Struggling to find that perfect gift for the travel lover in your life? We’ve done all the work for you.
With a special focus on women-founded products and businesses but with many relevant to travelers of any gender, this gift guide is full of inspired, unique gifts for that special person in your life who’s always on the go, ready for new adventures, needs a little extra self-care, or maybe all three. Personally recommended and vetted by the global Wanderful community, with every budget in mind, get ready to add all 20 gifts to your shopping cart…and definitely treat yourself, too!
Here are 22 of the perfect gifts for travelers.
Accessories & Apparel
1. The Capsoul Pack from Capsoul ($189 USD)
Perfect for everyday use, The Capsoul Pack is compact, sleek, lightweight, sustainable, waterproof, and durable. Inspired by the classic business briefcase and crafted for utility, the utility strap comes together with any size packing pouch to create a stylish fanny pack or crossbody for hands-free carry. It also secures your pack nicely to any size rolling luggage. The Capsoul Pack comes with five detachable packing pouches (including a laptop sleeve and two suitcase-style internal compartments), an adjustable utility strap, padded and double-sewn shoulder straps, and an elastic sternum strap.
2. Affirmation Card Deck from Comfy Trav (£12.99 GBP)
Use this deck of cards for daily affirmation practice. Practicing travel affirmations is the simplest thing a person can do to start their travel adventures happier and with less anxiety. These cards help travelers focus on the positive and become more mindful.
3. TOPTOTE Hat Holder from The Fileist ($48+ USD)
TOPTOTE inventor Lindsay Albanese loves a good hat, but she hated the commitment that came with wearing one. Then she realized nothing had been invented for hat travel since the hat box. She knew she was onto something and had to invent the solution, and thus the TOPTOTE was born.
4. My Way AND the Highway T-Shirt from Home is Roam ($30 USD)
Home is Roam offers fresh gear for a nomadic lifestyle. It’s perfect for digital nomads, location-independent living, van life, RV roaming, and all adventurers. Arguably the softest, most delightfully magical combination of fabrics ever made into a t-shirt, this smooth sily shirt drapes the best, has the greatest stretch and recovery, and offers a classic fit — providing a clean, confident appearance.
5. TWL Tote Bag from Teach with Love ($17 USD)
Teach With Love, Global (TWL) brings teachers from all over the US and beyond, from ALL backgrounds, to travel on authentic “immersive cultural” travel trips. TWL is a women- and minority-owned grassroots organization founded by Taína Benitez with the goal of giving opportunities to underserved students to travel the world and elevate underserved teachers by developing new leadership where none existed. TWL is funded through sponsors and a Teacher Travel Community that serves teachers of all races, ethnicities, genders, and more. This recycled canvas bag is made with vegan leather handles and designed with love.
6. “You Are Wanderful” Passport Cover from Wanderful ($16 USD)
Meet the perfect traveling companion that is stylish, practical, and indispensable to any explorer heading abroad — the personalized passport cover. Made with PU faux leather, it looks and feels luxurious, while also making a perfect gift for any traveler. Each cover features a soft yet highly durable microfiber inner lining with convenient inner pockets.
7. Travel Journal from Waypoint Goods ($12 USD)
The Travel Journal is all about keeping you living in the moment while traveling with quick fill-in-the-blank prompts and questions that get to what really matters. Its page guides make it easy to highlight everything that happens on the road. No more staring at a blank page trying to craft the perfect sentence. No fancy leather-bound journals that are actually too nice to write in. This journal is a tool to enhance the entire travel experience, from before the trip to during and after. Waypoint Goods is all about empowering women to travel and designing the perfect travel accessories to make that happen. It all started with the Travel Scarf, an infinity scarf with a hidden zipper pocket. Since then, Waypoint has expanded its collections to travel-inspired decor and jewelry designed by women for women.
8. Chakra Boost Travel Kit Set of 3 Roll-on Perfume Oils from ADORAtherapy ($75 USD)
Woman-owned ADORAtherapy goes beyond perfume to bring you natural fragrances for your moods. Their handmade aroma perfumes are organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated with the highest-grade essential oils. No alcohol, no synthetics, or unhealthy chemicals. This travel kit holds its best selling Chakra Boost roll ons, including vitality, motivation, and tranquility.
9. Spring Mix Bath Bar Bundle from Aura Naturals Skincare ($22 USD)
Skip the liquid body wash on your travels in favor of these carryon safe body bars. Aura Naturals handcrafts soap and skincare products with ethically sourced ingredients, which are handmade in small batches to ensure consistent quality. This trio includes sweetest nectar, mimosa, and rose hibiscus scents.
10. Mini Mist Collection from Mario Badescu ($20 USD)
For over 50 years, Mario Badescu has been a source of reliable, quality skin care. Once a trusted name beloved by its products and signature European Facials among entertainment insiders and New Yorkers in-the-know, Mario Badescu has since gained recognition worldwide for its timeless approach to simple, effective skincare. Today, the brand continues to uphold its founder’s traditions by using soothing botanicals, fresh fruit extracts, and other natural ingredients as the basis for its products. Making healthy, radiant skin both achievable and accessible is the priority-and with over 150 products formulated to address every skin type and concern, Mario Badescu is proud to provide skincare solutions for all. This Mini Mist Collection features all five of Mario Badescu’s must-have facial sprays in 1 oz travel-size bottles.
11. HiBAR Sampler Conditioner from REDBUDSUDS ($10 USD)
REDBUDSUDS is a company out to help the environment one shower at a time. Their shower bars eliminate preservatives, parabens, phthalates, plastic packaging, trips to the recycling bin, and explosions in your suitcase or backpack. They only use only real, recognizable ingredients that are mostly organic and local when they can find them. This conditioner sampler pack includes all three of their HiBAR conditioners in travel sizes, including Maintain for normal hair, Volumize for thin hair, and Moisturize for dry hair.
12. Carry On Starter Box from BlackTravelBox ($35 USD)
BlackTravelBox hair and skincare products are made for life on the go, with travel-friendly packaging and formulations that make packing, carrying (on), and using them simple and easy. Slay all day with this convenient five-piece set of personal care essentials designed to keep your hair and skin looking great on the go. The set features all the basics in one bundle that fit perfectly into your carry-on for a flawless travel experience.
13. The Munwa Box from Munwa Experiences ($115 USD)
Munwa’s mission is to create world-class experiences for today’s travelers in the most beautiful and culturally alive places around the world. The ultimate Munwa Box is packed full of all of Munwa’s customer-favorite items. It’s a unique gift for the person in your life who enjoys luxury items that inspire and celebrate happy living. The box features items from Scandinavia and France — two places known for quality and luxurious lifestyles you’ll love to replicate at home — plus a bonus book on Ayurveda to help inspire self-care and healthy living. These items all have a story to tell, and Munwa hopes you can experience the joy these items bring to them.
14. Come Back To Travel Accessory Gift Box from Sustainable Travel & Living ($55 USD)
For those who anxiously awaiting a return to travel, give them the gift of this fun set that represents better brands and better choices than the cheap stuff that gets trashed, including an artisan-made woven luggage tag with leather accents, a set of four reflective zipper pulls in neon green, a nine-piece carry-on travel set with TSA 3-1-1 bag, plus lightweight aluminum and recycled plastic containers.
15. A Virtual Shopping Trip to the Artisans of Bourj Hammoud in Beirut, Lebanon with Local Purse and Tourleb (€66 EUR)
Bourj Hammoud is one of the most densely populated areas of the Middle East. It is the Armenian neighborhood of Beirut and is one of the economic arteries of the Lebanese capital. Filled with highly skilled and talented artisans and artists and workers, it is the go-to place for fabrics and any design item to be made. During this virtual tour, Tourleb will take you to three places to see how culture and design collide, and you’ll be able to make real purchases along the way that can be shipped to you at home. Follow the footsteps of young guide and storyteller Aya and uncover Bourj Hammoud as if you were there – hoping you’ll be tempted enough to come and visit live.
16. A Trip to Valle de Bravo, Mexico with Girl Around the Globe ($1,350 USD)
As a debt-free millennial and avid traveler, Girl Around the Globe was founded to answer two questions: How do I travel? How do I pay off student debt? GATG is committed to being a travel company focused on BIPOC travelers. GATG’s upcoming February group trip is a three-day two-night travel experience in the heart of Valle de Bravo, Mexico with the purpose of showing you how to release, reset, and trust in the seasons that God has us in. A city on Lake Avándaro, west of Mexico City, Architectural Digest called Valle de Bravo “The Hamptons” of Mexico. The city is surrounded by wooded mountains and paved with cobblestone streets and well-preserved colonial buildings. Throughout their time in Valle de Bravo, GATG will help travelers disconnect from the world and reconnect with their inner selves. They’ll indulge in authentic Mexican food and get lost in town, laugh all night, and allow the power of travel to take shape within them. This trip is designed for the adventurous, active, and flexible traveler who is open-minded, curious, and excited about the chance to explore and be immersed in a new and off-the-beaten-path destination.
17. A Trip to Morocco with Purposeful Nomad ($4,465 USD)
Tucked away in the far corner of Northwest Africa, Morocco is brimming with diversity and is an eclectic blend of culture, art, history, and language. Its cities are captivating, its mountains are mesmerizing, its food is mouthwatering, and its small villages are completely enchanting. Morocco is truly a traveler’s colorful dream. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Morocco with two professional rug buyers and importers. Purposeful Nomad has partnered up with Jessica & Lindsay, the owners of the gorgeous store, Indigo & Saffron. They will bring their insight, knowledge, and love for Moroccan textiles. Not only will participants visit reputable and trustworthy rug shops but they will see the dyeing, weaving, and creating process that these artisans put into their work. They will also visit different communities and families who specialize in different styles and patterns of rugs. While rugs are the theme of this trip, that’s not all they will focus on. They’ll will learn about magnificent Moroccan architecture, eat their way through the winding streets of Fez, Chefchaouen, and Meknes, explore the meandering markets, and zen out in a mansion overlooking the Atlantic ocean. With their expert local guides, the true magic and mystery of Morocco will be unveiled.
18. Courses on Issues or Destinations with RISE Travel Institute ($98 USD)
RISE’s mission is to inspire responsible, impactful, sustainable, and ethical travel through education. RISE envisions a world where travel is a force for positive transformation for both travelers and travel destinations. RISE offers short courses on a wide range of topics related to sustainable travel through a unique anti-oppression lens. RISE also curates courses on specific destinations along with community representatives, companies, or organizations from a particular tourism destination. The content includes a deep dive into the history of the destination and its indigenous culture, the social, political, economic, and/or environmental issues local communities and ecosystems face nowadays, and stories of the resilience of the locals amidst challenges. At the end of the course, travelers will be provided with some examples of how to travel mindfully and maximize their positive impact on the destination. The course will also showcase some sustainable development initiatives, conservation efforts, and community empowerment projects that travelers can support.
19. Adventure Coaching with Trailblazer Wellness ($209+ USD)
Trailblazer Wellness exists to help people get more physically fit to enjoy the experiences they’ve dreamed of having, including taking their dream trip. Trailblazer Wellness’s adventure coaching is for those who are planning their dream trip and can’t wait to enjoy the awe-inspiring views, exotic cultures, and life-changing experiences, but whose trip involves several hours a day walking or hiking, bicycling, or other physical activities. If you’re not sure that you’ll have the stamina and fitness to make the most of your trip, adventure coaching can help you gain the strength and confidence you want. Your coach will figure out where your current fitness is relative to your trip’s activities, create a customized plan for preparing for your adventure, support you to stay on track with the plan, and adjust it as needed.
20. An Integrative Health And Wellness Experience from Waldron Travel ($2,400+ USD)
Don’t just plan a vacation; plan a life-changing journey that remains with you forever. Available for three, five, or seven nights and at locations in Massachusetts, Arizona, Nevada, and California — discover an inspired place, where your wellness vision becomes your wellness reality. Waldron Travel will work with you to enhance your personalized experience by adding programs and featured events that reinforce your intention or supplement your stay.
21. A Ticket to WITS Puerto Rico by Wanderful ($399 USD)
If that special traveler in your life is also a content creator, look no further than WITS. WITS is the premier event for travel’s top marketing talent. Creative entrepreneurs, influencers, DMOs, and industry come together to discuss future innovations, build dynamic collaborations, and change travel worldwide, all while supporting and empowering a diverse community. At WITS, attendees get an opportunity to immerse themselves in the destination with curated tours and experiences, learn skills to strengthen their work and grow their brands, and make powerful connections with companies who know they are the voices and gatekeepers for consumers. Every event brings together hundreds of attendees and dozens of brands, from international travel corporations to small emerging businesses and startups.
22. The Gift of Sisterhood from Wanderful ($299 USD)
Do you know a wonderful woman who loves to travel? Give her the perfect gift, a Wanderful Traveler membership, and use it to connect with other travel-loving women, join for virtual events, take advantage of special deals and discounts, and get free access to chapter events worldwide. If she’s also a content creator, consider upgrading to a Creator membership, which includes added resources to help creators build their community, insight to enhance their content, and opportunities for meaningful partnerships with brands.
What are you gifting the travel lovers in your life this year? Share in the comments!
I love these ideas here… never enough goodies for us travel lovers! I’m aways on the lookout for new things that my fellow wanderlusters will enjoy.
What I often gift my friends (if you looked up my info you probably already guessed!) = PortaPocket wearables. They’re tiny but mighty and bring vast multi-functionality to the table while enhancing safety & convenience.
Other fab travel-centric gifts I share are all also woman-designed: GoCaddy water bottle holders, the Tube travel pillows (which you can stuff w/clothes), and Splice Clothing…versatile travel pieces that I’ve taken with me near & far.
Happy holidays from Chicago!