Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers
Can you believe it’s already that time of year again?! Now that Halloween has come and gone, the countdown begins, and there are just 56 days left. It’s never too early to start looking into holiday gift ideas. Oftentimes, by the time December rolls around, we haven’t thought of a single gift idea for anyone on our list! To top it off, we are so busy with work, family, and holiday festivities, that there is barely any time left for shopping. Therefore, holiday shopping becomes a dreaded chore, with many of us counting down the days until the holiday shopping season is over.
Starting your holiday shopping earlier, before all the craziness arrives, actually turns finding special gits into a fun and enjoyable experience – like it should be! To avoid last minute, impersonal gifts at the mall, begin your holiday shopping a bit earlier this year so you have plenty of time to come up with unique gifts personalized for everyone on your list.
For all the travelers and outdoor enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list, here are my 59 must have travel products and accessories this holiday season.
Holiday Gift Ideas for Hikers, Fitness Buffs, & Outdoor Enthusiasts
CEP compression socks
I bought my first pair of compression socks at an EXPO for the Las Vegas Half Marathon. Several years later, they are still in great condition after using them weekly for all sorts of fitness activities including running, hiking, and biking. Compression socks help stimulate blood blow during physical activity, and also help repair muscles post-workout. Besides stimulating circulation, they also help prevent joint injuries, keep your feet dry, and prevent blisters. I haven’t got one blister since wearing these socks and I used to get at least one after every run! They are comfortable and do not move around at all. They keep you cool on warmer days and also add a bit of warmth on cold winter days.
Asides from fitness use, these socks are really good at keeping your blood flowing during long car drives and flights when you are stuck in the same position for hours at a time. They come in different sizes based on widest part of the calf, thereby ensuring the perfect fit for everyone. And they come in a variety of colors so you can choose based on your personal style.
Camelbak hyrdation backpack
A hydration backpack is a great option when you simply need lots of room for extra water on a trail or bike ride, but have no need for all the extra pockets and weight of a full backpack. I use the camelbak over a hiking back pack on long distance bike rides, especially in moderate climate areas like Southern California and Florida where I do not need extra clothing, etc. Due to the light weight, it is also a nice choice for any endurance sports like long distance running where you may need more than 1 simple water bottle. The camelbak also comes in handy anytime you will be doing lots of walking and would rather not keep stopping for water – for example at a long day on your feet at Disneyland.
Where to purchase: Camelbak Hydration Backpack
Osprey Hiking Backpack
The Osprey hiking backpack is the perfect gift idea for regular hikers and outdoor explorers. What makes this backpack so great is that there are so many different pockets for storing any essentials you may need along the trail, along with a dedicated pocket for a hydration backpack and a clip for your helmet if biking. There are few small zippered pockets in the front for easy access of the most important items that you want to keep handy.
I love it for hiking because I can store all my essentials – sunblock, an extra long sleeve shirt/sweater, rainjacket, sunglasses, lip balm, and anything else I could possibly need along the way. I throw my hydration water pack in the dedicated space and I have plenty of water for longer trails. Asides from fitness activities, this backpack also comes in handy for all day travel activities like walking around DisneyWorld or exploring a new downtown.
North Face Jacket
North Face jackets are ideal for any fitness activities as they are both stylish and functional. I use my North Face Agave jacket for both spring and fall recreation, and sometimes even for hard winter recreation like cross country skiing where I need to be able to move freely and keep warm at the same time. It’s pretty lightweight and makes for a great layering jacket in brisk weather. If you get too hot, you can easily stuff it in a backpack as it does not take up too much space. And, if it is freezing cold out, it can be layered under a heavier coat. The 2 zippered hand pockets are great for storing small items (phone, camera, small snacks) or warming up your hands. The jacket is so soft and comfortable, although still great for any type of recreation as it is form fitting and not too bulky.
Garmin Forerunner 310XT Waterproof Running GSP watch
Garmin makes the best fitness watches. I love the Forerunner model. This fantastic watch is perfect for runners, bikers, swimmers, and hikers. This newer version is waterproof, so you can use it for swimming laps. Additionally, you do not need to worry if you go out hiking or running on a drizzly day. This handy watch tracks your pace, distance, elevation, and total time. They have a cool function where you can choose a speed and try to compete against the watch in a virtual race. The best part of all is that you can hook it up to the computer and track your data over time – it’s a great motivational tool for any athlete! It has a long battery life and finds the satellite easily even in remote areas. The watch is comfortable and fits small wrists much better than the older models – I use it for every hike, bike ride, and marathon!
Where to purchase: Garmin Forerunner 310XT Waterproof Running GSP watch
The Go Pro is a fun gift idea for any adrenaline junkies on your list. The mountable design (a head strap is available for a cool first person point of view) allows you to capture photos and videos during high adventure sports like whitewater rafting, zipling, skydiving, surfing etc. where you would not ordinarily be able to capture any videos. It’s waterproof too, so it can be used when snorkeling and scuba diving! For any traveler who loves to document all their exciting activities, the GoPro is a must! There are lots of unique accessories available now, with just about everything available, including a GoPro Dog Mount!
Where to purchase: GoPro Hero 4
Polarized Sports Sunglasses
A good pair of sunglasses is a must during any type of physical activity, more so in really sunny climates like Arizona. The RIVBOS unisex sunglasses are perfect for fitness buffs. There are 5 different colored lenses to use in a variety of situations. All offer 100% UV protection. The glasses are both functional and stylish. The lightweight design and scratch proof polycarbonate lens make them perfect for just about any fitness activity. Sunglasses are always a safe gift idea for any sports enthusiast as they make any type of exercise more comfortable and enjoyable.
Where to purchase: RIVBOS 801 Unisex Polarized Sports Sunglasses