The Best 25 Gift Ideas for Every Traveller

Whether you’re flying solo, with children or for business, these products will help to get you and your loved ones from Point A to Point B with ease.
 

 

December is the month we wish each other good cheer—and safe travels. Since the holidays can be stressful enough, our editorial team at WestJet Magazine gathered some of our favourite gift ideas to make the journey easier.

For the Family of Explorers

 

Nintendo Switch

Photo courtesy of ©2018 Nintendo

Getting your young family packed, organized and checked in on time is an art form and, once on board, you’ll want to make sure your excited children have a good experience. Keep them entertained—and stationary—with Nintendo Switch. The console features a 6.2-inch, high-definition screen and includes two Joy-Con controllers. The new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game hits shelves on Dec. 7, meaning your loved ones will be able to sidestep boredom for hours. $379.99 for the console and $79.99 for the game. nintendo.ca


Zcube Carbon Fiber Speed Cube Set

Photo courtesy of D-FantiX

The Zcube Carbon Fiber Speed Cube Set from D-FantiX features four different colour match puzzles—from easy to intermediate—for your child to solve. $50.99. amazon.ca


Wide Eyed Editions Books

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Instill an appreciation for travel with a book from Wide Eyed Editions, such as the Atlas of Adventures, City Atlas or The 50 States. US$27.99 to $30. anthropologie.com


My First Crayola Mess-Free Touch-Lights

Photo courtesy of Indigo

Let your child doodle away the flight with  My First Crayola Mess-Free Touch-Lights. Its sealed, gel surface allows your child to draw with his or her fingers. $26.95. indigo.ca


Kobo Forma

Photo courtesy of Rakuten Kobo

Once the kids are settled, catch up on some reading with the new Kobo Forma. Sporting an eight-inch display, it stores 8GB of reading material. $299.99. kobo.com


For the In-Flight Binger

 

Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones

Photo courtesy of Bose

Tune out ambient noises during your flight and focus on your favourite tunes or award-winning TV series with the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones. $449.99. bose.ca


mophie powerstation (PRODUCT) RED

Photo courtesy of mophie

Never worry about your smartphone—or tablet—going dark with the mophie powerstation (PRODUCT) RED featuring two ports so you can charge two devices at once. US$49.95. mophie.com


Lockjaww In-Flight Device Holder

Photo courtesy of Lockjaww

Avoid having to hold your phone or tablet as you binge watch your favourite TV show, with the Lockjaww In-Flight Device Holder that adjusts for Android and Apple devices and other small tablets. $29.95. amazon.com


For the Business Tripper

 

Blackout Privacy Filter

Photo courtesy of Staples

View confidential business data on your tablet or laptop with the Fellowes PrivaScreen Blackout Privacy Filter, which blocks side views of your screen. Prices vary. staples.ca


For the Long-Hauler

 

Herschel Cashmere Eye Mask

Photo courtesy of Herschel Supply Co.

Soft and lightly cushioned, the Herschel Cashmere Eye Mask will make getting shut-eye a dream. $44.99. herschel.ca


Mouthwash Tabs

Photo courtesy of Lush Cosmetics

These mouthwash tabs come in three flavours, so you can greet your entourage with fresh breath. $9.95. lush.ca


Lightweight Neck Pillow

Photo courtesy of Trtl

This lightweight neck pillow from Trtl (pronounced turtle) helps support your head as you sleep. $39.95. trtltravel.com


Cozy Pattern Fringe Scarf

Photo courtesy of GapCanada

Save space in your carry-on by wearing your blanket. This cozy scarf will keep you warm all flight long. $34.95 gapcanada.ca


Twisted Marshmallow Bootie

Photo courtesy of Indigo

Slip off your shoes for the soft comfort of the Twisted Marshmallow Bootie from Lemon. $40. indigo.ca


For the Luggage-Challenged

Your suitcase has logged as many kilometres as you over the years—inducing nostalgic memories of that college escape to Cancún or first trip to Europe—but, if your bag has seen better days, it might be time to build new memories. Here are three options to get you started:

Geo Aluminum 3.0 Spinner Carry-On

Photo courtesy of Zero Halliburton

A Zero Halliburton aluminum case was used to bring moon rocks back to earth for NASA, so its Geo Aluminum 3.0 Spinner Carry-On should be good enough for your cashmere sweaters. US$895. zerohalliburton.com


Herschel Novel Duffle

Photo courtesy of Herschel Supply Co.

Urban explorers who spend weekends discovering new cities will find the Herschel Novel Duffle has enough space for everything, including a special compartment for your shoes. $89.99. herschel.ca


SteamLine Luggage

Photo courtesy of SteamLine-Luggage

Recreate the romance of travel with SteamLine Luggage’s The Editor Collection. These stylish and elegant cases will leave you feeling like you’ve just stepped out of a classic movie. US$320 to $600. steamlineluggage.com


For the Impeccable Packer

 

The Perfect Pair Shoe Bag

Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Keep your walked-in shoes separate from your clothing with kate spade new york’s The Perfect Pair Shoe Bag. $20. saks.com


Tucker & Bloom Two-Tone Porter Pouch

Photo courtesy of Tuyra Nations

This Two-Tone Porter Pouch from Tucker & Bloom holds all your cosmetics and toiletries. US$65. tucker-bloom.com


For the Thirsty Traveller

 

Memobottle Pack

Photo courtesy of Memobottle Pty Ltd.

A6 Leather Sleeve + memobottle Pack. US$79. memobottle.com


S’well Teakwood Roamer

Photo courtesy of S’Well

S’well Teakwood Roamer 40 oz (for hot and cold drinks). $65. indigo.ca


Hydro Flask

Photo courtesy of Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth (for hot and cold drinks). $47.99. sportchek.ca


For the Tidy Techie

 

Cord and Cable Organizer

Photo courtesy of D&M Leather Studio

With D&M leather studio’s travel cord and cable organizer, you can keep your electronics’ cables and chargers tidy, and on hand, so you won’t have to fumble through your bag before taking your seat. US$23.99. etsy.com


For the Bag-Dropper

 

Bag Bungee

Photo courtesy of Travelon/Amazon.ca

Balancing your bag and jacket while being at the ready with your boarding pass and ID can be a struggle. The 12181 Bag Bungee from Travelon fastens your smaller bag or coat to your roller-bag so you can keep your hands free. $19. amazon.ca


For the Explorer

 

VIVOBAREFOOT Tracker FG

Photo courtesy of Vivobarefoot Ltd.

The VIVOBAREFOOT Tracker FG is a minimalist leather boot with a sole designed to grip the roughest of terrains. Best of all, it’s comfortable enough to wear on a plane and flexible enough to sock away in your carry-on. $‌331. vivobarefoot.com

 

[This story appears in the December 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]