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From Dopp kits to ornaments, these gifts will make any avid traveler swoon.
As the holiday season approaches, the task of choosing the perfect gifts for our loved ones begins. For those with an insatiable wanderlust, the challenge lies in finding presents that not only resonate with their adventurous spirit, but also enhance their travel experiences (or make them nostalgic for those experiences while at home).
When choosing gifts for the avid traveler in your life, practicality takes center stage. Consider items that are lightweight, compact, and versatile, ensuring they seamlessly fit into a nomadic lifestyle. From durable luggage to portable charging devices, the key is to enhance their travel experience while minimizing the hassle of carrying cumbersome items. Additionally, personalized gifts add a special touch, turning a functional item into a cherished memento. Whether it's a custom map highlighting their favorite destinations or a monogrammed passport holder, these thoughtful touches show that you've taken the time to select something unique and meaningful that they can bring on their many journeys.
When your favorite traveler sees their initials on a stylish tote or a custom-designed puzzle, it not only adds a touch of sophistication but also creates a connection to their personal journey. So, as you embark on your holiday shopping adventure, consider the joy of giving one of these personalized gifts that speak to the heart of a travel enthusiast and accompany them wherever the wind next blows them.
Shinola Jewelry Traveler
Made from natural leather, this compact jewelry holder by Detroit-based brand Shinola features multiple compartments to securely organize necklaces, earrings, and rings, preventing tangles and damage during transit. With its stylish design and option for personalization, it serves as an ideal holiday gift for the avid traveler, combining practicality with a touch of luxury for those who cherish their jewelry collection while on the go. Plus, the customized monogramming is totally free.
Price at time of publish: $175
Away The Bigger Carry-on Flex
The Bigger Carry-on Flex suitcase from Away is a sleek and durable travel companion perfect for those who love to explore the world. With its expandable interior, 360 degree spinner wheels, and built-in compression pad, it's a classic suitcase that offers both versatility and practicality for any adventure that your favorite person plans to embark on. Add a personal touch by customizing it with a slew of monogramming options, especially considering Away just launched ten new personalization colors to equal a whopping 24 total color options to choose from.
Price at time of publish: $345, + $50 for personalization
Ipsy Beauty Subscription Service
An Ipsy subscription is a monthly beauty and makeup subscription service that delivers a curated selection of personalized, usually sample-sized beauty products to your doorstep. Each month, subscribers receive a stylish glam bag of beauty items, ranging from skincare to cosmetics. For someone who loves to travel, an Ipsy subscription makes the perfect personalized holiday gift, as it ensures they have a convenient assortment of travel-sized beauty essentials for their journeys, tailored to their preferences and needs.
Price at time of publish: $30/month
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L.L.Bean Open-top Boat and Tote
The cult-classic L.L.Bean Boat and Tote is a durable and timeless canvas tote bag renowned for its timeless style and reliability. With sturdy handles and a reinforced bottom, it is designed to withstand the rigors of travel, making it an ideal companion for those who love to explore. What sets it apart as the perfect personalized holiday gift is the option to customize it with your giftee’s initials, adding a personal touch to a practical and stylish accessory that will accompany them on all their adventures.
Price at time of publish: $35, +$8 for monogram
Valerie Constance iPad Series Keyboard Case Pale Pink
The Valerie Constance iPad case and keyboard combo is the ultimate travel companion for tech-savvy wanderers. It not only protects their iPad with a stylish touch, but it also comes with a built-in keyboard that transforms their Apple device into a portable workstation. It comes in tons of different colors, from pale pink to classic black, with the ability to add a name or initials, making it the perfect personalized holiday gift for the travel enthusiast in your life who wants to stay connected and productive on the go. So, whether they're typing up travel diaries or binge-watching their favorite shows during a layover, this case ensures they do it with flair and functionality.
Price at time of publish: $158
Uncommon Goods Home Is Where the Heart Is Personalized Ornament
The perfect addition to an avid traveler’s holiday tree, these customizable ornaments capture the essence of globetrotting by allowing you to customize them with the maps of significant locations of your choice. Its delicate design, featuring marble and a ribbon for hanging, make it a charming addition to their travel-inspired home decor, reminding them that, no matter where they roam, home truly is where the heart is.
Price at time of publish: $35
Cadence Build Your Flex System
This aesthetically minded collection of magnetized travel capsules by Cadence is designed to simplify the process of packing and traveling with skincare and beauty items. With its modular and flexible components — each totally customizable in terms of color and label — the collection allows your giftee to build a personalized system tailored to their unique needs. This makes it the perfect holiday gift for travel enthusiasts, as it not only ensures efficient and organized packing (with no spills) but also reflects a thoughtful and personalized approach to their wanderlust adventures.
Price at time of publish: $136 for a set of 7
Mark & Graham Single Travel Jewelry Watch Roll
With a compact and stylish design, this watch roll by Mark & Graham makes the perfect gift for the traveler who wants to keep their favorite timepiece safe in style. It can accommodate a single watch, securing it with a soft suede lining and a secure snap closure. Its personalization option (you can add their initials) makes it an ideal holiday gift for any travel enthusiast in your life, adding a thoughtful touch to a functional and elegant accessory that ensures their cherished watch stays protected on the go.
Price at time of publish: $49, +$13 for personalization
Papier Constellation Foiled Travel Journal
These supremely aesthetic travel journals by Papier are the ideal personalized holiday gift for those in your life that want to document their wanderlust. With a huge variety of designs, they’re the must-have accessory for your travelers’ memorable journeys. Crafted with high-quality materials, each journal can be customized with the recipient's name, making it a thoughtful and unique present that reflects their individual style and passion for exploration.
Price at time of publish: $38
Weddingstar Custom Engraved Compact Mirror
Keep your favorite traveler from having to fix their hair or makeup using their phone camera with this sweet compact mirror. Its durable leather exterior and attractive gold engraved initials make it a thoughtful companion for anyone constantly on the go. Its convenient size also makes it a travel-friendly companion, ensuring your globetrotter friend stays polished and stylish on their adventures.
Price at time of publish: $18
Milk Books Milk Premium Photo Books
This custom photo book by Milk is a beautiful way for you to compile a friend or loved ones’ cherished travel memories into a high-quality, professionally bound book. With a sleek design and premium materials, it provides a luxurious and enduring showcase for their most treasured moments. For the avid traveler, gifting a totally custom photo book is a thoughtful and personal way to celebrate their adventures, offering a thoughtful keepsake that captures the essence of their favorite journeys.
Price at time of publish: $125
Skylight The Skylight Frame
With its sleek design and user-friendly interface, this digital frame allows your loved ones to easily display and rotate their favorite travel snapshots, turning any space into a visual journey around the world. Its seamless Wi-Fi connectivity ensures that updating the frame with new adventures is a breeze, making it a thoughtful and ever-evolving gift that captures the spirit of wanderlust.
Price at time of publish: $160 for a 10-inch frame
Katie Kime New York Toile Pajama Pants Set
Keep the traveler in your life cozy at night with one of Katie Kimes’ unique pajama sets, featuring a toile print of their favorite city. From New York City to Fort Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Charleston and many others, these pajamas feature cheeky illustrations that represent each individual city to create the perfect combination of fashion and comfort. Piping details and an adjustable ribbon waist bring it all together, and you can even add your giftee's initials to the left chest pocket for an extra fee.
Price at time of publish: $128, + $20 for embroidery
The Ruff Times Custom Location Water Color Painting
This hand-painted custom watercolor captures the cozy charm of a favorite bar or restaurant with an artistic flair. The artist skillfully incorporates the unique details of the chosen location, from the architecture to the surrounding ambiance, creating a personalized masterpiece. This painting makes the perfect holiday gift for a travel enthusiast, bringing back cherished memories of a beloved spot and adding a touch of wanderlust to any space. It's a thoughtful and unique way to celebrate the joy of travel and create a lasting keepsake for someone who loves exploring new places.
Price at time of publish: $160
Tidbyt LED Display
The Tidbyt clock is not just a timepiece; it's a customizable, internet-connected display that brings a touch of personalization to any space. Imagine having your favorite travel destinations, live weather updates, and even personalized messages all beautifully showcased on a sleek, minimalist clock. For the avid traveler, the Tidbyt clock becomes a dynamic visual journey, offering a daily escape to far-off places and creating a unique, thoughtful holiday gift that adds a touch of wanderlust to every moment.
Price at time of publish: $179
Mark & Graham Nomad Rugged Case for Airpods
Elevate your gifting game this holiday season with the Mark & Graham Nomad Rugged Case for AirPods – the ultimate accessory for the on-the-go adventurer in your life. Crafted from premium leather, this sleek case not only adds a touch of sophistication to their tech essentials but also ensures their AirPods stay protected in style. Personalize it with their initials for that extra thoughtful touch, making it the perfect travel companion for someone who's always on the move.
Price at time of publish: $30
Pegai Personalized 100% Leather Toiletry Bag for Men
Every man (and person in general) who loves to travel should have a great Dopp kit, and this stylish yet functional option is just the ticket. Crafted from high-quality leather, it exudes timeless charm and only gets better with each journey. Well-designed compartments and customizable personalization options make this Dopp kit a thoughtful holiday gift, adding a touch of sophistication to his travel essentials.
Price at time of publish: $54
Monica Vinader Deia Locket Pendant
Crafted in gold vermeil, the Deia Locket by Monica Vinader features a delicate design in 18k gold, inspired by ancient goddesses. A free engraving option allows you to add that extra special touch, while a hinged locket opens to reveal a customizable space for a cherished photo of your giftee’s choice. The perfect personalized holiday gift for a travel enthusiast, this sweet locket allows them to carry a piece of their favorite destination, or person, close to their heart.
Price at time of publish: $150
Cuyana Travel Beauty Roll
Crafted with a blend of elegance and practicality, this chic organizer keeps all your beauty essentials in check while on the go. Its thoughtfully designed compartments and personalized monogram option make it the perfect gift for the jet-setter who values both style and functionality, ensuring they embark on their adventures with a touch of luxury and organization.
Price at time of publish: $248
Paravel Packing Cube Quad
This set of four packing cubes is designed to streamline the way travelers organize their belongings. Constructed from lightweight, weather-resistant nylon, they offer a perfect balance of durability and style. With customizable monogramming options, a practical item becomes a thoughtful and personalized holiday gift for the avid traveler, ensuring they can jet-set with efficiency and style.
Price at time of publish: $65, +$25 for embroidery
Olfactory NYC Pick Your Core Scent
This personalized fragrance by NYC-based brand Olfactory includes a 10ml travel-size bottle of a totally custom scent, allowing you to create a signature scent for your favorite traveler, or even create a scent based on their favorite locale. With a carefully curated selection of high-quality ingredients, it captures the essence of each individual's preferences and personality in a wearable way that really shows you know your giftee. The compact size makes it easy to carry their new scent on adventures, so that wherever they go, they can spritz on the familiar and comforting notes of their personally crafted fragrance.
Price at time of publish: $38
Uncommon Goods Personalized Engraved Compass
What traveler doesn’t need a good compass? Even just for the whimsy of it all. This personalized engraved compass by Uncommon Goods is a heartfelt holiday gift that’s perfect for your friend with major wanderlust. Crafted with a vintage-inspired brass finish, it not only points the way, but also captures memories with a personal touch. Pick between two motifs, then engrave a special message or pick a photograph for the inner lid to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake, making it the perfect present for the travel enthusiast in your life, ensuring their journeys are guided by both direction and sentiment.
Price at time of publish: $50
Yeti Rambler 18-ounce Water Bottle
Crafted with the adventurer in mind, this durable and highly customizable water bottle by Yeti keeps beverages at the perfect temperature for hours, whether it's piping hot coffee during chilly mountain hikes or ice-cold water on a scorching beach day. With its sleek design and the option for you to add a monogram, phrase, or custom graphics, gifting the Yeti bottle this holiday season is like giving the travel enthusiast in your life a personalized ticket to stay refreshed on all their journeys.
Price at time of publish: $35
Prose Boar Bristle Brush
This highly coveted hairbrush by Prose is a travel essential that ensures your friend’s locks receive personalized care no matter where your journeys lead. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, each brush is tailored to the user’s unique hair needs, with options like boar bristle or nylon tufts, handle length, and finish. Plus, you can add an extra touch of personalization with a monogram on the handle, making it a truly unique and thoughtful holiday gift.
Price at time of publish: $72
Courant Catch:3 Classics Single-device Charging Tray
The Courant wireless charger tray is the ultimate blend of style and functionality, offering a sleek charging solution that effortlessly complements any space, whether your giftee is at home or a hotel. Crafted with premium materials, like linen or leather, and a minimalist design, it not only keeps their devices powered up wirelessly but also doubles as a sophisticated tray for their daily essentials. For the travel enthusiast, this charger becomes the perfect personalized holiday gift, ensuring they stay connected on the go.
Price at time of publish: $175, + $15 for monogram
Artifact Uprising Everyday Photo Puzzle
Crafted from high-quality materials and featuring your favorite travel snapshots, this puzzle transforms moments into a tactile, interactive experience. For the wanderlust-infected soul, there's no better gift—each piece becomes a passport to cherished destinations, making the Artifact Uprising Photo Puzzle the perfect personalized holiday surprise for the travel enthusiast in your life. Crafted from quality materials, it's like turning your wanderlust-filled photo album into a hands-on experience. Ideal for the friend who loves a good puzzle and has a soft spot for travel memories.
Price at time of publish: $35
Leatherology Kessler Medium Duffle
This sophisticated Weekender Duffel Bag by Leatherology is the stylish travel companion that your giftee needs in their life. Available in a small range of classic colors, this spacious bag not only provides ample room for their essentials, but also adds a touch of timeless elegance to any adventure. The option to personalize it with debossed or handpainted initials transforms it into a thoughtful and unique holiday gift, making it the perfect choice for someone with a passion for both travel and personalized accessories.
Price at time of publish: $360, + $30 for monogram
Lingua Franca Initials Eyemask
Crafted from luxurious cashmere, this eye mask by Lingua Franca features delicately embroidered initials, adding a touch of individuality to your travel routine. Whether jet-setting across time zones or simply catching some Zs on a cozy staycation, this eye mask is the perfect personalized holiday gift for the travel enthusiast in your life, combining comfort and flair in one stylish package.
Price at time of publish: $95
Monos Alphabet Stickers
The perfect stocking stuffer or gift addition for your favorite traveler, these alphabet stickers by Monos can be adhered to any hard top suitcase for instant personalization — helping them identify their luggage more easily at the baggage carousel and giving their suitcase a touch of monogrammed flair.
Price at time of publish: $15
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Austa Somvichian-Clausen is a travel writer and published author living in New York City. She has been covering travel and lifestyle content, including liquor, interior design, fashion, and beauty since 2017, and has written gift guides for numerous national publications. Austa thoroughly researched the best personalized gifts available for purchase and referenced T+L’s tested roundups to find quality items we’ve tried and loved.
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