Shopping for a frequent traveler can be difficult. Whether he travels for business or pleasure, you need to pick out gifts that are portable, useful on the go or straight-up practical. To help you with your holiday shopping this year, GOBankingRates.com compiled the best gift ideas for the world traveler in your life.
2. Passport Holder
Protect your passport and travel in style with an elegant passport holder. Kate Spade offers vibrant and jewel-toned holders that cost between $50 and $100.
3. Kate Spade On Purpose Leather Wristlet
For the fancy traveler in your life, give a classy gift. This leather wristlet with matching bow comes in a vibrant, night-life blue and is the perfect accessory for partying it up across the globe.
5. Universal Plug Adapter
Get charged no matter where you are in the world with a universal adapter.
6. Barbour ‘Martingale’ Fair Isle Wool Scarf
Give the gift of warmth and style with a Fair Isle Wool Scarf from Nordstrom. This Scottish-made accessory is crafted from pure lambswool.
7. Polaroid 600 Instant Camera
Take nostalgia to new levels while globetrotting and snap pics with a Polaroid 600 Instant Camera from Nordstrom. This iconic point-and-shoot camera features a flash and fixed-focus lens for memories that will last.
8. Leather Messenger Bag
Sleek and stylish, a leather messenger bag can fit their laptop, iPad or other travel necessities.
9. Let it Blow! It’s Drybar to Go The Ultimate Travel Essentials Kit
You don’t need to spend a lot to look good. Get yourself the perfect blowout with the Let it Blow! It’s Drybar to Go The Ultimate Travel Essentials Kit from Sephora. It comes complete with a travel hair dryer and a variety of travel-sized Drybar products and tools, like a detangler, dry shampoo and conditioner, and hair clips.
10. Kate Spade Cedar Street Lanyard
Keep your ID and credit cards handy while globetrotting with a Kate Spade Cedar Street Lanyard. It’s the perfect excuse to leave your purse at home.
11. First-Aid Kit
Keep the outdoor adventurer in your life prepared for anything with a first-aid kit. Check out the Reebow Tactical Gear 115-piece first-aid kit on Amazon. Weighing just one pound, it’s also great for home, the office or car.
12. Amazon Fire Tablet
Amazon’s return policy and low prices makes it an ideal marketplace for your holiday purchases. Ensure your jet-setter is equipped to deal with downtime by equipping them with a handy Amazon Fire Tablet. It comes in four fun colors and features a 7-inch display and up to 7 hours of battery life.
Price: $49.99 and up
14. Globe Earrings
Let her show off her love of travel with a pair of globe earrings. Available on Etsy in a variety of styles from artists around the world, find the perfect pair for her next adventure.
Price: $9.99 and up
15. Bag Tags
Never mistake your bag for another passenger’s with a set of luggage tags from Etsy. These handmade tags are customizable — choose the pattern and color perfect for your traveler.
Price: $15 and up
16. Selfie Stick
Never be left out of a photo again with a selfie stick. Just smile, point and shoot for lasting memories.
Price: $3.96 and up
17. Travel Folding Soft Toothbrush
Save space in your toiletries with a folding toothbrush from Amazon. The toothbrush head conveniently folds into the handle, protecting it from germs when not in use.
Price: $3.99 and up
18. Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
For those who occasionally have to take care of business while traveling, the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard is a must. Compatible with iPad, iPhone, Android devices and Windows tablets, the keyboard’s rechargeable battery provides up to three months of usage on just one charge.
19. Apple Music Subscription
Take your tunes with you wherever you wander with a subscription to Apple Music. Featuring thousands of artists, jamming out to your favorite song is just a click away.
Price: $9.99 per month
20. Canon PowerShot N
Get the jet-setter in your life the gift of memories — or at least really cool photos. After all, traveling the world means having great photo ops. The Canon PowerShot N is an inexpensive and small-sized digital camera. With 12.1 megapixels and Wi-Fi connectivity for social sharing, this is one camera that’ll have your loved one posting to Facebook from around the world.
Sure, you won’t be logging steps on the plane, but a Fitbit on vacation is a great way to motivate you to ditch the taxi cabs for a good old-fashioned walk around town. Look to the Fitbit Charge 2 for the latest tracker. It comes with sport modes, guided breathing sessions and can be fitted with other bands.
22. Kenzo x H&M Long Leather Gloves
Winter is here, and with it, freezing temperatures — unless you’re traveling to Southern California, of course. Because leather gloves are always in style for those cooler months, pick up a pair for the traveler in your life. For the fashionista, pick up a pair of Kenzo x H&M long leather gloves. They’ll keep her warm and stylish wherever she’s headed.
23. Graze Subscription
Graze is the ultimate subscription service for snacks. If you’re constantly traveling, having a snack box delivered to you each week is a great way to make sure you always have something to eat for the road or on the plane. A three-month subscription costs just $30.
Price: $11.99 per box
Pick up a beanie, or three, and you’ll not only stay warm, you’ll always have something comfy to wear no matter what you pack for the journey. H&M has a good selection of hats for him and her.
Whether you’re headed to the Arctic or the Bahamas, a good pair of sunglasses works for any outfit. If you’re eyeing the specs above, don’t worry, they’ll be available from H&M in December.
If you didn’t think a necklace was a good gift idea — think again. A locket with a photo inside can be a heartwarming keepsake. If you’re thinking about a more expensive necklace, keep in mind that a frequent traveler is more likely to keep it at home than pack it.
Price: $5.99 and up
27. Travel Guide
Backpackers are always on the lookout for fresh finds. Help them out with a quality travel guide to whichever countries they’re headed. Consider Luxe City Guides or look to the discount section at Barnes & Noble for some potentially cheap pickups.
28. Birchbox Subscription
Nowadays, there’s a subscription service for everything. But here’s one you won’t want to miss. Birchbox delivers five hand-selected beauty products each month.
Price: $10 per month
29. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Microsoft has been making serious headway in the tablet sphere. This year, the Surface Pro 4 is a great pickup for the travel tech-fanatic at home. It packs between 4 and 16 GB RAM and a 12.3-inch touchscreen.
Price: $899 to $1,599
30. Travel Photo Book
If you have family traveling to Europe or other destinations for an annual vacation, a travel photo book from Mixbook can be the perfect gift. Your personalized book can be filled with photos you take on vacation, plus backgrounds, stickers and fonts.
Price: $34.99 and up
31. Blink Home Security Camera
Travel at ease with a Blink home security system. The wireless device has a built-in motion detector. When it triggers, Blink sends an alert to your phone and records a video of the event.
32. Hiking Boots
Whether you’re hitting up the Appalachian Trail or visiting Machu Picchu, a good pair of hiking boots will help protect your feet from hard terrain — and make sure you don’t have to worry about painful blisters.
33. Coleman White Water Sleeping Bag
For avid campers and adventurers, Kohl’s offers a great selection of sleeping gear. Its Coleman White Water Sleeping Bag, for instance, sells for $59.99 and has thick insulation and a soft flannel liner for chilly nights. You can toss it in the washer, too.
34. High-Quality Luggage
When you’re traveling around the world, you need heavy-duty luggage that can take a beating, especially if you’re packing expensive equipment or fragile souvenirs. But even if you just want sleek-looking luggage for cross-country trips, Nordstrom has a great selection to choose from.