Gifts for the Frequent Traveler

Are you in a gift giving rut?  No matter how hard you try, do you always seem to come up short? The last thing you need is to struggle to find the perfect gift. Some people are a snap. You know them better than they know themselves and you know for certain what to get them, in fact, you’ve known for months. But, what about the ones that are impossible to shop for? The ones that seems to have everything? What about the people who are so special to you that every gift idea you come up with just doesn’t do them justice? Don’t stress, you’ve come to the right place!

Does your special person love to go on adventures? Maybe they dream of exploring far off places, but have yet to commit. Maybe work takes them on more trips than they care to go on. The following list of gifts for the frequent traveler will either encourage a love of travel or help the recurrent traveler survive their upcoming excursions.

Push Pin Travel Map

One night at dinner, my kids and I were talking about trips we wanted to take and places they wanted to explore. They have been flying on planes since infancy so they are no stranger to travel. As we chatted about Japan, India, and France, I realized that they will soon be old enough to have some say in our trips. While listening to their excited chatter, an idea started to bloom. I got online and found this pushpin map. The idea is nothing new and it has many similarities to other travel maps. You can pin where you’ve been, where you’re going and places you dream of exploring. What sets this map apart is the clean, artistic design. It would be a focal point in any room. The cork map includes pins and country flags as well as stickers. We plan to choose different destinations, color coded by family member, and when they get old enough we will start exploring. Whomever’s destination gets picked will have to do research, learn about the culture and maybe a little of the language.  They can then teach the rest of us. This map is not only a great gift for kids, but also adults, from the most seasoned traveler to the mere dreamer.

For more details or to purchase this map, click here.

Moscow Mule Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Cocktail snobs can make the most of their flight with the Moscow Mule Carry-On Cocktail Kit. Small enough to sneak through security, this set will turn a mini bottle of vodka into a Moscow Mule. Just follow the recipe and voila, you have a first class drink, even if you are stuck in coach. The set comes with a small bottle of ginger syrup, a stainless steel jigger, linen cocktail napkin, mini bar spoon and a recipe card.

For more details or to purchase this cocktail kit, click here.

The TravelWrap Travel Scarf

The Scots know blistery, cool weather like no others so it’s no surprise that this is where the Travelwrap Company hails from. Their expertise in keeping toasty shows in their beautiful travel wraps. Each one is made of 100% cashmere and comes in a number of colors, knits and weights. The Peregrine, a personal favorite, is a new twist on the classic, Scottish herringbone design. It is a heavier knit that will keep you cozy on the windy moors of Scotland or when you are winding your way through that “easy” corn maze for the third straight hour. This beauty costs between $300 and $484 but it will last a lifetime of winters, making it completely worth the expense!

For more details or to purchase this scarf, click here.

Check out other amazing travel scarf options here.

Melissa Button Crossbody Bag

No one does leather like Frye and this bag is no exception. It is lightweight, simple and elegant. The supple, cognac hued leather looks fabulous, day or night. With a 22-inch adjustable strap, it is comfortable to carry for long periods of time and it is just big enough to hold all of your travel essentials without getting bulky and weighing you down. There are two interior slip pockets and one external pocket for easy access to your phone or keys. This bag is the perfect accessory for a long day of sightseeing.

To learn more or purchase the Melissa Button CrossBody, click here.

Looking for something a little different? Check out these other beautiful Crossbody Bags for Travel.

Herschel Little America Flapover Backpack

The Canadian company known for their rugged yet stylish bags and accessories brings you the Little America Flapover Backpack. It is perfect for racing through the airport to make your connection or just surviving your morning commute on the train. This is not your grammar school backpack. It is a sleek, modern take on the traditional mountaineer style. It comes in 42 color options, one for every taste and preference. A padded 13-inch laptop holder will keep your computer protected and the bag has a draw chord closure as well as magnetic clasp and metal pin clips. There is a convenient front pocket that is the perfect size for a passport or plane ticket. Keep your phone safe and your tunes handy in the internal media pocket with headphone port. The straps are padded and the back is ventilated so you will barely notice when you are carrying it for hours at a time.

To learn more or purchase the Little America Flapover Backpack, click here.

Hand Engraved Compass Necklace

Girls love jewelry and your girl loves to travel. That’s why you’re here, right? This necklace will encourage her to follow her dreams and lead her on new adventures. It will also be a constant reminder that you are always there for her, steadfast and supporting. Featuring a working compass of handmade sterling silver, it will adorn her neck in such a way that will turn heads. “Find Your Way” or “Follow Your Heart” can be engrave on the back and it hangs on an 18″ long chain.  She will surely appreciate this beautiful token of your love and support.

To learn more or purchase this Compass Necklace, click here.

Bennet Winch Weekender

The Bennett Winch Weekender is a high end upgrade to the classic military duffle. Handmade in England out of British bonded canvas and military-grade cotton webbing, it is the perfect accessory for any weekend excursion. Not only does it hold all of your essential needs for a getaway, but there is also a laptop sleeve and an outer, easy access pocket perfect for keys or a cellphone. There are two separate waterproof compartments for shoes and any wet or dirty clothing you may accumulate and a removable shoulder strap for comfort. It comes in a range of rich colors and will look great strapped to the back of your motorcycle or on your shoulder as you enter your luxury hotel for the weekend!

For more details or to purchase this bag, click here.

If this weekender doesn’t fit your style, check out this article on The Best Weekender Bag for other great options.

Herschel Trade Luggage for Kids

If your kids are like mine, they want to do everything on their own. They want to be adults and they NEVER need any help. The result is usually having to redo everything that they did and cleaning up after. Getting them their own suitcase is a different story. Believe it or not, it will actually work out in your favor. They will love the cool patterns and colors. It is the perfect size for them, not too big or bulky and the wheels are steady and durable. Observe your children dragging their own bag through the airport, so proud to do it all on their own without any help. The benefit? Having and extra hand to hold that cup of survival coffee or blueberry scone. So what if they roll over your foot a few times. It’s a small price to pay if you don’t have to carry another bag!

For more details or to purchase this suitcase, click here.

Letter Perfect Jewelry Case

Good thing come is small packages and these lovely cases are no exception. They come in a rainbow of colors and are perfect for storing your most prized jewels on your next excursion. Each holder is just big enough to fit the essentials, but small enough to take up minimal space in your bag. It provides six pockets in all,  has a strong zip closure and is made of soft leather. If you really want to make an impression, get it monogrammed and put a little something inside. You will not regret this purchase and your favorite traveler will be delighted.

For more details or to purchase this suitcase, click here.

Amazon Subscriptions

You may already be a member of Prime for movies, TV and free shipping, but there are so many other subscriptions that Amazon offers. From unlimited music to kids programming, any trip will be smooth sailing with a little help from these plans. These truly are the gifts that keep on giving.

  • Amazon Prime: Becoming a Prime member offers a plethora of benefits like free next day or same day shipping on most items, streaming capabilities giving you access to thousands of movies and TV shows, Prime Music, Prime Reading, Amazon Photos and Twitch Prime, a video game subscription.
  • Amazon Music Unlimited: If you are already a member of Prime, you get a small taste of Amazon Music, but it doesn’t have the breadth and capabilities that Amazon Music Unlimited has. Amazon Music Unlimited gives you access tens of millions of songs anywhere, online or offline, ad free. It is perfect for long plane or car trips and since music is on demand, there won’t be as many arguments over what’s on the radio.
  • Audible Gift Membership: I commute about a half hour, 45 minutes to work one way and audio books have saved my sanity. I actually look forward to sitting in traffic. Give your loved one an Audible Gift Membership and they will be so wrapped up in what they are listening to that they won’t have time to stress about endless customs lines or DC gridlock.
  • Amazon Free Time: Amazon Free Time gives kids access to parent-approved books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, Audible books, and games on compatible Fire, Android, iOS and Kindle devices. “Are we there yet” will be a thing of the past on that six hour road trip to Grandma’s. Your kids will love having control of their own device and you will have peace of mind knowing that they can only access kid-friendly content.
  • Kindle Unlimited: If you have a Kindle or read on any device, you are going to want the Kindle Unlimited subscription. I admit that I am a fan of paper books with pliable pages, but when traveling, this is definitely the way to go. You can store multiple books, audio books and magazines on one device so you will never run out of material.
  • Fire Tablets: You can’t have a subscription unless you have a tablet to use it on.  All of the above subscriptions are compatible with Amazon Fire Tablets.  They are discounted for Black Friday.

Mixbook Calendars and Albums

Did you go on an epic trip this year? Make a custom calendar or album made all of your best shots and your memories will last forever.  Mixbook’s products are reasonably priced, well-made and there is almost always a deal going on.  You can’t go wrong and your fellow traveller will love this gift that keeps on giving.

Check out the other products Mixbook has to offer here.

Great Stocking Stuffers and Other Gift Ideas

Check out these other articles featuring Suitcase Accessories and Air travel Accessories if you are looking for more awesome gift ideas.

Summing It Up

Gift giving doesn’t have to be stressful. Stick with this list and you will be relaxing by the fire with a glass of wine in no time!  If all else fails, don’t forget, the best gift is travel!

Are there any other great gift ideas I forgot about? Leave a comment or question and I’ll be sure to get back to you!


  1. Ohhhh wow, there are some good thoughts for gifts in here! I particularly love it when you see something and immediately a specific person pops into your mind – you just know it will be perfect for them!

    I adore the Moscow Mule carry-on cocktail idea, (might just have to get one for myself too!) The question really is, do they have other cocktails as well, and exactly how many of these can I stuff in my carry-on and still get through security? This calls for some research over a few cocktails of my own I think!

    Thanks for the fantastic ideas!

    1. Gin

      Ha! So glad you found some good gift giving ideas! I’m sure there are other cocktail kits as well! I did some quick research and found these, if you are interested. I’m sure security will be fine with anything as long as they are in 3oz bottles! Thanks so much, for the kind words.

      Personal Minibar Travel Set

      Gin and Tonic Carry On Cocktail Kit

      Old Fashioned Carry-On Cocktail Kit

      There are a few more, if you go through Uncommon Goods! It’s such a great idea!

  2. hello, I was hoping to find a cool gift for my boyfriend. So when I started to read your post I was full of hope. Yet, he is more of a budget surviver type. Might be interested in the flapover backpack myself though. Thanks for these ideas. I will keep my eyes open for a yummie gift for my partner at Christmas. If you have any more ideas, please let me know.

    Love Nanda

  3. I love these ideas! The holidays can be so stressful! I feel like I am just buying gifts to buy them….then wonder if they will ever get used! My family are big travelers, so I loved these ideas! I’ll be bookmarking your page for these ideas 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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