Yes, I know, yes another Christmas gift guide for travelers. But can we really have too many Christmas gift guides for the travel lovers in our lives? I think not!
Buying the perfect gift for travel lovers can be tricky, especially if you are looking for a special gift for a backpacker who is about to head off on a trip. Because the thing is, us travel types generally don’t really appreciate lots of ‘stuff’ we generally choose experiences over physical things.
So what does one buy for a traveler? For me personally I like travel gifts to sit under on of these categories: clothing, luggage, practical travel gadgets, digital products, and keepsakes. So in this Christmas gift guide for travelers I’ve kept all of my suggestions within these categories. I’ve also split it all down into prices so you can use the table to skip to the relevant pricing section… you’re welcome!
Christmas gifts for travelers under $10
If you are looking for some great gift ideas for travel lovers that won’t break the bank then why not try one of these?
Pura Vida Friendship Bracelets
Pura Vida are a great company based in Costa Rica who sell travel friendly jewelry that is made by local artisans for a fair price. The company has great ethics and their rings, bracelets and necklaces are so darn cute!
They have a great selection of gifts for under $10.
Haha sorry I couldn’t resist a little self promo… If your travel loving friend or family member is thinking about traveling solo and feeling a little nervous, then my book The Solo Girl’s Guide To Traveling Without Fear is the perfect Christmas gift.
Mini Unicorn Cupholder
Okay, so maybe this unicorn cupholder from Get floaty isn’t such a practical gift. But it is fun, and it takes up no room at all. Plus it would look great in any travel instagram photo shoot!
Christmas gift ideas for travel lovers under $50
If you have a little more to spend then one of these great gift ideas for travelers is sure to fit the bill. I have selected each on because I think they would make the perfect travel companion. And each of the Christmas gift ideas is under $50
OASIS Fruit Infusion Water Flask
Like I said this gift guide is full of practical gifts for travelers, and you can’t get more practical than this water bottle.
So why do I LOVE Grosche water bottles above all of the other water bottles on the market? Well they are super cute, have a fruit infuser, keep my water cold and my tea hot, but most of all because for every bottle you buy they will provide 50 days of clean drinking water to a family in need.
It really is the perfect travel gift, that keeps on giving!
Phoozy Heat and cool proof phone holder
If the traveler in your life will be heading anywhere with extreme weather then this Phoozy thermal phone capsule will make a great gift.
Whether you are skiing or on a Caribbean beach soaking up some sun, this cover will protect your phone keeping it safe from overheating or freezing.
My Good Luck Charm Jewelry
Everyone needs a little bit of good luck while traveling right?
My Good Luck Charm have some great pieces that not only look great but they also have a little added magic that every adventurer needs.
Body In Balance Kit
Normally I’m not someone who travels with a lot of products. But I do love Lather products, especially this Body in Balance kit.
When you are on the go a lot, getting a good nights sleep can be tough. I’ve personally found essential oils something I can’t travel without. This travel kit has a few essential products that can really help to relax you into a good nights sleep, or simply refresh you on a long journey.
Each one is infused with oils to help you stay calm and in balance… and it’s only $35!
Everyone needs a good pair of polarized sunglasses for travel. I’m a big fan of GlassesShop as they are simple designs, robust (aka they last a long time even though I totally abuse them), and they are mostly under $50! So a total steel! Oh and they also do prescription sunglasses.
What to buy a travel lover under $100
Looking for something to buy a travel lover for under $100? I’ve got you covered. The travel addict in your life is sue to love any one of these travel gift ideas!
Tropicfeel Travel Sneakers
These are the ultimate travel shoes. Seriously, if there is only room to take one pair of shoes on a trip then these are the shoes to pack.
They are an all terrain shoe, super comfortable, and look great. I’m now on my second pair and I love them! I have the Canyon Majolica Blue and they pretty much go with everything. I’ve hiked volcanos, walked around cities, and trekked through jungles in these shoes and they have never let me down.
Any traveler would love these shoes in their Christmas box!
Phoozy Heat and Cool Proof Tablet Cover
Another must for any traveler heading somewhere with extreme heat or cold is this Phoozy thermal tablet or laptop capsule. I think this makes a perfect gift, as it’s not something you might think of to buy yourself, but it’s just so useful! Especially if your loved one is a Digital Nomad.
Leather Laptop Cover and Portfolio
I was send out these two products as a gift from Galen Leather and they now travel everywhere with me.
No only do they look super stylish, but they keep all of my things safe and protected. My Mac fits snuggly into its Mac cover and in the portfolio I keep my tablet, notebook, pens, and anything else I need to access quickly. The portfolio may seem a little unnecessary when backpacking, however for me it’s important that I can get to my work tools quickly. Plus it’s super nice to have a little luxury… so push out the boat and have a little luxury.
Hand Made Shoes
When you travel light, then everything you bring along with you on a trip needs to be good quality, and if it’s clothing or footwear then I personally need it to be comfortable, stylish, and go with a lot of things. For me Fuchsia shoes tick all of my boxes!
They are handmade qualify ballet flats, perfect for travel, and they even come in their own little travel pouch. I take mine everywhere with me as they take up so little room, they are comfy, AND they look good.
Oh and in case you need more reason to buy, each purchase helps to provide fair wages and sustainable employment to the Fuchsia artisans in Pakistan who make all of the shoes.
Having a good paid of warm boots is essential at this time of year, especially if exploring Europe or anywhere else cold.
These Lugz boots have not been off my feet since I arrived back in the UK and I’m convinced they are the best travel Christmas gift I’ve given myself this year haha.
Christmas gifts for travel lovers over $100
If you have a bit more to spend on a gift for a traveler then any one of these travel gift ideas over $100 I’m sure will be appreciated.
I wrote a whole post about finally getting a Kindle as it was a tough decision for me. But trust me, as a traveler a e-reader is a great investment!
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.
This is a great Christmas gift for a frequent traveler.
This bag this is a must for keeping stuff safe while traveling, and would make a great travel gift.
To secure the bag all you need is something that can’t be moved in the hostel/ hotel room. You simply wrap it around lock it down. It would make a great travel gift for anyone security conscious.
Ok, so I know buying someone a TEFL course isn’t so exciting, but I probably would have starved during my second year as a. Digital Nomad if it wasn’t for having this qualification to enable me to teach English online.
I is a great qualification which not only allows you to get a. job teaching English as a second language online, but also in person. So if your loved one is heading off backpacking and you are worried about them running out of money at some point, this is is a great investment and could prove invaluable if they should ever need to make a little extra spending money!
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Workpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Workpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- 12Go – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then 12Go is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and air travel.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.