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Gifts to Bring Comfort and Joy at a Time When We All Really Need Some

by Jan Schroder
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Has there ever been a year we needed holiday cheer more? We’ve found dozens of items for The Travel 100 Gift Guide that will bring a smile to the faces of your loved ones this holiday season.

We’ve included jigsaw puzzles, board games, laser tag and an at-home nail kit . We found the the best power bank, portable speaker and a really cool WiFi Smartspot.

Just about anyone will love the rope in a canister and a mini garden that even the black thumbers can keep alive. Campers will love the party lights, ornament and toys for the kids.

skyroam solis

Skyroam Solis X

I hate being away from WiFi. Even on vacation I want to download newspapers and my current addiction, the NYT spelling bee.

This WiFi Smartspot gives you a mobile hotspot anywhere and connects up to 10 devices. The Solix X also has a remote camera, power bank and smart assistant that you control with the Solis WiFi App. Pay as you go or choose a monthly subscription. $179.99.

ninebot scooter

Ninebot eKickScooter ZING E8

My kids could have circled the planet with all the miles they rode on their scooters. This one comes in fun colors, folds up and has a triple braking system for safety. It weighs less than 20 pounds and has three ride modes. Recommended for ages 6-12. $199 (now on sale for $169.)

dune jewelry snowflake ornament

Dune Jewelry Snowflake Ornament

I’ve been a big fan of Dune Jewelry for years. Choose your style of jewelry then pick sand from just about any beach in the world to be added to it. The company also has a home collection that includes ornaments, wine stoppers, frames and a jewelry case. This snowflake ornament with a sand-filled center is $42.

woman drinking from hunu cup

HUNU Camping, Travel Cup

I love this simple and useful collapsible silicone cup that folds up small enough to slip inside a pocket. It comes with an insulating band to protect your hand when you fill it with hot liquid. And it’s better for the environment.

It holds nine ounces and comes in charcoal, light grey, pastel pink and sage green for $19.50.


Reshoevn8r’s Deep Clean Signature Bundle

If your guy is like mine, he likes to keep his boots, sneakers and other shoes in top condition. He’ll love this shoe kit that include brushes, cleaning solution, men’s shoe trees along with a few extras like a collapsible bowl, cleaning mat and laundry detergent pods. $100.

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Galison Puzzles

My college friend told me about these colorful puzzles with scenes from Paris, Cuba and a Japanese tea garden. You can also choose from dogs, birds of the world and plenty more. Puzzles start at $12.99.

Lula’s Garden

Not everyone can keep house plants alive, but anyone can handle a succulent garden. This easy-to-care-for plant is a great addition to the desk in your home office or on a book shelf. Each garden sold helps provide six months of safe drinking water through water.org. $29 and up.

luxon backpack

Luxon Laptop Backback

I’m a big fan of eBags for its selection of products and brands. This Luxon laptop backpack carries up to a 17″ laptop in a padded pocket, has a wireless charging pocket and two side water pockets. It has a top handle and attaches to a suitcase with a sleeve.

It comes in black and graphite for $152.

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Happy Campers Ornament

Perfect for the camper in your life, this cheery ornament from Kurt Adler can be personalized with a name and date. $10.99.

Classic Packing Cubes

I started using packing cubes a few years ago and love how they keep me organized. These cubes, also from eBags, are great for storing items even when you aren’t traveling. They come in nine colors for $38.50.

bananagrams duel

Bananagrams Duel

This is a great stocking stuffer and a fun way to get people off their screens. Bananagrams is a fun, fast-paced word game for ages 7 and up. Bananagrams Duel is a smaller version of the game, great for playing when you’re on-the-go. $9.99.

red chocolate bar

Red Chocolate

It’s a Christmas miracle! Delicious chocolate that’s up to 50% lower in calories and 40% less fat. These dark chocolate bars are also keto-friendly with no added sugar. The bars come in different flavors and in milk chocolate. I’m enjoying the orange dark chocolate right now. Four bars for $12.99.

vote necklace

Vote necklace

While the national election may be over, except for those of us in Georgia, there’s always another vote coming along.

If you have someone on your gift list who is passionate about voting, she will love this beautiful necklace from Mazi + Zo. The sterling silver necklace starts at $80 and the 14 karat gold at $196.

two women with Shux pashmina

Shux Packable Wrap/Scarf

One of my favorite items is this packable wrap that folds into its own pouch and hooks onto a bag. I always carry a wrap on a trip to serve as a scarf or a blanket and love this easy-to-carry one. Plus it’s the softest fabric ever. Comes in berry and black for $34.99.

SHUX also has a unisex packable hood that comes in five colors, folds into its own pouch and has a hook to easily attach it to a backpack or other bag. It comes in five colors for $39.99.

Use the code TRAVEL100 when checking out on MYSHUX.com and get 20% off all products.


This cute gift set comes with a brush and two sizes of animal-print TELETIES hair ties. They don’t slip out of your hair and are designed to be worn as a bracelet when not in use. $34.99.

National Parks Board Game

Inspire a love of the national parks and learn more about them when you play this fun board game with your family. $50.

Rapid Rope

Anyone who has ever used rope will love this utility rope in a canister about the size of a Coke can. There’s 120 feet of rope, rated at 1,100 pounds, along with a cutter at the top to make it any length you want.

The founders hope to use some of the profits to build a school in Ghana, where their adopted son is from. $24.95, $14.95 for refill cartridge.

Busy Baby Mat

Keep babies happy and toys in place when you fasten them to this silicone BPS-free placemat. It’s dishwasher-safe, great for restaurants, planes and home use, and comes in six colors for $29.99.

Baby Brew Bottle Warmer

It’s easier to feed your baby when you’re away with this battery-operated bottle warmer designed to heat up breast milk to the correct and safe temperature. It also works with most types of formula. $75.

Sprouts Camp Out Toys

How can you resist these camping toys that even include a play s-more and light-up lantern? Get your little ones excited about camping by having a pretend one before you go. $17.99.

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Santa in a Snow Globe

This sweet book explains to children that although Christmas may seem a bit different this year, it’s still a magical time. And yes, Santa is still bringing presents. $12.99.

stomp rocket

Stomp Rocket

I’m expecting a lot of fun out of this simple, aptly named toy. You stomp on it and the air shoots a rocket into the sky. This version of the Stomp Rocket has LED lights to make it really fun to play with at night. It comes with four rockets and a refill pack with two more. $26.99.

I'm outside

I’m Outside

This mist claims to be forest bathing in a bottle, for use when you’re stuck inside. It’s got tree oil and vitamin D, but the best part about it is the scent. It smells really nice and did give me a bit of a boost while sitting at my desk. $28.

HatNotHate Loom Kit

Make two adorable hats with this loom kit and give as gifts or donate to the HatNotHate anti-bullying campaign if you wish to distribute to kids and students. $24.99.

sharper image laser tag

Sharper Image Laser Tag

Strap on a vest, grab a gun and you’re ready for a rollicking game of laser tag. It comes with two laser blasters and two vests that light up, make sound effects and vibrate. $34.99.

new yorker jigsaw puzzle

New Yorker Cover Jigsaw Puzzles

I became a bit addicted to New Yorker cover jigsaw puzzles earlier this year and purchased several. There are many to choose from, including a few more holiday- or winter-themed ones. $21.95.

Narmay Space Dome Tent and Tunnel

The kids will love crawling through a tunnel into this fun space tent. You’ll love that it’s easy to assemble and folds up into a portable bag. $69.99.

STM Myth Backpack

I like how sleek this backpack looks and it keeps my laptop safe by suspending it away from the edge of the backpack. It also comes in slate blue and granite black. $139.

Party Glow Lights

Turn any space into a party by stringing up these camper-themed party glow lights. A sure cure for the winter blues! $19.50.

Smart Felt Farm with little boy

My Little Farm

Little ones will love these felt play sets from Smart Felt Toys. The 3-D houses have two sides and come with 32 felt pieces for children to stick on as they please. In addition to My Little Farm, there is also My Little House and My Little Seasons. The sets fold flat for easy storage. $39.99.

Mini Waffle Maker

I love my mini waffle maker so much it comes on trips with us. It’s so easy to use and makes just the right size waffle. This kit comes with a recipe book and heart-shaped measuring spoons. $29.99.

lemon print apron

Lemon Apron

One of my 2021 resolutions is to start wearing an apron because I am a messy cook. This lemon print one is cheery and has pockets. $19.95.

Ultimate Ears Portable Speaker

This is my son’s and husband’s favorite gift ever. This speaker has a great sound and runs up to 15 hours on a rechargeable battery. Plus it’s waterproof and it floats! Comes in seven colors and starts at $124.

Eggtronic Laptop Power Bank

This power bank can charge up to three devices at once and weighs less than 1.5 pounds. It’s an especially great gift for campers. $59.99.

celestial silk sheet set

Celestial Silk Sheet Gift Sets

Don’t they deserve the luxury of silk pillowcases? This gift set includes marble pattern pillowcase, eye mask and hair scrunchie. Comes in white or black for $60.

Dazzle Dry

If she is doing her nails at home, she’ll love this four-part system that comes in this cute canvas travel bag. She can create salon-like results with hard-set nails in just five minutes. The company uses all vegan, non-toxic products. $50.

Top Totes

I like to travel with hats sometimes, but don’t love keeping up with them. This cute little leather tab fastens to your bag and holds up to three hats for easy transport. Tabs start at $48.

Bug Bite Thing

A bug bite suction tool may strike you as an odd gift for the holidays. But I’d be thrilled to see one in my stocking. Mosquitos love me and find a way to bite me even when I’m doused in insect repellant.

This handy tool sucks out insect saliva from under your skin bringing relief from itching and swelling from all kinds of insect bites including bee and wasp stings. $19.95 for two.

jaguar robe

Room Service Robe

I love this striped robe that rolls up for easy packing. The jaguars make me smile. I’d also wear this to the hotel swimming pool or spa. $58

Room Service Jogger Set

This velour jogger set is also from Room Service and may be the softest thing I’ve ever put on. I may be doing just about everything except jogging in it. It’s a contender to replace my yoga pants for everyday wear. $68.

fixd diagnostic tool


This Bluetooth Scan Tool helps diagnose problems with your car when the check engine light comes on. It works through an app on Android and iPhone. $59.99

Just Masking For It

There are a few things on our gift lists that weren’t there a year ago. We found great hand sanitizers and fun masks that are great for stocking stuffers and small gifts for your friends.

PlaneAire® Hands

I’m a big fan of PlaneAire Travel Mist because it smells so nice and fresh. Now PlaneAire has made a hand sanitizer with the same fresh smell. It also comes in an orange pineapple scent. You’ll want several to keep in your car, at home and in your bag when you travel. $6.99.

sanibelle hand sanitizer ampules

Sanibelle Hand Sanitizer Ampules

These small aloe-infused ampules of hand sanitizer are perfect for home and for travel. You can slip a few in your bag so you’ll always have some with you. They come in a box of 50 for $26.99.

Sanibelle also makes biodegradable hand wipes, 10 packets of 12 wipes for $27.90


An innovative product to meet our needs for 2020 – a mask that hides inside your baseball cap until you need it. The mask attaches with magnets to the brim of the hat where you can’t see it or feel it. Then you just pull it down when you need it. The mask comes in various colors starting at $19.95.

mamask sports collection

Mamask Sports Collection

These masks are super comfortable, made of neoprene with a copper fabric liner. They come two in a package for $21.99. Check out the adorable kid’s masks as well.

Cozy Nose face masl

Cozy Nose

When it’s cold out, try a Cozy Nose face mask. It keeps your face warm and prevents your glasses or goggles from fogging up. The mask comes in several patterns for $25. (Photo by Lori Diemer)

Travel-themed face masks

If we have to wear masks, why not have fun with them? I love these travel-themed masks from Etsy. A set of two is $20.

Happy camper face mask

Happy camper face mask

This adorable mask will put a smile on the face of your happy camper. Available on Etsy for $10.

We hope you’ve enjoyed The Travel 100 2020 Gift Guide. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.

This post contains some affiliate links. If you purchase through one we get a small commission at no additional charge to you. We only recommend items we have enjoyed or think our readers will like.

– Jan Schroder, Editor-in-chief

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