We’ve got it all in our 2019 Gift Guide – fun stuff to keep your loved ones entertained, warm, comfy, powered up and organized this holiday season. And your hair will look smashing too.
Check out the roll-up keyboard, travel yoga mat, portable grill, Harry Potter-inspired bag and the best portable charger. We’ve got the boxes for your homemade goodies, plus unicorn and hedgehog gift wrap to make wrapping more fun.
And we haven’t forgotten the stocking stuffers. We have fun stuff for grown-ups and items for kids that will get them off their screens and sharing the fun with you.
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Maybe you have a budding Elton John on your gift list. (Just watched “Rocketman” on a plane.) This roll-up keyboard is perfect for ages 3 and up and rolls up to throw in the car for your next trip. While this one has 49 keys and sells for $29.99, Baby Joy also makes a version with 88 keys for any age keyboard player for $59.99.
I always download TV shows and movies to watch on a flight, but have always had wired headphones, which end up getting tangled in my hair, the blanket and around my neck. I finally tried these wireless headphones and absolutely love them. I’ll never go wired again. These headphones do take up more space in your carryon, but the sound quality and ability to tune out all that airplane noise is worth it. $299.
For noise control, I prefer the full-size headphones, like the M4U8 above. But if you need to travel a bit lighter, try these highly rated in-ear headphones that you can fold up and place in your pocket or zippered compartment. They are wireless, fast charging and have active noise cancellation for $109.29.
No matter what age, any Harry Potter fan will love this officially licensed duffle bag. It’s made from faux leather and has a zippered closure and detachable shoulder strap for $67.31.
Fall asleep comfortably listening to your favorite tunes or audio books with these comfortable headphones with flat speakers that connect to Bluetooth devices. The battery lasts up to 10 hours and the headphones come in small, medium and large with your choice of two fabrics. $99.95 and up.
In my state (Georgia) we’re not allowed to hold our phones while driving, but no matter where you live, you’ll appreciate this phone mount and wireless charger that can be attached with an air vent clip or mounted on your dashboard or windshield. It can charge any compatible device wirelessly and has a 2-port USB car charger. $59.99
My husband is really into yoga, but is constantly traveling, so I gave him this travel yoga mat last year and he loves it. Made of suede material on one side with rubber on the other, it’s thin and folds up into a small carrying pouch, easy to throw in your suitcase. It’s also machine washable and comes in five patterns for $26.97.
I have what I call my “public pajamas” for when I’m traveling with friends. You know, the ones that you can run to the kitchen and get a cup of coffee in without feeling too exposed. But they have to be compact enough to only take up a small amount of space in my suitcase.
I love these satin polka dot pajamas that are cute and silky soft. They have a drawstring waist and come in nine colors and two different sizes of white dots for $28.98.
Taking your little one on a plane? Explain how you’re traveling and give them something fun to play with on the trip with this set of four airplane toys. There are no small pieces so no crawling around on the floor looking for them and they don’t make noises that will drive you crazy. Good for ages 2 and up for $14.95.
This high-end tabletop electric grill has dual burners and 285 square inches of grilling surface. In just 10 seconds it’s set up and ready to grill. It has flame throwing ignition, which sounds kind of aggressive to me, but I guess that’s a good option. You can find cheaper portable grills but why not get ones that lasts? This one is $249.
You don’t have to play golf to love these cute bags from Gloveit, a manufacturer of women’s golf and tennis accessories. The small size makes these perfect for throwing in your suitcase and using for when you don’t need a big bag. I took mine on a river cruise and it was perfect for going to dinner at night when all I needed to carry was my phone, cabin key and lipstick. These come in 19 patterns for just $23.03.
This travel case for jewelry is large enough for tons of bling but zips up into a compact size to fit in your carry-on. No matter how cheap it is, I never check my jewelry if I check a bag. Comes in black, blue, brown, lake blue, orange, pink and rose pink for $22.99.
Never be powerless again with this portable charger that can charge your phone up to six times and your tablet twice. It has three USB ports so you can charge multiple devices at once. It also recharges up to twice as fast as other portable chargers. It comes with a travel pouch but you will need to purchase USB-c cable and a lightning cable for iPhone/ iPad separately if you don’t have them. It comes in black and white for $65.99.
I’ve been conscious of wrinkle management after I took a suitcase of linen clothes on a trip through the south of France where apparently hotels are anti-iron. I traveled through the villages of Provence looking like the human equivalent of a Shar-Pei. Even if there is an iron available in a hotel room, they can be filled with rusty old water that spews onto your clothing. It works with 120V and 240V and is $28.28.
I’m a big fan of packing cubes as they help keep me organized and fit more in my suitcase. This set of six bags has a fun graphic design and includes a drawstring bag you can use for dirty laundry, a beach bag or recyclable tote. It comes in four other colors for $44.95.
I always travel with an umbrella because unlike that Pina Colada song guy, I do not enjoy getting caught in the rain. This compact umbrella is quick drying, weighs less than a pound and comes in nine colors, including one that’s black on the outside with blue skies on the inside. I’m partial to this bright yellow because you’ll less likely to leave it behind and it’s a bright spot of color on a gray day. $22.95.
While I wouldn’t take this on a plane, this lush blanket with a foot pocket would be great in the car and when you reach your destination. It’s almost 6 feet long so would even work for my son who is 6’2”. It’s machine washable and comes in 10 colors and patterns for $49.99.
Great for runners, bikers and even walkers, this Tracer360 best lights up so they are visible for up to a mile at night no matter how dark it is outside. It’s lightweight, has a battery that lasts about 40 hours and changes between six solid colors and multicolor flashing modes. The straps are adjustable so you can wear it over heavily clothing in colder weather. It comes in three sizes for $54.95.
Paradise invented the infused lozenge over 10 years ago. This family-owned company makes tinctures, oils, caramels, gummies, topicals and lozenges from CBD, a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Some people take them to affect their mood and they have also been used for pain, inflammation and memory. A package of four lozenges is $8.
CBD is also popular for skincare products as it’s been shown to be an antioxidant and have anti-inflammatory properties. Sacred Biology makes a line with lotions, lip balms, healing balm, motion rubs and deodorant. Get all the products in the travel kit for $49.99.
This water bottle has a storage compartment on the bottom of it, perfect for storing your keys, watch, credit cards, snacks or any other small items while you’re on the go. It also keeps your drink hot for 12 hours or cold for 24. It comes in 20- and 24-ounce sizes and in eight colors for $39.
I’m not high maintenance but my hair is. I use a curling iron and a flat iron to tame its unruliness and was delighted to find this mini combo styling tool. It’s small and comes in a carrying case so the cords don’t get all tangled up in my suitcase. $27.99.
The lunch bag and backpack are made of water-resistance coated fabric. The backpack has two pockets in the interior and two for water bottles. The lunch bag is great for organizing their snacks and has a fully insulated interior. Comes in mustard, pink, mint, khaki and navy for $55.
Stocking Stuffers, Boxes and Wrapping Paper
Brighten up your mantle this year with these stockings pictured . They are made from burlap and are 4 for $28.99
Boxes for Holiday Goodies
I used to search all over for containers for the holiday goodies I made for the neighbors. Now I’ll use these cute cardboard boxes. If you have any left over you can use them for gifts. 12 boxes for $14.87.
Chalier Christmas Socks
My brothers and I all got socks in our stockings every year. We were never all that excited about it, but it’s tradition so my kids have gotten socks in their stockings every year too so they can share in the lack of joy I felt as a child. I’m hoping the girls in our family will get a kick out of these. They come five in a set with five patterns to choose from. $7.99 to $9.99.
Brain Candy: Seriously Sweet Facts to Satisfy Your Curiosity
This book from National Geographic Kids will get your kids off their screens and sharing fun facts like how many times Rhode Island could fit into the state of Alaska (425) and a year on Jupiter is equivalent to 12 years on Earth. $8.99.
Dog Ate My Mad Libs
Help your kids learn the parts of speech while having a blast with this canine version of Mad Libs. I wag my _____ and give my human kisses on the _____. $3.99.
Santa Claus Go Fish
Play three games with this one deck of Christmas-related playing cards: Old Maid, Go Fish and Slap Jack. $7.99
BYKES Magnetic Wristband
Got a fixer-upper person in your life? They’ll love this magnetic wristband that keeps screws, nails and drill pits handy. $5.99.
Burt’s Bees Gift Set
This set of five travel items comes with cleansing cream, hand salve, body lotion, foot cream and lip balm. $9.98.
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