15+ Fabulous Gifts for Travelers at Every Price Range

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We all know at least one – that jet-setter who is always off to a new locale. When buying gifts for travelers, keep in mind that while regular travel may seem glamorous, it can be anything but if you don’t have the right stuff. So, to help your traveling friend enjoy their adventures that much more, I’m sharing 10 of my favorite must-pack items as gift inspiration.


1. Slip-On Sneakers

Vionic Midi-Snake Slip-On Sneaker ($71.27 and up at Amazon)

Vionic makes insanely comfortable shoes, which are a must for traveling. I like the slip on style of these because it makes it easy to breeze through security. You can select a pair for your recipient, or give a digital card!

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2. Expandable Travel Organizer

Expandable Travel Organizer ($35.99 at thegrommet.com)

This is the ultimate travel case for beauty and grooming products, although I’m sure it would be great for art supplies or a whole host of other things. You can customize the compartments to fit everything you want to take with you and it lays flat and expands so you have easy access to your essentials. When you’re ready to take off, fold it up, zip it and you’re good to go. 

3. Travel Steamer/Iron Combo

Reliable Corp Ovo 150 GT 2-in-1 Compact Travel Steamer & Iron ($49 at Amazon)

You never know if there’s going to be an iron in your hotel room, and who wants to call housekeeping to request one? This iron/steamer combo is small enough to pack and comes in its own heat-resistant pouch.

4. Texting Gloves

Texting Gloves ($29 and up at Echodesign.com)

No need to have chilly hands when using your phone outside! Echo Design makes several styles of fashionable texting gloves, so there’s a cozy pair for everyone.  

5. Phone chargers, charging stands and backup batteries

Phone Chargers (prices vary): Ventev has charging stands and mobile chargers that are of high quality and have a unisex design. I keep a white Charge Stand on my desk and a Powercell Backup Battery (with the integrated cord) in my purse, so my phone is always charged.

6. Emergency Stain Rescue Kit

An emergency kit for travelers is always a fun gift! I would recommend including the Emergency Stain Rescue 10-pack Wipes ($10.99 at Amazon). These PH-neutral wipes are great at removing stains on washable clothing, bedding, and carpets and come in packets, so they’re great for travel.

7. Water Filtering Bottle

Lifesaver Liberty Bottle ($99 at Amazon)

This stylish, and easy to carry water filtering bottle is a camping essential, but also very handy for any time when fresh water is not available. It removes virtually all impurities from up to 2000 liters of water and has a replaceable activated carbon disc for removal of chlorine, taste, and odor.

8. Phone Grip

LoveHandles Phone Grips ($9.95 at TheGrommet.com): 

These “Pop-sockets” for adults are stylish and minimal, and they attach to the back of your phone, enabling easier texting and photo snapping. For $23.95, you can get a Phone Grip and accompanying Car Mount. 

9. Cute Pajamas

Aventura Deer Pajamas ($34 and up at AventuraClothing.com)

These soft, eco-friendly, fair trade certified pj’s are made from bamboo, organic cotton and brushed jersey. I absolutely love the cute deer pattern and the flattering cut of the Henley top, shorts and pants. Perfect for the traveler who usually sleeps in tees and shorts and needs an upgrade.

10. Travel makeup brush set

Royal & Langnickel Moda Pro Eye Flip Kit ($19.99 at Walmart)

These Moda Pro brushes from Royal Langnickel are perfect for the makeup-loving traveler on your list. They are vegan, wet/dry and they come in a nifty carrying case that doubles as a brush stand. And affordable at under $20!

11. Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite ($130 at Amazon)

Now waterproof with 2x the storage!

12. Hard-Sided Carry-On Luggage

iFly Hard Sided Carry-On Fibertech Luggage ($99 at Amazon)

This rollaboard is not only stylish, but tough-as-nails and well-organized inside.


13. Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 12-Ounce ($21 at Amazon)

This mug keeps beverages hot for hours and never leaks. Perfect for grabbing a cup of joe from the hotel breakfast nook!


14. Universal Wall Charger

The EVO All in One Universal Wall Charger ($22 at Amazon) 

This tiny 2.4A charger with Dual USB Charging Ports is a must-have for overseas travel. It allows you to charge your devices in over 150 countries!

15. Travel Throw Blanket

Cabeau Fold n Go Travel Throw Blanket Plus Compact Case ($30 at Amazon)

Use as a comfy pillow or a cozy blanket – your choice!


16. Apothecary Travel Set + Bag

Kikkerland Apothecary Travel Bag ($12.50 at Amazon)

This kit comes will all the essentials for converting your favorite beauty products. Handy carrying case and labels are included.


17. Sleep Mask Set

Luxurious 4-in-1 Sleep Mask Set ($16 at Amazon)


Block out light and sound with this convenient kit.

When buying gifts for travelers, keep in mind that while regular travel may seem glamorous, it can be anything but if you don’t have the right stuff. So, to help your traveling friend enjoy their adventures that much more, I’m sharing 10 of my favorite things to pack for traveling as gift inspiration. #giftguide #giftideas #2018giftinspo #traveler #wanderlustgift


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