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The Complete Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
December 15, 2016 · 2.3k Views

Finding a gift for a frequent traveler can be tricky. You want to get something that is useful and will help them on their journeys. But at the same time, you don’t want the gift to be so practical that it sucks all the joy out of the holidays. We are here to help! From functional items to take on the road to finds that celebrate the magic and wonder that travel brings, this guide is full of holiday gift ideas for the person who is always thinking about the next big adventure.

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the complete holiday gift guide for travelers

  1. Cork Globe
    This cork globe lets you track your worldly escapades with color-coded pushpins. Travel tokens such as photos and tickets can be pinned to help recount favorite experiences and scenes. Makes a perfect décor piece for an office or studio space. Available at Ucommongoods.com for $42 (small) or $105 (large).
  2. Travel-Inspired Art
    This whimsical art print is inspired by a quote by J.R.R. Tolkein, the greatest fantasy travel writer of them all! Unfortunately, even the most rigorous of travelers must stay put once in a while. During those down times, they will find comfort seeing this reminder hanging on the wall. Available at A. Gier Design on Etsy, starting at $18.
  3. Explore, Travel, Dream Bracelet
    Jewelry might not be the first thing that comes to mind when shopping for your favorite explorer. This bracelet is an exception. Hand stamped with the three words a traveler loves best, it is accented with whimsical arrows pointing to new adventures to come! Available at Silver Statements on Etsy, starting at $16.
  4. Passport Holder
    This is the perfect gift for the stylish jetsetter in your life. Armed with this chic passport holder, she will make walking through customs look haute couture. Additional details include neon pink lining, 3 card slots, and fun insert. Available at bando.com for $24.
  5. Travel Tin Candle
    While new and unfamiliar places thrill the world traveler, they still think of home from time to time. Small and convenient, these travel tin candles come in a wide selection of fragrances like amber saffron and are guaranteed to make any hotel room feel warm and inviting. Available at rootcandles.com for $5.

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  6. Travel Stub Diary
    Ever dump your bag after returning from a vacation to find a disordered mess of things you saved, but can’t remember why? With this cool travel diary, you can collect and organize mementos from your trips such as postcards, tickets, and photos. Includes small margins for you to make notes about your experiences. Available at Uncommongoods.com for $12.
  7. The Great Railway Bazaar
    Now considered a classic, Paul Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar is a must-read for anyone who loves a good adventure, especially to experience new places and cultures. The author recounts his four-month journey by train from London through Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and return by the Trans-Siberian Railway. Available at Amazon.com for $10.64 (paperback).
  8. Travel Pillow
    Don’t let being uncomfortable take the fun out of traveling. This hybrid travel pillow is ½ inflatable and ½ polyfilled, which allows the user to adjust according to their comfort level. Arrive at your destination totally refreshed and ready to go! Available at Target.com for $14.99.
  9. 4-in-1 Adapter
    Traveling with electronics is necessary these days. But if you’ve done any international traveling, you also know the panic that comes when you are in a foreign airport and the low battery signal comes on. Worry no more with this handy 4-in-1 travel adapter that lets you plug in over 150 countries around the world. Available at Macys.com for $25.
  10. Travel-Themed Mug
    Is there a traveler on your list who loves nothing more than to explore the great outdoors? Decorated with a famous quote by the naturalist and author John Muir, this mug will carry them through their next wilderness adventure. Available at Design By Tanners Creek on Etsy, starting at $13.50.
  11. Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel Coloring Book
    Pass the time of a long flight by getting lost in your favorite childhood activity – coloring. This book will introduce you to the world’s 100 greatest places, as determined by the experts at Lonely Plant. Included are descriptions about what makes each place so special and worthy for consideration when planning your next big trip. Available at Barnesandnoble.com for $14.99.
  12. Digital Luggage Scale
    This gift will be a life-changer for the frequent flier who has a tendency to over pack. With this handy, digital luggage scale, they will avoid overweight fees for the rest of their traveling days. Simply buckle it to the bag handle and weigh luggage up to 110 lbs. Available at Amazon.com for $12.95.
  13. Lululemon Leggings
    World travelers need to walk about in comfort right? Lululemon is a yoga-focused chain that creates high-quality leggings, tops, jackets and much more. Their leggings are both stylish and functional so you can travel and exercise in comfort! We highly recommend the Wunder Under leggings which come in assorted styles and some are even reversible. Available at Lululemon.com from as low as $48.


Whether you are shopping for the global trekker, jet setter, or armchair traveler, you’ll find something for every type of traveler on this list.

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.