Thinking of some last-minute gifts for the traveler in your life? A new travel coat with extra interior pockets, perhaps or a travel game to wile the hours away waiting for a connecting flight? Travel tools? Music players? With so many things to choose from, where to start can be as confusing as deciding where to go. Here are a few sites to help.
Judging by the large crowd inside travel specialty store Flight 001 (tel. 877/354-4481; www.flight001.com) on New York's Greenwich Avenue, travel gifts must be in this year. Selling anything from fashionable luggage to music travel items to travel skin conditioners to travel tchochke, Flight 101 has given travel items a hip look and feel. Don't fret if you can't visit the company's all-white mod stores decorated with colorful products in New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco, the website has most of the products available in the store. Some great gift ideas from the retailer: a compact Travel Bar comes in a sleek leather case with two finger flasks, two folding cups, a corkscrew, and a stirrer ($48); colorful rubber luggage tags ($6); pink and silver flip flops ($16); a Dr. Hauschka Daily Face Kit that comes with cleansing cream, toner, normalizing day oil, deep cleansing clay mask, and a purifying facial steam bath ($21); or a vintage flight bag carry-on (or purse) with a 1950s early flying logo ($40). If you're tired of clunky shoes wasting space in your bags, Flight 101 has a Shoe Spacepak for Men and Women ($28 for either) that helps organize and protect your dress shoes. The company's high-tech gadget offerings include computer kits that come with mini-mouses, USB cables, and task lights ($100) and a tripod speaker system for your MP3 player ($42). Of course, the company offers gift certificates as well. Next day shipping is available.
Travel Oasis (tel. 877/894-1960; www.traveloasis.com) is an online gift guide specializing in all types of travel from outdoor exploration to business gifts to gifts for under $15 bucks to travel comfort products. For the man in your life who travels the world and has a bit of MacGuyver in him, a Multi-Purpose Travel Tool Kit can come in handy anywhere. Complete with 27 pieces including screwdrivers and pliers and a compact case that folds up tighter than a dock kit, this travel tool kit is reduced to $19.95 from $24.95 for the holiday season. Another travel essential that will set your mind at ease and makes a great gift is a compact First Aid Kit. Loaded with 106 pieces including scissors, tweezers, safety pins, band-aids, burn packs, knuckle bandages, gauze, and antiseptics, this kit comes in handy at home as well as on the road. It's especially necessary for long trips to remote locations. The Travel Oasis price on the kit comes to just $12.90, down from a regular price of $21.50. For the game-playing globetrotter, Travel Oasis also has a games section. A travel dominoes set costs $19.95 while a seven-in-one travel console set that provides playing fields and pieces for chess, checkers, cribbage, backgammon, dominoes, dice and cards, costs $99.95. Items usually ship out on the day of ordering for super-fast delivery.
Traditional gift buyers wanting to give the gift of luggage or travel bags can check out Ebags.com (tel. 800/820-6126; www.ebags.com) for deals on name-brand luggage sets, duffels and other travel bags for men, women and children. A cute travel jewelry pouch with a drawstring top comes in 11 different colors. From Baggallini and made of rip-stop nylon, this stocking stuffer costs $13.49. If you order by Tuesday, it can be there by Christmas Eve or well in time for the last days of Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Also from eBags, a durable and water-resistant laptop sleeve from the popular brand Case Logic starts at $19.99. Black, sleek and constructed out of flexible Neoprene, the case holds 15.4" laptops. To travel in style, eBags has a special offer on a Diane Von Furstenberg Vintage luggage set. Regular retail value on the set is $940. The eBag sale price is $319. The three piece set includes two rolling uprights and a travel satchel. All come with inside pockets, push-button locking systems and roller-skate type wheels for easy maneuvering.