pouch in the carry-on providing convenient access to power for electronic essentials on the move. The retractable push-button handle locks into place when extended and the “Spin 360°” 4 - wheels system allow bags to move in all direction easier when on the go. www.shopbentley.com.
High Sierra Luggage http://www.sears.ca/product/high-sierra-36-wheel-duffle-bag/614-000244491-53784-XXXX offers duffle-bag styling and the ease of sport wheels. Perfect for sports gear or a weekend getaway, this bag has a generous main compartment with lots of zippered pockets to store all kinds of things.
Move over Swiss Army knife, there is a new multi- tool available this season and you can wear it on your wrist. Worn as a bracelet, the Leatherman Tread is 25 tools in one; each link of this bracelet is a stainless steel implement from various sized screwdrivers to a bottle opener to a pick/sim card tool. It is designed to be customizable with slotted fasteners so you can rearrange links, add new ones, and adjust to your wrist size. Available for $155 at Mountain Equipment Co-op or online at mec.ca.
It's barely the size of an ice cube, but the Itty-Bitty Speaker is a key-fob speaker, which broadcasts cool, clear audio from any Bluetooth®-enabled device. Sync it with an iPod®, tablet or portable gaming console to transmit sound or connect it to your smartphone for use as a finder. https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod7430039
As small and stylish as an atomizer, the Compact Safety Charger is a portable charger that puts 2200mAH of power in your purse or pocket, enough to add eight hours of talk time to your cell phone. Great for emergencies, travel and nighttime walks, it has a built-in flashlight, a signal alarm and instant power delivery for an uninterrupted connection. https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod4640217
The Lighted Compact Mirror Charger is a cleverly designed compact mirror, which repowers your device while you refresh your makeup. Along with a standard mirror on one side and an LED-lighted 3X mirror on the other, it's equipped with a 2.1A USB port for charging smartphones, tablets, iPods® and more while you're on the go...and looking fabulous! https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod7430031
Discovery Trekking’s ultra fast-dry towelshave silver antimicrobial technology, which makes them odour resistant. They fold up compactly to slip into a suitcase or carry-on bag and are multifunctional; they can also be used as a sarong, a scarf and a travel blanket for the car or plane. www.discoverytrekking.com
According to a new survey conducted by Travelzoo.ca 85 percent of respondents said they prefer to receive experiences such as theatre tickets or a weekend getaway over physical gifts. With a Travelzoo.ca gift certificate you are not only giving some unique travel experiences, but you are saving money. A stay at the Auberge Saint-Antoine in Quebec City, voted one of the best hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine, is $179 (a savings of 35%), dinner for two at Bauhaus in Vancouver, featuring a tasting menu by a Michelin-starred chef will set you back $120 (a savings of 45%) and a Niagara-on-the-Lake Culinary Walking Tour for two is only $55 (a savings of 44%). Cheapflights.ca’s 12 Days of Travel campaign is also on right now. All 12 deals are available now through Monday.
Other items from our friends at Austin House (available on line at www.holiday.ca or in-store at at a number of independent retailers); neck pillow - featuring thick memory foam padding and washable hypoallergenic polyester cover for increased comfort and cleanliness, packing cubes - set includes 3 colorful cubes, luggage tags in a variety of fun colours and designs.