We all love the convenience of smartphone photography, but for something a little more unique — and collectible — than a digital file, try the original Instagram: the Impossible Project I-1 Analog Instant Camera is a Polaroid camera for your smartphone.
Available at amazon.com, $299.
We’ve all tried to bring home a bottle of Italian olive oil or French wine and ended up taking a total loss on the contents of our suitcase. Precious cargo is a whole lot easier to transport with the VinniBag Travel Bag, an ingenious inflatable travel bag that has a liquid-tight seal.
Available at amazon.com, $30.
There are a lot of reasons to drive the length of the West Coast, but the design junkie will make it the ultimate modern architecture road trip. Phaidon’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: West Coast USA encompasses the whole 2,000-mile drive, from Paul Thiry’s stunning Seattle churches to the Eames House in Los Angeles and beyond.
Available at phaidon.com, $35 — enter promo code AQ30 at check-out for a 30% discount.
There’s a bag out there for just about any taste, and the State Nevins Backpack has enough storage — for keys, snacks, cords, laptop, and iPad — to keep you organized. What makes this one special is that it’s two for one, in a way — with each purchase, State delivers one of their bags packed with supplies to an American child in need.
Available at shopspring.com, $95
Music to a traveling parent’s ears: MiFold is a safety seating option that’s ten times smaller than a regular booster. It’s portable but strong and safe: Instead of lifting the child up to the height of an adult, it lowers the seatbelt to the height of the child. Store in a handbag when you need to jump in a taxi and keep an extra one in the glove compartment for schlepping multiple kids (ages 4-12).
Available at target.com, $40.
Here at Tablet we’re so tuned in to the effects of jet lag we can guess your frequent-flier mile total by the bags under your eyes. Recipe for Men Under Eye Patches are the cure — they’re aqua collagen-focused treatment pads that slip easily into a back pocket or carry-on.
Available at amazon.com, $36.
The answer to frozen appendages lies somewhere between disposable chemical gel packs and building a full-on campfire. Warm your hands the new-fangled old-fashioned way with a Zippo Mini Handwarmer that lasts up to six hours and comes in a variety of colors.
Available at amazon.com, from $12
It’s all about the details: The Barebones Living Pathfinder Cooler cooler keeps beers cold until you’re ready for a post-hike brew. Bonus: The zipper doubles as a bottle opener. Double bonus: Barebones Living is committed to using their products and profits for good in low-income and in-need communities in the United States and around the world.
Available at amazon.com, $60.
The best data backup plan is the one you’ll actually use — and for many of us, connecting a separate hard drive is something that can always wait. The idiot-proof solution is the Meem Memory Cord. It’s a dedicated drive that’s built in to your charging cable, so you can’t help but back up your data as often as you charge your device.
Available at amazon.com, $52.
For most of us, travel and food go hand in hand. Food Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of our Edible World is an illustrated assortment of fun food miscellany, from the history of grub to a global street food tour to a primer on how people around the world serve fried potatoes.
Available at amazon.com, $17.
If you’re more in the mood for a virtual winter getaway, we’ve got photos galore of cozy Alpine lodges. We have yet to find a way to deliver the smells of a winter wonderland via the internet; until then, the next best thing is a set of Pine Cone Scented Firestarters.
Available at amazon.com, $50.
Still stumped? For more detailed gift guides head to Fathom, where you’ll find Gifts That Give Back, Gifts Under $50, and Extravagant Gifts, as well as gifts for Frequent Flyers, Hungry Travelers, Adventurers, Armchair Travelers, and Little Globetrotters. And if you don’t need something to put under the tree — or if it’s too late for overnight shipping — we know where you can find a thousand or two extraordinary hotels for an unforgettable post-holiday escape….