Looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for travel lovers? Or maybe you are looking for birthday or bon voyage gifts for a travel fan? Whatever the reason you are looking for a good gift for someone traveling I‘ve got you covered with these amazing small travel gifts.
Everything included in this ‘best gifts for travel lovers’ guide I love and use myself. They are all things I could not travel without. Although, I have included a few nonessentials that I just really like.
How To Choose The Perfect Gifts For Travel Lovers
Buying gifts for travel can actually be a lot of fun! Not just because I personally get a kick out of travel-themed goodies, but also because the right gift can genuinely enrich someone’s travel experience. Trust me, as someone who’s been blogging about travel for years, I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the utterly pointless when it comes to unique travel gifts.
Must-Have Travel Gadgets
First things first: Gadgets! Who doesn’t love a gadget to make our travels more convenient? One of my all-time favorites is a portable charger. I can’t tell you how many times this little device has saved me when I’ve been out and about, capturing memories on my camera or phone.
Running out of battery because you’ve been taking videos and photos of everything is a total pain in the ass. A universal adapter is also a godsend, especially for those of us who hop between continents.
Comfy Travel Gear
If you know a frequent flyer, a quality travel pillow can be a lifesaver. I’ve tested a few and, honestly, nothing beats a memory foam travel pillow for me. Comfort is queen, especially on those long-haul flights! Oh, and packable down jackets are genius. They offer so much warmth and take up barely any space in your luggage.
For the Adventurous Souls
Now, if you’re buying for someone a bit more adventurous (like me!), consider gifts that align with their interests, such as a car rental in Reykjavik for exploring Iceland’s rugged landscapes. For scuba diving enthusiasts, a dive logbook or even a new set of fins would be hugely appreciated. If they’re into sailing or other water sports, waterproof gear like a dry bag can be really handy.
When it comes to gifting, personalization goes a long way. Customized luggage tags or a world map where they can scratch off the countries they’ve visited adds a personal touch that mass-produced items just can’t match.
Since I often travel with my toddler, family-friendly gifts like a portable high chair or a compact stroller are golden. If your travel lover has a family, think about gifts that make traveling with kids easier. I can tell you, every parent will thank you!
Small Travel Gifts
Small travel gifts are the unsung heroes of the gifting world. Think travel-sized luxury toiletries that turn a hostel shower into a spa experience, or a slim yet mighty power bank to rescue you when your phone’s on the brink.
Don’t overlook a compact first aid kit; it’s often the unsung hero you didn’t know you needed. A collapsible water bottle is a sustainability game-changer and will be your constant companion.
For a personal touch, custom luggage tags or passport covers add some flair to mundane travel essentials. The multi-tool keychain is the Swiss Army knife of the modern age—so handy yet so compact *just make sure it’s air travel approved!). And let’s not forget, mini local snacks offer a bite-sized taste of home or a new destination, making them a delightful yet pocket-sized gift.
Lastly, if you’re still stumped, you can never go wrong with a gift card to your their travel store or airline. Some may say it’s impersonal, but I think it gives the freedom to choose, and who doesn’t like that?
And remember, the best gifts are the ones that are thoughtful and fit the traveler’s lifestyle.
The Best Gifts For Travelers Lovers
Finding the perfect gift for travel lovers is like planning the ideal itinerary—both thrilling and a tad challenging!
Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned globetrotter, a weekend adventurer, or someone gearing up for their first big trip, the right gift can add a dash of joy and convenience to their journey.
But worry not, from tech gadgets and stylish gear to personalized travel gifts and adventure essentials, I’ve got some top picks that will delight anyone with a case of wanderlust.
My Best Travel Gifts For Women
As a travel blogger who’s always on the lookout for travel essentials, I’ve got some tried-and-true recommendations for best travel gifts for women. These are not just things I’d love to unwrap myself, but also items I know would make any adventurous woman’s heart skip a beat!
Stylish and Functional Bags
Let’s start with bags, a woman’s constant companion! A sleek, anti-theft backpack is a gift that screams both style and practicality. For me, it’s a must-have for wandering around cities or hopping on a plane. The compartments make organizing so easy, and the anti-theft features give you that extra peace of mind.
Quality Skincare Kit
Travel can really take a toll on your skin. I swear by a travel-sized skincare kit that includes a hydrating mist, facial serum, and a good moisturizer. Throw in some SPF, and you’ve got a winning package!
Now, I’m a sucker for a beautiful journal. It’s a space to jot down experiences, doodle, or even affix some keepsakes like tickets or photos. Pair it with a gorgeous pen, and voila, you’ve got a heartfelt gift for someone who loves to document her journey.
Wearable Safety Gadgets
Safety is paramount, especially for solo female travelers. A personal safety alarm or a wearable safety whistle can be an easy win.
Stylish Travel Clothing
This is such an essential topic because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to look good while exploring the world? But finding the perfect balance between style and comfort can be a bit tricky. Having traveled extensively and lived abroad for years, I’ve honed in on some key pieces that every fashion-forward traveler should consider. I own all of these items and they always have a place in my suitcase or backpack.
My Best Travel Gifts For Men
Whether you are looking for travel gift ideas for your partner, dad, or a male friend, the trick is finding the perfect travel gift for men that combines practicality with a dash of coolness. Having traveled extensively and lived abroad, Carlos and I have come across some fantastic items that make the journey smoother and more enjoyable. So let’s dive into my top picks, shall we?
Men and gadgets, it’s a classic combo, right? A quality pair of noise-cancelling headphones is always a hit, especially for frequent flyers. Carlos loves his; they make flights and long layovers much more bearable. A portable solar charger is another great pick for the eco-conscious traveler or for someone who loves camping and the great outdoors.
Sleek Travel Gear
If you’re shopping for someone who values both style and function, a sleek, leather toiletry bag or a stylish yet durable laptop sleeve is the way to go. It’s something that will get used often and last for years to come. A high-quality travel wallet with RFID-blocking features is another hit, providing both security and a touch of luxury.
For the Adventure Seekers
As someone who’s big on scuba diving and sailing, I can tell you that adventure gear always gets a thumbs up. A solid, waterproof action camera is invaluable for capturing those thrilling moments, be it under the sea or on a mountaintop. Multi-tools are another handy item; they’re like the Swiss Army knife of the modern age and incredibly useful in various settings.
For the man who loves to hike, fish, or simply spend time in nature, a set of collapsible camping gear can be a game-changer. Think portable grills, lightweight camping chairs, or even a hammock. I know from experience that quality camping gear can make or break an outdoor adventure.
A well-insulated travel mug or a stainless steel water bottle makes for a simple yet thoughtful gift. Look for one that can keep beverages hot or cold for an extended period. Trust me; this is one of those gifts that will be used over and over again.
Travel-friendly clothing doesn’t have to be boring. Some travel gift ideas are quick-dry shirts, breathable socks, and versatile jackets that can be both functional and fashionable. If your guy travels for business, a set of wrinkle-resistant shirts or a stylish travel blazer would be incredibly appreciated.
Subscription Boxes or Experiences
If you are looking for travel gift ideas that are a bit more adventurous, how about gifting a travel-themed subscription box? These can range from grooming kits to snack boxes from around the world. Or better yet, an experience like a diving course or a cooking class in a foreign country. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving!
My Favorite Bon Voyage Gifts
Bon Voyage gifts are my favorite. Sending someone off on a new adventure is such an exciting moment, and the right gift can make it even more special. Having traveled so much myself—and often being the one waving goodbye—I’ve got some favorite go-to items that I either love to give or would be thrilled to receive.
In my opinion, the best Bon Voyage gifts are those that are practical but also add a touch of luxury or fun to the travel experience. It’s like giving a piece of yourself that gets to travel along with them.
Personalized Travel Journal
I’m a huge fan of personalized travel gifts, especially a personalized travel journal. I absolutely love documenting my travel experiences, and a journal offers a personal touch that digital platforms just can’t match. Plus, customization makes it even more special. I think it’s one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give to someone embarking on a new journey. Just make sure it’s not too big and bulky and that it doesn’t weigh a ton! I love these ones as bon voyage gifts.
Quality Travel Skincare Kit
As someone who’s all about self-care, especially during travels, a quality travel skincare kit is a dream. Little bottles of luxury like a hydrating mist or a nourishing face mask can make you feel pampered even in the most uncomfortable situations, like long-haul flights.
Multi-Functional Travel Scarf
Now, I’ve got this fabulous travel scarf that has hidden pockets for stashing important items like your passport or some extra cash. It’s not just practical, it’s also a stylish accessory that can spice up your travel outfits. This makes for a fantastic Bon Voyage gift, especially for women who love to travel.
Portable Espresso Maker
OK, so this one is pretty niche. It’s really just for the coffee lovers haha. A portable espresso maker can be a lifesaver when you’re in a place where good coffee is hard to find. It’s compact and easy to use, and it means you can have a decent cuppa almost anywhere. I backpacked for YEARS with an Aeropress until I upgraded to this bad boy!
Local Currency or Gift Cards
Lastly, one good gift for someone traveling that you can never go wrong with is some local currency of the destination if you can get it in time. It’s one less thing for the traveler to worry about upon arrival. Or even a gift card for a popular restaurant or experience in their destination could add a fun twist to their trip.
Under $15 stocking fillers for travelers
These are actually designed by a good friend of mine and I am OBSESSED. They not only look super cute hanging on my purse or backpack but they are really functional, especially traveling during COVID times.
You can buy them on Amazon and they come in a pack of 2 either this floral pattern (which I have) or a tan and black duo. It’s vegan leather, so cruelty-free.
If you are looking for a stocking filler you can’t go wrong with a travel notebook. Every traveler needs a cute place to write their hopes, dreams, and travel plans, right?
I love this cute passport holder and it’s a perfect stocking filler to keep your traveler’s most prized possession safe!
This is such a steal! I love this toiletry bag. It’s hard-wearing, looks good and is waterproof.
I know they aren’t so pretty, but oh so practical! I have my mermaid in my checked luggage but this is what I use for my carry-on. I hate using single-use plastic so I prefer using my Squeeze Bag.
If you read my blog regularly you will know I hate single-use plastic. But I also prefer to sip my Mojito through a straw. I always travel with my own metal straws now.
Whenever I’m traveling I always like to keep my dirty and clean clothes separate so I love these laundry bags. Most of the time I don’t do my own laundry so having these bags means I can keep my dirty stuff separate and I also have a bag to carry my clothes to the laundry in. This is such a good practical gift for travel lovers.
Gifts for travel lovers under $20
If the traveler in your life loves good coffee then this is the perfect gift. The gift of good coffee wherever you are in the world. I normally travel with my Aeropress but if I’m super tight on space then this is my backup.
What better gift to inspire any traveler in your life. I have this and I could quite happily spend an evening flicking through and making lists in my notebook of places I want to go and things I want to see.
I’m a little obsessed with these on-point money boxes with travel quotes on them. It makes parting with my change so much easier.
I picked up my set of To-Go Ware while I was in Hawaii and I love it. I just keep it in my bag and use it all the time on the road. Perfect travel gift for anyone who loves to eat out but hates to use plastic cutlery.
Not only does it come in some great colors, but it’s also sleek and stylish and BPA free! As someone who always has her hands full, being able to open it one-handed is pretty perfect, it’s leak-proof AND it’s good for hot or cold. In fact, sometimes it is a bit too good and my coffee is so hot even after a few hours in there it burns me.
I bought one of these for me and one for my friend for her birthday. I’m so in love with it. Yes I know it’s not safe to keep all of your things in one place while you are traveling so I do split some things up and keep some old credit cards in her for safety. But I don’t care, I still love it and it’s just as good to keep everything together in between trips as it is while you are traveling.
Gifts For Travel Lovers under $50
I am obsessed with this necklace. Seriously, I’ve not taken it off since I received it as a gift. I love my rose gold one and it’s a great gift for female travelers. It takes up no space and it goes with everything. It’s been up volcanos, swam with whale sharks, and I’m sure it has many more adventures with me still to come.
A good quality portable charger is handy EVERYWHERE you go. I’ve been using this Crave one and I have absolutely no complaints about it. This is perfect for anyone who needs to have their electronic devices working at all times.
Blow the budget gift ideas for traveler
I wrote a whole post about finally getting a Kindle and once you do, you won’t regret it! I’ll never give up buying proper books but I will never travel without my Kindle. There have been so many times I’ve been stuck somewhere with no books to read in a non-English speaking country. With a Kindle all you need is WiFi and you can download as many books as you like! The battery lasts for a week and its screen means you can read it on the beach.
Girls this is a must for keeping your stuff safe! Unless you like lugging everything around with you that is? All you need is something that can’t be moved in your hostel/ hotel room and you wrap it around lock it down and you can get on with exploring!
When I decided I needed to trade in my bulky DSLR after many hours of research this was the camera that came out on top. It’s small and indiscreet and I love the vintage look of it. Having traveled with it for 2 years now I’m so happy with my choice. If you are looking for a camera to take great quality pictures and videos then this is the camera for you.
A GoPro is a perfect gift for the adventurer traveler in your life. I personally have a GoPro Hero 2018 and it does what I need. There are more expensive models but I decided to go with this entry model as I just couldn’t justify the extra $ right now… But if I could I would be buying a Hero 7.
Every hiker loves a good Osprey hiking backpack. If you are new in the backpacking world, this may seem a bit intimidating, but trust me, once you get familiar with it, it will be the most comfortable backpack you’ve ever owned.
Phew! So that’s my travel gift guide for the travel lovers in your life. I’d love to know if you have any of these? or if you have any more gift ideas, please feel free to share in the comments below.
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