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The 23 Best Gift Ideas for the Traveler on Your Gift List

London at Christmas Time

Stumped on what to get the traveler in your life? Sometimes it is hard to buy something for someone who has been (or wants to go) around the world. They may seem like they have all the gadgets they need and the travel tools they could want. So, what is left for them to receive?

K3 Travel is a firm believer that travel is the best gift of them all, but it is challenging to wrap travel and place it under a Christmas tree. Fortunately, you can still find gifts that encourage them to travel more, and even to help your loved ones go on future adventures.

Here are some gift ideas for the well-traveled person on your gift list:

For the foodie: Gift delicious global flavors right to their doorstep. Try The World sends a monthly curated selection of gourmet foods—including ingredients to cook with, drinks and snacks from top chefs from around the world. These gorgeous boxes are filled with curated delicacies from different countries. Delivered every month, each box contains descriptions for how to use the tasty and exotic flavors in your own recipes.

Journal and map

For the traveler who loves to write: Adventurers who love to document their travels in writing love travel journals and appreciate good pens. A journal made of quality paper and the feel of a smooth pen rolling over empty pages is a universal enjoyment for writers.

For the well-accessorized: Customize a favorite map to make cufflinks, bracelets or pendants. Have a special place you want to commemorate? Maybe the place of a first date or a favorite childhood destination? This can be a beautiful and deeply personal way to show your traveler that you know what matters to them most.

For the one who loves Indonesia: Named a “Best Cookbook of Fall 2020” by The New York Times and Eater, Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from my Indonesian Kitchen by Laura Lee transports cooks to the bountiful islands with recipes that are fragrant and colorful.

For the one on-the-go: Masks are the go-to accessory of 2020. Liberty of London fabric masks are lightweight, cotton masks with super-soft nylon ear loops.

For the traveler who only packs a carry-on: Never fret about your quart Ziploc bag breaking again. The Truffle clarity mini jetset case fits most carry-on essentials in a chic case that is TSA-approved.

For the crafty commemorator: This is a simple, beautiful way to re-trace steps and wonderful memories with a map and thread. Imagine a wall decorated with these minimalist representations of adventures.

For the traveler who has everything and wants to give back: Donate to a favorite cause in your traveler’s name. You can choose organizations that support environmental stewardship, advocate for people in crisis, promote education, or help bring beauty.

For the lover of antiquities: The Eye of Ra reversible throw from Pulp Design Studio is both comfy and honors the Egyptian eye of Ra if someone wants a little symbolic protection in the home. Plus, it is machine washable!

For the cheese-lover: Murray’s Cheese of the Month Club is perfect for classic cheese lovers and cheese newbies. The rotating collection of three to four approachable and iconic cheeses, such as brie and cheddar, is a snackable selection guaranteed to please any cheese lover. Each package includes wine-pairing suggestions and a tasting-note menu.

For the traveler who adventures in style: The Aesop immediate-moisture facial mist is a refreshing, rose petal-infused misting hydrating mist meant to refresh and revive skin and senses after a long flight. Gift this mist in a travel carry-on size, so the giftee and take it on their adventure and refresh before leaving the plane.

For the sustainable traveler: Furoshiki Gift Wrap is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that can transport gifts, clothes and other goods. In Japan, these cloths are used to wrap bento boxes and are an environmentally friendly alternative to wrapping paper. When not being used as wrapping, they can also be used as tea towels.

For the traveler who has little adventurers: The Silver Spoon: Recipes for Babies is a complete guide to teach babies and toddlers a lifelong love of good food—the Italian way. The book helps caregivers introduce young children to a variety of food early in their lives.

Hang gliding

For the traveler who is always up for adventure: With Experience Days, you can give the gift of a lifelong great memory to someone you care about. Try everything from hang gliding to art lessons throughout the U.S. This could be a great surprise for honeymooners or a friend’s next big adventure.

For the gadget-junkie: This funky, color-coded 4-in-1 adapter is perfect for the tech-savvy traveling family and will help ensure everything stays running smoothly. For the hardcore gadget-junkie, what about these stylish vests, hoodies, and jackets with interior pockets (for men and women) to hold everything from smartphones to keys to water bottles?

For the photographer: If your friend is never without her smartphone or camera, why not make it easy for her to create beautiful, lasting photo albums, calendars, or prints of the giftee’s best shots? At Artifact Uprising, the giftee can connect directly with their Instagram account and assemble their most gorgeous memories.

For the South American lover: The Cuyana two-tone baby alpaca scarf is a pretty accessory perfect for in-flight comfort and around town. Made in Peru by a woman-owned factory, the ultra-soft scarf is a versatile, reversible accessory.

For the lover of all things whimsy: Accidentally Wes Anderson, The Book is a collection of gorgeous travel photos inspired by the director’s films. The coffee-table book travels to every continent and boasts more than 200 locations.

Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park

For the National Park lover: The Pendleton Reversible National Park stripe beanie ensures the giftee’s head will stay warm and their love of National Parks will be on display. The beanie comes in four designs to commemorate four National Parks: Glacier, Olympic, Crater Lake and Zion.

For the traveler who works out on vacation: Jaybird Vista Earbuds are dustproof, shockproof, waterproof and sweatproof wireless headphones. They stay put during workouts and outdoor activities. Their durability makes them a great earphone option for those traveling the world.

For the snow-sport lover: Anon M4 Ski Goggles are toric-lens goggles that offer a wide field of views and simplicity of a quick-change magnetic lens system that uses powerful magnets to make lens changes easier.

For the Spanish lover: The Pomelo Casa Verde Pitcher featured hand-painted traditional Spanish Lebrillo design with birds or pomegranates. Perfect for flowers, soups or coffee, the handmade pitcher can help inspire the Spanish-lover on your gift list. Plus, it is dishwasher and microwave safe.

For the book lover: We all know someone who is always reading (or wanting to read). Book of the Month is a monthly subscription that allows book lovers to choose their reading adventures based on recommendations and debuts. When the book lover cannot physically travel, these stories can transport them on different adventures.

If you need help planning the next adventure to fill an album, stitch on a map, or wear around your neck. contact me today, and we can get started!