Fully updated November 2023.
It’s Christmastime! I don’t know about you, but I love getting the perfect gifts for the people I love–especially the ones who seem nearly impossible to buy for! I’ll be the first to admit that travelers are notoriously difficult giftees. They’re never home, they generally don’t really need or want “stuff,” and while the gift of cash for plane tickets is always a safe way to go, sometimes you want to give someone a more personal gift.
Add to the mix a traveler who loves technology, and sometimes that’s even more difficult! They’re kind of choosey, they’re always talking about new technology you’ve never heard of, and they’re a little intimidating. In case you need some gift inspiration for the tech savvy traveler in your life, I’ve got the perfect guide for you!
I got this for my husband a few years ago, and he still travels with it for every trip! It’s the best way to keep track of your cords and chargers for Kindle, iPad, laptop, external battery, the list goes on! Having them all in one place means you won’t forget them, and it also means you know where they are when you need them, whether that’s on the plane, riding on a train, or in your hotel room.
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These may be the least interesting items on this list, but they’re the ones your traveler will probably use the most! Personally, the thing I dislike about so much technology is all the cords that come with it. They get tangled, they take up space, and who knows which one goes to what, anyway? Thank goodness for these reusable little organizational tools! Not only can your tech-loving traveler keep their cords organized and neatly pulled together, they can color code them as well!
Saved by the external battery–it happens for me a lot! This is definitely something every traveler, including your tech-savvy traveler, needs. There is not always an outlet available out and about, so travelers need a way to keep their phones charged for safety reasons, to show tickets at sites abroad, and even to pay for things all over the world. Don’t let your loved one lose power!
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Airplane Phone Mount
Prefer to watch on your phone? Airplane didn’t come with a seatback entertainment system? No problem! This travel-friendly attachment will hold your phone at normal eye level so you can watch on your phone screen easily and comfortably.
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Anyone else have trouble sleeping on a bright, noisy flight? Just me? I know it’s not just me! This genius eye mask is the perfect solution. It’s bluetooth-enabled, so it can connect wirelessly to your phone, laptop, or wherever you keep your soothing music or calming white noise. Oh, and it blocks the light, too.
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More and more airplanes are being updated with the times–with bluetooth capabilities for seat back entertainment! They also more convenient for lots of travel-related reasons. Even better? These come with a self-charging case, for a fraction of Apple AirPods. Check these out for your tech-savvy, traveling loved one!
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Do you know a coffee-loving traveler? Me, too! There are a lot of us out there, fighting the good fight against jet lag with maximum caffeine consumption. This cool, travel-friendly espresso maker is one of the best travel items I’ve seen in a long time. It requires no batteries, cords, electricity, or anything besides hot water and espresso grounds! It’s perfect for camping, long flights (just ask the flight attendants for hot water!), or road trips. Never settle for nasty airplane coffee again!
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If you know a solo traveler, travel blogger, or travel photography aficionado, trust me, they need this in their life. The legs can stand straight, but even better, they can wrap around tree limbs, railings, a bench, wherever! That gives your traveling photographer (or videographer!) maximum flexibility to get the shot they want! It also comes with a bluetooth shutter to take photos or videos from a distance!
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Phone Camera Lens
Speaking of travel photography, it’s not always possible or practical to take an expensive, bulky camera and its equipment on one’s travels or excursions. Thankfully, you don’t need to! These travel-size camera lenses for smartphones can take phone photography to the next level. After all, the best camera is the one you have with you!
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Many travelers take their laptops with them wherever they go. Maybe it’s for a business trip, maybe they’re a travel blogger, maybe they just prefer it. Whatever the reason, the tech savvy traveler in your life will love this map-inspired laptop cover!
USB Adaptor and Surge Protector
This is the ultimate tech travelers best friend. Not only is it a universal adaptor, it’s also a surge protector, and it includes USB and USB-C interfaces as well. That’s literally everything you need to stay charged and connected, anywhere in the world! Everyone who travels needs one (or two) of these!
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