Have you ever dreamed of space travel or wondered what it would be like to walk on the moon? Perhaps a private jet ride might be a more affordable ticket?
While NASA's space suit might not be the latest fashion statement on the runway, there is a high-tech jacket that will appeal to both men and women travelers.
It may be after the holidays, but from travel beds for pets, to sunglasses for fishermen and protective covers for smart phones and tablets, this
gift guide for travelers year-round has got you covered.
Book for the Road
Cmdr. Chris Hadfield is a man of many interests. The Canadian astronaut brought his guitar with him to space and follows the Toronto-based band Barenaked Ladies on his Twitter feed. He has penned two books; his latest is titled "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth." The hardback edition is available for $16.80.
Travel apparel & gear
For the technology geeks in your life or the James Bond wannabes, ScotteVest creates technology enabled clothing. I love traveling with my ScotteVest, as it has 17 pockets.
Its latest piece, the Brad Thor Alpha Jacket, is marketed as a "concealed carry" garment and comes with 35 pockets and holds everything from an iPhone to an iPad. ($200).
Whether you are a fisherman, sailor, skier or sun worshipper, you know the importance of protecting your eyes from harsh UV rays. I discovered Guideline sunglasses and was thrilled to learn that the Hollister-based company makes prescription eyewear, as well. The polycarbonate laminate lens construction, with scratch-resistant coating, protects my eyes, while the wrap style frame offers protection from dust and wind. (Starting at $49.95)
You don't have to be a cowgirl to appreciate a good pair of boots. Many Justin Boots are handcrafted in the USA and will take you from Tennessee to the back roads of Texas. On my wish list, the Justin AQHA Remuda, a black Ostrich boot with red leather.
They say that a dog is man's best friend. If you like to travel with your best friend, and it happens to be a dog, you might like the Molly Mutt Dog Bed. This Berkeley-based company makes 100-percent cotton duvet covers for pets. The duvet may cover an existing dog bed, or take it on the road with you for a portable pet bed -- fill it with dog towels or your dirty laundry from your travels. (Starting at $25)
If your spouse, partner or pal is a human, you might prefer these hotel-quality sheets from Shop Home2. I discovered these soft microfiber sheets on a stay at Home2 Suites by Hilton. Not only are these sheets environmentally-friendly and quick-drying, they are affordable and made of 100 percent recycled materials. Their feather and down pillows will have you dreaming of sugarplum fairies while you drift off to sleep. (Sheets start at $68)
Love your smart phone or tablet? Protect your investment while making a fashion statement with OtterBox. This Colorado-based company offers sleek protection for tablets and smart phones. For those of us who need heavy-duty protection or are simply prone to dropping the phone, I personally recommend the Defender Case. (Starting at $34.95)
Unlike celebrities and top athletes, not everyone can afford a private jet. For the jet-setter on your list, give the gift of time with a Magellan Jets Limited Edition 10 Hour G550 Card for $175,000 or stocking-stuffer gift cards -- valued at $10,000 -- for $7,770. With access to a private jet anywhere in the US, the sky's the limit.
What are your favorite gifts for the traveler?
Read Lamorinda-based Nancy D. Brown's blog at www.Nancydbrown.com.