We all know that person who is always on the go. The person who has a constant stream of flights and itineraries to keep up with. The person who has more than enough airline miles to fund a trip to Antarctica and back. The person who is as obsessed with travel as Homer Simpson is with donuts.
Alas, the holiday season is upon us and it’s time to find the perfect gift for our favorite world wanderers. We’ve curated the top 10 travel gifts so you don’t have to scour the mountains and valleys in search of something truly unique.
Travel Subscription Box
Subscription boxes are a neat way to bring the world to someone’s doorstep. Give GlobeIn’s Artisan Box to your favorite jet-setter. Available in several styles, each box is filled with authentic, hand-made products from around the world that support remote artisans and farmers. Try the World is another great option. Each box includes a themed collection of culinary treats from a specific country, curated by a local expert.
Make sure your favorite globetrotter is traveling in style with the latest smart luggage! That’s right – carry-ons and checked bags are so much more than plastic and wheels these days. Now, technology wizards have made bags that include GPS locators, built-in scales, USB charging ports, remote locking systems, and more! Some popular brands include Raden, Away, and TraxPack.
Filtering Water Bottle
Perhaps you have a friend or family member who loves hiking or traveling to remote places. What better gift than to get them a water bottle that will filtrate any water, making it safe to drink!? It’s an easy and affordable gift that a true traveler will really love. From Brita to CamelBak, there are plenty of companies making these water filtration bottles.
For your favorite traveler who loves a good dance party, give them the gift of portable speakers! There are so many fun and unique speakers to choose from these days as technology continues to grow and develop. Looking for something truly special? Check out this perfect little Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a bottle opener! It’s a great gift for those who love camping as well!
Portable Power Packs
A seasoned traveler can never have enough backup power sources. From flight delays to long road trips, every person has experienced the death of an electronic at a most inopportune time. Now, you can ensure your adventurous friend always has the power to keep their electronics at 100%. Belkin and Mophie are popular companies that make excellent power packs.
Luxurious Eye Mask
For the lady, or fella, who takes many long-haul flights, a luxury silk eye mask may be the perfect gift! Eye masks are a simple way for any traveler to block out light and get some much-needed shut-eye. These can be especially helpful if traveling to a place where darkness is a rarity . . . like Alaska in the summer.
Personalized Passport Holder
There’s no better way to ruin a trip than to realize you’ve forgotten your passport at home! Give the gift of a safe place for your favorite traveler to keep their passport so they never have to worry about misplacing it! There are so many wonderful, personalized and handmade passport holders on the market. Etsy is a great place to start your search!
Traveling the world can sure be tiring! Sudden Coffee is an excellent stocking stuffer for the backpacker you love. The New York Times calls it “instant coffee you’ll actually want to drink” and many avid coffee drinkers agree. Sudden Coffee is crafted in San Francisco and can be enjoyed hot or cold. If you know someone who is suffering from constant jet lag, give them a gift that will perk up their senses!
Instant Print Camera
Most, if not all, travelers have a smartphone in hand at all times during their adventures. Many people don’t even bother to carry around an extra camera as smartphone technology grows and continues to deliver more sophisticated cameras. However, it’s time to inject the fun back into travel photography! Give the roamer on your list a fun Polaroid or Fujifilm instant camera! It’s the gift that keeps on giving – travelers can now instantly share their photos with friends they make along the way. What better souvenir is there than that?
Travel Size Gift Basket
Every traveler has done it . . . the night before a getaway and you’re scrambling to find TSA-approved containers to hold your favorite lotions, shampoos, essential oils, etc. A great gift for the traveler on your list is to make a gift basket with tons of TSA-approved carry-on items. Have fun with this and add anything you think a traveler may need last-minute! It’s a fun way to show someone you care.
Do away with the same old gifts and gift cards that people always get with each holiday season. Give a gift that is truly one-of-a-kind to the person who loves discovering new places. He or she will think of you every time they reach for that filtration water bottle, portable charger, or soothing eye mask. A gift shouldn’t be something you haphazardly throw in your cart on Black Friday because it was a good deal. A gift, rather, should be something from the heart; something that you know the person you’re giving it to will make use of and be grateful for. Spread kindness and cheer this holiday season!