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December 18, 2015

Gifts for your favorite travel companions

Dear Family Travelers:
What are you waiting for?

It's not too late to get a gift for your favorite travelers, whatever their ages and wherever they are going in 2016.

They don't have to bust the budget either.  Here are five ideas:

SOCKS that wick moisture will make the recipient smile.  Consider a pair from BOMBAS  designed for performance and comfort that are available for women, men and kids. For every pair you buy ($10.95 for adults, $9 for kids), a pair will be donated-600,000 pairs so far.  (It turns out that socks are the top most requested clothing item at homeless shelters.)  

A TRAVEL GUIDE--for the place your favorite traveler plans to go. There are foodie guides, trail guides, city guides and guides for kids, including my own Kid's Guides, written for kids with input from local and traveling kids. If you don't think your traveler wants to carry a book, get them an e-book version!  Another good bet: A book (for kids as well as adults) set in the region they will be visiting. Your local librarian can give you an idea. 

Our annual Guide to Fun in the Snow is published. Plan your winter trip now

WATER BOTTLES become souvenirs when you slap stickers on them. I'm also a big fan of the Camelbak Forge ($30). This double-walled, vacuum-insulated steel vessel keeps 16 oz. of coffee or tea hot longer than any other travel mug I've tried-6 hours, the company says. It's spill proof too.

BATTERY BOOSTERS are always a hit, whether you opt for a lipstick-sized portable battery from a company like JETech (available on Amazon.com for just $10.98) or my favorite, the mophie-Juice Pack reserve External Battery smartphone case  (starting at $59.95). The California company has also just announced their slimmest collection of universal power products, starting at $39.99.

FOR THOSE YOU ARE CLOSEST TO --Exofficio Give-n-Go underwear is comfortable and functional and cute with moisture wicking and quick drying which means you can really pack light. Starting at under $20.

Of course the best gift of all is a promise of a trip together.  Just don't book anything before you get everyone's OK.

 Happy Shopping! 


And from our partners at Family Travel Forum

 Find out what local and visiting kids have to say about nine great American travel destinations through our Kids' Guides Series from Globe Pequot Press.
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