We TravelingMoms love having the latest technology to support our travel. And at the holidays, we think the latest tech is a great gift – to give or get. The writers and editors put their heads together to create this list of the best tech gifts for family travelers. These are our go-to tech gadgets, products and accessories. We wouldn’t travel without them and we don’t think you should either.
Best tech gifts for under $50
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1. Gear Beast Pocket Lanyard
This genius strap securely holds iPhones and Galaxy smartphones. You pop your phone in and wear the lanyard when you are traveling. No pulling your phone out of your pocket, backpack or pocketbook. Your phone is right there, around your neck. Held in securely. And it doesn’t block your lens. The stretchy lanyard can hold all iPhones, from the newest to iPhone 6. And a pocket holds a credit card or business card handy too. The is one of the cheapest and best tech gifts – only $12.99.
2. Tech21 screen protector
As iPhones get larger and lighter, their screens get more fragile. The Tech21 screen protector offers a lifetime warranty on the screens it protects. Made of multiple layers of BulletShield, like bullet proof glass, the protectors are also anti-glare. Price ranges from $5-$35, depending on phone model.
3. Kingston Digital Data Traveler
Have you ever been traveling and run out of space for photos and videos? You can easily save your photos to the Kingston Digital 32GB Data Traveler. This flash drive frees up space on your phone or iPad so you can capture more memories. 32 GB is $10.99. The 64 GB drive is $19.99.
Best travel tech gifts for $50 – $150
4. ThinOptics reading glasses
If you weigh your travel accessories by the ounce, you’ll love these lightweight reading glasses. ThinOptics weigh just 9g and come in two stylish models. The Brooklyn and the Manhattan both come in a range of colors and strengths. And no leaving these behind. The 4mm aircraft aluminum case attaches to the back of a phone, tablet, laptop or e-reader. $50.
5. BuddyPhones Wave Kids Headphones
You wouldn’t give your child an adult aspirin or adult beverage so shouldn’t you get him headphones designed for his tiny ears? BuddyPhones Wave wireless headphones protect their ears. You can set the volume control for toddlers, kids, travel and study. BuddyPhones reduce ambient noise, so kids can hear their music or videos at a lower volume. The headphones are waterproof. And the 24 hour battery life means long road trips or plane rides don’t deplete the headphones. $79.99, in fun patterns like unicorn, robot and monkey.
6. Aquio insulated water bottle
This BPA free water bottle keeps liquids cold for 24 hours, and hot for about 14. But what sets it apart from other stylish water bottles is the detachable speaker. The rechargeable Bluetooth wireless speaker can play music for 8 hours. You can carry it on a bike ride or hike to power your exercise. It’s also great for camping – or playing music on the balcony in a hotel room. $70.
7. Ventev Wirelesspro Dock
Keeping your phone juiced in the car is easy with this Universal mount kit. No need to carry your charging cable or buy an extra for the car. The dock attaches to the dashboard’s vent. The wireless charging car kit’s Qi, PMA, and fast wireless charging can bring a phone back from dead to 60% in half an hour. Plus, it mounts the phone if you are using for navigation. The wireless charging car kit works with any wireless charging enabled smart phone. $60.
8. BackBeat GO 410 Noise Canceling Earbuds
These earbuds have up to 10 hours of power (eight with active noise canceling) and they smartly turn off Bluetooth when you take them out of your ears, to conserve battery. You get clear sound and a comfortable fit, perfect for long flights or listening to music on the go. The active noise canceling means you can control how much background you hear. From Plantronics, $129.99.
9. iHome Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy
When you travel, you often have disrupted sleep. A different time zone, strange noises, pillows that aren’t quite right. iHome’s new clock radio offers a bonus. The sound and light therapy help create a restful environment. And when you need to wake up, you can program the colors to energize. Plus there are two alarms, so you and your partner can have separate walk up calls (and never miss a plane or train). The iHome has Bluetooth and FM radio. Another plus: a USB charging port so you can have a juiced up phone ready for travel. $99.99.
10. Sengled: A Smarter Home – for Less!
Upgrade the intelligence of your home with Sengled. The The Element Plus A19 LED Smart Lighting Starter Kit fits a TravelingMom and family lifestyle. You get a pair of light bulbs you can control by your phone. So you can make sure your house looks occupied even when you are away. And if your kids never remember to turn off their lights, you can turn them off remotely. The bulbs also work with Google Home and Amazon Alexa. $60.
Best travel tech gifts for $150 or more
11. Sony True Wireless Sports Headphones
The noise canceling earbuds work well on airplanes or around town. If you need to hear what’s happening around you, say, on a run, choose the ambient sound mode. But on a plane or when you are trying to work in a noisy environment, the noise canceling function is great. These sweat resistant earbuds stay in, but you might want to take them out to show off their sleek looks. $179.99
12. Last Year’s Apple Watch
Most gift guides urge you to buy the latest and greatest. And if you don’t have an Apple Watch, starting with the top of the line Series 4 might seem the way to go. But the watch is $399. With the new Series 4 on board, last year’s Series 3 Apple Watch is ‘just’ $279. Still not cheap. But reasonable enough that you can splurge on this and pick up a few items in the less expensive section. The Series 3 watch lets you take and make calls, stream music and text, even when you aren’t right near your phone.
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