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I live out of my backpack for the majority of the year, and travel full time. So, I made the perfect holiday gift guide for travelers on your list.

I know they’re hard to buy for because you don’t want your gift thrown in storage, and of course you want to give them something they’ll actually use!

This holiday gift guide for travelers is a combination of things I’m asking for this year, things I can’t live without, and things I found myself wishing I had as I traveled. I promise, if you have an avid traveler on your list, this holiday gift guide for travelers will have something for everyone (and every budget!)


Travel Gifts Under $10

Waterproof Cell Phone Case $6.99
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Love it because: I am always super careful and concerned with my phone on dive trips, boat tours and at the beach. These waterproof cell phone cases protect the phone from water while still keeping it easy to snap photos of your trip.


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Spotify Premium Subscription $9.99/month
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Love it because: I can’t live without music. However, both the free versions of Pandora and Spotify limit international listening. Spotify Premium lands on my holiday gift guide for travelers because you can listen as much as you want to their extensive music collection ad free, and best of all, download music for offline play on long bus or plane rides. As an avid traveler who gets motion sickness from reading, music is everything on those trips. Plus, right now you can get the first three months of premium for only 99 cents! Nice.


Vintage Travel Wall Posters $8.99
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Love it because: This classic look never goes out of style. Buy one as a thoughtful gift to commemorate
a meaningful city or trip abroad.


Universal 3 in 1 Camera Lense Kit for Smartphones $9.49
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Love it because: It’s an easy and small kit for a beginner photographer to experiment with. This makes my holiday gift guide for travelers because I can take a few cool photos without lugging around a giant camera bag.


The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World $9.98
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Love it because: This is one of my favorite books ever. The thoughtful writing is funny and insightful and it was an awesome read. Any travel lover (and book worm) will enjoy this.


Travel Gifts from $10 to $25

JackBox Party Pack games

Jackbox PartyPack $24.99
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Love it because: These games are just fun as hell. They also load directly on a computer and are played with
smartphones, so they require zero additional packing for a heavy traveler.


World Scratch Off Travel Map $19.99
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Love it because: It’s beautiful, and a super fun way to scratch countries off the bucket list… literally.

Anker Portable Charger $17.99
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Love it because: This is one of the most practical gifts on the holiday gift guide for travelers and They’ll think of you each time they use it. No more worries about a dying phone on that long layover or bus ride. Now they can listen to music and stream movies to their heart’s content, and charge on every trip to make sure they always have power for more photos.


Sterling Silver Mini State Pendant Necklace $13.00
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Love it because: It’s small, it’s delicate, and its a great way for a traveler to bring a little piece of home with
them wherever they go. Just click the drop down to see any US state (prices and availability vary).



Wise Owl Outfitters Portable Hammock $25.95
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Love it because: It’s the perfect gift for any outdoor lover or camper on your travel gift list. They’re lightweight and great to put up and relax in anywhere, making the view even more enjoyable on every hike.



VIBRANT ALL IN ONE Travel Mug $24.95
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Love it because: It’s a tea infuser, hot coffee thermos, and so much more. A great water bottle becomes a beloved family member to any traveler who spends months on the road and this one definitely stands up to the challenge!


Travel Gifts from $25 to $100


Eye Love Polarized Wood Sunglasses $29.97
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Love it because: Travelers are always on the move, and that means small things like sunglasses get broken or left behind a lot. I’m always replacing mine, so getting an extra pair as a stocking suffer would be amazing!


AKASO EK7000 4K WIFI Sports Action Camera $63.49
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Love it because: I’ve been blogging for almost a year and have been dying for an action cam to add better videos to my site. Unfortunately a Go Pro was out of my price range, but after extensive research Daniel found this well reviewed and waterproof camera… for only $74.99. I’m super excited to unwrap it on Christmas and try it out in Mexico!


Trtl Pillow – Scientifically Proven Super Soft Neck Support Travel Pillow $29.99
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Love it because: I suck at sleeping on long bus and plane rides, and I’ll try anything new that may help. This compact travel pillow is small and super supportive… definitely looking forward to giving it a try!


Kindle E-Reader $79.99
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Love it because: When I’m abroad, my choices are to either lug around heavy books in my small backpack or search in vain to find bookstores with overpriced books in English. A super light kindle e-reader makes reading on a long-term trip so much easier.


airbnb gift card

AirBnb Gift Card $25 and up!
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Love it because: Everyone knows experiences are better than things. Give the gift of a stress free holiday or weekend away.


Travel Gifts over $100

Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack $173
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Love it because: I. LOVE. THIS. BAG. Seriously, any traveler or backpacker in your life would swoon to unwrap this on Christmas day. The bag is super high quality, opens easy, and has a smaller day pack attached as well. I’ll never go back to a rolling suitcase and no one else should have to either. If you have the budget… this is the best gift on the holiday gift guide for travelers this year.



No more wondering and searching for the perfect gift this Christmas.

Everything on my ultimate holiday gift guide for travelers is tailor made to be small, useful, and perfect for any traveler on your Christmas list.

Happy holidays!


PS get into the holiday spirit with my guide to The Best Places to Spend Christmas or peep my packing list for long term travel that fits in a carry on!



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