Do you have a loved one in your life that loves to travel? Maybe they’re a digital nomad, or a weekend adventurer. The thing with travelers is we don’t need (or want) a lot of stuff, so what are some gifts travelers want to receive? One thing I have learned is that it’s worth spending money on the few things I do want or need so that they last longer and I get the most value for them.
With everyone having shopping on their minds I thought I would put together a compilation of some of the items travelers would truly love to get this holiday season (or anytime!). Instead of just relying on what I would like, I went ahead and asked other travelers what they would like to get.
25 Gifts Travelers WANT to Receive
You might not think anyone would get excited when there’s a water purification system under the tree but for those who like to go off the beaten path in their travels having the ability to purify water is a must.
Alice of Teacake Travels
A Travel Diary.
Who still uses paper? Truth is – lots of us. Even though electronics are great there’s always something special about putting pen to paper. Plus, when you travel a lot the odds of your device going dead are pretty good. I love all of Moleskin’s books and this one is no exception.
A Kindle packed with Travel Books
I have one of the first Kindles. It’s not fancy but it’s loaded with books and the battery lasts forever. It’s tiny and takes up no room but my entire library is at my fingertips. Seriously what could be better? Wondering what books to get – you can find some of my recent favorites on my great book share page. (Hint: Be sure to watch Amazon as many of their Kindle products and books are on sale this year)
Stephanie of Pearls and Passports
No surprise here but one thing travelers love more than anything else is….another trip! Why not surprise your special someone with a getaway this year? One year I surprised my husband and kids with a cruise. I wrapped up clues and then in their final box they found the trip! (Hint: Watch for travel deals the weekend after Thanksgiving)
It’s so not fun to buy but a really important part of travel – it’s luggage. Keep in mind what kind of travel your gift recipient does before you buy this big ticket item. For example if they travel a lot on low cost European airlines you’ll want to make sure the bag meets the requirements for carry-ons. Do they backpack? Then a hard case suitcase probably isn’t the best choice.
Micaela of Senyorita
Transportation Gift Vouchers
Does your gift recipient love Uber? Do they travel via Amtrak or Eurail often? Or maybe use public transportation wherever they live. Why not gift them passes or credit to make their next few journeys on you. It’s easy and a welcome everyday gift!
Video has come a long way recently. If you want to purchase a camera for your traveler you can’t go wrong with a GoPro. There are many different types and price points so there’s a good chance you can pick something up no matter what your budget is.
Sanket of Nomadic Lives
When we started to travel I would ask family and friends who wanted to get us or our kids gifts to get us an experience. We have so much stuff but you can never have too many experiences. Tinggly in a great website that lets you do just that! It’s also a great idea if you want to give a gift to someone that you know will be traveling soon but aren’t sure what they might like to do.
Betsy of Passing Thru
It wasn’t until recently that I saw value in purchasing items geared specifically for travelers. Now I’m hooked. I like to look nice while I travel but I also need to be comfortable. Brands like Betabrand are revolutionizing this concept. Many of these items have a higher price tag but people who are on the go don’t need a lot of things to take with them; what they need are reliable, high-quality pieces that are versatile.
SJ of Chasing the Donkey
Enda of Expat Edna
I am constantly running out of battery charge on my electronic devices (especially my phone) and there isn’t always an electrical outlet nearby to charge up. Power packs are a great way to get around this and are almost always welcome by those who travel. They range from providing a single charge to multiple charges.
PacSafe for Camera Bag
On the road with expensive equipment can mean a lot of stress and concern about theft. With a Pacsafe a lot of stress can be removed. This brand creates bags that are virtually impossible to slash with a knife as well as smart zippers and clips to keep everything inside safe.
Stuart of Am I Nearly There Yet
If your traveler is also a photography buff than a tripod may be just the gift. Opt for a lightweight tripod that folds down and is easy to transport. You may also want to check compatibility with whichever brand camera your recipient has. Not all are compatible.
Matilda of The Travel Sisters
Unique Handmade Local Gifts
Skip the kitschy mugs or plastic souvenirs. Travelers love to get unique and special local gifts. Blogger DJ Yabis said he’d love a pair of leather sandals from Italy or a Moroccan rug. Lance said, “One of the best gifts even was a set of handmade beverage coasters. The person who made them put images that reminded us a past trip on them. And it meant a lot more than if she went and bought it.”
A new breakthrough in camera technology, mirrorless cameras are a good way to cut down on camera gear while still taking amazing pictures. While it’s a bigger ticket item you’ll be sure to wow your loved one with this!
Aleah of Solitary Wanderer
Accommodation Gift Vouchers
Help your traveler keep traveling by getting them some prepaid vouchers. Nearly every hotel offers them as do sites like AirBnB. You can even gift someone your hotel points or frequent flyer miles if you don’t plan on using them. Anything that helps keep your traveler on the road is sure to be a welcome gift.
Alouise of Take Me to the World
While you can’t give a gift card to global entry (yet) you could gift the amount of purchase with a note that it can be used toward this service. Global Entry is a security pre-screening that allows applicants to go through an extensive security check one time and then whenever they enter US airports with the service bypass the traditional security screening. For people who fly a lot this can be a huge time saver!
Good Hair Products
It’s true many places offer complimentary hair and body soaps but quality is always hit or miss. Lately I’m after Lush’s shampoo and conditioner solids. No need to worry about airport screening and small liquid limits. Pick up a favorite brand as a small splurge.
Gemma of Two Scots Abroad
What’s worse than being stuck in a foreign airport with a dead phone? Being stuck in an airport with a dead phone and no power converter. While they are larger in size the block converters that have adaptors for a variety of different power schemes are an all in one product.
Jolanta of Casual Traveler
Good Trekking Shoes
I don’t do much trekking but several people mentioned good shoes. A pair that can go from city to rural hikes are great as it means less to pack. Nic says, “a pair of trekking shoes that are comfortable to wear everyday but good enough for some serious hiking, as well as being waterproof. Like a pair of Mammuts or Salomons.” For me I look for good shoes that are multi purpose like the pair of black matte Tieks flats I recently purchased or Born walking sandals. Both have already paid for themselves.
Nic of The Roaming Renegades
Another gift for photographers are a new lens. Few of us can splurge on a new lens but would love to find one gifted to us! Don’t forget that many camera shops sell good quality used lens which can be quite a bit less expensive.
Skj of SKJ Travel
When I travel one of the only things I purchase are local foods. Why? I love to support local businesses, who usually produce this type of thing, I want to share my favorite things when I get home, and food doesn’t mean more stuff as it is enjoyed and consumed. Local snacks or hard to find favorites are always welcome!
Brenda of Dish Our Town
This list is focused on adults but what about traveling or globally minded kids? We love Little Passports monthly subscription to keep exploring the world even when you’re at home. Each month a new box or envelope lands in your mailbox and takes your children to lands near and far.
You can also check out our gift guide for global kids for more ideas.
I’ll admit I’m a sucker for these. I love getting a gift every month and having no idea what it is. One of my recent favorites is Raw Spice Bar where every month there’s a cuisine theme. Inside the envelope are sachets of fresh ground spices, that aren’t typically used in everyday cooking, as well as recipes. It’s really affordable and the perfect gift for someone who loves cooking up the flavors of travel but has a home base.
Find some more of my favorite travel based subscription boxes here.
I love getting great magazines. During our summer visit to the US I was able to discover Wherever Magazine and fell in love. They quality of the magazine is something that makes me want to hold onto them and the writing and stories inside are also excellent. It would make a great gift for those who love to explore other cultures. I also love AFAR magazine and National Geographic Traveler. Why do I love this gift? I will rarely buy a subscription myself but if someone gifts it to me I’m always excited to get it every month!
Who doesn’t like getting money? Sure it’s not the most personal gift but attaching a nice note or letter along with cash or a gift card to make it more personal. Any traveler will be happy to get a little extra spending money for their next adventure.
+1 Bonus Idea!
Quality Time with You
It might seem like people who travel a lot have an amazing life, and they do, but you might be surprised that one of the best gifts to get is the gift of time. Whether it’s going to a movie, sharing a meal, or simply a cup of coffee spending quality time with a friend or loved one might be the one gift of this list that is most desired.
With these 25 gift ideas in hand there’s no reason you can’t make every traveler on your list happy this holiday season or anytime of year!
Have another gift idea? Leave it in the comments!
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