Even travelers, the minimalists among us, still like to have nice things from time to time.

While the best gift ever will always be flight vouchers, there are still some essential Christmas Gifts for Travelers in your life.  Everyone has one.  That friend who can’t seem to stay put.  Always jet-setting off to some new adventure, or if they are stationary for a moment, they are dreaming of faraway places, and plotting where to get lost next.  These people can be hard to buy for.  They are sentimental, constantly talking of stories and memories, but not particularly materialistic, mostly because you can’t travel with a bunch of random stuff.  So what to get this person for Christmas?  Well, friends, I am here to tell you.  (AKA this is also my Christmas wishlist *hint hint mom and dad!**)

christmas gifts for travelersApple World Travel Adapter Kit

md837Quite honestly the best $30 I have spent when it comes to travel prep. If you have one of the iPad chargers or a Mac chargers it is absolutely essential.  Instead of using a converter or adapter when you travel, you can just use these to plug straight into the wall.


Birdies – Shoes for Christmas Gifts for Travelers!

My go-to travel shoe for city travel!  If I’m going to a location where I am going to be walking a bunch in a city, these shoes (and probably two pairs if I’m being honest) are getting packed.  These shoes have several layers of cloud comfort technology, amazing arch support, and are literally so stinking cute.  I STAN. (I own 5 pairs of Birdies, and at least one always goes with me when I travel, I’m not kidding when I say I LOVE these shoes – they will make a great female traveler Christmas Gift!)

Get your BIRDIES here

The Best Camera Bag on the Market – A WANDRD BAG

This bag is my go-to bag for any and all travel.  The WANDRD PRVKE series in both the 31L and 21L make a fantastic personal item when traveling on weekend trips.  With the many features available, this will be the best ever Christmas gift for a traveler – especially one who is a photographer.

They also have duffel series, and several other day-packs as well!  This beautiful bag is a must for any camera-gear toting traveller.

Get your WANDRD BAG here.

A Passport Holder

A great stocking stuffer Christmas gift for travelers – a passport/documents holder!  While most things are going digital these days, sometimes having a beautiful passport holder is truly just a nice touch.  Personally, along with many other travelers, without my passport holder, both my wallet and passport quickly become a jumble of plane, train, and bus tickets, stubs, and scraps.  A nice elegant passport holder for the frequent traveler is on my list, and probably your traveler friend as well.

Here is a really beautiful one on Amazon!

Life Straw or Grayl Filtering Water Bottle


Europeans constantly poke fun at Americans because of how much water we drink, and it’s because they constantly see Americans toting their water bottles around. Sufficient amounts of water fight jet lag and keep you happy and healthy, so get your loved one the latest style and watch as the sticker collection on it grows.  Both the Life Straw and the Grayl are perfect water bottles for filtering during any kind of travel that may have unsafe drinking tap water.

I personally prefer the Grayl, as it has more filtering power than a LifeStraw, however, the LifeStraw will fit in the water bottle you already have!  Sufficit to say, both are phenomenal options and a must while traveling!  Among the perfect Christmas gifts for travelers!

Get your LIFESTRAW here

Get your GRAYL bottle here

Travel “Essentials” & Accessories

If you know where your buddy is headed to next, grab them some gear to help ease the preparation of their trip.  Hats and headwraps, hiking boots, selfie sticks, thermal underwear, sunblock sticks, hair ties, etc. can all make great stocking stuffers or presents, which as we know are really the best sort of Christmas Gifts!

Some of my favorite brands include Smart Wool, Helley Hensen, Columbia, and UnderArmour and will make perfect Christmas Gifts for travelers!


Seriously.  Because I don’t have a single pair of matching socks, and they ALWAYS disappear when on a holiday.  I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one with this problem.  And truth be told, Smartwool socks are the best. Plus they have a SOCK FINDER so you can get the perfect sock for any adventure.

Get SMARTWOOL socks here

Moment Lens


These things are amazing!  They transform any regular iPhone into a near-professional lens without the cost and bulk of a traditional camera.  If your jet-setter loves photos and also loves the minimalist lifestyle this might just be the perfect gift.

Check out the MOMENT LENS here

Portable Charger

This is something that always goes in my carry on!  Somehow I feel like they always get lost, go out of commission, so a new portable charger is always one of the welcome Christmas gifts for travelers.


A Puffy Jacket

Help your loved one fit into the European style of things and give them a mega packable, in-style puffy jacket. These things roll up nicely and pack well for a holiday in cold destinations like Iceland!  Helly Hansen is my favorite provider of jackets – I probably own 5 or 6 if I’m being honest!  Check them out, they aren’t cheap, but they are definitely worth it for what you get.


Polaroid Camera

polaroid cameras are great christmas gifts for travelers


They produce such darn cute photos, and will instantly print memories that will last forever.  A mini one of these will fit right into a stocking.  My favorite Instant Camera (that I own!) Is the Instax Mini LiPlay!  It’s fantastic because you can print photos you’ve already taken on your phone when you return from your vacation!