What do travelers REALLY want for Christmas for 2020? I think the answer would be: to travel again. Let's get real: it's been a doozy of a year. So I've compiled some different kind of travel gifts along with more traditional ones in the hopes that soon this will all feel like a bad dream.

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. I bring you the best gifts for travel lovers for 2020.

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:

Travel Inspired Candle

I'm so excited to share with y'all my candle line! I created Nostalgic Candles to bring back your favorite travel memories. The “Christmas Market” fragrance embodies the magic of the Christmas markets in Europe. Stroll down the cobblestone streets and take in the warm embrace of fresh pine, warm cedar, Frasier fir, a hint of hot mulled wine, and winter balsam. Hand-poured in clear glass with a one of a kind Christmas Market label. This is a real photo from one of my travels.  I release one scent at a time and my first batch sold out! Get it now before it's gone.

Right now these candles are at their introductory price of 25% off with code “XMAS”! Hurry and grab one before the price goes up Thursday and midnight!

Scratch Off Map

Maybe this year you aren't scratching quite as many places off your list, but what a better way to reminisce on your favorite places and bucket list destinations you visited? This is a beautiful gold foil map that's perfect for your wall. I once used a re “pin” map but this is much easier and I think a little prettier to hang.

If you'd like to skip a map, try this vintage travel poster or print– tons of options to choose from!

The Perfect Backpack

As a full time travel blogger, I need to be able to carry all my stuff (laptop in its 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.

Packing Cubes

Can y'all even believe I didn't have packing cubes until a friend gifted these to me?! My friend who I frequently travel with (she's a PRO packer and spent months in Europe with one carry on!) swears by these! I'm so excited to use these. She uses the large one to fit in two coats! And they have a unique zipping system to really compress everything.

Become a Lord or Lady

This might be the coolest concept out there – you can become a Lord or Lady of Scotland and own property. A company approached me with that as the email headline. I clicked it, researched it, and it's legitimate. Here's how it works: you buy a small plot of land that helps give back to conservation efforts in Scotland, that deems you a lord or lady. You can buy this for a family member, a friend, or yourself! Use code “Helene15″ for 15% off.

Practical Hiking Boots

I FINALLY got a new pair of hiking shoes after having the same pair for nearly 7 years! I decided to go with the Columbia NEwton Ridge boots since they are comfortable but also stylish. I also think the price range is excellent for these and would make a great gift. Especially since we are all embracing the great outdoors as much as possible for 2020 travel.

Best Travel Camera

This is my exact camera and in my opinion, a great price for a mid-range camera. I think this would be a great gift for those looking to get started or are a bit more advanced in photography. This is the exact camera I use for images on my blog and Instagram. You can read my complete review of the camera here.

Silk Pillowcase

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.

Wine Subscription

I LOVE this gift idea! You can give someone you love a wine subscription complete with some of their favorites regions from around the world. To me this is unique and thoughtful and a great way to show someone you care. Whether you're craving the Italian sunshine, the Austrian Alps, or the French Riviera, this subscription is a no-brainer.


Drone photography and videography is being super popular and it offers such a unique, well, perspective. The DJI Mavic remains one of the best around. While this is by no means a cheap gift, you'll give them the gift that keeps on giving as they can see the world from a whole new view. A great gift for a guy!

Personalized Calendar

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!

Wireless headphones

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. I also love the Anker lipstick charger! Perfect, since it fits right in your purse.

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.

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. If you only get one pair, try these “live-in” 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 Aerie buttery soft leggings. They have a crossover waist, making them so easy to lounge in. These are great cofortable 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.

Chunky Beanie

I am always on the hunt for a cute, chunky knit beanie. This one is just perfect. comes in 3 colors and is a great price, too. I often feel like beanies make my head look shrunken. Not with these! Easy gift for any one that's hard to shop for.

Dry Shampoo

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.


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.


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.

Passport holder

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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