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35 Best Gifts for Travelers To Shop in 2021


Finding the best gifts for travelers can be tough—that person likely just wants airplane tickets, and those are a liiiiiittle out of most folks’ price range. While we’d love to surprise our friends and family with, say, an all-inclusive trip to Hawaii or a two-week Eurotrip, it’s a pipe dream. The next best thing? A travel-friendly gift (think stylish weekender bags, hoodies made for 10-hour flights, and comfortable shoes for endless sightseeing) to accompany them on their next sojourn, wherever that may be.

You’ll find on this list there’s a traveler-approved gift for just about everyone (all of which are far less expensive than a pre-paid vacation).

Best gifts for travelers to shop

Travel gifts for women

Mark & Graham, Travel Jewelry Case — $69.00

Tangled necklaces and runaway earrings fit perfectly in this pebbled leather jewelry case that fits snug in any luggage. One side features slotted storage for rings and earrings, while the other has hooks and a pouch for necklaces and bracelets. Gift it as is or personalize it with a custom monogram.

Beis, The Weekender Bag — $98.00

Wanderlusters will love this trendy weekend bag from Beis, the luggage company founded by Shay Mitchell. It has everything you want out of a good getaway bag, plus a seperate, zip-off shoe compartment on the bottom, as well as a zipper pocket that turns into a trolley sleeve on longer jaunts.

Rothy’s, The Sneaker — $125.00

From long train rides to overnight airplane rides, these comfy sneakers can handle it all. They’re made from sustainable materials that are easy to slide on and off in a pinch. Best part is, they’re washable, so after a long day on the move, they can be cleaned up in no time.

Wayre, Roma Reversible Wrap Dress — $189.00

Female-founded Wayre makes sustainable clothes designed for modern travelers. Function meets fashion in this eco-friendly travel dress that can take you from sightseeing to dinner or drinks in seconds. It’s stacked with pockets, including a hidden one on the inside that’s ideal for storing valuables on the move, plus it’s reversible, allowing you to switch between a plunging V-neck or high-neck depending on the occasion.

Travel gifts for men

Peak Design, Travel Duffelpack 65L — $220.00

Durable and gear-friendly, this hardy backpack has ample room for storing just about anything. The main zip allows for easy access and visibility, while the expansion zip makes way for more room when things get cramped. It’s weatherproof, comfortable to carry, and loaded with internal and external pockets for maximizing storage.

Filson, Twill Travel Kit — $125.00

Filson products are notoriously tough, and this dopp kit is no different. It’s crafted from rugged, waxed twill, featuring leather handles and a nylon liner that won’t stain or leak when there’s a spill. It’s a little expensive, but considering how long Filson’s products last, it’s worth the splurge.

Merrell, Freewheel 2 Casual Shoes — $110.00

Cushy and cloud-like, these shoes put a comfy spin on the classic Oxford. While the upper is full-grain leather, the sole features an EVA insole for comfort on-the-move. From walking tours to late-night layovers, these shoes look and feel good wherever.

Harry’s, Essentials Travel Shaving Kit — $30.00

If your husband, dad, or brother just can’t seem to ever remember his shaving kit, then this is the gift for him. Packed in a convenient dopp kit, it includes TSA-approved shave gel, a razor with a rubber handle, and a razor cover to protect the blades. With this kit, they’ll never have to make a last-minute stop at the pharmacy again.

Lululemon, At Ease Hoodie — $148.00

For chilly plane rides and winter road trips where the temps will drop, gift this double knit hoodie so he’s warm wherever it goes. Though toasty, it features four-way stretch that’s as breathable as it is flexible, so it won’t get stiff or stuffy. Ideal for travelers or anyone who just wants a good, snuggly sweatshirt.

Gifts for backpackers

Sea to Summit, Pro Hammock Set — $80.00

Between campsites or hostels, backpackers can set up this portable hammock just about anywhere. It’s crafted from ripstop nylon, meaning it’s ultra-durable in the elements and built to withstand wear-and-tear. After setting it up, it can be packed down into a compression bag that fits neatly in backpacks without taking up too much space.

Larq, Self-Cleaning Water Bottle — $95.00

Give the gift of pure water in 60 seconds. The Larq water bottle uses unique UV technology to clean water almost instantly, so no matter where your friends or family roam, they can drink worry-free.

Spot, Gen4 Satellite Messenger — $150.00

Whether you’re planning on going off the grid yourself or shopping for someone who frequently does, this GPS messenger by Spot is a must. It’s powered by GlobalStar satellite to alert friends and family of their exact location on hikes, camping trips, and offshore excursions. In case of emergency, they can hit an “SOS” button that alerts emergency responders in seconds, making help a button-push away.

Cotopaxi, Allpa 42L Del Dia — $200.00

Every good backpacker needs, well, a good backpack. Luckily, Cotopaxi has just the one. This new model features an extra-large suitcase style that’s ideal for long (or short) trips around the world. Spaciousness aside, it’s also crafted from recycled nylon, making it sustainable and durable for just about any adventure.

Vssl, Adventure Essentials Survival Kit — $135.00

Everything an outdoorsman could want in case of emergencies comes neatly packed in Vssl’s aptly-named vessel. Think: trail markers, waterproof matches, a first-aid kit, fishing tackle, water purification tablets, and more, all packed in a sleek, aluminum container that’s easy to stow.

Gifts for jet-setters

Ostrichpillow, Eye Mask — $36.00

Give frequent fliers a restful flight with this ergonomic eye mask from Ostrichpillow. While other sleep masks are flat, this one is 3D, designed with the contours of the face in-mind. The result? Total comfort that doesn’t slip while actually blocking out light.

Dagne Dover, Accordion Travel Wallet — $75.00

Travelers will lose track of a passport again with this convenient travel wallet from Dagne Dover. The ample slots stash credit cards and ID, while the back pocket is roomy enough for a passport and cash. Plus, its sleek design makes it easy to store in a carry-on or backpack.

Comrad, Ankle Compression Socks — $18.00

Nothing’s worse than stepping off the plane with swollen ankles. That’s why you should gift these compression socks from Comrad, which prevent swelling and stiffness on and off the plane. Available in ankle or knee-high styles.

Just Fred, Destination Dog Tote — $245.00

This tote is perfect for the friends and family who can’t leave their furry companions at home. It’s TSA-approved as a carry-on, giving Fido (or Kitty) all the room they need to stay safe and secure mid-flight. There’s also a magnetic mesh cover for when they want their beauty rest, and a built-in doggy bag dispenser.

Avene, Thermal Spring Water — $22.00

Need a last-minute stocking stuffer? This 3-pack of Avene’s signature facial mists are ideal for in-flight facials. They’re sized to meet TSA requirements, so recipients can toss them in their carry-ons for wellness on the go.

Gifts for road-trippers

Letterfolk, Road Trip Passport — $10.00

Have those friends who are always on the road? Give them this road trip passport from Letterfolk, which allows them to log their memories as they drive from place-to-place. Plus, there are prompts for bucket lists, games, and checklists, too.

Rumpl, NanoLoft® Travel Blanket — $100.00

Rumpl blankets are the definition of toasty, minus the bulk. They’re filled with recycled insulation that mimics down, so it’s extra warm and totally packable. The outside is constructed of water-resistant fabric that wicks moisture and keeps stains at bay, so it’s perfect for cuddling up with in the car where snacking might get a little messy.

Trtl, Travel Pillow — $30.00

The Trtle travel pillow is beloved by travelers across all methods of transportation for its unmatched support and comfort in even the most uncomfortable situations. Unlike traditional neck pillows, this one wraps around your neck to support your head against windows or car seats, keeping you upright and in-place so you can actually get some rest.

Lyomo, Travel Coffee Maker — $103.00

Car camping excursions and extra-long road trips call for a cup of coffee (or 5…). This portable coffee maker plugs into your car’s lighter plug, allowing you to make hot cups of Joe wherever you go. Coffee not included.

Yeti, Rambler 30 Oz. Travel Mug — $40.00

Speaking of coffee, this tumbler keeps beverages hot for hours, on and off the road. It’s designed to fit snug in a car’s cupholder, with an elevated handle and tapered bottom for easy storage. Potholes and road bumps are no problem for its ultra-tight lid that screws in place, making spills a thing of the past.

Gifts for weekenders

July, Carry All Weekender Plus — $275.00

This bag was made for the friends and family who seem to have something going on every weekend With a hefty 50L capacity, it fits just about everything, neatly and seamlessly at that. The clamshell design allows it to lay flat, too, making access to clothes, shoes, and accessories that much easier.

Cadence, Travel Containers (Pack of 6) — $70.00

These magnetic containers are perfect for storing a long weekend’s worth of vitamins, jewelry, skin care products—you name it. Each container is made from leakproof, airtight recycled ocean plastic that easily stores whatever it is you want to bring on your weekend getaway. Especially if you’re tight on space, they’re a game-changer for packing.

’73 Originals, Super Duffel Bag — $100.00

Give the gift of a good weekender bag without breaking the bank with this durable duffel by Outdoor Products. It’s made from water-resistant fabric that’s versatile and hardy, making it ideal for weekend car camping trips or other outdoor excursions. There’s plenty of room inside, plus a separate compartment for shoes and dirty clothes.

Drunk Elephant, The Littles Hair & Body Kit 2.0 — $48.00

This kit is perfect for beauty buffs who can’t bring their entire shower and hair-care routine on every getaway. It includes travel-friendly sizes of Drunk Elephant’s best-selling hair and body products, plus a cute carrying case and comb.

Steamery Stockholm, Cirrus No. 3 Steamer — $180.00

Looking for the gift for the friend who’s always at a wedding or some other fancy event? This chic steamer-iron hybrid from Steamery Stockholm is sure bet. Depending on how it’s used, users can create a steamed or pressed look in minutes (bye bye, suitcase-inspired wrinkles). Plus, it’s lightweight and compact, making it easy to throw in a weekender or overnight bag.

Travel subscription boxes

Cairn — $35.00

For your hikers, mountain bikers, and campers, Cairn makes an outdoor-themed box that makes a thoughtful gift. Each box is stacked with outdoor goodies like apparel, gear, snacks, and tools. Give a single box for just $35, or buy your loved one a 2-12 month subscription.

Trove — $110.00

If you can’t gift a full vacation, a vacation in a box is the next best thing. Trove creates city-themed boxes featuring hand selected goodies and ingredients plus two online experiences with local cooks and artisans from that city. It’s a great way to support and experience global small businesses, minus the hefty plane ticket.

Try The World Box — $50.00

For food-loving friends, the Try The World box makes an excellent gift. Plans come in 1, 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions, promising a stack of themed foods, snacks, and ingredients from a different part of the world each time.

Atlas Coffee Club — $60.00

Similarly, Atlas Coffee Club gives the gift of coffees from around the globe to its subscribers. Gifts start at $60 for 3-month subscriptions and include gourmet coffee from a different destination, a postcard from where its from, and barista-worthy tips on how to brew it best.

Explore Local Box — $40.00

Who says you have to travel across the world to experience new things? The Explore Local box focuses on American cities, giving recipients snacks, gifts, and goodies from a different U.S. city each month. All of the products are locally-sourced from businesses and artisans in the designated city, so it doubles a small-business booster, too.

Editor’s note: While we’re recommending gifts for men and women, this is purely based on what readers are searching for on Google and the keywords they’re using. No matter how you identify, you should be shopping for what you like (and for what others like as well)!

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