Jet-setter gifts on the right track to joy
HERE are some presents designed for the jet-setters among your family and friends: Timbre Pro earbuds There’s no need to get your headphones in a knot with the Timbre Pro earbuds from ifrogz. The woven cord is sturdier than most, which means that it’s more resistant to those annoying tangles that inevitably form when you stash electronic devices in your pocket or carry-on bag.
Rubbery tips provide a comfortable fit in your ear, but the sound quality is the earbuds’ weakest link. The wooden sound chambers give music a weird acoustic quality that’s most suited for instrumentonly audio. Dialogue on streaming video, however, comes out quite crisp. Available at ifrogz.com Powerbag Whether you’re in an airport terminal, on a bus or somewhere else in transit, it’s often hard to find an electrical outlet for charging your gadgets. Enter the Powerbag. With its own (removable) battery, this clever piece of luggage can charge up to four devices at once.
Best of all, it comes equipped with connectors that fit smartphones and tablets – in addition to an on-board USB port – so you don’t need to worry about bringing loads of cords. Of course, you’ll need to remember to charge the bag’s battery before hitting the road: technology can only do so much. Messenger bag and other styles available at www.mypowerbag.com
‘1 000 Places to See Before You Die’
It’s a big world out there, which makes it hard to decide on a vacation destination. The internet can seem just as vast when it comes time to research. That’s why Patricia Shultz’s 1 000 Places to See Before You Die deserves a place on your bookshelf.
The revised version of the 2003 bestseller is a great inspirational tool that includes both the obvious (Yosemite National Park) and the less so (watch men strapped in with grapevines land dive in Vanuatu). Start making your travel bucket list now. www.amazon.com Lonely Planet guides for kids Lonely Planet’s new Not-for-parents series will appeal to the little backpackers out there. Not-for-parents: The Travel Book is modelled on the popular grown-up version with information and trivia about every country in the world.
Individual city editions on New York, London, Paris and Rome can help build anticipation for upcoming trips and keep the young ones busy in transit.
We won’t blame mom and dad for “borrowing” the books for themselves. The Travel Book and city editions at www.lonelyplanet.com Zomm cellphone alarm Never worry again about leaving behind your cellphone (or your kids’ phone) in a cab or an aircraft seat pocket. The Zomm “wireless leash” is a round gadget about 3.81cm wide that connects to a phone via Bluetooth.
When the two become separated by a certain distance, the Zomm begins to issue an increasingly urgent set of alerts culminating in an obnoxious alarm that you can’t miss.
The Bluetooth connection also lets you use the Zomm to answer calls on speakerphone or send them to voice mail. Available from www.zomm.com Phosphor World Time watch Do you know a jet-setter who’s always crossing time zones? If so, consider giving the gift of the Phosphor World Time watch.
Choose your settings from 24 cities and a variety of modes, including a small- or large-font time and even a time for two cities at once.
The sleek design is appealing, as is the E Ink display (think Kindle). $ 150 ( R1 215) at www. phosphorwatches. com – The Washington Post
POWER GIFTS: The Timbre Pro earbuds with a sturdy woven cord and comfortable rubbery tips, and the Phosphor World Time watch, which has a sleek design and easy-to-read E Ink display. RIGHT: The Powerbag, which has its own battery and can charge up to four devices at once, and the Zomm ‘wireless leash’ that will sound an alarm when you leave your cellphone behind.
GRIPPING BOOKS: Patricia Shultz’s version of her 2003 bestseller, and Lonely Planet’s new will appeal to the youngest jet-setters.
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