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The Coolest Travel Gift Ideas For the Wanderlust In Your Life
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The Coolest Travel Gift Ideas For the Wanderlust In Your Life

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or sending a just-because present, channel that out-of-the-box energy into your gift list.

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November 30, 2021

While we’re not exactly planning trips the way we used to just yet, this hasn’t stopped travelers from finding new ways to scratch their wanderlust itch. If anything, they’ve gotten more creative—opening cookbooks to recreate easy date-night recipes, trading store-bought coffee for blends that tell a more interesting story, and reading sci-fi novels that transport them not to a new country, but a brand-new galaxy (far, far away). Does that mean that you have to acquire new ways of thinking about your holiday travel gift ideas? Why yes, yes it does.

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday from afar or sending a just-because present to a loved one, channel that out-of-the-box energy into your gift list. And for the wanderlust in your life who has been daydreaming of their next journey, make things easier for when they’re on the road again; give them only the best and the most essential—basically the same thing in this context.

These Are The Coolest Gifts For Frequent Travelers 

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Mansur Gavriel Soft Lady Bag

A re-imagining of Mansur Gavriel’s popular Lady Bag, the Soft Lady Bag was released to coincide with the original’s five-year anniversary, making it one of the best travel gifts for her. This bag is softer and slouchier than its predecessor, which means it’ll pack down better in a suitcase. With ample room for daily essentials—phone, wallet, keys, earphones, and even an iPad—this polished crossbody’s interior compartments are a lifesaver when traveling.

The Gentle Pack from Everyday Humans

A trait specific to all California adventurers, being out in the sun twenty-four-seven comes with its fair share of avoidable hurdles. Help them avoid dry and cracked skin with the Everyday Humans’ Gentle Pack, consisting of a smooth, silky face sunscreen, pre and post-sun water, and a wonder salve that soothes the skin. All of the items have names that’ll bring a grin to your favorite wanderlust’s face— Bomb Diggity is one example. And the best part? The trio comes ready to gift, so no wrapping necessary.

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Allbirds Wool Cardigan

Long cardigans—dusters, even—are always a travel staple. They’re lightweight and act as the perfect cozy layer when a plane, car, or train is a bit too chilly. Allbirds, with its brand-new apparel collection, made their own version using soft Merino wool; trust us, this is the perfect gift for frequent travelers. It hits around the knee and comes in two wear-with-basically-anything colors (black and dusty pink). Give this as a present to the wanderlust in your life and watch them fall in love instantly with their new cozy wrap-around.

Rothy's The Portfolio Pouch

Rothy’s—the eco-friendly brand renowned for its comfy shoes—has recently rolled out a slew of bags and travel accessories. This portfolio pouch makes for an awesome gift for travel lovers; it’s made of recycled plastic and can fit a 14-inch laptop inside. The item also has a separate slot to hold pens, a small portable charger, as well as travel documents. Snapping shut with a magnetic closure, this portfolio pouch requires almost no effort to maintain, and like all of Rothy’s products, it can be thrown in the wash post-travel with no hassle.

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Comrad Knee-High Compression Socks

An in-flight must, compression socks are just as handy during long car rides—they help increase circulation and reduce swelling and soreness. And while this isn’t the most luxurious travel gift that comes to mind, these moisture-wicking and odor-fighting knee-highs from Comrad are a lifesaver for those who traverse the great outdoors. They’re a real stocking-stuffer, believe us.

Lunya Washable Silk Pajama Set

Washable silk pyjamas? Say no more. We all have frequent travelers in our life who—no matter if they’re houseboating or remote camping—could use a little luxury in their life. This is where Lunya’s matching set (which everyone is raving about by the way) comes in. Comfy, smooth, and adorable, this pyjama set will get plenty of use both at home and on vacation.

Relax in a lightweight, softly textured bathrobe inspired by the world's finest spas, featuring two hip pockets, folded collar, and secure waist tie.

Parachute Waffle Robe

When it comes to gifts for travelers, a cozy robe is always a winner in our book. And we’re not talking hotel amenity robes—this gift will make any personality type feel like they’re in the swankiest resort imaginable. It just so happens that California’s own Parachute makes the best robes in the game. This classic waffle garment will remind them of the good ol’ days spent at the swankiest spas out there, relaxing by the pools or soaking in the hot springs.

Allbirds Tree Dashers

Frequent travelers went wild for Allbird’s first running shoe when it debuted. And this year, gift your favorite wanderlust the wealth of comfortable kicks—they now come in a bunch of colors, are lightweight, pack down seamlessly, and don’t look too sporty; they’re perfect to wear throughout the whole trip (and not just exercising).

Skip the money-belt this year, and buy a birthday or holiday travel gift that your favorite intrepid globe-trotter will actually use.

GlobeIn Artisan Box Gift Subscription

Soothe your traveler friend’s souvenir-shopping void by getting them a GlobeIn subscription box. The company partners with artisans from more than 40 countries worldwide, buying goods and curating pieces into a monthly box—each of them follow a specific theme. Past themes have included the Serve Box, consisting of a table runner from India, hand-blown glass vases from Mexico, and a serving dish from Kenya. There was also the Wired Box, a collection of coffee-centric pieces like a sugar bowl and milk pitcher from Morocco and organic beans from East Timor.

Parachute Classic Slippers

Another foolproof travel-themed gift is slippers. Made from 100-percent cotton terry, Parachute’s plush slippers are soft and breathable; they have rubber soles that provide a better grip than the usual. Order them in a variety of colors like stone or eggshell white and grant the wanderlust in your life a prancing moment.

Peak Design Travel Tripod

Searching for the best travel gifts for him? Leave it to Peak Design to create a compact, easy-to-carry tripod. This item packs down to the size of a water bottle and comes with a padded waterproof case—it has a lifetime guarantee that’ll leave them impressed. Buy this for the traveler-photographer you feel could stand trimming down their travel kit.

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