Travel gifts don’t have to be reserved for frequent jet-setters and aspiring globe-trotters. Luggage and travel accessories can also be a good option in those scenarios where you just don’t know what to buy, but still want to give something meaningful and useful. Read on to find the best travel gifts – including new products and trendy favorites – at a variety of price points.
Mediheal Sheet Masks
Air travel can be especially drying for the skin, making these restorative sheet masks a favorite among jet-setters. The Mediheal Sheet Masks come in a pack of 10 and a variety of options to suit different skin care needs.
TIGARI Passport Holder
Due to unusually long processing times, passport applications and renewals have been a nightmare for many travelers over the past year (plus). Help your gift recipient protect their precious new (or newly updated) travel document with a stylish wallet like the TIGARI Passport Holder, our top passport wallet pick. Travelers appreciate that this wallet comes in bright colors, allowing them to easily locate their passport.
Etekcity Luggage Scale
For the chronic overpacker and/or souvenir shopper, the Etekcity Luggage Scale can determine whether or not their luggage weight will meet airline restrictions – and save them the hassle of paying excess baggage fees.
Riemot Luggage Travel Cup Holder
It’s nearly impossible not to spill coffee when you’re trying to maneuver carry-on luggage, locate your gate and keep your travel companions together. This nifty gadget features two pockets for drinks (or other essentials), and recent reviewers confirm it really helps them multitask at the airport.
While the AeroPress is a timeless travel gift for adventure travelers, steeped coffee – which is basically a tea bag, but with ground coffee – is a newer option that can be just as good as a freshly brewed cup of Joe. If you can’t find it at a local coffee shop, try the brand of the same name: Steeped Coffee. Based in Santa Cruz, California, the company sells a variety of roast profiles.
Conair Handheld Travel Garment Steamer
While garment steamers are prohibited on cruise ships, they’re useful to have just about anywhere else you go (think business trips and destination weddings). Not only is this top-rated option by Conair good for travel, but it’s also handy at home.
Veken Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are a foolproof travel gift; there’s no one who can’t benefit from them, even if they already own a set or two. Available on Amazon, the Veken Packing Cubes include eight compartments in a variety of sizes, including one that’s designed for toiletries and another that can hold a pair of shoes.
Magicteam Sound Machine
You can’t go wrong with the gift of sleep, and this portable sound machine is just one way to encourage a good night’s rest (which can be difficult to achieve when you’re in an unfamiliar place). The Magicteam Sound Machine offers 20 non-looping sounds and 32 volume levels to ensure your gift recipient will find the perfect setting for soothing. Recent reviewers agree this sound machine is small but powerful.
Not only are these reusable bags convenient for everyday use, but they’re also useful at the airport – your gift recipient can put their medications and other essentials in the clear bags for easy identification and access. While they’re a bit pricey, buyers appreciate that they’re sustainable.
CALPAK Tech Organizer
Phone chargers, travel adapters, laptop cords – they all need to come with you, but they can be awkward to pack. Enter the tech organizer, a trendy travel gadget that’s actually useful. This one by CALPAK offers multiple compartments for storing a variety of cords, and its mesh paneling helps you see where everything is located.
The luggage tracking device has become less of an accessory and more of an essential over the past year. Out of all the luggage trackers on the market, frequent travelers agree the Apple AirTag is best at keeping tabs on their belongings.
Belkin Apple AirTag Holder
An AirTag holder is necessary for anyone using the popular luggage tracker, and this option by Belkin has great reviews on Amazon. Plus, at less than $15, it won’t set you back much if you decide to gift it along with the AirTag itself.
Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Neck Pillow
Not all travel pillows are created equal. For a quality option that will fully support the neck and prevent aches and pains, choose the Cabeau Evolution S3, our top pick for the best neck pillows for travel. Your gift recipient will be thanking you for years to come.
Brita Insulated Filtered Water Bottle
This stainless steel bottle not only keeps drinks cold but also filters out contaminants – especially useful when filling it with water in unfamiliar destinations. Because of the filter, reviewers note the bottle can be a tad awkward to drink from, but they ultimately recommend this product.
Price: $31.49 or less for 20-ounce bottle
Happyluxe Wayfarer Travel Scarf Wrap
As perhaps the most versatile travel accessory, a wrap is useful on cold planes and cool evenings, as a swimsuit cover-up, or when you just want to dress up an outfit. Recent buyers say the Happyluxe Wayfarer Travel Scarf Wrap is a wardrobe staple, noting how soft it is.
Travelon Anti-Theft Waist Pack
A modern take on the fanny pack, belt bags are one of the year’s top fashion trends; better yet, they’re especially useful for vacationing, allowing travelers to both safeguard and easily access their phone, credit cards and other essentials. The highly rated Travelon Anti-Theft Waist Pack takes it up a notch, with locking compartments, a slash-resistant build and an RFID blocking compartment. It can be worn around the waist or across the chest.
Twelve South Airfly Pro Bluetooth Transmitter
If your gift recipient uses wireless earbuds, they’ll appreciate this tiny device that allows them to wirelessly transmit audio from in-flight entertainment (which is otherwise limited to those with wired headphones). It also has 25 hours of battery life so it’ll last a long-haul flight. Recent buyers say this is a must for air travel.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 12
Instant photos are a great way to commemorate any trip, and they’re just plain fun for both kids and adults. The compact design of these cameras – particularly the Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 – makes them ideal for travel, too. Just note that the film is sold separately unless you purchase a package that includes accessories.
Tommy Bahama Beach Chairs
Quality beach chairs can be an investment – but a worthy one for anyone who frequents the sand and surf. The Tommy Bahama Backpack Beach Chair remains the tried and true choice for many beachgoers, who appreciate its portability and comfort.
Halfday The Garment Duffel
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One of the best garment bags for travel, this duffel style makes it easy to travel with suits, dresses and other formalwear. Available in several different colors, The Garment Duffel by Halfday gets rave reviews for its durable, spacious design and ability to keep clothing wrinkle-free.
CALPAK Car Organizer
It’s easy to clutter a car – even more so when you have kids – which is why just about anyone who drives will find the CALPAK Car Organizer useful for road trips and everyday errands. The water-resistant bag features three compartments and a carrying handle. It also folds down via snap buttons to be used as a makeshift tote bag, a feature recent reviewers love.
Allbirds Tree Runner
The Allbirds Tree Runner remains a top-rated choice for those in search of comfortable walking shoes for travel. Available in a variety of colors for men, women and kids, these sustainable shoes are lightweight and breathable; they’re also machine-washable. Allbirds wearers appreciate that these sneakers look good and feel good on their feet.
GetYourGuide Gift Card
Regardless of where they plan to travel next, your gift recipient will appreciate a GetYourGuide gift card. Available for any amount, this gift card grants access to a variety of guided tours around the world, from expert-led tours of the Vatican to airboat rides in the Everglades.
BÉIS The Weekender
One of the year’s trendiest bags, The Weekender by BÉIS makes a great gift for any traveler, from college students visiting home to your friend who likes to escape the city on weekends. Owners of this bag especially appreciate the shoe compartment, as well as its variety of color options.
RTIC Outdoors Soft Pack Cooler
A cooler bag can go a long way, from tailgate parties to camping trips to beach vacations and beyond. Our top pick for the best cooler bag on the market, the RTIC Outdoors Soft Cooler receives rave reviews for its durability and capacity (up to 40 cans for the largest size). Be on the lookout for sales – these coolers are regularly discounted on Amazon and elsewhere.
Delsey Paris Helium Aero 19-Inch Carry-On
This chic bag meets most carry-on luggage size requirements for international airlines, making it an ideal choice for frequent globe-trotters. Recent buyers especially appreciate how lightweight it is.
Airbnb Gift Card
From treehouses and houseboats to windmills and lighthouses, Airbnb offers unique accommodations across the globe. Treat your loved one to a memorable overnight experience with an Airbnb gift card, available in any amount. Gifts cards purchased online are digitally delivered, while physical gift cards are available at stores like Target and Walmart.
State Bags Logan Suitcase
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With ride-on and even sleep-on options, today’s best kiddie luggage makes us want to be young again. But if you’re looking for a timeless piece of luggage that’s both fun and built to last, the Logan Suitcase by State Bags is highly recommended by parents. It’s available in two sizes and a variety of colors and patterns.
Peak Design Travel Backpack
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Travelers rave about the versatility of this heavy-duty backpack, which can be used as a camera bag, a daypack, or as luggage for weekend and weeklong trips. Earlier this year we chose it as one of the best travel backpacks for men – but the truth is, it’s perfect for any adult and any trip.
Monos Carry-On Plus
The Monos Carry-On Plus has been getting a lot of attention, and here’s why: It’s perfect for frequent jet-setters who want to travel with a carry-on bag only, offering just a bit more space than your average carry-on suitcase. Travelers agree they’re also drawn to this bag for its sleek design and color options.
Travelpro Expandable 21-Inch Carry-On Spinner
Whether you choose the hard-sided version or the soft-sided spinner, you can’t go wrong with any of the carry-on (or checked) luggage by Travelpro. One of the best luggage brands on the market, Travelpro is known for its quality luggage that is built to stand the test of time (and airport luggage handlers). Look out for luggage sales, as Travelpro regularly offers discounts.
Solgaard Carry-on Closet
The Solgaard Carry-on Closet is one of the ultimate travel gifts to give right now. Thanks to the patented shelving system that gives the bag its name, travelers say this suitcase lives up to all the hype you’ve seen on social media and TV. They also note that they’ve been able to use this as their only luggage for longer trips.
Cotopaxi Allpa Roller Bag
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The popular Cotopaxi Allpa travel pack now comes with wheels. Launched in late 2023, this roller bag is slightly bigger than its predecessor but can still be used as a carry-on bag. Larger sizes are also available.