Gifts, Luggage

Holiday Gift Guide: This Year’s Best Luggage & Travel Suitcase Gifts

If you’re looking for a great new gift idea for the casual or business traveler in your life, a really neat piece of luggage could be just what you’re looking for. Whether they are on the go every week or simply fly back home for the holidays, it’s a gift that will keep giving for years and years.

Here’s a look at some of the hottest bags on the market today, which will definitely make you the Christmas hero around the tree this year.

Bluesmart

Who it’s for: Tech-savvy fliers, families, and anyone who appreciates on-the-go convenience

Note-worthy features: Smart Weight System, supercharger, GPS+3G tracker, remote locking feature

Why we love it: The Bluesmart suitcase is one of the coolest around, with a slew of techie features that will surprise even the most seasoned traveler.

The Series 2 bag has an upgraded list of features, including a built-in USB port that can charge your laptop, tablet, or even your smartphone as many as five times. Not sure if your bag is too heavy? It has a built-in sensor that can tell you whether or not your luggage is over the airlines’ weight limits.

If you forget to lock your suitcase, you can do so remotely from your phone, using the company’s app. Through the app, you can also track your bag (to ensure it landed along with you) or even be alerted if you leave it behind at the terminal café.

Price point: $235 – $460

Where to buy: Amazon.com

Brookstone DASH

Who it’s for: Those who want to travel light… literally

Note-worthy features: Protective polycarbonate shell in a variety of colors and starts at only 6.8lbs

Why we love it: Not only is this bag a budget-friendly suitcase (starting at only $99), but it is also great for those want a light suitcase. This allows you to either travel light or pack more without going over weight limits – the carry-on size is a mere 6.8lbs!

The DASH bags also include expandable sides, zippered interior sections, and straps to secure your belongings.

Price point: $99 -$149

Where to buy: Amazon

Raden

Who it’s for: Tech enthusiasts looking for a sleek bag to help them travel smarter

Note-worthy features: Built-in phone chargers, weight sensors, and mobile app

Why we love it: The bag is as simple and sleek on the outside as you could hope. Its shiny outer shell is deceiving, though, as this luggage is one smart tech gadget.

Both the carry-on and suitcase versions come with built-in chargers, so you can charge your phone as many as four times via USB. They sync up with the Raden app, as well, which allows you to locate your bag via GPS technology. Lastly, the carry handle doubles as a scale, so you’ll never be guessing your bag’s weight again.

Price point: $295 – $395

Where to buy: Amazon

Herschel Parcel Luggage

Who it’s for: Travelers with an eye for fine details and quality

Note-worthy features: Neoprene handles, pleated exterior storage, and interior storage compartments

Why we love it: Herschel luggage is known for having beautiful quality and fine workmanship. The Parcel bag is no exception.

This classic bag has gorgeous details such as a padded handle, pebbled leather pulls, pleated exterior storage area, and zippered mesh storage compartments. It’s a high-volume bag that holds more than one might expect, while also helping you organize your belongings in the process.

Price point: $199

Where to buy: Amazon

Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion Spinner

Who it’s for: Budget-conscious travelers who want a trusted name

Note-worthy features: Polycarbonate shell, lightweight, spacious interior with built-in organizer

Why we love it: If you want a trusted name like Samsonite for your next suitcase, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, the Winfield 2 Fashion Spinner is a great choice. It comes in a variety of sizes and colors, all with a sturdy, polycarbonate protective outer shell.

The full zipper and built-in TSA locks make packing (and securing) your belongings a breeze, and the 3360-degree wheels make traveling to and from the airport a smooth process.

Price point: $99

Where to buy: Through Samsonite directly or, if you want to save money, on Amazon.

Steamline: The Architect

Who it’s for: The classic travel with an eye for something unique

Note-worthy features: Classic details, luxe leather, and organized interior pockets

Why we love it: Tired of figuring out which black bag is yours on the belt? With Steamline’s line of gorgeous luggage, you’ll never have to guess again. These vintage-style bags are beautifully crafted and made to last.

Price point: $375 – $925

Where to buy: Amazon

Barracuda Luggage

Who it’s for: Tech-savvy folks, business professionals, and space-conscious travelers

Note-worthy features: Folds down to 4” flat, ergonomic rotating handle, built-in laptop tray, USB charging ports, GPS

Why we love it: If you’ve ever pulled your bag through a busy airport, you’ve likely felt the strain on your wrist that a typical bag can give. The Barracuda luggage system combats this with a round, rotating, ergonomic handle that makes moving with your bag easy and pain-free.

The Barracuda bag also includes a number of neat features. Most notable is the collapsible nature of the bag, allowing it to fold flat at a mere 4”. It includes a built-in USB charger, which can power and charge your devices on the go, as well as a GPS tracker so that you never lose your bag and an adjustable laptop tray.

Price point: $273 – $349

Where to buy: Barracuda.co

Néit

Who it’s for: Hotel travelers, techies, those who travel with multiple suitcases

Note-worthy features: Collapsible and space-saving, GPS tracking, waterproof, smartphone app

Why we love it: With a name like Néit (the Celtic god of war, known for being a protector), you can rest assured that this bag will stand up to any beating that you – or the airline – can put it through. The primary feature, of course, is that the waterproof bag can fold down to a mere 3” when not in use. It also includes a hangable handle, so you can simply store it in a coat closet with ease.

When traveling, the bag has a GPS tracker and smartphone travel app, making your journey – and your suitcase’s location – easier to manage.

Price point: $245 – $295

Where to buy: Neit.life

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