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Fodor’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Mary Robnett

'Tis the season for holiday shopping, so we've done the legwork and rounded up this year's best gifts for the travelers on your list. Whether you're looking for the latest travel gadgets, top-shelf spirits from around the world, or something that can make someone's journeys more comfortable, you'll find what you want right here. And if you're looking for more gift ideas, check out our suggestions for books and stocking stuffers.

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Philips DOT Wireless Portable Speaker

This splash-proof speaker features a rechargeable battery and Bluetooth connectivity, making it ideal for listening to music poolside or at the beach.

Buy it here, $44.99.

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Glenfiddich The Original

Perfect for any Scotch lover, the venerable distillery Glenfiddich has released this limited-edition bottle, a faithful (and delicious) recreation of the 1963 product that effectively created the market for single-malt Scotch whisky.

Buy it here, $99.99.

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Pendleton Motor Robe

This finely crafted, 100% wool blanket would make a fine throw in any home, but the leather carrier with a shoulder strap makes it easy to bring on camping trips or onto planes and trains.

Buy it here, $94.99.

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Fitbit Charge

It’s not always easy to stay on top of regular fitness and sleep routines, especially when traveling, but this stylish wristband health monitor helps solve that problem by tracking steps, calories burned, hours slept, and much more.

Buy it here, $129.95.

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Schramsberg Sparkling Wines

Give the taste of Napa Valley with bottles from one of the top producers of American sparkling wines. The 2011 brut rosé features citrusy flavors and aromas, while the 2010 crémant demi-sec, a favorite of the White House, pairs well with holiday desserts.

Buy it here, $39–$43.

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Amazon Kindle Voyage

With its slicker design, automatic backlight adjustment, and high-resolution, pixel-rich screen, this is, quite simply, the best Kindle ever, and possibly the best e-reader on the market.

Buy it here, from $199.

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Jack Black First Class Five Travel Set

This travel-size set features everything well-groomed guys need to look go while they’re away from home.

Buy it here, $49.

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Junior Explorers

Nature-loving youngsters ages 6–11 will enjoy the boxes containing wildlife-centric “missions” from this monthly subscription service; each box features new collectible items and activities.

Buy it here, from $19.

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Apple iPhone 6

With its Apple Pay functionality, amazing front and back cameras, and gorgeous screen that’s bigger than ever, it’s easy to say that this is the best smartphone on the market for travelers.

Buy it here, from $199.

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Olloclip for iPhone 6

This four-in-one lens kit (fisheye, wide angle, and two kinds of macro lenses) maximizes the iPhone’s photo-taking capabilities and makes snapping Instagram-worthy images a breeze. (Also available for older iPhone and other smartphone models.)

Buy it here, $79.99.

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State Smith Bag

Not only does this bag look great and work perfectly as a day pack on vacations, but for every purchase, the company delivers a backpack to an underprivileged American child.

Buy it here, $110.

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Victorinox Portable Power Pack 9000

Lightweight and compact, this device features two USB ports, so that two devices can be charged at once. The battery is impressive: It can fully replenish any smartphone four times before it needs to be recharged.

Buy it here, $95.

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LSTN Troubadours

Unlike many headphones on the market, which are optimized for a certain style of music, these headphones seem to handle most if not all genres really well. In addition to being stylish, each pair sold benefits people with hearing loss through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Buy it here, $149.99.

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Bellroy Elements Travel Wallet

Big enough to hold a passport and plane tickets, this wallet also features space for 10 cards, bills, coins, a key, a SIM card, plus a small pen that comes in handy for filling out customs and immigration forms.

Buy it here, $139.95.

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Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao

Based on a 19th-century recipe, this is a traditional French triple sec, in which orange peels from the island of Curaçao are blended with brandy, Cognac, and 14 botanicals. Perfect in punches and cocktails, or on ice as a digestif, this liquer makes a fine addition to any home bar.

Buy it here, $25.99.

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Samsung NX Mini

As the world’s lightest and thinnest interchangeable-lens camera, the NX Mini allows serious photographers more freedom than their smartphones can offer without being weighted down by bulky SLRs.

Buy it here, $329.

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Samsonite Silhouette Sphere Spinner Boarding Bag

One of our Fodor’s Approved carry-on bags, this Samsonite is the perfect piece of luggage for long weekends and travelers who don’t like to pack too much.

Buy it here, $119.99.

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Hiro Sake

Hailing from Japan’s premier sake-producing region, these award-winning bottles can be enjoyed chilled, on the rocks, or as a substitute for vodka, gin, or light rum in cocktails; Hiro Red can also be enjoyed warm.

Buy it here, $33–$43.

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Lo & Sons Catalina Weekender

Constructed from a soft yet sturdy cotton canvas, this surprisingly large bag can fit everything you need for a weekend getaway, plus it has a separate zippered compartment on the bottom for shoes, toiletries, or dirty clothes.

Buy it here, $84.

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Wordologies Candle

This candle provides a positive message and aroma, and proceeds from its purchase help to support Women for Women International, an organization that provides job-skills training to women in conflict-ridden nations.

Buy it here, $36.

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Stadler Form Jerry Personal Ultrasonic Humidifier

Weighing less than half a pound, this is the world’s smallest travel humidifier, and it conveniently works with any standard-size water bottle.

Buy it here, $49.99.