There are two types of people in this world. Those who rejoice the moment department stores and radio stations switch to non-stop Christmas tunes, and those who shudder in disgust when those first few bars of Jingle Bells hit the airwaves. Whichever camp you fall into, you don't want to be the type of person who puts off holiday shopping to the last minute. Sure, gift cards are nice (read: lazy), but these travel gadgets will earn you extra brownie points for practicality and street cred. Without further ado, here are 10 Christmas must-haves for the tech-savvy traveler.
Note: Some of these goodies can only be bought in the US.
TOMS for Apple Watch
Price: From $49
So, these watch bands were literally just released, and we can think of no better way to start our wishlist. TOMS has designed them to go with the Apple Watch and not only are they pretty slick in design (genuine leather and all), but for every band purchased, the company provides a year of solar light to someone in need. Hurray for feel-good fashion!
AMPL Smart Backpack
Price: from $249
This handy bag ensures you never run out of battery juice, because you can charge all your devices through it at at once (shout out to the batteries and USB cord in each pocket). It's also designed to keep your tablet, laptop, and phone safe from both water and the very real dangers of baggage claim. Epic bonus: you can monitor and control everything that happens in the bag (down to the internal temperature) right from your smartphone. Kinda geeky, but we're into it.
Bluesmart One Luggage
Smart luggage is in this year, trust us. The Bluesmart One not only charges your devices, but also makes sure you never have to experience the pain of losing your bag again. Yeah, it has a genuine location tracker and lock that connects to your phone. Oh, and this bag is even smart enough to weigh itself. Enough said.
BUTTONS Wireless Bluetooth Earphones
Listening to music has never looked so damn stylish. Designed by the iconic will.i.am, and promoted by model of the moment Kendall Jenner, BUTTONS earphones have a simple, chic look for when listening to your travel playlist. The earphones, styled in the shape of a vinyl record, come in black, grey, gold, or rose.
Charm by Samsung
Charm is the smartwatch for all those who wish tech accessories were just a tad more fashion forward. Samsung's new fitness band has a square charm for a face, a glossy band, and all the features you need to stay connected while on the go. Keep track of your steps, calls, texts, and social media on this device that is as much about jewelry as it is about function.
Divoom Airbeat 10
The Divoom Airbeat 10 is a portable, waterproof speaker with Bluetooth capabilities. This wireless device fits in the palm of your hand, but more impressively, comes with both bike mount and suction cup for hands-free music. All in all, it's pretty much a dream accessory for chilling by the beach.
Buy: MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker
The stresses of traveling has been known to make us hangry, but at least caffeine deprivation is no longer a problem thanks to the sleek MiniPresso. This device doesn't even require batteries – simply add coffee grounds and hot water and press a button. Never again must you experience that sinking feeling of realizing the next Starbucks or decent café is hours away.
Filters and flattering angles are great, but this handy little device is for people who are serious about stepping up their Instagram game. The Olloclip is a photo lens that attaches to your iPhone or iPad, so you can take pictures like a pro (without lugging round the camera gear). The Olloclip for iPhone 7 has four different lens options.
RX100 V camera
Buy: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera w/ 3" OLED
Sony's RX100 V camera is fast, slick and compact AF. This digital camera has the world's fastest autofocus, meaning you can capture irreplaceable moments in split seconds and record some seriously crystal clear video. All in all, this sexy gadget will help you remember every second of your explorations.
Price: from $82.10
The M7350 is a LTE-advanced mobile wifi hotspot. Admittedly, that sounds like a shit ton of jargon, but you basically just insert a 4G SIM card into this handheld device and it creates a personal wifi hotspot supporting up to 10 devices. No matter where you are, you can stay connected without using data or desperately hunting for a coffee shop's free access. The battery life can also last for up to 10 hours. Sweet.