Do you know a family who's planning a big vacation or simply loves to travel? Consider these products -- both useful and unusual -- for your holiday shopping list.

Skip Hop Stroll & Go Phone Tether
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This item is practically essential for anyone with toddlers. The Skip Hop Stroll & Go Phone Tether is a smartphone case that connects to a stroller, preventing your little one from dropping the phone when using it to play games or watch movies. Simply connect it to the stroller bar or frame.

Approximate Price: $12

http://www.skiphop.com/product/strollgo_phonetether.html

Map Cuff Links
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Customize dad or grandpa's favorite travel destination with these map cufflinks. Every time the man in your life dresses for a special occasion, he'll be reminded of that special place.

Approximate Price: $185

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/custom-map-cufflinks

Snack & Play Travel Tray 2.0
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Star Kids Products has released the second edition of its popular Snack and Play Travel Tray. The new tray features a dry erase surface, electronic safe and a cup holder to prevent spills. It also has two storage pockets, making it perfect for all modes of travel. Plus, it's easy to clean.

Approximate Price: $25

http://www.starkidsproducts.com/

Custom Map Beach Tote
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This canvas, salt-resistant beach tote can be cusomized with a nautical chart map, showing off your favorite waterway or coastline. The large, nylon-lined bag will fit everything you need for a day at the beach, including a beach towel, toys and books.

Approximate Price: $150

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/custom-map-beach-tote

elo My Storytime Pillow
The elo My Storytime Pillow actually tells stories when a child rests their head on it! The high-tech, doctor-approved pillow comes preloaded with stories, and additional books can be purchased via the elo Store. The pillow is especially handy on long car rides and in unfamiliar surroundings, but is just as useful at home.

Approximate Price: $100

http://www.elopillow.com/

Things Remembered Custom State Necklace
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For someone who has traveled away from home or for someone who's heart lives in another state, a custom state-shaped necklace is the perfect gift. There are several variations of the state necklace, but Things Remembered allows you to personalize even further by adding the name of the recipient inside the state.

Approximate Price: $60

http://www.thingsremembered.com/product/Sterling-Silver-I-Heart-My-State-Necklaces/171840.uts?b&gclid=CJbB9_aD9cgCFQpAGwodY_MGLw

Hello Traveler Vacation Sticker Book
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Kids will love to keep track of all their vacation destinations with the Hello Traveler Vacation Sticker Book. Eighty reusable stickers come with the colorful booklet, and children can mark places they'd like to go, things to do and more.

Approximate Price: $3

http://www.hellotraveler.com/vacation-sticker-passport.html

Secur Solar Charger
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Keep devices charged at all times -- even if you're camping -- with a solar-powered charger that has built-in USB cables and ports. The Secur Solar Charger offers many variations of the solar-powered charger, ranging in price from $20 for a mini version to $70 for a high-efficiency device. Some even include a utility light.

Approximate Price: $20 to $70

http://securproducts.com/mobile-charging

Tea Forte's Tea From Around the World
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Enjoy an international collection of teas with the World of Teas tin from Tea Forte. Leaves, herbs and spices bring out the flavors in blends like Bombay Chai, Moroccan Mint and African Solstice.

Approximate Price: $12

https://www.teaforte.com/store/gourmet-tea/tea-collections/world-of-teas/

Oregami Luggage
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Make packing and traveling with the family easier with this new patented suitcase, Oregami. Open the suitcase to reveal folding "drawers" that can pull out in one swift motion to reveal all of the contents of the suitcase. Use one of three "drawers" for different family members' clothing, and unzip them from the suitcase to place directly into a hotel drawer for easy unpacking. It comes in two colors: Black and Fossil.

Approximate Price: $400

Written by Family Vacation Critic Staff


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