Holiday Gift Guide for the Efficient Packer

Holiday GiftWhen you’re packing for a holiday-time cruise, the last thing you want to worry about is lugging (and hiding) large packages from your children or loved ones. The easiest solution is to give gift cards, but where’s the fun in that? Below, we present our guide for the flattest, most compact — but still entertaining gifts this holiday season.

For the Kids

Collapsible Travel Snorkel ($39.99)

Who says snorkeling gear has to be bulky? The Nautilus Travel Snorkel rolls up into a neat, compact ball and deploys in a snap.

Shake – Kids Backpack (79.99)

More fun, less sand. That’s the motto of “Top Chef” alumnus Spike Mendelsohn and surfing pal Charlie Dougiello, who created this kids’ backpack with a waterproof, mesh-bottom bag. This way, when sand starts to pile up inside, you can simply flip a reversible flap and shake out all excess sand.

Outside the Lines Coloring Book ($18)

Hone your child’s creativity with this collection of colorable illustrations from the likes of Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, and other creative masterminds.

For the Family

iPad Air with Retina Display (Starts at $499)

It’s nearly impossible to escape gifting a tablet this holiday.. and why should you? The iPad Air is slick, light, fast as heck and beautiful to play movies and games on. As a bonus, Celebrity Visitors can also learn tricks on how to create the perfect photo album and more at our shipboard iLounges.

Cord Tacos ($24.99)

The more gadget and technology gifts, the more wires and cords to sort out. Luckily, the premium leather cord taco keeps all of your extra earbuds, wireless chargers, and more neat and organized. For technophiles with larger appetites, there’s also a “cordito” available for sale.

Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Camera ($499.99)

Instead of lugging around a heavy DSLR camera, gift this attachable lens-style camera instead. It attaches directly to your smartphone and instantly adds 10x optical zoom to your photographs.

Green Single-Origin Dark Chocolate Ganache Truffles set from Compartes ($75)

For a gift that you know will definitely not survive the trip home, spring for these handmade organic Peruvian dark chocolate truffles decorated with customizable prints. Plus, they’re one of Oprah’s favorite things of 2013, so you know they’ve got to be good.

Uniqlo Ultra-Light Down Jackets ($69.90)

For travelers headed up north this season, Uniqlo’s ultra-light down jacket live up to their name, keeping you toasty and stylish at the same time. The jacket’s material is so flexible, it can fold up into the smallest of purses and suitcases.

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