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Gifts that actually might make the trip

December 13, 2009

Are you buying a gift for a traveler who has everything or wants nothing? Step away from the neck pillow and look for something fun, unusual and/or handcrafted at UncommonGoods.com.

What's hot: Once someone is labeled a traveler, that person inevitably gets gifts that are never used. Spare your traveling friends (or yourself) and head to UncommonGoods.com's Travel section for gifts that are both humorous and handy. I found pop-up towelettes ($12), a solar-powered backpack ($230), an aerodynamic umbrella that can withstand winds up to 40 mph ($55) and an "I Want My NPR" map that tells you where to tune in when you're on unfamiliar ground.

What's not: I loved that the site offered gifts from recycled products that otherwise might have ended up in a landfill, but they did not have their own tab in the main menu bar. Instead, they were either scattered throughout the site or tucked below the fold on the home page in the Green Gift collection.

-- Jen Leo

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