Looking for the best practical and fun travel gifts for business travelers and vacationers? Use our ideas to select the perfect gift for travelers!
When you’re searching for practical and fun travel gifts, several considerations come to mind. Gifts for travel lovers must be packable if they’re going to be used when traveling. And the most unique gifts for travelers should be inspirational and versatile if they’re intended to be used in between trips.
The best practical and fun travel gifts for business travelers and vacationers alike will correspond with their interests, how tech dependent they are, and their personal style. Christmas gifts for travelers are often given with plans in mind. Many travelers excitedly share that there is a an upcoming trip, and thoughtful givers will pay attention.
Using all these considerations, we’ve compiled a dozen recommendations which cover gifts for frequent travelers, travel gift ideas for him, and travel gifts for women. We’ve also included links to our popular gear, luggage and travel shop postings from which you’re sure to find a great gift for the traveler on your list.
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Fun Travel Gift Ideas for Technology Users
Power converter kit and power strip combo – This is your voltage converter/charger! You’ll be able to charge 7 different devices simultaneously using this compact kit. Includes 1 EU power cable and 3 international adapters to fit outlets in North America, UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. Avoid source incompatibility catastrophe by transforming 100-240V input to 100-120V output which will fit your American devices.
Clip on phone lens kit – A 9-in-1 kit includes 2 zoom telephoto, fisheye, macro, super wide, polarized, and wide angle lenses which are easily changed on the universal clip. Compatible with iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Edge, and others. Get those unique photos with a lightweight, packable case to keep things organized.
Powerfully Stylish Power Banks – from our own store, Peter’s custom designed power banks are really a must for travelers who don’t want to be caught in a low or no-power battery emergency. The custom-printed designs add a personal touch to the compact, lightweight power bank. We carry several power banks with us at all times. It’s amazing how easy it is to completely drain your power supply while you are distracted by taking photos, or keeping up with emails an social media while you’re on the go. Different options offer configurations with multiple ports using a lithium ion source allow for rapid and multiple device charging: phones, tablets, or any device with a built-in rechargeable battery.
Tip: For more tech ideas, check out our recommendations in Travel Tech Essentials
The Perfect Gift for Travelers: Packing and Organizing Solutions
Pro Packing Cubes – Strong, light packing cubes designed by travelers are a travel essential which will organize and compress your clothing without wrinkles. Pack like a pro with this 6-piece set includes versatile oblong slim cubes which are easy to tuck into spare corners or luggage pockets or serve as shoe bags. Larger cubes can serve to separate laundry on the return trip home. These make packing and unpacking swift and painless as well as minimize arranging and re-arranging. Whether you’re a “roller” or a “folder,” you’ll see an improved organizational experience.
The Perfect Under-Seat Rolling Carry-On – Betsy currently has a Samsonite wheeled underseater large carry-on, and it’s perfect except for one thing: no trolley sleeve, which means it isn’t stackable on her other wheeled luggage. If this versatility isn’t an issue for you, by all means buy the Samsonite. Betsy is going to replace her Samsonite with the Delsey Quilted Underseat Tote, which not only has the trolley sleeve, but a few extra interior pockets for better organization. Other useful features: easy access front organizer for tickets, passport, tablet. This versatility often serves for “personal item” usage along with another carryon bag. Note: Amazon private label has a version of this bag, too.
Tote Bag Interior Organizer – If you’re a tote bag lover – and who isn’t? – this is a game-changer. While we’ve seen other types of interior purse and tote organizers, we recommend you consider felt fabric for soft protection and shape retention. The pocket configuration ensures fragile items like phones, glasses, cameras and even tablets won’t shift, or disappear inside your larger bag. Easily transfers between different bags, too.
Tip: For more recommendations, check out our ideas at Which Luggage is Best for Travel? and our Travel Store’s Luggage and Packing archives.
Useful Travel Gifts for Added Comfort
“Cashmere” Wrap – If you get cold on airplanes – and we generally do, particularly in bulkhead seating – you know the airline blankets don’t always cut it. Why not indulge yourself or your favorite female traveler with a boutique quality wool travel wrap. Thick and toasty, yet lightweight and easy to fold and fit. The generous size – 78” x 28” without fringe – allows for luxurious draping and heft without overpowering.
A new-fangled travel pillow that actually works – We’ve purchased more traditional u-shaped travel pillows than we can count, usually just ahead of a long-haul flight where we’re desperate to get some shuteye. At the end of the flight, they go in the trash because they were, literally, a pain in the neck. This pillow gives full support while you’re sitting upright in your airplane, train, or bus seat. Easily attached to your carryon with a snap-strap. Machine washable and compressible, soft and most importantly, supportive. Available in adult and children’s sizes.
Tip: For security-minded travelers, see discussion and products at Why You Need a Passport Cover.
Top Gifts for Travelers Who Don’t Want “More Stuff”
Guided Tour – what if you know your traveler is headed to a specific destination? Wouldn’t it be nice to send them on a guided tour or help them skip the line to a long-awaited attraction? You can!
With over 30,000 things to do in more than 7,000 destinations around the world, Get Your Guide is the world’s largest online platform for booking tours, attractions and activities. Get Your Guide works with knowledgeable tour companies who provide professional local guides.
Choose experiences ranging from a couple of hours to several days’ duration, all with a money-back guarantee.
One of the Best Gift Ideas for Someone Traveling: Something to Read
Tip: For more book recommendations see our Bookworm’s Guide to Authors and Books that Inspire Travel.
Tips for Trip Success
Book Your Flight
Find an inexpensive flight by using CheapOAir, a favorite of ours because it regularly returns less expensive flight options from a variety of airlines.
Book Your Hotel or Special Accommodation
We are big fans of Booking.com. We like their review system and photos. If we want to see more reviews and additional booking options, we go to TripAdvisor.
You Need Travel Insurance!
Good travel insurance means having total peace of mind. Travel insurance protects you when your medical insurance often will not and better than what you get from your credit card. It will provide comprehensive coverage should you need medical treatment or return to the United States, compensation for trip interruption, baggage loss, and other situations.
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Nina | Lemons and Luggage says
I definitely need to get my partner a travel pillow, and I’m always worried if the regular ones are any good. Glad to hear that there’s a good alternative that actually works better.