Brooks Nightlife Socks from Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for the Avid Traveler

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for the Avid Traveler

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Brooks Sports, Inc.

Brooks Nightlife Socks

Socks are a traditional go-to gift, but these sophisticated socks from Brooks Running are too cool to call classic. Moisture wicking means they’ll dry fast and are the perfect pair to pack for a trip. Because they come from the Nightlife line, they’re highly visible and perfect for a late-night run following a day spent at the museums. $14;
—Katie Jackson

Pony Bracelets

Pony Bracelets

Leave it to a fourteen-year-old to redesign the simple hair tie and transform it into a fashion statement. These stylish ponytails are a dual-purpose accessory that any woman with long hair will want to have when she’s flying on the red eye or just needing to tame her flyaways during spin class. Of course, they look lovely when worn around the wrist, too. $4.99;
—Katie Jackson

Feel Goodz


Flips flops are an essential for every traveler, but these unique sandals are also e-”scent”-ial. With an aromatic cinnamon packet, even the smelliest feet won’t “reek” havoc on a seatmate or suitcase. Perfect post-run or for a trip to the surf shack, this present packs a feel good punch because every pair purchased empowers cinnamon farmers in Vietnam.  $40;
—Katie Jackson

Silver Edge Gear

Silver Edge Antimicrobial Travel Bags

When it comes to sweat, silver trumps gold. These antimicrobial travel bags designed by a soccer mom in North Carolina are a must-have for travelers carrying around sweaty clothes in their suitcase. The silver in the material causes odor to stay in the bag and prevents the spread of bacteria. The skunk logo is “odor-able” and there are plenty of fun colors and custom-printed designs to choose from. $40;
—Katie Jackson


Gaiam Thirsty Yoga Towel

Sweat happens. But this amazingly absorbent and light microfiber towel will impress any traveler (especially the one with the vigorous vinyasa practice) by absorbing twice as much moisture as cotton but drying in half the time. Ideal for the traveler who doesn’t have room to pack their mat but wants to have something to cover-up a rental. New colors pack a powerful punch and make for a pretty present. $24;
—Katie Jackson

Nathan Sports

Nathan Streamline Bottle

Leak-free luggage is must for the active traveler who needs to stay hydrated. This bottle’s unique spill-proof locking mechanism makes getting a drink on the go easier than ever. Push a button and the sip cap instantly comes up. No lid to worry about losing and the iconic NATHAN clip-on performance carabiner means you’ll never lose it either. Plus, it’s also great for runners and as long as it’s empty during screening, TSA-approved! $24;
—Katie Jackson


LifeProof Galaxy S4s

For the smartphone-equipped traveler whose activities involve water, dirt, snow, and more, this gift is worthy of a spot in the hero gift hall of fame.  New for Galaxy S4 but also available for iPhones, this hardcore case guarantees that phones survive submersions of 6.6 feet deep and drops from as high as 6.6 feet. It keeps your phone totally sealed from the elements, but is still totally touch screen compatible. $80;
—Katie Jackson  


ColdAvenger Classic Fleece Mask

For the determined traveler who plans to stay and play outside as long as possible, this fleece mask features a patented, medical grade ventilator that allows normal  breathing, keeps the face dry, and relaxes airways with warm and humidified air. Major warmth without the weight—this is one must-have for any suitcase headed for snowy, cold climates. $50;
—Katie Jackson

My Adea

Adea Reversible Camisole

Even the most active woman likes to feel like a lady when she’s on the road. This wardrobe staple is made from luxurious micro fiber fabric manufactured in Italy, but the best part is that it can be hand-washed in a hotel sink and hung up to dry in about an hour. And it saves space, too. Wear it as a v-neck one day and a scoop-neck the next. All you have to do is reverse it. $73.50;
—Katie Jackson


Lululemon Carry Me Om Tote

Every passenger seems to have a carry-on these days, but this bag is designed to own the overhead bin. From first class to yoga class, this gift goes everywhere. Complete with a padded laptop pocket, quick-access external cell phone pocket, and a kangaroo-style pouch for packing a mat, no other gifts will be left behind. $128;
—Katie Jackson


Woolies 150 Zip T-Neck by Ibex

Staying warm while you work out in the winter doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be quite cozy and cute with pieces like this base layer made of superfine New Zealand Merino wool. Naturally odor-resistant and moisture-wicking, the quality material is complemented by flatlock seams, a tag-free label, and a luxurious feel—all features that score major brownie points with the active crowd. $90;
—Katie Jackson

Osprey Packs, Inc.

Osprey Ozone Convertible Luggage

The new Ozone series by Osprey is all about convenience without clutter and efficiency without excess. It has a lightweight design and a handful of practical features that makes it perfect for the avid and active traveler in your life. Its most notable features: a backpack-style carrying harness (accessible through a removable back panel mesh cover) and a zip-off daypack. $329;
—Katie Rosenbrock


Dakine Apex Hydration Pack

If dog weren’t man’s best friend, then it would be this backpack instead. 3L Hydration pack? Check. Helmet storage? Check. Fleece goggle pocket? Check. It’s the perfect size for a day-trip but it also features a hip belt for when the going gets heavy. $135;

—Katie Jackson

Project J Corporation

Max Mirani Luggage

For the adventurer constantly on the go who hates unpacking and repacking—or is just too busy to bother—this 2-in-1 carry-on will do the trick. Folded clothes are neat and accessible via the clever shelf feature, and a removable shoe and laundry bag is great for storing tennis shoes and sweaty clothes when there’s no time for a wash after working out. Bonus points because it comes with a lifetime warranty. $379;
—Katie Jackson


Patagonia Women's Vest

Warm to the core, this windproof 800-fill-power premium down vest will be treasured for years by travelers who like to switch to the slopes from the beach when winter comes.  The best feature for packing purposes is that it stuffs into an interior mesh pocket and takes up about as much space as a pair of socks. $169;
—Katie Jackson

Brilliant Swim


The PaceWatch is perfect for the traveler who loves to test out every hotel pool. Whether worn while swimming in climate-controlled luxury or in a chilly alpine lake, this portable pool-like pace clock is easy to read and never  a pain to pack or wear.  It’s  the slimmest water-resistant sports watch on the market, and because it just launched in July, it’s ideal for any active early adopter. $80;
—Katie Jackson  

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for the Avid Traveler