Traveler’s Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again, when everyone and their mother seems to be offering their suggestions for gift guides and best-of lists. So who am I to argue? I couldn’t resist putting together some ideas for that world traveler on your holiday list. All of these items are practical, affordable and fun. So if you’re stumped on what to gift that travel-obsessed cousin, or your friend who’s visiting NH for the first time, give these ideas a look. Because you can never have too many sparkly accessories, am I right?

My picks for travel gifts I’d love to get (and to give):

Bold luggage tags: Most people stick with basic black when they choose a suitcase or carry-on. It’s sleek, it’ll hide most dirt and scuffs and you likely won’t grow as tired of it as if you went with a pink-leopard-print number. But the problem with black is that almost everyone else will also have a black bag, which can make for some awkward moments around the baggage carousel if you grab the wrong black bag.

My favorite way to make my bag instantly identifiable is with a distinctive luggage tag. They’re relatively cheap, come in every color and pattern, and are easy to change out when you grow tired of your current one. They make a great gift, because even if someone already has a luggage tag, they could always use another one (and they’re tiny, so it’s not like you need to clear out closet space to store your collection).

App gift cards: Translation apps, exchange rate apps, apps to keep all your travel documents organized and handy; it’s mind-boggling the amount of travel apps on offer. And there are constantly new apps being added, so your travel buddy can keep up-to-date on the latest and greatest. Whether she wants a new game to pass the time in the airport, or an app to help her budget for her next adventure, this little card is a gift she’ll love (and, big plus, it’ll take up no room in her suitcase).

Free Travel Guide: Guides are great for showing those not so regulars where all the goods are. I have given our own NH Travel guide to friends who live locally. When telling friends and family about businesses I may be working with, I often get the “I have never heard of them” response.

Bar Soap: Ok I know every hotel gives out soap but is theirs made with beer?  Bar soap can be included in any carry on and packed nicely in any suitcase. But what makes these special is that they are made locally and smell so good you want to eat… or drink them. Beaveridge Soap Co has many flavors but try out the Woodstock Brewery Man soap, its incredible… for ladies too!

Book Gift cards:Amazon has it all but for the book junkies out there giving us a amazon gift card is like feeding a very addictive page turners appetite. You could even pick up a local favorite by the one and only Joe Monninger (PSU professor)

Cuddly wrap: You can never have too many beautiful wraps. Whether they’re silk, cashmere, cotton or acrylic, they’re one of the most versatile items you can have in your bag. They can act as a blanket on the plane, a scarf used to brighten up your tired travel wardrobe, a shawl to cover your shoulders when modesty is required (in churches or religious sites); they can even be a beach cover-up. I love the bright colors of this scarf from j.crew factory.

What would you give a traveler?