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The weather is starting to turn cold, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and holiday music is already playing on the radio. The holiday season is fast approaching and I am guessing you are starting to put together your shopping list for family and friends. If you are like me and have a number of special people on your list who love to travel, then you will find this article especially helpful. For the past three years, I have put together a list of holiday gifts for travelers that contains what I think are some of the most creative and useful travel accessories on the market. I’ve put together this list to help shoppers like you shop for travel obsessed people like me. Well, not me specifically, but people in your lives who are as crazy about travel as I am. You get the idea.
I am especially excited about this year’s list as I have a lot of optimism that 2022 is going to be the year that travel really starts to open up again. With a little luck (fingers crossed), we will all be able to start exploring the beautiful world together again next year, which makes starting to think about travel now a little more exciting. If you have a certain special someone in your life who loves to get out and explore, then you will be sure to find something on this list of holiday gifts for travelers that will bring a big smile to their face this holiday season.
Before I get into the products I recommend for the 2021 holiday season, I wanted to provide links to my lists of holiday gifts for travelers from previous years in case you would like to look at those for additional inspiration. And as always, if you have a gift that you are buying for a traveler in your life that you recommend, please feel free to let me know in the comments section. I am always interested in hearing from other travelers and I am sure your advice would be much appreciated by other readers as well.
|The Top 2018 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers|
|The Top 2019 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers|
|The Top 2020 Holiday Gifts for Travelers|
Travel Home Decor from Conquest Maps
If you are wondering why the travel maps from Conquest Maps continue to make an appearance on my list of the top holiday gifts for travelers, it is because I am absolutely obsessed with their products. Not only are these maps an amazing way to track and showcase your travels, but the products that Conquest Maps make are so eloquent and stunning to look at on your walls. If you have someone in your life that likes to travel a lot, I can think of no better gift to give to them than one of the special travel maps from Conquest Maps.
Not only does Conquest Maps have a wide array of beautiful pin board maps and decals to choose from, but they also offer an amazing collection of ornaments, popular travel saying and passport decals, and other amazing gifts that are certain to WOW the travel lovers in your life. As an added bonus, if you place your order this week, you can take advantage of their 15% OFF Early Bird Sale!
Vaccination Card Protectors
We are starting to learn more and more about what the new normal will look like with travel, and most likely that new normal will involve proving proof of vaccination to get where you want to go. A lot of what we do to prepare for travel, at least for the next few years, will still revolve around COVID. For that reason, no list of the top holiday gift ideas for travelers would be complete without something to help keep your traveler’s immunization card safe and sound as they travel. This pack of vaccination card protectors will help them keep their card nice and safe while ensuring they are able to get back out and start enjoying travel again.
Hyleton Worldwide Travel Adapter and Charger
If you have a friend or relative who loves to travel internationally, I can think of few other travel accessories as important as an international power adapter. However, this innovative adapter by Hyleton does more than work as a power adapter, it also has four convenient USB ports that your loved one can use to keep their devices charged while traveling. This minimizes the number of power plugs that they will need to carry with them, which is always a positive when packing space is at a premium. Best of all, this nifty power adapter and converter comes with a really slick carrying case that keeps things organized and protected.
Frelaxy Compression Sacks
If there is one thing that I constantly struggle with when traveling, it is how to deal with the limited amount of space that I have in my bag, and keep things organized. By no means am I a heavy packer, but even if you pack light you don’t have much space to work with in most suitcases. Not to mention the struggle of keeping things organized as you pack and unpack and repack throughout your trip.
That’s why I really love these compression sacks by Frelaxy. They compress much better than any other compression bag or cube that I have tried, which really opens up space in my suitcase. I also like to keep an extra in my bag as I travel to compress my dirty laundry and keep it separate from my clean clothes. Believe me, the special someone in your life will love these innovative compression sacks in their stocking this holiday season.
Veken Packing Cubes with Laundry and Shoe Bags
Speaking of keeping things organized as you travel, not list of the best holiday gifts for travelers would be complete without a great set of packing cubes. Ever since they were first released a number of years ago, packing cubes have revolutionized the way that people pack when traveling. Long gone are the days where your bag is a free for all of clean and dirty clothes, accessories, and souvenirs. With these handy packing cubes, your loved one can keep all of their clothes organized and compartmentalized while traveling. What I love the most about this set of packing cubes is that it comes with a laundry and shoe bag as well. Your loved one will think of you each time they open their suitcase while traveling and marvel at how organized everything is.
iMangoo Charger and Headphone Organizer Case
Keeping all of your chargers and cables organized when you travel can be a real challenge. This is especially true when you are out and about and need to charge your devices. That is why I absolutely love this charger, cable, and headphone organizer case by iMangoo. It keeps your portable charger, headphones, and other cables nice and organized in a shock proof case that is impervious to drops and bumps. Your loved one won’t have to worry about losing a cable or their headphones when they have to charge their phone on a plane, train, or bus. This case is so handy that there was no doubt about including it on my list of the top holiday gifts for travelers.
Collapsible Water Bottles
If you read my blog regularly, then you will know that one of the most important things that you can do to survive a long haul international flight is to stay hydrated. If you have a loved one on your holiday shopping list that likes to travel internationally, then I am sure then are going to love this next item on my list of the top holiday gifts for travelers.
Not only will these collapsible travel water bottles allow them and their companion to stay hydrated and comfortable throughout their long flights, but the fact that they collapse to take up very little space makes them very easy to fit in a carry-on when not being used. I love these collapsible water bottles so much that I bought a number of them for people I know. Believe me, the genius of these space saving water bottles will not be lost on your travel happy relatives.
Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow
Out of all the travel accessories on my list of the top holiday gifts for travelers, this travel pillow might just be my favorite. Yes, I know, a travel pillow isn’t exactly breaking new ground. There have been many different varieties of travel pillows on the market for decades, so why should you care about this one? Well, if your loved ones are anything like me, they likely have trouble sleeping in air plane seats. It doesn’t help that you have to contort your neck in unnatural positions to use the traditional airplane pillows. That’s where this pillow is so genius. It bends and folds into all different shapes, which means your loved one can find the shape and position that works for them. Once they use this travel pillow, they will never use another.
Master Lock Portable Safe
This portable safe from Master Lock is a travel accessory that I have had on my list of the top holiday gifts for travelers for a number of years, and for good reason. Keeping yourself and your valuables safe when traveling can cause a lot of unnecessary anxiety. This is especially true if you are staying in a hostel, Airbnb, or a hotel without a room safe. With this handy safe, your loved ones won’t have to worry about securing their belongings anymore. They simply put their valuables in the safe, then use the secure chain to fasten the safe to an unmovable object in their room. Its simple, but extremely effective, design is what makes this portable safe so genius. Out of all the gift ideas I have showcased throughout the years, this one has by far been the most popular with readers.
Lonely Planet’s “Where to Go When” Book
I absolutely love travel books. When I am looking for some inspiration on where to plan my next big getaway, I will usually look for a new travel book to draw some inspiration from. Out of all the travel books that I have read, the “Where to Go When” book by Lonely Planets is one of my favorites. Not only is it chalk full of incredible places for your loved one to add to their travel bucket list, but it will also give them some really good insight on which places they should be looking to visit during the different times of year. Whether it is a fantastic natural phenomenon that only happens once a year, or a yearly festival that should be on every traveler’s bucket list, this book covers it all. It is the kind of book that they won’t want to put down once they start reading it. And when they plan that next big trip that they didn’t know they wanted to take, they will have you to thank for it.