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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

Gifts this avid traveler would love to receive!

travel gifts under a holiday tree

The holidays are quickly approaching, and if you have some travelers in your life, you may be wondering what you can gift them that would empower their travel dreams. As an avid traveler, here’s a list of things that I would love to receive! There’s something on this travelers' gift guide for every type of adventurer.

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For the Die-Hard Carry-On-Only Traveler: the Carry On Backpack of Dreams

a carry on backpack under a holiday tree

As a traveler who lives and dies by their carry-on luggage, I can confidently state that this backpack is the holy grail of travel backpacks. It’s absolutely bursting with pockets and places to stash all your travel items. Every time I think I’ve found all the hidden pockets, I find another one. It has tons of space, a skinny pocket for a laptop, a pouch in the base to keep your shoes separate, and a security pocket that sits right in the small of your back. It’s a light packer’s dream - and you don’t even have to pack that lightly when you use it!

For the Chronic Overpacker: the Essential Packing Cubes

If you’re shopping for a traveler who always overstuffs their suitcase, gift them these amazing packing cubes! These sets come in an array of sizes and colors, and sorting out your belongings into these cozy pouches is the perfect way to keep your suitcase organized, even if you have to sit on it to get it to close!

For the Adventurous Traveler: a Foldable Hiking Backpack

a traveler holding a foldable hiking backpack

Have an outdoorsy adventurer in your life? Treat them to the ultimate traveler’s hiking backpack! This backpack is lightweight, water resistant, and versatile. It has space for everything you need on your hike without being bulky. There’s side pockets for two water bottles, and a whistle built into the chest strap for emergencies. And best of all, when you’re done with your hike, this backpack folds up into itself for storage, making it easy to tuck into your luggage.

For the A-List Siesta Taker: a Specialty Eye Mask

Is there a finicky sleeper on your list? Whether your giftee struggles to sleep in unfamiliar hotels, or takes a lot of red eye flights, or just can’t sleep in anything other than complete darkness, pamper them with this deluxe mask designed to cushion their eyes and block out every speck of light. Pair this with some silicone earplugs and they’ll be dead to the world before they know it!

For the Elegant Traveler: a Classy Jewelry Travel Case

a travel jewelry case under a holiday tree

If the traveler in your life is always dressed to the nines, make their day with this elegant jewelry travel case. Between the compartments, fabric hooks, and the ring slots, this case has room for over a dozen pieces of jewelry. It keeps your beauties organized, and zips closed for easy storage in your luggage. Plus, it looks much more expensive than it is, so you truly get a bang for your buck!

For the Gadget Collector: An Airplane-Ready Cup and Device Holder

For the traveler that already has everything, give them a little treat in the shape of not having to juggle their starbucks cup as they’re arranging their belongings on the plane. This little device clips onto any airplane seat back, and keeps your beverages, hot or cold, secure. And once you’re done caffeinating, it doubles as a device holder for in-flight entertainment! Two for one!

For the Food-Motivated Traveler: A Restaurant Log Notebook

If your traveler is the type to come back from vacation with more stories about the food than the activities, gift them the ability to remember -and rank- every restaurant they sampled. They get to indulge their inner food critic, and you get to hit them up for recommendations anytime you travel!

For the Artsy Traveler: A Travel Sketchbook Kit

For the creative traveler (dare I say, the artsy and adventurous type…?) give them the gift of being able to take their craftsmanship along for the ride. This gorgeous kit contains all the sketching essentials and a lovely case to keep them in. Toss this set in their luggage and they’ll be able to bring their creativity with them wherever they go.

a travel coffee table book under a holiday tree

For the Armchair Traveler: A Gorgeous Coffee Table Book

If your traveler is more of a daydreamer than a wanderer, spoil them with the best in travel photography from the comfort of their own living room. (Or bedroom. Or bathtub, I don’t judge!) National Geographic can’t be beat when it comes to photography, and their travel-inspired coffee table books are a feast for the eyes and the imagination.

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