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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Travelers

December 2, 2018

As of today, the holiday season officially started which means it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to spoil your loved ones with. Finding original gifts can be tricky sometimes… even more so when all they want is a weekend getaway. This year, I put together some of my favorite travel-related items and compiled them into this holiday gift guide for travelers. These are all gifts that I would love to receive myself and that will without a doubt put a smile on their lucky receiver’s face! Without further ado, here are my best picks for 2018!

Travel gift guide: give experiencesGive an experience

Surprise, surprise…. Travelers want to travel! Chances are your favorite jet-setter would rather head on an adventure rather than receiving something. So this year, opt to gift an experience! Bungee jumping, helicopter ride or chocolate tasting?! Say no more. Companies such as Tinggly in the United States, Bongo in Europe or Prezzybox in the United Kingdom offer a wide variety of adventure packs from which you can choose. Exciting moments guaranteed.

Gift Guide for Travelers: Travel Book

Travel Coffee Table Book

The next best thing after traveling is the anticipation of a journey. Help them get some inspiration for their next trip with a travel coffee book table. With the Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book, you’ll literally be giving them the world.Subscribe to a travel magazine subscription

Travel Magazine Subscription 

Or give them a year’s worth of adventures through their favorite travel magazine! If they’re constantly on the road, consider buying the magazine’s digital edition so that they’ll always have a copy at the end of their fingertips. Two of my favorite ones include National Geographic Traveler and Geo for my German and French speakers.

Christmas travel gift guide: world map.

Travel Scratch Map

This fun map quickly became a must-have for every travel lover and I get why. Scratching off every country you’ve been to is weirdly satisfying. Added bonus: the map gets more and more colorful as you keep traveling!Travel Guift Guide: World Globe

World Globe

This one is for the daydreamers that like to be reminded of traveling at all times. With a world globe on their desk, they’ll be able to fantasize about their next big journey all day long… Oh and have the answer to “What’s Buthan’s capital again?!” in a second. Keep the wanderlust flowing with this travelers’ all-time favorite object.

Gift guide for travelers: Universal adapter

Universal Adapter

Switching to the more practical gifts. As someone who’s been lovingly fighting with my adapter for over a year now (I’m currently charging my computer as I’m writing these words and don’t want it to get susceptible, haha), I can’t tell you enough how important a reliable adapter is. With a universal travel adapter, they’ll never have to worry about their battery hitting the 1% mark again, nor about whether or not they have the right one for the country they’re going to!

Travel gift guide: portable power bank

Portable Power Bank

Which brings me to… A small travel-friendly power bank. Now, this is something I wouldn’t personally spend my money on but that could have helped me quite a few times in places where plugs were not that easy to find. If your loved ones can’t live without their phone, give them one of these (battery) lifesavers and they’ll thank you later when their phone dies on a 10-hour bus ride!


Travel gift guide: wireless headphones

Wireless Headphones

Music makes a journey. Songs have the power to bring us back to moments, people and places, which is why I think a good pair of headphones is always appreciated. If your budget allows it, opt for wireless headphones for fuss-free travel.

Gift guide for travelers: phone lens kit

Phone Lens Kit

Traveling and taking pictures go hand in hand. When you’re abroad, you want to make memories but as much as you want to immortalize every little moment, sometimes you can’t be bothered to get your camera out. That’s when phone lenses come in handy. They don’t take much space, are easy to use and make your photos look ten times better!

Christmas gift guide: instax camera

Insta Photo Camera

This is for the travel lovers who’ve been meaning to print their photos for a while but never actually get around to doing it. Insta photo cameras will allow them to hold their favorite memories in their hands in just a few seconds!

Gift guide for travelers: travel notebookTravel Notebook 

Besides taking photos, another great way to make sure not to forget anything about a trip is to write it all down. Which cities did we visit? How many kilometers did we travel? How many hours did we spend on buses?! Jot it down. I especially like Moleskine’s Voyageur Notebook because it’s a mix between a bullet journal and a regular notebook, making it ideal to plan a journey but also get creative on the road.

Travel gift guide: passport cover

Passport Cover

Feeling fancy?! Give a passport cover. They not only look sophisticated but actually do also protect your passport on the road.

Gift guide for travelers: travel inspired bracelet

Travel Jewelry

Help them bring their wanderlust everywhere with them with this piece of dainty jewelry. This little compass bracelet will keep them on the right track!

Gift guide for travelers: a piece of luggage

A Piece of Luggage

A piece of luggage is a no-brainer. You cannot go wrong with giving a new piece of luggage. Depending on their needs, go for a carry-on or larger size. If your loved ones need a new one, check out away‘s beautiful designs.

Travel gift guide: Microfiber towel

Travel Microfiber Towels

What makes microfiber towels special I hear you say? Well, they fold into tiny cubes and most importantly dry very quickly, making it ideal for all the backpackers out there always on the go.


Gift guide for travelers: triclimate jacket

The North Face Two in One

When it comes to traveling, multi-purpose items are always better. This is my all-time favorite travel jacket for this very reason. Help the travelers in your life make the most of their clothes with this The North Face’s Triclimate Jacket. It comes with a hardshell jacket ideal for heavy rains and a warm fleece to tuck under if need be. In other words, it’s got you covered if it rains, goes below 10°C or is just a little bit chilly.

Christmas gift guide: travel backpack

A Practical Backpack

Another great pick for backpackers. Traveling light means traveling smart so you might want to give a practical backpack that can be used in all circumstances this holiday season. A 30L bag is the ideal size to me, not too small but not too big either. It can be used on a city-trip, one-day adventure or on a longer hike.

Travel gift guide: maps

Gift Cards

If you know about their upcoming travel plans, you can always also directly contribute to their budget or give them gift cards to help them finance their journey. Most airlines offer gift cards as well as housing platforms such as Booking or Airbnb.

Which gift would you want to receive this holiday season?! Let me know in the comments below! If you liked the ideas, please share the article with your friends and family to send them a not-so-subtle hint.

Safe travels,

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Ultimate travel gift guide for travelers



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    Farah al Zadjaly

    December 17, 2018

    I love the gift choices on this 🙂

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      December 18, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoyed the ideas! x

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    December 23, 2018

    Such a good list girl! As a constant traveler I’d be happy to receive any of these goodies for Xmas, especially those headphones! Have a beautiful holiday!


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      December 23, 2018

      Thanks! I know, they’re on my list too this year!
      Happy holidays x

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    December 23, 2018

    Wow, my bf bought me the scratch map 3 years ago, a power Bank, some experiences and a microfiber towel! I think I will send him your post hehe! Some very cool stuff here, sometimes people run out of ideas especially for travellers’ gifts as we seem we don’t care about products – we do care but for more useful and carriable(! ones!

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      December 23, 2018

      Haha, they must be good gifts then! And you’re absolutely right, we do care about practical things 🎁✨

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    Anuradha Manjul

    December 23, 2018

    Good descriptive & informative article. Would love to have few gifts from your list this holiday season. Am surely dropping hints to friends

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    Erika's Travelventures

    December 23, 2018

    This is a great gift guide – I’m reminded now of things that I forgot to ask Santa for for Christmas!! I love the idea of the phone lens kit to take great pictures with. The funny thing is I have two of those scratch-off maps too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      December 23, 2018

      Thank you! They’re everywhere but so fun 😊

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    December 23, 2018

    Without any doubt this best gift list. love it thanks for share.

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      December 23, 2018

      You’re welcome! Glad you find it useful!

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    Meri - Beyond the Auroras

    December 23, 2018

    I got two scratch maps in one year, haha! I need to get “the travel book”, I already have “The traveller’s Guide to the World” by lonely planet and it is my favourite thing ever. I love browsing through the pages to get inspiration.

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      December 23, 2018

      They are so popular, haha. Give the second one to a fellow traveler! 😊 Flipping through a book is also one of my favorite things to do when I’m not traveling!



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