Is there a traveler on your Christmas list? Or maybe just someone who’s hard to shop for? We recently gathered on our weekly Twitter party to talk holiday gifts that embrace travel — from gifts under $50 to gifts we received and never used. Read on for the recap and flip through our full color eMagazine with some great products and stories on holiday travel.
What’s the best travel gift idea under $50?
@DaddysInCharge Ear plugs.
@FreeLikeBirdie Love a great map with pin flags for marking travels 🙂
@FrancesFrost I know everyone Instagrams & tweets their trips but I still like a good journal for a special travel gift.
@kymri iTunes gift card.
@lindsayhaste Gas gift card!
What travel gadget did you get that is still in a drawer & never used?
@JazzyTJan I purchased the voltage converters and didn’t need them on a trip overseas.
@JSCSuperstar I always get travel mugs but I never remember to use them. I should really get better about that.
@AnEverydayJen The roll up slippers – cute idea & compact for the suitcase, but I prefer my big fluffy ones for the hotel.
@CindyRichards Have never used the Nook I got for Christmas 2 yrs ago. Got an iPad soon after.
What travel gadget tops your wish list this year?
@shannonentin I REALLY want JOBY’s GorillaPod Stand for my iPhone. So many times I want photos that just won’t work with me holding the phone.
@iRunDisney Wish list: I’m germphobic. Every year I beg for that germ killing light thing in SkyMall & my fam laughs at me.
@blondefabulous The Samsung NX1000 w/wi-fi. Not sure it’s a “travel gadget” but I would L-O-V-E it!
How do you hint around about what you REALLY want/don’t want?
@wandermom I have an Amazon wishlist. My kids have Amazon wishlists. Even if people don’t buy from Amazon they’re handy.
@alittlebiteof I am usually pretty direct, otherwise I get something weird from my husband. No hinting!
@jspd I don’t hint/ I usually just buy it and tell the hubby it’s from him. 🙂
@kimorlando I say I WANT _____. REPEAT, I WANT ____.
@maryheston We all know that subtle doesn’t really work at our house – so pics go up on the fridge etc.
@CindyRichards Hubby never takes hints. I have to be bold. I send him links. Or just order it myself.
What’s best gift you ever got you didn’t even know you wanted or needed until you got it?
@conniefoggles Scratch off lottery cards.
@PaulEisenberg Neck lanyard w/waterproof box. Before waterparks started sellng them, felt like hot stuff for having one at beach, pool.
@iRunDisney Best gift received never knew I needed: Zero Halliburton carry on hard case. Haven’t checked a bag in 7 yrs!
@S_thirtymommy My ipad…never wanted one but now I can’t live without it!
@frm1mom2another My reading glasses & that arm grabber thing that helps you reach stuff …. didn’t know I really needed them!
@barrettcaldwell I received a wine chiller and its pretty cool, never would have bought one.
@JSCSuperstar My sister got me an autographed picture of one of my favorite cartoon characters from when I was a kid!
What’s the gift that keeps on giving?
@PaulEisenberg I never stop being amazed at how travel brings our kids closer to each other…even if it wears off as soon as we’re home.
@lovethatmouse Gotta love my MILs annual gift certificate to our local wine shop!
@RachelHorsley Back in ’96 told hubby I wanted a cell phone, but only if Santa would pay the monthly bill…17 years later Santa keeps giving.
*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.
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