With several priced $100 or below, our holiday gift ideas for every Opal traveler range from stylish weekend getaway accompaniments to high-tech gadgets great for experiencing our favorite destinations.
A Beach Towel Statement
Price: Starting at $99
Most beach towels are so…rectangular. The Beach People’s hand-woven round designs let you stand out even when lying with your toes in the sand.
A Forecast at Your Fingertips
This handsome precision-crafted weather station mixes a thermometer and hygrometer to give you accurate, user-friendly readings on temperature and humidity just by sticking the device out the window, for plotting excursions closer to home.
A Mantra on Your Arm
The Escape Canvas Utility Bag from Forest Bound, an artisan shop in New England, is trending high. And why not, with its vintage-meets-modern look, recycled construction, and size perfect for weekend getaway essentials. Escape indeed!
Poler High & Dry Pack
This lightweight, water-resistant 20-liter bag from Poler keeps the rain and waves out of belongings, making it a sturdy companion for Adirondack hikes and Bar Harbor kayaking trips alike.
Bobsledding Like an Olympian
Price: $95 per person
Ideal for anyone who has harbored secret Olympic dreams, this thrilling bobsled ride at the home of Lake Placid’s 1980 Winter Games affords the opportunity to barrel, bank, and blow past highway speed limits on a half-mile track, with professional athletes taking care of the driving.
Where to Stay Lake Placid Lodge
A long day lounging on a beach, like breathtaking Caladesi Beach State Park, is about as relaxing as it gets, but sometimes a soundtrack is necessary. Even if you fall asleep to your lulling tunes, this waterproof Braven BR-X Bluetooth speaker will withstand the tides and play on for up to 12 hours.
Brewery on the Go
Craft beer enthusiasts can find some serious inspiration on a pub crawl up the Maine coast or down the gulf of Florida, then put it to the test with The Minibrew, a portable, 16-pound beer-making machine that transforms the complexity of crafting your own lagers and IPAs into an act as simple (if not as quick) as brewing a cup of coffee.
An Ocean of Shells
The Shell Warehouse name evokes an industrial feel, but this warmly lit shop in the heart of Key West’s Mallory Square is home to some of the rarest and most beautiful sea shells in the world. The rainbow-hued specimens here are a fine starter kit for a handmade artistic gift, or you can give one of Key West’s giant conch shells so friends and family have the roar of the ocean in their ears at home.
Where to Stay Sunset Key Cottages
Point and Shoot
Those East Coast sunsets are stunning but never stick around for long, so you need a camera with a helpful viewfinder and a fast shutter speed. This 42.4-megapixel pick nabs higher-quality photos than your iPhone (no matter what the latest Apple commercial brags), allows you to shoot from the hip, and is just a little bit larger than your average deck of playing cards.
Airborne Over Acadia
Price: Starting at $46 per person
You can spend months in Acadia and not catch a glimpse of all the lighthouses, adorable puffins, and gorgeous coastline that define Mount Desert Island…unless you take to the skies with Scenic Flights of Acadia. The Cruise Ship Ultimate Island Air Excursion features 165 minutes drinking in all that makes Down East Maine great.