Have a globetrotting adventurer on your holiday gift buying list? Or an armchair traveler whose wanderlust remains unabated? Check out these toys tailor-made for those who adore everything travel.
For the traveling bibliophile
With more than 25 million golfers in the U.S., according to a 2012 National Golf Foundation study, chances are good that one or two of them are on your holiday gift buying list. Wow them with 18 Greatest Golf’s sumptuous, museum-quality coffee table book – 18 Greatest Scottish Golf Holes or 18 Greatest Irish Golf Holes – featuring original photography and illustrations.
Weighing a substantial seven pounds, these visually stunning, large-format tomes ($199) whisk readers on an adventure to the United Kingdom’s top links, with some of the game’s greatest players serving as guides and sharing exclusive interviews. Limited to 3,000 copies, the Scottish edition showcases the Old Course at St. Andrews and Turnberry, among others; the 5,000-copy Irish edition spotlights golfing greats Clarke, Harrington, McDowell and McIlroy and, among the courses, Ballybunion.
Oenophiles raise your glasses
Voracious vino lovers will appreciate the VinniBag ($28), an inflatable bag that can be packed in a suitcase, backpack or car trunk and protect that fabulous varietal just discovered. VinniBag is easy to use, inflating with just a few breaths. Air chambers conform to the bottle, holding it securely, and a reusable liquid-dry seal guards against leaks or spills, protecting both your favorite new wine and anything surrounding it.
Ideal for foodies, too, VinniBags can transport gourmet goodies like olive oil without fear of breakage. In fact, any avid traveler will appreciate this gift because it can safely hold and transport perfume, collectibles and fragile keepsakes. Made in the U.S.A. by Ellessco, VinniBag is durable, recyclable and, as fun gifts go, adorable – especially in its suitcase-shaped packaging.
Need a wine recommendation to go with the bag? Nobody knows wine like the folks in Sonoma Wine Country and nobody is as much fun to gab grapes with as George MacLeod, the rakish 91-year-old founder of the MacLeod Family Vineyard who loves to talk about “happy vines.” Preview his award-winning wines at www.MacLeodFamilyVineyard.com.
For the gadget-loving gadabout
World travelers will love the sleek and edgy look of Phosphor’s World Time Sport Watch with “E Ink” (electronic ink) display ($99) and in four colors: black, white, orange and red. With its state-of-the-art buttonless touch lens, this is a watch that lets the wearer change modes with a simple swipe of the finger. Choose from 24 different time zones, two of which can be displayed at a time.
The durable, water- and sweat-resistant plastic case is cracker-thin and curves gently over the wrist, clasping with a comfortable, flexible silicone band and black buckle. No matter what country you’re in, this watch will keep time in style, from sightseeing during the day through dancing into the night.
For the traveler who has everything
Three words: Video. Camera. Helicopter ($99.99). Swann’s Sky Eye RC Military Helicopter in jungle green and black camouflage or Black Swann RC Stealth Helicopter, looking covert in smooth ebony, is ready for any mission. Send your chopper sky-high while manipulating the controls from the ground and shooting videos and photos in flight. You’ll get six to eight minutes of action-packed flying time with missions recorded at the push of a button or toggling of the joystick. Both models come with a landing pad.
Stuff stockings with travel-friendly gear
The uber rugged, extreme-impact G-Form X Protect and Extreme Grid iPhone 4 and 4S Cases ($39.95) are as cool as they come. Crafted with a combination of proprietary Reactive Protection Technology and soft and flexible Poron XRD, these cases coddle your phone without adding bulk.
Curl up on the plane or in your hotel room with a good book or electronic reader and a personal reading light – and get lost in the story in hands-free comfort. The Beam N Read LED3 Travel Reading Light ($19.95) hangs lightly around your neck to direct a wide beam of light where you need it without disturbing others.
Let the gamers on your holiday gift buying list relive the golden age of gaming – Missile Command, Air Hockey – with the iCade 8-Bitty ($29.99) by Think Geek, a retro game controller that works with iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Return to the arcades of the 1980s and 1990s by downloading the hundreds of games compatible with the 8-Bitty; the Atari game app alone has 100 classic games.