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"A read that breaks down the places everyone should hope to see sometime in their life."
"Beautiful mountain art prints will motivate her to travel every month of the year."
"Made from silk, Slip's upgraded take on the sleep mask is a must-pack for flyers."
"With ample pockets, this bag is perfect for the most hyper-organized of travelers."
"Coming in six colors and pebbled leather, this is an everyday carry necessity."
"Help your loved one stay hydrated with this 32-oz water bottle with a straw built into the lid."
"A chic bag with plenty of space to hold all of your TSA-approved bottles and make-up."
"Includes a set of five face masks for combatting dry airplane air."
"This guava black tea packs caffeine and a fruity kick perfect for taking a few sips mid-hike."
"This watercolor set has everything she'll need to recreate her favorite vacation scenes."
Buying a gift for the traveler in your life is tough in a normal year. The task gets even tougher when said traveler has been grounded due to the current health crisis. But think of this grounding as an opportunity to get them excited for all of the vacations that await them, whether they’re off to a new country or visiting family a few states over. There’s nothing like a new travel accessory or wanderlust-inspiring book to put a smile on their face.
One of the best parts about buying a gift for someone who loves travel is that there are so many ways to upgrade the necessities—you know, the things she may eye online, but would never purchase for herself. The best travel gifts are the things that add just a little something special to the basics we’ll use year after year. We gathered the very best travel-inspired gifts we could find for all kinds of travelers to help you in your search.
Here are our picks for the best travel gifts for her.
Our Top Picks
1,000 Places To See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
Indecisive, ambitious, ready to hop on a plane at any given moment—we all know the person who is game to go anywhere. Help her whittle down her vacation options with a read that breaks down the places everyone should hope to see sometime in their life.
Hellstrom Prints 2021 Wall Calendar
There’s nothing better than marking a vacation on your calendar, circling it with a red pen 50 times, and counting down the days until it arrives. That’s the gift you’re really giving here, but the beautiful mountain art prints on each page of this calendar don’t hurt either.
Slip Silk Sleep Mask
An upgraded take on the classic sleep mask—a must-pack for flyers—this silk design blocks out light and keeps your eyes feeling fresh. Plus, it comes in a variety of different colors to suit any frequent traveler in your life.
Away The Everywhere Bag
From the travel brand that makes the sleek, hardshell suitcase you’re bound to see on every single trip you take, this weekender bag fits a ton of stuff. The beauty of this bag is the pockets, which will delight even the most hyper-organized of travelers. It also slips right over the handle of Away’s suitcases (always a bonus).
Cuyana Oversized Hobo Bag
Totes are an everyday carry necessity, but give that special someone in your life a serious shoulder candy upgrade with this leather bag from Cuyana. It comes in six colors and is made of a luxe pebbled leather—the kind that just looks better year after year.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
We all know how important hydration is to traveling (planes, trains, automobiles—literally any form of transportation), and this massive Hydro Flask is something anyone could put to good use. The 32-oz water bottle has a straw built into the lid, making it easy to tote along anywhere their travels may take them.
Dagne Dover Hunter Toiletry Bag
Dagne Dover is loved by travelers for their functional and beautiful bags, and that reputation follows through for their neoprene toiletry tote. There’s plenty of space to hold all of your TSA-approved bottles and make-up. It comes in three different sizes and multiple colors.
Loops Beauty Face Mask Pack
Skin takes a beating when trapped in the dry environment of an airplane cabin. Moisturizing face masks have become a normal sight on most flights, and these masks from Loop Beauty are a celebrity and influencer favorite. This set comes with five masks: Clean Slate, Double Take, Night Shift, Sunrise Service, and Weekly Reset.
Misty Mountain Tea Shop Guava Black Tea
Camp coffee is a thing, of course, but what about for that outdoor enthusiast who just doesn’t drink it? Fancy tea! There are so many great flavors out there, but this guava black tea from Misty Mountain Tea Shop packs some caffeine and a refreshingly fruity kick perfect for taking a few breaths mid-hike. It comes in a loose-leaf tea, so it's easy to pack in your daypack.
Anthropologie Watercolor Palette
Sure, travel journals and cameras are great gifts. But if you’re looking for something to give to a person who you constantly catch staring off at a beautiful view or a friend who can never “put it into words,” appeal to their creative side with a watercolor palette set. It has everything they’ll need to recreate their favorite vacation scenes.
The Museum of Whales You Will Never See by A. Kendra Greene
This book highlights a very special part of Icelandic culture: ultra-niche museums. Author A. Kendra Greene will bring you on a mental vacation of sorts through must-visits like the Herring Museum, Petra’s Stone Collection, and Sigurgeir's Bird Museum.
CeCe Finery Rattan Earrings
When you’re facing the size constraint of a single suitcase, personal style takes a backseat to function. But a beautiful pair of statement earrings are a great way to add some zip to a look—and they’re so easy to pack. This rattan pair from eco-friendly Etsy seller CeCe Finery has a beautiful texture and is inspired by West African culture.
Spa of Iceland Fjóla Bundle
You may not be able to physically give someone the healing geothermal waters of a hot spring, but this scented candle and bath salt gift box is the next best thing for recreating some relaxing vibes at home. Each product is vegan and has scents of vanilla, coconut, and amber musk.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H8i Headphones
Trains (planes, cars, and even buses) are surprisingly loud places. Noise-canceling headphones come in all shapes and price points, but this pair from Bang & Olufsen has super-soft lambskin leather covering the earpieces and impeccable sound quality. They may not be the smallest option out there, but they make up for it in quality.
Omnom Dark Nibs & Raspberry Chocolate Bar
A good bar of chocolate never fails when it comes to gift-giving. Give someone a taste of Iceland and gift a giant chocolate bar from Reykjavik-based company Omnom. They’re constantly offering up unique flavor combinations like dark nibs with raspberry and a truly special bar with actual toppings called Superchocoberrybarleynibblynuttylicious.
MerSea Classic Travel Wrap
There’s a special place in every traveler’s heart for the ambiguous wrap blanket-shawl-scarf, and this one from MerSea is no exception. Truly a blanket with armholes, the Classic Wrap is available in 12 colors and comes with a matching travel bag that does double duty as a travel pillow.