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Fodor’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $250


Fodor’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guides help you shop for the loved ones in your life. Check out our other gift guides for presents that will please every traveler on your list. So far we have also revealed top gifts for Under $100, Stocking Stuffers, Kids, and great Books.

Let’s face it: Picking out a truly unique, well-considered gift for the loved ones on your list can be downright stressful. Our 12 holiday gift picks, all from under $250, offer up some generous and memorable options for the beloved travelers in your life, while still ringing in within reason.

1. Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera H200


Your favorite travel photographer will "ooh" and "ah" over the zoom capabilities of this small, user-friendly digital camera. Take plenty of professional-looking shots on your next trip, and capture blur-free video of running antelope or action-packed festivals while on the move, thanks to added in-camera stability. Buy It: $189.99, Sony

2. Jawbone Mini Jambox


Small enough to slip into a pocket, but big on outstanding sound, the colorful and hip Jambox amplifies music flawlessly via a Bluetooth-enabled device or laptop. Perfect for the partygoer on your list, its small size means it can be taken anywhere. Pack it in a carry-on and start a dance party as soon as you’re checked into your hotel room. Buy It: $179.99, Jawbone

3. Everpurse Persimmon Leather Clutch


Nobody enjoys the panic-inducing "low battery" phone alert, especially when you’re on the road. Skip the search for an airport outlet, or for a charge while strolling foreign streets, with this leather clutch featuring an Everpurse charging pocket to power up iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones. Buy It: $249, Everpurse

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4. Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch


Gift your favorite lady this timeless clutch, guaranteed to be her new go-to going out bag. The beautiful, smooth leathers, in a wide variety of sophisticated designs, will complement any outfit, be it for for a late night out on the town or an evening ballet. Buy It: $210, Clare Vivier

5. Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses


Whether strolling down wintry Paris streets or enjoying summertime drives, these classic, sophisticated shades offer both style and UV protection. Personalize your purchase with a variety of lenses and colors to make them perfectly flattering for your intended recipient. Buy It: $115, Ray-Ban

6. Anya Hindmarch Inflight Case


This clear case is great for those ladies who rack up frequent-flyer miles. The black trim and gold zippers add some flair, while the clear compartment ensures easy access to products while in-flight. Two zippered compartments, one labeled "Takeoff" and the other "Touchdown," easily separates items into convenient bins. Buy It: $241.55, Anya Hindmarch

7. Fitbit Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband


The health nut or fitness junky in your life will relish this small bracelet, with its ability to track steps, stairs climbed, or calories burned, as well as monitor sleep quality. Its chic design is way less noticeable than typical trackers and it automatically syncs up to iPhone or computers via Bluetooth to give daily updates and track progress. So, go ahead: track a hike, monitor sleep in foreign locales, and get fit anywhere. Buy It: $99.95-$129.95, Fit Bit

8. Fjallraven Duffel No.4 Large


The hippest duffel around, this bag has a classic design and is versatile enough for an outdoor adventure or a short weekend trip. The waxed, water-resistant fabric is perfect for bringing on a camping excursion, and the clean design makes it good for more refined trips, as well. Multiple pockets allow for organized packing and sturdy leather handles afford comfortable toting, no matter the destination. Buy It: $175, Fjallraven

9. Hideo Wakamatsu Flash Carry-On Gold


Thoroughly beloved at Fodor’s, you can’t go wrong with this lightweight, well-styled wheelie. Featuring a cool matte-finished gold color, it’s stylish for both men and women and ideal for organized packing, with its straps and pockets. Feel effortlessly stylish wheeling this bag through any airport or city street. Buy It: $209, Hideo Wakamatsu

10. Kindle Paperwhite


The traveling bookworm on your gift list will adore the new Kindle Paperwhite with its crisp display, built-in light, and faster processor. Every reading fanatic knows there’s never enough weight or space for all the books you’d like to lug on a trip. But the Kindle solves those problems ensuring that whatever the destination, you’ll have the right book on hand. And with newly updated in-flight electronic regulations, Kindle users can now read uninterrupted from takeoff to touchdown. Buy It: $119, Amazon

11. Tieks Ballet Flats


Tieks has created the perfect travel shoe. Foldable, comfortable, and stylish, this is a dream gift for any woman. Easily packed in a bag or purse, travelers will love slipping on a pair after a night out in heels, or for comfortably pounding pavement on city sightseeing excursions. Made from fine Italian leather, these shoes will endure many happily walked miles. Buy It: Classics $175, Patents $195, Tieks

12. Nikon Trailblazer Waterproof 10 x 25 Binoculars


These outstanding binoculars are great for bird-watchers, safari enthusiasts, and sports spectators alike. Waterproof, fog-proof, and shockproof, this product can withstand just about anything. Their compact size, combined with excellent focus, create a pair of binoculars perfect for almost any type of adventurer. Buy It: $105.00, REI

Photo Credits: 1. Sony cyber-shot digital camera: Courtesy of Sony Electronics Inc.; 2. Jawbone mini Jambox: Courtesy of Jawbone; 3. Everpurse leather clutch: Courtesy of Everpurse; 4. Clare Vivier foldover clutch: Courtesy of Clare Vivier; 5. Ray-Ban sunglasses: Courtesy of Luxottica Group; 6. Anya Hindmarch makeup case: Courtesy of Anya Hindmarch; 7. Fitbit wristband: Courtesy of Fitbit; 8. Fjallraven duffel: Courtesy of Fenix Outdoor Group; 9. Hideo Wakamatsu carry-on: Courtesy of Hideo Wakamatsu; 10. Kindle Paperwhite: Courtesy of, Inc.; 11. Tieks ballet flats: Courtesy of Tieks by Gavrieli; 12. Binoculars: Courtesy of REI

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