The Best Gift Ideas for Travelers

Pink suitcase and travel pillow
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"Share" has become a go-to word for travelers. We've always shared our vacation photos, videos, and stories, but we're also increasingly sharing our homes, our cars, and our dinner tables, thanks to companies like Airbnb. Human connection is often one of the most rewarding experiences of being in a new place. It's an indescribable feeling to find just as much warmth with a stranger as you have with your loved ones at home.

Our favorite gifts will help capture those memories, inspire future adventures, and make life on the road easier and more enjoyable. Some gifts will encourage travelers to get creative in commemorating their trips. Xenvo's phone camera lenses, for instance, combine the artsy fun of a traditional camera with the gratification of an immediate share to your friends on Instagram.

Whether it's a gift for a holiday or a special occasion, these ideas will make meaningful presents for your fellow world wanderers. And don't miss out on the rest of Travel + Leisure's 2021 Gift Guides, where we've curated this year's best gift ideas for anyone you're shopping for.

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1. Tumi Voyageur Just In Case Travel Backpack

Tumi Voyageur - Just in Case Nylon Travel Backpack
Courtesy of Nordstrom

This sleek backpack by Tumi boasts a roomy interior, two-way zip opening, and a handy back sleeve that allows you to attach the bag to your suitcase's handle. The best part? It folds up completely flat so you can easily pack it in your carry on and then use it to bring back souvenirs.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $100

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2. Away Insider Packing Cubes (Set of 6)

Away Packing Cubes
Courtesy of Away

Up your loved one's packing game with a new set of packing cubes, like this set of six from Away. With the help of these cubes, which come in a variety of sizes for different packing needs, their suitcase will be more organized than ever. It's the perfect gift for someone planning their next big trip.

To buy: awaytravel.com, $65

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3. YETI 20-ounce Insulated Rambler

Light blue green travel mug
Courtesy of Amazon

Whether you're camping or heading out on a road trip, a durable insulated travel mug is a must-have. Yeti makes some of the highest quality travel drinkware out there — just take it from the more than 16,000 five-star ratings on this stainless steel mug. Plus, it comes in 26 colors, so you'll be sure to find the perfect fit for everyone on your list.

To buy: amazon.com, $30

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4. Quince Mongolian Cashmere Wrap

Traveling Accessories
Courtesy of Quince

A cashmere wrap is a must-have for travel, especially for long plane rides. This wrap/scarf combination is ultra-soft and can be worn multiple ways, so it's a great addition to your travel wardrobe. Plus, its $100 price point makes it a great gift for nearly anyone on your list (and you might even want to pick up one for yourself, too).

To buy: onequince.com, $100 (originally $189)

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5. Anker PowerCore Ultra Compact Portable Charger

Anker PowerCore 10000
Courtesy of Amazon

There's nothing worse than having your phone die while you're exploring a new location. This compact portable charger will help prevent that from happening. Not only is it small enough to fit inside your pocket but when fully charged, the high-speed charger can provide up to three full phone charges.

To buy: amazon.com, $25

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6. Tigari Passport Wallet and Vaccination Card Holder

Purple faux leather passport holder
Courtesy of Amazon

For the avid traveler in your life, a passport holder with a CDC vaccination card slot is an essential these days. This wallet is currently a best-seller on Amazon, and at just $10, it's the perfect stocking stuffer for a loved one with a big trip coming up.

To buy: amazon.com, $10

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7. Try The World Subscription Box

Try The World Subscription Box
Courtesy of Try The World

The most satisfying way to get to know a place is through its food — and it doesn't require leaving home, thanks to a new generation of artisanal subscription services. One of our favorites is Try The World, which curates a selection of snacks, ingredients, and beverages from a different country every month.

To buy: trytheworld.com, from $29

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8. 'I Was Here' Travel Journal

‘I Was Here’ Travel Journal
Courtesy of Amazon

For the creative traveler, this unconventional journal has far more to it than blank pages waiting to be filled. It's beautifully illustrated from cover to cover and offers fun challenges and prompts that encourage users to explore the world in a more whimsical way.

To buy: amazon.com, $17

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9. City Map Glass

city map glasses gift idea
Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This intricate city map glass transcends typical cocktail glasses in style and creativity at a very reasonable price — and you've got to love a gift that looks more expensive than it actually is. They're made in the U.S. and hand-etched in New Hampshire and you can get a pair featuring their favorite city streets for just over $30.

To buy: uncommongoods.com, $18 each

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10. Away Luggage

Courtesy of Away
Courtesy of Away

Away's stylishly simplistic luggage has become a cult-favorite with travelers for its indestructible design, easy internal organization, and built-in USB charger, which is removable to comply with airline regulations. You can shop both carry-ons and checked luggage, or even an entire matching set.

To buy: awaytravel.com, from $225

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11. The Trtl Pillow

travel pillow gift
Courtesy of Amazon

Is there anything better than dozing off before takeoff and waking up the minute the wheels touch down? For the traveler who agrees, our editors wholeheartedly suggest this travel "pillow," which is actually more like a scarf with a hidden support structure that cradles the head, even in the middle seat.

To buy: amazon.com, $30 (originally $40)

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12. Kammok Camping Hammock

Kammok Camping Hammock
Courtesy of Amazon

Give your favorite adventurer a durable and portable hammock that they can enjoy on their next outdoor adventure. This hammock comes in 11 colors, so you'll be able to find the perfect fit for the avid camper in your life.

To buy: amazon.com, from $49

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13. Cork Globe

World Traveler's Cork Globe
Courtesy of Amazon

Help your loved ones track previous and future adventures with this sleek cork globe. Colored pins keep track of bucket-list destinations and favorite vacations, while the stainless-steel and cork design gives it a fresh, grown-up look.

To buy: uncommongoods.com, from $80

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14. Xenvo iPhone Camera Lens Kit Pro

xenvo phone lens kit amazon cyber monday
Courtesy of Amazon

For a gift that'll excite the Instagram lover, look no further than the top-rated Xenvo lens kit, which turns any phone's built-in front or rear cameras into wide-angle and macro 15x lenses. It's compatible with all iPhone, Android, Samsung, and Google phone models. And with a weight of just under five ounces, there's no reason to ever leave home without it.

To buy: amazon.com, $45

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15. Allbirds Wool Piper Mid Sneakers

Black and grey mid top sneakers
Courtesy of Allbirds

Allbirds' latest sneakers are perfect for the traveler in your life who's always up for a walking tour. They're made with fine merino wool, which manages to be temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking, and so, so cozy all at once. Could there be a better travel shoe?

To buy: (women's) allbirds.com, $120; (men's) allbirds.com, $120

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16. Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 Instant Camera

Black instant camera
Courtesy of Amazon

There will always be something that feels more authentic about holding a photograph in your hand over saving it into a digital roll. This stylish instant camera is a step above others on the market, offering a convenient auto shutter speed and brightness level, as well as a handy selfie mode for solo vacation shots.

To buy: amazon.com, $100

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17. Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

Amazon Fire HD 10
Courtesy of Amazon

The latest Fire tablet is the ultimate packable entertainment center for the road warrior. It's got up to 64 GB of storage (and an extra memory card slot for those super-long flights) for books, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and songs, plus up to 12 hours of battery life to play it all.

To buy: amazon.com, $120 (originally $190)

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18. 23andMe DNA Ancestry Test Kit

dna testing kit
Courtesy of 23andMe

For an out-of-the-box gift idea, this at-home DNA testing kit turns a saliva sample into a detailed genetic history, enabling globetrotters to choose their next destination based on the places their families are truly from.

To buy: amazon.com, $99

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19. Slip Silk Eye Mask

Slip Silk Eye Mask
Courtesy of Nordstrom

One of our favorite sleep masks, this pure silk mask has been recommended by dermatologists and beauty experts for its crease-resistant properties. Silk doesn't tug on the delicate skin around the eyes like cotton or other fabrics would, giving it an anti-aging reputation. Slip also makes silk pillowcases, which offer similar benefits to skin and promote soft, frizz-free hair.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $50

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20. 'How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip'

How to Pack book
Courtesy of Amazon

A must-read for anyone who hopes to master packing, this gorgeously illustrated book by Hitha Palepu of the lifestyle blog Hitha on the Go offers advice on not just what to bring, but the best way to bring it, too. Plus, the cover is pretty much begging to be Instagrammed.

To buy: amazon.com, $14

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21. Stow First Class Tech Case

leather travel case
Courtesy of Ahalife

This leather zippered case by English brand Stow is the sleekest way to keep track of tech essentials while in transit. It includes an international adapter set and a powerful black leather memory stick, and you can personalize it with up to four embossed letters. Did we mention it's Meghan Markle-approved?

To buy: ahalife.com, $535

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22. Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

bose heaphones travel gift
Courtesy of Bose

The QC 35s are truly the best noise-canceling headphones our editors have tested to date. This model's wireless, but comes with a cord so you can keep listening even when the Bluetooth battery dies. The latest iteration also has a built-in Google Assistant that allows you to vocally queue up music, receive texts, manage your daily tasks, and get answers no matter where you are.

To buy: amazon.com, $299

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23. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask

SK II facial treatment mask
Courtesy of Nordstrom

The crème de la crème of face masks, this 100 percent cotton sheet mask is an in-flight staple among T+L editors and celebrities like alike. Not only is it incredibly hydrating, it also seems to function pretty well as a deterrent for chatty seatmates.

To buy: sephora.com, $95 for 6-pack

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24. Physix Gear Compression Socks

Traveling Accessories
Courtesy of Amazon

If your feet tend to swell or feel achy during long flights, it's time to start packing a pair of compression socks in your bag. Frequent fliers love this pair by Physix Gear because they are made from a soft and breathable fabric and provide a professional-grade 20 to 30 mmHg compression level to prevent swelling and blood clots from occurring.

To buy: amazon.com, from $15

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25. Wacao Minipresso Portable Espresso Machine

Traveling Accessories
Courtesy of Amazon

Coffee fiends will love this portable espresso machine that lets them make the perfect cup of coffee wherever they are. The handy gadget weighs less than one pound and is compatible with Nespresso pods. It even comes with its own travel bag, making it very easy to pack.

To buy: amazon.com, $52 (originally $60)

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26. Aesop Adventurer Roll Up Set

Aesop hand care kit
Courtesy of Nordstrom

Travel-size hand sanitizer is a must these days, whether you're heading out on a trip or running errands close to home. Gift the skincare enthusiast in your life this set of Aesop's Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash, Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Mist, and Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, all in TSA-approved sizes and in a convenient roll-up bag.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $67

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27. Etekcity Digital Luggage Scale

Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
Courtesy of Amazon

Even a budget flight can become costly if you incur unexpected luggage fees. This handy luggage scale will help you avoid paying for overweight bags at check-in. The digital scale should give you an accurate reading every time you use it, and its compact and lightweight design won't take up much space in your bag.

To buy: amazon.com, $9 (originally $11)

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28. Everlane Re-New Transit Weekender

Weekender Bag
Courtesy of Everlane

Everlane is a pioneer of transparent pricing in fashion, selling designer-quality products often for less than half of the traditional retail price. This water-resistant duffel is sized to fit easily into all overhead compartments, plus has an external pocket for easy on-the-go access to items like a passport or boarding pass. It also has a sleeve that attaches to the handle of your suitcase.

To buy: everlane.com, $85

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29. Travelpro x Travel + Leisure Carry-on Expandable Spinner

Courtesy of TravelPro

Travel in style with this sleek suitcase from Travel + Leisure's collaboration with customer-loved luggage brand Travelpro. This carry-on bag features a durable polycarbonate shell, 360-degree spinner wheels, and interior zippered divider panels to keep you organized.

To buy: travelpro.com, $396 (originally $495)

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30. JuneShine Hard Kombucha

JuneShine hard kombucha
Courtesy of JuneShine

If you want to feel like you're on vacation even while you're at home, or would like to help a loved one stock their vacation home's bar, you'll want to check out JuneShine's selection of hard kombucha. With flavors like Blood Orange Mint and Grapefruit Paloma, you'll be transported to your favorite tropical destination, even if you're in your apartment as snow falls outside.

To buy: juneshine.com, from $3 per can

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31. Cuyana System Tote

Brown/tan leather tote bag
Courtesy of Cuyana

If you're looking for an everyday, commuter, or travel tote, this chic leather bag from Cuyana is one of the more unique options on the market. You can add on attachable accessories, like a laptop sleeve, clutch, and adjustable strap to customize the bag to your travel needs.

To buy: cuyana.com, $275

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