Finding the perfect gift is not always easy. And finding a gift during the Winter holiday season? Even worse.
Lucky for you, finding a great gift is one of my nerdy joys in life and not to brag, but over the years I’ve gotten really good at it.
No matter the occasion, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves to travel (or ideas to put on your gift wish list), I’ve already done the legwork for you.
From carry-on essentials and practical travel accessories to fun and quirky gifts, here are the 100 best gifts for travelers.
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Table of contents
- Travel packing essentials
- Airport security essentials
- In-flight snooze accessories
- In-flight entertainment essentials
- Travel photography basics
- Travel photography accessories
- Travel memory keeping tools
- Travel-friendly power ups
- Travel health essentials
- Travel safety accessories
- Gifts for business travelers
- Gifts for digital nomads
- Tech gifts for travelers
- Smartphone accessories for travel
- Gifts for budget travelers
- Gift ideas for backpackers
- Gifts for outdoor lovers
- Disney gift ideas
- Luxury travel gift ideas
- Unique gifts for travelers
- Travel-themed movies
- Travel books
- Travel themed coloring books for adults
- Jewelry gifts for travelers
- Travel themed decor gifts
- If the above 100 gifts for travelers weren’t enough, here are a few more
- What are your favorite gifts for travelers?
Travel packing essentials
For the traveler who loves organization, these 4 travel packing essentials will be a thoughtful and welcome gift idea.
Wet swimsuit bag
It’s inevitable that a traveler will have a wet swimsuit or sweaty clothes to pack at some point along their travels.
Keep wet clothes separated from dry, clean clothes in a waterproof wet bag.
Packing cubes keep your suitcase organized and help fit in more clothes by compressing the items inside.
I’ve been using this same set for a few years now and often buy them as gifts!
Makeup or toiletry case
A lay-flat makeup case or toiletry kit is great for organization and space-saving in a suitcase or carry-on.
Packing list notepad
A packing list notepad is a fun idea for frequent travelers, so that they don’t forget anything.
Airport security essentials
Nobody actually enjoys going through airport security.
You have to take off your shoes, shed practically every layer of clothing, expose yourself in weird body scanners (who knows what they can see), unpack your carry on… and I’m getting annoyed just writing this all out.
These 4 travel gift ideas aim to take out all of the stress from airport security.
Global Entry & TSA PreCheck
International travelers will love you forever if you set them up with Global Entry.
Global Entry is a 5-year pass that allows you to bypass the dreaded customs line in many US airports.
Global Entry also includes TSA PreCheck, which allows you to collect $200 when you pass Go. Just kidding.
TSA PreCheck allows you to bypass the regular security line.
The special PreCheck line includes perks like shorter wait times, no need to take stuff out of your bags, and no need to take your shoes off. It’s a dream.
Global Entry requires an in-person interview, so you won’t be able to gift it in its entirety as a surprise. But, you can at least pony up the $100 fee for it.
Travel-sized reusable toiletry bottles
GoToob travel-sized reusable bottles are a great for carry-on only trips where you have to keep all liquids under 3 oz.
Clear reusable quart-sized bag
So, sure, you could reuse a Ziploc quart bag, but they’ll get grungy after a while.
There are more durable bags out there that are TSA approved, though. Pair with the travel-sized bottles and you have a nice, affordable gift.
Super-organized carry on bag
One of the keys to making it through TSA is staying organized.
If you don’t know where half the crap that you have to take out of your bag is, you’re really the one to blame for a miserable airport security experience.
OK, maybe only half the blame.
If your loved one isn’t blessed enough to have Global Entry or TSA PreCheck or some jerk ruined it all for us and now even the people in the expedited lines have to unpack electronics and such, make sure your loved one has a super organized bag.
Look for something with a separate laptop pocket and a separate pocket for your liquids quart bag.
In-flight snooze accessories
No matter how long or short a flight is, I always manage to doze off. Even if you’re not like me, chances are you’ll want to snooze a bit on a long flight.
These 4 in-flight snooze accessories will help you rest comfortably despite being stuck thousands of miles up in the sky in a big metal tube.
Travel neck pillow
A travel pillow is essential for sleeping on a plane, train, or long car ride.
And no, not all travel pillows are made equal. I recommend springing for a travel pillow made with memory foam for next level comfort.
Another key to a good travel pillow is to look for one with a flat back.
The flat back lets the pillow to rest flush with the back of your seat, rather than pushing your head forward because it’s so fluffy.
Sleep eye mask
I recommend gifting a sleep mask that has a 3D dome-like contour around the eyes. And no, I’m not talking Kim K contour.
A contoured sleep mask creates space between your eyes and the mask, which is better for undisturbed REM cycles.
This translates to better quality sleep and stepping off your long flight well-rested.
Yep. I just got nerdy on you.
Pashmina shawl or blanket scarf
A pashmina or blanket scarf can double as a scarf for cold weather and a lightweight travel blanket.
As someone who tries to be a minimalist when packing, double duty items are key.
Ear plugs can block out surrounding noise for more restful sleep.
Spring for the EarPlanes brand for help with reducing pressure due to altitude changes.
In-flight entertainment essentials
If you’re not going to sleep, you’ll need something to keep you busy.
Unfortunately not all planes come with an in-flight entertainment system or sometimes they aren’t free. Best to arm yourself with something to do.
Tablet or iPad
If you’re looking for a big ticket item to gift your travel-loving friend or family member, an iPad or Kindle would make an excellent choice.
I always travel with an iPad.
It doubles as my in-flight entertainment and, when paired with a bluetooth keyboard, my travel-friendly computer for blogging on-the-go.
Amazon, Apple, or Google Play gift card
A gift card for Amazon, Apple, or the Google Play store makes a fantastic gift idea for a traveler, as it can be put toward new apps, music, books, movies, and games.
When traveling with my iPad, I make sure it is loaded with plenty of entertainment options so I never have a chance to get bored.
How about an adult version of childhood favorite, Mad Libs?
Mad Libs would be great to keep traveling groups entertained during layovers and delayed flights.
For other travel game ideas, check out my post on travel games for adults.
For a super swanky and super helpful gift, noise-cancelling headphones are IT.
I’m a huge fan of my Beats Studio3 over-the-ear headphones because they block out the super load plane engine and other surrounding noise.
Travel photography basics
For the traveler interested in photography, why not help them get a basic photography kit together?
GoPro cameras are not just for action and sports shots! They are super durable, portable, and easy to use.
Plus the newer models, such as the GoPro HERO 9, have travel-friendly features built in, like voice commands.
Extra memory cards are always a good thing to have on hand for digital photography. Make sure you know what type of card to get, as there are several different types.
If you know what type of camera your loved one has, you should be able to find out what type of memory card it uses with a bit of internet sleuthing.
It’s important to buy a compatible card that matches the capabilities of the camera it will be used with.
For example, for 4K video recording, you’ll want a card with a high speed class.
Extra GoPro battery
An extra battery is another travel photography accessory that you can never have enough of.
Never miss a picture due to a dead camera battery ever again!
Tripods are an essential photography accessory, no matter what type of camera you have.
For the GoPro, aim for one that is portable, lightweight, and folds up small.
Travel photography accessories
If your loved one is already into travel photography, help them step up their travel photography game with some fun travel photography accessories.
Head strap mount
Get cool point-of-view video and pictures with a head strap that you can mount a GoPro to.
Ever see those fun half water/half air pics on Instagram? A dome is how you can capture that shot.
They are also great for underwater pictures, as it will help keep the camera steady.
Camera gimbal stabilizer
Speaking of keeping the camera steady… A stabilizer for out of the water is a great gift for travel photographers who want to get into videography.
You don’t have to be 10 years old to geek out over a drone under the Christmas tree.
You can buy a drone with a built-in camera or buy one that lets you connect a GoPro camera.
Either way, your traveler will love getting overhead shots with their new toy.
For more gift ideas for travel photographers, check out my post about cool GoPro accessories.
Travel memory keeping tools
If professional-level photography isn’t top of the list, consider other ways to help capture travel memories.
For long-term travelers, a travel journal to record memories on the go is a sweet, sentimental gift.
They’ll appreciate it most years down the road when they want to reminisce or perhaps write a travel memoir!
Custom photo book
What good are all those travel photos if you don’t do something with them?
Collect all your favorite photos from backpacking in Southeast Asia this past summer and arrange them into a fun, personalized photo book as a gift to your bestie and travel partner in crime.
I use Mixbook for my photo books and every one of them have come out fantastic!
Check out this post for more photo gift ideas.
Fujifilm Instax Mini instant camera
Fujifilm Instax cameras are this generation’s Polaroid camera.
Instax cameras are a fun way to take tiny instant photos to share with friends.
Instax Mini film
What’s an instax instant camera without fun film to take pictures?
Travel-friendly power ups
Never worry about where your favorite traveler is or whether they are okay by ensuring they can always stay powered up and connected to communication channels.
Travel adapter and converter
For new travelers, a travel adapter and converter is a thoughtful and practical gift that will help them stay connected while traveling.
Portable power strip
This might seem like an extraneous item, especially for minimalists. But trust me when I say: this item is a game changer.
So many gadgets that we rely on today can charge via USB: cameras, phones, Fitbits, and so on.
Stop fighting for plug space and get a portable power strip so that you can keep all your gadgets charged while on the go.
Speaking of staying charged. Sometimes you just can’t get to a plug, period. A power bank is a must-have for long days on the go.
No more iPhone dying while touring a new city because you’ve been taking too many pictures and Instagram stories.
Just plug your phone into the power bank to charge up and off you go.
The power bank below is the exact model I rely on when traveling and it has saved me more than I care to admit!!
Portable WiFi hotspot
Free wifi might be somewhat easy to find in cities, but it’s not always great quality or has too many limitations.
If you need a reliable wifi connection while traveling and don’t want to pony up the crazy fees some mobile service providers charge, get a SkyRoam portable wifi device.
SkyRoam works in over 100 countries and about $10 per day (less if you buy access in bulk).
I’ve used my SkyRoam in Australia, Bali, France, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Switzerland so far, and had a great experience each time.
The new SkyRoam Solis X has a built-in portable charger, so if you’re looking to pair down your gadgets, but still need reliable wifi, the SkyRoam Solis X is a great buy.
Travel health essentials
Don’t put all your time, energy, and money into an epic trip and then not take care of yourself.
Here are a few ideas on how to ensure good health while traveling, all of which make practical, yet good, gifts.
Travel insurance plan
Your health insurance likely doesn’t cover care outside of the US.
And while some credit cards offer insurance on items purchased with the card, like plane tickets, that doesn’t help in all situations.
Better to be safe than sorry with a comprehensive travel insurance plan.
Help prevent swelling and blood clots in your legs while flying with compression socks.
Reusable water bottle
Hydration is important for your health, but it’s especially important when traveling because dehydration can be a player in developing blood clots.
Stay hydrated while traveling with a reusable water bottle with a built-in filter.
Mini first aid kit
A first aid kit is often the last thing people think to pack when traveling. It doesn’t have to be a big box full of supplies.
A small, portable kit should be fine for most travelers, though hikers and outdoors travelers might want something more specialized.
Travel safety accessories
Next to getting ill or injured, getting robbed while traveling will definitely put a damper on your trip. Thankfully there are ways to help prevent theft while traveling.
Here are a few ideas that make great gifts for travelers.
Scarf with hidden pockets
Travel scarves are another dual-purpose item that I love.
They can serve as a light layer for Fall and Spring days, an accessory to brighten up an otherwise boring outfit, and hide your passport and other important items.
Along with the travel lock, a travel safe is another handy item that will help keep valuables safe.
If there isn’t a safe in your hotel room, keep your valuables in here and chain it to something that can’t move, like a locked down table leg.
Help prevent your loved one from being pickpocketed by gifting a travel lock for their zippered bags.
Keep essential travel documents and items, like your passport, all in a single wallet.
For a better buy, look for a travel wallet with built-in RFID protection.
RFID stands for radio-frequency identification.
Bottom line: It will protect you from identify theft by blocking thieves from scanning for credit card or personal information from any cards that might have an RFID chip.
Gifts for business travelers
Business travel always seems so glamorous, but I can tell you first hand, it isn’t always.
As someone who has traveled for an employer, sometimes the corporate travel policies aren’t in your favor – like flights at crazy times to save a buck or not allowing upgrades even at your own expense.
Help your favorite business traveler stay sane during their work trips with one of these 4 gifts.
Priority pass lounge access
Access to an airline lounge can make a hectic trip or long layover so much better.
Unfortunately lounge access is usually reserved for those traveling in business or first class and elite rewards program members.
Plus, not all business travelers fly in business or first class or are elite rewards program members.
That’s where Priority Pass comes in.
Priority Pass provides access to over 1000 lounges with 3 pass types available (the more you pay per year, the more free access you have!).
Rolling garment bag
Keep suits in tip-top shape with a rolling garment bag. No need to iron or steam!
Travel-friendly workout equipment
Gift a subscription to an online workout program or portable exercise equipment, like resistance tubes.
Ever get one of those standard issue laptop bags with your corporate laptop?
Yeah. Me too. They suck.
They’re heavy and the strap always digs into my shoulder. Investing in a laptop case out of pocket was money well spent.
A laptop bag doesn’t necessarily need to be a bag. A laptop case or shell will do just as well so it can be slipped into a standard carry on or tote bag instead.
Gifts for digital nomads
Digital nomads, if you’ve never heard the term, are workers with online business or jobs that don’t stay put in a single place. It’s a great way to hold down a full-time job and see the world.
Here are a few gift ideas for digital nomads.
Co-working office membership
Co-working offices are great for start-ups and digital nomads who need the amenities an office provides, but can’t afford an office space of their own.
It’s also a great way for digital nomads to network around the world.
A gift card to put toward the cost of a monthly membership is sure to be greatly appreciated.
Turn an iPad into a laptop with the simple addition of a bluetooth keyboard. This is how I keep up with my blog while traveling!
Portable backup drive
A portable, durable hard drive is essential for any digital nomad so that they can back up their laptop.
If space is a concern, a subscription to a cloud drive would be a great idea too.
Adobe Creative Cloud subscription
If your digital nomad has a creative or web-based business, chances are high that they use Adobe Creative Cloud.
Help with their expenses by purchasing a few months or even a year subscription to their favorite program or suite.
Tech gifts for travelers
I’m a tech nerd, yet somehow always amazed at the travel tech released each year.
Even if your loved one isn’t into technology and gadgets like me, I bet many would still appreciate one of these 4 fun travel tech gifts.
I nearly panicked when I couldn’t find my luggage scale before I went to France last year. I rely on that sucker more than I realized!
Fees for overweight luggage are ridiculous and I refuse to pay them! In order to keep my luggage in check, I always weigh it before leaving the house.
Not only does this make me less anxious about getting checked in, but it also tells me about how much room I have weight-wise for souvenirs.
I pack it with me to check my luggage again before I head to the airport on my way home.
Bluetooth luggage tracker
Delayed luggage is the pits.
I always pack an extra outfit in my carry on just in case this happens, but sometimes it takes more than a day to get your luggage back.
Why? Because airport employees have to track down your luggage in a sea of luggage that all looks the same.
And if you flew through multiple airports? There’s no telling where it is. This is where bluetooth trackers or luggage GPS comes in handy.
Simply add a tracker to your luggage and you’ll know where it is at all times via an app or website.
This would be an invaluable gift for someone who travels often, especially those that travel long distances.
Luggage is getting cooler and cooler these days. Aside from the fun colors and prints on the market, manufacturers are also adding fun technology like portable chargers, built-in luggage tracking, and more.
A smart suitcase would be a great gift for a business traveler, travel entrepreneur or digital nomad.
Amazon Echo or Echo Dot
This personal assistant gadget is more than just a gimmick.
Use the Amazon Echo to order items for your upcoming trip, track a flight, check the weather, and more.
This would be a great gift for busy people, like business travelers, parents, and entrepreneurs.
If these travel tech gift ideas strike a chord, check out 20 Coolest Travel Tech Gifts for more ideas.
Smartphone accessories for travel
Optimize mobile phones for travel with these 4 gift ideas.
Durable smartphone case
No one likes to use a phone with a cracked screen. A durable case while traveling is a must to keep lifelines phones in good shape.
No one wants to lug around a crazy long charging cord that will inevitably get tangled around everything in your bag.
Check this cute bag charm or key ring that includes a short charging cord. Double duty for the win.
iPhone camera lens
Content with your iPhone as a camera? Up your photo game with a set of clip-on photo lenses.
If you’re gonna get the iPhone lenses, you may as well get a Gorillapod, too.
Gorillapods are mini tripods with bendable legs. The bendy legs can wrap onto almost anything, which can help with selfie-stickless selfies and cool shots at fun angles.
The smartphone model includes a detachable grip for your phone.
Gifts for budget travelers
You can go two ways with a gift for a budget traveler: chip in to help defray the cost or teach them how to maximize their budget.
Whichever way you go, a budget traveler will be thankful for one of these gifts.
Sometimes flights are the biggest expense when traveling. Help make a dent in the cost with a gift card to their preferred airline.
Same goes for accommodations. There are definitely ways to save money on a place to stay, but sometimes it still adds up.
A gift card to AirBNB or their preferred hotel chain is a great way to help make their dream trip come true.
Budget travel book
Nomadic Matt wrote the best guide out there on budget travel.
If someone has a love for travel, but doesn’t know where to start when it comes to traveling on a dime, this is one of the best gifts you can get them.
Personal finance book
The other half of the battle when it comes to traveling on a budget is to actually set up and maintain a proper budget.
A book on personal finance and budgeting is a gift that will last a lifetime. I got a lot out of Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin – it read like a convo with a close friend, except she’s an actual finance expert.
Gift ideas for backpackers
Backpacking is a popular way to travel on a budget. It can be hella fun, but it’s not always glamorous.
Here are a few gift ideas for the favorite backpacker in your life.
This holy grail beauty item is great for backpacking and camping or hiking trips when your shower time is limited or non-existent.
Depending on your hair and the brand, dry shampoo can extend your style 1-2 extra days.
A can or 2 of dry shampoo will make your backpacker happier than you know!
Microfiber bath towel
Backpackers often stay in hostels, where you have to pay for a towel or provide your own.
Microfiber bath towels are compact and dry quick. This is what makes it the top choice as a backpacker’s towel.
Help your backpacker save some money and gift them a nice microfiber towel for their journey.
Portable washing machine
Wash clothes on the go with a Scrubba portable washing bag.
This is a super easy way to get a few pieces of clothing clean until you can get to a laundromat.
This would be an unexpected, but well-received gift for a backpacker.
Waterproof backpack cover
Keep packs safe and dry with a waterproof cover. This compact cover folds down to a tiny size and can be pulled out when needed.
Gifts for outdoor lovers
For travelers that love to explore the great outdoors, pretty much any gift that supports this part of their life will go over well.
Here are my top 4 gifts for outdoor lovers and adventure travelers.
US National Park pass
For travelers looking to visit the US National Parks, an annual pass for entrance into any park could be the start of an epic bucket list journey.
While there are ways to get a National Park pass for free, many people don’t qualify for a free pass. Make your pal’s day by gifting them this pass!
A durable travel mug can be used to keep drinks hot or cold. They can also double as a canister to keep soup warm.
Be sure to get a leak-free model so the mug is super portable.
I use the Yeti brand and have it in several sizes. Mine has never leaked, no matter what position it has been in my work tote, backpack, backseat, etc.
Solar powered charger
Keep the essentials charged while away from electricity with a solar-powered portable charger.
While many people like to unplug while on outdoors trips, there’s no denying how handy a mobile phone is in an emergency.
Regular tents are so last year. Buy your outdoorsy friend a bubble tent, aka the coolest tent I’ve ever seen.
While this clear tent is not at all good for privacy, it is 100% amazing for stargazing. Totally worth it.
Disney gift ideas
Looking for a gift idea for a Disney-obsessed traveler? Here are a few ideas to make their day more magical.
Disney gift card
The great thing about Disney gift cards is that they can be spent at the Disney Store OR on Disney World or Disneyland vacations.
Annual Disney park pass
If they’re crazy Disney fanatics that visit a particular park frequently, spring for an annual pass. Those suckers aren’t cheap, but they come with a year’s worth of fun. Totally worth it.
MagicBands are used at Disney World for a bunch of things: Fastpasses, charge card, room key, and more.
If you get an annual pass or book a full vacation package with Disney, you get a plain MagicBand free of charge.
But plain is boring. Get a fun customized MagicBand with their favorite character instead.
They’re inexpensive and so much cuter than the boring solid colored MagicBands.
Disney gift basket
Disney Floral & Gifts is like a regular floral shop except Disney exploded in it.
You can put together customized bouquets and gift baskets to be delivered to Disney World or Disneyland area hotels.
Many items can also be shipped to the 48 continental states. Sorry friends in Alaska and Hawaii!
What a great way to surprise someone with a trip to a Disney park!
If those 4 ideas have already been done, have at it with my holiday gift guide for Disney fans.
Luxury travel gift ideas
Everyone deserves a little luxury every now and then. Here are a few luxurious gift ideas for travelers.
Luxury travel guide
Louis Vuitton luxury travel guides are available for a variety of cities in English and French.
They also have a series that focuses on fashion travel. What a great gift for the fashionista in your life!
Travel jewelry box
Keep your jewels safe while traveling with a portable jewelry box that has a lock.
Here’s to hoping it’s enough to keep sticky fingers away from your precious, shiny objects.
For busy New York, Southern Florida, and LA-based luxury travelers, Blade is a dream come true.
Blade is helicopter service to and from select hotspots around these 3 hubs. You can even use it to skip traffic and get to the airport.
Like a said. Dream come true.
If your friend or loved one is a luxury traveler, I assume they have enough money to buy what they want, when they want.
But, that doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy a surprise.
Spring for an extra excursion or day trip as a surprise for an upcoming trip.
Unique gifts for travelers
Quirky or bizarre doesn’t need to be impractical! Sometimes the best gifts are something you’d never think of unless you saw it.
Here are a few gift ideas I’m convinced travelers will enjoy!
Wine bottle protector bags
WineSkin bags will protect all that wine you’re planning to bring home for me in your suitcase, right?
In-flight cocktail kits
Fancy a drink? Make it a good one with a portable cocktail kit.
These adorable kits include special ingredients for classic cocktails.
If you’re going to have a drink while up in the air, you better make it a good one!
Anywhere travel guide
Looking to connect in a new way while traveling?
Use the Anywhere Travel Guide Cards for prompts and ideas on how to explore a new destination.
Yes, friends – the viral luggage scooter all over the interwebz is REALT!
Whoever buys one of these amazing contraptions for me this Christmas will officially be my best friend.
Shoot, I might even propose marriage.
Everyone loves a good Netflix and chill night. But sometimes Netflix doesn’t have exactly what you’re looking for.
Here are 4 travel-themed movies for friends who love a good night in with popcorn and a movie.
I don’t go to the movies often, but after seeing the trailer, I made it a point to see Snatched with my mom and sister.
It did not disappoint! We all laughed so hard that we cried.
The movie follows Emily (Amy Schumer) and her mom, Linda (Goldie Hawn), on a vacation filled with (mis)adventures in Ecuador.
Snatched would make a fun gift for a travel-loving mom or daughter!
Girls Trip is another fun travel-themed movie that came out in 2017.
This movie follows 4 long-time friends as they travel to New Orleans for the Essence Festival.
Girls Trip would be a fun gift for a travel loving BFF.
Rough Night follows a group of women who travel to Miami for an epic fun-filled bachelorette party weekend.
Except, it doesn’t exactly go as planned…
This would be another fun gift for a travel-loving BFF, a soon-to-be bride, or bridal party.
Back to the Future
I had to put at least 1 throwback in here, so I went with one of my favorites from childhood: the Back to the Future trilogy.
OK, so maybe it’s not realistic, but it’s certainly nostalgic – and who doesn’t love a good nostalgic gift!?
Books are great for in-flight entertainment or even a quiet night at home. Here are my top picks for this year.
I love the hilarious Slanguage book series that teaches foreign language slang for English speakers with super simple drawings and pronunciations.
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List 2
I love Lonely Planet’s humorous, cheeky tone.
Their Ultimate Travel List 2 book would be great for your coffee table.
Imagine the discussions it could start when you tell tales of your time in Petra, Tulum, Cambodia, and more.
All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter
I’ve been a fan of Geraldine’s blog for years now, and frankly, I’m not sure what took so long for a publisher to scoop her up.
She is hilarious and doesn’t hold back on anything.
All Over the Place chronicles the time when she got laid off so she tagged along with her husband on his frequent business trips. It’s also the story of how she started her blog.
You should totally buy 100 copies and give them to everyone you know.
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman
Some people in their 20s and 30s are busy getting married, having babies, and buying houses with white picket fences.
Others travel the world, live on the edge, and make people laugh for a living.
If your loved one fits in the later group this book would be a great gift.
If you need more ideas for travel themed books, check out my favorite travel memoirs by women.
Travel themed coloring books for adults
Adult coloring books have exploded over the past 2 years. The trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Coloring is a great activity to help ease stress and anxiety, like about-to-get-on-a-plane-for-12-hours anxiety.
Here are a few travel-themed coloring books for a fun, stress-free gift. Keep calm and color on!
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel coloring book
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel book has been transformed into one amazing coloring book.
Paired with a pack of gel pens or colored pencils, this would make a great gift.
The US National Parks coloring book
For your friend that loves the great outdoors, how about a coloring book with scenes from US National Parks?
Street Style coloring books
For the fashionista that loves to travel, a fashion-themed coloring book would be a fun gift.
Pictured below is the Paris Street Style coloring book. The Street Style series from Zoe de las Cases also has Tokyo and New York editions.
I highly recommend springing for Prismacolor colored pencils if you’re giving them as a gift.
Prismacolor colored pencils color well, don’t break easily, and have excellent pigment.
Jewelry gifts for travelers
What girl doesn’t like jewelry?? Here are a few ideas for travel-themed jewelry and accessories, all perfect for the loved one who loves to travel and accessorize.
Keep track of time, activity, text messages, and more with an Apple Watch.
This awesome piece of travel tech would be a great travel accessory for the tech geek in your life.
A charm bracelet or collection of bangles are a great way to wear travel memories on the daily.
If your loved one already has a collection started, find out what their preferred brand is and buy a charm or bracelet to add to it.
Compass or map jewelry
Celebrate wanderlust with a piece of jewelry that includes a compass, working or non.
Pretty much any traveler will appreciate a necklace, ring or bracelet with a compass on it.
Travel themed decor gifts
Deck the halls with fun travel-themed artwork. Here are a few travel artwork and decor suggestions that make excellent gifts for travelers.
Cross stitch world map
Forget the overdone scratch-off maps! A cross stitch map is the cool way for a travel lover to show off where they’ve been.
I love the idea of the cross stitch map over the scratch-off versions because you can fill in the map with a variety of colors and stitches.
For example, you can use a color palette that matches your home decor or use each country’s flag colors.
A framed travel photo
One of my mom’s favorite Christmas gifts in recent years was a giant framed photo of a lighthouse in Bar Harbor.
Bar Harbor is near and dear to my family’s heart and earlier that year, my sister’s long time boyfriend joined us for his first trip there.
Yep, you guessed it – he captured my mom’s heart by gifting her a photo he took while there!
If you don’t have a spectacular photo that you want to get reprinted, order a print from a travel photographer, such as my friend Tabitha Bear.
Not only will you get a fabulous gift for a traveler, but you’ll be supporting an artist and small business, too!
Another fun way to show off where your loved one has been or is planning to go is with a cork globe.
Add a set of fun plane or globe shaped pins and you’ve got the perfect gift.
Vintage travel ad poster
Decorate their home with a vintage travel ad or 2 featuring their favorite destination(s).
If the above 100 gifts for travelers weren’t enough, here are a few more
First things first, if you’re gifting for Christmas, did you do up a stocking?
In my family, this is one of the best parts – a stocking full of small gifts, sometimes practical, sometimes silly, and sometimes big ticket items.
You never know what you’re gonna get! Here are a few stocking stuffer ideas for travelers.
What are your favorite gifts for travelers?
Let me know in the comments below which items are your wish list this year!
This post was originally published on November 15, 2016. It was lasted updated on December 4, 2020.