11/24/2010 12:49 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Five Great Travel Items for Which to Be Thankful

Wondering what to ask from Santa? Sure, there are the usual suspects: iPhones, iPads, computers, and Flips. But here are five great items which you can give to a traveling friend, or keep for yourself -- in any event, you'll be thankful for any of them.

Delsey's Helium SuperLite expandable 29' Trolley -- If you can't carry it on, the best all-around suitcase is Delsey's extra strong, long-lasting Helium SuperLite expandable trolley case. Choose it in mocha, black or steel grey -- in enough sizes for all your needs. It has durable wheels, an extra-long locking trolley handle, and still weighs under 10 pounds -- and it expands. I find the 29" ideal for trips of any length. Promotional price: $159.99 (Available at

Blanc de Chine's Travel Blanket -- This 100% fine brushed silk blanket is hand-quilted, poly-filled, 60 x44, and compact enough to take on a plane (especially in it's case which turns it into a pillow) or snuggling up at home. Choose from color combinations including grey with dark blue trim, Bordeaux with grey trim, and Olive grey with Army Green trim. $425.00 Call: 212-308-8688; (

iHM79 iHome Compact Stereo Speakers -- Tired of mushy sound from your computer, iPhone or MP3? The iHM79 iHome portable multimedia stereo speakers have built-in rechargeable batteries, are lightweight, and collapse, so they take up practically no space in your suitcase. Hook them up and rock on. $49.99 (

Briggs & Riley's 20" Carry-On Expandable -- If you're going only carry-on, then choose Briggs & Riley's new wide-body upright which which easily fits feet-first in the overhead compartment. It's lightweight, tilt-resistant, with a speed Thru pocket for security checkpoints, and lifetime warranty. $249 on sale through end of December; otherwise, $299. (

Cinzia's "Bewitched" Reading Glasses -- No longer are readers a dreaded sign of aging. Cinzia's chic, fashion-forward eyewear allows you to make your own personal fashion statement. Best, you can choose by power! I like "Bewitched." Choose from black, red or teal. $90.00 1-800-701-6765 (

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