It’s that time again…the holidays. Where does the time go?!
Black Friday, the “official” start of holiday shopping season, is here and Cyber Monday isn’t far behind.
If you’re looking for gift ideas for the travel lover(s) in your life – or want to figure out what you want for yourself – I’ve come up with 20 travel-related holiday gift ideas for you.
Get out your list! There’s something for everyone.
Off we go…
= GIFT IDEAS FOR EVERYONE =
You’ve seen the long lines at TSA. I’ll bet you’ve even waited in them. Well, you can skip the line by getting Global Entry.
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.
At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.G
Global Entry costs $100 but is good for 5 years – a mere $20 a year.
If you need some travel inspiration, check out “The Bucket List: 1,000 Adventures Big & Small.”
“We all have things we’d like to do—one day—but work, family, school, money, and responsibilities get in the way. This invaluable guide to fun, fantastic, and life-affirming activities features an eclectic range of ideas such as self-improvement, sports-related endeavors, natural wonders, cultural experiences, culinary delights, and more…
Whether you are more active or laid-back, serious-minded or lighthearted, you are bound to discover new, stimulating activities.”
Has this ever happened to you:
You’re at the luggage carousel to claim your bag(s) and you either (1) have a hard time picking out your bag from the many, many other solid color bags OR (2) you get your luggage back only to find it scuffed or scratched?
A protective cover for your luggage could help you avoid either situation. They’re TSA approved, come in a variety of fun and unique design options; and are washable.
Keep unwanted hands from rifling through your bag and stealing your belongings. These TSA-approved locks will add another level of security to your bag, yet they are able to be opened by TSA agents should they need to search your bag.
Features include an open alert indicator so you know if a TSA agent has searched your bag; alloy body; a hardened steel shackle with a re-settable 3-digit combination.
These combination locks can also be used on your briefcase, gym locker, purse, backpack or laptop bag.
Do you fold or roll your clothes when you pack?
The answer to that question will be a determining factor in how much you’re able to fit in your bag(s).
The Flipfold Laundry & Shirt Folder will help you fold your clothes into a uniform size, allowing you to pack your bags more efficiently.
If it’s good enough for stores like The Gap and Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory,” it must work, right?!
If you’ve ever lost your keys, wallet, or luggage, you know how frustrating it can be. The Tile can help you keep this from happening.
The Tile can be attached to your keys, purse, suitcase, or laptop bag.
If you misplace one of your valuables, you can locate it using your phone. If your Tile is within the 150ft Bluetooth range, it will play a loud tune until you find it.
Protect your identity, travel documents, and credit cards with this RFID-blocking passport wallet.
This wallet is roomy and holds a LOT. There’s 1 passport pocket, 1 boarding pass compartment, 3 credit cards slots, 1 ID slot, 1 SIM card pouch, 1 coupon ticket slot, 1 cell phone pouch (max 5.8 inches), 1 money & coins zippered pocket (fit U.S. money), 1 key holder, 1 pen holder, and 1 slim pocket.
It comes in a variety of colors so you can pick one that suits your fancy – or matches your purse or luggage – whatever you like. 😀
If you want something to do in between your travels and enjoy trivia, this game is for you!
It captures your attention while teaching you about the world we live in.
You can travel the Earth with over 1,000 new and unique questions on every country in the world. Challenge your CQ (Cultural Intelligence) while discovering fascinating cultural facts.
It comes with a Passport To Culture Travel Pouch.
Recommended for ages 8 to adult/ 2-5 Players/ Teams.
= GIFT IDEAS FOR TECHIES =
Avid readers will love this new Kindle Paperwhite. It’s even better than before!
It’s waterproof so you can read worry-free at the beach, by the pool or in the bath. It has 8GB of storage – 2x more than the previous version. It has a glare-free display and built-in adjustable light that lets you read indoors and outdoors, day or night
This new version comes with Audible and it can be paired with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your books. Best of all, the battery lasts WEEKS, not hours on a single charge.
The small size (6.6″ x 4.6″ x 0.32″) makes it easy to fit in your purse, carryon, or backpack.
Don’t be left without power when you need it. You can have your devices charged and ready for use whenever you want with this external rechargeable battery.
Although it’s light (15 ounces) and compact (3.62″ x 6.1″ x 0.79″), don’t let that fool you. It has enough power to give you more than 7 additional charges on your smartphone or up to 2 extra charges on your tablet.
With its 3 USB ports, you’re able to charge multiple devices at once.
Want that chatty guy next to you on the plane to get the hint that you don’t want him to talk your ear off during the flight? Or drown out all the noise around you so you can read, work, or get some sleep? Then you’ll want these foldable, wireless Skullcandy noise-canceling headphones.
Features include a built-in microphone, a battery that charges quickly and lasts 22 hours, and memory foam ear cushions making them comfortable enough to wear all day.
= GIFT IDEAS FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS =
If you’re like me, you enjoy being able to relax and unwind with the sounds of nature all around you. The best way I know to do that? Chill out in a hammock.
This particular one is made of durable parachute nylon, can be hung between 2 trees without the need for any tools, and can accommodate 1 person (single version) or 2 people (double version can support up to 500 lbs).
It’s lightweight (1.5 pounds), roomy (118″ x 78″ x 0.1″); and has a money-back guarantee.
What more could you want?
If you’re looking for mess kit that’s lightweight and compact, look no further. The Mallome mess kit is lightweight and compact. All of the pieces nest together, allowing you to save space while keeping everything together.
The kit includes: (1) an anodized aluminum nonstick pot (1 Liter Capacity); (2) a pot cover; (3) a nonstick pan; (4) 2 BPA-free bowls; (5) a folding stainless steel spork; (6) a BPA-free soup spoon; (7) wooden spoon spatula; (8) cleaning sponge; (9) nylon travel bag drawstring pouch; and (10) a Perfect Marshmallow Roasting and Smores Making Guide with 10 Recipes ebook.
The quality and purity of available drinking water are very important, especially if you are camping, hiking, or stranded far away from a reliable water source. However, this doesn’t have to be a concern if you have a LifeStraw.
It has a microfiltration membrane that removes 99.999999% of waterborne bacteria (including E. coli and salmonella) and 99.999% of waterborne parasites (including giardia and cryptosporidium). All of these claims are verified with laboratories using standard testing protocols set by the US EPA, NSF, ASTM for water purifiers.
You won’t have to replace it for a long time as 1 filter will provide 4,000 liters (1,000 gallons) of clean and safe drinking water with proper use and maintenance.
It’s ideal for hiking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness.
= GIFT IDEAS FOR WINE LOVERS =
This backpack is ideal for wine lovers. Its design allows you to carry a bottle of your favorite wine in 1 pocket, a picnic blanket in the other pocket, and all the cheese, crackers and other snacks you want in the cooler compartment. It also comes with a complete service for 2. The backpack is compact (11″L x 7″W x 15″H) and lightweight (4.2 lbs).
The full set includes: 2 BPA-free plates; 2 washable cotton napkins; 2 each stainless steel knives, forks and spoons; 2 acrylic wine cups; a salt & pepper shaker set; 1 cheese board; 1 cheese knife; and 1 corkscrew with bottle opener.
Don’t take your nice wine glasses on an outing or to an outdoor event. The risk of breaking them – and of cutting yourself in the process – isn’t worth it.
Instead, get a set of these stainless steel wine glasses. They come with lids featuring spillproof sealing rings, hold 16 ounces of your favorite wine, and are double-insulated to keep your drink at the perfect temperature longer.
They’re also dishwasher safe, stainproof, and shatterproof. And (drumroll please) they come with a lifetime warranty.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a glass of wine outdoors, then you’ve probably had to shoo away gnats, mosquitoes, and other unwanted insects getting into your glass. These ventilated wine glass covers solve this problem by keeping bugs out and aromas in.
They come in a set of 4 vibrant colors, allowing them to double as drink markers; they can also be used as small plates or coasters. They’re made of dishwasher safe, BPA-free silicone.
If you’re looking for some stocking stuffers, these are perfect for your wine-loving friends.
= GIFT IDEAS FOR ROAD WARRIORS =
Don’t hit the open road without being prepared. In the winter, this is even more important. One way to prepare is to make sure you have the tools you’ll need in case you have an accident or your car breaks down. The First Secure Emergency Roadside Kit has pretty much everything you may need.
Some of the more notable items include: an 8 gauge 10 FT 300 amp jumper cables; a flashlight headlamp; a window hammer; a deluxe first-aid kit; seatbelt cutter; 250 PSI air compressor; and 11 ft. 10,000 lb (5 ton) tow strap. All of the items are stored compactly in the zippered case.
If you priced these items separately, it would cost a lot more to put together such a comprehensive roadside kit. The cost of this item is a small price to pay for peace of mind on the road.
When you’re traveling with more than 2 people, there are bound to be devices that need charging. The RapidX X5 Car Charger can help.
The 5-foot cable has an adaptor that plugs into the cigarette lighter or vehicle outlet in the front of the car. You can charge your phone or other devices by plugging into 1 of the 2 USB ports.
The charger stretches long enough to clip onto the back of the seat or car organizer and has 3 additional USB ports.
Its intelligent recognition technology identifies your device, adjusts to its capabilities, and delivers the fastest charge possible.
I have one of these in my car and its perfect for any back seat passengers. It comes in a variety of fun colors, too.
Maneuvering through traffic (or just getting through the day) can be stressful enough without having to worry about spilling your drink all over yourself. With a travel mug like the Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug, you won’t have to worry about that.
It is both leak AND spillproof and the lid can be opened or closed with the simple push of a button. The vacuum insulation keeps your drink hot up to 7 hours and cold up to 18.
It’s perfect for commuting, work, or school…or if you just want to keep your drink hot/cold at home. And it’s available in different 20 colors allowing you to express yourself.
= A GIFT IDEA FOR ASPIRING TRAVELERS =
Inspire a child to explore the world with a monthly subscription to Little Passports.
The first month, the recipient will receive their Explorer Kit which includes:
– A fun orange suitcase
– A passport
– A wall-sized world map
– A Luggage tag
– Stickers, photo and activity sheet
– A welcome letter from new pen pals Max, Mia and Toby
After that, the child will receive a package each month filled with fun and educational toys, activities, and souvenirs designed to spark their curiosity.
Hopefully you found something you liked on the list above. If not, click here for a few more blog posts with gift ideas.