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While the best gift to an avid traveler might be the experience (or an all-inclusive jaunt to Bora Bora), you sure can gift them items to make their jaunts as pleasurable as possible, whether reducing the friction of a long-haul flight, easing the wrinkles of a work trip, or capturing memories to cherish for a lifetime. From noise-canceling headphones to drown out the airport noise to a five-minute makeup must-have for those tight turnarounds, we've gathered 35 of the best gifts for the traveler in your life. Warning: may induce wanderlust.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Wireless Ear Buds
The Apple AirPods Pro earbuds are ubiquitous for a reason; their noise-cancelling is effective, their appearance is subtle, and switching from device to device is positively seamless. Your traveler giftee will undoubtedly use these daily, from the commute to a long-haul flight.
The Bestsellers Bundle
No more lugging awkward, travel-sized toiletries from point A to point B. Instead, opt for the chic Cadence capsule pods, which come with swappable label tiles. Click them together in a magnetic honeycomb formation that saves you plenty of space and hassle in your carry-on.
Men's Vegan Sneakers
Ever been in a new city and had a conniption over your step count at the end of the day? As flâneurs, we walk plenty more than we expect, but with limited suitcase space, need footwear that's both supportive and stylish. Enter Koio, handcrafted vegan sneakers crafted in Portugal, with comfy cork soles and a versatile design to take travelers from tours to tastings without missing a beat.
Everywhere Belt Bag
Belt bags can be a lifesaver at every step of a trip, from giving you easy access to the essentials at the airport, to protecting your belongings on crowded destination sidewalks. And that's not even counting excursions where a traveler will want their hands free and burdens light. The Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag has a loyal fan base and comes in ten appealing colors.
Large Compression Packing Cubes
Give the gift of a suitcase that actually zips shut with these large packing cubes from Calpak. Better yet, using packing cubes allows you to stay organized while on a trip too. Better yet, these durable polyester organizers come in nineteen colorways, from funky green checkerboard to classic black.
This checked suitcase is designed for 2+ weeks away (or a leisurely packing experience), with a lifetime guarantee, tough hard shell, and multiple handles.
Pocket Sprayer Discovery 3-Pack
Portable hand sanitizer is a small but mighty gift. Nobody wants to get sick on a multi-city jaunt through Europe. This handy set of hand sanitizers comes with three natural scents: bergamot, lavender, and eucalyptus.
Saffiano Leather Passport Holder
For the traveler who gets a lot of use out of their passport—but would rather the document not look like it's been to hell and back. Perhaps just Antigua and back, please. This sunny folio is sure to impress.
For the outdoorsy traveler, having a stylish quick-dry towel on hand can make any excursion easier and more enjoyable. This recycled, ultra-absorbent beach towel rolls up tightly to take up minimal space in a daypack or suitcase—and comes in multiple patterns and colors in collaboration with various artists.
Cashmere Travel Wrap
Klara Glowczewska, Executive Travel Editor at Town & Country, calls this cashmere travel wrap "delightfully light" and never goes on a trip without it. It's warm without feeling bulky, and surprisingly packable, making it an instant source of comfort and texture for any traveler.
Travel Beauty Case
This slim-profile case features an internal elastic pocket, removable zipper pouch, and even a spot to hold makeup brushes, making it easy to see and access each beauty product easily. For this reason, Deputy Digital Lifestyle Director Roxanne Adamiyatt swears by the Cuyana Travel Beauty Case, noting that it's even easy to clean, too.
Engravable Luggage ID Tag
While we hope for no luggage mishaps or moments of panic as luggage is doled out onto the carousel, a clear luggage tag can ease the mind of a frequent traveler. Elevate their selection with a simple bucket-loop tag crafted from natural leather. Engrave it for a personal touch.
Poplin Amelia Nightgown in Dusty Blue
What's better than Frette sheets at a favorite five-star hotel? Adding fresh pajamas to that combination. This light midi nightgown is relaxed, comfortable, and made from cooling poplin for any climate.
Dreamegg White Noise Machine
While we positively adore the rejuvenation of a vacation, sleeping in a new environment can occasionally be tricky. Block out the noise of their resort stay (or even family get-together) with this portable white noise machine from Amazon.
Riemot Luggage Travel Cup Holder Free Hand Drink Carrier
Ever struggled to carry the coffee back to an airplane gate? Especially for the solo traveller, juggling multiple must-haves (yes, must-haves) can be tricky in the airport. Simply slip on this external cloth pocket over the handle of your carry-on, and never worry about wrestling everything through the airport again.
Nori Press, Iron & Steamer, Compact Dual Voltage Device, Removes Wrinkles, Portable and Hand-Held for Travel, Easy to Use with 6 Fabric Settings (White)
To the traveler who's always headed to weddings, functions, or even meetings, this convenient portable steamer iron will absolutely rescue their clothes while on the go.
Women's Denim 53MM Square Sunglasses
Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have reached for a pair of Victoria Beckham sunnies while out and about. The sporty, fashionable shades will surely see plenty of use from your giftee.
Classics Milan Chic Book
While the trip itself may be fabulous, many travelers appreciate the memories from a given place even more. Adorn their coffee table with a gorgeous, globe-trotting book from a favorite destination for some armchair adventuring once they've unpacked too.
Kindle Paperwhite (8 GB) – Now with a 6.8" display and adjustable warm light – Black
One of life's greatest pleasures has got to be sinking into an engrossing book on a long-haul flight—or poolside on a beach in the French Riviera. The Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is a simple, functional way for the reader in your life to carry their whole library in the sleeve of their personal item, making it an instant yes for any frequent traveler.
Speaking of making travel easier, it's easy to get disoriented by new surroundings, or living out of a suitcase for several months. Gift them a set of Apple AirTags to keep them organized while on the go—or even to track their luggage from check-in to taxi shuttle.
The Travel Keepsake Library
Many travelers find themselves nostalgic for life-changing trips as soon as they've returned home, reliving the experience by sharing memories with friends and loved ones, or returning fondly to photos and ticket stubs. This convenient vault will make it easier for them to keep their keepsakes in one protective spot.
This potent blend of peppermint, lemon myrtle, pine, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil go a long way in combating travel maladies like altitude sickness, nausea, and congestion.
Silky masks have their place in our routines, but this thorough sleep mask—complete with blackout eye cups—creates complete darkness, ideal during that long-haul redeye in which a neighbor's reading light penetrates every attempt to get some actual shuteye. This soft, packable wraparound mask brings the zen of a good sleep into any environment.
Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III Digital 4K Vlogging Camera
A favorite of creators, influencers, and professional photographers, this compact digital camera instantly elevates and gives that je ne sais quoi to any vacation snap.
The Colette Cable Knit
Cashmere never goes out of style, thanks to its softness and versatility, but its high-maintenance requirements make it difficult to rely on for everyday wear during long-haul trips. Introducing the Kilte Colette Cable Knit Sweater, a washable (yes, washable) cashmere that's easy to care for and easy to love no matter how many days they're away.
This fantastic weekender comes with a bonafide array of storage options that essentially rivals Mary Poppins's handbag. You can attach its external pockets to sneak some extra things onto your personal item, or use them as organizers in another suitcase. The vegan leather itself looks polished and chic enough to cart around to meetings on a business trip, too.
Women's Everyday Compression Sock 3-Pack (15-20mmHg)
We found Bombas for its fantastic line of running socks, but stayed for its compression socks. While compression socks are wonderful for reducing swelling at high elevations, they also make a thoughtful gift for pregnant women, those on their feet all day, and for everyday wear.
Lay-n-Go Cosmo Drawstring Cosmetic & Makeup Bag Organizer
After meticulously poking through a travel beauty case, the bathroom sink can be a pain to clean up. Enter this drawstring beauty bag, which flattens out so that you can lay out your items, but compresses back together with a simple cinch.
Rimowa Essential Cabin
Rimowa's aluminum suitcases are lightweight yet durable enough to last for years. This luggage brand is considered the best of German design.
Gucci GG Supreme Garment Bag
Travel in style with this eye-catching garment bag from Gucci.
Earth Tan Executive Folio
The last thing anyone wants to do while traveling is dig through a stuffed-to-the-brim suitcase through a tangle of cords and pens. Keep work items, tech, and other small necessities neat with this polished executive folder.
For landing at the hotel and having five minutes to touch-up before heading out again: this concealer and foundation stick makes a flawless base to quickly hide under eye circles, blemishes, and more.
Ember Travel Mug 2
Keep beverages toasty warm—or at the preferred temperature—for hours with this smart mug. Bonus points for helping ease the jet lag.
Women's The Hand Treatment
That dry plane air can get to anyone, especially if you're entering a climate your skin protests to. This decadent La Mer hand lotion will feel like heaven—and it's travel-sized.
A neck pillow makes any flight or travels more comfortable. Cozy home goods brand Buffy excels in this fluffy XXL pick, available in three attractive neutrals.
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