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Travel Gift Guide for the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is upon us: the weather is getting colder, decorations are popping up in homes and holiday parties are aplenty. With all the joyous pleasures the holidays should bring us, we often find ourselves stressed when it comes to finding the perfect gifts for our family and friends.

travel gift guide

But gift giving shouldn’t have to be stressful – it never should!

To make life easier for you, I’ve compiled a list of some gifts worth giving to the traveler in your life – some practical and some just awesome. Psst, this list is great for when you need birthday, anniversary or “just because” gifts! 

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travel gift guideWireless Ear Buds

No one likes tangled cords – especially when traveling! Wireless Earbuds are popping up in everyone’s ears and are perfect for anyone on the go. The best thing about these little buds is the unique charging case it comes in. Enjoy up to 3 hours of continuous music or 5 hours talking time before it needs a charge. Click here for more information.

Trtl Pillow

No one likes actually traveling – whether it’s via plane, train or automobile – they just want to get to the destination! Make travel more comfortable with a Trtl Pillow that’s scientifically proven to provide super soft neck support. It’s perfect for both long and short flights and it folds easily into a carry on or suitcase. For the best sleep ever, don’t forget an eye mask!

Fit Bit

travel gift guideAll of those days walking around and sightseeing sure add up! It’s time to start tracking and Fit Bit is the perfect gift for the active traveler! Not only does it track steps and distance, it also measures calorie burn, and even checks heart rate and sleep levels! The sleek design makes for a great added accessory to any wardrobe. And friends with Fit Bits can connect for extra accountability to meet fitness goals. Click here to learn about more benefits of a Fit Bit.


travel gift guideDay Pack / Backpack

Day packs are great for those long hiking days or sightseeing excursions. Venture Pal makes backpacks that are durable, compact and comfortable, and come in a variety of colours. It’s also waterproof and lightweight so it will withstand any of nature’s forces. Click here to choose your fave colour!



travel gift guideLuggage can be one of the more difficult purchases – even when buying for oneself! There are many factors to consider when picking out a piece of luggage – especially size dimensions that fit the requirements of airlines – which is why it’s recommended to get the three-piece set. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to soft or hardshell cases; it’s really the traveler’s preference. Samsonsite is a great brand to consider that make a variety of good quality luggage. Click here to purchase this practical gift for any type of traveler!

travel gift guidePortable Power Bank

Never be left with 5% battery again! Portable power banks will keep your devices charged while strolling through the streets – just in time to take a candid photo or locate that Michelin-rated restaurant on Google maps.

travel gift guideQuick Dry Towel

There’s nothing worse than packing a soggy wet towel when there wasn’t enough time to dry it. Quick dry towels are key – especially for backpackers hopping from one place to the next. Easily absorbent, lightweight and super soft!

Travel Books

You may know that traveler who loves to read while on vacation – or is inspired by other people’s stories that they can’t wait to create their own travel memories. Here are a few fave travel reads:

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

Cell Phone Tripod

travel gift guideTripods are great for solo travelers who don’t have that companion to snap their photo. This cell phone tripod comes with bendable legs made from durable metal that can be put into all sorts of positions to take the perfect shot. It even has a wireless remote to take photos conveniently and quickly. Sorry selfie sticks, tripods are in!


Travel Journals & Scratch Off Maps

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Part of the adventure is being able to look back on the memories. From making friends around the world, to connecting with locals, to eating all the food. There’s got to be a place to store those mems and let’s face it, social media just won’t cut it! There’s nothing better than having something tangible that you can keep forever. Travel journals make the best gifts for that travel writer that loves to document everything!

Travel enthusiasts will also love a scratch off world map that they can keep a count of all the countries and regions visited. They also make for a perfect and stylish wall decoration, too.

Airbnb Gift Card

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Entire villa in Bali? Yes, please!

Sometimes hotels can get quite expensive so Airbnb is a great alternative. For those who are unsure of what to get – or need a stocking stuffer – Airbnb gift cards are the way to go. Accommodations? Check!

First time Airbnb users can save $27 USD! Click this link to sign up and receive a discount towards the first trip.


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    December 15, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Wow ! What a wonderful list of gifts. I loved the cell phone tripod thing.. that’s quite thoughtful. Thanks for sharing .

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    December 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    We literally bring 3 powerbanks on every trip, since we know one of us is prooooobably going to flake out an some point and forget to plug something in 😉 definitely a perfect gift. I also love my Trtl! It’s not always perfect, especially when you’re on budget flights that put your neck at a weird angle anyway (dumb seats that don’t recline! hahah), but it’s great even to rest your chin while reading your Kindle. Great list!

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    Panchami Bekal
    December 15, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Great List !. Personally, I would love to have the scratch off map and the iPhone tripod.
    Will be gifting my hubby a backpack this christmas!


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    December 15, 2017 at 7:38 am

    A great list! Personally, I never leave home without my powerbank. Definitely a must have for any traveler.

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    December 15, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Great travel gift list! i especially love that pillow, had no idea it even existed, just ideal for the budget traveller in economy class and long haul flights!

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    Exploring Curiously
    December 14, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    You have a lot of useful things covered. My favorite, though, is the Airbnb gift card! That’s the kind of gift I like – something to lessen my travel costs and allows me to travel more.

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    Edith Rodriguez
    December 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    These are all so great! Actually pretty accurate and necessary items that we carry with us! We gave ourselves a few of the things on the list too haha!

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    December 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I am loving this gift guide, especially that trtl neck pillow, would love to get one from my friends this holiday season 🙂

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    Lydia Smith
    December 14, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I meed to shoe my friemds this post. They keep complaining of not being able to get me the porfect gifts. Now that my birtjday is coming, they should know my taste. The Trtl pillow and Airbnb gift card are the highlight for me. And whoops, who travels without a power bank in this age? That’s my most basic. The Dry Quick Towel too is nice as I get my own towels irrespective of the hotel’s due to my sensitive skin. But I dispose them due to not drying early.

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    December 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I have the fit bit, the portable power bank, the scratch off map, and the cellphone tripod. Now I want the Trtl Pillow. I hope Santa brings it to me. I’ve been good.

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    December 14, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I really want the pillow and the map, if you should be talking to Santa can you let him know?

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    Rocio Cadena
    December 11, 2017 at 2:29 am

    OMG that pillow!! I’ve seen it somewhere else and I’m so intrigued. Do you have it? I’m seriously thinking of purchasing it because I love sleeping while traveling but there is nothing worse than a neck ache from having slept wrong. Great list!

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    Anthony (One of FourFriendsOneWorld)
    December 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    It appears the Trtl Pillow is the winning item on this list. I agree I am intrigued by it too, I think every traveller has experienced travel neck.

    It shows, you can make a lot of money by identifying a problem and providing a solution that solves it.

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    December 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Just in time some very inspiring gift ideas for travellers. I actually just gave away one of these scratching maps and it was a great success 😉 Happy travels – travelling itself is already a great gift 😀

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    Julien Mordret
    December 10, 2017 at 11:49 am

    That’s a great list for people who love travel, and like many the Trtl Pillow caught my attention, I would love to try one! I know I also need a portable power bank too, I should share this article with my family to give them some ideas for my Christmas gift haha

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    Marya The BeauTraveler
    December 10, 2017 at 11:28 am

    i’m intrigued to try the trtl pillow, but i’m the kind of person who would forget to take this kind of stuff when i travel somewhere, so i’m not so sure whether i should give it a try. :/

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    December 10, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I do have the travel pillow and can totally recommend it! And a travel towel is definitely a great gift for any traveler. I also loved the list of books. I will try to read eat pray love finally during the holidays.

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    Alla Ponomareva
    December 10, 2017 at 5:15 am

    With the amount of traveling that expats tend to do, a good suitcase or two are a must. I feel like I need to re-invest in a sturdy pair myself and the ones you have listed here look perfect as long as they don’t break the bank. I also blogged this week about shopping guide this holiday season, perhaps you’d enjoy my post as well.

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    December 9, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Cool gift ideas just in time for the holidays; perfect for the avid traveller.

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    December 7, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I’ve been curious about the TRTL pillow! I might have to buy it for myself!

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    Maria Lilia Grindle
    December 7, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Great blog! Now, I wish someone would give me a Trtl Pillow and an Airbnb gift card. PS. I’m new to blogging and I would say I learned a thing or two while reading your blog. Thank you for sharing.

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    Adventures Abroad
    December 7, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I love this post! I want every single thing on this list… might have to send it to my loved ones as a strong *hint* as to what I want for the holidays..

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    December 7, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Hey! I actually have the TRTL Pillow and it is pretty great! The people that travel with me always make fun of me, but guess who is always sleeping comfortably on the 12 hour flight…

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    December 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

    These are all great gift ideas! I cannot live without a portable power bank, they are the best invention! I have not tried the neck pillow and it looks really good, going to add it to my list!

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    Bonnie Dubois
    December 7, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Thanks for these tips! I find it always hard to get a good tripod for my iPhone 8 plus. Maybe this one works. XX from The Netherlands

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    Joy Generoso
    December 7, 2017 at 2:05 am

    These are cool gift ideas. Would love to have them all, as it very useful when traveling. I want to get that scratch off map for my wall. Love the ideas! 🙂

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    December 7, 2017 at 1:50 am

    That pillow is so odd. But all other gifts I will be waiting for under my christmas tree. Hahaa i will print this post out and put it on the fridge.

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    Anuradha Goyal
    December 7, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Lovely list. I would need a fitbit from that list. Travel can play havoc with your body routine and this would help you keep the health in check and probably one of the few things that I do not own from this list.

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    Sylvie Hanes
    December 7, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Such nice ideas for travelers alike. I certainly agree with the towels – having walked across Spain in the summertime, the towels came in handy at all times! I also like the idea of air B&B cards! Thanks for sharing

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    December 7, 2017 at 12:06 am

    These are great gift ideas! I was totally perplexed with the Trtl Pillow when I saw it. Haha just looks like a scarf!

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    December 6, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I’ve been seeing the Trtl Pillow everywhere and am very tempted to try it on my next trip. It looks so much better than the normal travel neck pillows.

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