9 last-minute gifts for folks on the go

5. Privacy:Travelers who spend a lot of time in busy airports and on crowded airplanes can shut the out the racket, for a bit, with noise canceling headphones. Look for them in many airport shops and on-line for $50 to $350.

6. Directions: Cookie-cutter hotels, airports and conference centers can leave even a GPS-equipped traveler disoriented. That's why paper maps are still around. Order a new or old map from Maps.com, www.maps.com (get a 20% discount with the Holiday20 promotion code), or consider an easy-to-pack multi-purpose map printed on a silk handkerchief or scarf from the folks at Silk Road Marketing (www.microsoie.com.) Check the websites for fast shipping options.

7. Travel treats:Gift cards are easy for you to buy and deliver and even easier for frequent travelers to keep stashed in a wallet for that rainy, or more likely, snowy day when schedules go wacky. You can't go wrong if you choose a card for a food or merchandise vendor such as Starbucks, McDonalds or Barnes & Noble, with branches in multiple airports.

8. Truly last minute options:If you've left your holiday shopping to the very last moment and yourself at an airport after all stores have closed, you may still be able to shop. Just look for a vending machine.

ZoomMachines in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Indianapolis and Minneapolis-St. Paul airports dispense skincare products from Proactiv and Elizabeth Arden and electronic gadgets and accessories from Apple and Sony. At Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport, there's even an automated Shop24 stocked with gift bags and wrapping supplies, so no one needs to know how much of a last-minute shopper you really are.

9. In a pinch:Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you make yourself. Frequent travelers might appreciate a book of vouchers good for rides to or from the airport. And a novice traveler might cherish a certificate for on-call trip planning assistance.

Read previous columns

Harriet Baskas writes about travel etiquette for MSNBC.com and is the author of Stuck at the Airport.

Have you found a great last-minute gift for the travelers on your list? Share your discoveries:

Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...