30 Great Ideas on Gifts for Travelers

30 Great Ideas on Gifts for Travelers

When it comes to shopping gifts for travelers who mean a lot to you, I bet you know as much as I do that there are TONS of gift ideas and options out there to give them (much like the varied options one can have when choosing a destination somewhere around the world!) and racking up your brain with a present that’s not only unique but helpful can be a really hard task.

…But with this list, you’re sure to have an easier time! I’m a traveler myself and the items below are things that I either personally use or would LOVE to own. Plus, I’ve checked with my traveler friends and they wholly agree with me on this one! (You can find more of my favorite travel items on my travel gadgets page).

To better suit every budget as well, I have listed the below gifts for travelers in two categories: under and over $100 (P4,700). Moreover, the following can be given for any occasion: holidays, birthdays, etc.

NOTE: My absolute favorites are marked with a ‘★’
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Gifts for Travelers

» Under $100

Sarong for Travel1. Sarong – Starts at $5
Packing items that have more than one function is key for any traveler and a sarong is one prime example! This is a large piece of fabric that is worn as a traditional clothing in Asia but it can be used in SO many ways: as a skirt, a towel, a dress, a scarf, a blanket, a bed sheet, a pillow, a bag, and so much more! Take note: this is not only for women, but for men too and I’ve seen lots of them in Asia who have come to use this.
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Travel Bottles.
2. Travel Bottles – Starts at $13
It’s vital to pack light and travel bottles help a lot in doing this. I especially love the brand of HumanGear because they make the bottles so efficient for travelers. They don’t spill, they can be easily squeezed, they are airplane carry-on approved, and they can even be labeled easily. The traveler in your life would love this!
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Earbags.
3. Earbags – Starts at $15
This is perfect for travel to colder countries! Earbags® by Sprigs Wear is ideal for travelers since unlike the typical earmuffs that have attached headbands, this is bandless — meaning that they’re not only more comfortable to wear but also more compact so it takes very little space in anyone’s luggage. Rest assured, the warmth it can give is the same if not more!
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Lonely Planet Books
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4. Lonely Planet Books – Starts at $15
You can never go wrong with Lonely Planet’s travel guide books. If you know where your traveler friend is planning to head off next, helping him/her out plan their itinerary with these would absolutely make them happy!
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LifeStraw Water Filter
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5. Personal Water Filter – $19
Gifts for travelers who love the outdoors? (Hiking, treks, etc. you name it!) Well then LifeStraw’s award-winning water filter is a great gift as it helps give any adventurer easy access to clean and safe drinking water anywhere at anytime.
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Scratch Map
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6. Scratch Map – $19.83

Give someone the ability to ‘scratch off’ the places they have been to on a map! With ‘Luckies of London’s’ high-quality miniature or travel edition, you can give a globetrotter this unique gift that can fit into their rucksack — it won’t take up too much room at all.
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Airportag Bags.
7. Travel Printed Tote & Pouch Bags – Starts at $19.90
A new brand called Airportag is producing awesome tote and pouch bags with prints of: airport codes, maps, and travel quotes. Especially with the airport codes, it’s a fun way to remind your travel-loving friend of their home (and to come back once in a while!)
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Beach Blanket
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8. Lightweight Cover & Beach Blanket – $19.99

For lovers of the beach and the outdoors, this Adalid Gear beach blanket is the perfect present idea. It’s lightweight, compact, and can be used in multiple ways: as a blanket, a ground cover, a tarp, and so much more.
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Travel Pillows
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9. Throw Pillows – Starts at $24.90
A great companion during long flights and transits, Airportag also has throw pillows on store. Much like the tote bags, these have various print choices on them, from travel quotes to airport codes. They also come in different sizes so you can give an easy carry-on pillow as a gift.
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Statement Shirts
10. Statement Shirts – $30
Available for both men and women, Airportag additionally has fun and quirky statement tshirts and I LOVE them! One of my favorites is this one that says ‘Jetlag Made Me Do It’; there are other cool ones too that say ‘No Miles, No Gain’, etc. Go check them out!
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iPhone Lens
11. iPhone Photo Lenses – $30
Big cameras can be such a pain to bring along on the road, so if the traveler in your life rather has a more compact gadget like that of an iPhone, why not give him/her some Photojojo iPhone lenses this Christmas? With wide angle, telephoto, fish eye, and macro lenses, they will be able to maximize their phone’s camera capabilities and thereby take more dynamic photos.
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Travel Posters
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12. Travel Canvas and Posters – Starts at $34.90
Help adorn their home with canvases and posters of travel-related things! These are an eye-candy and can be a huge dose of inspiration to ignite wanderlust into anyone.
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LifeProof Cases
13. LifeProof Cases – Starts at $40
For the adventurous traveler who is often exposed to the elements of water, snow, dirt and ‘accidents’, LifeProof’s protective cases will help them protect their travel gadgets. Needless to say, they will absolutely love this added protection to their investments.
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Quarterly Gift
14. Curated Subscription Packages – Starts at $50
Why not give someone the surprise of their life as they receive a curated box from a travel celebrity? With Quarterly.co, you can give a subscription package as a gift this Christmas and you can choose from boxes arranged by Tim Ferriss, Fathom, and more!
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Species Adoption
15. Species ‘Adoption’ (Support) – $55
How about giving a gift that will help protect the future of extinct animals? With World Wide Fund’s (WWF) species adoption program, your purchase of an adoption kit will help support WWF’s global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats. I gave this as a gift once to Jonas and he was stoked about it!
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Instax Camera
16. Film Camera – $74
Take photos with a good ol’ polaroid camera is a classic fun way to capture memories and with INSTAX Mini’s cameras, it’s easy to lug around and also very easy to share and snap photos up and about!
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Tinggly
17. Travel Experiences – $79
Give someone the flexibility to choose their own kind of adventure anywhere in the world with Tinggly Experiences. With a gift card that costs only $79, you are giving someone the opportunity to choose one of 130+ experiences worldwide! (Learn more about Tinggly here).
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Herschel Backpack
18. Casual Day Pack – $89
Not only functional but stylish, the high-quality Little America backpacks of Herschel Supply Co. are great day packs! I own one myself and it’s very comfortable to wear and it even has enough room for all my essentials.
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NOTE: For more travel essentials and gadgets that are under $100, you can also check out my recommended travel items on this page.

» Over $100

Compact Tripod for Travel
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19. Compact Tripod – $100
This is especially helpful if a traveler ventures out solo. Manfrotto’s compact tripod is my pick whenever it comes to tripods because it’s light at just 1.15 kg and well, of course, very compact!
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Kindle Paperwhite
20. Kindle Paperwhite – $119
Books are one of the best ways to entertain ourselves during, let’s say, long flights or train rides but we can’t really bring all the books we want in our luggage. The answer to this is Kindle! And the Kindle Paperwhite edition is perfect for travelers because it’s small, lasts very long, and has thousands of helpful features.
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Baubax Travel Jacket
21. The Ultimate Travel Jacket – Starts at $149
This was a trending product this year — and for good reason! With over 15 essential features that are vital for any traveler, this jacket is a MUST to have. (They have various jacket types to choose from: blazers, sweatshirts, bombers, and windbreakers).
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Numinous Pack
22. Secure Backpack – Starts at $150
Best gifts for travelers who love backpacking? The most secure travel packs! And while we’re talking about security, Numinous Packs’ are the most secure of all with their state of the art anti-slash technology among many other features.
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G-Ro Luggage
23. Innovative Carry-On Luggage – Starts at $199
There are a lot of luggages out there but G-RO so far seems to top it all! This is a Kickstarter campaign that has been ‘kicking’ off really well especially since it’s an intelligent luggage that’s very tech-friendly and impact-resistant. (Ever heard of a luggage that can help you charge your gadgets? Yep, G-RO does that!)
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Best Camera Bag
24. Camera Bag – $249
If you rather want to gift the traveler that typically brings along lots of gadgets and camera gear, you should check out The Everyday messenger bag by peak Design. It’s an innovative camera bag that has been heavily awarded for its design and efficiency.
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Flytographer
25. Vacation Photographer – Starts at $250
Offer a traveler the opportunity to acquire professionaly-taken photos during their trips with Flytographers service (because some trips deserve more than selfies!)
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Bose Headphones
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26. Noise-Cancelling Headphones – Starts at $299
For travel, there are times that we need to keep ourselves away from significant noise, and Bose’s QuietComfort Headphones are the perfect solution to such a problem!
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GoPro Silver
27. Action Camera – Starts at $300
You can never go wrong with GoPro — and if you’re having a hard time choosing the best model, go for the Silver edition because of the attached screen that comes with it so there’s no need for the person you’re gifting it to to purchase a separate add-on screen.
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Canon Powershot G7X
28. All-Around Camera – $599
Looking to pamper someone with the best compact mirrorless camera out there? Then get Canon’s Powershot G7X. It’s also perfect when gifting travel bloggers since this is the #1 recommended camera for travel vlogging!
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NOTE: For more photography gear that you can consider, see this page.

AirBnB Gift Card
29. Accommodation
Help them save money from their travel fund by sponsoring their accommodation. Two booking websites that I highly recommend is Booking.com, Agoda, and AirBnB — the latter specifically has a gift card program.
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Gift Flights
30. Flights
The best gift for travelers could probably well be round-trip tickets! This doesn’t need to be a fortune though especially if you watch out for flight deals to gift. Website to check would definitely be Skyscanner! It’s my go-to place for the best flight deals!
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30 comments

  1. Just bought myself a Kindle Paperwhite today! I love my scratch map too.

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    1. Now that's an early Christmas present! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do ;)

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  2. Some great items. I'll sent this list to my mother! Thanks

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    1. Glad that you like it :D Hope your mom gets some great ideas from here too :)

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  3. I love all these idea. Want them all for myself lol

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    1. Haha me too! Well, I own most of them and really do recommend! The others, like the G-RO luggage is definitely on my wishlist!

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  4. As a traveler I have limited space in my luggage and so I think the practical gifts are the best, I particularly like the water filter, I was given a steri-pen as a gift and love it, I use it every day!

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    1. True that! That's why I have included a lot of compact yet useful items in this list. I personally love the water filter as well myself since I love going on a lot of hikes and water can be scarce during emergencies.

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  5. I love the last two! Accommodation and flights...what all of us travelers consume a lot of, without fail and with much frequency!

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    1. True that! But of course it can be quite a pricy gift ;) still a much-appreciated one for sure!

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  6. Thank you for so many great ideas! Personally, I am obsessed with the lightweight beach towel: I have one and it's the one thing I always pack (I am a super light packer so that shows how much I love it!)

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    1. Awesome! You or anyone you'd be gifting would absolutely love this beach blanket :D it also functions as a tarp, cover, etc. so it's useful for any traveler.

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  7. Is it bad if I want them all? They all so useful (and cute!)

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    1. Not bad at all! :P

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  8. This list is amazing. Thank you for spending the time to compile it. I love the earbags - they look so cute.

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    1. I know how hard it can be to come up with gift ideas so I'm glad that this could help you out!

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  9. These are all fabulous gift ideas - I think the favorite for me would be the water filter - you never know how much you need this, and it's not normally an item that travelers generally buy, because you don't think of it until you're on the road. So behind that recommendation all the way!

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    1. I agree Meg! I own this water filter myself and it has been quite a life saver especially since I do hiking a LOT!

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  10. Hello Aileen! Thanks for sharing this great gifts ideas I'm so loving your list!!

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    1. I'm glad you like it Margareth! I've compiled all my favorites ;)

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