Ho Ho Go: Top holiday gifts for travelers

The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for that travel-obsessed friend or family member in your life, look no further. We’ve found some of the most practical, stylish, and innovative gifts that any globetrotter would be thrilled to unwrap. From superior luggage to cozy apparel, these gifts will make their next adventure even more enjoyable.

Briggs & Riley’s Sympatico Carry-On Expandable Spinner

Every traveler needs reliable luggage, and the Sympatico Carry-On Expandable Spinner ($599) from Briggs & Riley is a game-changer. This unique carry-on bag expands to provide 22% more packing space and then compresses back to its original size. It features a sleek design, durable construction, and a 360-degree spinning wheel system for effortless navigation. Experts at Good Housekeeping, Wall Street Journal, and Travel + Leisure have all sung this bag’s praises. Like all of Briggs & Riley’s luggage, the Sympatico Carry-On Expandable Spinner comes with the company’s industry-best lifetime guarantee. It’s truly the perfect companion for any journey.

Solo New York’s Stealth Hybrid Backpack

Versatility is key when traveling, and Solo New York’s Stealth Hybrid Backpack ($69.99) delivers it with style to match. This backpack, with ample room to store all your essentials, including a protective sleeve that comfortably fits laptops up to 14.1 inches, easily and quickly transitions from a backpack to a briefcase for those who like to mix business with leisure. Safety is another aspect where this backpack shines. Its slash-proof fabric and lockable zipper pulls help prevent theft. With its perfect blend of style, versatility, and security, the Stealth Hybrid Backpack is more than just a bag—it’s a reliable travel companion that has your back, no matter where your journey takes you.

Anker Wireless Power Bank w/ Stand

Keeping your phone charged while on the go can be a challenge. Enter Anker’s wireless portable chargers with stand, ranked among the best available by Wirecutter and Macworld. These portable chargers provide a high-speed charge without cumbersome wires and double as a handy stand, allowing for hands-free video calls or movie watching. They are a lifesaver during long layovers or unexpected delays. NOTE: Please ensure the charger you select to gift works best with the recipient’s phone.

Travelon’s Tech Organizer

Managing various gadgets and their accompanying cords is often an unwelcome hassle for travelers. To help solve this problem, Travelon has a variety of tech organizers (starting at $18.45) in different shapes and styles, with plenty of pockets and compartments, to keep all your tech accessories neatly arranged and easily accessible. They even have one that pulls double duty as a tech and jewelry organizer.

Weatherproof’s Pillow Pac Puffer Jacket

Staying warm and comfortable during colder weather travel times is paramount, and Weatherproof’s Pillow Pac Puffer Jacket ($69.99) is the perfect solution. It is water and wind-resistant, with two outside side entry pockets with zippers for convenience and accessibility, and two inside chest pockets, adding to its functionality and storage capacity. But what sets this jacket apart from others in its category is its unique packable neck pillow feature. The jacket transforms into a snug, compact neck pillow using a built-in pouch in the collar.

Steen’s Foldable Slippers

Comfort is paramount when traveling, and Steen’s Foldable Slippers (starting at $179) offer precisely that. Crafted from soft, stylish leather with a hint of stretch, they are perfect for slipping on during a long flight or after a long day of sightseeing. Of course, the standout feature of these slippers is their foldability. Each pair can be folded and stored in a handy zip-up pouch, making them incredibly space-efficient. Whether packing light for a short trip or trying to maximize space in your suitcase for a longer journey, these slippers are a convenient addition to your travel essentials.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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