5 Gadget gifts for the geeky traveler
Long gone are the days of unplugged vacations. Most people we know travel with some sort of technology, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Gadgets often make travel easier and allow for a more organized experience overall. If you've got any gadget-loving travelers on your gift list, we're here to share some tech toys they're sure to love.
Portable charging station
In a perfect world we would all travel sans technology, blissfully enjoying a gadget-free vacation. But who are we kidding? Most of us travel with at least one tech toy, if not more. That's why any gadget-loving traveler on your list will get a lot of use out of the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Mini ($60), which powers two devices at once with its dual charging ports. We especially love the fact that all that charging power comes in a pocket-size design.
Surfing on the go — whether you're searching hotel rooms, bus routes or nearby restaurants — just got easier and a lot more portable with the iPad Mini (starting at $329). The lighter, smaller and more travel-friendly version of the much-loved gadget is the ideal gift for any techie traveler on your list. Speedy wireless, hundreds of thousands of apps, crystal clear 7.9 inch screen and 10-hour battery life are just some of the reasons that make the Mini a must-have travel gadget.
Noise canceling headphones
Thin hotel walls, crying babies on planes, street parties below your room — there are so many reasons noise canceling headphones make a great gadget gift for travelers. Wrap up Tivoli Audio RSWL Radio Silenz Over-Ear Noise-Canceling Headphones ($160), and you just might win best gift. This sleek choice reduces outside noise by up to 85 percent and provides up to 50 hours of operation on a single AAA battery (included). The world's first active noise canceling headphone to employ wood housings instead of plastic means a clearer, more natural sound from what you do want to hear, not what you don't.
Being able to read on the go can make any travel experience better, and doing so in a way that doesn't involve lugging heavy books is an essential for any traveler. We like the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight ($119) for its soft glow optimized for low-light reading, making it perfect for using in-flight (or in bed). The GlowLight feature turns on instantly and can easily be adjusted using the touchscreen, and the built-in anti-glare screen protector creates a paper-like experience easy on the eyes. We're also pretty sure anyone you gift this to will appreciate the extra-long battery life that allows for up to one month of reading time.
Portable sound system
Listening to music on the go just got easier. The Geneva Sound System Model XS offers the traveler a lot of must-haves in one place: Bluetooth, FM radio, alarm clock, speakers and an amplifier — all in one stylish, ultra-compact package ($267). Music can be streamed wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device, such as iPad, iPhone and other smartphones and tablets, and other audio sources can be connected by a 3.5 mm line-in cable (included). Choose from white, black or (our pick), candy apple red.