It’s that time of the year again, where we scramble – in some cases very frantically – to find gifts for our loved ones.
Sure, many people are hard to buy for, but if you’ve got a travel-loving pal or someone who is itching for a far-away vacation or long-term adventure, we’ve got you covered.
This is our 2019 gift idea list that includes 10 of the best gifts for travelers or aspiring adventurers, no matter your budget. Now you can cross those travel bugs off your list quickly and cheaply, and spend more time where it matters most 🙂 And they will be set with a thoughtful gift that will serve them well!
So let’s get to it: Here are 10 of the best and most affordable gifts for travelers (and aspiring travelers!) this Holiday season, personally recommended and used by us.
10 Best Gifts For Travelers This Holiday Season (2019)
1LARQ Self-Cleaning Purifying Water Bottle
This bottle is not only gorgeous, insulated, and sturdy, it also uses new technology to purify the water and clean the entire inside of the bottle!
Wait, what? Let us explain..
At the touch of a button, the UV-C light inside the lid kills up to 99.9999% of germs in the bottle!
This is one of the best gifts for travelers since so often we’re faced with a lack of clean water in certain parts of the world, and buying single-use bottles creates a lot of waste.
Plus, LARQ is a proud member of 1% For The Planet, a non-profit that helps the environment and brings safe drinking water to those in need. Read more about the bottle here, and have fun trying not to get one for yourself, too…
2Travel Guides To Inspire Their Next Big Getaway
Do you have a friend dreaming of visiting Italy, or Costa Rica, or Japan? Or someone who needs a little travel inspo? A cool travel guide will feed their inspiration if they’re in the early stages, and it’ll also help them plan their trip of a lifetime! Travel guides also make for a great souvenir and home decoration.
There’s no better way to encourage and help prepare your loved one for a big trip than the gift of knowledge, along with some amazing photos and fun facts! We love Lonely Planet’s guides for how thorough and informative they are, but consider Atlas Obscura for more unconventional travel and hidden gems off the beaten path.
Do they prefer reading electronically? View Lonely Planet’s Kindle and e-book versions here!
3Reusable Cutlery Set To Reduce Waste
Seriously, this is one of the coolest gifts for travelers, or anyone for that matter. As we all continue moving toward creating less waste, a gift like this will help anyone cut back on plastic utensils and straws. And it fits easily in any day pack or purse.
Here are some of the top-rated sets. All are TSA-approved and carry-on friendly. 🙂
4Reusable & Compact Toiletry Bottles & Cosmetics Containers To Avoid Plastic Throwaways
Single-use travel shampoos, conditioners and liquid soaps from hotels create an incredible amount of waste. And in parts of the world, and many hostels and AirBnbs don’t supply any at all, so its best to always pack your own supply instead.
Luckily, you can gift your travel pal these awesome reusable travel bottles and mini cosmetic containers, so they can bring their favorite products with them and avoid the crummy hotel stuff, or worse, a lack thereof..
Not only are these TSA-approved sizes, but they’re color-coated for organization and also leak proof!
This is one of the best gifts for travelers who care about the environment. It’s also great for anyone, really, since many hotel chains are starting to phase out their single-use toiletries completely (yay for the planet!).
5Compression Packing Cubes To Stay Organized & Save Space
If you have a loved one who could be a little more organized when traveling, compression packing cubes are the way to go.
Seriously. Not only will they save tons of space in their suitcase with their unique zipper compression, they will keep things super organized – its like having like mini dresser drawers inside their luggage!
No more tearing apart the entire suitcase like a groundhog to find what they’re looking for; each packing cube can be designated for different articles of clothing – pants in one, shirts in the other, undergarments and socks in the other… you get the idea. We usually keep one packing cube designated for dirty clothes, to keep them separate from the rest until wash day.
The other nice thing about compression packing cubes is they can be taken out of the luggage and stored inside actual dressers, under the bed, or on the counter top. And since they’re still zipped and secured, it’ll keep clothes free from potential pests and dirt.
6Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader To Pass The Time
The idea of traveling is fun! Excitement! Adventure! And it is, but it also means lots – and lots – of time to kill.
Think about it: Airports, busses, trains, planes, automobiles and ferry rides all add up to some major down time. It’s so nice to have a small, compact e-reader like the Kindle Paperwhite to travel with that can be accessed and stored quickly and easily.
Plus, the Kindle Paperwhite will keep you from scrolling mindlessly on social media, since it can only access ebooks, audiobooks and other reading materials. It’s straight to the point, with fewer distractions, so your avid reader might even finish a book or two on their travels!
The latest Kindle Paperwhite is much improved, too, with a waterproof screen (hooray for poolside reading!), plus it’s now thinner, lighter, and now with a 300 ppi glare-free display. In non-techy terms, that means it looks exactly like reading from actual book pages! Oh, and the battery lasts weeks – not hours – with more storage than ever before.
It’s one of the best gifts for travelers who are planning a far-away adventure or for those who like to read lots of books but can’t pack them all in a suitcase.
7Compression Socks To Promote Healthy Circulation On Long Flights
Compression socks are a life-saver for long flights, and every traveler needs them. Flying for hours at a time can be very hard on our bodies, so compression socks help in lots of ways.
Some of the main the benefits include improved circulation, prevention of leg swelling and deep vein thrombosis, and lightheadedness when standing up after a long stint of sitting. These make a great Holiday gift for a traveling family member, friend or co-worker and will be their new favorite pair to wear during travels. Plus, there’s plenty of funky colors and patterns to choose from to make it even more personal.
8RFID Blocking Money Belt To Stay Secure
If a loved one is off on their first adventure abroad, they might not know just how important it is to have their money, credit cards and IDs safe and secure in a RFID blocking money belt.
Not only is it much more secure to keep your most important possessions on your waist and hidden under your clothing from potential pickpocketing, but these RFID Blocking money belts also protect from anyone trying to steal your credit card information (yes, it’s possible).
Plus, if you end up accidentally losing a shopping bag or luggage, at the very least your money and identification are safe and secure. Most cell phones fit nicely inside as well!
9Universal Travel Adapter To Get Plugged In
Traveling abroad comes with all sorts of unexpected challenges. And one that most first-time travelers run into is wall plug-ins. They are often different than in the states! This is where universal travel adapters come in clutch.
Plug in USBs or 2-prong USA cords into the adapter, and then plug the adapter into the wall using the appropriate wall plug. That’s it!
Another benefit of universal travel adapters is that it lets you charge 3 devices at once. Talk about efficiency!
10Power Bank Portable Charger To Stay Charged Up
It’s inevitable: At some point during travels, cell phones will drop to critically low battery at the worst possible time – like when you get separated from the rest of our group, or try to haul a ride-share, or need to call the bank to allow (or dispute!) a foreign charge. And when there is no public outlet to use your universal adapter.
Carrying a power bank at all times is critical – and getting one that is high-quality, with a long-lasting battery and multiple USB ports is one of the best gifts for travelers there is to give!
There are a lot of options to choose from, but we swear by this RAVPower 26800 Portable Charger. Self-proclaimed to have “colossal battery capacity,” it’s tried and true: it can charge the average cell phone 6 times over before needing to recharge the charger itself. LIFE-SAVER.
Friends can plug in at the same time, so no one loses vital connection when they need it most.
We hope you enjoyed this list! Looking for more recommendations and travel necessities? Head to our Shop page to explore our favorite luggage and travel packs, eco-friendly travel gear, electronics, and much more. Happy Holidays and Safe Travels <3