5 Gifts for Travelers That Have Everything | Unique Items for Yourself or that Special Traveler

5 Gifts for Travelers That Have Everything | Unique Items for Yourself or that Special Traveler

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful time with your
friends and family. Thanksgiving means that it’s also the start
of the holiday shopping season, especially with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Travel
Tuesday deals. Though shopping for travelers can be tough,
especially if they already have all the usual gear. So, in this video, I thought we’d cover
some unique travel items that should make any traveler happy, whether they are new or
experienced. Around this time last year, I did a video
on the top 10 gift ideas for travelers. I was thinking of doing another list, but
I think my old recommendations are still valid. So if you’re looking for ideas either for
yourself or someone else in your life who loves to travel, then check it out. I’ll include a link in the video description. My only reservation with that video is that
it included a lot of stuff that travelers may already have. So I wanted to come up with a list of unique
or different items that might not be on many travel shopping lists, but that I think any
traveler would enjoy receiving. And I’ll try to cover different price points
in case you’re looking for something inexpensive or more substantial. But before we jump in, welcome to our channel. Trip Astute is a travel channel that is focused
on sharing ways to make travel easier, affordable, and more enjoyable. Traveling can be stressful and expensive,
so we’re looking for ways to help you maximize your experience through travel tips, points
and miles, and innovative gear. If that sounds interesting to you, please
consider subscribing. So, let’s jump into the list. Again, these recommendations are based in
order of cost and should be gifts that excite any traveler, even those who might seem to
already have everything travel-related.. 1. Compression packing cubes: I know you’re
thinking that I always talk about packing cubes! And you’re right. Though these are like the next evolution of
packing cubes. Compression cubes are basically packing cubes
with extra zippers to compress your items. While packing cubes are great and I continue
to use them, I have been using compression cubes more and more, especially when trying
to conserve space in my suitcase. If you’re looking for an inexpensive set,
I recommend these compression cubes from Tripped Travel Gear. We’re actually doing a giveaway for five
sets at the moment too, so make sure you enter before December 6th for a chance to win one
of their six-piece sets. 2. Merino wool clothing: This is one of the items
from the previous list that I created, though I think it’s something that any traveler
would want, even if they already have some. For me personally, I can usually get two or
three days of wear from my merino wool clothing before they seem to develop an odor. That means that I can carry fewer clothes
and pack lighter during trips since I get more usage out of them. There’s a lot more to merino wool, so check
out our old video on the topic for more information on the benefits of the fabric. Again, it’s something that I think a lot
of travelers would love to receive, even if they already have other merino wool products. There are a lot of vendors producing merino
wool clothing now. Though if you’re looking for a recommendation,
check out Woolly Clothing Company. I have a few of their shirts and a hoodie
that I love. They also make shorts and pants. You can find them on their website or even
on Amazon if you’re interested. 3. Smartphone camera lens: I know a lot of you
are traveling with less gear nowadays, especially since our phones have become such a great
way to capture photos and videos. Though if you or someone you know is looking
to take your photos to the next level, you might want to consider a smartphone camera
lens kit. These kits can include wide and macro lenses,
giving you the ability to capture more in your shot or even close-up photos. These kits typically come with either a clip-on
lens that you position over the camera lens, or a screw-down lens that works with a custom
designed case. While the screw-down lens and case are probably
the easiest way to go, they are more specific to your phone model. On the other hand, you can probably use a
clip-on case with multiple models in case you have different phones in your group or
even plan to upgrade soon. In terms of recommendations, we used a smartphone
camera lens kit from Sandmarc throughout our national park roadtrip and found it to be
a great way to take more interesting pictures, especially with the wider lens. 4. Away suitcase: Suitcases are one of those
things that range in price significantly. A standard four-wheel suitcase can range from
$20 to over $1,000. There is definitely an increase in quality
in the more expensive suitcases, but I honestly don’t think you’re getting as much of
a quality increase from the mid-range to luxury suitcases. That being said, one luggage brand that seems
to be extremely popular at the moment is Away. Away suitcases are extremely well-designed
and many have unique features like a built-in laundry bag, compression compartments, and
rechargeable battery packs. The luggage also has a lifetime warranty,
so if your wheel happens to break, they’ll fix it for free. One of our community members, Nicole, shared
that her suitcase wheel was fixed by Away for free. A shout-out to Nicole for sharing her experience
with the brand! If you or someone you know is in the market
for a suitcase, this is an excellent gift. Their carry-on suitcases start at $225, and
I think it’s something that any traveler would appreciate getting. And since their luggage come with a 100-day
trial, they can be returned to the store for either a refund or exchanged for another model,
even if the suitcase has been used. Also, if you happen to get the American Express
Green card, it comes with a $100 credit toward an Away suitcase. So, it might be something that you consider
either for yourself or that special traveler in your life. 5. GMT watch: In the past, I’ve listed watches
as an underrated travel item. I know that a lot of people just use their
phones to keep track of time nowadays. However, I do think that a watch still has
its place while traveling. I know from me, I tend to use my phone a lot
when traveling, especially for photos, videos, and maps. It’s not uncommon for me to run low on battery
power, which can be difficult when you have time-sensitive activities like flights or
tours. The GMT watch is a watch with a distinct hand
that rotates once around the dial every 24 hours. The hour hand essentially goes half the speed
of the normal clock hand, which makes two rotations around the dial every 24 hours. This GMT allows you to track another time
zone. And many GMT watches, such as this Christopher
Ward watch, allow you to track even a third time zone using the rotational bezel. GMT watches are useful when traveling since
you can keep track of your home time zone on your wrist. Also, a lot of watch fans will tell you that
there is something romantic about the GMT complication. I definitely didn’t understand it until
I got one as well. Even apart from the functional use of tracking
another time zone, it can serve as a reminder of the special people in your life who are
apart from you. This is definitely a luxury gift, but one
that I think most travelers would appreciate. Like with everything, there are GMT watches
that fit many different price points. You can find some quartz GMT watches from
companies like Timex, and watches for significantly more with automatic movement. If you’re comparing different models, I
recommend looking for watches with a decent water resistance rating and a sapphire crystal
which is very scratch resistant. I personally prefer a travel watch to have
at least 100M of water resistance. While I don’t normally swim with my watch,
I still like the extra water resistance for unexpected rainy conditions and high humidity. The sapphire crystal is also very resistant
to scratching, which is perfect when you’re on-the-go. And of course, automatic watches do not use
a battery, but are instead powered by springs that are compressed through movement or hand-winding. These aren’t required features, but for
travelers who are moving around, these can be fairly useful. And finally, just a reminder to also maximize
your points earnings when shopping. I recommend checking your American Express
and Chase offers, using cashback portals, and taking advantage of the quarterly bonus
categories on cards like the Chase Freedom. For example, I made an early Black Friday
purchase at Macy’s, and ended up stacking several discounts. I bought an item for $335, though I used Top
Cashback which was offering 8% on purchases at the time. In addition, I also used my Chase Freedom
card which is offering 5% or 5X on department store purchase this quarter. While I normally calculate the value based
on a travel redemption, for the sake of simplicity, I’m listing the cashback rate of 1 cent
per point. In this case, while I paid $335, I’ll be
getting back about $27 back via Top Cashback and nearly $17 worth of points, which means
I earned over $40 back on that transaction alone. So, if you’re looking to purchase an item
online, make sure to check Cashback Monitor to see if any programs are offering a promotion. And don’t forget to pay with cards that
offer a bonus or have a specific offer. What do you think of these gift ideas? Are there any items that you think I should
have included in my list, especially for travelers that already have everything? I’ve included referral and affiliate links
to some of the items in this video. Trip Astute does earn a percentage if you
use our link. Though it doesn’t cost you anything extra,
and is a way to help support our channel, especially if you found our content to be
valuable or helpful. If you enjoyed this video, please give us
a thumbs up and consider sharing the video with others. It really helps us with building our community
and growing our channel. Again, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Until next time, travel safe and travel smart.

6 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *