- The new digital Polaroid camera ($178) allows you to take photos of people and print copies on the spot. The 21st century Polaroid also prints multiple copies, offers a choice of borders, previews photos before printing and saves images to upload.
- The GoPro camera has been described as "the hottest thing out there" (newest model, HERO3+ Black Edition, $400). The tiny digital camera can go underwater or "attach to pretty much anything - your helmet, arm, leg, canoe" - and take video and photos while you're moving.
- A Gorillapod stand ($20-$30) secures iPhones to anything "from a tree branch in a Costa Rican jungle to a cliffside terrace in Amalfi." Combined with a timer app, "you can take some great selfies in spectacular settings."
- Beats Studio Wireless ($380): This plush set of over-ear headphones almost mirrors Beats' popular Studio line, but comes with wireless ability for an $80 increase in price. Like the wired-only model, this puts you in a cocoon with its noise-canceling technology, which works even if you just want padded silence. The sound is crisp, and the bass is deep. It's an outstanding way to bliss out during a noisy commute. It works as a headset for phone calls, too.
- The luxury French brand has wildly priced gifts but also more doable trinkets and baubles, like the Porte-Adresse Bill Clip at $220 or the Iconic Noe Bag Charm at $375. See Louisvuitton.com for more ideas from sunglasses to cufflinks.
- Make Them Airport Security Kings: There's first class, then there's Globalentry.gov. It's a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program offering pre-approved clearance upon landing at participating airports for international travelers. Your gift recipient must do the work of obtaining pre-clearance but need only head for the nearest Global Entry kiosk and scan those fingertips once they do. A receipt is generated for easy exit.You can foot the $100 fee and let your VIP know approval comes with the Transportation Security Administration's TSA Pre check program. It allows for shoes and belts to stay on at departure through special security lanes using a barcode on boarding passes issued by participating airlines. See Tsa.gov/tsa-precheck for details
- High Sierra shows a High Sierra AT7 wheeled backpack with detachable daypack. Don’t forget to add a fun, customizable luggage tag from Zazzle.com ($10)
- For charging gadgets overseas, Flight 001 sells a compact adapter with four color-coded plugs, good for 150 countries ($25), along with a dual wattage converter ($30) to use North American appliances overseas.
- For the traveler who wants to fill a home away from home with music, consider a small portable speaker. The NudeAudio Move M, about the size of a fat wallet, has an eight-hour battery, is Bluetooth-enabled and has rich sound that rivals much bigger, pricier models ($70).
- You know that sailing doohickey from the Robert Redford movie?
Celestaire.com has a nice selection, including less reliable but still useable plastic varieties starting at $149. Metal versions begin at $659, but there's one called the Cheapest Sextant your giftee can build out of laminated cardboard with real mirrors. The site promises the kit "yields a remarkably accurate instrument."
Make sure you choose one intended for navigation, as opposed to just looking cool, if you're really worried. Throw in a copy of "Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen," just like Redford's character Our Man in the movie.