You say you need a gift for the traveler in the family? Say no more.
After doing some serious surfing, I’ve come up with 12 gifts fit for a frequent flyer. And, since I didn’t want this to be boring, some gifts are terrific while others might be considered, uh, terrible.
I’ll leave it to you to decide which is which.
The best part: most of these gifts can be ordered online, so you don’t have to brave those Black Friday lines! Ready? Here we go…
Top 12 Best/Worst Christmas Gifts for Travelers
1. Bacon Curls: The perfect snack for hunger pangs on planes, and at just $2.95, it’s a lot cheaper than most airline food; brought to you by the Bacon of the Month Club (which also has gifts like “bacon soap” – 3 slices for $24.95).
2. Knee Defender: An old favorite; it prevents the person in front of you from reclining his/her seat (but careful – some flight attendants don’t approve of the Knee Defender and may confiscate it); just $14.95.
Keep reading – ten more gifts are coming your way…
3. MiniMotel: Your own little hideaway for airport delays, and comfier than most airport seating (unless you happen to be in one of the world’s best airports); just $49.95 and it comes with a reading light and alarm clock!
4. Hand-held Luggage Scale: Don’t pay big bucks for overweight baggage, pay little bucks for this gizmo from Sears – just $11.24.
5. Security-friendly Laptop Bag: Quit making the rest of us wait while you haul your laptop out of its bag in the security line; these TSA-approved bags let you leave your laptop alone. This one looks big enough to stash some undies in the pockets and it’s a steal at $49.95 (regularly $139.95).
6. Carryon Bags for All: A.) The traditional Gladstone bag by Swaine Adeney Brigg is a hefty $4,200 but they will personalize your luggage tag for free! B.) Trendy Kitson has an “aqua sequin duffle” for $98. C.) Trendy Target has a “weekender canvas bag” for $29.95.
7. World Map Hip Flask: For the thirsty traveler, this container features a map of the world on it, so you can take a sip and blearily trace your travels; just $28. Note: drink up before you go through security (liquids are a no-no).
8. Starbucks Gift Card: You know they’re everywhere. And as the website says, you can “select from $25, $50, $75 or $100″ (fat chance on that last one).
9. Kindle: These amazing book reading machines are just $259; or you can get a library card (cost: $0) and have access to thousands of books for free – though it’s not nearly as cool.
10. Lonely Planet Guide: They’ve got plenty, including offbeat selections like “Extreme Cuisine” and “Jaywalking with the Irish”, under $12.
11. Noise Cancelling Headphones: Bose has some nice ones for $299.95, or you could always borrow that guy’s hip flask (see #7).
12. Airline Gift Cards: Most carriers have gift cards and American Airlines even gives $5 to charity for every $50 you spend; AA cards available in any denomination between $50 and $1,500 (see your favorite airline’s website for details).
As for me, I send you a holiday wish for safe travels always…