The Best Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers
From a down scarf that doubles as a pillow to chic hand sanitizer.
Travel is the one luxury that many of us have been forced to put on the back burner this year due to the pandemic. But with a vaccine coming next year, we're already dreaming about that first vacation post-quarantine, either to visit family and friends we haven't been able to see, go on an adventure-filled camping trip on the other side of the country, or just relax and do nothing on a remote beach.
So, if you're looking for the perfect gift for the person who loves to travel — or just want to treat yourself after a long 2020 — these are the best travel gifts to shop this holiday season.
1. Que Collapsible Water Bottle
If you want to get out of your habit of buying plastic water bottles at the airport but don't want the bulk of a stainless steel bottle in your carry on, look no further. Que's collapsible water bottle is now only lightweight and compact but it's alsoeakproof, shockproof, and dishwasher safe.
Shop now: $25; madewell.com
2. Paravel Aviator Grand Suitcase
Not only is it chic, but celeb-loved brand Paravel is also a suitcase you can feel good about. Their new larger checked luggage — which can fit up to 10 days worth of clothes — is both carbon neutral and made with sustainable materials (for example, the lining is made from 21 upcycled plastic water bottles).
Shop now: $315; paravel.com
3. Nodpod Weighted Eye Mask
Weighted sleep masks promote relaxation, ease tension headaches and migraines, and can help with insomnia — a.k.a it's a must-have for any long flight. This silky version contains stress-relieving lavender to take things to the next level.
Shop now: $20; amazon.com
4. Stoney Clover Clear Airplane Pouch
Fill this fun, clear pouch from Stoney Clover with travel essentials like a mask and hand sanitizer, and you've got the perfect gift for the 2020 holiday season.
Shop now: $115; stoneycloverlane.com
5. Noshinku Travel Size Hand Sanitizer
Speaking of hand sanitizer, if you're sick of your hands feeling dry and smelling like vodka (sorry), then you'll love this organic option which comes in lavender and eucalyptus. It's also made with jojoba, argan, rosehip, and coconut to effectively kill germs while also hydrating your hands. A perfect stocking stuffer for just about anyone this year.
Shop now: $10; nordstrom.com
6. National Parks Roaming Wild 2021 Calendar
Part wall decor, part organizational tool, this calendar featuring illustrations of 12 national parks is perfect for planning all of your 2021 adventures. Nature lovers will be happy to know that your purchase also helps to support habitat conservation.
Shop now: $25; parksproject.us
7. Hey Dewy Portable Facial Humidifier
We love using this portable USB humidifier while we work to keep skin hydrated and dewy in the winter, but it's also perfect for bringing on car trips (it fits into a cupholder) or on long flights to combat dry, plane air.
Shop now: $39; heydewy.com
8. Everlane Twill Weekender
Sturdy, stylish, lightweight, and 100% water-resistant, this Everlane duffel is close to perfect for an overnight or weekend trip, or for using as a carry-on bag.
Shop now: $98; everlane.com
9. Mejuri Jewelry Case
If you often find that your packed jewelry ends up one tangled knot, or worse, lost at the bottom of your purse, this compact leather jewelry case is made for you. It has compartments for necklaces, earrings, and rings to store all of your jewelry on the go — and you can get it monogrammed for free for a personal touch.
Shop now: $85; mejuri.com
10. Tory Sport Packable Performance Down Scarf
This oversized satin scarf packs in a ton of function: It's super warm thanks to the 750-down fill, water-repellent, and wind-resistant. Even cooler, it packs into its front zip pocket, so you can also use it as a fleece-lined pillow.
Shop now: $228; toryburch.com
11. Cuyana Leather Passport Case
A stylish passport cover is something everyone wants but no one wants to buy themselves, making it the perfect holiday gift. This pebbled, Italian leather option from Cuyana (with additional slots for your credit cards and ID) will make you even more excited for that first post-COVID international trip.
Shop now: $75; cuyana.com
12. Aesop Departure Travel Kit
You might actually be excited to brush your teeth with this chic Aesop kit. It includes miniature versions of all of your travel essentials, including toothpaste and mouthwash, hand sanitizer and lotion, a hydrating face mist and gel mask, and lip cream.
Shop now: $53; nordstrom.com
13. Casper Nap Pillow
For long flights or road trips, a pillow is a must for snoozing comfortably. This mini version of Casper's original soft-yet-supportive full-size pillow also comes with a pillowcase and drawstring bag so you can make sure it stays germ-free.
Shop now: $35; casper.com
14. Herbivore Botanicals De-Puff + Glow Kit
This gift set contains Herbivore's best-selling blue tansy and rosehip facial oils, plus a new mini jade roller to help with absorption and to de-puff skin on the go.
Shop now: $29; revolve.com