Travel Gear / March 26, 2018

61 Unique Gifts for Travelers (That They’ll Actually Like!)

Looking for the coolest gifts for travelers? Look no further! This curated list of the 61 best travel gifts is all you’re going to need. Holiday shopping: complete.

Finding the best gifts for travelers is no easy task! I always struggle to find travel gifts for my friends and other people who travel, and as an avid traveler myself, my family and friends can never figure out what to get for me.

Previously, I had two separate articles, one focused on travel gifts for men and the other focused on travel gifts for women. However, I decided to combine the two and create one truly ultimate guide to some of the top gifts for travelers for both him and her (and I don't use the phrase “ultimate guide” lightly)!

Best Gifts for Travelers

With a combined total of 61 gift ideas, I'm sure you'll find some cool travel gift ideas for whomever you're looking.

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Travel Gifts for Men

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Travel Gifts for Men

I am the ultimate nightmare when it comes to gift-giving—nobody ever knows what to get me for the holidays, or even my birthday which *cough, cough* is right around the corner.

But despite never telling my friends and family exactly what it is that I want, I have a knack for ending up with all the best gear and gadgets. This is a list of my favorite travel accessories (including a few that I don't own yet), so if you're looking for the best gifts for men who travel, or even just the best gifts for men in general, these are sure to please.

1. Tortuga Outbreaker

The Tortuga Outbreaker is big enough to fit everything you need but small enough to count as carry-on. It's made of high-quality materials with water-resistant zippers, and the bag has also scrapped the traditional top-loading packing method in favor of the clamshell system. This makes it a lot easier to find what you need in a hurry. Oh, and it also has loads of pockets—including soft padded ones for your tablet and laptop.


2. ESPRO Travel Press

What to do when you need good coffee on the go? Instant coffee just won't cut it. The ESPRO Travel Press is a bonafide French press coffee maker crossed with a standard thermos. Not only do you get real coffee on the go, but it'll keep your caffeine hot for the entire day!


3. Amazon Fire TV Stick

While you may not initially think of streaming sticks as gifts for travelers, it actually couldn't be more perfect. Bring the Amazon Fire TV Stick on all your trips (it's tiny!) and watch all your favorite shows on hostel TVs or in your hotel room.


4. The Stack Wallet

Literally stack everything of importance into one handy and stylish leather wallet. His passport, multiple cards, and his cash can live happily and safely in this leather Stack wallet with an encircling zipper for extra security. There's even a stealthy cash pocket.


5. Stitch Fix Gift Card

I like to look stylish when I travel. Stitch Fix takes the fuss out of shopping—just enter your size and style preference, and you'll get pre-styled outfits, put together by a personal stylist, right at your doorstep a few days later. You only pay for the items you like and send back the ones you don't, free of charge. Just give a gift card and let him take care of the rest!


6. thisisground Tech Dopp Kit

The Tech Dopp Kit from thisisground is a game-changer when it comes to staying organized on the road. There's room to neatly put your headphones, charging cords, adapters, and anything else you might need in this bag. For smaller items, there's even a zipper pouch in the middle so you never have to worry about losing important items again. For traveling men who like their gadgets, this one's a no-brainer.


7. GoPro Hero 6 Black

The GoPro Hero 6 Black is the ultimate traveler's camera. It's wearable, waterproof, shock-proof, voice-activated, and all around durable enough to handle even the most rugged of adventures. No trip is complete without a GoPro in tow.


8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck


Books are travel gifts that never get old. Mark Manson, one of my favorite authors, describes his latest and provocatively-titled book The Art of Not Giving a F*ck as “the self-help book for people who hate self-help.” If you want a good laugh while actually getting some decent advice on bettering yourself, you'll love this book.


9. Moment Lenses

If you depend on your smartphone as your primary camera then Moment Lenses should interest you. These smartphone lenses attach to your phone using a thin metal mounting plate, and once it’s in place, you’re ready to get snapping. With wide angle, telephoto, and fisheye lenses, the results are seriously impressive, making this a perfect travel gift for men who are avid photographers.


10. “Keep Calm and Travel On” T-Shirt

We all need a reminder to stay calm once in a while…and travel solves everything, right? This t-shirt is a classic take on the one popularized by The Chive, except this one suits anybody who loves to travel. It's perfect for that tailored look under a sweater or sweatshirt, or to wear by itself with a pair of jeans.


11. Korchmar Twain Weekender Bag

My new favorite bag! For the man who wants to travel in style for the weekend without a suitcase or backpack, the Korchmar Twain Weekender Bag is ideal. The Twain is made of full grain leather and carefully handcrafted in the USA by a 100-year-old family-owned business. And the best part about this baby? It gets better with age.


12. mophie powerstation plus

I never have enough battery power left on my phone (I'm looking at you, Instagram!). The mophie powerstation plus lets me charge devices on the go up to 2.5 times, even though it's no bigger than a portable hard drive (actually, it's smaller!). This external charger makes my phone last even longer when I need it most.


13. Clearly Filtered Water Bottle

Buying bottled water is costly and bad for the environment. Especially in developing countries where the tap water isn't safe to drink, there needs to be a better solution. The Clearly Filtered Water Bottle is one of the best gifts for men who travel—it turns undrinkable tap and river water into drinkable water.


14. JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

The JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is waterproof, so you can feel safe bringing it outdoors and in the water with you. You don't have to worry about plugging it anywhere, as it lasts up to twelve hours. Bring it next time you're out at the beach for a full day of your favorite music, or strap it to the outside of your backpack for some tunes while you're hiking—it fits perfectly into your water bottle holder!


15. ExOfficio Storm Logic Jacket

The ExOfficio Storm Logic Jacket is the perfect jacket for those who need warmth without the bulk. This clever coat is surprisingly lightweight, and it transforms into a travel pillow when it’s not hiding your important stuff in one of its many hidden pockets.


16. Midori Traveler's Notebook

The Midori Traveler's Notebook is so beautifully crafted you'll want to write in it every day. Its interchangeable leather-bound cover gives it that vintage feel, and for every trip, just insert a new booklet to keep your notes in. It's perfect for storing all your important documents, plus keeping track of train tickets, museum tickets, and more. You'll create lasting memories of your travels and keep them here.


17. Cord Tacos

Cord Tacos are simple in concept, but they're one of my favorite travel accessories of all. They're taco-shaped pieces of leather with a button snap to keep your headphones and other cords from getting tangled into knots. Sweet!


18. Tep Wireless Mobile WiFi Hotspot

Portable WiFi has been a game-changer for digital nomads, and the Tep portable WiFi device connects you to the internet in over 100 different countries. With Tep, you get unlimited internet at a daily rate, and you can connect up to five devices at a time! Any guy who travels won't just want one of these—he'll need it!


19. Monogrammed Flask

monogrammed flask as a travel gift for him

I never travel without my flask. It's one of those things that pretty much every guy needs, but almost no-one has, and personalizing one really makes it a special gift.


20. WorldNomads Travel Insurance

WorldNomads Travel Insurance is probably one of the best gifts for travelers, period.

Okay, I know this isn't the sexiest gift idea, but travel insurance is the one thing nobody should skip out on. I never leave home without it. Anything can happen while you're traveling, so a protection plan from WorldNomads will help everyone sleep better at night.

A great gift combo would be the Midori Traveler's Notebook (above) with a copy of their insurance plan neatly tucked away inside! It's a great way to get someone excited about their upcoming trip.


21. Tile Sport

The Tile Sport attaches to pretty much any item (keys…even a dog’s collar!) or the slim version slides into a wallet or passport. Integrated Bluetooth allows you to ring your Tile, locate the last place you had it, or god-forbid, track it down (completely anonymously!) when it passes within range of anyone else in the Tile community. It's handy on the road or at home.


22. Jaybird X3 Bluetooth Headphones

Wireless headphones are taking over, and the Jaybird X3‘s are top of the line. They're the perfect travel gift for men with an active lifestyle, and since the sound quality is impeccable, even audiophiles will be pleased! With eight hours of battery life, these will last you the full length of an overnight bus ride!


23. Camera Lens Thermos

Getting a coffee mug as a gift can be so cliche, but not when that coffee mug looks like a legit camera lens. This one by Mango Spot is a bit quirky, but it’s cheap and cool.


24. Kindle Paperwhite

If you read books an e-reader is essential, and the Kindle Paperwhite is, without question, the best one on the market. It's touchscreen and has a 6″ 300ppi screen with a built-in light and WiFi.


25. Backblaze


I've been using Backblaze for 5+ years and can't recommend it enough. I travel far and wide, and I sleep well knowing that my data is in the cloud, protected and secured. Plus, with mobile access to backups, every bit of my data is accessible on the go. Read my full review here.


26. Roo Hammock by Kammok

The Roo Hammock by Kammok is the ultimate gift for anyone who loves to backpack. The hammock is extremely lightweight and easy to pack up in a hurry, so you can sleep anywhere.


27. 08left Airport Prints and Posters

08left sells modern prints and posters of airports and icons around the world. If I had a more permanent residence, I'd have these all over my walls.


28. Travel Dominoes by Walnut

All those hours spent on trains, in airports, bus stations, or even just hanging out in a park. This set of dominoes by Walnut is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who travels. They also make a bespoke travel cribbage board and travel dice!


29. The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide

The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide is the go-to resource for men to handle any situation out in the wild, from escaping alligators to mixing the perfect martini. More than just how to do manly things, this book also discusses the definition of manliness and the true essence of being a man in today's world.


Travel Gifts for Her

As a guy, I know that finding travel gifts for her is no easy task. I grew up surrounded by women, and every year found myself with significantly less hair after the holiday season—the months leading up to December were spent pulling my hair out, trying to decide what gifts to get for the women in my life who travel.

Since I'm still no expert (besides, who wants to read a gift guide for women written by a man?), I reached out to one of my favorite ladies (aka my sister) who offered the low-down on some of the best gifts for women who travel. These are hand-picked travel gifts for her that she will genuinely love—I promise.

1. Bucketfeet World Map Shoes

Let her show her love of travel on her feet! Bucketfeet collaborates with artists worldwide to design a constantly rotating set of limited edition shoes. An artist and backpacker collaborated to create this unique, global brand and this pair shows a true sense of wanderlust…reminding us of everything to explore and all the conversations to be had worldwide.


2. Kiehl’s Travel Set

Every woman who travels is well acquainted with the annoyance that is liquids. You need them on the plane, but you can’t take them in your carry-on. This means pouring a splash of everything you need into tiny little containers just for the journey. The Kiehl’s travel set is a guaranteed travel gift for her that'll make life a lot easier. All of the toiletries are already packaged in 100ml containers. Airport security will be a breeze from here on out.


3. Tile Style

Not to imply that she’s apt to lose things—but it’s every traveler’s worst fear. The Tile Style attaches to pretty much any item (keys…even a dog’s collar!) or the slim version slides into a wallet or passport. Integrated Bluetooth allows you to ring your Tile, locate the last place you had it, or god-forbid, track it down (completely anonymously!) when it passes within range of anyone else in the Tile community. It's handy on the road or at home.


4. rev'pod Loungewear

revpod loungewear

If she's the type of person that’s always freezing on buses, trains, planes, and even at night under a fluffy comforter, the rev’pod™ may just be the perfect travel gift for her. Sustainable fabric, softer than anything else she owns, nice and snuggly, and best of all, it folds up small, she just may find herself living in this genius robe-like loungewear.


5. Luxe Cashmere Travel Set

If she travels a lot then why not get her a travel gift that lets her do it both comfortably and in style? There is nothing worse than being stuck on a bus or plane for eight hours unable to get comfy. This cashmere travel set allows her to inject a bit of luxury into her travels and will keep her warm on her journey.


6. Hairstory Products


From the creator of Bumble and Bumble (trust me, she knows it, even if you don’t) comes a new line of hair products that don’t damage hair and work with her natural texture (whatever it may be), making it perfect for travel when she doesn’t have access to all sorts of styling tools.

Hairstory’s “New Wash” doesn’t suds, so it doesn’t damage her hair…which means she won’t need conditioner and she’ll have one less product in her bag.  Plus, devotees who join the New Wash refill club receive a refillable 20oz container and a refillable TSA-compliant travel bottle. Hairstory for the win.


7. Orvis Barbour Trevose Three-in-One Jacket

Orvis’ jackets are all perfect for braving the elements and exploring outdoors while still looking sleek and stylish. Their Barbour Trevose Three-in-One Jacket is especially great for the adventurer on your list.

Waterproof, washable, and breathable, this jacket has a zip-in liner that can be removed and worn on its own as a cute quilted jacket, or zipped into the shell for an extra layer of warmth. It's one of the best gifts for travelers who want to pack compactly yet still have a few options depending on the weather.


8. JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers

Believe it or not, this cute little speaker is waterproof, shockproof, straps on to pretty much anything (it even fits perfectly in a cup holder or backpack water bottle holder), and lasts up to 12 hours—all while providing killer sound.


9. Power Bank

Power banks are lifesavers for people who travel. That bus with free WiFi isn’t going to be much fun if your phone dies two hours into the journey. Help her stay fully charged at all times by treating her to a stylish power bank from It comes in a variety of designs and can charge multiple devices at once, so there's no need to choose between one device or another.


10. Stitch Fix Gift Card

Give her a Stitch Fix gift card and her own personal shopper will cultivate a wardrobe just for her and with her input…so she can get exactly what she wants for her next trip. Stitch Fix’s personal stylists can outfit her for the beach, the mountains, a romantic getaway, and anything in between.


11. Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle Paperwhite can easily slide into a purse or even a back pocket. Super-lightweight so she can take dozens (or hundreds!) of books on any trip. Plus, the ability to easily export notes and highlights to email means she can discretely bring her guidebook along without looking like a tourist. Don’t forget to accessorize it with a cute cover too 😉


12. Cambiami Interchangeable Sandals

If you manage to get this right then you’ll win big points. Cambiami offers a design your own sandal service so you can create the perfect travel gift for her. Choose from four possible soles and then pick your strap. This is a bit of a test for how well you know her but if you can pull it off you’ll be forever in her good books. Even better than that, because they are custom made, no-one else will have a pair like it.


13. Therapeutic Infrared Scarf

Made of special ceramic fibers originally developed for use on competitive sport horses, this lightweight scarf is not only attractive, but will ease the stiff neck that comes will falling asleep on planes, trains, and buses, not to mention less-than-stellar hotel beds. It also offers superior warmth by reflecting the body’s own heat—improving circulation and creating soothing, infrared warmth.


14. Venque CamPro Bag

The perfect mix of urban style and practicality, Venque’s camera bag is the ultimate convertible backpack that can be used as is or as a camera bag. With three different ways to set it up, this is one of her travel gifts that's is sure to become her go-to for everything from a weekend getaway to an urban hike.


15. Soup for Syria Cookbook

For the chef with a conscience. Soup for Syria is a collaborative effort from a handful of eponymous chefs, including the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi, Anthony Bourdain, and more. The delicious soup recipes contained within are paired up with gorgeous illustrations, but, that’s not why you buy this book. You buy it because the profits from the book go directly towards the UN’s food relief efforts in Syria (plus, of course, she'll love the soup).


16. Mark & Graham Monogrammed Leather Charger Roll Up

There is nothing worse than your plethora of charging cables tangling themselves into chaos. This stylish charger roll up eliminates that problem. Never again will she have to extract her headphones from her kindle wire. She also won’t need to worry about her cables getting damaged in her bag while on the road. The cherry on top of this leather delight? This travel gift for her is even better with initials monogrammed on it!


17. Birchbox Subscription

For the beauty-products junkie on your list, a monthly Birchbox subscription will give her plenty of fun new products to try, all in handy-dandy travel-sized containers for wherever is next on her list!


18. Ringly Smart Jewelry

It’s about time women had a way to track their exercise without having to don some unsightly step counter on their wrist. The Fitbit tried to make trackers more stylish and now Ringly has taken it a step further. Ringly has incorporated fitness trackers into beautiful jewelry that people actually want to wear. Goodbye ugly, clunky tracker, this is one of the travel gifts for her that isn't going back to the store.


19. Belkin Lightning Cable Tassel

She’ll never have to hunt for her charger again or wish she hadn’t checked it in her luggage, with this decorative tassel clipped to her purse and ready to go at the next charging station she comes across.


20. Athleta Lauren Beanie

Cute and fashionable for all her winter travels…or just wearing around town! You really can’t go wrong with this one.


21. Lolo Cosmetic Bag

Durable, stands upright, and available in a plethora of fun patterns and colors, she won’t be able to help but smile every time she unpacks this travel case! For a little something extra, get a coordinating luggage tag!


22. MoMa Ostrich Travel Pillow

People with travel pillows on planes are always the envy of every other passenger. Why not let her be that person? A travel pillow is a simple yet invaluable invention that allows you to snooze while you travel and not wake up permanently crippled in the neck. It might not seem like much but it'll revolutionize how she travels.


23. Sugarfina Carry On Cocktail Kit

Where better to concoct a bespoke cocktail than 30,000 ft in the air? These little pouches of boozy goodness allow her to whip up two cocktails wherever she is. One for her and one for you. Or both for her. All she needs is a glass and the requisite alcohol.


24. Quip Toothbrush

A toothbrush might be an odd travel gift for her but oral hygiene is important and hard to maintain on the road. The last thing you want on the road is a cavity. The Quip toothbrush has been expertly designed with the right sized bristles and perfect level of vibration to make your teeth gleam. The charger is slim-line, the toothbrush is equipped with a timer and you can get a fresh head delivered every three months. In brief, she'll thank you for this.


25. Betabrand Silver-Shield Sweater

There’s something about airplane (or bus or train or…well any) travel that always makes you feel grimy and covered in germs. Silver is one of nature’s best antimicrobials, and Betabrand’s silver-shield sweater is made with silver-infused antimicrobial fibers to create a natural barrier from germs, meaning she’ll wear this sweater over and over again on her travels.


26. Tweezerman Rose Gold Gift Set

Show your love for her with rose gold! Tweezerman’s famous slant tweezers are a traveling gal’s best friend (seriously, any gal knows that Tweezerman’s tools can’t be beat), and this travel set will fit her essentials…all in the season’s loveliest color.


27. GoPro Hero 6 Black

What traveler wouldn’t LOVE a GoPro?? Their latest release is hands-free voice-controlled, wearable, waterproof, and simple to operate. A simply perfect travel gift for her if she has an adventurous spirit or is a clumsy gal.


28. Clearly Filtered Water Bottle

The Clearly Filtered water bottle sips like a Camelbak and contains no BPA or other icky chemicals, plus it filters out lead, heavy metals, and any foul taste. A great travel gift for her to avoid drinking funky hotel water on her travels.


29. Phaidon: Where to Eat Pizza

Phaidon, known for its selection of authentic, international cookbooks has put together a compilation of over 1,700 places for amazing pizza worldwide for the true pizza-aficionado. Or, if she’s more of a gourmand, opt for Where Chefs Eat—truly the ultimate restaurant guide with recommendations in over 70 countries.


30. Trish McEvoy Makeup Planner

A great travel gift for her, the over-packer with way too many products – Trish McEvoy’s makeup planner will keep her organized and keep everything compact. Individual “wardrobing” pages that she can customize with her favorite products snap into this luxurious, petite planner and eliminates the need for lots of individual cases for each of her favorite products.


31. Le Labo Discovery Scent Set

Le Labo Discovery Set

Luxury scent and cosmetics brand Le Labo has the perfect compilation of all their fragrances in perfectly-sized tester bottles so that she can toss one or two into her cosmetic bag when she travels, rather than trying to get a whole bottle of perfume through security. And with such yummy scents as these, you will want to snuggle up close when she wears them.


32. 08left: Custom Art

For every traveler, there are some special places that stay with us forever. Give her custom art or a set of all her favorite cities to keep those memories and travels alive every day.



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