Subscription Gift Ideas You Need To Know About

If you are like me and either travel a lot or are trying to Marie Kondo streamline and minimalize your life, subscriptions can be a great gift both to give and to receive.

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With Cyber Monday just around the corner I am not only making my own list of gifts to order but also am compiling lists to put into a blog post. Along with the season of gift giving basically being on top of us I also have my son at college on the other side of the country and am finding the various subscription services available to be enormously helpful!

Subscriptions and mini subscriptions can make ideal gifts both for business and work gifts, and also as stocking stuffers or gifts for family members.

Kindle Paperwhite

This year I am giving Kindle Paperwhites:Kindle Paperwhite – Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage – Includes Special Offers I was the diehard hold out on physical books for the longest time, but the past few years I have been reading everything on the Kindle App on my iPad.

Kindle Paperwhite

Some of the authors I have been loving don’t even offer paperbacks anymore. Personally I don’t see the point in spending $20 on a paperback when I can get the same thing on Kindle for $3.99. So much cost is absorbed in the printing of physical books – my own books Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy: Secrets To Glamorous Travel (On A Not So Glamorous Budget) and Glam Italia! 101 Fabulous Things to Do in Rome: Beyond the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps make me the same amount of money regardless of whether the reader buys them as an eBook or a paperback. If readers get my books via Kindle Unlimited I still get paid by Amazon based on pages read.

This year on my Glam Italia tours I noticed so many of my travelers had Kindles with them. They were so sleek and chic and made my iPad look clunky and cumbersome. I do all computing on my smart phone now, so have no need to drag my iPad around anymore. As such it is being replaced with kindle Paperwhite this Christmas!

Regardless of whether you or the person you are gifting reads on a Kindle or on the Kindle App, a Kindle Unlimited subscription is the perfect gift. For the duration of their subscription they can download books for free. If they cancel at the end of the subscription they still get to keep their downloaded books. It’s brilliant! There are several options for subscriptions so you can purchase and gift the one that works best for you. Check out theKindle Unlimited Membership Plans

An Audible subscription gives a free audio book just for signing up

Before we had books story telling happened by voice. As children we learned stories as they were read to us. Now as adults many of us just don’t have time to sit down with a book anymore, our lives are just too busy.

That’s where Audible comes in. With an Audible subscription you can listen to books everywhere you go. On your phone, your tablet, your kindle – there are multiple ways to listen in. Whether you want to engage your mind while you commute to and from work, or like me while walking the dog, or maybe just while your hands are busy doing chores at home, audio books are just fantastic.

Audiobooks are the fastest growing sector of the book market so a subscription to an audio book service is a brilliant gift! Audible subscriptions come in 1,3,6 and 12 month options. Check out Audible Subscriptions here

Try Audible Romance Free here

If you are a consumer of romance novels you might enjoy the new Audible Romance offering. You can use this link for a free trial of Audible Romance.

I don’t know how I ever got by without Amazon Prime! I don’t use a fraction of the services that come with it, but I love getting free 2 day shipping. I take advantage of Amazon First Reads each month – as a Prime member you get to borrow books for free, and a new list arrives in your inbox at the beginning of each month.

I watch shows on Amazon Prime Video. There are many more service that come with the subscription tho (including ad free streaming of more than a million songs) and I’m sure that those more savvy than me are taking advantage of them!

Not sure if you would like Prime Video? You can get a free trial month of Amazon prime Video with this link

You can gift an Amazon Prime Subscription for 3 months or 12 months, and there maybe other options too. Check out how to gift an Amazon prime Subscription here

amazon prime student
Free trial link

Amazon Prime Student comes with a six month free trial. It has the benefit of a regular Prime membership but also has discounts on everything from books to computers and much more. Use this link to get your 6 month free trial.

I especially appreciate this one with a child at school in the other end of the country!

Not sure if you want an Amazon Prime Subscription yourself? Use this link to get a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime. There is also a discounted Prime membership for people on Government Assistance Programs such as EBT cards. You can check it out here

Amazon also offers a free trial of the Amazon Unlimited Free Music service. Tens of millions of songs available to listen to on any device, anywhere. This one is open both to Prime members and also non-Prime members. Check it out here.

gift ideas for travelers
Gift Ideas For Travelers

Fantastic Travel Items You Need To Buy On Amazon Prime Day!

Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner on July 15th and 16th (midnight to midnight) with blockbuster deals to be had all over the Amazon site.

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WHAT IS AMAZON PRIME?

Do you have Amazon Prime? Prime is a subscription service that gives you free shipping, streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, commercial free music streaming, access to the Kindle library, and much, much more.

If you don’t already have Prime you can get a free 30 day trial here:

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

I only got Amazon Prime a couple of years ago, and don’t take advantage of most of the benefits it offers, but even so I can’t imagine being without it!

Amazon Prime Day is like a middle of the year Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping day. There are huge sales all over Amazon, and bargains to be had!

Travel Shopping

I had been planning on doing a post about my new travel hairdryer, which is the most amazing travel hair tool I have ever owned, but figured in case it is on sale on Amazon Prime Day you need to know about it now.

I have more Glam Italia Tours about to take off in September and October, and my travelers are always wanting info on different things to pack for their trips, so in the off chance that any of these are on sale on Amazon Prime Day, I’m putting them in this post.

Best Travel Hair Dryer (Ever!)

Heads up, this is the best travel hairdryer I have ever owned.

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Travel hairdryer, the best travel hair dryr available
The Babyliss PRO Nano Titanium Travel Hairdryer

Typically I have found travel hairdryers to be too bulky when I’m trying to keep my packing streamlined, and also half of them leave my hair frizzy and unmanageable. My home hairdryer is always some combination of titanium/ceramic/ion-something, and therefore keeps my hair smooth. Travel hairdryers tend to not have the same technology.

The BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Travel Dryer does. You can blow out your hair and have it smooth and glossy. But that’s just part of it – this dryer is the size of a new born kitten! When the handle is folded down it is about the same size as a coffee cup. I almost sent it back when I opened the box, because I thought there was no way something that small could possibly dry my thick head of hair, but decided to give it a whirl and I’m glad I did.

On top of the size, power and technology this hairdryer has two settings for electricity, 125 volts and 250 volts. When I am traveling in the U.S. I have it set to 125 and when I’m in Europe or Australasia I have it set to 250.

This hairdryer is tiny but powerful, and I definitely recommend it.

Best Travel Toothbrush

We all know that sonic toothbrush technology is the best for not only keeping your pearly whites clean, but also keeping them white. But do you want to travel your expensive Sonic toothbrush from home? I don’t.

HIEIE Sonic Travel Toothbrush is the best travel toothbrush combining sonic technology with travel efficiency
The HIEIE Sonic Travel Toothbrush

The HIEIE Sonic Electric Toothbrush, USB Rechargeable Toothbrush Travel with 2 Replacement Heads, 5 Brushing Modes with 2 Minutes Timer, IPX7 Waterproof (Black) was built for travel. It uses a USB connection to charge, and a full charge lasts 10 hours, or 30 days. It is compact, comes with a travel case and 2 replacement heads.

The Best Travel Adaptor

I actually had a much more expensive adapter that I had been using for several years, and didn’t want to send it to Europe with my on last year, certain he would lose it, so I bought him this one instead. It is totally brilliant, so now I use it when I travel!

Best international travel adapter.
Castries Universal Travel Adaptor

The Castries Universal Travel Adapter, All-in-one Worldwide Travel Charger Travel Socket, International Power Adapter with 4 USB Ports, AC Plug for US EU UK AU & Asian Countries, Blue works all over the world, has two USB charging ports, and is quite compact. We have it in blue but I think it comes in other colors too.

One of the things i like about this adapter is that it is self contained. You don’t have to take it apart and find the attachment for the country you are in, which means you don’t lose random pieces – you just slide that country from the selection on the side.

Best Reading Device

Do you own a Kindle? I don’t. I read books on my iPad via the Kindle App. The only problem is my iPad is getting old as will need to be replaced soon. I read everything via the Kindle App now, so it makes sense for me to actually invest in a Kindle device sometime soon.

You can get a regular Kindle for as little as $89 retail price, but I have been doing some research and there is a new one coming, the Kindle Oasis.

Kindle Oasis with warm light option, waterproof
Amazon Kindle Oasis with warm light option

The All-new Kindle Oasis – Now with adjustable warm light is scheduled to go on sale on July 24th, but I am pretty sure there will be Amazon Prime Day pre-sales on it. It is a little larger than other Kindles with a 7 inch screen instead of a 6 inch. It is waterproof, but has the new advantage of enabling you to change the light from bright white to a warm creamy tone.

I have always worried about glare if I am trying to read on the beach and also the waterproof aspect if I am trying to read near water (pool/lake/beach/boat). Most Kindles are now glare resistant and also waterproof, so if this one is more expensive than you wanted there are definitely other options that are still ideal for travelers.

One extra benefit with this new model is Amazon is giving you 6 months free of Kindle Unlimited, which means you can download books galore (including my books!) for free. Once your free Unlimited subscription expires you still get to keep the books you downloaded.

Best External Battery

An external power bank/battery for your phone is essential when you’re traveling. Not only do you need to be able to stay in touch with the world, you need to have your phone functioning when you are trying to use GPS and maps, and possibly even more importantly, you are likely to be taking photos and videos on your phone, which runs the battery down fast.

I am a huge advocate for boarding every flight with a fully charged phone and a fully charged battery pack. You never know what is going to happen en route to your destination, and anyone who has ever been stranded or had their flight delayed for hours will tell you you will wish you had access to a battery charger!

best external battery for smart phones and tablets
Amazon’s best selling external battery/power pack

Amazon’s top selling external battery is this one: Portable Charger Power Bank 24800mAh High Capacity External Battery Smaller Size Lighter Weight Backup Battery Compatible with Smart Phone, Android Phone, Tablet and More It is lightweight, has 2 USB ports and a huge capacity to power up phones and tablets, multiple times.

Best Travel Speaker

I am actually in the market for a new travel speaker and am hoping these Bose speakers go on sale on Amazon Prime Day. I like to have music with me everywhere I go, and normally have something fabulous playing while I’m making coffee in the morning before heading out sightseeing for the day, and while I’m having a glass of wine and journaling in the evening.

best bose bluetooth speaker for travel
Travel sized Bose bluetooth speaker

Bose speakers have fantastic sound quality, even with small speakers like this one. The Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker is perfect for travel.

Best Anti-Theft Handbag

One big worry when you are traveling is being pick-pocketed or robbed, so having an anti-theft handbag can give you significant peace of mind.

Travelon anti theft cross body messenger bag
Travelon Anti Theft Cross Body Bag

Travelon anti theft handbags are world famous. They utilize multiple technologies to keep your belongings safe. Starting with the cross body strap (essential for travel), this one has a cable running through the inside of the strap, making it cut proof. The body of the bag is slash proof, AND has RFID blockers so your cards and passport cannot be cloned.

The bag also uses carabiners to lock the zippers so no one can slip their hand inside your bag uninvited. Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Essential Messenger Bag, Black, One Size

If you don’t already have Amazon Prime try a free 30 day trial here: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial. If you have a friend or family member who doesn’t have Prime yet you can gift them three, six or twelve months of prime membership: Give the Gift of Amazon Prime

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