While much of the holiday season is behind us, the retail world stays busy with many people returning or exchanging gifts they received. Whether it’s an unwanted Secret Santa present, duplicate stocking stuffer gift or carry-on bag that doesn’t fit your style, travelers have plenty of other options to pursue.
These gift ideas could be the ideal replacement for a less favorable present you might have received. While you might be out of luck with a handmade present with no receipt, here are 8 alternative options that frequent travelers might find enticing.
Serengeti Amboy Sunglasses
These polarized sunglasses, part of Serengeti Eyewear’s Driving Heritage Collection, are a favorite of both pilots and road trippers. The stylish Amboy pair features a light, polarized mineral lens and handcrafted acetate metal frame. Not only is it fashionable, but also incredibly sturdy. Thanks to its 3-in-1 lens technology, it can absorb between 77-91% of the visible light and 89-95% of blue light. These sunglasses cost $425, but are thin, lightweight and scratch and impact-resistant making them a great holiday gift to use year-round.
Outdoor Research Men’s Juneau Fleece Jacket
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There are so many jackets on the market that it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. The Men’s Juneau Fleece Jacket from Outdoor Research balances comfort and warmth with a fair price point. It’s a fleece jacket with double-brushed sherpa interior and multiple pockets making it great for relaxing outdoors or to fold up and stuff in a carry-on bag for travel. Its nylon exterior and binding elastic cuffs are meant to lock in warmth, but still has breathable fabric. It comes in three different colors and costs $129.
YBell Fitness produces the ideal weight for those without easy access to a gym or room at home for equipment. The YBell Neo is actually a 4-in-1 workout device that comes in multiple weight amounts between 10 and 27 pounds. Using this weight provides a well-rounded routine for those that know how to use it. The weight can be lifted as either a kettlebell or dumbell. The YBell Neo can also be used as a double-grip medicine ball or as a base for push-ups. If you travel by car, this is something that is easy to fit in the trunk and bring into a hotel room or use outdoors. The smallest 10lb YBell Neo costs $60 and can be purchased as a pair if desired. The largest 27lb model costs $80.
If you’re warm-blooded or work out frequently, the Cooling Cuff could be an ideal gift to meet those new year’s workout resolutions. This rubber wristband has a small compartment, slightly larger than a watch face, where you insert a cooling pouch. After keeping it in the freezer for a few hours, the pouch cools your wrists at pulse points that help to lower your core body temperature. This is a great gift for fitness buffs, but also for those that plan to spend time outdoors. It works for travelers on city tours, athletes and coaches, gardeners and indoors if you tend to get warm in the office. The Cooling Cuff only needs to be worn for about 10-15 minutes to cool you down. It retails for around $40 for a pair and can fit easily into a carry-on bag, purse or briefcase.
Sea Witch Botanicals Candles
These all-natural candles come in a variety of fragrances. Crafted from soy wax and rice bran oil, the candles come infused with essential oils, many of which use scents from nature. During the holidays, candles are a popular stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift, but the scent someone receives can often be a personal choice. The company also makes natural, unscented candles. The variety of calming and clean candle aromas from Sea Witch Botanicals, retailing for around $30 each, offers something for every mood and personality.
Treeline Coffee Roasters
Coffee of any type is a great gift for jet-lagged frequent travelers, especially artisan-roasted beans with a story to tell. Female-owned Treeline Coffee Roasters, which can ship coffee from its Bozeman, Montana coffee shop, has a variety of blends at different price points and flavor profiles. One of their coffee lines works with an entirely female supply chain of growers, harvesters and importers. One bag of beans costs between $15 and $26 with free shipping on orders over $40.
Raw Beauty Co. BabyFace Super Moisturizer
Frequent travelers are often looking for beauty and self-care products that keep their skin fresh and hydrated. Raw Beauty Co.’s BabyFace Super Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid comes in a travel-sized, TSA-friendly container. It is especially popular for its hydrating capability and the ability to ease fine lines and wrinkles because it gently plumps up the skin. It contains all-organic ingredients including five oils, shea butter and hyaluronic acid, which the body naturally produces, but wanes as we age. At $65 for a 1.76oz jar, this is not inexpensive, but only a small “pea-sized” amount is needed with each use. Even the packaging is all-natural using 100% recyclable materials like cardboard, glass and bamboo.
Sijo Eucalyptus Bed Linens
These cooling and eco-friendly sheets are just what weary travelers will cherish after a long trip. The soft fabric is made of sustainable materials free of harmful chemicals. Neither water nor fertilizers are used to produce the particular TENCEL lyocell fabric in these sheets, and they are both antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. They come in a variety of bed sizes including king, queen and twin with the price varying by bed type. The popular SIJO eucalyptus sheet set costs $165 for a queen bed, for example, and comes in numerous different color options.