Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday have all come and gone, but the reality of holiday shopping is that most of us need to pick up a few more gifts along the way. That ex sister-in-law, new personal assistant, dog groomer or teacher needs a gift. I say: Give the gift of travel.
To get in the holiday spirit, I love to go see the holiday lights extravaganzas that spring up around my house in the Northeast United States. Some shine from November through January, and if you plan your trip carefully, you can enjoy several holiday shows in one vacation.
Hotel Gift Card
A gift card for a hotel stay is a great way to encourage someone to stop delaying and take needed vacation time. When I stay at a hotel, I always make sure to check out the loyalty program, because a free room is a gift to me! That’s why I love Wyndham Hotels and Resorts; if you join the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program, from now till January 13 you can earn up to 10,000 bonus rewards points. The points are good for free stays or gift cards. So sign up your friend if you give her a stay at one of the 180 Wyndham hotels – it’s literally the gift that keeps on giving.
Tech for Work or Play
If everyone you know already has an iPad, consider accessorizing the tablet. That touchscreen is great for scrolling through photos or watching videos, but not so much if you have to catch up on a bit of work or finish your holiday homework (nothing says vacation like being assigned a packet of Advanced Placement lab reports). The Logitech Keys-To-Go ultra-portable keyboard works with all models of iPad and iPhone and the mom-approved FabricSkin protects against spills, crumbs and dirt. The slim and light keyboard comes in three fashionable colors.
Dockers Signature On-the-Go Khakis are ideal travel pants. The guys in my life – my husband and two sons – don’t always fold their clothes so Docker’s no wrinkle finish is a huge hit with me. But what sets the Dockers apart is the hidden security pocket for holding valuables. Whether you are at a crowded mall or in an airport – or walking through a holiday lights display – you can keep your money and credit cards secure. The jersey-lined waistband, breathable mesh pockets, and moisture wicking fabric keep your men and boys comfortable and cool.
So don’t despair if you missed the big shopping days. There’s still time to grab that holiday gift – and plot out your after-Christmas shopping.