Holiday Gift Guide 2019

November 29, 2019

Paul Kay


Looking for travel-related gifts this holiday season? Here's our holiday gift guide with some great ideas we think your fellow travelers will appreciate.

Holiday: The Best Travel Magazine that Ever Was

If you’re a Baby Boomer, you might remember Holiday, one of the best travel magazines to grace newsstands. The Vogue of travel, Holiday featured amazing destinations with beautiful photography and great writing. Between 1946 and 1977, Joan Didion, Truman Capote, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway and many other famous authors added their byline to Holiday’s pages. This hardcover time capsule is 270 pages of travel and art.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition

This New York Times bestseller, Patricia Schultz updated 1,000 Places to See Before You Die in 2015. Still essential reading for any traveler, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die includes 600 full-color photographs. This book is a great gift for amateur and seasoned travelers alike.

Map Your Travels World Map with Push Pins

We received a ​Map Your Travels  world map from our daughters a few years ago and have enjoyed it ever since. Madeline regularly updates it. We hung our map in our entry hall, and guests see it they enter our home. It’s a great conversation starter! Our favorite feature: personalize it for your family member or friend. This quality map resides in a quality frame and will last a lifetime.

500 Pieces Map Push Pins Map Tacks Plastic Round Head Tacks with Steel Points 10 Colors

The Map Your Travels world map comes with plenty of pins to mark your global travels. Since we travel more than most, Madeline bought extra pins on Amazon. We liked the Outus bundle because it includes different colors. We created our own wish list of places we haven’t been yet, places we want to back to and places friends have been.

Refillable Leather Bound Travel Journal and Handmade Antique Diary with Writing Notebooks

If your friend enjoys writing while traveling, this beautiful journal makes a for special gift. Its soft leather gives a worn-in look right from the start. It also contains a zippered pouch, slots for credit cards and IDs, a clip for keeping notes or receipts and an airplane bookmark. And it’s refillable. It looks three or four times its price! Your friend will easily impress his or her fellow travelers even before they've written their first page!

AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage

We have two AmazonBasics spinner suitcases. You can pay more for designer or name-brand luggage, but I did the math. I could purchase six of these for the same price as a Zero Halliburton Unisex 28” spinner. We’ve used this luggage for several years, and it still works and looks great.

Briggs & Riley Medium Slim Rolling Brief KR251

I’ve used my Briggs & Riley roller briefcase for many years. I know it’s expensive, but it has a lifetime warranty. I used the warranty once on the telescoping handle. They fixed it for free at a local luggage store. Briggs & Riley probably has the best warranty for luggage in the business. I keep all my electronic and personal items in this briefcase, and it fits either under the seat or in the cargo area above your seat. It’s been on trains, boats, cars and airplanes.

VCT 220/240V AC 13A Universal

We have two VCT 220/240V AC 13A universal surge protector/power strips. Why should you have an international power strip? I’ve talked to so many people who’ve brought a US-style power strip overseas and plugged it into local electricity. If you’re in a country that provides 220- or 240-volt power and you use a US-style power strip, your power strip will fry. And you might trip a breaker in the hotel. Carry one of these to protect your devices and your host’s electricity.

JMcolo All in One Universal

I used to carry all sorts of power plug adapters. They’d rattle around in my luggage, and I had to dig through them to find the right one for the country I was in. The JMcolo multi adapter is perfect. I recently answered a fellow Amazon customer about this in conjunction with the power strip. If you take a couple of these adapters along with your power strips, you’ll always be able to plug in. I travel with four of these. Two are for the power strip, and two are for anything else. No matter where you travel, you’ll always be prepared with these in your bag.

So, that rounds up the holiday items for this year. We think all of these are great gifts for your friends and family. Maybe you need to simply buy it for yourself? Want to see what else we use and recommend for our travels? Check out our Travel Essentials.

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