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Everyone’s got a friend like Jeff. At work one minute, the next Jeff is posting photos on Instagram from a tropical beach in the south pacific. Jeff humblebrags across entire continents. He posts statuses like
‘Card just got declined at the hotel bar. Guess I should have told my bank I was in Tahiti. #awkward‘.
Jeff always has something new on his travel blog. And for all of Jeff’s flaws, you love him, because Jeff is what you wish you were. A world traveler.
But what do you buy for someone who prizes experiences over things? If you need some inspiration, you can’t miss this article. Here are 6 awesome gifts you can get for the intrepid adventurer in your life.
Torgoen T35 ($388)
Smartwatches are cool, but they have an Achilles heel. They need to be recharged. Often. That’s not too much of an issue when you’re living in civilization with a reliable supply of electricity, but what happens if you’re trekking through the Andes, or deep in the Australian bush?
For that, you need a proper watch. Few are better than the Torgoen T35. These timepieces are hand-built in Switzerland, so you know they’re good, and feature a top-ring tachymeter, used for making distance and time calculations, a hyper-accurate Quartz crystal, and are hardened with stainless steel and a super-hardened glass facia.
The T35 will set you back $388.00, although other models are much cheaper.
UFCIT Selfie Sticks (~ $5 to $30)
What do you do when you’ve climbed to the pinnacle of Machu Picchu, or reached the top floor of London’s Monument? Take a selfie, of course. And if you want to take a shot with you and your traveling buddies in the frame, you might want to consider getting a selfie stick.
There are no shortage of these on the market, with most costing somewhere between $5 and $30. One that caught my eye was the UFCIT selfie stick, which (at the time of writing) retails on amazon.com for $6.44, and includes a bluetooth shutter and a telescopic, extendable pole.
If you’re planning any treks through the jungle and tundra, you’re going to want to check out this portable battery. It carries enough juice to charge an iPad three and a half times, and can even replenish itself from the sun.
In our review, James wasn’t convinced about its solar credentials, but found it more than adequate as a backup power source:
23,000mAh is a truly monstrous capacity that, in practice, will provide a full charge for an iPad, a Nexus 7, and a mobile phone – which could make all the difference if you’re stranded in your car or otherwise; and the ability to run other DC devices that require higher power is a great addition.
Moleskine Notebook ($10)
Confession: I’m a notebook snob. I look down from my ivory tower at those using those cheap, ring-bound pads.
I’m not the only one. Fellow MakeUseOf author Dann Albright also chooses to write his notes on dead trees, and while he’s rather open minded about the pads he uses, I’m a bit more brand loyal. It has to be Moleskine.
So, why should you drop $10 on a notebook? Besides being sturdy and perpetually fashionable, Moleskine notebooks contain phenomenally high quality paper. Don’t expect dog-eared pages, or ink to bleed through.
Looking to improve your specs-appeal? Whether you’re looking for something to help you read, or something for when you’re on the beach, this independent Italian manufacturer has you covered.
They look great, and unlike most designer eyewear they won’t cost the earth. Prices start at €105.
Lenovo IdeaPad N20P ($260)
As someone who spent the summer backpacking across Europe, I got used to not carrying my Macbook Pro. I either took an iPad, or my beloved Acer C720 Chromebook. I wasn’t alone in ditching the full-sized laptop. Most people in the hostels I stayed at tended to either not carry around a computer, or carry a Chromebook.
It’s hard not to see why the Chromebook family is suited to the traveling lifestyle. Their most compelling selling points are their infinitely long battery life, and relatively low cost. Lots of devices run Chrome OS, but one of the best is the Lenovo IdeaPad N20P. Here’s what MakeUseOf author Danny Steiben has to say about it:
This is a fantastic Chromebook. In fact, it’s probably one of my most favorite yet. Sure, the Samsung Chromebook 2 was impressive, but with the Lenovo IdeaPad N20P, you just really get the feeling that it wants to be functional — and it is. Getting this Chromebook is a relatively small investment, and it should provide you with several years of great use.
Over to you: Are you a traveler? What would your ideal travel-related Christmas present be? Are you a friend of a traveler? What are you getting them?
Let me know in the comments section below.
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