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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.

$19.29 >>

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.

$90 >>

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.

From $175 >>

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.

From $95 >>

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.

From $17.69 >>

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.

$38 >>

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.

$28.99 >>

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.

From $300 >>

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.

From $100 >>

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.

From $100 >>

"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.

From $39 >>

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.

$495 >>

Packing Cubes 

Great for saving space and keeping items organized, packing cubes are an essential part of every seasoned traveler’s vacation paraphernalia. 

$14.94 >>

Away Carry-On 

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. 

$5.90 >>

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. 

$48 >>

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.

$225 >>

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. 

$59 >>

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. 

$24 >>

Collapsible water bottle

Hydrate then stash. This clever collapsible water bottle is as useful on the flight as it is at the destination.

$9.98 >>

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. 

$10.89 >>

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. 

$85 >>

& other stories Bucket Hat

A 90s nostalgia alternative to the classic panama straw hat, great for keeping the midday sun at bay. 

$39 >> 

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. 

$62 >>


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. 

$79.95 >>

Once-a-Day Sunscreen 

A stocking stuffer for those who loathe reapplying their sunscreen, Riemann P20 has a highly water-resistant formula that lasts 10 hours. 

$30.99 >>

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. 

$18.95 >>

Tunisian Fouta towel

Stylish, compact and absorbent, this fouta – popular in North African countries including Tunisia – is a versatile beach towel/cover-up. 

$79 >> 

Merrell Hydro-Sock

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. 

$50 >>

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.

From $45.99 >>

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. 

$29.99 >>

Portable Refractor Telescope for Stargazing

Portable but powerful. A mini telescope is the perfect gift for aspiring astronomers heading into the wilderness. 

$89.95 >>

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. 

$78 >>

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. 

From $73.74 >>

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. 

$28.95 >>

ZOMACK Water-Resistant, Packable Hiking Backpack 

Lightweight, foldable and water-resistant, the ZOMACK backpack is the best way to carry hiking essentials. 

$15.99 >>

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. 

$22 >>

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.

$11.99 >>

Travel Journal 

Aspiring travel memoirists will appreciate this travel journal full of writing prompts to help frame their experiences and reflections. 

$15.29 >>

A Shoot With Flytographer 

Buy them a shoot with a local professional photographer in the destination of their choice. 

From $250 >>

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.

$37 >>

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. 

From $49 for 6 months >>

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. 

$11.99 >>

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

Reel: @johnofah

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen