Best Gifts for Travelers and Travel Lovers

Best Gifts for Travelers and Travel Lovers

Travel is the gift that keeps on giving, especially if you have loved ones who can’t get enough of it. Check out this guide with some of the best fun, fashionable and functional gifts for travelers and travel lovers.


Inspire Regional Cuisine with State-Shaped Cutting Boards

Is your sister-in-law still raving about the barbecue her family ate while vacationing in Dallas last spring? Wrap this Texas cutting board with a bottle of Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce, and you may inspire her to create a little taste of vacation for the whole family. Prefer a different state? American Heirloom’s state-shaped collection has them all. And if you can’t choose just one, snap up the entire continental USA.




Wow Her with the World

Give her travel dreams a spin — literally. With the World Traveler’s Cork Globe, your gal can pin her top future or past destinations, adding photos and ticket stubs to take a true trip down memory lane.



Help Encourage Their Spontaneity

Want to get your kids excited about exploring? Instead of adhering to an itinerary filled with museums, gardens and galleries, encourage them to take charge by giving them the Anywhere Travel Guide. Draw from 75 cards with instructions like: “Find or make a souvenir that represents your experience of this day” or “Write down what you like about this city on a small piece of paper. Leave it where someone else will find later.”




Protect Their Eyes with Personality

Arm your favorite sun-loving friend’s eyes with a pair of designer-style sunglasses without paying designer prices. With celebrities like Jamie Foxx, Hailee Steinfeld, Ashley Benson and Jeremy Piven involved in the eyewear’s design — and a price tag of $29.95 each — it’s hard to go wrong with a pair of persona-themed shades from Privé Revaux Eyewear. Choose from styles like The Jetsetter and The Explorer.



Never Get Lost with a Compass Necklace

Consider a piece of jewelry, like this compass necklace, that captures a travel lover’s passion for exploration while providing the perk of directional assistance. This handmade and customizable double-sided piece on Etsy features a brass or silver compass on the front and a travel quote on the back displayed over an antique map.



Put the Whole World in His Hands

These cuff links displaying a vintage 1626 world map will keep the joy of travel top of mind and near your explorer’s fingertips. Zazzle also allows you to get creative by designing and customizing the cuff links. Consider using a map from a destination you and your partner visited together to make the gift even more meaningful.





Get Charged en Route

The TYLT Energi Pro backpack is a highly efficient solution for those on the go. With a built-in rechargeable and removable battery pack, travelers can simultaneously charge three devices — like a phone, tablet and USB-C laptop. The bag also features 12 pockets and a TSA-friendly fly-through design, so your loved one won’t have to remove his laptop when going through security.



Keep Their Fingers Warm (and Taking Photos!)

Ever try to send a text on your smartphone while wearing cloth or wool gloves? Odds are you’ve struggled. Moshi’s Digits solve this cold-weather problem by keeping hands protected, warm and working at the same time. Ranked the best touch-screen gloves by The Wirecutter, their design uses a conductive fiber in the fingertips, allowing for controlled interactivity with smart devices. Additionally, these gloves feature a slip-free grip and a soft microfleece lining. This gift will help ensure that your roving pal never misses a vacation photo op again!



Help Them Hydrate During the Journey

Hide Stash, a 1-liter collapsible water bottle by HydraPak, in your favorite traveler’s stocking, and he’ll soon have a new, must-pack-and-stash item for all his future journeys. This flexible water bottle compresses down to about a fifth of its filled-up size and is half the weight of a hard water bottle. This makes it easy for your favorite traveler to stow it in his carry-on bag and fill up after he clears security. Good for on the plane or in the car and for staying hydrated during any adventure!



Hand Her a World of Shelter and Shade

Packing an umbrella never hurts when adventure-bound, just ask Mary Poppins. Keep your special someone dry, and protected from the sun’s rays, as she circles the globe. Windproof with a reinforced canopy, ergonomic handle and dry storage sleeve, this world map travel umbrella is also built with UV-blocking materials and collapses to 12 inches, making it easy to slide into a purse, briefcase or backpack.



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About the Author

Lisa Zimmermann is a Washington, DC-based writer who has also contributed to Boston magazine, Boston Home, Boston Weddings, The Dallas Morning News, The Jersey Journal, New England Travel and Atlas Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @lisazimm or Instagram @lzloveslife.