If you think finding great gifts for men who travel is a challenge, think again. These globetrotting guys are not your typical “tie-and-aftershave” recipients, so they’re actually fun to buy for.
Finding gifts for men who travel is easy. They probably already pack light (simple, with no make-up or girly accessories), so you’re just adding items that help them be more efficient, in ways they hadn’t considered. It’s a total win-win: They’re thrilled and you get all the credit.
How to choose perfect gifts for men who travel
For some reason, men seem more challenging than women when it comes to gifts. I refer you to my friend, Bill G., who said it in four words: “We guys are simple.” There you go. K.I.S.S. Straight from the Navy in 1960.
- Where does he like to go? A man who likes to backpack doesn’t need a museum pass. If he loves European history and museums, don’t bother with a personal water filter that keeps amoebas out of suspicious water. Obvious, I know, but it needs to be said.
- Although men are stereotyped as being no-nonsense, they do love the unexpected. If it’s not practical, it should be fun. I’ll give you a few ideas below…
- While women are moved by the intent of the gift, men tend to judge a gift as a measure of how well their needs are understood. So don’t spend every spare moment knitting him a sweater if he never wears one.
- How does he spend his time and money? That’s where to start. Do not think that maybe he “really” wants to learn to cook authentic Thai food if his kitchen is equipped with a microwave, a saucepan, and a bottle of ketchup.
Let’s get started! Consider these gifts for male travelers!
These are ideas to get your own creative juices flowing. They’re all available online at a fair price. I’m confident they’ll be a hit, but you should keep looking until you find the perfect gift.
Solar Charger: Right off the bat, this is a winner. How cool–and eco-responsible–is it to have a device charger powered by the sun? With two USB ports, just find a sunny spot at a cafe (or trailhead) and relax while phones or whatever get replenished.
BONUS: It’s a flashlight, too! And, did I mention the built-in compass? Always handy, no matter where he roams…or “Romes”…get it? You can buy one for about $25. Priceless!
Cord and Cable Organizers: How frustrating to neatly coil the cords to your devices, only to find them scrambled when you want to use one. There are lots of larger roll-up organizers, but I favor these simple leather snaps.
Keep a few in the carry-on, and several in a backpack or daybag. Even a pocket! How about this: 20 for less than $10!?!? K.I.S.S….
Microfiber towels should be in everyone’s suitcase. Weighing just ounces, they have endless purposes. A bath towel, of course. But also for picnics, a blanket, swimming, and as an impromptu rain hood…
This one comes in nine colors and lots of sizes. Microfiber towels absorb five times their weight and dry quickly. I packed one when I walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago, when every fraction of an ounce matters. If your guy doesn’t already have one, this is a no-brainer.
A Tilley hat will set you back about $100, but it will last his lifetime. No kidding, a lifetime warranty, even for normal wear and tear. Once you buy it, he registers it with Tilley. And then wears it confidently.
Check out the broad-brim hats, snap-up brims, and winter hats. They even float, thanks to a device in the crown or brim of the hat. If your budget allows, this truly is one of the best gifts for men who travel.
How about some FUN gifts for male travelers??
Absolutely! Not everything has to be practical, right? Here are a few ideas to jazz up his life, as he explores the planet.
Carry-on Cocktails: He can’t bring the alcohol onboard (airlines have no sense of humor about this) but the ingredients? Sure! Or how about an in-room Happy Hour at his destination? Woo-hoo!
This clever invention by the Cocktail Box Company says it all: “It’s not just a gift, it’s an experience! Each cocktail kit provides the premium ingredients needed to prepare perfectly tasting (and Instagrammable) cocktails.”
There’s a choice of cocktails, so indulge and enjoy! Refillable, too. About $20 each, serves 4-6. (The combos are less expensive.) Honestly, who wouldn’t want several of these?
These kits aren’t for children. They’re serious undertakings, some with more than 1,000 pieces. (Trafalgar Square is 1,200 Legos!) Definitely an upgrade from jigsaw puzzles, your man can work on one of these in-between his journeys. They cost between $35 to $100, depending on how much of a city’s skyline you want to give him. Maybe he’ll even let you help…
Lonely Planet books: Who doesn’t like to spend a lazy afternoon dreaming of future adventures? Plus, a good-looking book on the coffee table is pretty nice, too. Here are several books that the men–or any traveler–on your gift list may enjoy:
Dark Skies: Does he dream of seeing the Northern Lights? Viewing spectacular meteor showers? Witnessing the next total eclipse? Get him the world’s first Astrotourism guide!
Micro-Trips: If getaways or day trips are more his style, choose this book…the best trips within three hours of 60 of the world’s most popular cities.
The Travel Atlas: Sit down with a drink and open the book at random. Maybe he’s been there and can reminisce. Maybe it’s on his list. Or maybe he hadn’t considered it before–and now decides it’s his next adventure. “The ultimate atlas for globetrotters” is a delight.
Guide to Travel Photography: Everyone wants to take better travel photos. With smartphones constantly getting better and better, he can capture great shots without hauling a ton of equipment. Or, if he does love his camera, he can learn to shoot scenes that he can sell. Inspire him with this book.
So, aren’t you glad that there are men who will eagerly open and appreciate the presents you’ve carefully chosen? I’m convinced that gifts for male travelers are the best for both of you: Fun to give, fun to receive.
More gift ideas–for all occasions!