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Business travelers might seem like a cinch to shop for during the gift giving season: Just wrap up some sort of luggage and call it a day. But you’re not getting away that easy. Most frequent fliers are quite comfortable with the baggage they already own; and they can be a finicky bunch when it comes to replacing their beloved accessories. If you want to satisfy them, narrow down their needs based upon specific travel habits. Then, consult this categorized guide to the 10 best gifts for business travelers. Because “happy returns” shouldn’t involve exchanges.
1. Gadget: Bose In-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones
Not the cheapest noise-canceling option on the market, merely the best: Lightweight, unobtrusive and dazzlingly effective at blocking out the hum of a jumbo jet engine, you’ll soon wonder how you lived without them. And thanks to Bose’s lifetime guarantee, you won’t have to wonder any longer. Buy: Bose.com, $249
2. Cosmetic: Durisan Hand Sanitizer
Living out of airports and hotels exposes you to all sorts of microbial menaces. Which is why hand sanitizers are a must, but not all are created equal. Durisan is the industry standard in long-lasting, alcohol-free cleanliness. Compact dispensers are easy to stash in your carry-on. They don’t impart odors and they won’t dry out skin. They just work. Buy: Amazon.com, $17 for a three-pack
3. Travel Bag: Vessel Signature Large Duffel
The ultimate in carry-on comfort, Vessel’s newest duffel is as rugged as is it stylish. A minimalist design marks it as sleek and unisex, befitting work and leisure travelers alike. The interior is padded in velour, hiding compartments for mobile electronics. Plus, with every purchase the brand gifts a school backpack to a child in need. Buy: eBags, $195
4. Book: National Geographic’s Destinations of a Lifetime
This hardcover edition with over 300 pages of stunning photography is solid coffee table fare. Yet it’s not too bulky to take on the go. So while you’re busy building up those frequent flyer miles, you can be brainstorming bucket-list destinations for which to use them. Buy: Barnes & Noble, $32
5. Accessory: Bellroy Travel Wallet with RFID
No matter the line of work, you can be sure a biz traveler needs to keep a passport and credit cards at the ready. Bellroy has crafted a convenient way to keep it all organized — and protected — like never before. Its configuration holds boarding passes, a dozen forms of plastic and even holds a micro pen for completing those annoying customs cards. Technology woven into the fabric blocks RFID-skimming, an increasingly popular form of identity theft across the globe. Buy: Bellroy, $125
6. Comfort: Grand Trunk Travel Blanket
Creating your own personal space in public is a constant challenge. But with this compact-able, travel-ready polyester throw, you’ll feel like you’ve taken your home comforter with you on the plane. It comes with its own stuff sack, which easily attaches to roller-bag handles, clocking in at just over a pound in weight. The cozy factor is kicked up a notch by foot pockets — leaving you hermetically sealed from your surroundings, ready to drift off into dreamland. Buy: Grand Trunk, $90
7. Subscription: Try the World
Reward the well-traveled palate with this curated collection of international delicacies delivered straight to the door. Each month a different country or region of the world is showcased in eight distinctive food items. You never know what you’re gonna get — though if it ends up being a box of chocolates, expect them to be exceptionally exotic. Buy: Try The World, $39/month
8. Gift Card: E-Gifts by Loews Hotel
Gift cards are notoriously impersonal, but Loews makes up for it by allowing the gifter to customize the card as well as the message. Better yet, they work at any of the hotel’s hip outposts nationwide, which now feature the Flavor by Loews Hotels program, highlighting the local culinary go-to from within a city and incorporating them within the menus of each respective property. Buy: Loews Hotels, $10+
9. Random: 2017 Whisky Advent Calendar
For the whisky lovers out there (there’s one in every family), this adult riff on a childhood tradition is fun, flavorful and incredibly practical. You get two-dozen 30ml tasters — meaning you can pack them in your carry-on —which get progressively rarer as Christmas Eve approaches. What you do with them once you’re flying is between you and your reindeer. Buy: Master of Malt, $166+
10. Charity: Four Seasons Living Values Initiatives
Every Four Seasons property around the world partners with a local charity to benefit its surrounding community. At the Ko Olina luxury resort in Oahu, they’ve partnered with Kahumana Organic farms, which provides sustainable agriculture to the island while also offering job opportunities to homeless native Hawaiians. With their Plant-a-Tree-of-Hope campaign, you can donate a fruit tree to the farm in someone’s name. As a 501(c)(3), contributions are fully tax-deductible. Buy: Kahumana Organic Farm, donation amount varies
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