It’s a annual labor (of love) to present the Seat 1A guide to great gifts for travelers, now in its fifth year and just in time for giving to the favorite travelers on your Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa list.
The 2015 selection features gifts for all sorts of travelers: lovers, gourmets, sports fans, would-be artistes, hipsters and the young at heart. For instance: professional photographers to take your vacation pics, top-shelf coffee implements, retro-style posters of Mid-Century luggage tags, uncannily lifelike mini-mes, even incredibly intricate – and incredibly addictive – connect-the-dots books. The one thing all these gifts have in common: they made me go “I’ve never heard of that before!” And with items priced from $13 to $895, there’s something for every budget.
It was a challenge to choose just 10 gifts from the approximately 350 pitches I received (hint to marketers – and note to buyers: make sure the product works as advertised). Judging from the submissions I did not choose, you should have no problem finding a travel wrap, jet lag cure, fitness app, skin hydrator and ways to keep the young’uns edified and amused on the road.
We love recycled products, especially when they’ve got a story as clever and a look as cool as these bags from Portland, Oregon-based Looptworks. They “upcycle” leather from old airline passenger seats into messenger bags, duffels, backpacks and more. Production started last year with Southwest Airlines seats ($160-250) and this year they’re introducing a line from Alaska Airlines ($140-230), in russet leather – and it kept some 4,000 Alaska seat covers out of landfills. www.looptworks.com