Hot Gift Ideas for 2009
If you’re not sure what to get for the traveler, writer, or photographer in your life (or even if you’re doing a little gift shopping for yourself) here are some of this year’s hottest items to slide under the tree.
BOOKS FOR THE TRAVELER, WRITER, OR PHOTOGRAPHER:
The Hot Shoe Diaries, by Joe McNally – This book reveals the formula for photographer Joe McNally’s creative use of flash… and gives great tips on mastering it.
Best American Travel Writing 2009 – Read some of the best travel writing of the year and get inspired to write your own story.
The Travel Book, from Lonely Planet – This is a fun coffee table book — with a quick summary and review of every country on the planet.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010 – this book includes a 2010 travel planner with next year’s hottest travel spots mapped out by month, travel trends, ideas, and inspiration for your next travel story.
Travel magazine subscriptions (Budget Travel, Condé Nast Traveler, and National Geographic Traveler are always fun to read and drool over. You can subscribe to each of these on their respective websites.)
In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan – If you’re into food writing, or simply interested in leading a healthy lifestyle in 2010, this is an interesting read about staying healthy through eating real, unprocessed food. It also gives insight into current food trends.
Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe, from National Geographic – This book is more for the gourmand than the health nut… and takes you around the globe to some of the best eating on the planet.
Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcom Gladwell – Why do some people become more successful than their peers? Malcom Gladwell explores the logic behind individual success in this book.
MORE GIFT IDEAS FOR THE TRAVELER:
Kindle wireless reading device – Like having 1,500 books in your hand, only a lot lighter, the Kindle is Amazon’s ultra-portable, 3-G-enabled e-book reader.
Gorillapod – Wrap your camera’s tri-pod around sign posts, guard rails, café chairs… almost anything… for crisp, blur-free images anywhere you go. Now available for heavier SLR cameras and zoom lenses, too.
TravelSafe – This sturdy little steel mesh-enforced pouch holds all of your precious documents, cash, camera, or other items you hold dear, locks to anything, and includes its own padlock.
Pop-up towelettes – Throw a few of these tiny, 1” round tablets in your picnic basket, travel case, camera bag, or wherever. Add water to one, and it unfurls into a moist towelette.
Eton Microlink – This solar- and crank-powered device is a radio, flashlight, and cell phone charger in one… and may keep you out of the dark if the lights go out.
MORE GIFT IDEAS FOR THE WRITER:
Mobile Hotspot – Similar to a 3G modem, a mobile hotspot connects to cell phone signals. But rather than needing to be connected directly to a computer, it creates a small, five-user WiFi network, so the connection can be shared. It’s like having your own hotspot wherever you go. One option is the Verizon MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot.
A published book – Glorify your favorite writer this year by putting his or her writing into an original book, and publishing it yourself. You can also make calendars or photo books out of his or her images.
Laptop skins – A fun way to protect and dress up your laptop, phone, iPod, or other electronics is with “skins.” You choose a device (even Bluetooth headsets and flash drives are available to cover) and then you pick an image — could be a photo you submit yourself or another design.
Writer’s Market – a must-have for travel writers looking for places to get published. You can either buy a print edition or an online subscription.
Rite in the Rain Journal and all-weather pen from REI – If you’re shopping for a scribbler or a sketcher who travels a bunch, this journal with all-weather paper will keep his or her stories and designs safe… even in the rain.
Inka Pen – The pressurized ink cartridge in this pen makes it possible to write at any angle… even scribbling upside-down in your journal while swinging in a hammock.
Ergonomic keyboard or desk chair – Save your favorite writer’s back and wrists with an ergonomic chair.
A portfolio website – With GoDaddy.com, you can get a writer or photographer set up with a personal web site, starting around $5 per month, plus a $3 one-time fee to purchase his or her own website domain name. An easy-to-use website builder is included with your package.
The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program – If you or someone you know wants to enjoy the freedom, excitement, and fun of a travel writer’s life, this is, hands-down, the best way to begin. Author and freelance writer Jennifer Stevens covers everything from the very basics of composing a story to where to sell it to cashing in on VIP perks that travel writers can enjoy, like free hotel stays and even all-expenses-paid press trips.
[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]