I love looking through gift guides for inspiration. Being someone that lives to travel, it was so much fun to put together a gift guide for travelers. The other thing I love is doing all my holiday shopping online and getting my shopping done before December starts. First up, a gift guide for the traveler in your life. You can click on any of the photos to purchase the item. In case you are wondering, I get a small commission if you buy anything and there is no additional cost to you.
Best Gifts for a Traveler
To use this gift guide, you can click on any image in the above collage. You’ll also find categories of shoppable images below. We’ve included our favorite items in text format too. There’s something here for everyone – even people who don’t travel at all. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below and we’ll get right back to you.
My favorite travel item that is the best gift for everyone is this Insulated Travel Mug. If you know anyone that microwaves their coffee over and over, this is the perfect gift. Don’t waste your time with an expensive electronic cup, this baby will keep your coffee hot for hours – no power required.
Best Jackets for Travel
Everyone needs a lightweight warm jacket for travel. I bought the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket in red this past year and it was one of my best purchases ever! The thing I like, is that it rolls up into the size of a travel umbrella so it’s easy to carry and it’s warm but not too warm, and having it in red is perfect for photos. It comes in multiple colors, will keep you warm on a plane, be an extra layer, and protect you from rainy weather.
If you are looking for a raincoat to take on a trip, this packable rain jacket that comes in a ton of colors. It’s the perfect travel jacket for women because it is a little longer to keep more of you dry and it’s super cute. I bought a yellow one and love the high quality for a such a great price. Or for an amazing gift, go with this swoon worthy warmer, bigger coat that fashionable ladies will love.
The best travel jacket for men is a light weight down puffer with plenty of pockets is usually just what the traveler wants. Younger guys love a perfect comfy hoodie that they can layer under another jacket.
Packable Hats & Scarves for Warm and Cold Weather
Hats & Scarves for Cold Weather – A cute pom beanie with fleece lining for women or this fleece lined beanie for men are great gifts and easily packable. Your traveling fashionista will love to bundle up with this Free People blanket scarf that comes in a multiple colors. A nice men’s winter scarf comes in handy for a trip or every day for those that live in cold weather.
Scarves for Warm Weather – A neutral lightweight scarf for a trip to a place like Bali or Egypt, where a head covering is required for women, is such a great gift. For women or men, a Buff that can be worn 16 different ways is so useful. It’s perfect for hikers or anyone who encounters dust. It can also serve as a face mask. Or it can be used as a headband. For such a great price, this pack of 12 Buffs makes the world’s great stocking stuffer for all the travelers in your life.
Hats for warm weather need to be easily packable like this foldable straw hat for a beach vacation.
Suitcase, Backpack and Packing Cubes
One of the keys to a successful trip is packing well. We’ve used this 3 Piece Hard Shell Spinner Set on our last few big trips and it’s sturdy and reasonably priced. We got my mom this personalized luggage set and she literally tells me how much she love it every time she takes a trip! A weekender set also makes a terrific gift for people who take short trips.
Packing cubes, one of my travel “must haves” make a great gift or stocking stuffer. Whether you like compression cubes or regular, they’ll keep you organized. At your destination, you can keep your clothes inside and it’s like having drawers.
Another very useful item is a functional travel backpack with laptop space. Multiple pockets on the inside and outside make a bag so useful and great getting through airports. A small stylish backpack is great for people that want something functional but looks great with every outfit. If you have a friend that is getting into photography, a camera gear backpack will be the best gift. The great thing is that the inside can be reconfigured for various lenses and cameras.
AirPods Pro are the latest and greatest headphones with noice cancelling capability. It’s a perfect gift for someone who doesn’t have them yet. Another gift that’s not that expensive and super useful are Apple AirTags You can put one on your keychain so you never lose your keys again. Put one inside your luggage so you can find your checked bag easily on the carousel.
For someone really special in your life a new Canon Camera or Drone makes an incredible gift . Another really fun piece of equipment is a GoPro Max 360. It allows you to take 360 degree immersive videos and is perfect for adventure travelers. For a lower priced gift that’s awesome, a GorillaPod is a heavy duty, small travel tripod that’s flexible and holds your camera or phone.
For an electronic small gift, consider getting a USB Portable Charger for a backup charge on your phone or a Voltage Converter that will protect your electronics from surges in countries with different voltage. No one wants to be the person that fries your computer overseas.
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There’s nothing better than looking at amazing trip ideas to get inspiration. Definitely check out all of the Evolista travel ideas here. On top of that a beautiful coffee table book or travel magazine subscription makes a perfect gift. My new favorite travel coffee table book is 1000 Perfect Weekends. What’s great about it is that you can use it for short trips nearby or as inspiration for things to do far away.
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Dual voltage is really important in other countries because curling irons and dryers can overload your Power Converter. This Travel Straightening Iron that Curls Hair too is small and dual voltage ( 110 or 220). Also compact and dual voltage is this Tourmaline Hair Dryer that folds. No one wants a melt down on an international trip!
Looking for great stocking stuffer ideas. This travel sized Morroccan Oil will keep your hair soft. A Silk Pillow Case is one of the best and smallest things you can pack to protect your hair and skin. Collagen Peptide Packets are portable and keep your hair and skin looking great.
Gift Guide for Travelers Wrap Up
A lot of the items on this Gift Guide for Travelers are also great for real life too. Check out my Favorite Travel Accessories for my “must haves” on every trip. If you have any questions or feel like I left out something that would be great, please share in the comments.