It’s here! The Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers! Ideas for every type of traveler and trip, no matter your budget…although my lists are especially curated to be affordable.
Wondering what to buy for travelers? Not just for the holiday season, keep this guide as a quick reference for all occasions: birthdays, graduations, bon voyage, get well, or take-me-with-you…there is something here for every nomad in your life. Or for yourself–you deserve it, right?
Each gift guide has been updated with current links and prices. Some items from the past have been replaced, so you have the latest and greatest as of December 2019!
Stocking Stuffers for Travelers
It wouldn’t be The Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers if it didn’t have stocking stuffers! What I love about them is that they’re the things we can definitely use, but don’t think to buy…or when we do remember, can’t find them in the store.
Sometimes the least expensive gifts are the best–you’ll find ten of them in this Stocking Stuffers for Travelers post. From practical-but-necessary, to humorous-but-important, these ideas are all under $20. Most are under $10! Use them in a themed gift, tie them to a package, or, yes, put them in a stocking.
On a Budget? You Can Still Find Quality Gifts!
TravelSmart Woman is always on a budget…maybe you are, too. One of my first gift guides was Budget Travel Gifts: Spend Less, Thrill More. It was a success–clearly, I’m not alone.
Read it to get some ideas for yourself, or for the travelers on your gift list. Or for yourself…as my grandmother used to say, “You should always give a gift you’d like to receive.”
Gifts for Men Who Travel
Say it out loud with me: “No more boring Guy Gifts!” Although you may be compelled to get him another pair of compression socks (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as Jerry Seinfeld would say…) ramp it up with one of these cool items: Gifts for Men Who Travel. Read the tips for choosing the perfect item and you’ll be ready to surprise and delight him.
You’ll find upgrades and new takes on classic favorites. Certainly, phones need to be charged…but how about doing it with a solar-powered charger? Has he hinted for a hat? Give him one with a lifetime guarantee…he’ll never need another.
Got Solo Travelers? Lucky You!
Friends and family who travel alone will be over-the-moon with these ideas. Gifts for Solo Travelers: Safety and Simplicity says it all. They pack light, so don’t bother with any “It’s not practical, but I thought it would be fun to take along” presents. Really. I mean it.
Instead, contribute to their experience at the same time you support their passion. This post points you in the direction of letting them choose: where to stay, what to do, and how to thank you for your ever-so-spectacular gift. I’d call that a complete win-win!
International Travelers Like Surprises, Too!
It may seem like people who travel a lot have everything they need, but I’m here to tell you that they don’t. There is always either something they can use to make trips easier, or something cool to inspire them.
Use Globetrotter Gifts: Ideas for International Travelers to help you find an “off-the-beaten-path” present. Some are handy for their trips, some are good for when they’re back home.
One thing frequent travelers always appreciate is knowing that someone’s thinking about them, no matter where they go. When you can give them a gift that goes with them, it’s more meaningful than you can imagine.
How About Roadtrippers? They Love FUN & Convenience
People who love road trips need two things: Something to keep them safe, and something to keep them laughing. Best Gifts for Road Trips has both.
In a way, travel by road is ideal. No rushing to the airport, standing in line to get screened, or cramming yourself into a tiny plane seat. With a trunk to hold belongings and the open highway–or backroad–you travel at your own pace, stopping when you want. Show your support for their free spirit with a gift that will keep them driving safely for years, laughing all the way.
Etsy All the Way!
Even without The Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers, I like to think that you’d visit Etsy for the travelers on your list. I’ve made two gift guides…and could probably make a dozen more.
Etsy Gifts for Travelers features smaller items, like leather baggage tags and personalized jewelry–after all, you want them to think of you as they hop around the globe. Practical stuff, too: Uniquely crafted gifts that they’ll take everwhere. Literally.
Etsy Has Unique Gifts for Travelers was the first gift guide. The artisans are still at work, crafting journals, maps, pillows, and keepsakes.
The Gift of Travel: You Can NEVER Go Wrong!
The Gift of Travel: Here’s How to Do It tells you what you need to know. Helping a traveler get to their next destination or getaway might be the easiest way to cheer them on. It’s simple to do, and they have the flexibility to use your gift to personalize their journey.
How about a gift card for that cool restaurant in their destination city? EatWith.com offers unique dining, in-home, and cooking classes around the world. Maybe a Viator City Pass or Tour, so they choose whichever attractions they want? Make sure there’s not an expiration date before you buy, especially if you purchase a deal, such as Groupon or LivingSocial.
More gift ideas?