Christmas Gifts Even Santa Can't Pass Up



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I am continuing my four-part holiday gift guide for the traveler this month broken down by price range. This includes my top picks for men, women and children. This week I am sharing my Extravagant Splurges gift picks that are $51 and up.

  1. Columbia Arcadia Rain Jacket ($60) - When there is a threat of rain on vacation, a packable raincoat can be a lifesaver. This jacket is waterproof, breathable, and has an adjustable storm hood that provides extra coverage. Better yet, the jacket folds up in to one of its own zip-up hand pockets for easy storage. Our family of four uses them in all climates.  They are light enough to add to our day backpacks "just in case". We've used them over and over again and cannot recommend them enough. The link is to the women's jacket however they come in men's sizes as well.

  2. Hello Fresh ($60+ price varies on meal kit) - When you get back home from vacation the last thing you want to do is think about grocery shopping or meal prepping. That is why Hello Fresh would be a great gift for the traveling family on your list. You can treat them to a one time delivery of fresh, pre-measured ingredients and simple recipes delivered right to their doorsteps. No subscription is necessary. You choose either a classic, veggie or family meal plan and the family redeems it at their convenience. Click to receive $40 off your first order.

  3. Savy Laptop Tote with RFID Security ($80, on sale at the time of this posting for $40) - For the avid traveler who has a need for a sturdy bag, this is it. I personally carry this bag with me whenever I fly or travel with my laptop. It has an avid amount of pockets to help keep you organized, zips beautifully every time, has a pass through pocket on the back to attach to your luggage handle and has integrated "wet pockets" for water bottles or umbrellas.

  4. Skyroam Solis ($80+) - An unlimited global WIFI device for anyone who travels near or far.  Simply turn on the hotspot, share with up to 5 devices, buy and activate 24-hour day passes ($9) and enjoy unlimited data and fast secure WiFi across 130+ countries. There are several ways to give this gift that connects people - as a 7 day rental, with a Jetsetter Gift Set, or spoil them with the Premium Gift Set.

  5. Global Entry Membership ($100) - You probably know about registering for the TSA’s Precheck, which gets you preferred access to faster security checkpoints where you don’t have to take your shoes off, and can keep your laptop and zipped-up liquids in your carry-on. The program costs $85, and requires an in-person interview, and fingerprinting, but your ‘trusted traveler number’ is good for five years. But the better deal is the Global Entry program, which costs just $15 more, and gives you all the benefits of Precheck, plus the ability to skip customs and immigration lines with a simple scan of your passport and fingerprints. Give your frequent-traveling loved one a $100 bill to use for this and they’ll probably have a quizzical look at first — then thank you all year. 

  6. TLS 22" Expandable Wheeled Carry-On ($200, on sale at the time of this posting for $120) - With more travelers using carry-ons to avoid checked luggage fees (which are on the rise), this 22" expandable bag is perfect. Our family put it to the test when we traveled to Arizona on a week long mission trip. It is easy to maneuver and pack, expandable for all of your extras, and has pockets galore. We've had our bags for four years and they are still like new.  

  7. Kindle Paperwhite ($130) - I have been a Kindle fan for years.  As a staple vacation item for me, I don't vacation without it. The Paperwhite model is especially useful for the traveler due to the adjustable inbuilt light. Ideal for reading in dark environments such as shared accommodations or overnight plane rides, the light is reason to choose the Paperwhite by itself.

  8. Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote ($145) - A versatile bag for the woman traveler on the go. With it's ability to fold flat and snap for storage, I always add it to my suitcase to use as a large purse, spa bag, pool/beach bag, etc. It is also great as my additional "smaller personal type item" when I am flying due to it's roominess, water resistant nylon, durability and it's classic look.

  9. Hand Embroidered State Pillows ($184) - What a fun way to remember where you've been or where you would like to go. These pillows are embroidered with the states famous sites, cities and cultural icons. If your looking for that person who has everything and is hard to buy for, this is a perfectly unique gift and sure to please. 

  10. Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones ($348) - Rated #1 for their comfort and superior sound quality these noise cancelling headphones are quite impressive.The battery lasts up to 30 hours for those long flights and layovers. These are the ultimate headphones if you really want to spoil the music/podcast/Netflix lover on your list.

These Extravagant Extras are sure to please and put a smile on any travelers face.  Did you spot something you would love to be gifted?

Pam Smith