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The Coolest Gifts For Every Traveler

  1. The Lucha Libre luggage tag from Flapjack Toys, modeled after the elaborate masks worn by Mexico's theatrical luchadores, is the perfect mix of pop-culture playfulness and hands-off-my-bag menace—sure to set any sensible black suitcase apart from the pack. flight001.com, $12. (Courtesy Flapjack Toys)
  2. Before Google Street View and GPS mapped every journey down to the last detail, explorers relied on something much simpler: the humble compass. A one-inch version worn as a necklace charm makes for a clever, functional, and retro take on an all-time favorite travel tool. fredflare.com, $14. (Courtesy fredflare.com)
  3. Hand-assembling a camera sounds like a job for the pros. Not so with the 43-piece Paper Pinhole Camera. After 90 minutes with a ruler, a pencil, some glue, and a little patience, you'll end up with dreamy, soft-focus images (using 35mm film) that no one will mistake for JPEGs. lomography.com, $25. (Courtesy Lomography)
  4. It may be fashionable to think that smartphones can replace watches, but wait till you have to turn off your cell on the tarmac. The rainbow-hued, doodad-free, silicone Flat watch from Ops! is the no-commitment, no-complications solution for determining how long until descent. amazon.com, $25. (Courtesy Ops!)
  5. They may not come with tricked-out graphics or digital score trackers, but Crate and Barrel's 72-sheet travel Word Scramble and Sudoku puzzle booklets, complete with pencil, have one huge draw: They'll never run out of juice en route. crateandbarrel.com, $8 each. (Courtesy Crate and Barrel)
  6. The size of a pair of balled-up socks (and the same four-ounce weight), the compact Roll-Upz ballet flats by Spare Soles are a sure bet for security-line-weary travelers, as well as a Plan B for strolling down cobblestoned streets. flight001.com, $20. (Courtesy Roll-Upz)
  7. A 10-inch display, nearly full-size keyboard, 160-gigabyte hard drive, and up to 11 hours of battery make HP's Mini 210 netbook a workhorse in show pony's clothing. Plus, the under-four-pound wonder has fun extras like a webcam and an integrated media-card reader for uploading photos and video on the go. shopping.hp.com, from $330. (Courtesy HP)
  8. Apps, e-mail, movies, maps—what more does the iPhone need? Maybe something to lean on. The superlight MoviePeg stand, made from a combo of rubber and plastic, makes a world of difference when you want to stage a screening on the fly. movie-peg.com, $8. (Courtesy MoviePeg)
  9. These Lego Walkie-Talkies might look like toys, but with a one-mile range and easy-to-use controls, they're a simple and fun way to keep track of your brood on a family cruise or at an amusement park. Copy that? toysrus.com, $20. (Courtesy Lego)
  10. Here's some good, clean fun: A USB-powered ultraviolet lamp tucked inside the UVmini toothbrush sanitizer kills 99.99 percent of the germs from, say, a hotel bathroom's countertop or the bottom of your trusty toiletry bag. uvmini.com for stores, $25. (Courtesy High Vision Korea)
  11. First Joby reinvented the camera tripod, and now it has given the standard flashlight a hands-free upgrade. This 6.5-ounce Gorillatorch has flexible legs for gripping tent poles and tree limbs, a battery life of up to 80 hours, and (for all you romantics out there) a dimmer switch. joby.com, $30. (Courtesy Joby)
  12. The Samsung PL200 has no shortage of standout features: a whopping 14.2 megapixels (enough for poster-size prints), a 7x zoom, and a built-in image stabilizer, to start. But the intelligent LCD screen trumps them all, adjusting automatically to environmental light; you'll never squint again. samsung.com for stores, $180. (Courtesy Samsung)

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