Whether it’s nearly Christmas, or there’s an epic trip coming up, these are the top 12 gifts for travelers in your life. Any traveler (even the chronic overpacker) needs lightweight and practical items, which is why finding them the perfect gift can be challenging. I scoured the Internet and came up with a few suggestions that I think would make fantastic gifts for any travel lover. This list proves that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get them useful and original gifts – many of these are under $100.
Let the shopping begin!
For the photographer:
While there are many etsy merchants making custom camera straps, this one by StudioFi stands out because of the Italian leather material and vintage look. It’s durable and unisex, and any order can be customized. Price: $35
Perfect compliment for anyone who wants to take i-Phone photography to the next level. The Sony QX100 turns most smart phones into a DSLR camera. It has a 1-inch, 20.2 megapixel sensor and manual zoom feature. Price: $500
These leather cord organizers are simple yet effective in maintaining control in one’s luggage. Photographers especially travel with a lot of equipment, and almost everything (laptop, i-Phone, camera charger, USB) has a cord that’s bound to get tangled. These are an inexpensive and practical gift. Price for 3-pack: $18
Whether your loved one travels with a Canon or Nikon, this plush camera lens pillow is a unique gift. They may not actually travel with it, but you can be sure it will always be on display at their home, waiting for them when they return. Price: $44.99 – $79.99
For the adventurer:
The camera that revolutionized filming has just evolved into the new GoPro Hero 3+. It’s lighter, smaller, has 30% more battery life, and can be remotely controlled from your tablet or smart phone with the GoPro App. Price: $399.99
Accidents happen and unfortunately our phones frequently the victims of our clumsiness. The Otterbox Armor Series case is water, shock, crush, and dirt proof, and doesn’t add too much extra bulk to the phone. Otterbox makes cases for most types of phones. Price: $95.99 – $109.95
This thoughtful gift by Blue Toad is perfect for the avid traveler. Adventure lovers have a lot to brag about, and this journal will help them keep track of all their accomplishments. It comes with maps, graph paper, and sketch paper. Price: $25
Great gifts for all travelers:
Find out which airline loyalty program he or she is a part of, and give the gift of travel! Seriously, there is no better gift a travel addict could receive. If you purchase an American Airlines gift card, it can be used with all oneworld partners. Price: $50 – $1,500
These beautiful maps won’t just help someone get around, they also double as city guides and original works of art. A La Carte Maps are some of the most original travel gifts I’ve seen, plus they are tear and water-resistant. Each map comes with insider tips, a map of the transportation system, and an a-z street index. When the travels have finished, the maps can be framed and hung up. Price: $12
Travalo came up with the perfect solution to bulky, heavy fragrance bottles. Most of us who need to pack light end up leaving behind our perfumes and colognes because of the extra weight. These perfume atomizers are leak proof and small enough for carry on luggage. Price: $15.99 – $20
These tags by Harlex are inexpensive and beautifully made. Great for both men and women, they have a classic look and are more durable than plastic tags. Price: $37
Whether it’s Travel + Leisure or AFAR, a subscription to a travel magazine is the gift that keeps on giving. Purchasing a subscription online guarantees a huge discount off the newsstand price. Price: $15 – $30
If you have any other ideas about the best gifts for travelers, leave us a comment below!