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December 10, 2013 13:14 ET

The Best Gifts at Sea: CruiseCompete's 2013 Guide to Easy Gift Giving on a Cruise

Make Holiday Giving a Cinch With These Easy, Portable Gifts for Frequent Travelers

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwired - Dec 10, 2013) - Planning a cruise over the winter holidays this year? These cruises are some of the most popular, because the cruise lines create a wonderful, festive atmosphere on board with all the trimmings, including holiday dinners, activities and even a myriad of religious observances. In fact, it's become a holiday tradition for many world travelers.

Another treasured tradition is the holiday gift exchange and happily, with a little planning, it can be done magnificently while on board. Here's the secret: the true key to gift giving while traveling is to find thoughtful, compact presents that are easy to pack, while still creating that "Wow!" reaction we all love to see.

With that in mind, CruiseCompete has once again created their list of the top holiday gifts to give while at sea. (Please note prices are approximate and subject to change):

For Men:

The Art of Shaving Kit. For the man who takes a little extra pride in his appearance, the Art of Shaving kit incorporates four components: a protective pre-shave oil, moisturizing cream, soothing aftershave and a badger shaving brush to keep that well-groomed look. ($60). Buy the Art of Shaving Kit here.

Pocket Compass. Expertly crafted in stainless steel by a family-owned company in the Scottish Highlands, this high-quality compass follows the style of an old-fashioned pocket watch. Stylish and substantial, the piece's interior lid also features a world map. Add personalization for $8. ($80). Buy the Pocket Compass here.

For more gift ideas for men, please click here.

For Women:

Alpaca Infinity Scarf. This soft and cozy (100% Alpaca) camel-colored scarf's versatility will make it her go-to accessory for those cold winter months. ($65). Buy the Alpaca Infinity Scarf here.

Yoga Mat Bag and Mat. This stylish bag features adjustable straps to hold a rolled yoga mat (included) and plenty of room to carry a change of clothes (and more). The perfect gift for someone who practices the art of relaxation -- and it can be personalized for just $10 more. ($125). Buy theYoga Mat Bag and Mat here.

For more gifts for women, please click here.

For Teens and Tweens:

Girls
Amika Ceramic Styler Hair Straightening Flat Iron.
This funky flat iron features 100% ceramic plates that radiate far-infrared heat, which preserves moisture and protects the hair cuticle from damage. ($105). Buy the Amika Ceramic Styler Hair Straightening Flat Iron here.

Boys
Snap Skateboard.
Die-hard skateboard riders know that sometimes you have to carry your board, and this one makes it easy -- it folds up small enough to fit in most standard bags. This longdeck is made of 8-ply Canadian maple and can be purchased as just the deck or as a complete board. ($189). Buy the Snap Skateboard here.

And it seems that everything old is new again:

Konstruktor Camera Kit. Young tinkerers will love making this (real, working) 35-millimeter camera! In this age of digital photos, they may enjoy the old school feel of loading in a roll of film and seeing what develops. ($35). Buy the Konstruktor Camera Kit here.  

For more gifts for teens and tweens, please click here.

For Children:

Tegu Blocks. Appease your child and your conscience at the same time with these Tegu blocks, designed for free play and packaged in their own carrying case. Naturally safe with no lead, no plastic, non-toxic, water-based lacquer finish, and no small parts, these blocks are a winner all the way around. ($26). Buy Tegu Blocks here.

GoPro HERO3 White Edition. This camera takes both photos and video, the price point isn't too high and it's both kid friendly and waterproof -- a winning combination for a responsible child. Older kids will also enjoy being able to take their own pictures and sharing them online. ($199) Buy the GoPro Action Video Camera here.

For more gifts for children, please click here.

Don't want to take your gifts on board? Consider giving these handy (and timely) gifts before you leave port:

Lewis N. Clark Blanzza Digital Luggage Scale. With the airline's limitations on baggage weights, this little luggage scale (with an easy to grip handle) helps you pack for a trip while feeling confident that you'll avoid any extra fees caused by overweight bags. It weighs in pounds or kilograms. ($18) Buy the Lewis N. Clark Blanzza Digital Luggage Scale here.

For more great gifts to give before traveling, please click here.

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