Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers
If you're looking for gifts for travelers or just people on-the-go, I got you! There's a wanderluster in all of us, so these presents will make anyone feel special.
Most of us are perpetually on the go. Whether we are hopping from destination to destination, travel for work, picking up kids from school, or driving to work, we are constantly in motion. So we need gifts that hold up, are practical (or pretty!), and will last. Everything has been tried and tested, many items for the past 3-5 years!
Whether you're looking for a gift for that one person that's hard to shop for, trying to find the perfect gift for travelers, or want to give a personalized present that will wow, these gifts are the perfect idea. Many of these portable gifts are under $100, most under $50, and I know these are things that people will actually use. I know I do!
Some of the items below were sent for my review, but I thoroughly test things out before giving my opinion. And I didn't include anything here that I don't wholeheartedly believe in! So, without further ado, the absolute best travel gift ideas:
The Perfect Backpack
As a full time travel blogger, I need to be able to carry all my stuff (laptop in it’s own padded sleeve, camera, tripod, lenses) and my clothes. I am obsessed with the Osprey backpack. I've had it for nearly 4 years now and never leave home without it. I have carried it for 21 day trips to 36 hour ones. It's versatile, easy, and helps me easily space out my stuff.
I am so obsessed with my pillowcase I actually bring it with me when I travel. This one off Amazon is the one Michael got me one for Christmas a couple years back and I love it. I discovered that my hair started breaking off and figured I'd try anything. Not only is a silk pillow case great for your hair, it's also good for your skin.
I got this for Michael last year and each month we wait to see what the next photo will be. I filled it with personal pictures, some of our best photos, and snapshots that remind us of our favorite memories.
If you travel, you're bound to have some good pictures. I think this is the perfect gift for your spouse! I ordered mine from VistaPrint because they seem to always have coupons, so I know I could get a good deal.
Don't want to do a calendar? Do a book instead that catalogs your memories. I use Google!
Beautiful & Meaningful Coffee Table Book
When the Notre Dame burned it was the fire that was seen all around the world. The cathedral is one of the most important and recognized monuments in the world. But what I didn't know, was the incredible history behind it. I knew some of it, but the Notre Dame has been influential for centuries.
The Notre Dame de Paris book is a beautiful book celebrating the cathedral's nearly 900-year history. There are rare photos and interesting stories that I think everyone should learn. This makes a great gift. I got one for myself and my parents.
Experience of a Lifetime
Travel experiences are one of the most fulfilling experiences you can have. An experience is the gift that keeps on giving which is why I love the idea of Tinggly. You give someone the gift of experiences and they get a beautiful box and will find ideas inside and a gift card to redeem an experience almost anywhere in the world!
Think: ride a Vespa in Tuscany, hot air balloon ride in Latvia, hunt the northern lights via boat in Iceland, or take a secret food tour in Berlin. Oh, there's also a “Merry Christmas” collection!
I have to have the right headphones, especially when traveling. I want to not lose them, have great sound quality, and be comfortable. I had the Anker Wireless Earphones but recently upgraded to the wireless one and I ADORE THEM. The Anker Soundcore Wireless Earbuds are everything you need headphones to be. As we all know, Michael does insane research. When I asked for wireless headphones for Christmas, he picked these. They are the best.
These are so lightning fast to charge, very convenient, and easy to store.
Super smooth sound, great for listening to music, books, or podcasts. Also, the battery lasts quite a long time for the ear buds. But if you want something that lasts even longer with ultimate noise cancellation, check out the Wireless Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones. These offer Bluetooth 5, so the range they provide is super far. The padding around your ears is memory-foam, so these are very comfortable to wear. I actually forgot I had them on until Michael came to talk to me and I couldn't hear him!
These are the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn, hands down.
For the price points, sound quality, and comfort, I believe that these are the best ear phones on the market.
Books on the go
Let's face it, we're busy. It can be really hard to fit in time to actually sit down and read. I started using Audible about 5 years ago when I had a long commute to work. Even though I now work from home, I listen to it while I clean, do my makeup, and especially on the plane (or road trip). This is such a great gift for people that are on the go.
Make it personal: Add a card with a list of your most loved books.
We all need planners to keep organized and sane. But what about one that was made for YOU. As in you can take a short quiz to find out which planner is right for you.
I think this would be so fun to send out in an email to friends and family and then get them the exact planner that's right for them. The quiz works SO well. It kind of freaked me out when I got the explorer! I got the explorer planner which comes in a beautiful box and makes for such a classy gift.
The EVO planner is easy to use and helps me stay organized. Plus it's made for me!
The Ultimate Leggings
The other day I went over to my girlfriends house. There were six of us sitting there chatting and I looked around the room and we were all wearing black leggings. This might be the most important staple in a woman’s life. So you need the best and most comfortable ones, and I recommend three. One for comfort, one for going out in public, and a third pair for looking fancy. Yes, there are fancy leggings.
A good pair of black leggings change the game. On the high-end, wear out of the house I swear by the Zella live in leggings. They last for years (and I wear mine a lot) and can hold up on hikes and on chilly plane rides.
On the low priced side try the Colorfulkoala buttery soft leggings. Hard to say, easy to spend 3 days in. They do feel like butter and they're sold on Amazon. It's a win-win. These are great lounge leggings and would make a great gift.
Third, are the Spanx faux leather leggings. Paired with some cute booties and a moto jacket and you look totally put together.
All in one hair tool
I rarely carry any hot tools when traveling and let my hair go naturally. But sometimes you want to look more polished on a trip. The Revlon One Step is the answer!! It's so easy to use and makes my hair look sleek and polished. This is under $30 and it's from Amazon.
Pro tip: put on some leave in conditioner (I use THIS one) and make sure your hair is mostly dry before using it.
To go along with hair tools, we have to go with dry shampoo. For some reason I decided to stray from my Batiste and try some other highly rated (and more expensive ones) but guess what, they aren't any better. Like, at all. So Batiste is my vote. They also carry travel sizes which I love.
I think lipstick makes such a great gift or stocking stuffer. It's also nice for holiday gift exchanges with the women in your life. Oftentimes, stores come out with cute holiday packaging too.
I'm obsessed with the Dior Lip Tattoo. This gives the most natural, but beautiful color that wears all day. This isn't cheap, but it's the best lipstick I've ever tried. Natural Rosewood is my go-to shade. I also like the Sugar Lip Legends gift set. You get six in pretty packaging.
P.S. I have my favorite & trusted travel makeup right here.
Y'all know I adore candles. But I've never heard of anything quite like this and it's such a cool concept. Wickbox is a candle subscription service, and I love this idea for nearly everyone on your list, especially those that are hard to shop for.
You can pick scent preferences and then each month they'll get a new candle. I was surprised by the size, this candle is very big which I love and comes in a beautiful glass or jar. This makes for a great accent piece as well!
Also, this might be a GREAT gift for yourself since you'll get a new surprise every month. Oh, I also got the gold wick trimmer which I adore. It seems to work really well and helps candles to burn more evenly.
Whenever I travel without Michael or when we want to get night shots, we bring our tripod. I want one that's sturdy, easy to pack, and not overly expensive, because really, it's a simple tool. I love this one from Amazon.
I also have a “grip” tripod for my phone. It comes with a remote and makes taking photos (or recording Instagram stories and videos) super easy. Under $15, this makes a good stocking stuffer.
This is the cutest (and softest) sweatshirt I've ever owned. I'm actually purchasing this (and the Glow Up one!) for friends as gifts! Use code “heleneinbetween” for 15% off plus free shipping. It's very high quality and super cozy.
The Warmest Socks
A trip can be destroyed if your feet feel miserable. I am all about these socks. Again, Michael's research to the rescue here. I asked for socks one year when my feet kept feeling like icicles. He found these and now I don't go to a cold destination without them. They've been worn in Iceland and also in my house because… we rarely turn on the heat.
A passport holder is such a great, easy, and personalizable (this isn't a word but I like it) gift. I really like mine for carrying other things like ids, train cards, and more.
Gifts with Maps
I love marking the places I've been. This one is on sale, beautiful, and makes for a beautiful thing to hang in your house. If you want a trinket for your desk, I like this vintage globe. Under $17 and ships on Amazon Prime!
Lastly, if you're interested in jewelry I love this simple gold continents necklace.
So there you have it! These are my recommendations for your holidays and the perfect gifts for anyone that's a traveler or on-the-go!
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