Snow is on the ground and the air is filled with the smell of baked goods and spices (at least it is at our place). You know what that means. The holidays are sneaking up and that means it’s time for our Ramblin’ Holiday Gift Guide for 2014. Our guide will cover all of our favorite things for the travel and pet lovers in your life.
Ramblin’ Travel Holiday Gift Guide 2014
We received these great bags over a year ago and use them almost every day. They have been around the world and back and somehow still manage to look brand spankin’ new. I would love to get Ignoble to send me a new one, but I don’t have the need because mine is still almost exactly in the same shape as the day I received it. It’s hard not to include them in my gift guide again this year. – See more in our Ignoble Backpack Review
This should be self-explanatory. Travelers need luggage. :) Since we spend most of our time traveling by car we have a little more space than other travelers, but still try to be as efficient as possible. We like this rolling Ful Duffel bag since it has separate compartments and is super durable. We’ve had ours for well over 18 months now and it’s still in great shape. Ful Duffel on Amazon.
Luggage tags are all the rage now (at least they are for me). Gone are the days when I borrow my mom’s luggage with the 20 ribbons of different colors tied to the handles so I can identify my bags on the carousel. This cutey is at Barnes & Noble
Traveling with a slew of electronics has now become the norm. Phones, cameras, laptops and tablets all need chargers and other accessories and it is easier to find them if you keep them all organized in one place. – Get this Electronic Organizer Set at Amazon
This may seem like a weird gift for a traveler, but I assure you it’s something we always need. We walk through so many pairs of socks. They get wet, muddy and gross and washed and rewashed and so gifting a fun pair of socks is always a thoughtful thing to do. – Travel Socks at Amazon
This one is easy. No one wants to travel next to a stinky person. Also remember to spritz with caution though. No one wants to travel with someone that smells like they doused with a whole bottle of the stuff either. This collection of mini-perfumes will help you smell great while traveling light, and keep that pesky TSA off your back. Mini-Perfume on Amazon
We hate buying bottled anything. Even though we most often fill our reusable travel mugs with coffee, we normally end up using them all day when we are in the car. We will also occasionally use them to split large bottles of drinks, which are always much cheaper than their single serving counterparts. You can find this beauty at Starbucks.
Coffee! Oh sweet coffee. We make it a point to travel with our own beans and always have a way to brew them. Coffee is something that if we are lacking, can bring our entire world to a halt. Not good while road tripping. We always have a way to get our morning (and afternoon) fix. – Get your Aeropress Travel Coffee Maker at Amazon
We are reusing this from last year’s gift guide since it was so popular. These are cute for the young traveler and the travelers that are young at heart. – You can find this stocking stuffer on Amazon.com
In all honesty, I have an umbrella that I never remember to bring with me. Then it inevitably rains and I get soaked and full of regret. This cute umbrella at Amazon would definitely keep me dry.
No one wants to use one of those airplane pillows that someone may or may not have drooled on. I have a travel pillow and I use it in the car, on airplanes, and sometimes in hotels when i need an extra. I sleep well knowing the only person that drooled on it was me (and maybe my husband). – Samsonite Travel Pillow at Macys
Who prints their photos anymore? I know we don’t. They stay on our hard drive and we never get to see them. It’s one of the downfalls of technology. An instant camera is a fun way to get some instant gratification and share photos with your new travel buddies. –Get this FujiFilm Instamax bundle at Cameta Camera
Once you take some pictures with your instant camera, display them in a pretty photo album. Creating memories is great, revisiting those memories can be just as sweet. – Check out this Photo Album at Barnes & Noble
There are about five or six sets of headphones in our bags. We love music and it is essential for getting our writing and editing done. We don’t always agree on what kind of music we chose to write to, so headphones become a necessity for peacekeeping. Check out these compact and travel friendly Wireless Beats Headphones.
When we do agree on music, it’s nice to have a little pair of speakers that we can pull out and plug in. Mini speakers are also good for mood setting in hotels (if you know what I mean :wink wink:) – Boombotix Travel Speaker
In this age of technology, I love the nostalgia of grabbing a fancy pen and cute journal and actually taking notes. It’s like a trip back in time for me. This cute Travel Journal is at Barnes & Noble and is less than 10 bucks!
This giftable flask is not only pretty, but it helps carry alcohol. Sometimes you find yourself at an event or just chilling by poolside and it’s nice to not have to tote around a giant ugly bottle of something. –
Find this Travel Flask at Macys.com
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All pet owners love getting cute gift baskets for our four-legged friend. Trust me, Zoe loves this idea as well. – Sign Up for Bark Box
For all of our “biker” pals with pets, why not take Fido with you. Dogs love the outdoors and this is a great way to get in your ride without leaving the pooch at home. This 3-in-1 cute carrier also works well to strap Fido into a seatbelt to keep him/her safe in the car and it approved for airplane travel. – Pet Carrier at Amazon