12 Great Gifts for Globetrotters

12.17.2013

By Diane Anderson-Minshall

Gifts so good you'll want to keep them for yourself.

It can be tough to find the perfect gift for the weary world traveler, but thankfully, we're here to offer you some insider info. Whether it's the best new multipurpose camera to document those adventures in high-def, airline- and flyer-friendly carry-on baggage, or travel-savvy tech accessories, these are the goodies your favorite adventurer won't want to leave home without in 2014. Also, a hovercraft. (Yes, seriously.)

Lumia 1020 Smartphone
I am an iPhone acolyte no more. If you care about taking good photos, you'll make the switch too. The gorgeous Lumia 1020 has a 41-megapixel camera that's so amazing I think many folks will get the phone for its camera capabilities and recognize the other features as a bonus. The Lumia 1020 blows other smartphones out of the water when it comes to photography. But for working stiffs, the phone does a lot more than that with tons of apps, the ability to work on MS documents (including PowerPoint!), great video and photo treatment options, syncing to your XBox, seven GB of SkyDrive storage, lots of different sharing capabilities (including the auto share with NFC-devices), and the option of pinning and tiling the things you love on your phone. Oh, and the camera — to take a photo, you just touch the screen. It even does action shots so you can shoot your entire trip.

Pack Your Bags
The only hard-sided carry-on with an exterior pocket, this awesome little suitcase is aptly dubbed The Only Exterior Pocket Impervious Carry On, and makes it so you can stow everything from your boarding pass to your iPod, then access them again on the plane without a big hoo-ha. The shell is high-density 2.6-mm-thick ABS/polycarbonate — the same material used in automobile bumpers — that withstands 250 pounds of force per foot, but it still weighs around only seven pounds. And it rolls on four ball-bearing wheels that each rotate 360 degrees and are trimmed with in-line skate-wheel rubber, so they won't corrode from exposure to rain, snow, or salt. $139.95 with lifetime guarantee, Hammacher.com

Powered Up
You can get portable power and cable protection with the Contort Power, a power adapter with two USB ports and an AC outlet, all housed in a beautiful and functional design with built-in cord management. It’ll be the most travel-worthy device in your bag (well, except for that Lumia 1020). $24.99, Quirky.com  

Listening On the Go
Nobody lugs books around anymore, but even simpler than taking your Kindle is a subscription to AudioBooks.com, which allows subscribers to listen to their favorite books, hands-free, whenever they want. There’s a subscription gift option, and more than 40,000 titles that can be streamed from Apple or Android devices via apps. Better yet, it doesn’t require you to download a full book before reading. $14.95 and up, AudioBooks.com  

Give Good Face
Got makeup swimming in those vast and disorganized amorphous bags? That’s so 2009. With Great Useful Stuff’s red leatherette Beauty Book, you can store your entire collection of cosmetics, nail polishes, or jewelry. Polka dots inside, a travel handle outside, and it comes in two different sizes. What’s not to love? $19.99 or $29.99, GreatUsefulStuff.com  

The Coolest Thing to Ever Hit a Golf Course
Got a golfer you don’t know what to get? If you got cash, this is it, baby: the Golf Cart Hovercraft. This little machine glides over sand traps and water hazards on a cushion of air as easily as it does over fairways and the rough. It's powered by a 65-horsepower engine, with a nine-blade axial-flow-ducted fan that will propel you up to 45 mph and nine inches off the ground without harming grass, while also allowing immediate crossing of a pond or stream to follow-up a cross-water shot. Steers like a motorcycle, fits four people, and, unlike in Back to the Future, it can hover backwards up to 25 mph — the only hovercraft in the world to do so. And yes, it meets United States Coast Guard standards for reliable hovering over water. Comes with a hefty price tag and its own trailer. $58,000, Hammacher.com

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