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Best Travel Gifts and Stocking Stuffers for Christmas

Submitted by on December 10, 2011 – 7:15 amNo Comment

Magellan's World Time Alarm Clock

As a seasoned traveler who literally takes over 25 trips per year I have found some travel gifts for your holiday that take the guesswork out of pleasing your resident traveler in the family. This year you won’t have to worry if what you send gets used and enjoyed. ANY traveler will love these:

Magellan’s World Time Alarm Clock

I don’t know about you but one of my biggest pet peeves in travel is checking into a nice hotel, asking for a wake-up call and not receiving one or half-sleeping with one eye open all night wondering if you’ll ever get that call. It’s also a pain remembering to change your clock or watch when traveling through time zones. This is no longer an issue with Magellan’s World Time Alarm Clock. With the ability to pre-set 16 different time zones, you’ll know the time where you are going, where you’ve been, and back home too, for checking it. It’s added bonus is a 12 or 24 hour format as well as a flashlight and calendar to boot. Now I can check the time, find the bathroom in a foreign hotel room, and fall back into deep and restful asleep knowing I’ll make my flight. For light sleepers like me, that’s peace of mind and convenience worth any price. At $24.85 I only wish I had got one years ago.

Plug "n Play Retractable Earphones

Plug ‘n Play Retractable Earphones

For people who are on the go and need to simplify, I found these simply wonderful. High quality and convenience comes in small, neat, and simple packages. With a patented retractable feature, I can now adjust the cable any length up to four feet. Very comfortable, soft, detachable in-ear adapters fit comfortably so that excellent sound is both easy and handy. A nifty little clip allows me to attach the earphones to my pocket, purse, shirt, jacket or backpack for excellent sound and mobility in one.

(my tween and my husband both loved this one too) How often can you find the perfect stocking stuffer for only $19.50 and something you know they’ll actually use?

Folding Noise Canceling Headphones

Folding Noise Canceling Headphones

I’ve been wondering if these “noise canceling gadgets” really work and all I can say is YES, and I wish I had figured this out long ago. Finally I can catch must needed sleep on a flight and don’t get off the plane with that noise still buzzing in my ears hours after the flight. Comfortable, easy-folding, stylish and practical, these little beauties from Able Planet use LINX AUDIO technology to block out airplane engine noise while delivering fantastic audio quality. Well-cushioned and with in-line volume control they actually reduce distortion and and increase perceived loudness so I can save my eardrums with lower volumes that pack more punch. I could even hear the in-flight announcements with the volume control. Finally peace and quiet on a long flight! (And yes even my teen though they were very cool). Recently reduced to $99.50, the price cannot be beat for the quality.

Sleep Pretty in Pink Women's Earplugs

Sleep Pretty in Pink Women’s Earplugs

All right, it sounds like I’m complaining but I find myself sleep deprived more often than not on a lot of trips these days. Sure, my kids might not be babies anymore, but who can sleep with a snoring husband, loud next-door-hotel-neighbors, midnight ice machine runs and slamming doors down the hallways, crying babies in the room below, teens texting in the next bed, traffic, unfamiliar, needing to-be-serviced air conditioning and heating units. I could go on. But now I have a fighting chance with soft, comfortable, and yes, even cute, women’s ear plugs. My daughters now fight me for a pair, cause they really do help with dad’s snoring. I like the little carrying case cause I hate rolling over to find an earplug in the middle of the night and they roll off the nightstand. $4.85 will buy you the gift of thoughtfulness and peaceful slumber.

Custom Fit Earplugs

Custom Fit Earplugs

And if you want to go for the top of the line, then get the gift that keeps on giving with these reusable, long-lasting silicone silencers that have inserts for a perfect and adjustable fit. They’ll go the distance and fit all sizes. $14.85 and I have to say, I love the little case.

Cup Holder Power Adapter/Charger

Cup Holder Power Adapter/Charger

What am I to do when my husband or teens won’t stop lamenting that there aren’t enough outlets for all their electronics? Aha! Finally an answer we can all live with because I even get a solution to one of my other pet peeves: too much console clutter. This charger fits perfectly in most cup holders and plugs into the cigarette lighter so four devices can be powered at once. Two USB slots and two DC ports along with a power indicator LED warning lights gives me peace of mind that the car battery is not being drained. Now everybody’s happy and no more fighting over the outlets. $20.00 is amazing for this stocking stuffer that nearly anyone will appreciate.

Power Monkey

Magellan's Power Monkey

Another gadget of all gadgets for every traveler, is the pocket sized Power Monkey. Holding a charge for almost a year and coming with a multitude of adapters this little emergency portable power charger will juice up your portable electronics in no time. It’s light, and easily fits in a pocket and you never have to hear your traveling buddies complain that their cell phone, iPod, digital cameras, etc. are dead. It even comes with a nice little travel pouch for all those great little adapters. This ultimate travel gadget is $69.00 and like ALL Magellan’s products comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Getaway Wheeled Under-Seat Tote

Gateway Wheeled Under-Seat Tote

This is no stocking stuffer, but at just a smidge over 6 pounds, this light, durable, and stylish nylon tote gets an A+ in my mind. For us highly organized, efficient travelers who like convenience and functionality married with aesthetics, this is our ideal tote. With numerous strategically positioned pockets, padded iPad sleeve, zippered water bottle pockets, and 3-1-1 pocket it makes rushing from place to place a lot less stressful. Ergonomically designed detachable shoulder strap and extra-long, comfortable telescoping handle and piggy back strap make this the sensible solution to air travel, with the quality ballistic nylon and luxurious detailing you would expect from something Magellan’s designed. Four beautiful colors to choose from at $149.00, it makes a truly lovely gift for your serious traveler.

Hint: if you buy a couple stocking stuffers, you get free shipping until December 14 on orders over $50. That can be like getting another free stocking stuffer!

And if you really can’t decide, a gift certificate is always great fun for shopping at Magellan’s…hint, hint….honey!

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