What to Get the Ultimate Traveler on Your Holiday List

Beth Stebner
What to Get the Ultimate Traveler on Your Holiday List
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If you’re an avid traveler, we don’t need to tell you why you love to roam—there are new roads to explore, a world of tastes to try, interesting people to meet and plenty of pictures to take. But for friends who are wanderlusty, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what is actually useful for globe-trotters (like a lightweight scarf that can double as a blanket) and what is not (a set of kettlebells).

Sure, travel is a super-personal experience, and everyone has their own style when they hit the airport for parts unknown.

The key is thinking about and tapping into your friend’s interests. Is she constantly on the go? Save her some serious cash at the chiropractor by getting her a rolling suitcase. Do crying babies on flights drive her batty? Some chic noise-cancelling headphones should do the trick. Whether it’s the perfectly curated guidebook or a carefully selected accessory, there’s something in this list of 24 gift ideas that’s useful (and hopefully, indulgent).

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Travel truth: No one wants to hear your music, and you probably don’t want to hear anyone else's. Keep everyone happy with a set of stylish headphones that seal you off from ambient plane noise.

Frends with Benefits ‘Taylor’ Headphones, $199; at Nordstrom

These guides cover a Fashion Girl’s perpetual favorite cities—London, Paris, Milan, New York City, and Sydney—and, of course, where to shop in them.

Luxe City Guides Fashion Gift Box, $60; at Net-A-Porter

If your friend is bitten by the wanderlust bug but can’t travel, give her the next best thing.

2016 Travel the World Calendar, $16; at Rifle Paper Co.

No need to suffer through awful airplane cocktails anymore.

Sprinkle Carry-On Cocktail Kit, $24; at Gray Malin

A graphic print adds instant chicness and helps you spot your suitcase in a sea of boring black baggage.

TUMI Tegra-Lite Collection International Carry-On, $695; at Lord and Taylor

Your globe-trotting friend will probably want to humblebrag about how much ground she’s covered sightseeing. Help her do it in style with a Fitbit case bracelet.

Tory Burch Double Wrap Bracelet, $175; at Neiman Marcus

Perfect for the friend who thinks she's the star of her own personal Fellini film.

Globe-Trotter Safari 30" Suitcase with Wheels, $1,491; at Foward 

A compact mirrorless camera lets you snap blog-worthy pictures without the bulk (or weight!) of a DSLR.

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with Lens; $548; at B&H Photo

We can't stress this enough: Taking care of your skin when you travel is so important. A handy portable (and pretty!) USB humidifier fits the bill for any trip.

11+ Bottle Humidifier Mini with USB Charger, $60; at Leibal

Shelling out for overpriced bottled water at the airport is for amateurs. Try a more eco-friendly option that’ll also save you from having to ask the flight attendant for yet another tiny drink mid-flight.

‘Kiki’ Bottle, One Liter, $45; at BKR

Any seasoned traveler knows scarf selection is a holy thing—it’s part of your off-duty airport look, a blanket on the flight, and protection against over air-conditioned hotels, restaurants, and museums. An oversize wool-and-cashmere one is the height of jet-setting luxury.

Isabel Marant Jayna Fringed Striped Wool and Cashmere Blend Scarf, $550; at Net-A-Porter

The luggage packs that travel writers swear by.

F1 Spacepak Clothes Stripes in Ocean, $46; at Flight 001

The perfect stocking stuffer for the friend who always seems to be in some exotic location.

4-in-1 Universal Travel Adapter, $25; at Flight 001

While there’s nothing wrong with the luggage tag that came with your suitcase, a luxe leather label is the perfect detail.

Smythson Navy Crossgrain Calf-Leather Panama Luggage Label, $115; at Barneys

Give your friend the gift of Insta-worthy hair in TSA-friendly packaging.

Oribe Purse Collection, $72; at Birchbox

Think of this as a Claddagh ring for globe-trotters. Facing out, you’re adventure-bound. Facing in, you’re heading home.

14K Gold Vermeil Homeward-Bound Adventure-Bound Ring, $148; at Jet Set Candy

Because nothing is worse than not being able to Instagram your destination in real time because of a dead smartphone.

MiPOW Smart Power Tube Portable Battery, $49.95; at Apple

Because how else are you going to zone out your seatmate’s glaring iPad?

Olivia Von Halle Clemency Silk Sleep Mask, $75; at Nordstrom

For the jet-setter who secretly wants to get snapped by the paparazzi walking out of LAX.

Thakoon Cornelia Textured Leather Tote, $875; at The Outnet

The first rule of travel—always have a towel. This lightweight version packs into next to nothing, leaving room for plenty of souvenirs.

Liss Luxe Hair Towel, $30; at Aquis

A lifesaver for long flights and long days exploring a new city—and a cute stocking stuffer to boot.

Caudalie Favorites Set, $32; at Birchbox

Because all travel accessories should, as a rule, be glam.

Travel Gold Hairbrush, $75; at Aerin

A scratch-off map that lets you mark what countries you’ve visited? We’ll take 10, please.

Scratch Map Deluxe, $35.95; at Uncommon Goods

These four separate satchels have everything you'll need to get through a long flight. Except booze.

Goop Travel Pack, $185; at Goop

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