Travel: Awesome Travel Gifts for 2016

Published by: Debra Green on Tuesday December 6th, 2016

Debra Green

Awesome Travel Gifts for 2016

By Jan Schroder

I agree with the saying “Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” But there are a lot of things that can make travel easier and more fun. Here are a few items for your traveling buddies this year, many of which can be enjoyed at home and on the road.

Awesome Travel Gifts for 2016
Skyroll Luggage

Just when you think a suitcase couldn’t get any more useful, along comes the SkyRoll on Wheels. Yes, I love the four wheels that make it way easier to cart through those endless airport terminals. But the unique feature of this carry-on suitcase is the garment bag that actually wraps around the suitcase! You can also carry the suitcase and the garment bag as two pieces of luggage. $249.99


Awesome Travel Gifts for 2016
Buddy Balls

Start with one adorable stuffed bear. Unzip it, flip it and the bear turns into a ball ­– two toys in one! And kids will love storing their own prized items inside the zippered compartment of the bear.  Buddy Balls are a great travel companion for kids and come in different colors and in a sports collection. Purchase a Buddy Ball and Maxland Toys donates to Child Life programs. $19.99


Cate and Chloe Jewelry

I feel more comfortable leaving my nice jewelry at home when I travel. But with Cate and Chloe jewelry I can still bling out without worrying about loss or theft of valuable or sentimental items. The site has a large collection of diamond-simulated pieces, like these Isabella Hoops for just $19.99. Check out the selection of wedding and bridal gifts as well. 

IVoice Beanie

Forget those pesky earbuds – this 1Voice Beanie is Bluetooth-enabled with built-in headphones so you just throw it on and go, taking your tunes with you. The battery is easy to recharge and lasts 6-8 hours. The beanies come in several colors, are unisex and machine washable. $69.

Dune Jewelry

We may not love sand in our shoes, but what about sand in our earrings, necklaces, rings or watches? Dune Jewelry has gorgeous jewelry with sand from your favorite beach embedded right in it. Take a look at the site’s large sand bank, select your favorite, then select your piece of jewelry for a truly one-of-a-kind piece. Pieces start at $40.


Motorola Z and Moto Mods

For that special someone, consider the Motorola Z phone, plus the ultra-cool attachments called MotoMods. The phone takes the best photos I’ve even taken on a smartphone, and once I attach the Hasselblad True Zoom, I have 10x optical zoom and professional settings. Other MotoModds include a battery pack, Insta-Share Projector, JBL SoundBoost Speaker and Incipio offGRID Power Packs. Phones start at $408; MotoMods start at $59.99. (For more on each MotoMod, visit Girl on the Go.)



Living in the city, we don’t get to see a ton of stars. And despite that astronomy class I took in college, I’m not always sure what I’m looking at. But with Universe2Go I have my own personal planetarium. This star viewer pairs with a smartphone app to share information on what you are seeing as well as amazing images. $99.