5 Best SkyMall Gifts for Travelers and Couch Potatoes

Looking for the perfect holiday travel gift? Look no further than SkyMall, the familiar catalog in every airline seatback pocket. Or shop online, but don't miss these must haves. Great gifts for travelers, great gifts for everyone.*

Gifts for Travelers or Couch Potatoes

Something for everyone:

1. For Animal Lovers

Doggie DNA kits: SkyMall actually sells two varieties ($64.95 and $74.99). If you love your dog and love traveling with him, why not get to know him better? [Editor's note: I bought one of these and learned our alleged Lab mix was actually Beagle, Chow, Weimaraner and Norwegian Elkhound].

2. For Passengers-of-Size

Insta Slim Compression Shirts (from $24.95 – $229.95). They may look like regular T-shirts but oh no! According to the SkyMall description, these garments are designed to "flatten your stomach, firm up your chest, eliminate love handles!" Should be a runaway best seller with Southwest's portlier passengers.

3. For Patrons of Bad Hotels

Bed Bug Thwarting Sleeping Cocoon ($79.95). If you don't care where you lay your head but would prefer your bed insect-free, this hooded sleeping sack may be right up your alley, with "durable polyester threads [that] are impervious to bed bugs' teeth."

4. For Stressed-out Travelers

SomaWave Helmet ($79.95). Wear this silver-colored futuristic-looking helmet and its battery-powered vibrations will supposedly melt away tension ("like having thousands of tiny fingers stimulate your scalp!"). The ad says not to wear this while operating heavy machinery, so keep it away from the pilot.

5. For Travelers Who'd Like to Visit the Himalayas

Bigfoot Garden Yeti (life size, $2,250.00 plus two hundred bucks for shipping). SkyMall description: "The nearly six-foot-tall Garden Yeti will have guests doing a double-take as they admire your creative home or garden." Now that's genius.

*Disclaimer: When I say, "great gifts" I mean they look like fun; whether these gadgets actually do what they claim they do, I haven't a clue. If you've purchased any of these items, we'd love to hear about your experiences.

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