Every year, Oprah Winfrey curates a big list of new products she loves that year. There’s something in there for everyone and those looking for gift ideas, especially during the holidays, can safely get any or all of these products because they are of high quality and just a little different every year. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves to travel, why not pick from Oprah’s Favorite Things for the Traveler in 2015? Her choices are fun yet useful and are sure to be appreciated by anyone. In fact, while you’re at it, you could get one of them for yourself too!
If you’d like to see and shop from Oprah’s entire list of favorite things of 2015, check them out on Amazon now!
Otherwise, read on for a closer look at her picks just for the traveler.
Although Amazon Echo is not specifically designed for use on the road, it actually is almost perfect for it. Imagine having complete access to your favorite streaming music service account, news sites, live sports updates, all your audio books, Google Calendar, weather reports and live traffic updates just by speaking to it. The always on Amazon Echo “hears” your voice from across a room even if it is playing music and responds to your commands or questions. Alexa, its “brain”, is in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter by learning your preferences and your accent.
You can even use it to play music from your phone or tablet using Bluetooth to broadcast through its speakers for crisp audio quality. It’s even more amazing when you get back home, as it is used to control your home network devices such as Philips Hue, Belkin WeMo, Insteon, SmartThings, and Wink. If you want to be able to control your home devices while you’re away, you can do that through the Amazon Alexa App, which is also good for managing your shopping lists, reminders and music. For example, if you don’t want strangers knowing that your house is empty, you can use Echo to turn on the lights every evening for a few hours before turning them off at your usual bedtime!
Amazon Echo’s services and features automatically update through the cloud, so its value can only increase over time. It makes a perfect gift for a smart home owner and traveler.
Arlington Milne Women’s Large Wallet
Every woman needs a good wallet while traveling to keep all the cards, money and receipts in one place. The Arlington Milne Large Wallet for women is glamorous and cleverly designed to also function like a zippered clutch so that you can also carry your phone in it, along with 11 credit cards, cash and coins.
The hardware is 14K gold plated, the lining is cotton canvas and the exterior is made of genuine leather and comes in several fashionable colors.
If you’d like a wallet with RFID protection, check out our recommendations here.
Deux Lux Women’s NYC Weekender
For a weekend leisure or business trip, a woman needs a nice carryall that is not only functional but also stylish. This Deux Lux NYC Weekender quilted vegan leather bag with signature print cotton lining is a nice bag for the fashionista.
There are 3 interior pockets and you can carry it using either the double top handles or the detachable shoulder strap whose length can be adjusted. It is quite roomy, measuring 26″ x 14″ x 11″.
Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphone
The Powerbeats 2 by Beats is a sweatproof wireless in-ear headphone set that’s designed for sports and gym users, so you can continue your fitness routine when you’re away from home while listening to your favorite music through its wireless bluetooth capabilities.
It can fit nicely around your ears because of its flexibilty and it comes with a few eartips so you can choose to either almost completely block out ambient noise for your indoor workouts or leave it at a slightly loose fit for safety reasons when you’re jogging or cycling outside. It is also a headset, so you can make hands-free calls too.
Tourance Women’s Long Scarf
The Tourance Long Scarves measure 90″ x 7″ so you have lots of options on ways to tie and wear it and it will keep you warm anywhere. It is made in the USA and in 100% polyester faux fur. It is currently available in two colors – yellow and red.
Hartmann 7R Global Carry On Spinner
You can’t travel without a carry on, but if you want to do it in style, the Hartmann 7R Carry On is a good choice. Women will love that it’s extremely light even though it’s constructed with durability in mind.
This hardshell carry on features 4 shock absorbing multi-directional spinner wheels, a monopole telescopic handle that locks into place, a leather wrap top handle, recessed TSA combination lock and an interior designed for easy packing and configuration depending on the types of outfits you take with you.
UGG Australia Women’s Kristin Sheepskin Boot
If you go on a trip in winter, late fall or early spring, wearing warm and weatherproof footwear is a must. You’ll be out walking for hours, maybe on cobblestone streets or rugged terrain, so your shoes must be comfortable too.
The new UGG Australia Kristin Boot is made of a combination of sheepskin and suede that’s been pre-treated to repel water and stains – enough for light rain. It’s warm and cozy but also really stylish, as it has a slim look and comes in a few different colors. There is added arch support with a slight wedge, extra cushioning and extra traction, so it doesn’t matter where you’re walking or for how long – these lightweight UGGs will protect your feet all day long so you can enjoy your travels and look good at the same time.
Skits Women’s Providence Brilliant Shoulder Bag
Carrying gadgets with you wherever you go has become a habit for most people but it’s not easy to find a stylish way to do it. Most tablet cases look too geeky or are just made for men. If you’d like a gadget bag that looks like a handbag but still does a good job protecting your gadgets and keeping them neat and tidy, then the leather Skits Providence Brilliant Shoulder Bag does the job.
There are 5 soft clear windowed zippered pockets and elastic loops inside to hold your phone, tablet, headphones, pens and chargers. An exterior pocket with magnetic closure is good for your other personal items. You have two ways to carry this stylish bag, using either the shoulder strap or the wrist strap. The largest tablet that it can hold can be 6″ by 8.5″.
Corkcicle Canteen Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle/Thermos
The stainless steel Corkcicle Canteen takes insulation to the next level with a vacuum seal and three layers to keep your cold drinks cool for at least 25 hours or your hot drinks hot for at least 12 hours! The exterior wall features flat sides to give you an easy grip and the bottom is no-slip. You don’t have to deal with condensation on the outside either.
You can get this thermos bottle in a 9 oz, 16 oz or 25 oz and you can choose from around 15 different fun colors.
Andre Walker Hair – The Gold System Experience Kit
If you have dry, textured or curly hair, either worn natural or relaxed, maintaining it while traveling can be quite a chore. The elements can play havoc on your hair when you’re always out and about but you don’t have a lot of time to maintain and style it when you’re traveling, so the few hair care products that you take with you must be good. Andre Walker’s Gold System Experience Kit is a 3-step shampoo, conditioner and styling system that now comes in travel sized bottles to help you take care of your hair while on the road.
You get a moisturizing shampoo, a conditioner, and two types of styling products that you can choose from depending on whether you want to wear your hair naturally or blow dry it smooth and straight. These are good for all hair types.