We love gadgets. We love multiple use clothing items that make our luggage lighter. We love supporting small businesses with new innovative ideas. And whenever possible, we try to promote Made in the USA items.
With that said, here are a few gifts in each of these categories for the travel lover on your holiday list.
FatCat Portable Cell Phone Charger – Always jones-ing for more power in life like we are? No more running out of battery ever again with a FatCat portable cell phone charger. FatCat has kept our cell phones charged and ready for action in the most remote places like on safari in Africa or the mountains of Idaho. And it’s light and easy to use. Lindsay has the pretty blue PowerBar 4200 ($80) and Lanee’s got the big gun – PowerBar 9600 ($130). Read on for full review – Confessions of a Power Hungry Travel Writer.
Phorce Smart Bag – On the same vein as portable charging, this is the world’s first smart bag where you’ll never be faced with forgetting your power chargers or running out of power. Phorce ($299) is a lightweight laptop bag that charges your devices, communicates with your smart phone, and transforms from a messenger, to a backpack, to a briefcase. And you’ll never forget your bag when rushing out the door in the morning, leaving a restaurant or coffee shop, getting off a plane, or out of a taxi – you’ll receive a notification on your phone as soon as Phorce is outside of your range, so you can quickly run back and get it. Phorce works with Android and iOS based devices. The only issue we have with it is that you can only charge up to 15-inch laptops and we both have 17-inch MacBook Pros. We’re holding out hope they make a bigger one soon!
AGloves Texting Gloves – Lanee received her first pair of texting gloves last year and Lindsay was jealous. So this year, Lanee did some research to find Made in USA texting gloves to gift Lindsay this Christmas and discovered AGloves Original ($20). Never have frozen hands again while trying to upload that hilarious photo to favorite social media outlets while in a frigid climate! Sidenote: AGloves has 4 styles of texting gloves, but only the Original is made in the U.S.
SHOLDIT – It’s a purse, it’s a wrap, no wait, it’s an infinity scarf! Actually it’s all three. SHOLDIT ($50-80) is a genius design that you can wear three ways depending on your mood or the occasion. With her scarf obsession, Lanee’s favorite way to wear the SHOLDIT is as an infinity scarf because of the secret zippered pocket in which to store credit cards, passports, small camera or cell phone. They come in all kinds of colors and it is truly a lifesaver when you want a convenient, safe, hands-free way to carry valuables while still being fashion-forward. Read on for full review at LA’s the Place.
Platypus PlatyPreserve Wine Preservation System – We discovered the PlatyPreserve ($10) at Pend d’Oreille Winery in Sandpoint, Idaho when we wanted to buy a bottle of wine to take with us on a holiday light show and boat tour. We had no idea if they allowed glass aboard, so winemaker Steve offered the PlatyPreserve wine bag as a clever solution. It holds an entire bottle of wine and is lightweight and easy to throw in your backpack. Lindsay scored one for all those groovy outdoor music events she loves. A girl needs to be prepared at all times and this wine ‘bladder’, as we called it, keeps us ready to wine and roll. Made in U.S.A
Buff Headwear – We both got one of these for our safari trip to Africa and loved its versatility. You can wear the seamless Buff in dozens of ways from a headband to a muffler, and on and on. The Buff Headwear model we got was treated with Insect Shield ($27). Lindsay still sports hers on adventure trips and Lanee gave her Buff to the elder Maasai tribeswoman in Masai Mara, Kenya. The woman was overjoyed, and we can imagine why. The Maasai women shave their hair as a part of a ritual and for its hygienic benefits. It must get cold at night living in their beautifully designed mud huts with no heat! Notice how she blinged her Buff out? Made in U.S.A. Read on for Lindsay’s review of Buff Headwear.
Athleta Nectar Dress – Even if we’re headed on a rough and tumble adventure, a lightweight, versatile dress always comes in handy. What if Lindsay meets the man of her dreams on a camping trip in Montana and needs to look spiffy for an impromptu date? That’s why we love the faux wrap dress by Athleta. The Nectar Dress ($64) flatters just about every figure and the material is quick drying and super comfortable with its stretchy nature. Throw a fancy scarf, necklace or hat on to accessorize and you’re ready for just about any special occasion.
For more travel holiday gift guides, check out Gadling’s list.