Let’s face it, gift season is darn near impossible to do well. Our goal with creating our top 2018 traveler gift recommendations was to help you out! This post is about ideal gifts for your travel addict, we’ve also put together gift recommendations for hikers & campers and workout warriors.
Sure, a little (emphasis on little) time with family is awesome! But the hardest part of the holidays by far is gift-giving! Most people suck at it, let’s be honest. You didn’t want 75% of your gifts last year, and a few haven’t made their way inside from the garage.
However, look no further! We will be your gift-shopper for you. You don’t need to spend hours in line on Black Friday. You don’t need to spend hours scrolling different online retailers. We personally own or have used every single one of these items, and hand-picked our favorites! All of these gift are tried-and-true, your loved one will absolutely adore their gift, and adore you for getting it for them.
Mini Cork Globe
The tagline on this item is: pinpoint your travels, adventures and memories. And that is exactly what it does!
We received this globe as a wedding gift and it was one of our absolute favorites. People must really know we love to travel. The cork globe is built so that you can add a pin to every state or country you have visited. Once you visit a place, you put a pin!
Any travel lover or traveling couple will fall in love with this gift. It makes for a beautiful piece of decor and a wonderful conversation starter on any coffee table or bookshelf! Plus, it is just so unique and cool!
Push Pin Travel Maps with Textured White Frame and Pins
How cool is this map?? Similar to the cork globe, this was a wedding gift, and is our absolute favorite thing hanging in our home. Like the globe, this map comes with pins for you to place at destinations you have visited!
We also love that the plate on the bottom can be personalized! For example – ours says “Places our love has traveled.” We love placing pins for every trip we have taken!
It is so cool to look back and remember all the beautiful places we have been and daydream our next destination. Guests seem to love this map too! They are always curious to hear about our trips once they see the places we have been.
Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places
We received this book as a gift. That is three things in a row that we received as gifts and fell in love with! All are proudly and prominently in our home!
We absolutely LOVE photography, and sharing pictures! These are the cameras we use on all of our adventures. The drone and GoPro help us get cool new perspectives (underwater, in the air, wide angle) and the Rebel we use on a day-to-day basis for most of our shots!
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We have loved using this book for travel inspiration. Whenever we are planning a new trip, we take a look in the book to see what it says about the destination.
In addition, the pictures in the book are stunning. It has been fun to have guests look through it and dream up awesome vacations for the future!
We love these poster’s because you can customize it to any place imaginable. Maybe you want one for where you got married, where you went on your honeymoon, where you had your first kiss, etc. Plus they look great as decor in your house. You can customize it to say whatever you would like and charge the colors so it matches your other home decor.
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Bose QuietComfort Headphones
Have you ever been on a plane with a crying baby? If so, we will say no more. These noise cancelling headphones are AMAZING!!!
We only have one pair and always fight over them because when you put them on you are in an entirely different world. No more crying baby, loud jet engine or train, or announcements waking you up while you are finally getting some rest. Or, if you are like Zach you might wear them just to ignore a nagging wife…
We have the wireless version but the wired version will work great and is about half the price!
Travel Adapter, Worldwide
If you know someone who is planning on doing any international travel, they are going to need a travel adaptor like this one. And, if they are anything like us, they will put off buying one until the last minute. Heck, they might even forget to get one! Then they will no doubt be gouged by prices at the airport.
We like these ones because it is worldwide, meaning we don’t need an army of adapters for every destination! We also love that they have USB charging ports on the side. This little guy lets us plug in multiple things at once, talk about multitasking! 2 of these and we are good to go anywhere on earth.
1 Outlet + 2 USB Plugs
1 Outlet + 4 USB Plugs
We cannot tell you enough how much we love our drone. Pretty much the coolest thing on earth right now, and it is not very close.
We love the DJI Spark because it is extremely small, making it easier to travel with compared to the bigger drones, and still has amazing camera quality. It is also less than half the price of other drones with similar camera quality!
We feel we can capture a destination so much better with a drone and absolutely love taking video and pictures of the places we have been on this little guy. If you are shopping for someone who loves to travel, or just loves photography or videography, we guarantee they will love the Spark! See our full product review here.
Fly More Combo (with case, extra battery, propeller guards)
We made the below video using footage captured on our Spark!
Carrying Case for DJI Spark
If the person you are shopping for already has a DJI Spark (or you are gifting them one!) this carrying case is a great gift. This case carries everything they will need for flying their drone in one small bag making it easy to travel with and keeping everything organized.
It has a separate compartment for the drone, controller and battery, plus additional space for cords, memory cards and more. Drones are expensive so it’s important to have a good case to keep it in the best possible condition, and keep it safe on any travels!
Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi, Built-In Audible
If you know someone who loves to read and travel, a Kindle is a perfect gift idea. Having a bunch of books around the house can be a pain. And while traveling, a few books takes up much needed space and can be the reason for needing a checked bag.
This specific Kindle is small, and fits tons of books on it. Even better, it feels like your reading a book! It’s easy on your eyes and is made so you don’t feel like you are reading off a screen all day.
Added plus: the battery life on this thing is weeks long because the only time it uses the battery is when you flip the page! Just don’t ask us how that works, it just does.
If you’re looking for books to gift your travel lover, then look no further!
Memory Foam Neck Pillow
This is an absolute must for anyone who travels a lot, especially on planes and trains. We’ve used our fair share of neck pillows and this is by far the best one we’ve ever tried.
It is memory foam, so of course it is super comfy, but we really love how the pillow gets skinnier at the back of your neck. We’ve noticed other neck pillows continuously push your head forward because they are too thick in the back. Not this one!
We love to read, especially on a trip! We get our books on a Kindle so we can bring multiple books anywhere. Reading is a great way to relax and unwind while also getting caught up in a great story. We love everything from novels to self-help, business books to memoirs. Here are our favorites!
Plus, the adjustable buckle in the front lets you adjust how tightly you want it around your neck, making it super supportive so you don’t wake up to a big kink in your neck.
Vera Bradley Hanging Organizer, Microfiber
Julie absolutely loves her hanging organizer for all of her hair products, bathroom stuff and makeup. This organizer has 4 different big zipper pockets so it’s easy to keep your things organized.
No more digging for your mascara when you are trying to rush out the door for a day of exploring. It folds up extremely nicely, so it is easy to pack and has a hook at one end so you can hang it up when you get to your destination!
Gonex Packing Cubes – Compression Pouches
These packing cubes compression bags are key to traveling light. They help you stay organized on the road as you can use a different cube for shirts, pants, socks, underwear, etc.
But, the greatest feature of all is that they compress. When you zip them up they take all the air out of every tiny crevice, saving you a ton of space in your bag!
SD Card Carrying Case
If you know someone that loves taking photos or video when they are traveling, they need this memory card carrying case. We cannot tell you the amount of times we’ve had to tear up our hotel room and suitcases looking for a tiny memory card that we somehow misplaced.
SD cards are tiny and very easy to misplace if you don’t have a place to keep them. What makes this a problem is that SD cards are CRITICAL! They hold all your pictures, and your camera or drone won’t work without them. We recently started using this case and have been feeling super organized with everything labeled. No more searching for that missing memory card!
We like to feel organized when we travel and this electronic organizer bag has helped us out tremendously in that department. We carry a lot of electronics with us and of course every single one has a different charging cable that needs to come along too.
This bag helps keep everything organized in one spot, while keeping the cords untangled. No more digging through your bag to find that one charger that is somehow hiding every time you need to use it.
Chooka Women’s Waterproof Rain Boot
Is there anything worse than wet shoes? Like, anything? On a rainy day, the last thing you want is to soak your shoes and socks, especially while exploring a new city. Julie loves these rain boots because not only do they keep her feet dry, but they are also super cute (can’t say that about every rain boot I’ve ever seen).
What is Harvest Hosts?
Harvest Hosts is a network of free camping locations all over the USA! Wineries, breweries, farms, museums, and even golf courses. You can camp free at all of them! And even better, if you click this link you’ll get 15% off!
Plus she loves that they are neutral color, so they will look good with anything! That’s a huge bonus when you are traveling or on a camping trip. You know what they say…your shoes make your outfit!
Airbnb Gift Card
Anyone who loves to travel would love an Airbnb gift card. We use all sorts of sites when finding accommodations for our trips, but Airbnb is our favorite. We love the ability to have an entire home away from home.
Airbnb usually has better deals than hotels, and often have fantastic location options. A huge perk about Airbnb is the ability to filter your search. For example there are times we need a place that is pet friendly when we are traveling with Kobe. There are other times when we need a washer to do laundry, rather then going to a laundromat and wasting precious vacation time. Airbnb allows you to personalize your search to make your trip all it can be!
This is an especially good gift for someone who is afraid to spend money on fun things. The Airbnb gift card forces them to take a trip!
Amazon.com Gift Card in a Mini Amazon Shipping Box (Birthday Icons Card Design)
Still not sure what to get someone? An Amazon gift card is a sure win! Amazon has become the easiest way to shop for literally anything under the sun. If you still aren’t sure what to get someone, get them an Amazon gift card and they can pick out their own gift.
There You Have It! Our 2018 Ideal Gifts For Your Travel Addict!
That is every one of our gift recommendations for the 2018 holiday season! We would absolutely love any of these gifts, and we’ve tried and loved each and every one, so we know your gift recipient will love them too!
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