2019 Holiday Gift Guide: 25 Stylish Travel Gifts She’ll Actually Use (for Every Budget)

2019 Holiday Gift Guide: 25 Stylish Travel Gifts She’ll Actually Use (for Every Budget)

 

Looking for the perfect gift for the travel lover in your life? Look no further! 

These are the 25 best stylish travel gifts you can give to your loved ones this holiday season. Whether it’s a beautiful luggage set or a comfy pair of cheetah-print flats that’ll make going through security a breeze, these stylish travel gifts are guaranteed to impress. They’re chic, they’re functional, and they’ll make any international adventure more convenient and comfortable.

As a travel and lifestyle blogger, I’m always on the lookout for products that are cute and useful (these two things are not mutually exclusive!) so I’ve done all the hard work and put together a list where you can click and play. Simply scroll through, choose your favorite item, click, buy, and voila! Holiday shopping done.

Without any further ado, here are the top 25 stylish travel gifts for the 2019 holiday season!


1. TUMI CARSON BACKPACK, $395

Black Tumi backpack is a stylish travel gift for 2019.

Photo courtesy of Tumi

 

Tumi offers some of the highest-quality products in the travel space, and this stylish but functional backpack is no exception. 

The Carson is lightweight, durable, and large enough to fit a 15” laptop and daily essentials. 

It also boasts a water-resistant water bottle pocket, a quick-access phone pocket, and a luggage strap you can loop around the handles of your suitcase (a useful feature if you’ve ever struggled with a bag that’s too heavy to carry but which keeps falling off the top of your suitcase. Not that that’s ever happened to me…).

It’s also stylish enough to use every day, making it the ultimate gift for travelers and those who are always on the go. 

P.S. I own an earlier version of this backpack and I bring it with me everywhere – on vacation, to the office, to photoshoots. It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made!

2. Olika Minnie Spice Birds Hand Sanitizer Set, $34.49

Olika natural hand sanitizer is a stylish travel gift for 2019.

Photo courtesy of Olika

Let’s be honest: airplanes are some of the dirtiest places on the planet. A 2015 study found tray table surfaces had more than eight times the amount of bacteria per square inch than the toilet flush buttons!

In order to stay clean and healthy, every savvy traveler keeps hand sanitizer stocked in their bag. Unfortunately, most sanitizers on the market are filled with drying ingredients that, if used too often, can increase the risk of contact dermatitis, aging and severely dry skin.

Enter Olika, whose cute TSA-friendly “birds” are filled with a luxurious blend of essential oils and aloe vera that cleans, hydrates, and refreshes all at once. No harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances. 

This is the only sanitizer I’ve used since I discovered the brand last year. The incredible scent masks stale airplane cabin air, and germs don’t stand a chance. Now that’s what I call #winning.

3. Spruce Storage Small Jewelry Box, $35

Stylish pink jewelry storage box for travelers

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

No more tangled necklaces. 

No more scrambling to find your rings or a missing earring in your bags. 

Replace your travel jewelry woes with this zippered faux-leather case from Spruce Storage, which is perfect for stylish travelers and comes in a range of beautiful colors including bold fuchsia, elegant gray, and soft pink (my personal favorite)!

4. RABOT 1745 WONDER BALM, $18

Multipurpose natural beauty balm for stylish travelers

Photo courtesy of Rabot 1745

 

Rabot’s Wonder Balm is the Swiss army knife of beauty products. Made of cocoa butter, shea butter, and Bois Bandé, this balm functions as a cuticle cream, lip balm, brow gel, moisturizer, highlighter…basically, whatever you need it to be!

Save space in your beauty bag and keep yourself sane on the road without having to juggle a zillion different products. 

Bonus: it’s packaged in a reusable bamboo pot that’s both adorable and eco-friendly.

5. SONY RX100 III Compact Digital Camera, $748

Sony digital camera is a stylish travel gift

Photo courtesy of B&H Photo

This one is for all the photography enthusiasts out there. It’s not a professional DSLR, but the pocket-sized Sony RX100 III is great for people who want high-quality travel photos without having to shell out an arm and a leg. 

Built-in electronic viewfinder? Check. 

Excellent photo and video quality? Check.

Fast lens? Check. (The lens is the equivalent of a 24-70mm f1.8-2.8 on a full-frame camera, and is great in low-light conditions).

While it may not be powerful enough for professional photographers, this Sony is a superb choice for the everyday traveler or hobbyist who wants to uplevel their photos.

6. Brook & York Coordinate Bar Necklace, $62

Gold coordinates bar necklace is a stylish travel gift for 2019

Photo courtesy of Brook & York

Simple. Elegant. Personalizable. This is a piece of jewelry that’ll have every travel-loving fashionista swooning. 

Each custom necklace is engraved with the latitude and longitude of the destination of your choice, ensuring your loved one can literally keep their favorite place in the world close to their heart.

7. Aeris Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow, $24

Black memory foam neck pillow is one of the best gifts for travelers

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Sleeping on planes just got a whole lot easier with this neck pillow. 

There’s a reason the Aeris has over 1,500 reviews and a 4.4 average star rating on Amazon: the responsive memory foam molds perfectly to your neck, and unlike many travel pillows it doesn’t fall flat after a few uses. You can easily fold it up and store it in its portable bag when you’re not using it, and the removable cover is machine washable. 

Should anything happen to the pillow, they’ve got you covered with a lifetime free replacement guarantee. 

The travel lovers in your life won’t be able to thank you enough for this gift!

8. Bose Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Headphones in Rose Gold, $349

Rose gold noise-cancelling headphones are a great stylish travel gift

Photo courtesy of Best Buy

No one makes noise-canceling headphones like Bose. They’re the original, they’re the best, and they’ve got the reviews to prove it.

This holiday season, ditch the boring black and spring for the rose gold version of Bose’s QuietComfort Noise-Cancelling Headphones. This stylish travel giff will be the envy of everyone on the plane – and not just because they can muffle the sounds of screaming toddlers and any other unwanted noise. 

Airplane travel has never been this peaceful.

9. Kindle Oasis with adjustable warm light, $270

New Kindle Oasis is a great gift for travelers in 2019

Photo courtesy of Popsugar

The new third-generation Kindle Oasis is top of its class in the luxury e-reader market. Its most unique selling point is the ability to adjust the color temperature of the display, which can cut down on the harsh blue light affecting your sleep at night or even during the day (the negative effects of blue light isn’t limited to shuteye time). 

The Oasis is also lightweight and waterproof – handy features for travelers who need something to keep them occupied during long trips and waits at the airport. Plus, you can read to your heart’s content by the pool or ocean without worrying about damaging your portable library, so lounge away!

10. Ban.do The Getaway Luggage Tag – I’m Outta Here, $10

Cute pink and gold luggage tag is a stylish travel gift in 2019

Photo courtesy of Ban.do

Never worry about trying to figure out which suitcase is yours again.

This adorable pink and gold luggage tag will have you out of the baggage claim and sipping Mai Tais on the beach in no time.

Bonus: it has a nifty cover so strangers can’t creep on your name and address.

11. Anker PowerCore II 20000 Portable Charger, $60

Sleek black portable charger is a great gift for travelers in 2019

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Whoever invented the portable charger deserves a Nobel Prize.

A good portable charger is one of the most essential items for travelers. You can’t rely on finding charging outlets at your destination; depending on where you’re traveling, there might not even be any outlets. 

Even if there are, why waste precious hours of vacation time hunting down an outlet and sitting there, waiting for your phone to charge, when you could be salsa dancing the night away?

There are a million different portable chargers out there, but the Anker PowerCore II stands out thanks to its slim, ergonomic design; twin USB ports, which allow you to charge two devices at the same; compatibility with everything from Apple to Android, and lightspeed charging speeds. It also has enough juice to charge most smartphones to full power four times.

The only drawback is it doesn’t have a USB-C for charging Macbooks, but given its price, weight, and capacity, the Anker PowerCore II remains a well-above-average travel companion.

12. S’well Teakwood Traveler bottle, $40

Teakwood water bottle is a stylish travel gift in 2019

Photo courtesy of S’well

S’well lives up to the hype. Although their water bottles are on the pricier side, their quality matches the price and they’re environmentally friendly to boot.

Like all S’well bottles, the 20oz Teakwood Traveler is BPA free, made of insulated stainless steel, and will keep your drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours. It also features an ergonomic grip and a new wide mouth that makes adding ice cubes or stirring up a fresh cup of brew a breeze. Plus, how beautiful is the teakwood design?! 

There may be cheaper water bottles out there, but this one was built to last (and to keep you hydrated/caffeinated no matter where you are).

13. GoPro HERO 7 Black, $400 $289.50

GoPro Hero 7 is a great gift for travelers in 2019

Photo courtesy of GoPro

For the adventurous traveler, a GoPro is a must. They’re small, rugged, and relatively easy to learn how to use, with impressive image quality. 

Although a traditional DSLR camera gives you higher quality photos overall, a GoPro is much lighter than a DSLR and durable enough to withstand the stress of adventure travel without giving you stress about accidentally damaging a $2000 camera. 

GoPros particularly shine when it comes to underwater photos. If you throw in a GoPro dome, which generally costs between $40-$60, you can get one of those epic half underwater shots that are all the rage on Instagram.

The star of the GoPro family is the HERO 7. It has excellent 4K video and image quality, HyperSmooth stabilization (a form of video stabilization that’s equivalent to using a gimbal), and a fun TimeWarp option that allows you to shoot time-lapse footage without a tripod (!), making it every adventurer’s dream.

14. 19V69 Italia Vintage 3 Piece Expandable Hardside Spinner Set, $180

Chic cream and brown luggage set for stylish travelers in 2019

Photo courtesy of Amazon

This luggage set is an absolute dream. It’s beautiful, practical, and looks ten times more expensive than it is. It’s similar in style to the Brics Bellagio collection, which is stunning but costs – gulp – almost $700 for a 30” spinner.

This 19V69 Italia set, on the other hand, costs less than $200 for a three-piece set that includes a small, medium, and large spinner. Each one is made from thick, scratch-resistant ABS and comes with four spinner wheels to make getting to your next destination as smooth and easy as possible.

It’s one of the most stylish travel gifts you can give and will have you feeling like you’re in first-class no matter which cabin you’re flying in.

15. Lack of Color Spencer Fedora, $79

Straw fedora is a great stylish travel gift for 2019

Photo courtesy of Lack of Color

Lack of Color has developed a cult following since it was founded in 2011, and it boasts celebrity fans such as Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Chiara Ferragni, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. 

While it won’t magically transform you into RiRi, their best-selling Spencer straw fedora will keep you cool and stylish from beachside to city streets. Pair it with a flowy dress and sandals for an easy vacation look, or with a tailored shirt and jeans for a soupçon of city chic.

16. Scratch Off “Make It Your Own” World Map with Gold Foil Scratch Off, $28

Gold scratch off world map is a stylish travel gift for 2019

Photo courtesy of Etsy

A scratch-off world map wears many hats, including visual country tracker, cute wall decoration, and conversation starter. Plus it’s so satisfying to scratch off the countries (no? Just me? Ok). 

What makes this design special compared to the run-of-the-mill maps you can buy on Amazon is your ability to customize it. The standard title is “A World Of Adventures,” but you can change it to anything you want, such as “Katie’s Adventures” or “Tom’s Travels.” You can even customize the font, to an extent (there are seven fonts for you to choose from).

Traveling is an inherently personal experience, and a personalized map of their adventures is a thoughtful gift any globetrotter would love. 

Map features and accessories include a gold scratch-off surface concealing the vivid watercolor layer beneath, a pick (no more hunting for a stray coin to scratch off the surface) and a gift sticker with eight world cities’ skylines. 

The poster frame, however, is on you.

17. Sole Society Cassidy Weekender, $69.95

Beautiful cognac leather duffel is one of the best stylish travel gifts for 2019

Photo courtesy of Sole Society

There’s nothing more travel chic than a beautifully constructed brown leather bag. 

Sole Society’s classic cognac duffel is made of vegan leather and looks and feels three times more expensive than it actually is.

It’s the perfect size for a stylish weekend getaway and it fits under airplane seats so it can be used as a personal item on a flight!

18. Paravel Packing Cube Trio, $55 $39

Red packing cube trio is a stylish travel gift for 2019

Photo courtesy of Paravel

Do packing cubes work? I was skeptical…until I tried them. 

They are LIFESAVERS, especially if you travel with only a carry-on 95% of the time like I do. They save space and keep all your items organized so you don’t have to waste time rummaging through your suitcase when you could be exploring a new city.

This packing trio by Paravel offers three different sizes for different items. The sleek, simple design comes in black, safari green, or red (my favorite), and offers view windows so you can quickly see what’s inside each bag. You can also monogram them for a truly personalized gift your friends and family will love.

19. Moss Rose Open Front Shawl Cardigan, $28

Cozy shawl cardigan is a stylish travel gift for 2019

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Until the scourge of overly air-conditioned airplane cabins is eradicated, a good shawl will prevent you from turning into a human-shaped block of ice before you arrive at your destination. 

You can wear this cozy Moss Rose version as is, use it as a blanket (never use the airplane blankets!), or even ball it up and sleep on it like you would a pillow. 

It’s an elegant addition to any travel wardrobe and comes in dozens of colors (my favorites are Gray and Khaki, Beige Rivets, Ivory Check, and Airy Blue), making it an ideal holiday gift for the stylish traveler.

20. Moleskine Voyageur Notebook, $22.95

Orange Moleskine travel notebook is a stylish travel gift in 2019

Photo courtesy of Moleskine

We are well into the digital age, but there’s still something romantic about writing our thoughts down by hand. 

Unlike the cold perfection of type, the handwritten word is, much like travel itself, messy, imperfect, and uniquely ours. Yes, we have notes apps on our smartphones and word processing software on our laptops, but a good travel journal is a companion, not a tool.

Of course, that means you need a companion who’s sturdy enough to accompany you everywhere, whether it’s trekking through the jungles of Southeast Asia or city hopping in Europe. 

Enter Moleskine’s Voyageur notebook, which is designed specifically for travelers. Its clothbound hard cover and thick ivory pages are beautiful, and it comes with structured sections for trip planning (itineraries, detachable packing and to-do lists) as well as blank pages for freeform journaling.

No matter the year, this timeless journal is one of the best travel gifts you can give.

21. Birdies Starling flats in Cheetah, $140

Chic cheetah-print flats are one of the top stylish travel gifts in 2019

Photo courtesy of Birdies

Thanks to seven layers of cushion technology (as opposed to the usual two), Birdies are super comfortable and require little to no breaking in. I own four pairs of their Starling flats – you read that right, four – and I am OBSESSED with them. I wear them to work almost every day and have convinced half of my coworkers to buy their own. 

The slip-on style also means you no longer have to worry about pesky laces and zippers at airport security, and the cheetah print goes with everything from casual denim to a little black dress. 

These shoes were made for traveling, and that’s just what you’ll do…

22. Whitney Winkler Posie Passport Holder, $24

Beautiful watercolor passport holder is a stylish travel gift for 2019

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

This stunning passport holder is a work of art – literally. The floral print is designed by Tennessee-based painter Whitney Winkler in collaboration with Anthropologie, and it’s so beautiful I’m tempted to gift it to myself. 

Actually, that’s not such a bad idea…

23. Bizond Mini Clothes Steamer, $40

White and turquoise mini steamer is a great gift for travelers in 2019

Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you’ve ever opened your suitcase after a long flight and realized, to your horror, that your cute new sundress now has more wrinkles than an elephant’s hide, you’re not alone. 

Thankfully, there’s an assortment of portable garment steamers that will help you iron out the problem (pun intended). 

One of the most travel-friendly options is the Bizond Mini Clothes Steamer, which weighs less than two pounds and is small enough for you to fit in your carry-on. It heats up in 25 seconds and comes with a long power cord that allows more flexibility and movement when steaming.

A particularly cool (and useful!) feature is its ability to penetrate into fabric and kill odor-causing bacteria because no one wants to smell like airplane/suitcase. 

Plus, the Bizond comes in a fun white and turquoise shade instead of the standard white or gray, and who can say no to a little more color in their lives?

24. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Purse Spray, $30

Pink perfume rollerball for stylish travelers 2019

Photo courtesy of Macy’s

14 years after the original Flowerbomb’s release, Viktor & Rolf’s iconic scent continues to be a bestseller and for good reason: it’s infinitely wearable, gorgeous, and will have you smelling like a bouquet of flowers picked by unicorns. 

Ok, maybe not picked by unicorns, but it will have you smelling like a delicious mix of roses, jasmine, orchids, and freesia. As the day wears on, the feminine top notes give way to a sultrier concoction of musk, patchouli, and florals. 

Best part? All of Flowerbomb’s deliciousness is available in a travel-friendly rollerball that you can toss into your purse without having to worry about spills. Yes, please!

25. Aesop Departure Travel Kit, $53

Skincare set for stylish travelers in 2019

Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Keep your skin calm and happy with this travel kit from Aesop, which includes seven travel-sized essentials to cleanse and moisturize. The kit includes:

– Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

– Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash

– Mouthwash

– Toothpaste

– Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol

– Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque

– Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

You’ll be fresh-faced and glowing from takeoff to landing.

 

 

And that’s a wrap! I hope you found this list of the 25 most stylish travel gifts useful! 

Gift shopping can be stressful, especially during the crazy holiday season, so hopefully, this guide makes your life a little easier — and helps bring a smile to your loved one’s face.

Happy holidays and keep sleigh-ing!*

*No purchase necessary for cheesy puns

P.S. If you need some inspiration on where to visit next, check out my detailed travel guides to Istanbul, Uzbekistan, and more. There’s no better way to try out a new travel accessory than by going on an amazing trip!

 

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