Let me start by saying that I already own the following items, and this blog post is in no way intended as a hint for my family to buy me things 🙂
You’ll notice what’s missing from this list are the obvious items such as a neck pillow or ipad. People who frequently fly already own an ipad (or something like it), and if they like neck pillows, they’ve tried many types and have settled on their favourite. The one that you pick out will likely stay behind.
So here are my top 6 Christmas gift ideas for your frequent flyer:
1. Noise Cancelling Headphones
Especially for long, night-time flights, noise cancelling headphones truly take you away to a world of bliss. These have a little switch on one side. Try it out in the store – you’ll be amazed at the difference between “noise cancelling on and noise cancelling off”.
I did some extensive research when I shopped for mine, and settled on the Panasonic RP HC500. Bose received better online reviews, but Panasonic came in a very close second. For the price difference, I chose value over brand name.
You can buy these at 2001 Audio Video on sale right now for just $99.99 – click here for more information.
2. A Freshen Up Kit
This is something you can customize and create a thoughtful, personal gift for someone you care about.
You can take this to the plane lavatory discreetly, and carry a folded toothbrush, small tube of paste, travel size deodorant, wet wipes, or whatever else will freshen you up before you land.
The brand I like is Fossil, they have a good selection at The Bay. The choices are endless.
3. A Comfortable Hoody
There’s nothing more comforting on a long plane ride than a cozy hoody. When you sleep, your body temperature drops, so a sweater is good to have on hand. I suggest a hoody to keep that annoying air from blowing on your face (depends on the plane and your seat location, but when it blows directly on you, it’s a hell with no escape). Also, a hoody will give you a bit of privacy if you sleep with your mouth open 😀 it’s just more cozy all around. Pockets are also a nice feature to hold your music, tissues, or just snuggle in with your hands in your pockets.
4. More Power
Electronic devices use up a lot of juice on a long plane ride. There are hundreds of portable power sources out there for travellers. For my iphone, I have a Mili phone case that doubles as a protector for my phone and an emergency power source.
I also fly with my Mophie Powerstation which will keep my ipad going on long trips. You can pick up a Powerstation at Best Buy for $99.99.
5. A Book Light
The perfect stocking stuffer. Book lights aren’t used much for reading anymore because most frequent flyers use an e-reader. Regardless, I still pack a book light when I travel. They come in handy for any kind of task lighting: filling out your customs card, counting money in the back of a taxi cab, or rummaging through the bottom of your backpack for your Mophie.
Chapters-Indigo has a good selection of book lights.
Whether it’s an e-book, a movie, music or games, every flyer NEEDS their favourite media. You can buy itunes gift cards online, or in almost every drug store, grocery store, gift store, card shop, or gas station.
So there you have it, my 2014 Christmas gift buying guide for the flyer on your list. if you have other gift ideas, please add a comment below.