The Ultimate List of the Best Gifts For Travelers

by Rachel Story
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It can be difficult to find the best gifts for travelers especially if you don’t even know where to start! We’ve been traveling since 2010 and we like to think we’ve acquired some pretty cool gear. Once, we were visiting a friend in Oregon. After a few days of seeing all our stuff he said, “Man, you guys have some cool travel stuff!

So if you’ve been struggling with what gifts to get the travel junkie in your life, look no further! We’ve done all the hard work for you. We’ve spent hours reading through product reviews and then trying them out so you don’t have to. This list contains stuff from gadgets to clothing and everything in between. Without further adieu, here is the ultimate list of the best gifts for travelers (or yourself!).

Best Gifts for Travelers

This list has everything from the best gifts for the frequent traveler to the weekend getaway-er. You’ll find fun gifts like the perfect games to play on the road as well as inspiring travel books to spark wanderlust and help plan the perfect trip. We’ve also included practical gifts that every traveler should have.

If you’re looking for traveler essentials such as backpacks, bags, travel towels, money belts, clothing, and digital nomad supplies, check out this post about our favorite travel gear.

If you are an online teacher or know someone who is, check out my guide to the 10 best teaching supplies for the portable classroom.

First up on our list is the ultimate gift for travelers….

Give the Gift of Travel

You know those people that say they’d rather have experiences than a house full of stuff? Tinggly has the perfect gift for those people!

I’m obsessed with this gift! This is exactly what I would give everyone for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, etc. It’s perfect for any occasion.

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Get your friends and loved ones an experience they’ll remember forever!

Here’s how it works: you choose a gift box from the multitude of options. They have gifts for him, for her, for city lovers, and adventure seekers. You name it, they’ve got it.

Then the recipients can choose their own adventure from the endless options. They offer experiences in 100 countries from all over North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. Literally every continent except Antarctica.

The gift box is valid for 5 years so your friends and loved ones have plenty of time to plan their trip. It all sounds pretty perfect to me!

Are you wondering the meaning behind the name Tinggly? Here’s the explanation from their homepage:

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I hope ya’ll are as excited as I am!

Other Options for Giving the Gift of Travel

Flights and accommodation are usually the two biggest costs for travelers. Help cover one of them with a gift card!


 Airbnb Gift Card

This is by far our favorite gift to receive. We book 90% of our accommodation through Airbnb and always enjoy it. They have places of all types from super luxury to budget-friendly making it a perfect gift for all travelers. Click here to choose an amount to give.

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Southwest Airlines Gift Card

Southwest Airlines flies direct to so many different places. You’ll make someone’s year by helping them get to a dream destination. Click here to choose the amount to give.

Check It Out Here Gift Card have a wide selection of hotels all across the world. It’ll make finding a place super easy for your friend’s next trip. Click here to choose a price and email it instantly! 

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There are lots of gift cards available on Amazon for other travel brands. Click here to check out all the options!

Best Gifts for the Frequent Traveler

 6 in 1 Travel Accessories Kit

This is everything a new or even seasoned traveler needs. It includes a passport cover, TSA approved luggage lock, sleeping mask, earplugs, world travel adapter, and luggage weight. These are all things that we travel with and love. It’s a great gift for any traveler. Read more details here.

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 Casual Lightweight Daybag with Laptop Pocket

This stylin’ bag is perfect for travelers and digital nomads on the go. It has 7 pockets! The main compartment has a pocket big enough to fit a 13-15″ screen laptop. There’s also room for books and other important things. The two side pockets are great for a water bottle and umbrella. There’s also enough space for a tablet and cell phone in the two front pockets. This is definitely going to be my next bag purchase! Click here to see other colors.

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 Travel Scarf with Hidden Pocket

This is a fantastic gift for the fashionable traveler. Not only does it look good, but it helps conceal your valuables. It’s made from a soft but durable fabric and the pocket is big enough for your iPhone plus your passport, keys, and some cash. Zip them away in the hidden zipper pocket and put your mind at ease. Check out all the different colors!

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Aeropress Coffee Maker

Sasha’s brother got this for us as a wedding gift and it’s one of the best gifts we’ve ever received. We take it with us everywhere we go. I can’t tell you how many times it’s saved us when our accommodation didn’t have a coffee maker. We love coffee but our online teaching jobs make it a necessity. How else can you possibly have the energy of a 5-year-old at 5am without it? Head over to Amazon to learn more

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Eno Hammock

These hammocks are perfect for anything and are one of many great gifts for travelers who spend a lot of time outdoors. You can take them camping, hiking, to music festivals, and you can even hang them up on your deck if you have one. They fold up into a stuff sack making them incredibly easy to travel with. Click here to learn more

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Chillbo Shwaggins

We bought this to take to a music festival and we were so happy we did. When you’re out in the field seeing music for hours, you have to sit down and rest your dancing legs every so often. Rather than lugging around heavy lawn chairs, we just took our inflatable Chillbo Shwaggins. It comes with a bag you can stuff it in for easy transport. Plus you have to admit the name is pretty cool. Head over to Amazon to choose your favorite design.

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 Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

It’s important to always have music within your reach. These portable Bluetooth speakers really pump out the jams. Bust ’em out and get the party started at your hostel or take Netflix and chill to the next level. They’re also perfect for playing some reggae tunes while you’re chillin’ by the pool. Click here to see all the specs!

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Personalized Passport Covers for Him and Her

I fell instantly in love with these cute passport covers! You can have it personalized with someone’s name or initials. It’s made of sturdy faux leather and it has a passport sleeve plus two pockets for cards on the inside. They have so many different designs to choose from! Click here to check ’em out and choose your fave.

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 Leakproof Travel Bottles

This is a great gift for the frequent carry-on traveler. These bottles will ensure the rest of their clothing doesn’t wind up covered in shampoo because the bottle busted. Even if the bottle did somehow bust, everything will be okay because they come with a clear plastic bag for easy, TSA approved storage. Check out the different colors.

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 Steripen Water Purifier

This is a great gift for any traveler. Make sure they safe drinking water anywhere. This small pen has a UV light that kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria. So whether you’re outdoors or in a country with less than stellar tap water, you’ll have access to safe drinking water. It purifies in up to 90 seconds and has the ability to purify 8,000 liters of water. Click here to learn more.

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Fun Gifts for Travelers

These gifts inspire and help them stay entertained during long flights and bus rides or while they’re relaxing.

 The Carry On Cocktail Kit

There’s no better way to start a vacation than with a cheeky cocktail on the flight over. This is the perfect gift for the traveler that enjoys an adult beverage every now and then. It even comes in a TSA approved tin complete with all the supplies. This 3-pack holiday set gives your friend/loved one a choice. See which cocktails are included!

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Our Adventure Fund Piggy Bank

A fun gift for anyone who enjoys travel. It provides a place for them to keep their spare change and daydream about where they’ll go next. Check it out now for the traveler in your life. 

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 Landmass Scratch Off World Map Poster

This map will show people where they’ve been and help them choose their next destination. It’s colorful and comes with flags and stickers to make it pop even more. Buy it now because it will be the best gift you can give this year.

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 Travel Journal

It’s possible to document travel experiences with photos but those don’t capture feelings, super hilarious moments, or musings. A travel journal is a perfect gift to help travelers do just that. See it here!

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Pack This! Pad

This exhaustive travel list will ensure no one ever forgets anything again. Perfect for any type of traveler. Buy it now for the forgetful traveler.


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 Magnetic Board Game Set

Perfect for the traveling family, this set has all the classic board games; Chess, Checkers, Chinese checkers, Backgammon, Tic Tac Toe, Snakes and Ladders, Solitaire, Auto Racing, Ludo, NineMen’s Morris, Space Venture, and Racing. It will keep anyone entertained on long car rides, bus rides, or even an afternoon at the beach. Check out all the details here.

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 Tile Lock Scrabble

Everyone’s favorite word game. The tiles lock into place so your words won’t move around making it perfect for travel. Get all the details here

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Magnetic Travel Chess Set

This is a great gift for people who love to place chess. It folds up to fit in your bag and is big enough to place comfortably when you unfold it. Check it out now on Amazon.

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Inspiring Travel Books: Gifts for Travelers Who Love Reading

These are the perfect gifts for bookworms and travelers always planning their next trip.

 Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See… Ranked 

There are so many places to go in the world, it can be hard to decide where to go first. Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel guide publisher. This is their list of the top 500 travel destinations ranked. Check it out for the traveler who’s constantly planning their next trip.

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Secret Marvels of the World: 360 Extraordinary Places You Never Knew Existed and Where to Find Them 

Another great product from the Lonely Planet arsenal, this book reveals weird and wonderful destinations off the beaten path. This is a great gift for the intrepid traveler to help them plan their next adventure. See what else you can find in the book.

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Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places

This is a National Geographic’s photographic tour of the world’s most beautiful places. It’s great for inspiring wanderlust, entertaining the armchair traveler, and sparking conversation about travel experiences and goals. Check it out here.

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 The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big and Small

Everyone is busy which makes it hard to plan the next adventure, much less even come up with an idea. This book is full of ideas perfect for the passionate traveler. It has a continent-by-continent listing of beaches, monuments, museums, islands, restaurants, inns, and much more. Check it out here.

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 Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent

Written by the duo behind, Mike and Anne Howard draw on their experiences traveling to 7 continents together. They include hidden-gems from all around the world for all different travel experiences recommended for adventurous couples. Head here to see what else is inside the book.

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Gorgeous landscapes, outdoor adventures, creative design, and a glass of wine at the end of the day, glamping is our idea of the great outdoors! Also written by our friends Mike & Anne of HoneyTrek, Comfortably Wild is the culmination of their 2.5-year, nine-country, 73,00-mile quest to find the best glamping destinations in North America. You’ll find over 70 destinations, plus 80 extra getaways by region in their directory so you’ll be sure to find something nearby and fabulously far-flung. 

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Fun Gadgets That Make Great Gifts for Travelers

You will make someone’s year by giving them one of these as a gift!

GoPro Hero8 Bundle

This is the best gift for travelers who just want a simple, portable camera to document their travels. The new Hero8 just came out and it has a ton of new features making it better than any of the previous ones. Check out all the accessories that come in this bundle.

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gifts for travelers Kindle Fire

I’ve had a Kindle Fire since they first came out back in 2012. It’s perfect for when I don’t feel like using my laptop. It stores so many books, magazines, e-books and it plays videos so it’s like having a portable TV. It’s kept me company on many a long bus ride. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you have access to streaming videos and a book lending library. Click here to read about the pros and cons.

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gifts for travelers Kindle Paperwhite

If you’re just looking for an e-reader without all the bells and whistles, the Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for just that. The battery lasts for weeks on a single charge. It looks the same as reading a normal book, no glare from the sunlight. There is a built-in light for reading in the dark, too. Check out all the specs.

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Well, there you have it! A list of fun, incredible gifts for travelers. You will be sure to make your traveling family member or friend’s holidays this year by getting them one of these gifts. Every gift on this list is something that we personally own and love or it’s on our wish-list (moms take note!). If you have any further questions about one of these gifts for travelers don’t hesitate to contact us or leave us a note in the comments.



Happy shopping, everyone!

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Amanda November 22, 2017 - 10:28 am

Great list! I love my Sony A6000!! It has travelled with me for 3 years in many different environments, gets thrown into my bag and generally abused, and it is still going strong taking excellent photographs. I’m now eyeing off that Sierra rain jacket as my old one is in dire need of replacement!

Rachel Story November 22, 2017 - 9:08 pm

Thanks, Amanda! We love the Sony A6000. It takes amazing photos and is half the weight of a DSLR. The Sierra rain jacket is one of the best I’ve ever owned. I’m so happy I have it here in South America. It has come in handy so many times! What’s at the top of your wish list this year?

Jason November 21, 2017 - 12:51 pm

Great list! So many useful things on here that I have or wish I had! Thanks!

Rachel Story November 21, 2017 - 12:59 pm

Thanks for checking it out, Jason! Which things are high on your wish list?


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