Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers
Holiday Gift Ideas for Frequent Flyers
A quality pair of headphones is a must for anyone who flies frequently. Noise cancelling headphones like Bose will block out all the background noise of the plane engines and people talking, whereas a regular pair of headphones will just not cut it. Any frequent flyer will want a good pair of headphones to comfortably watch movies and listen to music on hours long flights without background distractions. The battery life on Bose headphones is about 20 hours, which is perfect for any lengthy flight or car ride. In my opinion, Bose sells the highest quality headphones on the market.
Where to purchase: Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones
Packing Cubes Set
Packing cubes make packing a dreaded suitcase more fun, efficient, and less stressful. This 5 piece packing cube set from TravelWise is the perfect gift for frequent flyers. With 2 large cubes, 2 medium, and 2 small, you can conveniently organize items according to category, making travel less stressful and more convenient. No more fumbling around in your suitcase, as everything is clean and organized with these cubes. It’s really convenient to be able to separate different articles of clothing into 5 separate compartments.
Where to purchase: TravelWise 5 Piece Packing Cube System
TSA approved liquid holder
This handy 4 piece TSA approved liquid holder contains 3.3oz bottles so you can get through security without any problems. Each bottle is a different color so you can easily distinguish between different products. The cool thing is that each bottle comes with interchangeable labels (conditioner, sun, shampoo, etc) so you remember what you stored in each bottle. Each bottle is leak proof, so you will no longer open your suitcase and find spilled liquids all over your clothes. An included lanyard is included for convenient hanging in the hotel shower. As an alternative, you can hang all the bottles on the lanyard and use the clear case for storing bathroom items/cosmetics. In addition to travel, this kit is great for camping, gym use, the pool, etc.
Where to purchase: AusKit Travel Set of 4 TSA approved silicone bottles
Sleep/sinus eye mask
The Earth Therapeutics Cooling Beads dual sleep mask/sinus relief eye mask is the best I’ve tried. So much so, that I have given it out as a gift on multiple occasions. The sleep side is very cozy and comfortable, blocking out all light, and thus, perfect for early morning/late flights. The gel beaded size can be thrown in the freezer for a few minutes for instant sinus/headache relief. It also helps reduce puffiness and swelling from lack of sleep due to jet lag.
Where to purchase: Earth Therapeutics Sleep Mask
A new luggage set is always a great gift choice for the frequent traveler, especially because many of us go on years and years with the same luggage never thinking about replacing the set. The American Flyer Brickwall 5-Piece Spinner Luggage Set is a nice choice as the luggage comes in 2 different unusual colors which will make luggage pop out over the sea of plain black. I can always spot my set out right away without a need to even check the tags because no one else has it! The spinner wheels on the uprights make for easy maneuvering through the airport. This set includes 3 uprights, a wheeled duffel bag, and a personal bag – basically everything you need for any flight. As an added bonus, the pieces all fit inside each other for easy & space saving storage at home.
Where to purchase: American Flyer Brickwall 5-Piece Spinner Luggage Set
Colorful Luggage Tags
Stand out with colorful luggage tags that will make picking out your luggage at the baggage claim that much easier. Shacke makes a variety of unique colorful luggage tags, not only to suit your personal taste, but also to make your luggage stand out amongst the crowds (especially if you own black suitcases). These tags are anything but boring and come in a variety of creative designs.
Where to purchase: Shacke Luggage Tags
Travel UV Electric Toothbrush
Owning a nice travel toothbrush set has prevented me from forgetting my toothbrush. I love the travel set because I do not have to stuff the toothbrush in a ziploc bag. The Sonic electric toothbrush comes with a nice travel case, which has a UV sanitizer to kill germs – a must when traveling and exposing yourself to endless germs. The compact design makes this perfect for anyone on the go. Plus the charge lasts for 2 weeks, so you will not have to worry about plugging anything in during your trip. Just charge before you leave and you are all set! I feel that electric toothbrushes are more powerful, thus giving you that dentist clean teeth feeling every time you brush. I love my regular electric brush, however, it’s just too bulky for travel, making this travel friendly version the perfect alternative.
Where to purchase: Travel Sonic Electric Toothbrush with UV Sanitizer Case
Microsoft Surface Book
This lightweight laptop, the newest product from Microsoft, is the perfect size for traveling. It features a detachable keyboard and touchscreen with a pen. The screen size is 13.5 inches and it weights just over 3 pounds. Overall, it is an excellent travel laptop because it’s thin and light.
Where to purchase: Microsoft Surface Book
Holiday Gifts for those who prefer road travel
Sirius XM is hands down the best gift for any frequent road traveler. It’s so much better than attempting to find radio stations in isolated areas or listening to whatever random stations you do find. With 72 commercial free music stations, plus talk radio, comedy, sports play by play, and news and weather stations, you will never get bored on the road again. You’ll find everything on Sirius, from an 80’s and 90’s dedicated station, to Blue Collar Comedy, to several 24/7 Christmas stations starting in November. You can store up to 20 of your favorite channels for easy access. There are so many cool features including the ability to replay, pause, and rewind songs. You can also buy a home kit and subscribe online.
Where to purchase: Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Travel Tea Tumbler
If you are someone who likes your tea and coffee very hot, then this vacuum insulated travel tea tumbler from Teavana is sure to please. For anyone who prefers high quality loose leaf over bagged tea, a tea tumbler is a must. I love that I can leave the tea bags at home and still enjoy high quality loose leaf tea on the go. A removable tea basket collects the leaves so they are not floating in the water. It also works great for coffee.
Teavana’s tea tumblers are the best I’ve ever tried. They keep the drink hot for several hours and warm for another few hours after. For anyone like me that hates the thought of lukewarm drinks, this travel thermos is definitely the top pick. The tumbler comes in a variety of colors so you can personalize based on your individual preference. I also recommend a travel loose leaf tea single serving gift package like the Tea Forte Herbal Blend set which includes 15 single serving size herbal tea packets – it makes a wonderful gift for any traveling tea lover! Another highly recommended travel coffee mug is the Thermos Tumbler – this vacuum sealed travel mug keeps drinks hot for hours and hours!
Where to purchase: Teavana Tea Tumbler
Travel Single Cup Coffee Maker
For the traveling coffee lover that can’t stand the thought of using whatever crappy coffee is available at the hotel, the MyJo Single Cup Coffee Maker makes for a perfect gift. The compact design makes it perfect for taking with on the go. It is really easy to use – you just heat up the reservoir in the microwave or fill it with boiled water and then place in a K Cup of your choice. Place your cup under the maker, pump, and enjoy. It’s easy and quite affordable. Perfect for hotel rooms, camping, and office use.
Where to purchase: Presto 02835 MyJo Single Cup Coffee Maker
Plug in car cooler
This electric cooler is just perfect for road trips as you can use it both as a warmer and cooler. On hot summer trips, it keeps drinks and sandwiches nice and cold. On the other hand, you can use the heater to keep lunch leftovers warm until you need your next snack. This functional cooler cools up to 32 degrees and heats up to 140. For anyone who frequently travels on the road, this cooler is a must! Also great for picnics, visits to state parks, carrying home frozen groceries, and beach days.
Where to purchase: Wagan Electric Cooler/Warmer
This convenient power adapter is great to have on hand if you need to charge any electronic devices while driving in the car.
Where to purchase: BESTEK 300W Power Inverter
Holiday Gift Ideas for Her
A cozy jumpsuit is the perfect outfit for long distance travel. Not only is it comfortable, it’s also stylish. Whenever I take a long road trip or flight, I always wear my velour jumpsuit. This Springwind brand comes in a variety of different colors. Be aware – sizes run small. For the fashionable traveler who still wants to feel relaxed and cozy, the velour jump suit is a winning gift idea.
Where to purchase: Springwind Velour Hoodie Jump Suit Seat
Kate Sommerville Travel Set
This 4 piece set from the Kate Sommerville line (which is absolutely wonderful) includes mini sized versions of the best products: Exfolikate (the best exfoliator I have ever used), DermalQuench Liquid Lift (a great anti aging treatment), Gentle Daily Wash, and Nourish Daily Moisturizer (keep your skin moist during dry flights). A clear travel bag is included for easy access on the go. Although quite pricey, the products are well worth the upcharge, making this kit a great gift for the luxury traveler.
Where to purchase: Kate Sommerville The Hollywood Perfect Skin Travel Set
Burt Bees Travel Set
For a less costly travel beauty set, the Burt Bees travel set is a real winner. This wonderful natural company makes all their products with natural ingredients. The travel set is ideal to introduce people to the line, and also a nice gift idea for anyone who already love their products. The 6 piece mini travel kit includes the Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, Intensive Hydration Day Lotion, Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion, Coconut Foot Cream and Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream. All of these products provide intense hydration, which is a must when flying as it dries out your skin. The mini sizes range from 0.5-1 ounce, making it about the perfect size for a trip of up to a week or so.
Where to purchase: Burt Bees Mini 6 piece Travel Set
Mini Perfume Set
I love this Estee Lauder mini perfume set, featuring 5 great scents in miniature sized bottles that are perfect for women on the go. Scents include Beautiful & Pleasures, Pleasures eau fraiche, Pure White Linen, Sensuous Nude. You will also get a bonus cosmetic bag for easy storage and travel. You really cannot go wrong with a classic perfume set for that hard to shop for person on your list.
Where to purchase: Estee Lauder Mini Perfume Set
Travel Makeup Brush Kit with Bag
This handy Matto 9-Piece Bamboo Makeup Brush Set comes with a convenient bag for easy travel packing. These brushes are a great value based on the quality. The pretty carrying bag is a nice bonus, sure to please your gift recipient.
Where to purchase: Matto 9 Piece Bamboo Makeup Brush Set
Hanging Cosmetics Travel Bag
This handy makeup, cosmetic, and bathroom essentials organizing case is perfect for travel. There are a bunch of compartments to store all your necessities and beauty products. Each pocket is clear so you can easily see what you are looking for without emptying the whole thing out. As an added bonus, there is a hook so you can hang it on the back of a door, in the shower, etc. No more bottles spilling open all over your suitcase and makeup items randomly scattered everywhere. I use it every time I travel. Additionally, it is also great for gym use.
Where to purchase: Hanging Toiletry Bag
A travel journal is a great gift to give anyone with a memorable trip coming up in the near future. Keeping a travel journal is a fun way to commemorate any trip. I received this journal as a gift last Christmas and I absolutely love the vintage design.
Where to purchase: Vintage Travel Journal
Laptop/iPad sleeves keep your electronics safe, while also making a fashion statement. Kayond makes a variety of fashionable sleeves for laptops and iPad. There are a variety of different colors and patterns and sizes available.
Where to purchase: Kayond Sleeve for Notebooks and Ipads
Holiday Gift Ideas for Him
NFL travel mug
Get him a cool on the go travel coffee mug with his favorite football team’s logo. This NFL mug features a vacuum style lid, so the drinks stay long for quite a while. Sporty and functional at the same time. My boyfriend loves his Bears mug!
Where to purchase: 18 ounce NFL travel mug
Travel Necessities Kit
For any forgetful traveler that always has to buy a new toothbrush, razor, etc., this kit really saves the day. The 16 piece travel necessities kit basically includes everything a man would need for a trip – shampoo, razor, toothbrush/paste, floss, q tips, band aids, shaving cream, Advil, and so much more! What makes this kit so great is that you have everything you could possibly need in one place – no last minute morning bathroom checks to ensure you didn’t forget to pack anything. Everything is TSA approved for easy, hassle-free security check.
Where to purchase: Convenience Kits Men’s Premium 16-piece Necessities Travel Kit
This beautiful passport holder is a great gift idea for any travels overseas. In addition to holding a passport, there are convenient pockets for storing credit cards, cash, and a driver’s license, so you can leave your main wallet at home.
Where to purchase: Brown Leather USA Embossed Passport Holder Cover
Weekender Travel Tote
This large duffel bag is perfect for weekend trips, whether it be a flight or road trip. There is plenty of space to store everything – clothes, shoes, a lap top, etc. Multiple compartments let you easily organize everything. The look is very manly and stylish at the same time. It’s the perfect man’s bag for a weekend trip, with just enough room for everything.
Where to purchase: Toupons 20.8” Large Canvas Travel Tote Luggage Men’s Weekender Duffle Bag
Personal Gaming System
This GAEMS Vanguard Personal Gaming Environment allows you to bring a gaming system with you on the go. It’s compatible with Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 Slim consoles. The hardy shell protects the console, and it’s TSA friendly so you can keep it in your carry on bag. You just open it up, plug it in, and you are ready to go. The screen is a 19 inch HD 720p LED display. It’s a great toy that comes in handy in the case of flight delays and beating boredom in a hotel room. For the gamer who travels often and does not want to leave it at home or deal with a bunch of messy cords, the GAEMS PGE is a must!
Men’s Grooming Kit
This 9 piece manicure kit is perfect for the man on the go. It has a stylish look and includes all the essentials like toenail clippers, nail files, tweezers, and an ear cleaner.
Where to purchase: New Men Manicure Grooming Set Case 9 in 1
Shaving Travel Kit
This Art of Shaving 4 piece travel kit is TSA approved so you can conveniently store it in your carry on. This handy kit features travel size versions of the 4 Elements of The Perfect Shave – Prepare, Lather, Shave, and Moisturize. It is a fantastic kit in general, and just perfect for the man on the go.
Where to purchase: The Art of Shaving travel kit
Novelty Travel Gift Ideas
Travel Photo Album
A classic photo album is a great way to commemorate your trip the old-fashioned way. This particular photo album features a gorgeous cover and holds 200 4 by 6 photos with space to write a few notes. There’s a special place in the front for a cover photo too. Your gift recipient will appreciate the thoughtful gift, especially if they have an exciting trip coming up in the near future!
Where to purchase: Pioneer Photo Albums
This beautiful vintage inspired scrapbook is the perfect novelty gift for any traveler. It’s a fun and unique, not to mention an old -fashioned way to preserve the memories of a great trip. It only includes 10 pages, however, extras can be ordered.
Where to purchase: Vintage Travel Expandable Scrapbook
Rosetta Stone is an amazing travel gift for anyone planning on learning a new language or traveling abroad. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to learn a new language. The program is fun and easy to use, and sure to get anyone pumped up about upcoming international trips.
Where to purchase: Rosetta Stone
Travel Journaling Notebook
A travel journal is a great gift for anyone. This gorgeous rustic looking travel journal is a gorgeous gift for both men and women. It’s made out of Genuine Water Buffalo Leather, giving it an antique, old-fashioned charm. For a classy gift sure to please any traveler, you really cannot go wrong with a stylish journal.
Where to purchase: Leather Journal Writing Notebook
Travel Scratch off Map
A fun map where you can scratch off all the places you have been makes for a really cool and eclectic gift. This travel map brings back great memories of trips past, plus gets you excited for new travels! I bought this for my bf last year and he loves it!
Where to purchase: USA Travel Tracker Map
A travel steamer is perfect for business travelers or anyone else who wants to look sharp and clean while on a trip. The compact size makes it easy to fit into any suitcase. The steamer comes in handy if you have no time for ironing, or in the case that your hotel room happens to have no iron.
Where to purchase: NOSIVA Garment Steamer
This compact travel sized humidifier is perfect for hotel rooms, especially after taking a long flight which tends to dry out your sinuses. It has come in handy for me over the years when traveling to dry desert locations like Las Vegas and Phoenix. It helps keep your sinuses moist all night so you do not wake up with the dreaded sinus headache which really puts a damper on any trip! It’s so easy to use – just fill up a water bottle and plug in. Outside of travel, it’s great for any small space like an office or bedroom.
Where to purchase: Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier
Travel Scrabble game
I love playing Scrabble at home so I just had to have this mini sized travel version, which comes in handy on long flights, lengthy waits at the airport, and beating boredom in the hotel room. For old-fashioned, non tech fun on the go, this game is as good as it gets. Plus, it takes forever to play, therefore, making it the perfect time killer on lengthy flights. The tiles snap in place, so you can leave the game at any time and pick up later. As an added bonus, it comes with a handy carrying case.
Where to purchase: Scrabble to Go Board Game
Handheld Sega Genesis
Anyone who grew up playing Sega Genesis in the 90’s will love this portable game system. It includes 80 built in games including favorites like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat. Plus, you can easily download any of your old favorites which are not included. I bring this with on any road trip or flight and it eats up plenty of time to make the flight/car ride feel shorter. It’s so much fun that I find myself playing at home when bored. It’s so great seeing all the old classic games again. This gift is sure to be a hit! For more portable gaming fun, I also highly recommend the Sony PlayStation Vita.
Where to purchase: Sega Genesis Arcade Ultimate Portable
US Photo Travel Map
This fun travel gift includes a large map of the US with spots for photos in each of the 50 states. It’s a unique way to track where you have been and where you want to go. Each state comes with a cut out to help you shape your pictures. An awesome gift for travelers who have been/want to visit each state. I received this as a birthday gift and I love it – it’s such a unique way to document all your travel adventures.
Where to purchase: Memorable Mats 50 States Photo Map
Pet Travel Carrier
This travel pet carrier is airline approved, will easily fit under the seat, and is very stylish. It’s the perfect size for small dogs and cats. It’s nicely ventilated and even has a few small openings where you can slide in a treat!
Where to purchase: Premium Pet Travel Carrier