5 gifts for the traveller in your life


The travel chopsticks from Snow Peaks are a terrific and eco-friendly utensil to have while on the go. (Photo courtesy of Snow Peaks)

Travel like James Bond, drink only really good coffee even on the go, and capture smartphone photos like never before. These five gifts for the travel lover on your list gives a wide range of options on presents for that friend or family member who appreciates the good stuff.

SeV Fleece 8.0 Jacket ($170) 

You can channel James Bond in a travel jacket. This fleece zip-up has 19 interior pockets for glasses, keys, camera, iPad, water bottle and a detachable key holder. Most pockets are part of a patented Personal Area Network (PAN) solution, which provides built-in wire management, and quick, tangle-free access to your earpiece so you can put your mobile device through the lining to the earbud pockets, which will keep them hidden near the collar.

Plus, it’s not just a coat. The arms zip off to become a vest and it has a special smartphone pocket that lets you access the screen through a special Clear Touch Fabric. Imagine how cool would it be to say, “I’m calling you through my jacket right now.”

Handpresso Portable Espresso Machine ($129 

Handpresso is a portable gadget, with a hand pump and pressure-indicator gauge, that produces creamy top-quality espressos wherever you like. Call your friends through your Scottevest jacket, and ask them, “Hey, want to meet for coffee?” Then bring your espresso machine and you can have your coffee anywhere.

Wildlife Adoption Kits ($40)  

World Wlidlife Fund Canada is a top-rated Canadian charity by MoneySense. Where do you want your money to go? Is it to help those who can’t speak for themselves or are powerless against special interest groups? The World Wildlife Fund Canada is a voice for wildlife, often under threat because of habitat destruction because of human involvement.

Travel Chopsticks ($39.95) 

Do you have an eco-minded foodie on your list? This set of chopsticks, featuring an elegant bamboo tip and squared off stainless steel handles, are the right match. Includes a carrying case to travel with you anywhere. Now if it only has a spot in that Scottevest next to your portable espresso machine and you can carry everything with you.



This iPhone lens brings more vividness to your photos. (Photo courtesy of Moment)

Moment iPhone Lens and Case (Cases $70 and up; lenses $100 each) 

This is the best-kept secret among the world’s leading Instagrammers: add wide angle or telephoto capabilities to your ordinary smartphone cameras phone. The project to fund this device started on Kickstarter when more than 4,800 backers pledged almost $700,000 to help make Moment a reality.

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