Sponsored content. AT&T invited me to create a gift guide as part of its GoPhone holiday influencer program. All opinions and ideas are my own. #GoPhoneHoliday
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for travel.
And while us travel hounds know all 365 days suit travel planning just fine, Christmastime has a way of leading us to to the places where our families live, where our close friends wax nostalgic, and where it feels like coming home.
Take a little something to give while adventuring this holiday season with picks from my list of gifts every traveler can get excited about.
AT&T GoPhone is making it easier than ever to stay connected with your family by offering premium wireless service without the premium price tag. With a wide array of smartphones available at exceptional prices, there’s no excuse to be disconnected.
We had a chance to try out the sleek HTC Desire GoPhone for ourselves this past summer, and liked it so much, we gave one to the kids’ Gaga. Now she can stay in touch while on the go, and more importantly to her, capture grandmotherly moments with the kids as they happen.
AT&T offers GoPhone customers service on the nation’s most reliable – and strongest – LTE network (reaching more than 300 million people!) with no annual contract, making it easy and affordable to take a more flexible approach to wireless plans.
GoPhone devices include the latest 4G + 4G LTE Android and Windows smartphones, and are compatible with most other devices, including iPhone! (It did take me about 90 minutes to set up my new GoPhone account via phone. I didn’t want to transfer information from my existing smartphones or mess around with our current contract, which required getting a new phone number and getting a crash course in Android. To determine if a device is compatible with AT&T GoPhone, please visit: http://www.att.com/devicehowto/.
Plans start at just $45 a month, which includes unlimited talk, text and data usage with the first 1.5GB at high‐speed. (Data usage exceeding the high-speed allowance will result in reduced data speed for the rest of your 30‐day term. Actual speeds vary by device and location.) There’s no annual contract either, which means GoPhone customers can choose (or even change) a plan that fits their needs and more importantly, budget.
GoPhone’s auto‐refill feature also makes it simple to pay with a credit/debit card and refill cards are available at AT&T stores and major retailers nationwide. To check out all the rate plans available, visit att.com/gophoneplans.
Intrigued? Then you’ll want to get in on this promotion. Now through December 31, customers can get a free ZTE Maven device or $40 off any other GoPhone smartphone with new activation plus $45 or greater airtime purchase at AT&T stores or online.
I also partnered with AT&T to give away a GoPhone SIM Card Kit ($15 value) to one holly jolly wanderluster. Just scroll down to the giveaway widget, follow the prompts and you’re in to win.
(Fine Print: You must buy the phone and airtime at the same time, and new activation is required at time of purchase. Offer is not combinable with other credits, discounts, and offers. Purchase limit of 3 phones per customer.)
AT&T recently released the world’s first AA battery-powered mobile phone. Called the SpareOne™ Emergency Phone for GoPhone, it makes the perfect companion for unexpected situations. No electricity? No charger? No problem. You can connect from almost anywhere, and take comfort in knowing it has a built-in flashlight, glow-in-the-dark keypad, panic siren and a SOS signal.
It even has a 20-year shelf life when left unused, making it ideal to keep in first aid kits, survival kits, emergency readiness bags, carry-on luggage and the like.
Secured in a small metal box with hanging brackets, this all-purpose first aid kit from Best Made Co. is designed for convenience and portability. Contents are securely packed and OSHA approved.
Track your travels with this handsome scratch-off-where-you’ve-been map from Uncommon Goods. Its brilliant pops of color and obvious worldly charm will enliven any room, and make for geography lessons on the fly. See what I did there?
Cookie cutter suitcases are a dime a dozen, meaning they inevitably get picked up by fellow travelers by mistake. Keep your bag from getting lost with this simple “This Bag is Not Yours” luggage tag from Owen and Fred. (Better yet, it’s cut, vegetable tanned and stamped by hand in the United States.)
Wear your wanderlusty heart on your sleeve with this leather passport cover from MindMap. Sized for passports from the United States, Canada, UK, and more, it’s sure to stand out in security. In a good way.
This hand-painted hand-lettered travel journal-sketchbook-hybrid from Happy Dappy Bits pairs perfectly with daring adventures. Crafted from 100% post-consumer recycled fiber, and available in range of sizes, each comes with blank or ruled pages, plus a mini gold foil pencil.
Handmade in Italy by Madama Robe, this white polymer clay brooch says it all. Wear it whenever, wherever so everyone knows your heart belongs to the world.
Created by artist Johanna Basford, the Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book is a must-have for any adult who fully embraces their inner child at heart. A fully meditative, nostalgic experience for the eyes, each page will encourage you to stop adulting so hard for a while.
Be transported to Winterfell’s crisp snow-covered forests alive with the scent Scotch pine and smoky bonfires (it’s what we imagine Jon Snow smells like) with this hand-poured soy candle from Frostbeard Studio. Sized just right for carry-on luggage, it’s sure to bring a little cozy to any space you’re currently calling home.
This campfire-style mug in pretty periwinkle blue was made for anyone who daydreams of adventure. Professionally printed on both sides with Wild & Free Designs’ own hand-lettered typography with eco-friendly, lead-free ceramic inks.
Consider this a reminder to get outside and play. Hand cut, sewn and embroidered by Aspen & Oak, this lovely little canvas banner comes on a wooden dowel and jute twine for immediate hanging.
Brookish condensed Mr. Darcy’s famous proposal quote to Elizabeth Bennet, making it bigger, bolder and edgier than Jane Austen originally envisioned. Comfy and lightweight, this heathered sweatshirt is the perfect layering piece for any plane, train or automobile, and can be screen-printed in your choice of grey, navy or charcoal.
Supersoft merino yarn is spun into stylish leg-warming awesome by Knitting Mamas. Each snuggly pair is created from sustainable materials and ships worldwide from a family-run studio in Italy.
Ideal for hike-loving, mountain-climbing, fresh air-seeking outdoorsy types, this custom illustrated, hand-pulled silkscreen print by Satchel & Sage captures John Muir’s quote perfectly.
Disclosure: Sponsored content. AT&T invited me to create a gift guide as part of its GoPhone holiday influencer program. All opinions are my own, and are based on my experience. Comments may be displayed on websites owned by the sponsor and its advertisers.