HO HO HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
So you’re hunting for Christmas gifts for travelers, eh?
Well you’ve come to the right place.
It turns out, travelers are notoriously hard to shop for.
In fact, my family has completely given up on buying me gifts, and now they just Venmo me money for Christmas…🙄
See, most seasoned globetrotters already have all their essentials covered, so if you want a gift that’ll really wow them, you’ll have to get creative.
Luckily for you, I’ve taken care of all the heavy lifting.
On this list of Christmas gift ideas for travelers, you’ll find travel-themed items that your loved one is unlikely to already have, but is sure to love!
Remember, it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping—especially if the traveler in your life will be gone for Christmas and you want to give them their gift early. If you choose one of these Christmas gifts for travelers, you really can’t go wrong.
Want even more Christmas gift ideas for travelers? Check out this post that lists out the top gifts for each type of traveler.
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#1.) Anker Powercore Portable Charger
If you’re looking for the perfect travel present for someone who likes exploring rustic destinations, this is a great gift.
When exploring mountains, deserts, islands, and other “off-the-radar” destinations, it can be difficult to keep your devices charged. Not only can this lead to missing opportunities to take once-in-a-lifetime photos, but being completely disconnected is also dangerous.
This top-rated portable charger has enough juice to charge smartphones up to 7 times (depending on the phone) so the adventurer in your life will NEVER run out of battery.
#2.) Inspirational Travel T-Shirt
These travel t-shirts make perfect Christmas gifts for travelers for two reasons:
1.) Travelers tend to have a weird desire to inspire and share their adventurousness with non-travelers (Guilty!).
2.) Travelers are proud of who they are and the lifestyle they live.
There are tons of different travel shirt styles out there, but here’s a bunch to give you some ideas.
#3.) Ancestry DNA Test Kit
Once you start traveling the world and immersing yourself different cultures, suddenly learning about your own ancestry becomes a lot more interesting.
Not only is it fascinating to know your heritage, but it also connects you with other travelers.
“Oh, you guys are from Australia, I’m 7% Australian! G’day mate, let’s be friends!”
Also, once your traveler sends in their saliva and gets back their results, it’ll give them a whole new list of countries they’ll wanna visit.
#4.) JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker
When traveling, there are times when some good music can make or break an experience. If you need a good gift for people who travel a lot, you can’t go wrong with a quality “travel-proof” Bluetooth speaker.
When I say “travel-proof”, I mean something that meets the following criteria:
Cheap enough to not break the bank
Small, lightweight enough to pack
Big, powerful enough to pump a room full of bumpin’ music
Durable enough to get thrown around in your bag and stand up against the elements
Waterproof to listen by the pool, hiking in the rain, tubing down a river, etc.
There are many great options on the market, but for me, the JBL Flip 4 is the “Goldie Locks” of Bluetooth speakers for travelers, meeting all of the above criteria. This bad boy comes with me on all my adventures.
#5.) Yoozon Selfie Stick Tripod
Maybe I’m behind the times. But up until about 2-months ago, I was using the same crappy selfie stick I’d bought for $2 at Carnival in Barranquilla, Colombia back in 2016.
Boy how times have changed. Now they have fancy lightweight Bluetooth selfie sticks with remotes and built-in tripods.
Gone are the days of awkwardly hunting down strangers to take your picture. (Or, if you’re like me, balancing your camera on a rock, setting a timer, and trying not to trip on your face as you scramble to get in the picture).
If you’re looking for a good quality selfie stick for your favorite traveler, you can’t go wrong with the Yoozon Selfie Stick Tripod. I love mine!
#6.) Amazon Gift Card
If you’re loved one is traveling around the world, it can be a challenge for them to actually receive your Christmas gift (I finally picked up my grandma’s 2018 gift the following June—a deliciously fuzzy blanket—and brought it back with me to Colombia).
It’s definitely not the most creative gift idea for travelers, but if you want to give something they’ll actually use (sooner rather than later), you can’t go wrong with an Amazon gift card.
This is also a great travel gift idea if you’re worried about accidentally buying them something they already have. Don’t let the “gift cards are lazy presents” misconception hold you back. In reality, everybody likes being able to buy themselves exactly what they want.
#7.) REI Gift Card
Speaking of gift cards, if your traveler is in town and you have an REI nearby, an REI gift card may be an even better option. That’s because when a traveler is choosing an item they’ll be carrying with them all around the world (like a backpack, tent, travel clothes, etc), it helps to be able to test it out in person (and get professional guidance).
REI is one of the best stores to do that.
#8.) World Map Watch
Is your traveler a watch person? If so, they’re gonna love this cute travel gift.
These watches have a world map as the background, along with a little airplane that moves around in circles as the clock ticks.
The one pictured above is technically a women’s watch, but you can find men’s styles as well on Amazon.
#9.) Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone is one of the most popular language-learning tools out there.
If your traveler plans to spend an extended period of time in one region of the world, their experience will be completely different if they’re able to speak the local language.
If that local language is one of the 24 offered by Rosetta Stone, this will make the perfect Christmas gift.
#10.) Tinggly Experience Box
This is the ultimate Christmas gift for travelers. Here’s how it works…
You buy a “box” of experiences, which is delivered via email to your traveler. Each box contains hundreds of different fun experiences in over 100 countries (skydiving in Singapore, Ferrari racing in Lithuania, wine tasting on a sailboat, etc). Your traveler then has 5 years to enjoy whichever experience they choose.
See what I mean by the ultimate Christmas gift for travelers?
Christmas Gifts for Travelers Recap
The great thing about these gift ideas is that they are things your loved one will be able to use and enjoy even if they don’t fit in their luggage.
So, whether your loved one is at home for Christmas or they’re off exploring the world, if you choose one of the Christmas present ideas on this list, you’re guaranteed to pick something then never forget.
Need even more gift ideas? We’ve got ya covered. Choose the type of traveler you’re shopping for below:
Mitch is your typical nomadic backpacker. Or at least, he was. But after stopping in Colombia to take “one week” of salsa lessons, his life took a sharp left turn. He met a cute Colombian girl in dance class, fell in love, and got married. Over half a decade has passed since he left his career to travel the world as a digital nomad, and he’s never looked back.
Nowadays, he’s the blogger behind Project Untethered—where he runs an awesome email newsletter and Youtube channel teaching adventure-craved wanderlusters how to escape the rat race, earn money from anywhere, and build an “untethered life”.
Mitch's Travel Recommendations:
Safetywing Insurance - This cheap travel insurance has saved me over $15,000 in medical bills.
Booking.com - Book accommodation without adding your credit card (in case you need to cancel).
Skyscanner - Find cheap flights.
Trusted House Sitters - Take care of pets in exchange for free (sometimes luxury) accommodation.
Flexjobs - Find remote jobs without having to sift through crappy ones.
Skillshare - Free trial to take unlimited classes that teach digital nomad skills.
Anytime Mailbox - Virtual mail service that can handle your mail while you’re away.
Wise - Send and receive money abroad cheaply (great for freelancers).