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 31 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. Shinola Accordion Crossbody
The perfect day-to-day travel companion – the Shinola Accordion Crossbody is handcrafted of beautiful leather, compact enough for her to tuck safely away under her arm while exploring a new city, and large enough to fit all the essentials with a back-zip pocket and expanding accordion folds.
Not to imply that she’s apt to lose things, but it’s every traveler’s worst fear. The Tile Mate 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. Handy on the road or at home.
4. 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.
5. Neiman Marcus Faux-Fur Eye Mask
A little luxury and a little sass all in one! She’ll love the Neiman Marcus Faux-Fur Eye Mask for blocking out all the commotion on the plane or for a late-morning snooze.
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. Perfect for the traveler who wants 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. Le Pliage Longchamp Travel Bag
Treat her to a classic! The travel version of every gal’s favorite Longchamp bag is the perfect size carry-on bag…plus it folds up so that she can stash it in her luggage in case of extra purchases that need to be carried home 😉 Or, to really treat her, go for the expanding duffel version with shoulder strap.
10. 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 😉
The penultimate, fold-up, lightweight, travel ballet flat…in every color her heart could desire. Hand-stitched leather (each pair takes 3 days to make), comfortable foam insoles, non-skid soles, and a travel-bag for toting them around. So comfortable and versatile she won’t need to pack half a dozen pairs of shoes for her next trip!
12. Therapeutic Infrared Scarf
Made of special ceramic fibers originally developed for use on competitive sporthorses, this 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.
13. 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 sure to become her go-to for everything from a weekend getaway to an urban hike.
14. NOPI: The Cookbook
For the traveler and lover of world-foods on your list, the most recent cookbook from the eponymous author of the best-selling Jerusalem cookbook brings Yotam Ottolenghi’s dishes to life. Ottolenghi’s London restaurants all showcase his heritage and love of fresh produce, but Nopi in particular channels cuisine from the middle east to the far east. And the pictures inside make all his cookbooks pretty enough to be a coffee-table book!
15. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
If she’s the type that just can’t travel without her hair dryer, treat her to the new Dyson dryer – as innovative as their more renowned products, it weighs in at less than 2 pounds and dries hair in a flash for whenever she’s on the road.
16. 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!
17. Fitbit Alta Special Edition
The newest, special edition Fitbit is cute enough she’ll actually want to wear it. Not only does it track steps, but it has a silent, vibrating alarm that’s great for when she’s on-the-road and syncs with a smartphone for calendar and email notifications.
Price: $100 (Amazon only)
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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 to boot!
21. Tempur-Pedic Travel Pillow
A small version of the classic, this contoured pillow is perfect for the plane, train, or to supplement the crappy hotel pillow that she’ll invariably come across in her travels. It rolls up into a compact carry-case, but is just large enough to use as a real pillow and provides all the support and comfort she could ask for.
22. ExOfficio Cosima Vest
Warm, cute, versatile, durable, and of course packable. This vest (also available as a full jacket) folds up into its own pocket to become a travel neck pillow. There’s also an internal zip pocket to protect her passport and other valuables, making it the perfect travel accessory.
23. Violife UV Sanitizing Toothbrush Holder
While it may not be the most fun gift ever, it’s one the frequent traveler will surely appreciate given all the microscopic germs picked up in communal hostel bathrooms and airport sinks. Violife’s UV sanitization kills 99.9% of the germs living on your toothbrush.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. GoPro Hero 5
What traveler wouldn’t LOVE a GoPro?? Their latest release is hands-free voice-controlled, wearable, waterproof, and simple to operate. Simply perfect.
27. 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. Great for drinking funky hotel water on her travels. They’ve got an insulated version, too, that keeps water cold for 24 hours or more!
28. 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.
29. Trish McEvoy Makeup Planner
Great for 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.
Price: $60 (Amazon only)
30. Le Labo Discovery Scent 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’ll want to snuggle up close when she wears them.
31. 08left: Custom Art
For every traveler, there are some special places that stay with us forever. Give her custom art or a set with all her favorite cities to keep those memories and travels alive every day.
Heather Foster (my sister) is a health-policy wonk and foodie living in Washington, D.C. but escaping to all corners of the globe whenever she gets a spare moment. You can thank her, not me, for these brilliant ideas!
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