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The Best Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers

Picture of Jill Di Donato
Fashion Editor
Updated: 11 December 2017
For every type of traveler on your list—the hipster, techie, or feminist—there’s a gift that shows you care.

Celebrate wanderlust with these carefully curated gifts for beauty lovers, fitness fanatics, wellness lovers, and all the other types of travelers who are unafraid to explore differences in our world. From tech gadgets to sleep aids, these gifts help make life on the road more comfortable, memorable, and fun. They just might inspire new adventures.

1. TSA-friendly makeup palettes for jet-set travelers

Save space and give good face with a palette that’s literally out of this world. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Limited Edition Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette (from $69.99) is one of the season’s most-hyped beauty collections.

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Limited Edition Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Limited Edition Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette | Courtesy of Amazon

With 14 star-dusted shades, they’ll be shimmering like a diamond in the sky, making on-the-go beauty easy and sleek.

2. Tech gadgets for intrepid travelers

For the traveler who likes to go off the beaten path, this goTenna (from $120) device could be a literal lifesaver.

goTenna devices
goTenna devices | Courtesy of Amazon

The device helps you stay connected through text and GPS even when there’s no signal. It’s been used widely during natural disasters and is one gadget you really don’t want to need and not have. The goTenna is sold in pairs so you can keep in touch with a travel buddy no matter where you are.

3. The book for feminist travelers

Who needs a man when you’re on the road? A good book is the perfect companion for solo female travelers. Eve Babitz’s Slow Days, Fast Company (from $10.84) recently re-issued memoir in essays is a must-read for the millennial feminist.

Slow Days, Fast Company
Slow Days, Fast Company | Courtesy of Amazon

Babitz’s Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. is a collection of stories about gamboling through the LSD colors of mid-70s Los Angeles. Babitz is having a moment in the literary world right now, and is as relevant as ever.

4. Health gadgets for fitness travelers

It’s not always easy to find a gym, or the time to work out. The Flight 001 kit (from $48) solves that problem.

Flight 001’s Travel Fitness Kit
Flight 001’s Travel Fitness Kit | Courtesy of Amazon

This handy traveler’s fitness kit offers an easy way to work out in a hotel room or outdoors. It’s almost like taking a gym around the world with you.

5. Sleep aids for workaholic travelers

For the frequent flier, snoozing on planes is just a way of life. With the Wrap-A-Nap (from $4) sleep pillow, on-flight sleep becomes more pleasant.

Wrap-A-Nap
Wrap-A-Nap | Courtesy of Amazon

This face mask works as a travel pillow and also helps to muffle sound. That means fewer sleep distractions no matter where you are (and it also happens to be extremely affordable).

6. Adult coloring book for hipster travelers

Guaranteed to beat the boredom of a long flight is the Broad City Coloring Book (from $9.17).

The Broad City Coloring Book
The Broad City Coloring Book | Courtesy of Amazon

Inside you’ll find activities, maps, mazes, quotes, and more.

7. The “it” bag for fashionable travelers

For the jet-set woman in your life, the Lancaster Paris Mini Bucket Bag (from $107) makes a perfect travel accessory.

Lancaster Paris Mini Bucket Bag
Lancaster Paris Mini Bucket Bag | Courtesy of Forzieri

This champagne color way will inspire festive adventures in the year to come.

8. Tech luggage for millennial travelers

Glide to the gate with luggage that doubles as a scooter with Micro Luggage (from $209.99).

Micro Luggage
Micro Luggage | Courtesy of Amazon

For the millennial traveler whose favorite mode of transport is a scooter, this luggage is ideal. Yes, you can ride your bag all the way to your terminal.

9. Anxiety relief for stressed out travelers

One of the year’s most on-trend gifts is this weighted fleece blanket (from $114) that helps relieve anxiety.

Weighted Fleece Throw
Weighted Fleece Throw | Courtesy of Amazon

Travelers can pack this on their adventures to have all the comfort of home while on the road.

10. Wearable tech for sporty travelers

For the traveler who never slows down, the Fitbit Smart Watch (from $300) is essential for keeping pace.

Fitbit Smart Watch
Fitbit Smart Watch | Courtesy of Macy’s

Keep an eye on heart rate, distance, calories, mile splits, and more with this ultimate smart watch.

11. The Twin Peaks box set for cinephile travelers

One of this year’s hottest releases was the return of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. This special edition Twin Peaks box set on DVD and Blu-ray (from $46.20) provides hours of entertainment as you relax in your hotel room after a day of sightseeing.

Laura Dern in Twin Peaks: The Return
Laura Dern in Twin Peaks: The Return | © Showtime

A chilling cult-favorite for the traveler who likes to unwind to the avant-garde.

12. Travel bag for yogi travelers

The Sweaty Betty, Luxe Gym Bag, (from $127) is lightweight carry-all for yoga retreats and gym sessions alike.

Sweaty Betty Luxe Gym Bag
Sweaty Betty Luxe Gym Bag | Courtesy of Sweaty Betty

Compact and chic, this durable travel gym bag has compartments to keep all your workout essentials organized.

13. Chi jade roller for wellness travelers

Flying can wreck havoc on the skin, but it doesn’t have to. This Chi Jade Roller (from $16.50) is a perfect plane companion to keep chi flowing in the pressure points of the face, including temples, neck, and forehead.

Chi Anti Aging Jade Roller
Chi Anti Aging Jade Roller | Courtesy of Amazon

Wellness lovers can relax anywhere, and keep skin looking fresh and ageless, with jade therapy.

14. Cozy coat for adventure travelers

Utility chic has never looked so good as Uniqlo’s Women U Reversible Down Coat (from $99.90). This gift is so good, you might want to keep it for yourself.

Women U Reversible Down Coat
Women U Reversible Down Coat | Courtesy of Uniqlo

As temperatures dip, this coat keeps you warm with Uniqlo’s HEATTECH fleece lining. For travelers who plan to spend time outdoors, warmth is essential.

15. Stocking stuffers for teen travelers

Give the teen in your life a little something for her pocket with the Oh K! Korean Cat and Bear Lip Balms, (from $12.95).

Oh K! Korean Cat and Bear Lip Balms
Oh K! Korean Cat and Bear Lip Balms | Courtesy of Amazon

This cat and bear lip balm set makes for the perfect stocking stuffer. Smooth out lips with delectable tasting balms (the cat is peach flavored and the bear is cotton candy).