20 Christmas gift ideas for your traveling loved ones
It’s almost here. The time of year where thousands crowd into department stores, online shopping hits an all-time high, and wrapping paper and bows crowds the halls of shops and homes alike.
It’s here again, like every year, and every person has the task of giving their loved ones tokens of appreciation. Whether it’s handmade gifts, expensive jewelry, or a simple card and hug, thought and care goes into each person.
It might seem daunting to think of what to get your globetrotting friend for Christmas. You know that they don’t have any extra space for unneeded items, and you don’t want to give them an unnecessary present that will most likely be re-gifted. We’ve compiled a list of the best options; the best tech, the best apparel, and the best accessories that your loved one would be more than happy to receive, and would most definitely need on their journey.
Our top 20 choices:
Tech Gifts for the World Travelers
#1 CHOETECH chargerA sleek, square-shaped charger that provides an effective charge for the latest iPhones, Samsung phones, and Note phones. The flat surface of the charging pad is small enough for portability but big enough that you can place your phone on the surface. For those on-the-go, this is a must-have.
$12.99 USD, Amazon US
$17.99 CDN, Amazon Canada
#2 Insten World AdapterWe’ve all been there. You get to your destination and realize you have totally forgotten an adapter, so your phone that you need to call your hotel/Airbnb is dead, your laptop is dead, and you have no idea where you are. This adapter will ensure that never happens again; it is adaptable for 150 countries and is sleek and compact to make charging phones easy and accessible.
$11.95 USD, Amazon US
$10.98 CDN, Amazon Canada
#3 Kissral Wireless Sport Earbud Bluetooth HeadphonesNo more cords, no more problems. This pair of wireless sport headphones gives you 6 hours of music or 8 hours of talking time, has a snug and comfortable design, and features a one-button control which lets you operate the headphones easily and conveniently. And even better, these in-ear headphones are noise canceling, so you can enjoy your music during take-off and not hear the screaming baby a few aisles up.
$14.99 USD, Amazon US
$39.97 CDN, Amazon Canada
Becoming almost as popular as the iPhone, everyone seems to have an iPad these days. We’re on board as well, it’s much easier to travel with than a laptop. Snag your loved one an inexpensive, but quality, tri-fold cover with a microfiber lining, hardback cover, and an auto sleep/wake function.
$12.99 USD, 10 colors to choose from here on Amazon US
$18.99 CDN, also available on Amazon Canada
#5 Mpow 059 Bluetooth Over-ear HeadphonesWireless headphones means no having the cord getting caught while you’re running to catch a bus, and ripping your headphones out of your ear and having your phone fall on the ground. It’s happened, trust me. Get these wireless ones with a 20-hour battery, hands-free call technology, built-in microphone, and foldable headband for compressibility.
$35.99-39.99 USD, Amazon US
$45.99 CDN, Amazon Canada
#6 WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External HardDrive – USB 3.0We all do it – take thousands of pictures and hours of video, and then act shocked when our phone says the storage is full. But keeping those memories is very important, and helps us reminisce long after we’ve been forced back into our work routine at home. Keeping all that data is made easy with this external hard drive, coming in 4 storage options (1, 2, 3, or 4TB). Each model has USB power, is compatible with both Mac and PC, and has a quick file-transfer time.
$99.99 USD, Amazon US
$139.99 CDN, Amazon Canada
#7 VSSL Flask and LightThis has to be the definition of something you never knew you needed until you saw it existed. Now, you NEED it. It’s a sophisticated-looking flask, lined with glass to preserve the taste of your beverage of choice. The package comes with the 10-ounce flask, two stainless steel collapsible shot glasses, a bottle opener, and of course, the light that is built into the flask. It’s not designed to conceal, but to carry in style.
$72.50 USD, Amazon US
$94.50 CDN, Amazon Canada
For those who enjoy photos and videos of their trips more so than souvenirs, this would be an amazing gift. The Osmo helps your phone capture stabilized handheld footage. It supports smartphones, syncs with its own DJI GO App, has a 15-hour battery, uses tracking technology to keep your phone facing you even as you move, utilizes portrait mode, and contains a panorama function. Basically, it’s a high-tech selfie stick that allows you to take insane videos, for a really decent price.
$114-199.99 USD, Amazon US
$169.99 CDN, Amazon Canada
Apparel for the Practical & Stylish
With the sleek design and fancy design options, no one will know these are compression socks. Not only do they look cool, but they also prevent cramping, fatigue, swelling, and facilitate muscle recovery. Talk about a stylish stocking stuffer – say that three times fast.
$8.99-25.99 USD, Men’s and Women’s options on Amazon US
$42-69 CDN, Amazon Canada
#10 TRTL travel pillow
If you feel uncomfortable wearing the traditional travel pillow around your neck like an inner tube, you’re not alone. It’s not cute, not fashionable, and most of the times, not even that comfortable. We’re so happy that the problem has been solved. Trtl has come up with a travel pillow that looks more like a scarf, and not only makes your outfit better but gives you a better night’s sleep on that Ryanair flight as well.
$29.99 USD, Amazon US
$29.95 CDN, Amazon Canada
#11 Sun HatsA good hat is a staple item when traveling – whether it’s too do its job and keep the sun out of your face, or hide a bad hair day, these two options are perfect. The women’s Lanzom is the classic Panama style, perfect for beach lounging or exploring coastal towns. It is made of a breathable material, keeping you cool while shading your face and neck. The men’s Tilley is versatile, can be worn in any environment, mildew resistant, and contains a secret pocket perfect for storing a card or some cash. The best quality about both of these hats is the packability – you can rest assured they won’t get crushed in your check-in bag.
Inexpensive, non-polarized, high-quality polycarbonate lenses, weather resistant, durable, lightweight, and unisex. Around $10 for a quality pair of sunglasses, enough said.
$15.99 CDN, classics on Amazon Canada
Accessories that you absolutely MUST have as a travel fiend
These unique cross-body bags are a stylish way to store your items for a day trip. The bag is designed with comfort and accessibility in mind, with a signature rope strap designed to fit close to your body, and plenty of pocket space for keeping your valuables. There are plenty of eclectic styles for this bag that are exclusive for one season only, so you can truly feel like you’re getting a one-of-a-kind present when you get this one.
$49.95 USD, Amazon US
$53.12 CDN, Amazon Canada
#14 Scratch Off World Map PosterThe gift that keeps on giving. Your loved one can come back from an amazing around the world trip and mark off everywhere on this sleek, matte design that they’ve been; it can be hung up on the wall, and become a staple in their household, reminding themselves of all the amazing places they’ve been.
$28.99 USD, Amazon US
$28.99 CDN, Amazon Canada
#15 GRAYL’s Ultralight PurifierThe one press design on this water bottle + purifier makes purified drinking water in 15 seconds, from almost any fresh water source. Coming in 4 colors, it is ideal for traveling, especially for the adventurous spirit.
$55-$59.99 USD, Amazon US
$80 CDN, Amazon Canada
#16 LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
If you’d rather have just a pen instead of a water bottle for purifying your drinking water, this is the way to go. The LifeStraw removes bacteria, microplastics, parasites, and lasts for 1000 gallons. Inexpensive, and necessary for those exploring the backcountry.
$14.89 USD, Amazon US
$19.99 CDN, Amazon Canada
#17 Moleskine Cahier Pocket Journal – Set of 3Moleskine is renowned as a reputable and respected company in the stationery world. Producing high-quality journals, this set is no different. The Cahier series comes in a pack of 3, with dimensions of 3.5 x 5.5, being the perfect size for traveling. The soft cover allows for bending and easy packability.
$9.00 USD, Amazon US
$10.80 CDN, Amazon Canada
This backpack has all the essentials you need in a good backpack and more. It can hold laptops smaller than 17”, has 3 main pockets and 9 inner small pockets to hold all of your small items, has 2 sealed side pockets to have easy-to-reach items and features a built-in USB charger. Most importantly, this bag is safe and you can be confident it will keep your valuables intact. There is a theft proof combination lock for security and fabric that ensures comfort and added force protection. This bag can withstand luggage conveyor belts and bumpy bus rides.
$28.99 USD, Amazon US
$36.50 CDN , Amazon Canada
If you end up putting a little too much into that MANCRO anti-theft backpack, this collapsible duffel bag is for you. A versatile bag that is made of durable nylon, you can use it as a grocery bag, a day bag for a few hour trip, or for using as an extra bag if you run into an airport snafu. Weighing only .3kg and costing a little over $15, this is definitely something we would invest in.
$29.99-$60 CDN, Or on Amazon Canada
This travel wallet has multiple compartments, for your passport, boarding pass, credit cards, ID, cell phone, and coins. If the storage options weren’t enough, it is made of Eco-Friendly leather and contains a shield that protects your personal information from potential hacking. At a low price, this seems like a no-brainer.
$12.99-$14.99 USD, on Amazon US
$16.99-$49.38 CDN, on Amazon Canada
Hopefully, this guide helps you find a travel gift for your loved one. If you choose from this list, we can almost guarantee the special present will become a huge part of the upcoming trip.