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No-spill hydration bottles and travel mug make handy stocking stuffers

December 1, 2010 | 10:33 am

Kangaroo_Blue_CompartmentOpen (2) Those looking for a little something as a holiday stocking stuffer might want to check out the line of drinking products from Contigo. With "autoseal" no-spill technology in their travel mug and hydration bottles, these would seem to be gifts that actually might be used -- by an active outdoorsman, commuter or anyone who likes to take beverages along.

It's press-to-sip drinking, with no lids to remove or spouts to open. And the large-mouth bottleneck opening on the hydration bottles accommodates the addition of ice cubes and/or powdered drink mixes.

The Contigo autoseal water bottle is made from BPA-free plastic and includes a handle with an integrated carabiner clip. The suggested retail price is $12.99 for the 24-fluid-ounce bottle and $14.99 for the 32-ounce one.

The travel mug has a 16-fluid-ounce capacity and fits most automobile cupholders. It features a double-wall design and vacuum-insulated construction that eliminates condensation and keeps drinks hot for up to four hours and cold for up to 12 hours. The mug, with a suggested retail price of $19.99, is available in a stainless-steel finish or a variety of colors.

My favorite is the Kangaroo hydration bottle, one of Contigo's newer products. The Kangaroo has a handy fold-down compartment for stowing a key, some cash or cards such as an ID or gym membership, making it handy to take along even when walking the dogs.

The Kangaroo also offers an integrated carabiner and a flip-up handle and holds up to 24 fluid ounces. Suggested retail price: $12.99.

Contigo autoseal products are available at a variety of national retailers including Target, Sears and Amazon.com as well as online at GoContigo.com.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Kangaroo hydration bottle with the compartment open. Credit: Contigo