Holiday Travel Gift Guide 2008

by Cathay Che
Photography by Chris Astley

For the Shopper With a Lot of Stockings to Fill

We're just gonna say it: Cheap gifts rule this year. The trick is finding cheap gifts that aren't actually, well, cheap. These are all things we'd like to pull out of our stockings this year ourselves. Clockwise from top: Mappetite publishes hip, foodie-driven sightseeing maps to London, New York, and (soon) San Francisco; panels for each neighborhood unfold to reveal pithy restaurant reviews. The Gorillapod may look like one of those stress-relief toys, but it's actually an ingenious camera tripod whose twisty legs grab onto anything from railings to door knobs. Rag & Bone Bindery's travel journals are handmade, with acid-free paper and a vivid silk cover—ideal for inking your impression of the sunset on Koh Samui. Speaking of ink, the lava-veined black resin Giorgio Fedon 1919 Magma-Roller is designed so the liquid ink will not dry out if you leave the cap off. The Dakota Mini Clip Microlight is a watch that clips onto your backpack and has an LED microlight for finding your way across a dark campground—or hotel bathroom. The nifty Super Trackstick Personal GPS Tracker records your route via satellite as you travel. Just pop it into your luggage or day pack during the trip, plug it in when you get home, and your entire trip will come up on Google Maps. And how about these Li'l Lewis luggage tags? They're cuter than a bug—and will help you spot your bags on the carousel.

Mappetite Guides, $14

Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom camera tripod, $55
Tel: 888 569 5629

Rag & Bone Bindery handmade journal, in orange juice, $29
Tel: 888 338 8128

Giorgio Fedon 1919 Magma-Roller, $280

Dakota Mini Clip Microlight, $40
Lewis N. Clark Li'l Lewis Lily Ladybug and Gloria Bee vinyl luggage tags, $10 each
Available at Le Travel Store
Tel: 800 713 4260

Super Trackstick Personal GPS Tracker, $249
Available at the Earth Store
Tel: 949 243 7056

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