I am the person who normally reads travel gift guides to get ideas for myself, not for other people. Even though I have fun shopping for my family, I rarely buy travel-themed items for them. Whether you’re using this list as a guide for yourself or actually shopping for someone else, here’s what’s out there this year.
In Her Kitchen by Gabriele Galimberti ($21) – This combination cookbook and coffee table book is a must-have. Each recipe is inspired the author’s international travels and comes straight from a grandmother she met on the road — meaning it’s delicious food plus insight into local homes and culture. Bonus: the photography is inspiring (so don’t get the Kindle version).
Bugsaway Adventure Hat ($45) – I hate hats, but they serve a purpose…like when you’re on safari in Africa. This one will keep the sun off your face and it has insect shield technology to repel mosquitoes, ants, and more.
Airplane/Map Toiletry Bag ($16) – Packing is more fun when you have cute accessories. This toiletry bag is perfect for non-liquids, like your toothbrush, makeup, and hair clips.
Travel-Themed Temporary Tattoos ($13) – Am I the only one who likes to jazz things up every once in awhile? These temporary tattoos come in designs like maps, compasses, airplanes, and even the word wanderlust.
Leather Charging Wallet ($150) – This wallet is durable, looks classy, and has a compact iPhone charger built in. You’ll get a full extra charge on your phone, which is great for travelers on the go all day who won’t have a chance to plug their phone in.
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Urban Adventures Gift Certificate ($50) – So far everything on this list has been a physical item, but travelers value experiences above all else. I’ve taken a couple of Urban Adventures tours worldwide and they’re always fantastic. Pick a specific tour if you know where someone’s headed or shoot for a gift card (most tours are $35-80).
Airport Departures Board ($18) – Now that I have a house, I look for opportunities to decorate every chance I get. This personalized departures board is a really cute way to highlight someone’s previous trips.
Anywhere Connections Cards ($11) – Pack this deck of cards for conversation starters. About half the cards are good to prompt new topics with old friends and half are more suitable as interesting small talk — perfect for striking up a chat with locals during your travels.
WASPcam ($148) – I’m not impressed by the latest versions of GoPros since their lifespan seems pretty short. The WASPcam shoots high-quality video with lots of mounting accessories (and underwater capability) at a reasonable price.
A Year of Website Hosting ($48) – Travelers that want to start a blog sometimes get hung up on the cost of web hosting, but Bluehost is great for sites that still have low-traffic.
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A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain ($7) – I love all of Anthony Bourdain’s books, but this one is a great blend of food and travel. Of course you’re buying the Kindle version since Kindles are great for travelers.
Custom Designed Suitcase ($199) – Because who doesn’t want a suitcase designed with their custom logo, team mascot, or photo from one of their other adventures?
Sunbasket Meal Kit ($45) – Like other delivery meal services, Sunbasket ships everything you need to make three meals at home, but with international flavors. Perfect when you’re renting a timeshare and don’t want to deal with the hassle of grocery shopping (or the inconvenience of needing to buy a full set of spices for a single recipe).
Action Wipes ($12) – You’re going to feel terrible after a long-haul flight, but these wipes are like portable showers. Refresh yourself (and since they’re individually wrapped, you can divide the package up for several travelers as stocking stuffers).
Olympus PEN E-PL7 ($499) – I love my mirrorless camera because it takes good pictures on the auto setting yet you have full control over each individual setting if you’re after the perfect photo.
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Anti-Theft Camera Strap ($45) – If you’ve got an expensive camera hanging around your neck, the least you can do is make sure it’s on a slash-proof strap.
Travel Jewelry ($23) – This pendant reading “Oh, the places you’ll go” is something I’d actually wear every day. And at this pricepoint, it’s jewelry you can actually afford to buy for someone else!
Adult Coloring Poster: U.S. Map ($12) – Adult coloring books are popular because they’re so relaxing. This map of the United States has cute patterns to color in every state and would be cute framed afterward. Throw in a pack of colored pencils and it’ll keep travelers entertained on their next airport delay.
Macbook Air ($839) – Weight counts when you travel carry-on only. If a tablet won’t do, it’s worth the splurge to get a lightweight laptop.
European Neighborhood Map Coasters ($36) – Know someone who loves a Europan city inside and out? These map coasters show different neighborhoods of beloved cities, such as the arrondissements in Paris.
Map Leggings ($28) – I get compliments on my map leggings every time I wear to them to yoga. (If you’re between sizes, size up).
Noise-Cancelling Earbuds ($249) – Yes, these are expensive, but reducing the noise on a long bus ride is priceless. Since there’s a built-in microphone, these are also great for holding a phone conversation in crowded areas so you can actually hear the person on the other side.
Smartphone Projector ($80) – Photos aren’t just for Instagram. Share your favorites with a crowd easily by using a projector and a blank, white wall.
>>>> Still searching for the perfect gift? I’ve got even more ideas at all pricepoints in my original travel gift guide.
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