Best luggage finds
This holiday season, give the gift of luggage. Consider the recipient's traveling habits, activities and personal sense of style when you are shopping for luggage gifts.
For the business traveler
A garment bag is essential for any business traveler. They come in wheeled or over-the-shoulder styles, and in sizes that meet the carry-on restrictions as well as larger versions. A good garment bag is created from a durable, lightweight material and has plenty of extra pockets for shoes and accessories. You should be able to fit several suits or dresses in a garment bag with ease. (Amazon, $46)
For carrying on
A lightweight, sturdy carry-on is essential for anyone who travels. Carry-on bags should be made from high-density, rip-stop nylon or other durable materials. For convenience and portability, a vertical Pullman-type of carry-on has a light frame, telescoping handle, wheels and is expandable. The 22-inch carry-on is generally accepted by most airlines — however, maximum size restrictions vary by carrier. (Amazon, $40)
For the new mom
If you’re looking for a gift for a new mother or mommy-to-be, consider a diaper bag for traveling that is stylish enough to be used as a purse, yet roomy enough to carry all her essentials. It should have a changing pad, bottle pockets and plenty of other compartments. A big plus is a padded, secure section for her laptop or tablet computer. (Amazon, $65)
For the outdoorsy type
For the man or woman who likes to get outdoors, daypacks or backpacks — both with and without frames and wheels — are great gift ideas. Backpacks should be water-resistant, strong and contain plenty of separate compartments for everything from wet clothes to electronic equipment. (Amazon, $27)
For checked luggage
If you are buying someone a large piece of luggage that needs to be checked (or a complete luggage set), consider other colors beyond basic black. Unique colors and fun prints will make the pieces much easier to locate at baggage claim. Personalized luggage tags in bright shades are also a great option if you want to stick to neutral suitcases. (Amazon, $100)
Where to shop
Shop for brands of luggage that you know and trust to ensure quality, durability and workmanship. You don't have to spend a bundle to get what you want this holiday season.