Travelers' Delights

We dive into the merry madness of holiday shopping to come up with just the right gift for just the right type of traveler on your list

Holiday Gift Guide

December 03, 2006|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,[SUN REPORTER]

For the frequent air traveler

CABIN CUDDLER, $35; cabincuddler.com

It seems that airlines are charging extra for everything nowadays. But those tiny, flimsy squares they call blankets are hardly worth your money. Plus who knows where they've been? Instead, pack your own comfort with the Cabin Cuddler, a wraparound fleece blanket that provides warmth right down to your toes. Developed by a commercial pilot, the blanket is lightweight and comes in a tote that can attach to any carry-on.

For the regional traveler

WEIRD MARYLAND, by Matt Lake, $13.57; amazon.com

Ever visited Devil's Island, taken a ride down Gravity Hill or had an encounter with the snallygaster? If not, you will in this collection of oddities from around the state. From bizarre beasts to ancient unsolved mysteries, Weird Maryland offers a fun trip that's unlike anything you can book through a travel agent.

For the business traveler

PHILIPS 9-INCH DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME, $249.95,

sharperimage.com

No matter how far away you travel, keep family and friends close with a digital photo frame. Transfer photos directly to the frame from a camera or computer. The display holds up to 150 images and includes a slideshow feature. Also comes with interchangeable frames in several colors.

For the road traveler

TOMTOM GO 510 PORTABLE GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM, $549.95, sharperimage.com

It's got great maps, clear voice instructions and a bright color screen, but what makes this unit special is its compatibility with iPod and Bluetooth technology. Make and receive hands-free calls with most Bluetooth-enabled cell phones or attach an iPod to view playlists and listen to music. The unit mounts on any dashboard and comes loaded with 50 custom voices -- including Mr. T.

For the chic traveler

VEUVE CLICQUOT TRAVELLER, $89.99, wine.com

This cooler case elevates BYOB to a whole new level. Trimmed in leather with an isothermal lining, the yellow tote transports a bottle of champagne and two glass flutes. Remove the lining and it becomes a fashionable bag that's right at home on the runway. (Because of Maryland liquor laws, shipping this item within the state may not be allowed.)

For the teen traveler

ROVERTV PORTABLE RECORDER, $299 / $349, rovertv.com

Can't miss an episode of Heroes? You don't have to. This small mobile media player enables travelers to watch TV anywhere, anytime. Record directly to the device from television, DVD, DVR or VCR and then take it with you on a train, plane or in a car. RoverTv can play up to six hours of video and is available in two screen sizes.

For the Internet traveler

LONELY PLANET BLUE LIST: THE BEST IN TRAVEL 2007, $19.99, lonelyplanet.com

Know someone who doesn't make vacation plans without going onto the Web? Lonely Planet's Blue List works in conjunction with its Web site, offering a host of lists - from most deserted islands to most beautiful buildings. They are compiled from places that have been "bluelisted" or recommended by travelers in postings to lonelyplanet.com / bluelist.

For the high-tech traveler

TIMBUK2 BLOGGER, $80, ebags.com

More travelers are posting diaries, photos and videos of their vacations online for family and friends to enjoy. This vertical shoulder bag with a built-in laptop sleeve (up to 15 inches) keeps a computer handy for those quick uploads to flickr.com or fast updates to your travel diary.

For the overnight traveler

40 BLINKS EYE MASK, $13, travelsmith.com

Catching some winks is a bit easier with this lightweight eye mask. Soft, foam eye cups comfortably block light for napping on planes, trains or automobiles (provided you're not doing the driving).

For the armchair traveler

THE AMAZING RACE DVD BOARD GAME, Pressman Toys, $24.99; amazon.com

Watching the CBS reality show is fantasy travel for many. Now you can play the game and make the fantasy come true -- sort of. With host Phil Keoghan providing guidance, the interactive DVD features some of the fun and adventure of the race, including detours, roadblocks and pit stops.

For the healthy traveler

SOAP SHEETS, $9.85, magellans.com

Who says soap has to be liquid? These thin sheets of antibacterial soap dissolve into a rich lather in water. The soap sheets come in a lightweight flip-top case that fits easily in a pocket so travelers can cleanup on the go. Each dispenser contains 50 sheets of fragrance-free, hypoallergenic soap. Perfect for a stocking stuffer.

For the nervous traveler

BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 3 ACOUSTIC NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES, $349, bose.com

Well, who isn't a bit jittery these days? Keep your calm with these soundproof headphones. They do a great job of reducing jet engine noise that can disturb travelers who are trying to rest or relax during flight. The headphones come with a detachable cord that can plug into an MP3, DVD or CD player. They also fold flat for packing.

For the first-time traveler

CASIO EXILIM DIGITAL CAMERA, $279.95, sharperimage.com

A small camera for big shots. About the size of a credit card, this six-megapixel camera can take up to 300 photos on a single battery charge. Its extra-slim size makes it perfect for a pocket and anti-shake technology eliminates blurry photos. So if you're in Paris or New York for the first time, you won't miss a single shot.

For the pet traveler

COLLAPSIBLE DOG BOWL, $16.50, travelsmith.com

Keep Rover hydrated on those long road trips with this snazzy travel bowl. It folds flat, has a waterproof liner and holds more than a liter of water. Good for food, too.

For the world traveler

LEATHER PASSPORT CURRENCY WALLET, $35, ebags.com

Since just about everyone will soon need a passport, they should be able to carry it in an attractive case. This smooth leather wallet holds much more. It features a pocket for a passport, a clear pocket for identification, slots for credit cards and a pocket for cash. Everything a globe-trotter needs in one place.

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