Holiday season is in full swing, which means one thing: if you haven’t started shopping yet, it’s time to get on it. If you enjoy browsing stores in person, then take advantage of the festive time and hit up your favorite retail stores. If not, embrace online shopping. We must warn you though: most e-commerce sites will have shipping cutoffs before December 15th. Some will be as early as December 5th! If you haven’t started shopping yet, we’re here to help.
We all have people that are “impossible to shop for.” They either have everything, don’t want anything or both. Which leads to the ultimate question: what doyou get the person who has everything and doesn’t want anything? Well, if they’re a frequent traveler (or just a travel lover), our Travel Gift Guide has you covered.
We at Top 5 are travel lovers. Some of us are full-time digital nomads, some reside abroad and travel pretty much every weekend, and others travel every chance they get. We’re self-proclaimed travel experts. Thus, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the frequent traveler in your life, we can certainly help.
Whether you’re looking for a stocking stuffer, a mid-range gift, or are looking to splurge, our Travel Gift Guide is here to help.
The Ultimate Travel Gift Guide:
Hotel Gift Cards
If you’re searching for the perfect gift someone, the answer is often easy: money. But, sometimes it feels weird, or impersonal just giving cash. That’s where gift cards come in. Gift cards make the gifter feel better because a degree of thought went into the gift. The giftee is also guaranteed to love it (as long as it’s a gift card to somewhere they like), because who doesn’t love money? Which is essentially what a gift card is.
If your travel-loving friend likes to stay in hotels rather than Airbnbs, consider getting them a gift card for Hotel.com. Owned by Expedia, it’s one of the best sites to score deals on hotels and travel packages. Gift cards are available in denominations of $10 up to $2,000, and there are no expirations dates (or hidden fees).Check Price on Hotels.com
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000
When you’re on the go, it’s hard to stay charged, and it’s never truer than when you’re traveling. Portable chargers are a must, and Anker’s PowerCore Speed 20000 is one of our favorites. It’s small but powerful, and compatible with Samsung products, iPhones, iPads, and so much more.
The PowerCore Sped 20000 can hold a charge for 7 phones, and once it’s depleted, takes just six hours to fully recharge. Going on an all-day hike where you’ll need to use your phone for maps, photos, and more? Anker’s portable charger has you covered. There are a lot of portable chargers on the market, but Anker’s made our travel gift guide because of it’s power. Not many chargers can hold a charge for 7 phones!Check Price on Anker
Looking for a personalized gift for a loved one? You can’t get much more personal than DNA. We recently compared five different DNA test kits, and 23andMe was one of our favorites. In 2007, 23andMe began offering saliva-based DNA testing and was the first to implement using autosomal DNA for ancestry testing. This means that with a simple saliva sample, you can learn where your maternal and paternal lines came from. It can even show how much Neanderthal DNA you have, as well as provide information on your genetic makeup.
DNA kits are great gifts for travel lovers interested inlearning more about their heritage. It’s a fun way to generate proof of where your ancestors came from. Those interested in learning more can even take it a step further and visit the towns their ancestors came from.Check Price on 23AndMe
If you have a loved one that loves to read and doesn’t yet have a Kindle, this is the perfect gift for travel lovers. Yes, real books are great, but they’re heavy. Plus, when you’re in a foreign country it can be hard to find books in English! Kindle’s solve both of these problems.
In addition to being lightweight and easy to travel with, Kindle’s enable you to get free books while you travel. If you have a local library, you can actually borrow Kindle books from the library free of charge. This way, the travel lover in your life can stock up on dozens of books and bring them all on their journey.Check Price on Amazon
S’well Water Bottle
When you’re traveling, it’s important to stay hydrated. Airplanes literally drain you of moisture, and if you don’t rehydrate you can wind up feeling fatigued, nauseous, headachey, and more. Thus, it’s crucial you drink as much water as possible when you fly. As flight attendants won’t welcome you ringing the call button every hour for more water, and airport kiosks are expensive, consider investing in a good water bottle. S’well Water bottles are our favorites and one of the top picks for our travel gift guide.
Yes, they’re more expensive than other water bottles, but there’s a reason: they’re better. Their double-walled construction means your cold beverages will stay cool for 24-hours, and your hot beverages will stay hot for 12 hours! So, not only can you stay hydrated, but you can stay hydrated with cool, refreshing water! S’well’s water bottles come in 18 different colors, as well as a variety of sizes.Check Price on Amazon
Flying not only wreaks havoc on your skin but your body as well. If you’re a light sleeper, chances are you spend your flight wide-eyed, just wishingyou could pass out like your fellow travelers. Neck pillows can help.
Travel and Leisure ranked the Trtle Pillow one of the best travel pillows, and Amazon rated it an “Amazon’s Choice.” Pronounced “turtle,” the Trtl features a fleece like outer shell an an interior foam that contours to your neck, jaw, or even shoulder. If you’ve found traditional U-shaped neck pillows don’t provide enough support, the Trtl may be your solutions. Plus, it’s half the size!Check Prize on Amazon
Packing Cubes: Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cube Set
Packing is like a game of Tetris that can sometimes be fun and other times be miserable. Unpacking can be just as torturous: your clothes are usually wrinkled, you have no idea where in your bag a certain item is, and you have to spend too much time sorting through items and organizing them in hotel dressers. That’s where packing cubes come in.
If you’ve never used packing cubes, they’re life changing for travelers. Not only do they keep your clothes compressed and wrinkle-free, but they’re a way of organizing your items so you know where everything is! Plus, you can simply move the cubes directly into your new dresser rather than spend time moving item by item.
The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cube Set made our travel gift guide as its durable, water-resistant, and machine washable. Made with ultra lightweight material, you can organize your suitcase without having to add excess weight. The set includes three medium mesh bags, which allow for visibility so you can see what each bag contains. Plus, its two-way zippered opening enables maximum compression so you can fit even more in your suitcase!
Dimensions: 14” x 10” x 3”Check Price on Amazon
His and Her Luggage Tags
If you’re looking for the perfect wedding gift or gift for the newlyweds to take on their honeymoon, consider these adorable his and her luggage tags from Kate Spade New York. They’re a fun way to mark your luggage, and also announce to the world that you’re officially off the market.
Plus, they’re more durable than the basic luggage tags the airport provides! Can you imagine losing your luggage on your honeymoon because your luggage tag had fallen off and the airline couldn’t get in touch with you?Check Price on Amazon
Foval Power Step Down Voltage Converter
Did you know there are roughly 15 different types of electrical outlets in use throughout the world? If you’ve traveled abroad, you know you can’t bring your hair dryer and expect it to work. That’s why converters are needed. Converters not only enable you toplug an American outlet into a foreign outlet, but they also “turn down” the electrical voltage to 110/120V, which is what American devices need to function properly.
The Foval Power Step Down Voltage Converter was Amazon’s choice for “220v to 110v converter,” which is why it made our Travel Gift Guide. It has four USB slots and two, two-pronged plugs. It’s also smaller than may converters.Check Price on Amazon
Bumble and Bumble Soft, Sea-Tossed Hair (Anywhere) Surf Travel Set
Have you noticed when you travel, you sometimes encounter problems with your hair? It may not have as much bounce as it does at home, or perhaps it always seems to be greasy (or dry). This can be due to a change in climate, or even a different type of water than what your hair is used to. As such, you’ll want to do whatever is in your power to keep your hair looking as good as possible. Bringing your own shampoo and hair needs is one of those things in your power.
Bumble and Bumble’s Soft, Sea-Tossed Hair products are one of our favorite lines – especially for those of us that hate using hair dryers. It keeps our hair looking wavy, volumized, and moisturized, so we were thrilled to see that Sephora carries it in travel sizes! Gone are the days of having to buy our own travel containers and fill them with our favorite products.Check Price on Sephora
Healthy Home Travel Towels
If you have a travel lover in your life that frequents hostels, they’re going to need to BYOT. Most hostels don’t provide towels, and carrying around a traditional terrycloth towel isn’t the best option. That’s where travel towels come in.
Travel towels are not only lightweight, but they can absorb up to nine times their weight in water. Plus, they’re quick to dry! Healthy Home Travel Towels is one of our favorite brands of travel towels, so it was only natural it made our Travel Gift Guide. Available in four sizes, these microfiber towels dry up to 10X faster than normal terry cloth or cotton towels and remain odor-free after use.
While they’re great for hostels, they’re also perfect for yoga, SCUBA diving, and more. Is your traveler planning on exploring The Top 5 Dive Spots in Thailand? They’re going to need a travel towel.Check Price on Amazon
Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask
A sleep mask is one of the best tools for a traveler. Whether it’s for airplane use, an afternoon nap to combat jetlag, or even nightly use, it can help guarantee a good night’s sleep. The Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask is Amazon’s #1 best seller in the sleep mask category and it’s easy to see why.
Made of 100% top-quality 19 momme natural mulberry silk on BOTH sides, the mask is super-soft yet breathable. It offers a cool, soothing feeling – perfect for travel weary eyes. The one-strap headband is easy to adjust and won’t tangle in your hair. Plus, it fits comfortably with ear plugs!Check Price on Amazon
Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
Have you ever had to pay excess baggage fees? They can really add up. While the best way to avoid them is to simply under pack and not shop, the second (and more realistic way) is to invest in a luggage scale. This way, you can weight your bag and adjust before heading to the airport.
The Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale is Amazon’s Choice in luggage scales. It can weigh your bags in either pounds or kilograms, with a weight capacity of 100 lbs (or 50 kgs). It’s easy to use, lightweight and small, and can save you hundreds of dollars. If you have a traveler in your life that tends to overpack, this is the perfect gift for them.Check Price on Amazon
Sephora Collection Sheet Masks
Have you ever gotten off an airplane with skin so dry it itched? You can thank the recirculated air of the plane for that. Airplanes are terrible for the skin, which is why it’s important to stay as hydrated as possible from both the inside and the outside. While it’s imperative to drink as much water as possible, it’s also crucial to keep your skin hydrated. That’s why we love sheet masks.
Sephora’s namesake face masks are made of natural lyocell fiber and come in a variety, each with a different skin care benefit:
“Avocado Face Mask: Nurtures and supports healthy skin by offering intense nutrition and relieving sensitive areas.
Green Tea Face Mask: Mattifies and purifies to soothe skin, minimize shine, and reduce the appearance of outbreaks.
Pomegranate Mask: Awakens, energizes, and tones the skin for a fresh appearance. Algae Face Mask: Detoxifies the skin to get rid of impurities that cause dullness for a fresh, radiant complexion.
Orchid Face Mask: Moisturizes and evens skin tone to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Lotus Face Mask: Locks in water to reduce the signs of fatigue and strain for a stress-free and rested appearance.
Pearl Face Mask: Perfects and brightens with natural-origin pearl to create high luminosity and visibly minimize irregularities. Rose Face Mask: Provides deep moisture and brightening properties through natural rose extract.”
Paraben free, you simply unfold the mask, peel of the pink film, and apply to clean skin for 15 minutes. There’s no need to rinse, and you’ll be left feeling silky smooth and most importantly, hydrated.
Kate Spade Travel Journal
Every travel needs a good journal. Nowadays most people use iPhones or other electronic means to take notes on favorite restaurants, hotspots and more, but something can be said about the art of journaling. A lot of travelers like to save boarding passes, museum stubs, menus, and other memorable things to look back upon and smile. Some still like to take notes on what they did each day. If your favorite traveler is a memory keeper like this, consider getting them a notebook.
We love all of Kate Spade’s notebooks. They’re pretty, they’re fun, and most importantly, they’re high quality. Going to Italy? Is your giftee a fan of the Amalfi coast, or Limoncello in particular? Consider this “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello” notebook.”
Or, is your giftee an independent, solo female traveler? You can’t find a better notebook to fither spirit than ones that reads “She Is Quick and Curious and Playful and Strong.”
Eccolo World Traveler Passport Covers
Passport covers aren’t necessary, but they’re fun. They can also be beneficial in keeping track of your passport, particularly if you buy a bright color! We love these Eccolo passport covers because they’re cheap, cute, and fun. With nearly 20 different options, there’s bound to be one here your traveling friend will love!
Is your friend a traditionalist? Consider this vintage-inspired leather cover:
Is he or she more into glitz and glam? Go for the gold with this shimmery cover!
Or – would they prefer something a bit different? This envelope cover makes sliding the passport in and out simple should customs require it:
So many choices!
Wanderlust Travel Compression Socks
Compression socks may not be at the top of anyone’s wishlist, but they should be for frequent fliers. Compression socks help to increase circulation and reduce the risk of swelling, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and clotting on long flights. Ideally, they should be worn on all flights over four hours.
Wanderlust’s Travel Compression Socks are gender neutral and great not only for flights, but everyday use. They work to prevent painful swelling, Edema, DVT, and more. Even better? Wanderlust stands behind its product 100%. If you don’t fall in love with these socks after their first wear, Wanderlust will refund your money or send you a new pair for free!
7 Piece Beauty Junky In-Flight Essential Travel Comfort Kit
It’s important to stay moisturized when you travel so your skin doesn’t freak out once you reach your destination. NPW-USA’s beauty kit can help. If you have a beauty-loving traveler on your gift list, consider this 7 piece essential kit.
Not only is the kit super cute, but it includes all the necessary travel needs a girl could have: luggage tags, socks, ear plugs, molded eye mask and 3 hair ties (because they’re so easy to loose).
100% Cashmere Travel Set
Cashmere is the ultimate for travel comfort: it’s soft, warm, breathable, and gives you a feeling of luxury. If you’re lookingfor the ultimate luxury splurge for your favorite traveler, consider this 100% Cashmere Travel Set which includes a blanket, eye mask, and even socks. Whether you’re traveling in first class or not, you’ll certainly feel like it with this set.
It certainly is a splurge, and not likely someone would invest in for themselves. And those types of items always make the best gifts. The blanket measure 60” x 35” so is the perfect size to cover you from head to toe in your seat. While the set is perfect for airplanes, it’s also great for train and car travel as well. Set is available in black, grey, and natural.
Tumi 19 Degree International Carry-On
You know you’re a bona fide traveler when you get excited about luggage. High-quality luggage is just different; especially roller-bags. They have all the right pockets in all the right places, which helps to keep your package organized. And the best part? Their spinning wheels make them glide effortlessly across airport floors.
If you’re looking for a true splurge gift for the travel lover in yourlife, check out Tumi’s new 19 Degree collection. The international carry-on is our top choice, because who likes to wait at baggage claim? This titanium bag features a rough aluminum shell that can handle wear and tear. Shown in gunmetal, is super sleek with fluid lines and contoured angles. It’s retractable handle and slim, “spinner” wheels make it easy to handle – even if you’re running through the airport! Plus, it’s water resistant and comes with a 2-point locking system for additional security. The interior is lined with nylon and features adjustable clothing straps as well as a zip pocket. Want to add a bit of flair? Tumi has included vintage-inspired stickers so you can personalize your bag.
Dimensions: 22 x 9 x 14 inWeight: 4.99 kgMaterial: Aluminium and Nylon
As beneficial as it is to travel light, sometimes you just need a big bag. Perhaps you want to check out the Best Neighborhoods in Paris and want to make sure to look your best each day. A carry-on unfortunately won’t meet your needs. Or, maybe you want to visit the Most Instagramed Cities in Morocco and plan on stocking up on Argon oil, leather goods, and spices. You’ll want a big suitecase to bring back all of your new finds. That’s where Samsonite’s Framelock 28” Spinner can come in handy.
This new bag from Samsonite is sturdy enough to handle the roughest of baggage handles. Its thin frame and low profile TSA-approved lock ensure both durability and security, and its double spinner wheels enable it to roll with ease across any terrain.
Dimensions: 30.5″ x 21.4″ x 13.4″Weight: 12.2 lbsMaterial: ABS plastic
Even better? It comes with a limited 10-year warranty!
Hero7 Black GoPro
If your travel-loving friend loves adventures (and capturing those adventures on film), then consider getting them a Go-Pro. The self-proclaimed “camera that’s as tough as you” is waterproof, voice activated, and provides incredibly high-quality photos and super-smooth video.
Is the giftee on your list a SCUBA diver wanting to check out the Best Dive Spots in Thailand? A GoPro is perfect! The Hero7 can below water down to 33 feet!
Samsung AKG N60 Noise Cancelling Headphones
If you ask any travel lover what their must-haves are for long flights, we guarantee you “good headphones” will be in their top five. Yes, airlines provides headphones, but they’re often uncomfortable and provide poor quality sound.
Samsung has some of the best noise-cancelling headphones around. Not only do they provide high-quality sound, but they’re more affordable than many of their competitors. Our favorite model is the AKG N60 Noise Cancelling Headphones. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they’re compact and wireless as well. They easily block out the roar of the airplane and chatter of nearby passengers so you can enjoy a movie or music. Plus, the battery provides 15 hours of playback!
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5”, 32GB, Black
In addition to headphones, travel lovers will likely tell you that a tablet is another travel-must for long haul flights. Why rely on movies the airline provides when you can bring your own entertainment? Long flights are great ways to catch up on Netflix series. If you’re going to be trapped for 6+ hours, why not enjoy a good Netflix binge?
There are so many tablets on the market, but the Samsung Galaxy is our favorite. It’s made for entertainment, featuring a wide screen, excellent screen quality and Dolby Atmos® surround sound. You can even multitask, watching movies while listening to music and surfing the internet! Plus, if your hands are full, you can simply say “Hey Google” and the Google Assistant will help you. While we love our iPads, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is an excellent (and more affordable) alternative if you simply want a screen to watch movies and TV shows on.
Not everyone buys travel insurance but they should. If you have a travel-loving friend on your gift list that hasn’t purchase travel insurance, consider buying it for them. Travel insurance can cover:
Trip Cancellation: Trip cancellation coverage provides reimbursement for non-refundable purchases should your trip be cancelled or interrupted due to injury, illness or a variety of other reasons (these reasons vary by provider).
Baggage Coverage: Baggage coverage provides reimbursement should your luggage get lost, stolen or damaged. Some plans also cover replacement needs for items such as toiletries, clothing and more should you bags be delayed.
Medical Coverage: Medical coverage provides payment for emergency medical care should you get hurt or sick while traveling. Plans vary, and different companies offer different maximum coverage amounts. In addition to emergency care, medical coverage typically provides emergency evacuation.
There are a lot of travel insurance companies out there, so check out our list of Best Travel Insurance Companies to see which is the best fit.
We hope you found something on our Travel Gift Guide that the traveler lover in your life will appreciate. If you’re a frequent traveler yourself, tell us in the comments what your favorite things to travel with are!