Searching for gift-giving ideas for a friend or colleague? Here are some of our favorites gifts for the over-50 traveler that are available on Amazon.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera
This retro film camera, which works like an old Polaroid, is a best seller on Amazon. It weighs just over one pound and allows you to take instant pictures you can share with your hosts or other friends you meet on your travels. It’s a fun toy for the less than serious photographer. Available in a variety of colors to suit your gift recipient.
Thin Optics Reading Glasses
It’s always handy to have a pair of specs with you when traveling—whether you’re reading a menu or a map. These are as thin as two credit cards and lighter than a nickel. They come in three strengths and an array of colors. The nice part is that you can attach them to your phone so they are always with you.
Tweezerman Professional Petite Set Slant and Point In a Purple Leather Case
I love Tweezerman products. This cute set in a compact size comes in a purple leather case that’s perfect to slip into your cosmetic or travel bag. Because of the color, they’re easy to find when you need them. They come with a lifetime guarantee if they disappoint or lose their point.
Sale di Cervia Medium Coarse Adriatic Sea Salt
When we visited Cervia in Emilia Romagna (between the towns of Ravenna and Cesenatico) we brought home a bag of the local salt, harvested there in the salt flats. It’s not surprising that it’s called “white gold.” It’s highly addictive, giving a wonderful flavor and crunch to chicken fish, meat or just about anything else.
LOQI Urban New York Reusable Shopping Bag, Multicolored
These eco-friendly reusable shopping bags are a lifesaver when you’re traveling. They are inexpensive, featherweight and virtually indestructible. Available in a variety of colors and in many travel themes (London, Paris, San Francisco, Italy and more), they fold up so to fit in a small zippered case with a coordinating print. I always keep one in my purse just in case I visit a public market or pick up a few souvenirs on a shore excursion. I even had gotten into the habit of carrying one at home. Many museums sell them in their gift shops. A great little gift for yourself or someone else.
VinniBag Inflatable Wine Travel Bag
Whether you’re headed to the Napa Valley, the Douro Valley or the Guadalupe Valley, it’s always tempting to bring home a bottle of your favorite wine. With the inflatable, reusable VinniBag, you can rest assured that your bottle will be air-cushioned and fully protected when your checked luggage bounces along the airport conveyer belt. We’ve also used the bag to safely bring home olive oil and fig jam. It usurps virtually no space in your suitcase when deflated.
Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (2.1)
When we travel domestically, we always carry this little gadget with us. It’s compact and allows us to charge all our devices simultaneously. Simply plug it in any outlet and the surge protector and grounded outlets offer security that your laptop won’t fall victim to a power surge. The two USB ports can be used for charging smartphones or iPads. It rotates and is small enough to fit in most tight spaces
12-pack of Washcloths in Vibrant Assorted Colors
Poppin “Shine On” Pen + Notebook Set
Whenever I travel I always carry at least one small Moleskin-like soft covered mini notebook in my purse to keep notes about the trip. On a lengthy trip or cruise, I often bring multiple books. For several years, I’ve been using Poppin notebooks because I love the look. The cover colors seem to pop. My last set came in 12 different colors, making them easy to find when searching for notes from a specific trip. If you are looking for a gift for a travel writer or frequent traveler, this dazzling pen and notebook set (three large and three small notebooks with matching pens) in gold, copper and gunmetal would make a hit. (So smart looking! I think I may have talked myself into buying another.)
BelVita Breakfast Biscuits
You never know when your plane will be delayed on the tarmac, when you’ll feel too lazy to get up in time for the hotel breakfast, or when you’ll want to skip a meal entirely to work on an assignment. We usually carry a couple of BelVita Breakfast biscuit packs in our carry-on bag for a quick energy source in case we’re short on time. They come in individual packages with four crackers in each, and are a good source of fiber and B-vitamins. Because the crackers crumble quite easily, I pack them in a small hard plastic container. BelVita cracker are available on Amazon but you can probably get a larger supply more cheaply if you are a Costco member.
Serge Lutens Fleurs D’oranger Eau De Parfum Spray
I was introduced to this particular scent at a perfume workshop held in the flagship Serge Lutens at Palais Royal in Paris. Our small group learned about and sampled many different scents and this one really wowed me. Almost every time I wear it, someone compliments me on its fresh, feel-good scent. When you’re traveling, especially if you’re traveling solo, it’s nice to bring along something you associate with home.
Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader
Anyone who loves reading, writing and traveling will love having a Kindle to take on their trips. Because travel so often entails “hurry up and wait,” it’s nice to have your personal library at your fingertips.
Which gift on the list would you most like to receive?
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