51 Best Gifts for Travelers
Here’s what to get the traveler who has everything, from decor and accessories to practical gear for the next adventure.
Whether you’re shopping for the holidays, a birthday or a milestone celebration such as college graduation, gifts for the travel lover can be overwhelming. What will they actually use? Which luggage is best? And what can you give that’s not luggage and under $100 but still a wow-worthy present? We’ve rounded up the best gifts, gear and gadgets for every type of traveler, from the camper to the frequent flyer, and every type of budget, from big wish-list items to stocking stuffers under $25. These are all nifty, top-rated products that make travel more enjoyable no matter the journey. We even threw in home decor and accessories to inspire their next trip. Take a look at our picks below and find the perfect gift for the traveler in your life.
Gifts for the Road Tripper
Shopping for an RVer or a car camper? These gifts are clutch. This portable, handheld espresso machine works with Nespresso pods for actual, good coffee on the road. This YETI cooler bag keeps beverages frosty for hours. And this magical sand-free mat comes in beach blanket, picnic and even RV outdoor rug sizes. The gift that keeps on giving is the Calpak Car Organizer — the flat case folds out like an accordion and creates storage bins to keep backseat essentials easily within reach.
Gifts for the Jetsetter
If you've got a frequent flyer on your list, these products make life up in the air feel extra fancy. Noise-canceling headphones are always a solid go-to as well as Away carry-on suitcases and carry-on bags. Other little luxuries include the NIGHT travel pillow. This 100-percent silk pillow squishes down into a carrying case for easy packing. Bearaby just launched its 10-Pound Travel Napper weighted blanket for relaxation on the go. It's heavy enough to get the benefits but light enough for travel and would be great for long-haul flights, road trips and stress-inducing family trips.
Gifts for the Park Hopper
Besides the rides and food, theme parks are all about winning against the elements. And these gifts are pro-level. This portable fan is small but mighty. These reusable, fashionable rain ponchos are made from 100-percent recycled polyester made from bottles. For water rides or water parks, this handy sling bag is waterproof and you can use your phone's touch screen through it! And that umbrella? It's for the sun, which is a godsend when standing in the long lines outside.
Gifts for the Adventurer
These aren't just good gifts. They're must-haves for trips off the grid. We love, love, love Solo Stove's line of fire pits, and the company's camp stoves are the same, just smaller and more portable. For creature comforts, Rumpl's packable line of blankets now includes a super-soft sherpa collection. And Helinox camp chairs have the ability to add leg attachments for an outdoor rocking chair. As a practical gift for backpackers and hikers, the LifeStraw water filter is a must for emergency kits, and it's under $30.
Gifts for the Over-Packer
For the traveler who loves to pack, these handy gadgets and accessories might help shore up some suitcase space for....more stuff. This tiny iron from Brookstone is great for smoothing out wrinkled collars in a hurry. (And this writer swears by the compact T3 hair straightener!) For toiletries, these nifty capsules from Cadence are magnetic so they stick together for the most efficient toiletries bag we've ever seen. And Paravel's compression packing cubes made our list of best packing cubes for their space-saving abilities and monogram options.
Gifts for the Vintage-Obsessed Traveler
Celebrate the golden age of ocean liners and fancy plane travel with these retro gifts. Paravel has some fun, vintage-inspired luggage and bags such as this train case. And when was the last time you saw a hatbox?! Calpak makes them in tons of sizes. The small is perfect for Mickey ears or knot headbands. For something totally timeless, you can't go wrong with a weekender bag. This vegan leather bag from West Elm has a great cognac color and, unlike leather bags of the same size, it's a fraction of the cost.
Gifts for the Travel Photographer
Gift cards to a local camera shop are always a good gift idea, but beyond equipment, there are less expensive ideas that any photographer will appreciate. Peak Design has the best camera bags and the Everyday Backpack has a sleeve for sliding over suitcase handles. For something under $50, Calpak's tech pouch is amazing at keeping cords, batteries, SD cards and so much more contained and organized. For the big-ticket, wishlist gift, a Pelican carry-on case is the way to go. Pros swear by these indestructible bins.
Travel-Inspired Gifts for Home
True travel bugs might already have all the gear they need so home decor can be a fun way to inspire future trips or remind them of where they've been. This National Parks map has stickers to mark off each one visited. This wood photo frame from Urban Outfitters is the perfect solution for all those Instax photos.
Travel Gifts Under $25
If you're not shopping for a big present, but need a white elephant gift under a certain amount or small stocking stuffers, we're going to let you in on a little secret: The Container Store has the best travel gifts. Yes, the store for organizing your closet! There are always tons of handy doodads and gadgets such as this luggage scale for $9 or this tiny lint roller for $4. Amazon and Target have great gifts, too. We love this tear-off packing checklist notepad or this tie-dye hand sanitizer keychain.