PRESENTS OF MIND

Spot­ting just the right gift can be a daunt­ing task, so we’ve put a lit­tle thought into it for you

Business Traveler (USA) - - CONTENTS - WORDS YVONNE YORKE

Busi­ness Trav­eler’s guide to spot­ting just the right gift

It’s that time of the year when the hol­i­day sea­son beck­ons and the search for that per­fect last-minute gift is on, whether you’re look­ing for some­thing to sur­prise your fam­ily and friends or per­haps a road-war­rior gift to re­ward your­self for a year well done. What­ever the rea­son, here’s a di­verse – but by no means ex­haus­tive –string of fes­tive gifts from the thought­ful and de­light­ful to the must-haves and oh-you-shouldn’t-haves.

ED­DIE BAUER VOY­AGER 2.0 30 BACK­PACK $99.00

Look­ing to travel light but still have all your gear or­ga­nized and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble? The Voy­ager 2.0 back­pack goes from what they call “tar­mac to trail.” This spa­cious back­pack mea­sur­ing 18 inches X 11.5 inches X 10.5 inches has a 30-litre ca­pac­ity with an ex­pand­ing over­flow front pocket, in­te­rior mesh stor­age pock­ets, lap­top com­pat­i­bil­ity, and a Nylex-lined pocket for your large smart­phone – an essen­tial amenity in the dig­i­tal age.

Weigh­ing just 2 lbs. 5 oz., com­fort is also a top de­sign pri­or­ity with con­toured and padded shoul­der straps, as well as an ad­justable waist belt and a re­mov­able ster­num strap. The U-shaped zip open­ing to the pack’s main com­part­ment makes pack­ing and re­triev­ing items a snap. The best fea­ture of this back­pack? A padded back with a sleeve to slide onto the trolley han­dle of your rolling carry-on lug­gage to keep your pack se­cure. Not easy to find a back­pack with this fea­ture in the mar­ket. Thank you Ed­die Bauer! ed­diebauer.com

J-PIL­LOW J-PIL­LOW TRAVEL PIL­LOW $33.73

If you’re for­tu­nate enough to fly Busi­ness or First Class and be able to fully re­cline in a seat that trans­forms into a flat bed, then read no fur­ther. How­ever, if you have ever tried to catch some sleep while sit­ting up, then you’re prob­a­bly still look­ing for that per­fect travel pil­low which al­lows you to fall asleep quickly and doesn’t leave you wak­ing up with a stiff neck or some other kind of dis­com­fort due to poor sup­port. As a fre­quent trav­eler, I have thor­oughly tested vir­tu­ally every travel pil­low out there in the mar­ket and this is the Holy Grail: the J-Pil­low.

De­vel­oped by a former flight at­ten­dant Gemma Jen­son, the J-Pil­low Travel Pil­low (shaped like the let­ter “J”) uses a 3-way sup­port sys­tem that cra­dles your neck, head and chin. Un­like the typ­i­cal horse­shoe-shaped pil­low which tends to push the neck for­ward re­sult­ing in bad pos­ture and strain, the J-Pil­low cush­ions the gap be­tween your head and shoul­ders so your head stays up­right while you sleep, while the trunk part of the pil­low curls un­der the chin. Par­tic­u­lar good for win­dow seats, it is also ver­sa­tile enough to use in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions such as sleep­ing on your side ly­ing down. Ma­chine-wash­able, the J-Pil­low has a snap loop that al­lows you to at­tach it onto your carry-on bag. Can’t wait for my next flight! jpil­low.com

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