Christmas Gift Ideas For Travelers

I’ve compiled this list of gift ideas for those looking for Christmas gifts for travelers.  Some are stocking stuffers, some are pricey, and the rest are somewhere in between. A few items are more practical or common than the others, and some are quite unique. This variety is intentional so you would be a wide variety of options for all types of travelers. Absolutely none of the ideas here are the crappy generic gifts you find at department stores during the holidays and reluctantly buy due to a loss for creative ideas. The gift ideas here all have some thought behind them and are hand-selected for loved ones with a passion for travel. I’m not personally longing for all these items this year, but I do hope this list gets you one step closer to a decision on what to buy your travel-loving friend or family member this holiday season.  Here are what I consider the best selection of Christmas Gift Ideas For Travelers:

‘The Bucket List’ Photo Book, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideas‘The Bucket List’ Photo Book

In these pages, the curious traveler can venture from the mountains of Sri Lanka to the waters of New Zealand and everywhere in between — all from the comfort of a fireside recliner.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Scratch Off Maps, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasScratch Off Maps

Scratch off travel map world destinations to reveal the colorful political map underneath. The best mapping detail you will find for this scratch map world poster. Featuring countries, cities, hill shading and state outlines on both scratch coating and mapping underneath.  This scratch off map of the world is a great gift for your favorite traveler to plan a trip on the world map wall poster then record their journey! Also the perfect gift to educate young explorers.  I have ordered this scratch off map for myself and as gifts.  Everyone has absolutely loved this gift.   For more information, or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Air BnB Gift Card, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasAir BnB Gift Card

Electronic gift cards are always a lifesaver when you’re in need of a last-minute gift or one for someone too far away for an in-person exchange. And with Airbnb, your favorite explorers will be able to stay at unique places in 191 countries around the world or book immersive experiences with locals.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

E-Reader, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasE-Reader

Also a must, in my book. (Ha ha, see what I did there?) Our Kindle is so nice to travel with since it’s lightweight and I have multiple books in one package! Plus, Kindle books are pretty inexpensive AND eco-friendly. (Popular books like Big Little Lies and The Shack are both under $10 on Kindle.)  For more information, or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Ear bud Case,, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasEar Bud Case

My earbuds are always getting tangled up in makeup, pens, and other small items in my purse. And loosely throwing them in a pocket or bag for travel causes organization problems galore. Both male and female travelers can benefit from a designated place to store their buds. Spruce up this gift by adding a nice pair of earbuds if your recipient is in need. (I have inexpensive Sony buds, which I love.)  For more information, or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Packing Cubes, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasPacking Cubes

I have a slight obsession with organization, and it’s so easy to get disorganized when you’re living out of a suitcase.  These are on my list of essentials.  For more information, or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Selfie Stick, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasSelfie Stick

I’m not sure how I feel about owning one of these myself, but since setting up a tripod is a pain, I’m actually starting to consider it.  For more information, or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

 

Selfie Camera, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasSelfie Camera

Try the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III. It’s small, light, and the fancy LCD flips completely up and forward-facing on this camera. It’s pricey, with its large sensor and its built-in lens. But you can get pro-looking photos. Of course there are cheaper compact camera options, but at that point I’d opt for the selfie stick or just selfie mode on my phone.  For more information, or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Travel Sized Toiletry Containers, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasTravel-Sized Toiletry Containers

Here’s a stocking stuffer any traveler can use. It’s a much better solution than purchasing travel-sized toiletries prior to each trip. These ones are well rated and have attached suction cups for easy in-shower access.  I absolutely love these.  I have a set for my gym bag as well.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Comfy Travel Shoes, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasComfy Travel Shoes

If you’re brave enough to pick out clothing as a gift, shoes are the safest way to go. Just be sure you know what size to order.  For the warm-weather traveler, flip flops are an essential. Sanuks makes the COMFIEST flip flops for women, and they have several style options.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Travel Sewing Kit, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasTravel Sewing Kit

This gift is handy for the long-term or the be-ready-for-anything type of traveler. A small one should suffice, since packing space is precious. No need to go overboard with anything bigger than this one here.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Camera Strap, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasCamera Strap

Most travelers are photographers by default. Who goes places and doesn’t take photos? If the traveler you know uses a traditional camera (i.e. not just their cell phone) to take photos on a trip, then a camera strap is a great gift idea since there are so many options available to make your gift unique. Handmade scarf straps are nice for the female traveler.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

The Trtl Pillow, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasThe Trtl Pillow

Is there anything better than dozing off before takeoff and coming to the minute the wheels touch down? For the traveler who agrees, I highly suggest this travel “pillow,” which is actually more like a scarf with a hidden support structure that cradles the head, even in the middle seat.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Travel Jewelry Case, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasTravel Jewelry Case

I’m so over the ziplock-bag method of organizing my jewelry while traveling. I’m asking for one of these for Christmas! With enough storage to keep your favorites near to hand and a fashionable faux leather finish, the Mele & Co. Dana jewelry box is pretty and practical. Unzip the case to find four sections for earrings, rings and smaller items, as well as ring rolls and a mirrored divider.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Travel Organizer, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasTravel Organizer

This is handy for keeping your ID and boarding pass together, with space for a credit card or two. It can replace a wallet while traveling.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Monogrammed Leather Luggage Tags, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasMonogrammed Leather Luggage Tags

Here’s a nice personalized gift well-suited for the male traveler, with a style that women may like, too.  Personalized in one of 8 designs for free. Tags come with a place to write out your address in case of losing a bag.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

"I Was Here" Travel Journal‘I Was Here’ Travel Journal

For the creative traveler, this unconventional journal has far more to it than blank pages waiting to be filled. It’s beautifully illustrated from cover to cover and offers fun challenges and prompts that encourage users to explore the world in a more whimsical way.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Cork Globe, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasCork Globe

Help your loved ones track previous and future adventures with this contemporary globe. Colored pins keep track of bucket-list destinations and favorite vacations, while the stainless-steel and cork design gives it a fresh, grown-up look.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Flight 001 4 -in-1 Adapter, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasFlight 001 4-in-1 Adapter

This compact converter enables travelers to plug in in 150 countries, and it comes with a color-coded map to make it easy to determine which prong situation accompanies their destination.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones, Travelers Gift Ideas, Christmas gift ideas for travelers, Christmas Gift Ideas travelers, Travelers gift ideasNoise Cancelling Wireless Headphones

The QC 35s are truly the best noise-canceling headphones I have found to date. This model’s wireless, but comes with a cord so you can keep listening even when the Bluetooth battery dies. The latest iteration also has a built-in Google Assistant that allows you to vocally queue up music, receive texts, manage your daily tasks, and get answers no matter where you are.  For more information or to purchase, <<  Click Here  >>

34 Comments

  1. susan frates

    This is a really well designed web site. I am still learning things at WA. Your site is very informative with a wealth of information. My husband Paul and I love to travel. We have been to Costa Rica, Mexico and Maui. All over California and I traveled to Europe many times for work back in the 70’s. We both want to travel to Italy and Ireland in the future. I will follow you for travel ideas. I love all of the gift ideas! Thank you Leahrae

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks so much Susan, and I am glad you have enjoyed your visit to beach travel destinations. I love to travel as well 🙂 And yes, any of these Christmas gift ideas for travelers would make a great gift. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Dan Strong

    Hi Leahrae,

    I’m so glad I found this! I know that these are supposed to be Christmas gifts for others but I think I found a few Christmas gifts for myself on here LOL. I desperately need the ear bud case. I always lose mine in my bag right before I get on the plane and it’s a huge pain. Also, the cork globe is so awesome! I’ve never seen something like that before. As I am starting to travel, I think that would be an awesome way to keep track of where I’ve been. Thank you so much for these suggestions!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Dan and I am glad you enjoyed my gift ideas for yourself, um for travelers 😀 Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.com

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  3. Maurice Jackson

    Every product that you have listed in my opinion would be an excellent gift and a useful addition for any traveler

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you agree Maurice! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Danielle Packer

    These are some great travel gifts! A lot of them I would not have even thought of so thank you! I love the scratch off map, thats a clever one!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The scratch off map is great! It makes a great gift 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Andrea

    These are some great gift ideas for my friend who loves to travel. She stays at AirB&B’s a lot, and I had no idea they have gift cards. That will make an awesome present for her – maybe adding in a scratch-off map as well!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great, glad you enjoyed my Christmas gift ideas for travelers. And thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Stephanie

    I’m SO glad I came across your post. My sister LOVES to travel and I’ve been thinking of some unique gifts to get her this year for Christmas and this guide has given me some great ideas.

    I recently purchased packing cubes for myself as I am currently working away from home, and they are one of the best things I have ever purchased. They make packing so much more organised! They’re awesome!

    Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I can tell you I just took a cruise, and packing cubes saved the day! There was minimal storage in the room, and they worked perfect! I am glad I could help you out Stephanie! Happy shopping!

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  7. Joe Aisthorpe

    What a great post! I love little gift ideas like these, making the gift personal and well thought out! Will definitely keep these in mind when I go to do my Christmas shopping. I will make sure to bookmark this page!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Joe! These are great for any traveler (I can attest to that!). Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  8. Beth Pianka

    What a great list, this will definitely come in handy especially for your “hard to get” family members or friends. I love to travel and I can tell you the jewelry holder is a must have, you will love it. I love the journal, I journal on a regular basis and this would be a great keepsake to help capture your experience along with your pictures. Love it!! Thank you so much for putting this together, it has given me some great ideas for my holiday shopping.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree Beth, with your choices.  And yes, these all work for those that are hard to find gifts for.  Any traveler would love these I think 🙂  Thanks for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.

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  9. Nicki V

    I want all of those lol I travel quiet a bit and that was a totally awesome list of all very useful products.  I personally would have loved to have had a shoulder pillow on many of my flights. And the 4-in-one universal converter would be great for those of us who travel to far other countries.  I think I’m going to send this page to my friends and family who have to buy for me for awesome ideas for gifts this Christmas!!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  I can tell you that the Trtl pillow is wonderful!  And the converter, yes a must for sure.  I am glad you enjoyed!  Thanks for visiting my Christmas Gift Ideas for Travelers post.

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  10. Anusuya

    Absolutely well thought and well written blog about gifting on Christmas to someone loving travel. That is my daughter and many of her friends.

    The 20 gift bucket list-cover lots of essentials for a traveler to travel worry free and enjoy. Starting from finding destinations, reservation, packing, getting absolutely organized and all of things you think of is here in this blog.

    This blog is itself a Christmas gift to the world. My mind get jammed thinking of getting into a new place. Hey, this blog really inspired me.

    The best I life the iterated version of the noise cancelling headphone having the ability to connect you with world and the selfie stick to hold my phone. The rest of the gifts are very special as well. i thank you for writing this wonderful blog and am sure it will help people and definitely get traction in the web.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Anusuya for taking the time to leave me such though out comments.  I am so glad you enjoyed my Christmas Gift Ideas for Travelers and visiting my website as well.  

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  11. Veit H. Kölln

    Hey Leahrae,

    what can I say…your list is huge. Have you forgotten anything – I can’t think of any.

    I’m not that kind of a travel guy, but I’m planning on taking my wife and family on our first altogether vacation trip. And what you’ve come up with seems to be great ideas.

    Especially, I love the headphones and the travel journal. Why not writing down at least some short notes of all places conquered? Cool advice.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Veit

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed Veit!  You would enjoy the travel journal, especially for your upcoming vacation with your family.  Thanks for stopping by Beach Travel Destinations.

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  12. Eden

    A really good list of Christmas gifts and I like the scratch of maps, they would keep you busy on a long flight. The cork globe is cool and the Trtl pillow is very handy to have for comfortability on the plane. There are many practical items and they would be very useful for travellers. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes Eden and travelers would love most of these items I thing 🙂  I know I do!  I have bought the scratch off maps as gifts, and those who got them, absolutely loved them.  Glad you enjoyed my Christmas Gift Ideas for Travelers post.

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  13. Drian Baker

    Leahrae. 

    You definitely put a lot of thoughts and efforts into putting this list together. A lot of things on the are a must-have for travelers. Who would travel somewhere they’ve never been before, and not want to document their stay there with photos and videos, or not want to have packing cubes so as not to have all their stuff scattered and leave some things behind.

    Thanks a lot for this list. I would definitely consider buying one or two items on the list for traveling this festive season.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Drian!  They definitely make great gifts.  You will put a smile on a special traveler with any of these!  Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Ty

    These are some fantastic ideas for some christmas gifts. My girlfriend has wanted some good noise cancelling headphones, I think I’ll manage to get some for here, unless she changes her mind. Gifts are always difficult to buy when you want to surprise someone but you really narrow it down.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      So true Ty….it’s like you want them to be happy so you have to flat out ask if they want an item in particular.  These headphones are great, I can say that 🙂  

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  15. Henry

    Thank you very much for sharing your experience concerning things a traveler would appreciate. I’d like to show through my gift that I truly care for this person, and what can be better than to follow the suggestions of somebody that understands travelers needs and wish list.   

    I really think, based on this list, that the E-reader and the Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones are my top options. But haven’t made my mind yet. Thank you for this list!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome Henry and happy Christmas shopping 🙂  Let me know if you have any questions.

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  16. Scott Hinkle

    Hello,

         This is a great post for people looking for the perfect gift for ones who travel a lot.  I try to take one to two large trips per year and definitely would appreciate a few of these items.  For me, I’d have to say the Bucket List Photo Book would be ideal as I’d use it to select various destinations or places to visit where I’m currently vacationing.  The AirBnB Gift Card would also be of great use.  I’m not much of a reader but I travel with friends who are.  They wouldn’t be caught dead without their E-Reader.  Lastly, you just can’t go wrong with Noise Cancelling Headphones, they are great for any type of noisy travel (especially airplanes)!

    You’ve got a great list here.  I’m sure it will help someone pick the perfect gift for the traveler in their life.

    Thank you

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed my Christmas Gift Ideas for Travelers.  Yes, plenty here to satisfy any traveler.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  17. Daniella

    Hi Leahrae,

    WOW, what a nice list for traveling! I love it!

    My husband is flying to Greece at Christmas, and I was looking for some lovely gifts to offer to my husband. I really like the noise cancelling wireless headphones because he loves to listen to music in the plane. What I also like very much is the selfie camera. He also likes to take pictures of landscapes when he travels. This seems like the ideal camera!

    I am so happy I found this list!

    Thank you for this useful post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Daniella, I think your husband will be happy with most all of these gift ideas 😀 I love the noise cancelling headphones. I also like to listen to music, but I don’t like to hear all the noise that other passengers can make! So these are ideal for sure. Thanks for reading my post on Christmas Gift Ideas For Travelers.

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