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The Coolest Gifts For Every Traveler

By , Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010, 12:00 AM

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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)

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)

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)

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!)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)