Finding gifts for someone can be hard. You have to take into consideration so many things, and even then... will they like it?
Lucky for you - travelers are a different story.
World travelers and people with wanderlust are easy to shop for - and this epic list of the 101 best gifts for travelers makes it quick and easy for you to find a gift for the traveler in your life.
Whether you are shopping for family or friends, young or old, our list of the 101 best travel gifts is the best list on the internet of gift ideas for travelers of every age.
With the help of this bargain guide, you'll quickly find a gift idea that they'll actually like (and that they will actually use!)
Over the past few years, Nomatic has taken the travel-world by storm by producing some of the highest quality travel gear on the market. Whether it's watches, wallets or backpacks, they just do it better than everyone else.
Which is why the top backpack on this list of travel gifts is a Nomatic backpack. With three different versions available, there is one type for every kind of traveler and travel style.
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Full Review - Pros and cons of the Nomatic Travel Bag
You'd be surprised of two things...
1) how convenient these things are. They help keep all the bathroom stuff neatly organized and compact. THEN once you arrive to your destination, you unzip, and hang it up wherever you need... 10/10
2) how few travelers actually have one of these! For such an essential piece of gear, it's shocking how many travelers aren't aware how awesome they are.
There are dozens of hanging toiletry bags on the market - some for men, some for women, and some unisex. This is a great, affordable gift for travel lovers.
The Northface Jester is an awesome travel gift because it combines the best of both worlds - a durable bag that's super affordable!
Travelers are always in need of backpacks, especially quality daypacks. The Northface Jester will allow them to keep their belongings (like their laptop!) safe while they travel the world!
Full review - Best daypacks for travelers
I love Klymit Mats, they are like the Ferrari of air mattresses. If you are looking for a gift for a traveler that also hikes or camps, this is a phenomenal gift idea.
Made with some pretty impressive body mapping technology, sleeping on the Klymit Mat is like sleeping on a cloud.
Full review - Top Sleeping Pads
Looking for a gift for a traveler who like to kick their feet up and relax every now and then? Meet the Active Roots Hammock.
This hammock is designed for travelers. Super durable, it can handle two people and up to 500 lbs. Most importantly, the hammock only weighs in at a lightweight 2 lbs, so it won't weigh a traveler down.
And to top it off, a portion of every sale goes directly to the Elephant Conservation Center in Laos. This one's a no brainer...
Full review - Kickass camping Hammocks
Active Roots Insulated water bottle is one of the best travel water bottles out there.
Super durable and a nicely sized 25 oz, this water bottle can fit all the water (or wine!) that you'd need. Also, vacuum sealed technology ensures that beverages in this bottle stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
And to top it all off, 10% of all proceeds goes to http://plasticoceans.org/ to help fight pollution in our seas.
A warm and bright sound, beautiful design, and compact makes this travel-guitar something special. All things considered (price, size, quality of play) this is easily the best travel guitar on the market.
Whether for a newbie or a professional, the Martin Travel Guitar is a great gift for any traveling musician! Check out all of the best traveling guitars for more inspiration!
Tunods Yoga Mat
(Awesome for a traveler who also loves yoga!)
Traveling yogis can have it hard. Yoga mats are heavy and bulky - but they need a mat to be able to do their yoga!
Enter the Tunods Yoga Mat! This cool yoga mat is incredibly lightweight and was designed with travelers in mind. The mat folds neatly, is easily packed away, and is made of durable materials so it will last years.
If you are shopping for a traveling yogi - this is as good as it gets. Well this and the next gift...
(Another great yogi-traveler gift!)
The other best-yogi-traveler gift - YogaPaws!
Trademarked and a one of a kind product, this is easily one of the coolest gift ideas for travelers we have ever seen. It's got it all!
The paws are lightweight, easily packed, and just overall pretty cool! This is a gift that will definitely resonate and last for years.
No one wants their snorkeling or scuba adventure ruined by the sight of their smartphone slowly descending into the darkness of the ocean.
So to help - a great travel gift is the MoKo Floating Waterproof case. It's a cool travel gift because not only does it protect the phone AND floats - the screen touch sensibility also lets the user take photos and videos.
This thing is so cool. Giving a 180 degree view, the WildHorn Snorkel Mask takes snorkeling to the next level (and all at a fair price!).
This is a great gift for a traveler who loves the ocean - whether they like to boat, snorkel, or scuba dive. Anyone who has a special connection with the ocean will love this gift and get a ton of use out of it.
Carabiners are one of those things. You'd think they'd just be for rock climbers, but these things are actually very practical gift ideas for travelers. They are very versatile, and serve many functions (while not to mention being strong!).
Due to their lightweight design, functionality and durability, this is a gift a traveler will use for years on end.
Microfibre towels are one of the coolest travel gift ideas. No questions asked.
Why? Because these towels are ultralight, durable, and designed for quick drying - all of which are a travelers dream!
Microfibre towels are one of those things that all pro-travelers need, and even if they have one it means they can have a backup!
If someone loves to hike, camp AND travel - then there is no better piece of gear for them than a tent.
And the Hubba Hubba is one of the best! Ultra lightweight (only 3.8 lbs!), durable, 3 season, 2 person - this tent has it all!
While this might not be for everyone, the Hubba Hubba is a serious tent for a traveler who seriously likes to camp, making it perfect for a traveler who also loves the great outdoors.
Full review - Best tents guide
Easily the coolest tent ever made. Why? Because it's a hammock as well!
This cool gift is for someone who loves the outdoors, loves camping and hammock-ing (and wants the best of both worlds).
The Lawson Hammock Blue Ridge is a 2 person tent that is suspended taught, so you can sleep on a flat comfortable surface. It also comes with a rain fly and mosquito - keeping you rain free and bug free!
If it's in your budget - this is seriously one of the coolest travel gifts on the market.
Read our full Lawson Hammock review here.
Security belts serve two important functions.
1) If a traveler is robbed, they can have a secret stash of cash to rely on.
2) But getting robbed is extremely unlikely, so more likely is that security belts give travelers a super-efficient means of organization. It means that no matter what, they can have backup cash in a safe area they will never forget.
While theft does happen, when travelers lose money - it's typically because of themselves!
Having a security belt is hands down the BEST way to avoid losing money, making this easily one of the best travel gifts one can buy.
Craghoppers travel apparel is an awesome travel gift.
Made for travelers, Craghopppers produces shorts, pants, shirts, hats - you name it!
Their clothes are designed with technology that helps reduce sweat, increase comfort and most importantly to keep the bugs away! 3 things that are very important to world travelers.
This isn't an ideal gift for an ultra-light world traveler. But a survival kit is GREAT for anyone who loves to hike and camp or travel nationally (especially in a car!).
The Ready America survival kit comes with enough food and water to help 2 people survive for 3 days, and is also equipped with additional survival gear.
The bag is neatly packed and is small enough to be kept at home or even in the car. Safety is important! And in the case of an emergency, the Ready America Survival kit makes sure that safety is never too far away.
While the name might sound silly - it's just a marketing ploy. The Zombie Apocalypse kit is actually quite functional and has tons of important survival gear for any situation! Even the zombie apocalypse...
The Ready America Survival Kit (previously reviewed) is definitely more of a serious survival kit - so if you are looking for a travel gift that will be most useful in a catastrophe, go with that.
But the Zombie kit is great for adventurers, and since it's loaded with tons of cool gear (knife, compass, flashlight, tactical pen) it is also very practical and can be used in the time of an emergency... or zombie apocalypse.
While the GoPro is not the highest quality travel camera - it is arguably the best travel camera.
It's incredibly durable, very small and compact (and therefore it stays under the radar), it works underwater, and best of all - it takes great photos!
This camera is literally built for travelers and adventurers in mind and is one of the best travel gifts out there. Don't worry about getting the newest version - the Hero5 is fantastic and more affordable now than it used to be.
3,000 people have bought this exact brand on Amazon. 90% of them gave this product a 4 or 5 star review. In a nutshell? It's great!
Why is it so great?
Because this is literally the PERFECT gift for travelers. While no one wants to be stuck to their phone while traveling, having the option to charge it wherever you are is utterly invaluable. RavPower is one of the best brands available as this charger can charge a typical smart phone SIX TIMES on one battery.
This is an easy pick for one of the coolest travel gifts.
There's many things to love about SunGod sunglasses.
First - they are stylish. Lots of traveler sunglasses feel good, but don't look good! SunGod glasses have clearly invested a lot of time into the design and aesthetics of the glasses - and they look great!
Second - they are durable. I've had my pair for almost a year and I swear they could survive the apocalypse.
Third - the 4Q quality optic lenses make you feel like you have super-human vision.
Full review - Read our Epic SunGod breakdown
The Skeletool is like taking the Swiss Army Knife - and making it more badass. This tool is an amazing piece of gear, as it is actually seven distinct tools within one!
While the Leatherman Skeletool is a safe, practical piece of gear that any travel enthusiast could appreciate - I recommend getting it for someone who enjoys working with their hands.
Here's the deal.
Travel pillows come in all shapes, sizes and prices, and not all of them are made equal. In fact, many of them suck.
So to help you pick ONE travel pillow, I've included the highest rated travel pillow on Amazon. With over 3,000 reviews and 4 1/2 stars, it's easy to understand why this is one of the best travel pillows on the market.
This is a great travel gift for anyone who travels a ton by bus or by plane.
Looking to take the travel-sleep game to the next level? Look no further than the Everlasting Neck Pillow Kit.
First off - the neck pillow is top notch. This bad boy is made of memory foam, has an adjustable strap, and even has a one of a kind phone pocket so you can keep you phone safe as you snooze.
Second - it comes with extra goods! Equipped with a face mask, ear plugs, and a convenient carry-pack, this is a great gift for any traveler who spends a ton of time on airplanes.
The gift of sleep is the gift that keeps on giving.
FitBits are obviously incredibly useful for anyone looking to get or stay in shape. The gadget functions as a personal data tracker, and also has a bunch of cool additions like phone synchronization, hourly reminders, and calendar notifications.
I love this gift for travelers for one big reason - counting your steps!
Travel and walking go hand in hand, and knowing how many steps you walk is very cool and encourages you to walk more - therefore staying in better shape! This is a very cool and thoughtful travel gift.
Most men aren't even aware of the new slim travel wallets - and Nomatic makes some of the best.
The wallet is designed to be super thin, but is designed to fit a ton of cards, cash, and even a single key. The wallet also features a cool 'pull' chord that allows you to access any card in your wallet and quickly.
Slim, stylish, well designed and super affordable, the Nomatic wallet is a great travel gift for him that he'll love and actually use!
Women love this wallet.
How do I know? Try 140 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Stylish, minimal, but yet efficiently designed and able to fit a ton of stuff. This wallet is the best of all worlds.
The Borgasets leather wallet can comfortably fit credit cards, passports, cash, and even a smartphone - meaning the traveling lady in your life will have all her valuables on her at all time in a safe and stylish leather wallet.
Bluetooth headphones are all the rage right now, and with a surplus of products on the market, prices have dropped significantly meaning you can get a truly great gift for travel lovers super cheap!
Nothing is more annoying than wires getting caught and ripping earbuds from your head - especially in airports!
These headphones are well designed, have a decent battery life, and are super compact - a travelers dream.
These Bose Soundlink bluetooth headphones are some of the best money can buy, and are an incredible piece of gear for any and every traveler.Noisy buses, crowded airplanes, loud streets - all of this melts away once music is being listened to on the Bose headphones.
Loaded with great battery life, deep immersive sound and the latest bluetooth technology - you can't beat Bose.
These headphones are as good as it gets. Believe me, the traveler in your life will thank you for years on end.
I've been traveling with a moleskin for so long that it's probably the top 5 most important things I carry. Whether for journaling, sketching, doodling or writing down an important address, a moleskin is a travelers best friend.
These iconic notebooks are built for durability with their tough exterior, but have an inexplicable tenderness to them once you open them up.
Pro tip - there are three different kinds of moleskin. Get the lined moleskin (pictured above) if the person is the writer type. If they are the drawing type, look for the dotted grid page or the bank.
Nomatic is back on our list but this time with their Nomatic Travel planner.
Think of a moleskin meets a calendar - the Nomatic Travel Planner helps travelers stay organized in ways that normal planners and notebooks wouldn't allow them to.
This is a seriously awesome piece of gear as it is loaded with cool features such as erasable whiteboard paper, a designated pen slot, weekly and monthly planners, and much much more.
This is a bit niche - but if you know someone who LOVES watches and LOVES travel, then you may have literally just hit the jackpot.
This gorgeous leather case is designed to hold two watches (not included).
The leather box is durable, high strength, with luxury micro suede inside to perfectly cradle and protect the travelers watches. As someone who travels with two watches, I can say this is a really cool and useful travel gift.
Hiking shoes aren't the cheapest investment, but if you get the right pair they can last 10+ years.
North Face Hedgehog is one of those pairs.
Handmade, sewn from leather, these are some of the most comfortable hiking shoes you can get a traveler.
Full review - The best hiking shoes money can buy
Whether she is looking for travel shoes, or hiking shoes - Soloman can do both!
One of the highest rated boots on the market, Salomon have been making quality shoes for years.
The shoes are leather with rubber soles and have a nice sleek design. If she enjoys seeing the world AND hiking the great outdoors, you aren't going to be able to find a better travel gift for her than this.
If you know a traveler heading to a cold weather destination for their first time and have a bit of a budget, then this gift could be prefect!
It's no secret that Patagonia makes some of the best hiking/travel jackets, and this is one of their marquee products.
If you want the traveler in your life to stay warm on his travels - this will keep him plenty toasty!
This jacket is NOT cheap, but it's a safe present to buy.
Because even if she has a jacket, there's very little chance it'll be anywhere near the quality of the Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody. This jacket is simply as good as it gets.
Waterproof and made from high quality nylon, the exterior is stretchy ensuring the lucky lady is comfortable and with a full range of motion. The jacket is designed with plenty of ventilation and breathability, without sacrificing a smidgeon of warmth.
Assuming the traveler in your life has a) a home and b) a love for drinking out of glasses - this is a cool present!
A very unique travel gift, these whiskey glasses have maps of different US cities. Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, New York and dozens more are available.
Even if they don't like whiskey, these glasses are so cool they'll be drinking water or wine ut of them in no time.
Does the idea of giving your loved one a bottle of mosquito repellent/sunscreen sound like the coolest gift idea? Maybe not. But what this gift idea for travelers lacks in sexiness, it makes up for in practicality.
This product is a game changer for anyone heading to tropical beach areas. Whether they are headed to The Philippines or Costa Rica, this will help keep their skin protected from the sun and the mosquitos.
Travelers are typically health-conscious - so the NextDia is the best of both worlds!
Natural and safe for the whole family, these bad boys help keep your traveling loved one safe from any mosquito related diseases.
This is a great gift for world travelers. They are light and effective, so whenever they head to a climate with a too few many bugs - they just slip their bracelet on!
While this might not be the most exciting travel gift idea - it's so important! Think of an external hard drive like insurance. You don't need it until you need it.
And like insurance, if you aren't prepared beforehand, the results are not going to be pretty.
Enter one of the best external hard drives available. The WD 4TB has plenty of space for travel photos and videos, and it's sleek and compact design make it perfect for all types of travelers.
It doesn't matter if they are a business traveler, a casual backpacker or anything in between - every travelers loves and needs some packing cubes in their life.
One of the best ways to take organization to the next level, this cool gift for travel lovers is practical, stylish, and will be used every time they travel.
Designed by designed by blogger, Travel Fashion Girl. The Compass Rose packing cubes are one of the highest rated packing cubes on Amazon. They offer more compression than a standard packing cube due to durable fabric and quality zippers. You'll be pleasantly surprised just how deep these cubes pack and just how much stuff can be organized.
Looking for a gift for a traveler who also loves to read? You've hit the jackpot.
As someone who reads a ton of books - a Kindle is a godsend. While the feel of a traditional book will never be matched, the convenience of having an entire library's worth of books in a 5.7 oz tablet is the best gift you can give.
Available in black or white and with the highest resolution ever on a Kindle, your traveler will use this for years and years to come.
While the idea of a headlamp might seem bit silly, the truth is that headlamps are one of the most under-looked and useful bits of gear a traveler could ever possess.
Headlamps provide light in darkness - and traveling has plenty of times that get dark! Whether camping in the middle of the woods, partying on a deserted island, or just trying to see when the hostel lights go out, a headlamp is an essential item for most adventuring backpackers.
Check out our full review of the best headlamps for traveling!
If you are shopping for an experienced traveler you might want to look elsewhere. Veteran travelers know these are essential for international travel and probably have one (or two or three!) already.
That's why this is a great present idea for a newbie - some don't realize they even need one of these until they are in a new country!
Save them the time, money and panic by getting them set up with a universal adapter so they can charge their electronics in every country on the planet.
What is one thing all travelers share in common? They all love maps and globes.
This is a great gift for frequent travelers - watch as they stare into the globe, reminiscing over where they have been, and drooling over where they want to next explore.
This particular globe has a timeless antique style and is mounted on a sturdy bronze metal base.
While not for the business traveler or casual backpacker - the MSR Windburner is a gem of a gift for anyone who loves the great outdoors.
Durable and lighweight, the MSR Windburner has been one of our favorite backpacking stoves for years. Even if your loved one already has a backpacking stove, it's amazing to have a backup - especially when it's on of the best stoves money can buy!
Check out all of the top travel camping stoves.
Harem pants are the best of both worlds - supper comfy and super stylish. It's easy to see why women love them so much!
Especially women who love to travel. These awesome pants are designed for ultimate comfort and maybe even like to unleash their inner yogi.
And to top it off - a portion of each sale goes to the Elephant Conservation Center in Laos.
Is it the prettiest gift in the world? Definitely not. But will they use it and love it? You bet your ass.
This ultra lights mesh stuff sack is great for organization, security, and most importantly - dirty laundry! Made from multi-filament nylon, this stuff sack is super light and super durable (the two most important things for travelers!).
It's an inexpensive, but very practical gift idea.
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Like the idea of a water bottle but don't think you like the whole filter idea?
No problem - this water bottle is arguably even more awesome! The Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle is a totally cool travel gift, and will be useful to about anyone who likes to spend their life on the road.
The water bottle is collapsible, carries 22oz, has a leak free twist cap and is super affordable. And to top it off it's made of food-grade materials and free of BPA - can't beat being healthy!
If you've got the budget and want to get someone the gift of a lifetime - this is it. If you are looking for a gift for someone who hikes around the world, the Arc'teryx Men's Beta AR Jacket is the holy grail. Check out the full review here.
The Bullet Breacher is great gift for travelers as it is a bottle opener made from actual 50 caliber bullets shot by US Marines!
This is a great gift for a traveler who likes to have a few beers! Whether drinking a Singha in Thailand or a Modelo in Mexico, this cool gadget allows a world traveler to always open their beer, and to open it in style.
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There you have it!
The biggest list on the web of gift ideas for people who love to travel! I know that with the help of this article you'll easily be able to find an awesome gift idea for the traveler in your life.
Did I miss any of the best travel gifts? Did this list help you find a travel gift? Let me know in the comments below!