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Have a special someone who loves to travel? Our roundup of the best gifts for travelers is here to save the day!
Plus, we’re breaking things down into “his” and “hers” sections to help narrow the selection. From travel gadgets to great bags, fitness aides to carry-on cocktail kits, and everything in between, there’s something on our gifting list to suit everyone.
Gifts for Him
1. A Duffel for the Gym or the Office
Herschel Novel Duffel Bag, Black/Black Synthetic Leather, Classic 42.5L
This versatile duffel bag has carry handles and a shoulder strap, perfect for trips to the gym or adventures further afield.
Herschel Novel Duffel Bag
This versatile Herschel duffel lands itself on many of the “Top Travel Bags” lists, and it’s easy to see why.
It’s got plenty of room to pack the essentials, a separate shoe compartment, an easy-to-clean fabric liner, and a removable shoulder strap. Not only is it stylish, but it’s also fairly lightweight — a great quality for toting around on your travels.
This duffel is available in a wide range of colors and stylish designs, so it will make the perfect gift for that special someone who likes to color-coordinate their accessories.
2. For the Dapper Aviation Enthusiast
BagTu Propeller Cufflinks Set, Airplane Propeller Set, 2pcs Plane Aircraft Fan Blade Cufflinks with Gift Box and 1pc Greeting Card
These cufflinks are the perfect gift aviation fanatics. Stylish and fun, the propellers actually spin around.
BagTu Airplane Propeller Cufflinks Set
These aviation-themed cufflinks by BagTu are seriously sleek and are made from highly polished copper that won’t tarnish. Great fun for those that can’t keep their hands still as the propellers spin around like the real thing.
An ideal gift for airplane fanatics, this set of cufflinks comes in a velvet gift box with a gift card for you to personalize.
3. The Gift of Great Coffee on the Go
French Press Travel Coffee Press - Travel French Press Coffee Maker Set, French Coffee Grinder Set, Insulated French Press with...
This set is for anyone that doesn't like to sacrifice great coffee on the move. It's small and compact and comes in a beautiful, vegan leather case.
Camping French Press Travel Kit
For the barista on the go, Artemis & Rhodes gives you all the equipment you need for a great cup in 1 handsome bag.
The kit comes chock full of goodies: a gold French press, hand grinder, coffee scoop, and cleaning brush. The bag itself is made of vegan leather and has a mesh compartment to carry your favorite coffee and collapsible coffee cup.
Hot Tip: Check out the best coffee grinders for travel, featuring espresso, French press, and pour-over options.
4. Stay Fully-charged on Remote Adventures
Solar Power Bank,Solar Charger,42800mAh Power Bank,Portable Charger,External Battery Pack 5V3.1A Qc 3.0 Fast Charging Built-in...
Perfect for remote adventures, this nifty power bank charges up using solar energy.
Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh, Premium Portable Charger
Charging up our devices can be problematic when it comes to camping, hiking, or traveling to remote locations. This clever solar power bank will mean that you’re always able to charge your cell phone in an emergency (as long as you’ve got some sunshine).
For daily use, or for more urban adventures, this 42800mAh power bank can be charged up using a regular charger, and with dual USB ports, you can charge 2 devices at once.
5. For the Special Yogi in Your Life
Manduka eKO Superlite Travel Yoga Mat
This travel yoga mat is pretty incredible — it’s only 1.5 mm thick and weighs just 2 pounds, so it’s literally perfect to fold up and take on the go. The mat itself is made of biodegradable non-Amazon harvested natural tree rubber, and Manduka states the closed cell design will not absorb bacteria (also a perk for traveling)!
This mat isn’t just for yoga lovers … roll it out for a quick HIIT session, bust out those pilates moves, or simply use it as a barrier between you and that questionable hotel floor when you need to stretch out after a long day of traveling!
6. Spice up Those Inflight Beverages
Cocktail Box Co. Store Travel Cocktail Making Kit
Chances are you’ve seen these genius little tins making their rounds throughout the travel community. With 4 different cocktails to choose from and 3 different gift sets, it’s a great way to spice up those inflight beverages.
What’s in the kit? This variety box includes all the syrups, bitters, and stirrers you need to make the likes of an Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, or G&T. All it’s missing is that little bottle of liquor that you’ll order from the air hostess!
7. A Framed Art Print To Remember or Inspire Adventures
Society6 provides an enormous number of options for beautiful pieces that inspire adventure. We suggest a framed print, but you can also choose from standard art prints, canvas prints, wall hangings, murals, coffee mugs, wall clocks, and even shower curtains.
Simply head to the Society6 website, type “travel” or “adventure” in the search bar, and voilà! Literally thousands of options to choose from. The only hard part will be picking the perfect one!
8. For Documenting Those Treasured Memories
A6 Travelers Notebook - Wanderings A6 Refillable Leather Travel Journal, Hand-Crafted Genuine Leather - Perfect for Writing,...
A beautiful, real leather travel journal for those that like to keep a diary or sketch on their travels.
WANDERINGS Leather Travel Journal
This travel journal is meant to get you off that iPhone and back to the real world, mindfully. With refillable inserts, you can use this journal for years to come, and why wouldn’t you want to, when the real leather cover looks and smells this amazing?
A thoughtful gift for someone you love dearly, this journal will allow them to record memories to last a lifetime.
9. A Gift for Budding Travel Photographers
Xenvo Pro Lens Kit for iPhone and Android, Macro and Wide Angle Lens with LED Light and Travel Case
Transform your travel photography by capturing wide angle and macro shots on your cell phone with this clip-on lens kit.
Xenvo Pro Lens Kit for iPhone and Android
This nifty lens kit packs a big punch. Though it has both an ultra-wide lens and a macro lens, this little clip-on accessory is still small enough to carry in your pocket.
It works with most iOS, Android, and Windows smartphones, and it’s pretty foolproof to manage: just clip it on and snap away for wide-angle shots. The macro and wide-angle lenses are interchangeable, simply by screwing them on and off the clip. Plus, this kit includes an LED fill light to illuminate your subject, wherever you are.
10. Save Space and Stay Hydrated
Que Collapsible Water Bottle
If you’re really into saving space and squeezing every last inch out of your travel bag, the Que Collapsible Water Bottle may be right up your alley.
The bottle itself is made of 100% FDA and LFGB-approved food-grade silicone, and it’s BPA-free. It’s also leak-proof, shock-proof, and dishwasher-safe, and comes in a 20-ounce or 12-ounce option.
11. For a Quieter and More Restful Journey
Bose Quiet Comfort 45 wireless noise-canceling headphones
Pass the flight time listening to your favorite music or podcast while blocking out the noise from the aircraft engine or other passengers.
Bose Quiet Comfort 45 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones
When we polled our writers to find out what’s on their personal “can’t travel without” lists, these headphones were mentioned time after time. One contributor even stated he’d cry if he had to fly without them … and we don’t think he was joking.
These Bose Quiet Comfort 45 wireless noise-canceling headphones certainly aren’t cheap, but they’re the gold standard in the industry. Block out crying babies, annoying seat neighbors, the drone of the engine — basically, anything you can imagine to help you relax on that flight. They’re even Alexa-enabled and are also great for road trips, train rides, bus trips, etc.
Hot Tip: For more recommendations, check out our guide to the best noise-canceling headphones!
12. Get Packing Like a Pro
Shacke Pak Packing Cubes
These packing cubes are perfect for the disorganized traveler. They’re made of high-quality water-resistant nylon and double stitching, so they stand up to even the toughest travels.
These 4 packs (XL, L, M, S) also come with an additional small laundry bag, and they’re available in a bunch of colors!
Gifts for Her
1. Inspire Your Loved One To Travel With This Calendar
1,000 Places to See Before You Die Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar 2023: A Traveler's Calendar
This wall calendar provides daily visual reminders to stop dreaming and start traveling.
1,000 Places to See Before You Die Picture-A-Day Wall Calendar
This 2023 wall calendar is created by the author of the travel book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” and has photos and advice for visiting a variety of destinations.
Each month highlights a particular destination, with a photo a day representing sights and attractions. If looking at this calendar every day doesn’t get you booking that vacation, we don’t know what will!
2. Tumi Just In Case Tote
Tumi Just In Case Tote
Tumi is certainly a trustworthy name in luggage, but have you seen this Just in Case tote? It’s perfect for travelers on the go who might need a bit of extra room in a pinch!
This nylon bag folds down into a compact little pouch for slipping in your suitcase or purse. When you need some extra carrying space, the tote unfolds to measure 9 x 23 x 14 inches. It’s got a zippered main compartment and fabric lining to cushion whatever’s inside.
3. Personalize and Beautify Your Possessions
Because who doesn’t love stickers? These little guys are sure to add that wanderlust feel to any laptop, water bottle, journal, lunch box, etc.
At Redbubble, the stickers you see are designed by independent artists from all over the world. Plus, you’ll see a nice discount when you bundle: 25% off 4 small stickers and 50% off 10.
4. Charge Up Your Devices in a Fraction of the TimeCheck on Anker
Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh, Premium Portable Charger
A portable charger is essential for any traveler. This option from Anker is one of the most powerful chargers around with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Its “ultra-high capacity” can charge your cell phone up to 7 to 9 times (depending on the model) and it can charge the 2015 MacBook more than 3 times.
In addition, it recharges in just 11 hours with the included wall plug, whereas many standard power banks can take up to 18 hours. Plus, it’s got an 18-month warranty.
5. Easy Seat-back Entertainment
Universal in Flight Airplane Phone Holder Mount. Handsfree Phone Holder for Desk Tray with Multi-Directional Dual 360 Degree...
A simple phone mount that solves a common problem on flights with no seat-back entertainment.
Universal In-Flight Airplane Phone Holder
We’ve all experienced that short-haul flight, where there’s no seat-back entertainment, and you’re left holding your phone awkwardly for hours on end. Give your arm a break with this simple phone holder that clips easily onto your tray table.
It even rotates 360 degrees, so you can view it from any angle (maybe you’re sharing it with your travel companion who forgot their own phone mount…).
6. BCOZZY Neck Pillow for Travel
BCOZZY Neck Pillow for Travel Provides Double Support to The Head, Neck, and Chin in Any Sleeping Position on Flights, Car, and at...
This soft neck pillow provides support no matter what direction your head is tilting in while you sleep.
BCOZZY Neck Pillow for Travel
Traditional U-shaped travel neck pillows can push your head forward in uncomfortable positions, but that’s not a problem with the BCOZZY Neck Pillow. This flexible neck cushion can be adjusted in 3 different ways to provide support, whether you like to sleep with your head tilting to either side or to the front.
Made from soft microfleece and cool microsuede, you won’t get hot while you’re sleeping, and when you’re not using it, simply clip it to your carry-on.
7. Hours of Entertainment for Long Layovers or Lazy Beach Days
Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel Coloring Book
This Lonely Planet Coloring Book is chock full of inspiring pages to color away! Choose from scenes inspired by the world’s greatest places (as voted by Lonely Planet readers).
From the Great Barrier Reef to the Old City Walls of Dubrovnik and the Eiffel Tower to the hot air balloons in Cappadocia — whether you’re dreaming of that next adventure or keeping yourself busy on the flight there, this coloring book won’t disappoint!
Hot Tip: Add a travel pack of colored pencils to complete this gift!
8. Stay Fit and Healthy on Your Travels
WorkoutLabs Yoga Cards I & II – Complete Set Beginners & Intermediate: Professional Study, Class Sequencing & Practice Guide ·...
Pop these handy prompt cards in your carry-on to continue your practice on your travels.
WorkoutLabs Yoga Cards
Don’t leave your yoga practice at home. With these handy cards to use as prompts, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t got access to Wi-Fi or a group yoga class. They’re lightweight and portable to pop in your carry-on, wherever you’re headed.
These cards are suitable for beginner and intermediate-level yogis, featuring illustrations of the poses, tips on alignment, and the Sanskrit names with phonetic pronunciations.
Hot Tip: For more ideas, check out our guide to the best portable workout and exercise equipment for travel.
9. BAGSMART Electronic and Cable Organizer
BAGSMART Electronics Organizer Travel Case, Small Travel Cable Organizer Bag for Travel Essentials, Travel Tech Organizer as...
Don't get your cables in a twist with this convenient cable organizer. It's also large enough to hold chargers and small power banks.
This cute little cord organizer pack will help keep things tangle-free on your travels. It’s a great size at 9.5 x 6.3 x 1 inches, and it’s scratch-resistant, wear-resistant, and water-resistant.
Get those chargers, e-readers, GoPros, and computer cables ready! Afraid you won’t fill the bag? It works great for makeup, toiletries (if they’re sealed to prevent leaks on your cords), hair accessories, etc.
10. A Fashionable and Functional Travel Scarf
Infinity Travel Scarf by Waypoint Goods
This infinity scarf by Waypoint Goods has a secret hiding spot for your most sensitive travel items. Nervous about pickpockets getting their grubby hands into your purse or jacket pocket? They certainly won’t think to look here!
Made from durable yet buttery soft polyester, Waypoint claims this scarf’s pocket is a tad larger than most others (at 8 inches wide and 7 inches deep), so it can fit your passport, cash, ID, keys, and other important items that need to be kept safe. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors and prints and has pretty great reviews!
11. The Must-have Travel Shoe
These flats are the ultimate go-to travel shoe — they’re really lightweight, super comfortable, and definitely durable. Rothy’s flats come in a huge variety of colors and even 4 different styles: the flat, the point, the loafer, and the sneaker.
The best part? They can be tossed in the wash when they get dirty or even washed out in the sink if you’re a traveler on the go. Another amazing thing about these shoes? They’re uber-sustainable, made from 100% post-consumer plastic water bottles with a carbon-free rubber sole.
Hot Tip: If you need some decent arch support (especially for roaming the streets of your favorite far-off city), these great insoles slip seamlessly into the other Rothy’s styles. How do I know? Because I wear them almost daily. If you’re not into the insoles, we suggest trying the sneaker style — it’s a bit bulkier but also the most supportive.
12. Wall Art and Travel Checklist in One
This push-pin travel map is, in our opinion, simply the best out there. The hand-crafted wooden frame and neutral colors make this a simply gorgeous addition to any room in your house. And it’s certainly a fantastic conversation starter — not to mention a great way to reminisce about all the crazy adventures you’ve had (and those yet to come)!
A bit chicer than your standard scratch-off map, it comes in 2 different sizes, 3 color options, and even includes push pins so you don’t have to buy them separately (although this scratch-off map is great for those with kiddos and the young at heart).
Interested in other awesome travel-centered ideas? Check out our carry-on travel essentials for short and long flights.
And don’t miss our complete travel packing checklist post, which includes a handy printable checklist and tons of great tips and tricks for packing!
In a holiday sort of mood? We’ve got a fun piece on creative cocktails to elevate your holiday flight!
Finally, if you need more “best of the best” travel products, check out these posts.
Did we miss any of your favorite travel-themed gifts? Let us know in the comments below — we love hearing what’s on your wish lists!
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Herschel Novel Duffel Bag lands itself on many of the “Top Travel Bags” lists, and it’s easy to see why.
It’s got plenty of room to pack the essentials, a separate shoe compartment (to keep things clean), an easy-to-clean fabric liner, and a removable shoulder strap. Not only is it stylish, but it’s also fairly lightweight — a great quality for toting around on your travels.
From travel gadgets to great bags, fitness aides to carry-on cocktail kits, and everything in between, there’s something on our gifting list to suit everyone.
A comfortable neck pillow, carry-on cocktail mixer set, or coloring book all make excellent gifts for friends or family embarking on a long flight.
The aviation-themed cufflinks by BagTu are seriously sleek and are made from highly polished copper that won’t tarnish. Great fun for those that can’t keep their hands still as the propellers spin around like the real thing.
An ideal gift for airplane fanatics, this set of cufflinks comes in a velvet gift box with a gift card for you to personalize.
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