Gifts For Travelers: From Daydream to Destination
Full-Time Travel Gift Guide 2020
From armchair inspiration to essentials for the beach, mountains or city – we've got something to delight every type of traveler.
It’s been tricky to travel this year, and wanderlust is at an all time high. Everybody has been pining for their favorite places and missing that carefree feeling of decompression that accompanies a vacation. Whether the travel lovers in your life are actively planning their next getaway, or feel content just daydreaming about faraway destinations for the time being, our 2020 gift guide is packed with goodies that will celebrate their hunger to explore the world.
Daydream: Gifts that provide everyday inspiration for armchair explorers >>
Departure: Gifts to help them travel in style, comfort and safety >>
Beach Escape: Gifts for travelers who are happiest by the coast >>
Mountain Adventure: Gifts for travelers who follow the call of the wild >>
City Break: Gifts for travelers who thrive amid urban energy >>
How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits (by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas)
A book for those who aspire to emulate the Parisian sensibility, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are is a cheeky celebration of dating, dressing and dining in the City of Lights. Penned by four female friends, it’s packed with witty essays, handy how-tos, and local recommendations you won’t find in typical Paris guidebooks.
The Martini Field Guide by Shane Carley
Filled with vintage ads, recipes and musings about the drink’s disputed origins, The Martini Field Guide promises to elevate cocktail hours at home.
Salam Hello’s Hand-Woven Moroccan rugs
Each of Salam Hello’s one-of-a-kind Moroccan rugs was handmade in a Berber village. Unlike the middlemen who hawk textiles at the markets of Marrakech, Salam Hello champions the women artisans behind each piece, highlighting their personal stories and paying them fairly for their painstaking work.
St. Tropez Soleil
ASSOULINE’s collection of travel coffee table books explores the culture of a place through beautiful photography and legendary anecdotes. A perfect gift for those whose bucket list features the world’s most glamorous destinations, from Ibiza and Aspen to St Tropez and Mykonos.
The Digital Nomad Handbook by Lonely Planet
With the pandemic bringing remote work into the mainstream and many countries now offering long-term digital nomad visas for foreigners, there’s no better time to explore a more flexible work-travel arrangement. This guide from Lonely Planet explains how.
Astrid Wilson's Flower Market Prints
Inspired by color palettes of the globe’s most beloved cities, Astrid Wilson’s flower market prints would make a pretty addition to any gallery wall.
From $35 >>
Brooklyn Candle Studio, Escapist Candles
Send them somewhere dreamy with the nostalgic notes of an escapist candle. Brooklyn Candle Studio’s Santorini-inspired scent blends fig, currant, amber and sandalwood, to summon the Mediterranean coast.
Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere
A delight for anybody who longs for their own A-frame in the wilderness (who doesn’t this year?), Cabin Porn is a coffee table collection of America’s most extraordinary handmade homes in forest settings.
Kosta Boda Beer Glasses
Elegant IPA glasses from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors will please the discerning craft beer connoisseur in your life.
Condé Nast Traveler print
This gorgeous Condé Nast Traveler shot of Aba Villa, Sri Lanka, by photographer Lisa Limer, will provide daily travel inspo wherever it’s hung.
Porter & Sail “Anywhere Credits”
Give them the gift of something to look forward to with Porter & Sail’s “Anywhere Credits.” The recipient can use their credits to get a discounted stay at a boutique, design-focused hotel any time over the next couple of years.
Pack Up + Go Gift Card
Send them on a surprise vacation organized by Pack Up + Go. After filling out a survey about their preferences (budget, dates, activities, mode of transport), the recipient will get an envelope in the mail revealing the surprise destination and itinerary for their trip. Adventure ensues.
"Try The World" Food Subscription Box
Expand their recipe repertoire with a subscription to Try The World – a curated box of global gourmet goodies that will help them taste the world from the safety of their own kitchen.
Citizenry Chunky Wool Throw
This chunky woven blanket was handmade in Uruguay by a collective of 10 master artisans. Created from thick, soft merino wool, it’s perfect for winter nights watching Netflix on the sofa.
Great for saving space and keeping items organized, packing cubes are an essential part of every seasoned traveler’s vacation paraphernalia.
As well as being prettier than your typical boring black case (we love the copper color by 'Parks and Recreation' actress Rashida Jones), Away’s carry-on bag stands out for all of its handy built-in features, including a compression aid, phone charger and laundry bag.
Fly Happy & Healthy Travel Kit
A perfect stocking stuffer for travelers who fly, this kit comes with antiseptic hand wipes, face wipes, face mask, lip balm, sleep mask, ear plugs and headrest cover.
Lunya Silk Sleep Mask
This silky sleep mask does double duty against jet lag, gently covering eyes and ears for less sensory input and a deeper slumber.
Cashmere Travel Set
Made from a sumptuous cashmere-wool-bamboo blend, this travel blanket and sleep mask set will be useful on journeys by plane, train or automobile.
Aesop Departure Kit
An ensemble of Aesop’s best-selling products, from hand wash and skin balm to toothpaste and a hydrating face mask, create a moment of self-care while in-transit.
Ultimate travel pillow
The search for the ultimate travel pillow is over. It may look strange – kind of like a stiff scarf – but the trtl pillow provides proper neck support and props your head up at just the right angle, so snoozing en route is simple.
Collapsible water bottle
Hydrate then stash. This clever collapsible water bottle is as useful on the flight as it is at the destination.
EUEAVAN Mask or Sunglasses Chain
Behold the quintessential 2020 accessory: a chain to keep a face mask or sunglasses round your neck when you’re not wearing them.
Kassatex Beach Bag
Kassatex beach bags are handmade in Colombia using traditional weaving techniques. A portion of the proceeds from each purchase goes directly to the women artisans that make them.
& other stories Bucket Hat
A 90s nostalgia alternative to the classic panama straw hat, great for keeping the midday sun at bay.
Travel Yoga Mat
Whether they regularly go on retreats or just love a post-flight stretch, the yogi in your life will appreciate this foldable, lightweight travel mat.
This frescobol set is composed of nine separate pieces of pine, sapele and beech wood, bonded together and shaped into smooth paddles – a nod to the very first frescobol set, carved from driftwood on Rio de Janeiro beach.
A stocking stuffer for those who loathe reapplying their sunscreen, Riemann P20 has a highly water-resistant formula that lasts 10 hours.
Mini Shade for Dogs and Humans
This tiny, portable, pop-up tent provides beach shade for pets, drinks and snacks, or humans who are obsessive about protecting their face and neck from sun damage.
Backbliss Sunscreen Applicator
A handy gift for solo travelers, the Backbliss Sunscreen Applicator helps vacationers spread sun protection over those tricky-to-reach areas of the back without enlisting a helping hand.
Tunisian Fouta towel
Stylish, compact and absorbent, this fouta – popular in North African countries including Tunisia – is a versatile beach towel/cover-up.
The comfort of Crocs with the resilience of a hiking boot, the Merrell Hydro-Sock is a great investment for those who like to traverse a wide variety of terrains.
Telescoping Fishing Pole
Perfect for packing in a carry-on or toting around on a SUP/Kayak, this telescoping fishing pole can go anywhere with them.
Matador Pocket Blanket
This nylon waterproof blanket folds up small enough to fit in a pocket, and comes with four tiny ground stakes so their picnic doesn’t blow away.
Portable Refractor Telescope for Stargazing
Portable but powerful. A mini telescope is the perfect gift for aspiring astronomers heading into the wilderness.
Uniqlo Ultra Light Packable Down Layer
Everybody should own one of these ultra lightweight down jackets, which provide lots of warmth without taking up valuable packing space.
Columbia Women’s Hiking Boots
One of the highest-rated women’s hiking boots on Amazon for good reason, the Columbia Newton Ridge Boots are supportive, waterproof, and fit comfortably without needing to be broken in.
iPhone Lasso Phonecase
This phone case with lasso strap can be worn around the neck, making it easy to snap photos without having to fish your phone from the depths of your backpack.
ZOMACK Water-Resistant, Packable Hiking Backpack
Lightweight, foldable and water-resistant, the ZOMACK backpack is the best way to carry hiking essentials.
HUNU Collapsible Coffee Cup
The HUNU cup is a convenient, transportable and eco-conscious solution for coffee lovers who can’t go a day without their caffeine fix. Its collapsible, reusable design is leakproof and fits easily into a pocket or bag while on the go.
Lo & Sons Waverley Transformable Bag
Waist bag, cross-body, shoulder or clutch – the Waverley bag from Lo & Sons can be worn whichever way you like. It’s also the ideal size for carrying around everyday essentials.
On sale for $105 (was $210) >>
Wireless Charging Pad
As our phones triple as our maps, guidebooks and cameras, it's vital they stay charged up on a trip. This slim-line, wireless pad makes that possible.
Aspiring travel memoirists will appreciate this travel journal full of writing prompts to help frame their experiences and reflections.
A Shoot With Flytographer
Buy them a shoot with a local professional photographer in the destination of their choice.
Louis Vuitton City Guides
Complied by creatives and entrepreneurs, Louis Vuitton city guides provide unparalleled insights into the world’s most diverse and fascinating places.
A Subscription to Babbel Language App
What better way to prepare for a future trip than by learning the language? Get them a subscription to the Babbel language app and set them on the path to deeper linguistic and cultural understanding.
Lingo Playing Cards
Lingo adds an educational element to a classic vacation pastime. Each card comes with a phrase and English translation, so they can brush up on the local dialect while they play.