5 Holiday Gifts for Pandemic Times

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These outdoors-themed COVID-era holiday gifts take on a whole, new vibe.

As people spend more time in the great outdoors, here are some suggestions for gadgets and gear for holiday gifts in the pandemic era. Courtesy of Global Rescue.

National Parks Poster

Pop Chart Lab takes boring data and turns it into fun, infographic posters. New this year is a National Parks Scratch-Off Chart. Use it to track your travels to all 62 national parks from Grand Canyons and Tetons to Great Basins, Sand Dunes and Smoky Mountains. All you have to do is gently scratch the top layer off any site you’ve visited to unveil a full-color vista underneath. The 12-by-16 print is a great way to plan travel — and commemorate the trips.

Custom Fly Reels

Anglers have some awesome bling these days. How about a customized reel by Abel, a customized fishing company in Colorado. We’re particularly enamored with the Limited Edition Johnny Cash Fly Reel, a limited edition run with each reel individually serialized 1 through 250. Two Super Series models, sizes 5|6 and 7|8, are hand painted with a silhouette of Cash’s favorite guitar and black satin sunburst.

Leatherman Style PS

Just about everyone had one on their keychain: a travel-friendly, multi-tool called a Leatherman. Sept. 11 changed the rules for carry-on items but the new Leatherman Style PS is manufactured without blades, which is in accordance with Transportation Security Administration policies. With spring-action pliers, scissors, tweezers, bottle opener, a nail file and wire cutters, and Global Rescue Safe Travel partner Self Drive Safari Resource recommends it for any safari kit.


Binoculars are made for different purposes and an Alaskan cruiser may not want the same technology as a backyard birder. REI offers a guide to help you choose the best binoculars for your travel needs. Nikon offers three Monarch options, all offering high resolution and a fog-proof, waterproof design to complement any outdoor adventure.

Just-In-Case Satellite Communicator

On an adventure in a remote location and need to contact with a loved one or a rescue team? The Bivy Stick Blue is a two-way global satellite communicator with some game-changing features: two-way text communication, maps and trail information, and an SOS button connecting to Global Rescue. According to Men’s Journal, the Bivy “is a solid device. It gave accurate information at check-ins, and weighed practically nothing in my pack.”  

Global Rescue is the world’s leading provider of medical, security, evacuation and travel risk management services. Founded in 2004, Global Rescue has exclusive relationships with the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Division of Special Operations and Elite Medical Group. Global Rescue provides best-in-class services that identify, monitor and respond to client medical and security crises.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.