Our Top 25 Travel Gifts of 2019
From an Airbnb gift card to a set of luxe toiletries, this is our editor-approved list of travel gifts at every price point.
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Multitasking travelers will adore Paravel's multipurpose bag. Feather-light and able to zip completely flat to about the size of a tablet, it's the perfect extra bag to have on hand for the gym, overnight trips or a personal carry-on item. They can pack the bag folded up on the way to their destination and return with the bag full of souvenirs.
Buy It: Paravel, $65
Compression Packing Cubes
If they don't have a set of these suitcase organizers yet, now is the time to change that. In addition to keeping delicates neatly and safely stowed away, these packing cubes also have a compression feature. This design especially comes in handy when packing bulky sweaters and stacks of jeans.
Buy It: Eagle Creek, $40 (Set of 2)
Whether they're on the road or on the trail, this portable coffee maker provides a fresh cup of joe just the way your traveling coffee-snob friend likes it. It's a small, thoughtful way to share one of the comforts of home.
Buy It: Amazon, $44.95
Travel Pillow Set
Unlike those cheap neck pillows filled with bean bag material, this travel pillow features supportive memory foam. The set comes with an eye mask and earplugs to ensure uninterrupted shut-eye on the go - a true luxury for jetsetters.
Buy It: Amazon, $15
Airbnb Gift Card
Treat your well-traveled friend or family member to a discounted stay at one of Airbnb's beautiful rental properties. With a gift card, they can choose from thousands of listings around the world and have you to thank for their unique night's stay.
Buy It: Amazon, $100
Minimalist travelers will love this multi-purpose travel wallet. It holds all of the important things in one, palm-sized organizer. Plus, RFID blocking technology keeps thieves from making off with credit cards and passports.
Buy It: Amazon, $15.99
For that person who's still lugging around their college backpack, give them a gift that saves them from themselves. We're huge fans of this black and cognac backpack because it offers the perfect mix of fashion and function, fit for any adventure that comes their way.
Buy It: Amazon, $100
Toiletry bags are likely the most-used item in a traveler's bag. Upgrade them to one with a hook, mirror and a boatload of pockets. This L.L. Bean hanging toiletry bag is consistently a best-seller and, for the price, we can see why.
Buy It: L.L. Bean, $24.95
Travel Planning Book
Your Secret Santa is guaranteed to catch a wave of insatiable wanderlust after flipping through the pages of this handsome book. This edition offers insights to must-visit beaches and boasts a stunning cobalt cover they'll be proud to show off on their bookshelf or console table.
Buy It: Barnes & Noble, $36
Noise Cancelling Headphones
A real treat for any traveler, these noise-canceling headphones from Bose are a godsend on packed metro trains and long flights with screaming babies. While they do cost a pretty penny, the gift of silence will be much appreciated.
Buy It: Amazon, $349
For globetrotters who lose track of all the places they've been (what a problem to have 😉), give them a beautiful scratch-off map. It’s a great way to keep track of trips and a rewarding visual of their travel history.
Buy It: Uncommon Goods, $26-$40
Leather Weekender Bag
There’s just something classy about a leather weekender bag. It’s timeless and one of those pieces worth the investment. For that special someone who you're willing to bend the budget for, this cognac Frye bag will not only look sleek but will hold up to wear from frequent traveling.
Buy It: Nordstrom, $598
Portable Phone Charger
This one kind of goes without saying, but everyone needs a pocket-size phone charger. This Anker Power Bank is one of our favorites because it charges at lightning-fast speed and literally fits in your pocket.
Buy It: Amazon, $25.99
You almost can't have too many BUFFs. Their official name, "multifunctional headwear," didn't come out of nowhere. It can be worn as a headband, neckwarmer, sweatband on your arm and more. It's a must-have for hiking in dusty environments. BUFFs can also protect cameras and other fragile equipment making it the perfect gift for adventurous photographers.
Buy It: Amazon, $20
National Park Pass
An annual pass to your friend or family member's favorite national park not only helps fund much-needed park maintenance projects, but it's also a great deal. A road tripping couple will appreciate an America the Beautiful interagency pass. For $80, this pass grants a whole year of access to every national park, monument, forest and other recreation areas managed by the federal government.
Buy It: REI, $80
Eno hammocks pack down so tightly and compactly that they really should be a staple item in every nature-loving traveler's backpack. With a hug-like sling shape and lightweight, breathable material, portable hammocks like this one are great gifts for hikers, campers and festival-goers.
Buy It: DICK's Sporting Goods, $69.95
Help the fabulously-accessorized traveler keep her jewelry organized on-the-go with this posh jewelry box. The padded interior has spaces for watches, rings, earrings and a pouch for heavier necklaces.
Buy It: Amazon, $19.99
Southwest Gift Card
You know they'll be flying anyway, so why not gift them a nice little credit towards their next flight. Make the gift card extra personal by finding out your jetsetting recepient's preferred airline.
Buy It: Amazon, $100
A high-quality suitcase that will last and look good at the same time is invaluable. The hardside rollers from Away have a cult following and come in several different sizes and colors. The suitcases all feature a TSA-approved lock, removeable battery-powered phone charger and a lifetime warranty.
Buy It: AWAY, $225-$275
Personal Water Filter
Campers, backpackers and wilderness explorers need a travel-size water filter in their bag. LifeStraw is an Amazon customer-favorite for good reason. It's no bigger than a water bottle, affordable and, most importantly, reliable. International travelers can use it overseas, too, where water purification standards may be... questionable.
Buy It: Amazon, $18
Instant Photo Printer
Sentimental travelers who love to re-live and display trip memories will adore this mini, portable photo printer. It's perfect for instant, on-the-go printing or creating photo albums later.
Buy It: Walmart, $119.95
Travel Toiletries Set
Mini toiletries make great stocking stuffers. But don't just gift any old set. A selection of luxury brand soaps, lotions and hydrating essentials will be a welcome upgrade for frequent travelers.
Buy It: Nordstrom, $53
Essential Oil Diffuser
After a long day of traveling, aromatherapy can help weary travelers unwind. This portable ultrasonic diffuser is the perfect gift for someone looking to relax and feel comforted by a subtle, calming scent when they're far from home.
Buy It: Amazon, $23.99
Help frequent flyers on a budget get the First Class experience with a custom cocktail kit. Choose from mixes for a Margarita, Old Fashioned and more.
Buy It: Food52, Set of 2, $48.00
A bit of a splurge, but a nice camera is an investment piece that avid travelers will treasure for years to come. We stand by this Canon EOS M6 for its DSLR-like qualities in a very compact size.
Buy It: Canon, $599.99