Holiday gifts: Good to go! So what do you get for the traveller on your list? Of course, it depends on where they're going, how they travel and what kind of holiday they enjoy. In the past twelve months I've been lucky enough to go hiking in Wales, kayaking in Nevada, chocolate-eating in Belgium, pub-hopping in London, sightseeing in the Yukon, ice-skating in Victoria, B.C. and horse-back riding in the Dominican Republic. I've been a 'light' adventurist, and at times I've been a committed couch potato in my travels. All of which leads me to one observation: I'm a guy of diverse needs when it comes to travel accessories. Here's my list of 5 best gifts for the traveller on your list (everything costs less than $100 and one as little at $8.75!) 1) Capture Camera Clip: For the traveller who: doesn't want to carry a heavy camera around his/her neck (that'd be me, for sure) and wants quick and easy access to snap a photo when the opportunity presents itself - usually without notice. The lightweight Capture Camera Clip from Peak Design is sturdy, innovative and dependable. Price:$79.99 [caption id="attachment_14428" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This handy camera clip makes for easy and quick access to your SLR camera.[/caption]
•••[caption id="attachment_14433" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Carry your digital (snugly) at your waist, not hanging awkwardly off your neck.[/caption]
•••[caption id="attachment_14429" align="aligncenter" width="300"] No more fussing and missed photo ops. The Capture Camera Clip bears the weight of your digital camera and you can choose to wear it on your shoulder strap or around your waist.[/caption]
•••2) Sprout Watch For the traveller who: wants to be eco-friendly, fashionable and on time. These Sprout Watches (one for the All-around Classic, another for the Adventure Seeker and a third for Beach/Pool Side) are made from corn resin, diamonds mined in an environmentally and socially-conscious manner, bamboo, cork and other recycled material. Price:$80. [caption id="attachment_14427" align="aligncenter" width="214"] My new Sprout Classic: eco-friendly, endurable and easy on the eye[/caption]
•••3) Jet/Set/Go Travel Speaker For the traveller who: likes good music while on the road but has no intention of packing an extensive sound system into his or her backpack. This tiny Jet/Set/Go speaker connects to portable audio sources and comes equipped with a USB cable, storage pouch, and built-in rechargeable lithium battery. I've used this pocket-sized speaker with my iPhone4 and laptop and it works beautifully. (Plus, it gives me a much-needed break from overused ear-buds!) Available at select Loblaw banner stores and Real Canadian Superstores. Price: $17. [caption id="attachment_14431" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The tiny Jet/Set/Go travel speaker works wonders with my iPhone and laptop: good quality music with the tiniest of speakers.[/caption]
•••4) 70s Accessory Bag from CBC For the traveller who: loves CBC, has a thing for anything retro, and is in need of an accessories (or toiletries) bag for travel. I like to pack all of my cables, adapters, extra lens and batteries all in one kit and this 70s Accessories Bag from the CBC Shop does the trick. It has a 100% cotton twill exterior with nylon interior. Price: $29.99. [caption id="attachment_14430" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 70s look accessories bag with CBC logo: put all your gadgets and cords in one, easy-to-carry, easy-to-pack kit[/caption]
•••5) OnSight Money Belt For the traveller who: needs a safe and secure place to stash money and credit cards but doesn't want a bulky pouch protruding from his/her tummy or packed uncomfortably inside one's pants. The OnSight Money Belt from Mountain Equipment Coop is functional and fairly-priced. Price: $8.75 [caption id="attachment_14432" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This practical money belt has duo functions: it keep your trousers up and hides your money and credit cards at the same time. No more bulky money-belt in your knickers or bulging at your hip! From Mountain Equipment Coop[/caption]
•••What about you: What travel gadget would truly make your holiday cheery and bright - or make your next trip so much easier?