- KURU ATOM Women's Sneakers
- GetYourGuide Tours Gift Card
- Paint Your Life Custom Painting
- iLive Truly Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds
- Everlane Felted Merino Half-Zip Sweater
- Hiking Poles
- Pickleball Gear
- Apple AirTag
- Airplane Footrest
- Insulated Wine And Cheese Cooler Bag
- Smart Digital Photo Frame
- Indoor/Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
- Rugged Road 65 Cooler
It’s imperative to feel comfortable and safe while traveling. Medjet provides premier air medical transport, travel security, and crisis response memberships, providing peace of mind for an affordable price.
Finding special gifts for everyone on your list can be a chore, but we’re here to help. TravelAwaits readers share their favorite gifts to receive (and give!) this holiday season. From a flower subscription to a cooler that floats, these unique gifts will be sure to make them smile!
“I always said that if I was rich, I’d have fresh flowers delivered every week. My daughter-in-law made my wish blossom with BloomsyBox. Each week, a hand-picked, hand-tied bouquet of seasonal, sustainably sourced flowers from around the world comes to my door.
Bi-weekly and monthly subscriptions are also available. In addition to bouquets, BloomsyBox has roses, plants, eucalyptus, and pet-safe blooms. They cut out the middle man by sourcing flowers directly from eco-friendly farms in Holland, South America, and California, so you don’t have to be made out of money to send beautiful blooms.” — Marilyn Ray
“Mixbook is the perfect gift to enjoy all year long, seriously! You can easily create great photo books online or with the app. My aging eyes prefer creating on my computer. I made two books: one for my goddaughter’s first trip to the beach and one for my daughter’s girls’ trip to Branson. There are so many design options and everything is customizable. I like the hardcover options and glossy pages. A 25-page 8.5×8.5” book costs around $30 right now with Mixbook’s awesome sale.
“One of the best parts about Mixbook is that your family and friends can add to the book with just a link. However, only one person can edit at a time. But this is a great way to streamline the process and get the photos you really want. The app would be a wonderful option for creating a book as you go while on a trip. You could upload your photos daily and then journal a little bit about what you did so you don’t forget when you get home. This will be the best souvenir you can buy! The editor function is very intuitive and offers tips if you need them. The best tool is the undo button. I used it often. Now, I just have to wait until Christmas to see the joy on their faces!” — Michelle M. Shockley, Retirement Awaits Project Lead
“Access to cellular data while traveling has become a necessity. For one, it allows family and friends to reach us in case of an emergency. It also enables us to stay connected to family and friends; search for restaurants and attractions; use map, translation, car-sharing, and even emergency apps; and capture and store location information when we take photos.
“No matter how many or few of these features you rely on, you need a SIM card, which is why we’re recommending TravelSim for all the international travelers on your gifting list this holiday season.” — Sue Davies and Regina Ang
“I was very excited about a bucket list trip to Hawaii, but was concerned about the amount of walking and hiking I was planning to do. I have a bunion and some knee issues and I was determined not to let those things get in the way of exploring the islands.
My daughter gifted me a pair of Kuru shoes based on the great reviews and I was not disappointed! I found them to be a bit sturdier than the usual “comfy” shoes I was used to and wore them at home first to break them in. I was thrilled with the results.
They were just what I needed for the many miles of walking I did. They were very comfortable and fully supportive even of the many steps walking in Kilauea Volcano National Park. Definitely recommended them for travel and for everyday use!” — Julie Hederman
This is not your ordinary, boring gift card. This is the ultimate gift for your favorite avid traveler, or really anyone that cherishes experiences over things. GetYourGuide offers over 60,000 guided tours, attraction tickets, and authentic experiences in 3,600 destinations around the world. Whether your giftee is the adventurous type and would love to dive with sharks (in a cage) off the coast of Oahu or prefers to be wined and dined while touring the Chianti wineries in Florence, GetYourGuide offers it.
These gift cards are available in any amount that you choose and can be used for up to three years after purchase. This year, skip the stuff, and gift your loved ones a memory they’ll never forget!
“I received this custom Paint Your Life portrait of the “Merry Band of Idiots”, the affectionate name for our pack of dogs, in 2020. It has since been one of my most prized possessions and hangs as the focal point in my office. Their team of extremely talented artists transforms treasured photos into beautiful paintings and forever keepsakes. The details included truly brings these pets to life.
Paint Your Life will recreate cherished family memories, weddings, homes, and can even paint loved ones that have passed into family portraits. As Paint Your Life says, tears of joy are guaranteed with this gift!” — Allison Weston
“I received these iLive wireless earbuds as a gift from my husband to replace the Bose headphones I’d sweated through at the gym. I fell in love immediately! The crisp sound quality matched my overpriced broken Bose pair and provided much better noise-canceling against the loud gym chatter and rap music. Plus, they are so comfortable that I have begun wearing them while listening to audiobooks before bed and have slept many nights in them. They promise to be sweatproof, and after four months of testing, I have had zero issues.
I have always been nervous about spending too much money on earbuds, because I am slightly (ahem) forgetful. He finally reluctantly told me how much he spent on them — under $50(!) — and I loved him even more for that. At this price, I plan to gift them to all my family members (maybe they’ll come in handy if a holiday conversation goes rogue?).” — Allison Weston
Give them the gift of warmth and comfort with Everlane’s cute and cozy Felted Merino Half-Zip Sweater. As Cindy Barks points out, “Merino wool products are soft, comfortable, and versatile, and can be worn again and again without laundering.” Made from 100 percent wool, this oversized pullover will keep them nice and warm this holiday season.
“One piece of travel equipment I strongly recommend is urban hiking poles. There are many varieties for different skill levels and hiking needs. My favorite brand for balance support is Activators. They help people walk better, straighter, and use more core. They can also help take some of the pressure off the knees. I recommend these to my clients all the time. I even bought a set for my 94-year-old father who does a 30-minute walk almost every day.” — Joy Fletcher, CPT, TBMM-CES
Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports. It’s so popular that Steven Colbert is hosting a celebrity pickleball tournament. As with any sport, the right gear makes all the difference. The right paddle could mean the difference between going to the winner’s bracket or heading home. This beginner set includes two paddles, balls, and a carrying case.
Protective eyewear is another important part of playing pickleball. You want to make sure your eyes are protected from any of those hard hits. Plus, you’ll need a good pair of court shoes — something with stability that’s flexible enough to support those quick shots. Now you’re ready to hit the court like a pro!
Perfect for that person who would lose their head if it weren’t attached, Apple AirTags can be attached to bags, bikes, keys, and more. Connecting them to your iPhone or iPad is as easy as one touch. Next time they can’t find their keys, they can just ask Siri for help or find them with the Find My app!
Put your feet up and fly a while with this Airplane Footrest. Simply slide the strap around the tray table and bam! You’ve got a hammock to put your tootsies up in. Its soft memory foam pad is lined with flannel and folds up so it is nice and portable.
In addition to offering support for your legs and knees, this plane footrest has been tested and proven to prevent swelling and soreness and improve blood circulation. It is also touted to prevent DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). It even makes it comfier to sleep while sitting up while reducing stress on your back, knees, and ankles.
“OMG! Yes, buy this! I travel on airplanes often for 5-hour flights and this was seriously a game changer. My last flight with my legs resting comfortably was so much easier to handle. It’s easy to adjust, stays in place, and has a travel bag that fit right inside of my backpack. The flat bottom kept my feet apart and cozy!” — Nay
Name a better duo than wine and cheese. We’ll wait… This Insulated Wine and Cheese Cooler Bag keeps two bottles of wine or champagne the perfect temperature for sipping. Take it on a picnic, to the beach, or to an outdoor concert. It comes with two acrylic wine glasses, napkins, a corkscrew, a bottle stopper, a cheese knife, and a hardwood cutting board — wine sold separately. Constructed with heavy-duty canvas and high-density thermal insulation, it features an adjustable shoulder strap and padded center to keep bottles from clanking together. Remove the glasses to make room for a third bottle or some snacks.
Having a camera in our pocket allows us to take tons of photos, but how many of them ever get printed out and framed? With Nixplay’s Smart Digital Photo Frame, you can skip the printing process and have all sorts of photos, from your wedding album to your camera roll, all in one frame! You can even import photos from Google Photos, Facebook, and Instagram. Imagine grandma’s face as she sees the newest cute picture of her grandbabies displayed in her living room. Mount it on the wall or set it on a table and enjoy photo after photo. This digital frame makes for an easy yet meaningful holiday gift for the hard-to-shop-for people on your list.
“From the backyard to the beach, iLive’s Outdoor Dual Bluetooth Speakers allow you to always be surrounded with great-sounding music. They’re perfect for a friendly get-together or while manning the grill to listen to your favorite tunes. The included stakes allow the 360-degree sound speakers to blend in with your landscaping, so your guests will think you have an expensive outdoor sound system. The speakers are light enough to take with you on your travels and while they’re solar powered, they do include a rechargeable battery.” — Missy Glassmaker
“Rugged Road 65 is the cooler your husband will show off to his friends. It’s ultra-lightweight and the dual handles make it easy to carry. The inside is designed to maximize space while keeping items cold longer. One really great feature is the lid — it comes off so you can use it as a tray and cup holder or use the side as a ruler. Also, since there’s been a cooler or two that’s ended up in the lake — it’s guaranteed to float, lid up. And, it comes with a lifetime warranty.” — Missy Glassmaker