La Jolla Mom

12 Awesome Travel Gifts

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BY La Jolla Mom
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If you’re wondering which fabulous gifts for travelers will suit the jetsetter(s) in your life, this travel gift list has you covered.

A Portable Nespresso Maker

There is absolutely no need to have a bad cup of coffee with you can bring along a portable espresso maker that can accommodate your beloved Nespresso pods (you can even keep them organized with this Nespresso pod travel case). The Pressopump is easy-to-clean and makes your cup, complete with fresh crema, within two minutes. It’s a perfect solution for camping and people who need a cup of coffee they like in a hotel room.

Buy Pressopump on Amazon

Tommy Bahama Island Cashmere Poncho

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A poncho is a must-have travel accessory because of its versatility. It can keep you warm on the
plane, stylish at dinner and comfortable while curling up with a good book. Poncho’s are easy to
pack and less bulky to carry around while sightseeing. The Island Cashmere Poncho by Tommy
Bahama is an ideal gift for the traveling lady because it’s made of 100% cashmere (read: super
soft and luxurious). Either the black or navy color is likely to match whatever else is in her
Buy at Tommy Bahama

eBags Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit

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This toiletry kit is only a few inches thick and has been a game-changer for me. You can toss it into any sized suitcase and it takes up the same space as the average sweater (maybe less). It isn’t bulky as the boxier toiletry kits are and you can pack a lot into it (and hang it easily in a hotel bathroom). I opted for black but it comes also in a variety of more fun colors.

Buy on Amazon

Safesleeve Anti-Radiation Cases (Phone, iPad, Laptop)

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SafeSleeve cases for cell phones, tablets and laptops address something that I’ve been reading a lot about lately: radiation. They have an FCC certified, lab tested shielding technology that blocks up to 99% of all three types of harmful EMR or EMF radiation (ELF, RF and thermal). The SafeSleeve Detachable for iPhone is an RFID-blocking wallet with credit card slots. This case helps protect your credit card data from hackers that can use technology to potentially scrape your information from a distance. SafeSleeve cases also address the concern of radiation being transmitted to us via our devices. The long-term implications of this are largely unknown.

Buy at SafeSleeve

Scratch-Off Map

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a good scratch-off map. Use it as motivation to see where you’d like to go to next. Scratch-off maps come in a variety of colors and sizes to match existing room decor.

Buy on Amazon

Prynt Smartphone Printer

Turn your smartphone into an instant camera with Prynt. It is an easy-to-remove case that prints without ink onto zero-ink sticker paper. The sticker paper has an adhesive backing that you can choose to peel off should you like to turn your photo into a sticker.

Buy on Amazon

Carry On Cocktail Kit

Tired of poorly mixed cocktails while on the go? These cool Carry On Cocktail Kits come in Moscow Mule and The Old Fashioned flavors. The kit comes in a tin with mixers, recipe cards and stirrers. All you need to do is just add booze. Kits are TSA and FDA approved and make two cocktails.

Buy on Amazon

Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

If the traveler in your life likes to carry a camera other than a smartphone, an Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader can help him or her transfer photos from camera to smartphone without fiddling with WiFi. It also helps transfer photos to the photos app so that you can organize them into moments, collections and years (translation: smartphone photos and camera photos will all be in one place).

Buy on Amazon

DJI Spark Mini Drone

Man, this drone is cool. It’s little, which means it can slip into most handbags. And, it’s REALLY easy to use which is why it’s good for families and everyday life as well as travel. I think it’s worth springing for the Fly More package so that you have the controller and extra accessories. (I buy my photography gear at B&H Photo and Video because of their expertise, competitive pricing and they don’t charge sales tax outside of NY and NJ). But watch the video and add it to your gadget arsenal.

Buy at BH Photo & Video

Origins Make a Difference Plus+

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A good gift for travelers who fly a lot is a hydrating moisturizer to inject much-needed moisture after (or ideally during) a long flight. Origins Make A Difference Plus helps repair the natural moisture deficiency in dry, dehydrated skin. It’s fortified with self-hydrating Rose of Jericho plus a Lychee and Watermelon hydra-sustain complex.

Buy on Origins

Jackery Portable Charger

If you’re the type of person (like I am) that might remember the portable charger and forget the cords, this is the perfect solution. The cords are built in! One plug charges my phone while the other charges my headphones or camera. I have two of these and love them.

Buy on Amazon


Traveling to California this holiday season? Check out all the things to do at the Hotel Del Coronado during the holidays!

Are you a traveler? What’s on your gift list?

This list has some awesome gadgets, skincare, ponchos and more gifts for the traveler in your life.

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