Finding the best travel gifts for her is no easy task. I grew up surrounded by women who travel. And, following every holiday season, I find myself with significantly less hair. I spend the holiday months pulling it all out, trying to decide on gifts to get for them.
Perhaps the female traveler in your life is hard to shop for, too. For example, she probably buys herself anything she needs on the road.
And maybe you have no idea what she even needs. She’s always finding herself in ridiculous situations in remote areas of the world. You know the kinds of envy-inducing stories she shares at family dinners around this time. How do you shop for someone with those tales?
I’m no expert, so I reached out to one of my favorite ladies (my sister) who offered me the low-down on some of the best gifts for women who travel.
Let her show her love of travel on her feet! Bucketfeet collaborates with artists worldwide to design a constantly rotating set of limited edition shoes. An artist and backpacker collaborated to create this unique, global brand and this pair shows a true sense of wanderlust…reminding us of everything to explore and all the conversations to be had worldwide.
Every woman who travels is well acquainted with the annoyance that is liquids. You need them on the plane, but you can’t take them in your carry-on. This means pouring a splash of everything you need into tiny little containers just for the journey. The Kiehl’s Healthy Skin Starter Kit has travel-sized bottles and is a guaranteed travel gift for her that’ll make life a lot easier. All of the toiletries are already packaged in 100ml containers. Airport security will be a breeze from here on out.
People with travel pillows on planes are always the envy of every other passenger. Why not let her be that person? The Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow is the best one I’ve used, period. With front and side supports, and the ability to attach it to your headrest, she’ll never wake up during a flight with a permanently crippled neck. It might not seem like much but it’ll revolutionize how she travels.
Not to imply that she’s apt to lose things—but it’s every traveler’s worst fear. The Tile Style attaches to pretty much any item (keys…even a dog’s collar!) or the slim version slides into a wallet or passport. Integrated Bluetooth allows you to ring your Tile, locate the last place you had it, or god-forbid, track it down (completely anonymously!) when it passes within range of anyone else in the Tile community. It’s handy on the road or at home.
If she’s the type of person that’s always freezing on buses, trains, planes, and even at night under a fluffy comforter, the rev’pod™ may just be the perfect travel gift for her. Sustainable fabric, softer than anything else she owns, nice and snuggly, and best of all, it folds up small, she just may find herself living in this genius robe-like loungewear.
If she travels a lot then why not get her a travel gift that lets her do it both comfortably and in style? There is nothing worse than being stuck on a bus or plane for eight hours unable to get comfy. This cashmere travel set allows her to inject a bit of luxury into her travels and will keep her warm on her journey. Note: it’s cashmere, so it’s not cheap!
The Fitbit Versa is an ideal gift for any traveler wanting to get in shape and stay healthy. This smartwatch won’t need charging for more than four days and features a 24/7 heart rate, phone-free music, coaching and more. It’s lightweight, water resistant and will help her both set and reach her fitness goals.
Believe it or not, this little speaker is waterproof, shockproof, straps on to pretty much anything (it even fits perfectly in a cup holder or backpack water bottle holder), and lasts up to 12 hours—all while providing killer sound. There are a lot of bluetooth speakers on the market, but this is the best one we’ve tried.
Power banks are lifesavers for people who travel. That bus with free WiFi isn’t going to be much fun if your phone dies two hours into the journey. Help her stay fully charged at all times by treating her to an ultra-slim power bank from Anker . It’s the perfect size—small enough to fit in her purse or the outside pocket of a backpack.
Give her a Stitch Fix gift card and her own personal shopper will cultivate a wardrobe just for her and with her input…so she can get exactly what she wants for her next trip. Stitch Fix’s personal stylists can outfit her for the beach, the mountains, a romantic getaway, and everything in between. Click here to read the full Stitch Fix review.
The Kindle Paperwhite can easily slide into a purse or even a back pocket. Super-lightweight so she can take dozens (or hundreds!) of books on any trip. Plus, the ability to easily export notes and highlights to email means she can discretely bring her guidebook along without looking like a tourist. Don’t forget to accessorize it with a cute cover too 😉
If you manage to get this right then you’ll win big points. Cambiami offers a design your own sandal service so you can create the perfect travel gift for her. Choose from four possible soles and then pick your strap. This is a bit of a test for how well you know her but if you can pull it off you’ll be forever in her good books. Even better than that, because they’re custom made, no-one else will have a pair of flats quite like them!
Who knew safety could look this good? The Speakeasy Hidden Pocket Travel Scarf protects passports and other valuables in the most stylish way possible. Securely store chapsticks, ID cards, house keys, and other small items with the hidden, self-locking zipper. Choose between dozens of colors and patterns to coordinate with any outfit. Speakeasy Travel Scarves come in both lightweight fabrics for summertime or heavy, cozy fabrics for colder weather.
Is she curious to know a little bit more about who she is? Who isn’t? The 23andMe Ancestry Test will tell her where her ancestors lived more than half a millennium ago! The ancestry test is a really unique gift idea for travelers, especially if they’re interested in their heritage and might even be interested in tracing their family’s footsteps. To take it a step further, upgrade her kit to include a full health report !
Ever needed to hand wash some clothes on a trip but found yourself in the middle of nowhere with no laundry machines around? Ta-da, The Scrubba Wash Bag is the solution! This genius product is basically the smallest washing machine there is, and it’s a necessary travel gift for anyone heading on a backpacking or camping trip. Owning one of these will help save on time, money and water. Plus, it’s pocket sized, so you can take it absolutely anywhere!
There is nothing worse than your plethora of charging cables tangling themselves into chaos. This stylish charger roll up eliminates that problem. Never again will she have to extract her headphones from her kindle wire. She also won’t need to worry about her cables getting damaged in her bag while on the road. The cherry on top of this leather delight? This travel gift for her is even better with initials monogrammed on it!
It’s about time women had a way to track their exercise without having to don some unsightly step counter on their wrist. The Fitbit tried to make trackers more stylish and now Ringly has taken it a step further. Ringly has incorporated fitness trackers into beautiful jewelry that people actually want to wear. Goodbye ugly, clunky tracker, this is one of the travel gifts for her that isn’t going back to the store.
She’ll never have to hunt for her charger again or wish she hadn’t checked it in her luggage, with this decorative tassel clipped to her purse and ready to go at the next charging station she comes across.
BauBax makes multifunction jacketsjust for people who travel—and they make for a unique gift idea, too! With four primary styles—bomber, sweatshirt, vest and windbreaker—everybody will find the look they’re going for. Plus, the primary selling point of these jackets: They’re loaded with more than 25 features, including built-in gloves, a water bottle, inflatable travel pillow, a blanket, and even a footrest! It’s like the Swiss Army Knife of jackets. That’s not to mention all the pockets, so you can carry-on what you need instead of checking it.
Durable, stands upright, and available in a plethora of fun patterns and colors, she won’t be able to help but smile every time she unpacks this one of these cosmetic cases from Lolo ! For a little something extra, get a coordinating luggage tag and she’ll remember you every time she looks at her suitcase.
Where better to concoct a bespoke cocktail than 30,000 ft in the air? These little pouches of boozy goodness allow her to whip up two cocktails wherever she is. One for her and one for you. Or both for her. All she needs is a glass and the requisite alcohol. You can’t go wrong with one of these gifts for travelers!
A toothbrush might be an odd travel gift for her but oral hygiene is sometimes hard to maintain on the road. The last thing you want on the road is a cavity! The Quip toothbrush has been expertly designed with the right sized bristles and perfect level of vibration to make your teeth gleam. The charger is slim-line and the toothbrush is equipped with a timer so you know when you’re done. She’ll thank you for this one!
There’s nothing worse than trying to style hair using an old hotel blow dryer. Thanks to the BaBylissPro Travel Dryer, women no longer have to suffer from wet, frizzy hair when traveling! It can be tucked into any purse or suitcase with it’s sleek, compact design and folding handle. And unlike most travel hairdryers, the BaBylissPro Travel Dryer uses tourmaline titanium technology that leaves hair shiny and frizz-free in just a fraction of the time.
Ever been on a trip and needed to make a call or send a message, but couldn’t because there wasn’t any signal? Pair the goTenna Mesh with your phone to create your own signal! It can be used for so many good reasons (like safety) for a group of friends on a hiking trip, at a festival or while traveling in remote areas. The goTenna mesh is a unique gift idea for both guys and girls who travel!
What traveler wouldn’t LOVE a GoPro !? Their latest release—the GoPro Hero 7 Black—is hands-free voice-controlled, wearable, waterproof, has a touchscreen and gimbal-like stabilization! Plus, it records 4K in 60fps! A simply perfect travel gift for her if she has an adventurous spirit.
The LifeStraw Go Filtered water bottle sips like a Camelbak and contains no BPA or other icky chemicals. Plus it filters out bacteria, heavy metals, and any foul taste, meaning she can fill up anywhere knowing she doesn’t have to worry about water quality. It’s a great travel gift for her to avoid drinking funky hotel water on her travels (and save plastic!).
A great travel gift for her, the over-packer with way too many products – Trish McEvoy’s makeup planner will keep her organized and keep everything compact. Individual “wardrobing” pages that she can customize with her favorite products snap into this luxurious, petite planner and eliminates the need for lots of individual cases for each of her favorite products.
For every traveler, there are some special places that stay with us forever. Give her custom art from 08left or a set of all her favorite cities to keep those memories and travels alive every day. If I had a more permanent residence, I’d have these all over my walls!