Yes, we travel a lot. And getting on all those planes, driving all those roads and packing all those suitcases has taught us a thing or three. We’re sharing some cool new products and gadgets we’ve found that make travel easier – or at least more fun! Our Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers is full of things we have actually used or tested. Rest assured, these items pass our scrutiny and hard-earned praise for being some of the best holiday gift ideas for travelers.
There is plenty of time to order these items online, have them shipped to you and wrap them up for your special someone. We hope you find something you like!
Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers
If you are shopping for anyone like us, namely people who love to travel, then you’ve come to the right place. We figure we have been on approximately 50 flights this year, domestically and internationally. That’s a lot of time in the air, and doesn’t even count all the road trips! Add to that nearly 100 hotel room nights, and we’ve racked up some serious travel points.
Here’s some things we think can make the whole experience better:
Personalized Luggage Tags from Mabel’s Labels
You know how everyone has a black suitcase, and you wonder as you wait at baggage claim to decipher which bag is yours as it comes around the conveyor belt? Well these colorful letter tags are just the ticket to identify your luggage. They are made from sturdy acrylic and come in a variety of colors and font styles – some are even sparkly! We got one for each of our family members with the initial of their first name.
Personalized Luggage Tags – $12.75/each with free shipping
Heart-Mind Box from the Dalai Lama Center
If anyone you know (or you maybe) has anxiety about travel, this is a great gift to bring some zen into the situation. I mean, the Dalai Lama cannot be wrong, right? This box is filled with items to help bring peace and harmony to your life. Hand-crafted beeswax meditation candles, rosewood mala bracelets from Nepal, loose leaf tea from the Assam region of India and more. There’s even a dot rock hand painting set to help bring focus in advance or during a stressful situation.
Heart-Mind Box – $99 plus shipping
Phone Cases and Support Tech from Smartish
We hate juggling many pockets of stuff when traveling, like a wallet, keys, phone and more. Smartish makes fun solutions like the Wallet Slayer, a durable phone cases with card sleeves on the back to hold your ID and credit cards. We also like their portable cords and charging stations for those times when you are trying to use your devices in cramped or strange locations. I want AirTags for Christmas, and Smartish makes The Snitch, and AirTag case with carabiner to attach inside your luggage. Smart!
Wallet Slayer 2 from Smartish – $29.99 plus shipping
Crown Joule Do-It-All Cable – $19.99 plus shipping
The Snitch AirTag Case – $14.99 for 2-pack plus shipping
Insulated Drink Bottle from Well Told
Well Told is a cool company that brings your travel stories to life with items that display travel maps of your favorite destinations. We were gifted cocktail glasses etched with a map, and now this awesome insulated water bottle with a map of San Diego. We can even see our neighborhood! Well Told offers a variety of products etched with maps from virtually anywhere in the world.
Insulated Hydration Bottle from Well Told – $34.95 plus shipping
Perfect for traveling, the Geekey is a multi-use tool in the shape of a regular key. But it packs so much into its innovative design. It’s a screwdriver/wrench/ruler/smoking pipe(!)/wire stripper/bottle opener/and-so-much-more. We just got one, and it will be traveling with us wherever we go from now on. I mean, how many times have we needed some tool while visiting a distant destination? This is one of our fav holiday gift ideas for travelers.
Geekey – $22.99 with free shipping (US)
Bento Boxes from The Dearest Grey
Great for traveling, these nicely designed silicone Bento Boxes are a parents’ dream. They are designed with compartments for different food items, and are soft and pliable while keeping their shape. We have always hated packing food for a road trip in a bunch of little plastic ziplock bags, and these are the perfect travel solution. Many colors and styles to choose from.
Bento Boxes from The Dearest Grey – $25.00
Video Book from Heirloom
A real book with an integrated video player inside, the Heirloom Video Book begins your personalized video when the recipient opens the cover. You can load up to 20 minutes of video, and there is a tiny speaker embedded so sound plays clearly with plenty of volume. We’re loading ours up with videos of past travels around the world so we can enjoy memories of when the kids were little!
Video Book from Heirloom – $69.00 including shipping
Curated Coffee from Stephen James
For those of us obsessed with our coffee beans, the thought of crappy hotel room coffee feels like camping. Whether you drink your coffee at home or on the road, high quality curated fresh ground coffee can make your day that much brighter. LGBTQ owned, Stephen James Coffee was developed for travelers, inspiring us to daydream about places we’ve visited and coffee we’ve tasted around the world.
12 0z Coffee Packet by Stephen James (whole bean or ground) – $18.00 plus shipping
Hydration Products from Arbonne
Don’t know about you, but we get terribly dehydrated on airplanes. And we are on airplanes a lot, so hydration products are absolutely necessary if we don’t want to look like dried up old apple dolls! Arbonne makes a variety of awesome skin and wellness products, and their 4-piece HydrateMe set is perfect for thirsty skin. It’s part of our travel regime from now on, and we suggest bringing it on the plane (sizes are small enough to pass through security).
HydrateMe Set from Arbonne – $167
Fireside Slippers by Dearfoam
Sometime a little comfort from home makes all the difference when traveling. These 100% authentic Shearling moccasin slippers from Dearfoam are both cozy and versatile. You can wear them indoors or outdoors, and they’re stylish and affordable. We’re packing them into our suitcases when we travel this winter so our feet stay warm and comfy, especially after hiking miles and miles. (See our recent story about hiking through the Alps!)
Fireside Slippers by Dearfoam – $69.95 with free shipping
We hope you’ve found our list of best holiday gift ideas for travelers helpful.
From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays this year. May they be filled with the love of family and friends, and perhaps a little travel mixed in? Have fun and be safe!