Are you looking for the perfect gift for the travel lover in your life? As a long-time travel blogger, I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of travel-oriented gifts. So here are my top picks! From fancy new travel gear, to quirky stocking stuffers, to thoughtful memorabilia – there’s a little something for everyone.
Christmas Gifts for Travel Lovers
Here are my top picks for the very best gifts for the travel lover in your life!
Splurge Gifts ($50 and up)
For a real splurge gift, get your favorite traveller a luggage upgrade. A good, sturdy piece of luggage can make travel so much easier and less stressful.
I love the Travelpro brand, which makes pieces that will last for years and years.
Bose QuietComfort Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Nothing makes a long flight feel more luxurious than a set of great noise-cancelling headphones. You can tune out the world and zone out to your favorite movies or music. And there's nothing out there nearly as good as Bose!
Timbuk2 Never Check Backpack
This backpack is the mother of all backpacks. It's expandable to hold as much stuff as you need, fits on nearly all planes as a carry-on, and has a padded compartment for protecting your laptop. It's quite literally built for travel!
Bose SoundLink Portable Speaker
This portable speaker is perfect for on-the-go travelers. It's handy for watching movies together at the hotel room, jamming out at an impromptu party, or listening to your tunes at the beach. And it's waterproof too!
Watercolor Map Art
What's better inspiration for their next great adventure than a beautiful world map hanging on the wall?
We actually have this same map hanging in our living room. I love the beautiful watercolors, and my son loves pointing out all the places we've been!
If your travel lover is into photography, this travel tripod is a wonderful addition to their photo gear!
I personally use this one tripod when we travel. I love the flexible legs that let me wrap it around objects like railings to get the perfect pic!
The days of carting around physical books is long gone. These days, I'm either reading on an e-reader device or listening to audio books.
If you're the type of person that loves the feel of a physical book in your hands, the Kindle e-reader is the way to go. And my favorite part about it - no glare on the screen, so you can read it in bright sunlight at the beach!
Trevi Dress Standard Fit - Pitch Black
Bluffworks has been a favorite source of travel clothes for my husband for years, and now they have a women's line too!
This Trevi dress is one of my own favorites. It's super comfortable, easy to dress up and down, and super wrinkle-resistant. And it even has pockets!
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Bluffworks Field Jacket
This might just be the king of all jackets. It's well-fitted, waterproof, breathable, and has plenty of pockets for all your gear. And it sure looks handsome too!
Little Luxuries ($25-50)
I absolutely love listening to audio-books when I travel! It's so much easier than carting around physical books and magazines, and I never run out of options. A membership to a site like Audible makes a great gift for frequent travelers (or even anyone with a long morning commute)!
AirFly Wireless Transmitter
If you fly often, you've definitely run into this problem. Airplanes offer in-flight movies and entertainment, but you need to plug your headphones into the jack at your seat. But of course, your headphones are wireless!
This AirFly device bridges the gap and connects your headset to the audio jack at your seat - wirelessly. Also comes in handy at the gym.
What says vacation better than a hammock? I sure can't think of anything.
This travel hammock from Wise Owl is really highly rated. And it's perfect for camping or just slinging up between palm trees at the beach.
Anti-Theft Messenger Bag
The perfect bag makes days out exploring so much easier. I love this anti-theft bag from Travelon. It's slash resistant and RFID blocking, which are great precautions to take in new cities.
The comfy cross-body design is perfect for keeping your hands free, and it's roomy enough to fit a DSLR camera!
These little stick-on devices from Tile make it easy to keep track of your things. Just grab you cell phone and locate your missing stuff in a snap!
These are so handy for travelling, when you're toting around all kinds of equipment and need to keep track of your camera, glasses, and car keys all at once!
Spruce up his travel wardrobe with these performance polos from Bluffworks. Their comfortable, moisture wicking, wrinkle-resistant - and they look darn good too.
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When we travel, we pack a LOT of electronics. Laptops, camera, cell phones. We need to stay connected and capture as many memories as we can.
So a portable charger like this one is an essential in our travel kit. I know I would love to see one of these under the Christmas tree!
Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
I've had so many readers recommend these packing cubes, that I couldn't leave them off the list! They are wonderful for staying organized on long trips, and help squeeze every inch of space from your luggage.
Ultimate Travel Pillow
This is the travel pillow that I personally use - and I've tested an awful lot of pillows. I find the cross-body design to be so much more comfortable than traditional neck pillows.
And I love that I can deflate it, and roll it up in my bag, so it hardly takes up any room at all!
Travel Umbrella with Flashlight
If you've ever stayed in a hotel in the middle of the jungle, with no lights after dark and plenty of rain, you would have a real appreciation for this little gem.
Even if you're vacations aren't quite that extreme, this is such a handy (and slightly quirky gift)!
Stocking Stuffers (Under $25)
Airplane Cocktail Kit
We all know airplanes are not exactly champagne bars in the sky. So why not bring along your own little bar? Well, everything but the liquor at least. (That's against the rules!)
Take along one of these fun little kits, snag a mini liquor from the flight attendant, and mix your own creation!
Foldable Travel Backpack
This backpack for Olarhike is totally perfect for travel. It's nice and roomy, with 35L of space inside making it perfect as a day bag when you're out exploring.
And when you're ready to pack up, it folds into a compact little pouch that can be stored away in your suitcase or slipped into larger pieces of luggage. How convenient is that?
These scratch-off maps are a super fun way to keep track of all your world travels. It's a pretty decoration when framed and hung on the wall. And it makes a great conversation starter too!
Extra SD Cards
I never have enough SD cards when we travel - no matter how many I pack. I just take soooo many photos when we're on the road. And I ask for more in my Christmas stocking every year. ;)
Timberland Men's Travel Kit
Upgrade his toiletry kit with this handsome looking set from Timberland. It's roomy, stylish, and will hold up to plenty of wear and tear.
Travel Jewelry Organizer
One thing that always drives me crazy when I travel is my jewelry! It's so hard to avoid having it end up in a big tangled knot.
So I really love the idea of this jewelry organizer. And it folds up flat like an envelope for easy packing.
Reusable Shopping Bags
When you travel outside the US, you learn pretty quickly that disposable shopping bags simply don't exist in many parts of the world. Even in Europe, you'll find that you need to pay extra for bags. It's expected that you bring your own!
So these stylish shopping bags are great to have along a trip, especially when souvenir shopping is in order. And bonus points if you use them for your grocery shopping at home too!
This adorable little travel journal is a perfect stocking stuffer for your travel enthusiast. It's perfectly sized to take on-the-go and helps you keep track of all the places you want to see, eat, and visit on your trip!
Universal Power Adapter
One thing we always need when we travel internationally is a power adapter. I love these universal ones that work in almost any country. I don't have to bother figuring out what type of power outlets will be available - I just grab this and go!
TSA Locking Luggage Strap
These brightly colored locking luggage straps give you a little bit of extra security, while still being TSA-approved.
I love using luggage straps because it makes it so much easier to lift and move heavy bags. And the bright colors make it easy to find my stuff at baggage claim!
Travel Wine Glass
This adorable portable wine tumbler is the perfect gift for your travelling wine lover. It's virtually unbreakable, has a lid for taking your beverage on the go, and it's so darn cute.
These are perfect for packing for a beach vacation, camping trip, or just for indulging in a bottle of wine in your hotel room.
Personalized Luggage Tags
Who wouldn't love these personalized luggage tags? Grab a silly selfie or a picture of their favorite vacation spot, and send them off in style.
Your Crocodile has Arrived
How about a little something to read on their next adventure, or just while planning the next big trip?
This quirky little book, Your Crocodile Has Arrived, is filled with funny and interesting stories from the author's travel around the globe.
Nomader Water Bottle
This portable water bottle is one of my all-time favorite pieces of travel gear. It opens up to be a nice sized water bottle, perfect for a day out exploring.
And when you're done, it rolls up and takes up hardly any space in your bag!
Adult Coloring Books
These travel-inspired adult coloring books are made from real photographs from all around the world! They're perfect for passing time on a long flight or just reminiscing about your past vacations.
I always keep a big, cozy shawl or wrap in my carry-on. They're perfect for chilly flights, for covering your shoulders when you run into a dress code (like European churches!), or rolling up when you need an impromptu pillow.
Travel Neck Wallet/Pouch
Ok, this neck wallet might not be the coolest looking accessory. But on some trips, it's just needed. These come in handy for keeping your essentials safe in shared hostel rooms, crowded festivals, or just exploring less reputable areas.
I like this one with plenty of room for your passport and RFID protection!
Every frequent traveler should have one of these hanging luggage scales. With so many restrictions on luggage weight these days, it's absolutely essential to have a weigh of checking your luggage before heading off to the airport.
This little scale is handy and fits neatly in the outside pocket of your suitcase!
These inexpensive little gear ties are super handy for keeping cords organized in your travel bag. From phones to cameras to computers - we travel with a lot of chargers!
Have more ideas for great travel-related gifts? Tell me in the comments!