Holiday Shopping Gift Guide for Travelers

Shopping for a traveler can be a bit daunting — those who live mostly or completely out of a suitcase are, by necessity, quite picky when acquiring new things. To help you find the perfect gift, here’s a guide to items that will come in handy on the road or remind them of their travels once they head home.

Multipurpose Gadgets

You can’t go wrong with an item that does double, triple, or even quadruple duty — say, a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman Wave Multitool (to be placed in their checked luggage, naturally). We also recommend multi-adaptors, such as the Flight 001 4-in-1 Set; travel blankets that can be converted into wraps and shawls; and “passport wallets”— passport cases that double as cardholders and billfolds.


Miniature anything will surely be appreciated by the traveler in your life, so spring for a set of samples from Birchbox or Sephora, or one of the “discovery kits” produced by top skincare labels. If you’re not sure of their specific tastes or preferences, rather than selecting a specific product, find a miniature container they can fill themselves. We like the TSA-friendly Travalo Perfume-Fill Atomizer, which can be filled with their choice of fragrance, as well as Cuyana portable jewelry boxes.

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If you’re buying them travel pillows, tote bags, or suitcase organizers, score extra points with one that folds into nothing — the nylon tote bags by Tumi and Paravel, for instance, or deflatable neck pillows by Travelrest and TRTL. You can even choose items that roll up, such as the HikerLodge travel hammock, the Nomader soft water bottle, and the Manduka Superlite Travel Yoga Mat.

Thoughtful Extras

They probably won’t take a scrapbook, photo album, or picture frame on their journey, but these are the kinds of items will help them relive their favorite travel memories once they return. They’ll also get a kick out of a “scratch map,” which allows them to scratch off the countries they’ve visited, or a colorful travel journal such as “Travel Listography.”

Give Them a Gift They’ll Remember Forever

Of course, if you’re shopping for a traveler, you can always help them do what they love most — travel. Browse the exclusive offers at Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside and consider booking them a trip they won’t soon forget.