Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Travelers

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last-minute holiday giftIf you need a last-minute holiday gift for a client or employee who travels a lot (like you) consider these:

Here are 6 ideas for last-minute holiday gifts for frequent flyers:

For the Earth-conscious traveler: Sustainability is not just a buzzword for many travelers, and you’ll make your fave clients very happy with a piece of anything from Solo’s Re:Cycled Collection, a cool-looking group of trendy backpacks, rolling cases, duffels, briefcases and more that are made from recycled materials (think PET water bottles and other unsightly trash) and sold at surprisingly affordable prices. Find gifts at

For the memoir lover: Award-winning travel writer Mark Chesnut puts his quick wit, clever observations and excellent story-telling skills to good use in his moving memoir, “Prepare for Departure,” a swan dive into his relationships with everything travel (especially airlines) and his single mother, both equally deep. Pack your carry-on for a trip that will make you laugh, cry and want to stop and smell the roses—and it’s all ok. Find it on amazon.

For the red-eye flyer: Neck pillows come in a variety of shapes—most notably the pervasive toilet-seat version, which might possibly be the most uncomfortable travel accessory ever made. Enter the Trtle travel pillow, a bit of a misnomer because it’s technically not a pillow at all. This neck wrap contains an internal support structure that literally holds your head nearly upright as you snooze—it’s one of the best gifts you can give a neck. There are different ways to wrap it and it comes in several colors. Find it at

For the island lover: It’s no coincidence that prolific travel writer, editor and author Robert Curley’s nickname is “Caribbean Bob”—he recently published “100 Things to do in the Caribbean Before You Die,” and it could very well be the definitive guide for your island-hopping clients. From the tasty Ruta del Lechon in the mountains of Puerto Rico that takes you on an exploration of the best roast pork on the planet (we might be a bit biased) to the best place to swim with whale sharks in Mexico to “taking a no-tan-lines plunge off the Willy T in the BVI,” Bob will guide your clients to new adventures—and you to new sales. Find it at

For the chronic overpacker: Overpacking is a virtue for some, so we suggest gifting an Eagle Creek Pack-It set. There are several in the line, and some even conveniently compress to make even more space available in your suitcase. A favorite is the “packing folder” that comes with its own folding board with instructions on how to fold a dozen shirts to prevent wrinkles easily. They come in a variety of colors and configurations that will fit any carry-on or checked piece. Find them at

Calling all road warriors: That’s pretty much everyone on your list, we know. The Spigen Slim Armor Wallet series of cases for mobile phones are sleek and protective—and they come with a secret compartment that will hold business cards, credit cards or a wad of cash that can come very much in handy on any trip. Find them at

This article previously ran in our sister publication, Recommend.

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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.