Ah, the holidays are upon us, and as sure as the season’s first chills — and the smell of turkey fills the air — the madness of Black Friday cannot be far behind.
Your thoughtful GypsyNesters want to save everyone a trip through the horrifying madness that goes on at the malls this time of year by sharing this handy–dandy gift guide!
We gathered up all of our don’t leave home without them travel items — along with cheeky and fun presents for baby boomers and empty nesters of all walks of life — and put them all together so you can shop without ever leaving the comfort of your festively decorated house.
It’s a simple as following Rudolph’s blinkin’ beacon on a foggy Christmas Eve.
First up, a couple of stocking stuffers. Veronica never gets on a plane, train, or any other form of transportation, without her inflatable neck pillow.
The best thing about these little comfy cushions, aside from preventing a trip to the chiropractor, is that they are also de-flatable, for easy packing.
The quality is the best we have found in a camera this size, and — yes, size does matter — at least when carrying a camera.
One more feature that sets it apart is the built in WiFi that downloads photos to any device, which really jingles our bells.
We love our Rheas so much we asked the company if they’d like to offer a 20% discount to our peeps so they may try them out too!
Use our exclusive Rhea Footwear discount coupon code by clicking here, and using GYPSYNESTER at check out.
Speaking of a device, we’d feel as lost as a misfit toy if we ever ventured out into the big, wide world without our iPad mini.
It is so much easier to whip out and log on to than a full-sized computer, yet it easily handles our on-the-go online needs.
It’s the high tech way to keep that naughty & nice list – and the best way to Skype with family and friends at home and on the go.
For fashion, and safety’s sake, we don’t leave that iPad naked, we cover our buddy Jed (as in JediPad, and yes, we know it’s incredibly goofy but we couldn’t help it) with this stylish iPad case that doubles as a stand.
The elves really were clever when they thought this one up.
However, an iPad doesn’t do much good without WiFi, and often when traveling to the far reaches of the planet there’s none available. That’s when Tep Wireless Mobile WiFi saves the day.
This amazing little unit converts cell signal to WiFi in over 70 countries, with more being added all of the time.
Wow, that’s almost as many as Santa has to visit!
We certainly can’t be gallivanting all over the globe without any pants, so these travel khakis from Bluffworks come in mighty handy.
David loves his Bluffworks! They go from daytime adventures to nights on the town seamlessly. Best of all, they come out of the suitcase looking perfectly pressed.
Even Kris Kringle couldn’t put a wrinkle in these on his rounds.
With all of this stuff, we need a plan to carry it all.
It may not be as good as a flying sleigh and eight tiny reindeer, but we have one. It’s called our one trip rule (see it explained here).
We always pack so that we can tote everything from one place to another all at the same time.
A good backpack, one that is made to protect a laptop, is an essential part of that plan.
So is a rolling suitcase, and we have learned to love the kind with four wheels for their versatile, any direction motion ability, all while remaining perfectly upright.
It’s also expandable, so none of your stuff will ever have to sing Why Don’t I Fit In like those misfits Rudolph and Hermey.
One more thing we never leave home without, at least whenever we are traveling on BAMF, is our Schwinn bikes.
Ours strap on to the back of the RV, but in case your travel plans don’t include a motorhome, we found these fold-up bikes that can go almost anywhere.
Guaranteed to fit down most chimneys.
We realize that life isn’t all about travel.
This time of year we want to trim the tree, give goofy gifts, and fill the house with music.
We think that we might have just the things – especially for us empty nesters.
These colorful ornaments can lift the spirits of any newly empty-nested parent.
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For those who might not know, that is David writing, performing, and singing on all of them.
And don’t forget the perfect present for any parent that has faced, or is about to face, that Now What? moment that hits us all when the last chick leaves the nest — a copy of our bestselling book, GOING GYPSY: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All.
We wish you a happy, humorous, and healthy, holiday season – filled with the joy that an advent of avoiding the crowds and ignoring how many shopping days are left until Christmas can bring.
And remember… when reaching to place a star upon the highest bough, that Bumbles bounce!
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
YOUR TURN: Which gifts would you like to see under your tree? Did we spark some gift-giving ideas? Anything we should add?