Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers, Writers, and Photographers

Whether you're looking only for last-minute gifts -- or you're just beginning to shop -- read on below for a wide variety of options at all sorts of prices.


** The Dangerous Book for Boys ( -- for dads and sons.

** Me Talk Pretty One Day ( -- for everyone (especially those who like traveling to France).

** Freakonomics ( -- for the business minded.


** Stephen King on Writing: ( - this was my favorite book this year.

** The Elements of Style, Strunk and White (

** The Best American Travel Writing 2007: (

** Travel magazine subscriptions (I like Budget Travel, Conde Naste Traveler, and National Geographic Traveler. You can subscribe to each of these on their respective websites.)

** The Ultimate Travel Writer's Program, 3rd edition:

** The Kindness of Strangers, from Armchair Reading (

** An online-subscription to the New York Times (

** The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World, from Lonely Planet (


** Hand-held language translator -- some come in five or more languages

** GSM phone (to make calls from abroad) -- available at most phone stores.

** Space bags -- these handy plastic bags are used for packing. You can stuff all your clothes in and squeeze the air out to compress your load. (

** Subscription to -- Featuring hundreds of books, radio shows, courses, speeches, etc. that you can download into your mp3 player ( )

** World wall map and pushpins to track past adventures and future travel plans

** Packable Panama Hat -- for men (

** Noise-canceling headphones

** Membership in US Servas (free home stays around the world),

** A Footprint guidebook -- travel off the beaten path. (

** Kids' Travel Art & Games Tote -- for long car trips (

** GPS device -- This is ESPECIALLY useful for the person who gets lost and refuses to ask for directions. (

** All-in-one travel charger for laptops and phones -- available at most electronics stores.

** A traveler's first aid kit or sewing kit

** Hands-free headset -- good for somebody who might want to use Skype to make calls home through a computer or for anyone who talks on a cell phone while doing housework, driving, or working with their hands.

** Earplanes ear plugs -- reduce air plane cabin pressure on ear drums.  For kids or adults. (


See yesterday's e-letter for a camera accessory buying guide. Plus…

** Gift certificate to B&H Photo, a store that has almost everything photo-related, at good prices (

** A digital camera (Read our camera buying guide first.)

** Lastolite folding reflector -- bounces light onto photo subject and fits in camera bag (

** Memory cards (with card reader and protector) -- But before you pick one make sure you know what type of camera the gift recipient has.

** Camera rain cover -- range in price from $20 to $200 (

** Camera-mounted level for a straight horizon

** Subscription to digital photo magazines, like Digital Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, or Photoshop User Magazine

** An extra camera battery

** Shutter release cable to eliminate motion blur when you snap a picture (

** An ultra-light ball-head tripod, because if it's heavy, they're going to leave it at home.

** A lightweight, sturdy camera bag with room for lots of accessories

** Photoshop Elements or the more professional Photoshop Lightroom

** Travel digital memory storage device, Epson P4000


** Gift card to a bookstore, or on-line credit at

** Flash drive -- you can never back up enough, and these are ultra-light. You can also bring them to internet cafes and upload your files to send.

** Portable hard drive -- more storage than a flash drive.

** Gift card to a favorite coffee shop

** A travel journal that lies flat when open, and a waterproof pen

** Writer's Market Online subscription (

** An ultra-light and portable laptop to stay productive while traveling -- compare brands here: (

** A subscription to some magazines they'd like to write for

** An ergonomic keyboard that'll be easier on those typing hands

** Quicklink pen -- These amazing devices can translate, scan, and even help dyslexic readers! (

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Staff Picks wish list -- and another unique gift idea on Saturday.

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