Is There a Little Luxury in Santa's Bag for You?


The holidays are here and I know you are thinking about gifts for your loved ones. I will be sharing a four-part holiday gift guide for the traveler over the next month broken down by price range. Included will be my top picks for men, women and children. Next week I'll be back to share my Extravagant Splurges and they will surely be making spirits bright.

Little Luxuries are those items that many may not indulge in themselves but would enjoy receiving as a gift. Ranging from $25 - $50, they are the perfect price point for the travel lover on your Christmas gift list.

  1. ingenuiTEA set ($24) - Listed at $1 below the price range, this gift is a must for tea enthusiasts who travel. Included in this set is an easy to use teapot and four samples of loose leaf tea. I personally use this when I travel and have given it as a gift over and over again. You can't go wrong gifting this to an avid tea drinker on the go.

  2. Maps International Scratch the World Travel Map ($29) - It is very meaningful to a traveler to see where they have been. To physically have a map they can scratch off acts as a reminder of the incredible experiences they've had. This is sure to bring a sweet reaction from the sentimental globetrotter in your life.

  3. PacSafe Citysafe 350 Backpack ($30) - Anti-theft gear is essential when traveling abroad. This backpack fits the bill and holds heavier items such as a dSLR camera and water bottle. With it's safety features of a locking zipper and slash resistant fabric and straps you will have a total ease of mind. Plus it includes a RFDI protected pocket to block scanner thieves.

  4. Undercover Bear Pillow ($32) - Airplane seats are notoriously uncomfortable. This pillow allows for a nice lumbar support while in flight. Not only can it be used as a pillow, inside is a personal sized blanket to use when the plane gets chilly. If you want to use both the pillow and blanket at the same time, there is an inflatable pillow insert.

  5. Xenvo iPhone Camera Lens Kit Pro ($35) - For those who enjoy taking photos with their phone (works with Android, Samsung and tablets) this is a great kit. It turns any phone's built-in front or rear cameras into wide-angle and macro 15x lenses. With a weight of just under 5 ounces, there is no reason to ever leave home without it.

  6. Travel Roll Up Bag ($35) - This is another item I use each time I travel. It is always ready to go for any vacation and allows me to pack and unpack quickly. I fill it with everything needed in the bathroom (shampoo, soap, etc) and hang it on the back of the door once I arrive at my destination.

  7. Hershel Supply Co Hank RFID Wallet ($35) - Including RFID protection in accessories is becoming more important as credit card scan theft is on the rise.This classy refined style and convenient design is a thoughtful and functional gift for the traveling man who is conscious about credit card safety.

  8. Nordstrom Men's Shop Regular Fit Polo ($45) - These shirts are well made, high quality shirts at half the price of comparable alternatives. They are wrinkle resistant making them a great choice for packing. Coming in a variety of jewel tones and holding up well to frequent washing they are a win win for male travelers. 

  9. eBags Packing Cubes ($49) - My absolute favorite travel accessories of all times for a man, woman, or child. I don't go on a trip without them. They will help you stay organized, gain more room in your luggage, and keep everything contained. 

  10. Speakeasy Travel Scarf ($50) - A beautiful infinity scarf with a hidden pocket. They make traveling smart, safe and a breeze. The pocket is big enough to carry your passport, phone, small guide book, glasses, lip balm or any other item you want to stash. No one will ever know you have a secret pocket hidden in your scarf making it the place to keep your items safe. These scarfs come in all types of fabrics for wear in any season.

So there you have it, my top 10 Little Luxuries. What Little Luxury would you enjoy receiving?

Pam Smith