Holiday gift guide for globe-trotters
STRUGGLING with what to get your favourite jet-setter this holiday season? We have you covered.
Whether it's cuddly travel pillows or high-tech luggage trackers, we've rounded up a diverse selection of gear and gadgets for every globe-trotter on your shopping list.
CRUMPLED CITY MAPS
A no-fuss, convenient present for the travel buff who prefers printed maps to Global Positioning System (GPS) devices - without the slapstick of trying to refold them properly.
This waterproof, lightweight map can be creased, squashed and easily bunched into your back pocket.
Cities range from Amsterdam, Barcelona and Berlin to Cape Town, Chicago and Hong Kong, on nearly every continent (US$15 (S$20), www.palomarweb.com)
Make fun of it all you want, but the selfie stick is a great self-documentation tool for travellers. The lightweight gadget includes a timer and positioning mirror, and accommodates most cameras and smartphones. Bonus: It's waterproof. (US$50, www.sharperimage.com)
TRAKDOT LUGGAGE TRACKER
Lost luggage is among travellers' deepest fears. The Trakdot luggage tracker is a palm-size device that allows you to track your checked bags from check-in to baggage claim using cellular technology. (US$70, www.trakdot.com)
Travel buffs can easily mark (and show off) all the locations they have visited, and wish to visit, on this cork globe. The 25cm sphere is supported by a stainless steel stand. (US$129, www.uncommongoods.com)
Over-limit luggage fees at the airport can be brutal. Avoid the stress and hassle by digitally weighing your own bags with this compact, portable device. (US$20, www.bedbathandbeyond.com)
No one wants to leave a trail of dropped items behind him in the airport. With the Bag Bungee, travellers can safely fasten coats, purses, pillows or anything else they please to the handle of a wheeled suitcase. (US$15, www.containerstore.com)
ZIP + FLIP PENGUIN PILLOW
This cute, plush penguin easily transforms into a comfortable, U-shaped neck pillow, offering a simple and cuddly solution for plane, train and car travel. (US$25, www.shop.walkerart.org)
4-IN-1 TRAVEL ADAPTER
This funky, colour-coded international adapter set from Flight 001 makes travelling simpler for jet-setters with multi-country stops. (US$25, www.momastore.org)
MINI PHOTO PRO LENS KIT
These travel-sized lenses are a great gift idea for the iPhone-toting, Instagram-obsessed traveller or shutterbug who hates hauling heavy camera equipment. The lenses - fisheye, wide-angle and macro - can be secured with a magnetic clip to any Apple or Android device. (US$23, www.restorationhardware.com)
TEGU POCKET POUCH
This simple set of eco-friendly building blocks is an ideal gift for anyone who travels with tots. The blocks are magnetic, which means they're less easily dropped, and square, which means they're less likely to roll all the way to the back of the plane when dropped. (US$25, www.tegu.com)
GO CLEAN SET TRAVEL PACK
Keeping your belongings organised while travelling can be daunting. This set of washable, eco-friendly bags can help. The clearly labelled bags are perfect for keeping items such as shoes and dirty clothing separated from your other belongings. (US$52, www.flight001.com)
BLACK EYN CASE FOR iPHONE 5/5S
This EYN (it stands for "everything you need") smartphone case doubles as a wallet, allowing a user to stash credit cards, one's driver's licence, cash and keys in a built-in storage compartment. The case includes a wrist strap and mirror. (US$30, www.eynproducts.com)
PEAK DESIGN CAMERA LEASH
Don't be the guy whose camera plunges to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. This flexible, lightweight "camera leash" can be used for any type of camera, and converted to a neck, shoulder, wrist or belt strap. (US$35, www.thegrommet.com)
LONELY PLANET'S BEST EVER TRAVEL TIPS
Travel gurus, writers and insiders offer tips, tricks and trade secrets on how to get the most out of your excursions. (US$10, www.lonelyplanet.com)
TRAVEL THE WORLD CALENDAR
Rifle Paper Company's charming illustrated calendar features hand-drawn illustrations of Paris, London, Kyoto and more - nine more, to be exact. Every month highlights a different cosmopolitan locale. (US$26, www.anthropologie.com)
The flexible "tail" on this handy accessory will anchor your iPad, tablet or e-book to all kinds of irregular surfaces, whether you're reading on a French Quarter balcony or watching a movie on a 747. (US$80, www.octa.com)