18 Top Christmas Gift Ideas For Mom & Dad
Christmas shopping is now in full swing. And while you might have the kids covered, it’s your husband or wife you’re probably still worrying about.
No fear! Here are 18 great gift ideas for the men and women in your life who travel for fun or work (or both!)
Twelve will work for a man or woman (or both!); and six are just for moms or dads. Get shopping!
18 Travel Gifts for Mom and Dad
Kid-Free Travel Gift
Kid-Free weekend Getaway
Want to make sure you get a kid-free getaway in next year? Give your spouse a BnBFinder travel gift certificate, good at 1,500 B&Bs and small inns in the U.S. and elsewhere. All you have to do is choose one and find a babysitter!
Just For Mom
I love Acorn socks for hiking, skiing, ice skating or any other activities where you want your feet to stay warm, dry and happy. These Acorn socks , with their warm and wicking angora-and-wool blend, have no-slip bottoms. This means they can double as slippers on cool or cold-weather getaways. My advice is to buy several pairs!
I don’t know about you, but I find it impossible to find that just-right temperature setting in hotel rooms. And usually I wind up too warm. So love these Haralee pajamas that are meant to look cute and keep you cool.
Travel Case and Catchall:
I like this Bandana Travel Valet. It’s a zipped pouch that opens into a basket. It’s a place to gather all those small items that can easily get left behind in a hotel, like chargers and eyeglasses. It can be a handy make-up or toiletry bag. And it’s cute, too.
Just For Dad
Jump Starter Power Pack:
Unpack those heavy jumper cables that are no use if there isn’t another car around. Instead pack the Aickar portable jump starter and power pack. It’s a compact, portable battery charger that will jump any gas and some diesel engines. It can also charge your portable electronics. Consider it an essential to pack before your next road trip.
We’ve written about Ex Officio’s clever travel underwear. Traveling dads will also like their Men’s Nomad Pants in khaki or slate. They have front and side pockets that zip, are wrinkle, stain and water-resistant and have SPF 30 sun protection. And they don’t look so much like travel pants that you couldn’t wear them with a blazer to dinner.
We’ve recommended Glove.ly gloves for women who want to keep their fingers warm while using their phone in cold weather. Now we suggest Glider Gloves for men who text. Choose “urban” for a narrower profile — think fall weekends and evenings out — and thicker “winter” style for cold days.
For Mom or Dad
Smart Travel Accessories
The Most Packable Winter Jacket:
Tumi makes a mid-weight puffer jacket for men and women that folds up into a u-shaped travel pillow. It beats stuffing your winter coat into your suitcase or under your feet when you fly in cold weather. I really love it.
Innovative Travel Pillow:
I’ve resisted using neck pillows on airplanes because I usually feel like their utility doesn’t justify the space they eat up in my carry-on. But the Voyage Pillow might just change my mind. Use it as a traditional neck support or as a pillow/eye mask combo. And it packs flat to save space!
Electronics & Accessories
Cell Phone Dashboard Holder
Slide your cell phone into the pocket of this dashboard holder, which adjusts for different phone sizes, then clip it securely to an airvent for easy hands-free calling or driving directions. One of the easiest away to drive more safely with a cell phone. I honestly don’t know why I don’t own this already.
Phone Charge and Photo Backup:
I always love finding a travel product that does double duty. The MEEM Memory charges phones and tablets while also backing up the photos, videos, contacts and other data on the phone each time you plug in to charge your device. Thirty-two, 64 and 128GB drives store data on up to three devices and keep it safe with a PIN code. For people tend to lose things on vacation, this is a handy bit of extra security.
Smart Home Hub:
Whether you’re coming home from vacation or arriving at a weekend house, it’s nice to have a light on waiting for you and peace of mind that things have been fine in your absence. The Samsung SmartThings Home Hub can help with that. Connect lights, a water sensor and other things to monitor your home and make changes from your phone.
I love having my camera handy when we’re sightseeing or hiking on vacation, but I hate having it dangling from my neck. So I was happy to find Cotton Carrier’s Strapshot holster and side-waist holster that keep cameras that are too big for a pocket both secure and handy.
Phone and Card Case:
I think I like this vCommute phone case even more than the Speck card case I’ve been using for travel (and everything else, really). It has a slot for carrying a credit card, ID or cash (about 2 items). The cover on that slot hides your stash and doubles as a kickstand for your phone. Plus, the case meets military drop-test standards from four feet.
Airplane Cup & Screen holder:
The Airhook is meant gain you a few extra inches of space on airplanes by alleviating the need to use your tray table. It hangs from a closed tray table and holds a drink or bottle of water and an electronic device to 8.5 inches tall, horizontally. It’s a clever stocking stuffer.
A New Packing Organizer:
The Stow-N-Go Portable Luggage System will appeal to parents who like packing cubes. Hang it from a rack and fill its three layers with everything you want to pack. Then collapse it and place it into a 20-inch-wide suitcase. Pull the whole thing out when you arrive at your vacation destination to hang in a closet and you’re instantly unpacked. It claims to save space by 30% and even has room for laundry.
Nothing kills your vacation joy quicker than discovering bed bugs. Thermalstrike Heated Luggage heats your belongings to 120º Fahrenheit with a compact infrared element; hot enough to kill anything that might try to catch a ride home with you. It comes in 20-inch and 24-inch bags.
Compact Escape Tool:
The OWL Open Window for Life is a flat, credit-card-sized emergency escape tool for the car. It can slice through seatbelts and safely smash a car window. For families who road-trip a lot it’s a handy stocking stuffer for both mom and dad. Buy one each for the driver and passenger-side visor.