If you have a world traveler (or future world traveler) on your holiday gift list, you might be wondering what to get the people who have seen all and done all. Funnily enough, gift ideas for travelers are easy to come by. From the practical to the sentimental, your adventurous friends and family will be happy to utilize your gifts on their journeys.
My best friend is a Navy wife, so she’s about to spend the next eight years traveling the globe — the lucky girl. She’ll live in a handful of places in the next couple years, which can make it a bit difficult to buy things for her, since I’ve had to think about what she can pack up every few years to bring to her newest home. And that’s when it hit me — why not get her things that will make her journeys either more comfortable or more memorable? A cute cover for her passport, a good pair of headphones, or a fun travel journal will get used over and over again. And, of course, you can always get your favorite traveler gifts to remind them of home.
Here are a few gift ideas to help inspire your friends' and family members' wanderlusts.
This is not your average travel journal. This travel book is a planner, diary, and translator, among other things, and comes with pockets for storing documents and mementos and interactive maps.
Sometimes, you just want to carry your phone around and not worry about what to do with your wallet. The CardNinja attaches to your phone or phone case, and can store credit cards, cash, and hotel keys for light weight exploring.
Not only is this crossbody bag chic and convenient, but it also charges your phone! It comes with a small battery that carries a full charge for your phone or other USB devices on the go.
Headphones are always a good gift, but especially for a traveler. They'll be happy for them on noisy plane, train, and car trips.
Your passport doesn't have to be standard! Dress that bad boy up with a cute passport cover.
If your traveling pals do a lot of flying, this travel pillow would be a blessing. The pillow comes with six magnets and two suction cups, so you can arrange it to fit your sleeping style and travel method.
7. Art Print
Adventuring is a way of life — no matter if it's within your own state or outside your own country. I think travelers always feel the most alive when they get to do what they love most.
8. Jet Set Pack
This little kit could be the difference between arriving in Europe looking refreshed and ready to go — or looking not so much. The Jet Set Kit includes a set of antiperspirant wipes, facial cleansing sheets, and mouth cleansing stripes, as well as a few screen cleaners. And the best part is that they're all TSA-friendly!
Even world travelers have a home base. These cedar wood coasters can be made to highlight 15 different U.S. cities — including New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Dallas, and Baltimore.
A travel journal fit for every traveler. The Swept Away by Wanderlust book includes a ton of funny writing prompts, unique questions, and a bucket list section so that you'll never be bored on your adventures.
Another vintage-inspired item, this airplane route pillow cover is both stylish and educational. Also, it's reversible!
I love the vintage feel of this backpack — like you're a 1940s archaeologist hell bent on discovery — and a good bag is always a travel must-have. Plus, it has a built-in phone charger and separate laptop compartment.
If you spend a lot of time traveling to tropical destinations, you'll want something that will keep that fancy Apple Watch safe. These cases are waterproof, and they even protect against salt water erosion.
14. Eye Mask
Eye masks are great for travelers — you can use them to relax during your flight, or to block out the sun when you're trying to accumulate to the time difference.
Even though you won't need your keys in another country, that doesn't mean you don't need to take them with you.The Orbitkey keeps your keys in a slim leather ring, so they don't take up too much jingly room in your bag. You can also add a bottle opener and a flash drive for extra convenience.
You could do what I do and tie a giant, colored ribbon on your luggage to make sure it's yours — or you could be a bit more classy and have a personalized luggage tag.
I'm a huge saver of stubs when traveling — boarding passes, museum tickets, attraction slips, etc. — so this stub diary is my jam. It's basically scrapbooking without all the stickers and labels.
Whether your traveling friend has been to Paris or not, this ring can either act as a remembrance of an awesome trip or a future goal. It's pretty and delicate, but definitely stands out.
19. Cocktail Kit
I'm a nervous flyer, so I almost always have to have a cocktail. With this nifty little cocktail kit, all you need is the booze (duty-free, anyone?) to mix up two cocktails during your flight.
20. Greek Cup
If you've ever been to New York — or watched any TV show set in NYC — you'll recognize this iconic coffee cup. This one you don't have to throw away, though.
21. Compass Necklace
No matter where your friends or family roam, they'll always be able to find their way home with this necklace — figuratively, of course, since the compass isn't functional!
I definitely could have used this on my vacation to Hawaii. Instead of burying your keys and phone in your shoes or keeping a paranoid eye on your stuff while you swim, put everything in an AquaVault — it's much safer and easier to keep track of everything.
23. Travel Cards
These cards are for the very adventurous adventurer — or the traveler who wants to be a bit more spontaneous. They'll help you avoid the standard sight-seeing trips to help build unique memories.
24. Mineral Water Spray
Feel first class AF with a couple bottles of Evian water spray. It's the perfect refresher for after a long flight, and your skin will definitely thank you.
25. Map Initials
Initial wall decor is still trendy, but you can make it personal for the traveler in your life by adding a map. You can even customize the map location to fit your traveler's favorite place.