Christmas Holiday travel gift guide from Frommer's

The Frommer's Travel Gift Guide for Every Budget

Life's too short to give the gift of socks. Tell them you understand their wanderlust and support it by choosing one of these travel-related gifts, each of them hand-selected by Frommer's editors for making the art of exploring our world easier, better, more stylish, or smarter.
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Ostrich Pillow Light
Ostrich Pillow Light

It's both an eye mask and a soft pillow, so you can lean against stuff (like the window on an international flight) and grab some shuteye. The Ostrich Pillow Light is such a simple solution we're not sure why it took this long. It's reversible, adjustable, the interior is filled with polystyrene micro-beads, and it all weighs about a quarter of a pound.
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Sloppy Tunas plastic-recycled swimwear
Sloppy Tunas plastic-recycled swimwear
€55, with free interntional shipping

This is what you can make out of those plastic 6-pack rings. In Spain, they collect plastic found in the ocean, melt it down, and spin it into a fine thread. The result is Sloppy Tunas, a mini-collection of fun, brightly patterned swim trunks. You probably didn't know this, but most modern swimwear is already made with at least some plastic synthetic fibers anyway (Lycra, Spandex, polyester, nylon, etc.) because of how they stand up to water. Might as well make sure the plastic used was taken out of the environment first. This is plastic that was made to go back into the ocean.  
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Away Expandable Bigger Carry-On luggage
Away Expandable Bigger Carry-On

Ever since the airlines started charging for baggage and we began carrying luggage on board more often, every time we pack, we have been forced to choose which bag to use. Do we commit to a small one that we can carry but will force us to leave stuff at home, or do we go with a larger bag that will contain more but force us to check? The Away Expandable Bigger Carry-On straddles that gap. This luggage unzips to release an accordion fold that increases the size by nearly 2 inches, so it can be as small as a carry-on (47-liter capacity—generous for hand baggage) when we begin our vacation but convert to a larger checked bag (52-liter capacity) once we've bought our souvenirs. Outside, you'll find a built-in, TSA-approved combination lock and a front pocket that a laptop can easily slip into. Inside, there's a compression system to manage space and a laundry bag that snaps into a side pocket when it's not being used. Customer service is thoughtful too: It comes with a lifetime guarantee for its shell, wheels, handles, and zippers, and if you don't like it, you can return it for a full refund within 100 days. Measures 22.7 inches x 14.7 inches x 9.7 inches/11.5 inches expanded (58 cm x 38 cm x 23 cm/ 30 cm expanded)
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Scout Hidden Camera Finder
Scout Hidden Camera Detector

We know that it's not common to find hidden pinhole cameras in hotels, bathrooms, or an Airbnb, but that doesn't mean guests don't wonder about them now or then. This feather-light doodad can give them peace of mind. How it works is simple but clever: The inventors asked, "What do most cameras have in common?" The answer, for almost all of them, is they have an infrared filter behind the lens. Aim this device and switch on its red LEDs, and if there's a camera lens in view, it will reflect light back to you off that IR filter like a little star. You may feel silly checking a room for a camera that isn't there, but if it helps you sleep better, go for it. Or maybe you're a secret international spy, and the joint will light up like a planetarium. No judgment. 
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: VinGardeValise wine and bottle transport system
Get that rare vintage or foreign aperitif home safely with these customizable luggage inserts. Just move the little foam blocks to create the shape of what you want to protect, then check that baggage. The company will sell you the luggage to go with it for another $200 or more, depending on the case size.
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener for Amazon deliveries
MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener

We love a travel product that's also useful when we're at home. With this, you can have stuff sent to your house without worrying about porch bandits. Amazon's delivery services can wirelessly communicate with the MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener to slip your package safely into your garage while you're away—the company offers free in-garage delivery to Prime members in 50 cities already, and the service is growing. But this Wi-Fi gadget doesn't have to be used with Amazon. You can also use it to open and close your door on command from the other side of the world using its smartphone app, you can give friends control with the same app, and you can receive alerts whenever the door is opened by anyone else. It works with most garage-door-openers made since 1993.
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Steamfast SF-717 Mini Steam Iron with Dual Voltage
Steamfast SF-717 Mini Steam Iron with Dual Voltage

It's a new wrinkle in on-the-road grooming: a wee little iron that's truly small enough to pack. The Steamfast SF-717 weighs less than a pound, takes just 15 seconds to heat up, and even has dual voltage capability so it'll work internationally (bring a plug adapter). It's so small, you can use it with one hand, so it's ideal for quick touch-up jobs. All that and it comes with a cute little travel bag. Measures 3.1 inches x 2.9 inches x 5.3 inches (7.9 cm x 7.4 cm x 13.5 cm)

Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Jane Austen Bag
Jane Austen Bag

"Ah! there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort," Austen wrote in Emma (1815). OK, so she wasn't much of a traveler, but you have more sense and less prejudice than that. Transport your little gauds and bijoux (like an engagement ring from Mr. Darcy, if he'll ever hurry up and propose) with this literary satchel designed by offbeat novelty company The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. 5 inches x 9 inches with a 2-inch gusset (12.7 cm x 22.3 cm with 5.1-cm gusset)
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Samsonite Electronic Luggage Scale with tape measure
Samsonite Electronic Luggage Scale with tape measure

It's not fair that some airlines charge more for heavy bags. When you're traveling, how are you supposed to know how weighty your souvenirs have made your luggage? This is how. The Samsonite Electronic Luggage Scale measures up to 80 pounds (36.3 kg) but only weighs 0.32 lbs (0.15 kg), so packing it doesn't hurt much. What makes this particular scale even cooler is the built-in tape measure—because it's not fair that airlines all have different requirements for baggage sizes. Now you'll always be prepared for check-in.
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Spork and Cork
Spork and Cork

There are several good reasons to own one of these sporks, which are made from naturally antimicrobial bamboo. One is you'll always know how sanitary your utensil is because you washed it yourself; these can be cleaned with warm soapy water. Two: It's eco-friendly to abandon single-use plastic forks; the Spork and Cork slips back into its washable cork sleeve until next time. But the third reason is the best one: It's just too much fun to pull this out and announce you travel with your own spork.
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Jarvisen translator
Jarvisen Translator
$429 without data, $499 with two years of data

We are living in a wondrous time. A few years ago, translation technology was a shambles, and there wasn't much of it Frommer's could confidently recommend. Now automated translation has arrived. Carefully speak into the Jarvisen Translator, and it shall swiftly un-Babel the babble, speaking an interpretation for 60 different languages on either side of a conversation. It's a wonder wand. While a few major interactions can be handled offline with downloaded data (English<>Chinese, Japanese<>Chinese, Korean<>Chinese, Russian<>Chinese), you'll either need a Wi-Fi signal or Jarvisen's unlimited 2-year data plan to access the rest. While all the fundamental pieces are in place and work well, some tongues work more smoothly than others; the farther a language is from Western Europe culturally (Urdu, Zulu), the less likely it is to have an audible translation yet, but the screen will still always display a written one that you can show. Some languages, too, are in various early stages of spoken simulation, so while Khmer sounds fine, Afrikaans sounds like an evil robot in a bad 1970s sci-fi flick. With time, all those gaps should smooth over, giving this invention the potential to work travel miracles. And as long as you still have that all-important written translation, you can get through one-on-one interactions in some 200 countries using this amazing, pocket-sized (4.58 oz/ 130 g) travel tech.
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: GoGirl

Women, please explain this item to the men in your life. The little GoGirl funnel, which is manufactured with liquid-repelling, medical-grade silicone by a woman-run company, rights a few social inequities. Teach the boys that they're allowed to do their business pretty much anywhere (and they certainly do), but girls are required to hold it until conditions are just right. And is that fair? No, it is not. So tell them this simple possession, small and discreet enough to fit in a purse, prevents you from having to squat in places where squatting is undesirable (where there may be poison ivy, for example, or where your clothes would drag along filthy floors) and it makes skirts more navigable. If all that explanation doesn't work, just tell them it helps you go like a boy, and they'll never bring it up again.
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Victorinox Werks Traveler 6.0 Hardside Global Carry-On luggage
Victorinox Werks Traveler 6.0 Hardside Global Carry-On

New this season from Swiss Army: the Werks Traveler 6.0 Hardside Global Carry-On. A few things make this stylishly compact bag unlike most luggage. One is the lightweight shell—despite the tough exterior, it only weighs 6.7 pounds (3 kg). By the handle, the flip-down, built-in address tag (pictured) is actually a multipurpose tool area straight out of the Swiss Army tradition; it conceals a SIM card replacement tool, a little ballpoint pen, and a USB port that links to an interior pocket. You can slip in a battery source for recharging on the go, or for airlines that prefer you don't carry batteries, you can leave it at home. The 360-degree wheels ensure it glides over airport terminal floors as gracefully as an Olympic skater, and inside, zip-away compartments and compression packs make the most of a carry-on's limited space. Measures 7.9 inches x 15.7 inches x 21.7 inches (20 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm)
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Wanderwide
Wanderwide posters

What places have you seen? Mark them as you go and turn your adventures into art. On Wanderwide posters, icons represent the great landmarks you have been to, and where you still dream of going. Each print comes with a stamp and ink so you can mark the ones you've experienced. The company was started to give outdoorsy folks a way to turn a pride of their accomplishments into home decor, so there are posters for the world's great summits, skiing, and surfing. But there are collections for tourist sights, too. Into the national parks? Collect 'em all! Love traveling to America's greatest baseball stadiums? Go for a grand slam. Posters, which are printed with precision alignment, cost $59, but if you want a "minimalist" frame (with a bar along the top and bottom), that's $139, and a fully framed "premium" one is $229. Posters measure 15.5 inches x 40 inches (39 cm x 102 cm)
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

For long flights, nothing compares to over-the-ear headphones. Let other passengers misplace their slippery little Airpods in the cracks of their seats when they fall asleep. The Jabra Elite 85h has some of the best noise-canceling capabilities of anything we've tested, and when you make phone calls using it, six of its eight microphones (yes—eight microphones) sample and erase the ambient sounds so your voice comes through clearly, too. That multiplicity of mics also allows for the useful HearThrough mode, which senses when you're being spoken to and lets you hear it, even when you're listening to something else. The ear cups also twist to fold flat for easy packing (pictured). But what really sold us was the exceptionally long battery life—up to 36 hours on a single charge, and that's even with noise-canceling switched on. And you can get another five hours from just 15 minutes of charging. While other headphones often run out of juice in the middle of a trip, those are numbers that just work for travelers, and having headphones that play for the duration of a journey is worth paying a little extra for.
Christmas Holiday travel gift guide: AirFly Pro Bluetooth transmitter for airplane audio systems
Twelve South
AirFly Pro

Finally, if you ever wondered how you can possibly listen to in-flight movies using your personal wireless earbuds or headphones, this is how. The AirFly Pro plugs into the plane's audio jack and sends the signal using Bluetooth. Abandon those tinny, tangly wire headphones they give you when you board. The AirFly Pro's rechargeable battery lasts up to 16 hours, which is plenty. The Classic ($45) connects one headphone and lasts 8 hours, and the Pro ($55) connects two and lasts 16 hours.

Christmas Holiday travel gift guide from Frommer's: Frommer's Travel Guide Books
Frommer's Travel Guide Books
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