I hate to admit it, but I always end up overthinking things anytime I need to buy a gift.

It can be tough choosing the perfect present, especially if you’re like me and leave shopping until the last minute.

With my birthday and the holidays coming up, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to items I want to add to my wish list.

And since I’m a travel addict, I couldn’t help but create the ultimate list of the best gifts for travelers.

I’ve broken the list down into categories so you can find the perfect present for the travel addict in your life. 

Best Luxury Travel Gifts

Luxury gifts

Floyd Cabin Luggage

Floyd Cabin Luggage

This retro luggage come in a rainbow of colors and is so under-the-radar cool, that I can almost guarantee they won't see another person at the airport sporting this unique bag.

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Is your friend someone who is always ahead of the curve on trends?

Then consider gifting them this retro carry-on luggage by Floyd.

It comes in a rainbow of colors and is so under-the-radar cool, that I can almost guarantee they won’t see another person at the airport sporting this unique bag.

Away Luggage

Away Everywhere Bag

The Nylon Away Everywhere Bag is the ideal minimalist personal carry-on item. While it’s definitely an investment piece, it’s built to last and so you should get a lot of use out of it.

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Like most people on social media, I’ve been dreaming of investing in Away luggage for the last few years. 

My sister and brother-in-law recently splurged on the Bigger Carry-On bag that Away is known for. They both say it’s one of the best investments that they’ve ever made.

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If you’re looking for something smaller and more affordable, check out their Everywhere Bag. 

I’d been eyeing it up all year and finally got it when it went on sale in August. It’s seriously the best personal carry-on bag I’ve ever used.

It fits a ton and keeps everything really organized while being small enough to fit under the seat.

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Peak Design Bag

Peak Design 30L Travel Backpack

Designed with minimalist travelers and tech enthusiasts in mind, this backpack aims to provide a comfortable and secure experience without compromising on style or functionality.

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Peak Design is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands when it comes to finding cool bags and backpacks for travel.

I have their 30L one and am obsessed with it after using it as my personal item/carry on bag over my last five months of continuous travel around Europe and Asia.

It fits under most airline seats if you want to use it as a personal item. Or you can expand the bag with the handy side zipper, and then use it as your carry-on bag.

Either way, it’s a great backpack!

Kindle Oasis

Kindle Oasis

Works with Audible - pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to switch seamlessly between reading and listening.

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I’m one of those people that for years refused to invest in a Kindle because I love the feel (and smell) of an actual book.

This past year a very special someone gifted me a Kindle Oasis, and it was a total game-changer, especially for travel. 

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones

Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds

Bose controllable noise cancellation and full Transparency Mode allow you to eliminate distractions, let your surroundings in, or a little bit of each.

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Let’s be honest, nobody enjoys listening to that screaming baby while on a plane. 

With noise-canceling headphones, you can sit back, relax, and not hear the surrounding chaos.

Jet&Bo 100% Pure Cashmere Travel Set

Jet&Bo 100% Pure Cashmere Travel Set

Set contains 100% pure cashmere blanket, socks, eye mask & carry case and is a compact size to fit in carry-on luggage. The cashmere carry case also doubles as a pillowcase for airline cushions.

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I’m always freezing on planes, or at least I was until I started traveling with my own blanket.

It was a game-changer!

This cashmere travel set is perfect for the really luxe traveler in your life. The travel set comes with a blanket, sleep mask, socks, and a carrying case.

Airport Priority Pass

This is a gift that keeps on giving well after the holidays. With the airport Priority Pass, you’ll gain access to airport lounges in over 148 countries. 

This is the perfect present for the frequent flier on your list. 

Unique Gifts for Travelers

Useful Travel gifts

Devour Food Tour

Devour Tours

I was shocked by how many hidden gems I was introduced to while on Devour Tour's food tour. I can't recommend this enough for tourists and even locals!

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Devour Food Tours is hands-down one of my all-time favorite tours to do.

Every time I end up making new friends and discovering so many delicious local gems.

If you’re friends have a trip coming up to a place where Devour does tours, I highly suggest booking one as a gift experience.

Walks Tours Gift Certificate

Walks Tours

Join one of Walks many tours around the world for an exceptional and memorable holiday experience!

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After going on multiple tours with Walks around Europe, I can safely say they are one of my favorite tour companies.

If you’ve got a friend going to one of the cities where they have tours, I highly suggest gifting them an experience with Walks!

TodayTix Gift Certificate

TodayTix

Besides offering great prices, TodayTix also offers rushes and lotteries helping you score amazing deals on last minute tickets to some of the hottest shows in town!

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As a massive theater fanatic, this is one unique gift I’d be thrilled to open!

TodayTix sells a variety of shows in lots of major cities around the globe, making it a fantastic gift for the cultural traveler.

It’s important to double check that they cover a city your loved ones will be in, so double check before booking!

And as always, I’m happy to talk theater, so shoot me an email if you or your buddies need any show suggestions!

Airbnb Gift Card

Save Money With Airbnb

Want to save money on your next trip? I easily save thousands of dollars a year using Airbnb instead of hotels. Plus, if you're anything like me, it'll make you feel like more of a local.

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With an Airbnb gift card, your loved one can book a little getaway, or a localized Airbnb experience like a bike tour or local photoshoot.

Express VPN Subscription

Using a VPN lets you change your digital location in order to stream from networks like Hulu, which only work in certain countries.

Deluxe World Map Scratch Off Travel Map

Scratch Off World Map

This World Scratch Off Map includes authoritative maps of Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, China, India, Australia, UK and other countries.

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I love using a scratch-off map to visualize all the places I’ve been to. 

Plus, it’s a great conversation starter when I have guests in my home.

This version even features the individual flags of each country.

Road Trip Kit

Road Trip Travel Games Activities

Keep kids busy and happy during your travels with this first of its kind complete kit.

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This is perfect for those who love taking road trips. The kit includes road trip essentials and games to pass the time driving.

Leather Travel Journal

Leather Journal Writing Notebook

Crafted with genuine leather, this leather journal offers a soft touch exterior with natural, distressed look.

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Journaling is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. I find it therapeutic to write my thoughts and observations. 

This genuine leather model is chic and small enough to pack easily in a carry-on bag.

TodayTix Gift Certificate

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TodayTix handles tickets for shows in major cities all over the world, making it a great choice of gift card for the travel obsessed friends in your life.

Not to mention, I always love every opportunity to go to the theater!

Best Travel Gifts for Her

Travel Gifts For Women

Infinity Travel Scarf

Infinity Scarf With Zipper Pocket

Unlike other scarves, the Zero Grid travel scarf with zipper pockets has button snaps at either end which let you customize the look, fit, and feel.

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The Infinity Travel Scarf has two secret pockets that you can store cash and ID in, making it the ultimate multi-purpose accessory.

It comes in black or grey, so you can pick the color best suited to your style.

Tangle Teezer Brush

Tangle Teezer Brush

This multi-award winning Tangle Teezer hair brush is an expert in treating vulnerable strands in and out of the shower

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This little brush is a miracle worker with getting tangles out of your hair. 

The best part is that it takes up less room than a typical brush, making it perfect for us over packers.

You can choose from over 14 color combos, my favorite is the pink!

Silk Beauty Sleep Travel Set

BEDELITE Satin Silk Pillowcase 2 Pack
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I’m obsessed with my Slip Silk pillowcase and sleeping mask. In fact, I’m so crazy about them I travel with them everywhere I go.

If you haven’t slept on silk yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! It’s super cool, soft, and helps prevent wrinkles.

Best Travel Gifts for Him

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Nordgreen Watch

Nordgreen Native Silver Analog Watch

36mm silver watch with a Japanese quartz movement with a minimalist Scandinavian design by Jakob Wagner.

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Nordgreen is a well-known watch brand that makes quality minimalist timepieces for the modern man.

If he’s always running late—even better. It’s now a gift with a cheeky undertone. 

With any luck, he’ll take the hint and be on time for your next outing. 

Useful Travel Gifts

Unique Travel Gifts

Packing Cubes

Bagail 6 Set Packing Cubes

Your 6 piece set fits like a glove into most airline carry-on suitcases, tote, weekender, backpacks and duffel bags.

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If the travel lover in your life doesn’t own packing cubes, you need to get them some ASAP. 

Everyone needs packing cubes in their lives. They are a major game-changer organizing your suitcase.

Anker Portable Charger

Anker Portable Charger

Compatible with most USB-charged devices, including iPhone 8 / X / XS / XS Max / XR (Lightning cable required), Android smartphones and tablets (including the Nexus 7), and iPads.

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This is one of the best investments I’ve ever made. 

This brand has a bit of weight to it, but it’s not super heavy to carry around. I almost never leave the house without my charger these days—it’s perfect for travel and everyday life. 

Digital Luggage Scale

Etekcity Digital Luggage Scale

High-accuracy sensor and rubber-textured handle surface. Capacity: 110lb/50kg, Graduation: 0.1lb/50g

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This is the ideal present for anyone who has ever experienced the panic of realizing their luggage was way overweight while trying to check bags for a flight.

Having a digital luggage scale with me has saved me so many headaches when checking my bag.

SABRE Door Wedge Alarm

SABRE HS-DSA Wedge Door Stop Security Alarm

Non-skid pad prevents door from opening while alarm sounds; ideal for hotels, dorms, or front doors with a 7/8" gap between the floor & bottom of door.

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The door wedge alarm is one of the most original and practical inventions that I’ve come across this year. 

Just place this little wedge in front of the door where you’re staying and it will alert you with a loud noise if anyone tries to get in through the night. 

It’s one of the few portable alarms that will make noise and actively stop an intruder from coming through the door. 

TRTL Travel Pillow

TRTL Travel Pillow

The internal support system keeps your head and neck in an upright position while you nap, keeping you from waking up with aches, strains, or pains. The perfect airplane or car travel essential.

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Full disclaimer, I have yet to try this pillow, but my dad tells me it’s the best travel pillow he’s ever purchased.

I really like that it’s a pillow that you can wash easily in a washing machine. It’s amazing how many travel pillows you can’t toss in the wash. 

Resistance Bands

Fit Simplify Resistance Exercise Bands

The Included Carry Bag Makes It Easy To Take Your Bands With You And Do Any Workout Away From Home Or Your Home Gym.

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Recently, I’ve become obsessed with keeping a few resistance bands on hand while traveling. 

They provide a solid workout while on the road and barely take up any room (or weight) in your luggage.

Gifts For Travel Photographers

Travel Gifts For Photography lovers

Peak Design Tripod

Peak Design Travel Tripod

With its combination of stability, durability, and portability, it may just become your go-to choice for the best tripod in your collection.


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According to one of my photographer friends, the Peak Design Travel tripod is one of the best ones around.

I just got mine as a gift and cannot wait to check it out!

JOBY Portable Tripod

JOBY Portable Tripod

Grip it, wrap it or stand it, wrappable legs allow you to secure professional camera equipment to virtually any surface

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This is the ultimate portable tripod. It’s a ideal for people who travel solo and need to set up photos of themselves that aren’t selfies.

The best part about this tripod is that the legs are flexible and can easily wrap around poles or fences to set up the perfect shot.

Fujifilm Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Who doesn't love a vintage camera for vacation?

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Instant cameras have made a major comeback over the last few years. 

The Fujifilm instant camera is a great throwback to the days before everything went digital. 

This camera is a hit at parties and with Instagrammers who want to indulge in the recent trend of Instagramming photos of Polaroids. 

Zhiyun Smooth XS Selfie Stick

Zhiyun Smooth XS Selfie Stick

The Zhiyun Smooth XS selfie stick is lightweight, easy to use, and best suited for beginner gimbal users. While its two-axis gimbal doesn't always lead to a stable shot, it's a step above a basic selfie stick at an attractive price point.

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This tricked out selfie stick two-axis gimbal is a must for any aspiring filmmakers on your shopping list.

It’s the perfect introductory tool for anyone looking to make high-quality content for social media. 

Plus, it’s lightweight and small enough to fit a purse or pocket, making it the ideal travel accessory. 

GoPro Hero 9 Black

GoPro HERO 9 Black

The GoPro HERO 9 is ideal for travelers, influencers, and YouTubers who shoot solo in a variety of situations, locations, and weather.

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I’ve been wanting to invest in one of these bad boys for ages. It seems like every traveler these days has a GoPro to record all their epic outdoor adventures.

The latest GoPro Hero 9 Black is waterproof and comes with the ability to live stream, stabilize, and LCD touch screens. 

Peak Design Mobile Tripod

Peak Design Mobile Tripod

This is a highly portable and easy-to-use mobile tripod for photographers, and solo travelers on the go. I never leave home without mine!

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I’m absolutely obsessed with Peak Design’s Mobile Tripod.

I was gifted mine just before a five month solo trip around Europe and it was such a game changer.

Because it’s super thin, not too heavy, and small, it’s insanely easy to pack, and carry on.

In fact, I just leave mine stuck to my phone so I always have it on hand to help me take photos and videos of myself.

LensPen Cleaning Kit

LensPen New DSLR Camera Cleaning Kit

Everything you need to clean your lens, viewfinder & filter

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I can’t tell you how many times my camera lens ends up with a smudge or two after a day out shooting. 

The LensPen cleaning kit is the ideal thoughtful and affordable gift for photographers. 

It easily removes dust and fingerprints from the lens, and is safe for all-optical lenses and coatings. 

DJI Mavic Mini Combo – Drone FlyCam

DJI Mavic Mini Drone FlyCam Quadcopter

The compact yet powerful Mavic Mini camera drone is the perfect creative companion.

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Every photographer wants a drone in order to take epic aerial shots of the new places they’re exploring. 

The DJI Mavic Mini Drone is on my wishlist this year because it’s super compact, making it easy to travel with. 

The drone can fly for up to 30 minutes when fully and is small enough to fly in the U.S. and Canada without having to register it. 

BAGSMART Camera Bag Anti-Theft 

BAGSMART Anti-Theft Camera Bag

Removable customize padded dividers can adjust the space according to the camera size and type of camera accessories you are carrying to protect camera and accessories better.

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Every photographer needs a chic bag to tote around all their camera equipment. 

The bag is waterproof and can fit a tripod, camera, laptop, and lenses.

With its super low key looks and anti-theft design, this bag is the perfect gift.

Best Books to Gift Travelers

Travel Book Gifts

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel 

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

“A crucial reference for any budget wanderer.”—Time

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Do you know someone who dreams of leaving life behind to travel the world long term?

If you do, then this book is a must-read!

This inspiring guide will tell you how to finance your adventures, adjust to life on the road, handle adversity, and re-adjust to normal life when your long-term trip ends.

100 Hikes of a Lifetime

100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World's Ultimate Scenic Trails

“Be prepared for some serious dreaming and scheming” –Hiking for Her

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Filled with National Geographic photography, this is the ultimate hiker’s bucket list book.

Give this to anyone on your shopping list who dreams of exploring all that nature has to offer.

Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent 

Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent

"Covering 75 destinations — from ice-climbing in Patagonia to attending a mask festival in China, this lively, engaging travelogue is pumped with invigorating ideas and advice galore. " --Forbes.com

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Written by a couple who spent their honeymoon traveling to all seven continents over five years, this is the ultimate travel inspiration book.

It’s organized into sections based on the destination you desire and offers advice and anecdotes from their time there.

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

"For over a decade, Matt Kepnes (aka Nomadic Matt) has used his massively populartravel blog to teach readers how to travel the world on a budget." - New York Times Bestseller

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This New York Times Best Seller teaches its readers how to travel the world for $50 a day (big surprise, huh!).

Written by travel blogger, Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt, this book gives tons of practical advice for traveling on a budget.

1000 Places to See Before You Die

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

“At last, a book that tells you what's beautiful, what's fun and what's just unforgettable—everywhere on earth.”

—Newsweek

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If you’re looking for bucket list inspiration, look no further than this book. 

If you’re anything like me, your bucket list will be twice as long after reading this. 

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List

Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See...

"Even if you never leave home, you'll feel you've seen the world with this comprehensive armchair-travel guide."―USA Today

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While you’re dreaming up your next destination, check out Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List. 

There’s no shortage of inspiring locations in this book.

Stocking Stuffers For Travelers

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Tide Travel Sink Packets

Tide Travel Packets

These are my go-to detergent packs anytime I travel for extended adventures!

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I’m one of those people that always ends up splattering pasta sauce on white shirts. 

Tide Travel packets have become a lifesaver for me (and my clothes) over the past few years.

You can never have too many Tide packets!

Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo

his oat milk-infused dry shampoo leaves hair looking refreshed, full of body and volume while extending the life of blowouts. The ultra-fine powders blend invisibly into hair with no chalky residue.

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Dry Shampoo may be one of the best inventions of this century. 

Okay, maybe that’s a dramatic statement, but let’s be honest, it’s a miracle worker when trying to freshen up oily hair quickly, especially when getting off a long-haul flight.

Luggage Tags

Travelambo Leather Luggage Bag Tags

Two side printing information card: you can put two different addresses on front side and the back side.

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I’m one of those people that just ties a ribbon to their bag so they can identify it in baggage claim. 

But let’s be honest, everyone (including me) could use a nice luggage tag to keep track of their baggage. 

Lifestraw

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Removes Bacteria & Parasites: The Microfiltration Membrane Removes 99.999999% Of Waterborne Bacteria (Including E. Coli And Salmonella), And 99.999% Of Waterborne Parasites (Including Giardia And Cryptosporidium) 

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This handy little straw is perfect for campers, or travelers who want to make sure their drinking water is clean. 

The best part is that the company provides safe drinking water for a year to a child in need. It’s a thoughtful resent that keeps on giving!

Socks

Compression Socks

Durable Compression Sock designed to last, without compromising quality or comfort.


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Socks are the ultimate practical gift. They’ve been proven to help circulation, and are recommended for use while traveling. 

Wrapping Up the Best Gifts For Travelers

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Just remember, at the end of the day, it’s the thought behind the present that really counts.

I hope this list inspires a surprise that makes the travel lover in your life light up with joy when they open it.

Let me know in the comments below which gift is going on your shopping list!

 

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