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Holiday Gift Guide: The World Traveler

We’re back with our #HolidayGiftGuide series with tons of gift ideas for the World Traveler! My recent trip to Italy along with a lot of work trips has had me racking up the frequent flyer miles and trying to find all sorts of gear and gadgets to make things go smoothly. Below you’ll find my Christmas gift picks for The World Traveler in your life!



Under $15

Brita Water Bottle – Staying hydrated is important no matter where you are! My Brita water bottle was perfect for my trip to Italy. I could fill up at the hotel at night and put it in the fridge so it would be cold by morning. While this filter won’t help with bacteria in the water, its perfect for traveling within the US, Canada, and Europe where the tap water is considered okay to drink!

Wine Travel Bag – If your World Traveler also happens to be a wine lover, they’ll need a way to transport bottles back home. I bought two sets of these wine bags from Bed Bath & Beyond (using 20% off coupons of course!) for my trip. They were very easy to pack and helped me transport home 6 bottles a wine with no problems!

Luggage Scale – I just picked up a hand held luggage scale at Marshalls a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to use it. While balancing your luggage on your scale works at home, what do you do when you’re on your way home with all your souvenirs? These compact scales can help you rearrange your luggage to avoid overweight fees (or tearing your suitcase apart in the middle of the airport).

Under $30

Carry on Cocktail Kit – While I haven’t tried these yet, I love the idea and packaging. Each one makes two drinks and at less than $25 a piece are perfect for the traveler who has everything!

Books – If you know where your World Traveler is heading next, books are a great gift idea. While smart phones are great, sometimes a good old paper travel guide is so much easier. I really like DK ‘s Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides because they are small, hit on all the highlights of a city/country, and have a great pull out map. If you don’t want to get a travel guide, why not get a book set in the city or country they’ll be traveling to. Whether it’s a mystery, historical fiction, romance, or non-fiction, a book set in the city you are traveling to can help prepare you for what sites to see and understanding the culture a bit more!

Packing Cubes – I got a set of packing cubes for my birthday and I absolutely love them! They keep my clothes organized throughout my entire trip and make it super easy to find everything in my suitcase.

Collapsible Bag – Whether it’s a day trip to NYC or a two week vacation to Italy, my Stash It collapsible bag from Love Bag is always in my purse. I love that it’s super compact when I don’t need it but can easily hold anything from groceries to souvenirs when the need arises!

Under $100

Tablet Keyboard – If your World Traveler has a tablet, then this keyboard might be a great gift. I used mine to blog my way through Italy. I like that it is able to fold to close for easy storage, has super long battery life, and is universal so it works with both Apple and Android tablets.

Passport Holder – There are tons of options out there for passport holders. I never realized how convenient they could be until I was trying to keep track of boarding passes, customs forms, and my passport. For me a good passport holder must have a spot for a pen (so you can fill out the customs documents on the plane), a place for boarding passes, and be able to zip closed so nothing falls out. A few other nice to haves would be RFID protection and a wrist strap. As far as color goes, I’m torn between having a professional black or leather like this or a brightly colored one like this that’s easy to find in my purse.

Swiss Gear Backpack & Lock – I bought my Swiss Gear Synergy backpack before my first work trip in my new job and I have been taking it on all my trips, both personal and work, ever since. I love that it can easily fit my computer or iPad along with a change of clothes and still fit under the seat on an airplane. This cable lock is perfect for my backpack because I can lock multiple zippers together with only one lock!

Yummy Bazaar Destination Food Club – If your World Traveler is also a foodie then a subscription to Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club might be the perfect gift. If you opt for the Full Experience, each month your World Traveler will receive a box full of items from a different destination along with a post card. One of my favorite parts of this subscription is that past boxes have had items that can be used together in a recipe that is provided. While I haven’t subscribed yet, I have a feeling I’ll be gifting this to myself after the holidays. When you go to purchase your Yummy Bazaar box as a gift you won’t see a specific option for gifting, but you can email them at and set up an automatic cancellation after however many months you want to give!

Over $100

Samsonite Spinner Luggage – I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my Samsonite spinner pilot case. The four wheels make rolling your luggage around a breeze whether you’re in the airport or walking through a city. While I only have the pilot case right now, I’ve definitely been eyeing up the larger size bags since I plan to travel abroad more frequently in the coming years! Keep an eye out at places like Marshall’s, Home Goods, and Kohl’s to get a great deal on Samsonite luggage.

Wine Suitcase – At a little over $250 this wine suitcase is definitely not the cheapest option for transporting wine, but if you are trying to find the perfect give for the traveler and wine lover who has everything this is definitely it. It can safely transport a full case of wine and fully filled should still weigh in at just under 50 lbs so you won’t have to worry about luggage fees!

Does our list include your favorite travel gear & gadgets? If not let us know what else we should add!

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