Black Friday is upon us and you may be wondering what the frequent traveller in your life might want under the Christmas Tree or in their stocking. Wonder no more because I’ve picked five perfect gifts for you to give. Best of all four of these are Canadian companies so not only are you giving a great gift to the traveller in your life you are also supporting a great Canadian small business.
Let’s start with the products I own and can’t stop raving about. I’ll also list what their current 2019 Black Friday savings are.
DUER Pants that go from the trail to the restaurant
My most recent purchase has been the Live Free Adventure Pant by DUER, a Vancouver based company with retail locations in Vancouver and Toronto. I am OBSESSED with these pants. They are water-resistant, have 2 side pockets, and are adjustable going from a pant leg to a jogger. Perfect for hiking the trails and then hitting your favourite restaurant for cocktails and dinner with friends. Best of all they stretch so if you do overindulge they have plenty of give in them.
My most versatile pant and a must-have in my travel wardrobe. Check out their Performance Denim and No Sweat Pants for other options. Black Friday deals include savings of 25/30/35% when you purchase 1/2/3+ items during their Black Friday sale.
Vessi Footwear Runners that keep your feet dry even in Vancouver rain
I am really hard on shoes, walking in excess of 10,000 steps a day, especially when I am travelling. It is always a struggle to choose which ones to pack as I don’t want my suitcase filled with shoes. I want a pair that is light, comfortable, can go from exploring city neighbourhoods and parks all the way to dinner. They must look great and an added bonus is if they can handle unexpected bad weather like getting caught in a rainstorm while hiking Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Three Vancouver natives founded the answer to my shoe prayers, Vessi Footwear. With multiple styles to choose from for men and women, the shoes are light, 100% waterproof, and have antibacterial insoles so they won’t stink up my luggage if I pack them on a trip. I’ve ordered my first pair and I can’t wait to walk through some puddles while keeping my feet dry. Black Friday deals include savings of $27 ($135 to $108) for your first pair ordered and additional pairs are $89 each. If you bought two pairs it would be %197 instead of $270 which is a $73 savings! Check out their Black Friday sales.
TaLii Towels Keeping you dry without taking up any space in your luggage
Many of us like to escape the all-inclusive resorts for adventure. This means you need a travel towel with you because you never know when an opportunity to swim in Dominica’s famous Emerald Pool may present itself. TaLii Towels are super absorbent, lightweight, quick-dry and super compact which makes them the perfect travel companion. Plus they were designed in King City Ontario and were even featured on CBC’s Dragon Den.
They dry 70% faster, are 75% thinner and absorb 500% more water than regular towels. There will be no more putting on dry clothes on a wet body if you pack your TaLii Towel. Black Friday deals include 10% off using the code blackfriday2109 and shipping is free with orders over $150.
Monos Luggage for the luxury-minded without the luxury price
I can’t write a gift guide without including a set of luggage and Vancouver based and designed Monos may just be my newest luggage obsession. Four sizes that include two carry-on options and two check-in bags give you the choice to pick which suitcase is right for you and your travel style. The Carry-On Plus is probably the one for me. It is designed to fit all major US and Canadian airlines overhead bins and for the odd small plane I’m on it may have to be checked.
Outfitted with an unbreakable polycarbonate shell, an ultra-sturdy telescopic handle, whisper-quiet wheels, and all-premium materials without the premium price these suitcases are beautiful and functional. I don’t have the pleasure of owning one of these yet however, I see myself upgrading soon as my travel schedule is taking a toll on my current carry-on. Black Friday deals include savings of up to 30% off with the code “earlybf”.
Ekster Never lose your wallet again
The only non-Canadian company and product in my list is the Ekster wallet. It offers great design, one-touch quick card access and comes with optional Bluetooth tracking technology. Because I tend to use a digital wallet for most of my loyalty cards I’ve been able to slim down what’s in my wallet. Credit cards, drivers license, health card etc…
The Senate Cardholder has room for 10 cards all accessible with the touch of a button. Powered by Chipolo® Technology tracking card, all you have to do is check into the Chipolo® APP to find your Ekster if you’ve misplaced it. It’s come in handy as a few times I left my wallet in a hotel room after coming in to do a quick change. Mild panic avoided at the coffee shop when I realized after checking on the APP my wallet was back at the hotel. Eary Black Friday deals include 40% off using the code “pre-bf”.
I hope this makes your holiday gift-giving for the favourite travellers in your life easier. Happy shopping and remember to support local whenever possible!