Christmas Gift Guide for Travelers

Do you have a traveler on your Christmas shopping list? Someone who likes to roam away from home, plan their next vacation while still on vacation, and can’t point to a spot on a map without a story? Fortunately, they are easy to shop for!

Here’s a round up of cool gifts, gadgets and trinkets perfect for the itchy footed traveler in your life.

If you see this Down Throw at Costco, get it for the person that is always cold and buy one for yourself too because they are awesome! They are super compact and lightweight, yet pack a lot of heat; perfect when you’re in a hotel that only provides thin prison blankets and has the A/C nailed at 20 degrees. They are also fantastic for airplanes, train stations, or as an extra sleeping bag liner for camping. This link is to however they are available as singles in Costco Canada, just not online


Do you have a delicate flower in your life that bemoans how dry airplanes are? They will love this Cactus Flower and Tibetan Ginseng hydrating mist from Kiehl’s. As part of an in-flight spa pampering kit (with lotion, eye cream and essential oil inhaler) or on its own, this spray is refreshing, light and just the right pick-me-up after a long journey.

Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist



Savvy travellers are always on the hunt for the lightest weight carry-on and this chic foldable tote is a hit! The Longchamp Le Pliage Tote, available at Nordstrom, is a large, sturdy, nylon and leather bag that folds down to nothing when not in use, perfect for tucking away as an extra bag.

Longchamp 'Large Le Pliage' Tote

Spin this graphic globe from Chapters-Indigo to see where you’ve been and where you’re going.

Gifts for Travelers Chapters Indigo Globe

Or have some quiet time contemplating your favourite city, piece by piece with this National Geographic My City Map – Canadian Edition

Gifts for Travelers Your Town Map Puzzle

Here are some choices for esoteric bags for the Vintage-Loving Hipster Traveller:

Go for a Vintage CBC Radio Canada Shoulder bag         or a 70’s CBC shoulder bag!
Gifts for Travelers - retro CBC-shoulder-bag Gifts for Travelers - 70s cbc bag

Speaking of Retro, the PanAm shop has loads of kitchy gifts, including their iconic bags, of course!
Gifts for Travelers - Pan Am Bags

Ok one more bag!  Three Words – Star Wars luggage

Gifts for Travelers - Star Wars R2D2 luggage
Pop a bag of beans into this clever Think Geek Day & Night Mug. Warm liquids will change the color from day to night!

Gifts for Travelers - Think Geek Day and Night Mug

Is there a travel diva that needs to bring their bling? They can pack their pretties away safe and sound with this Lug Jewelry Clutch

Gifts for Travelers- LUG jewelery case - flipper-plum-chevron

A portable cell charger  is a must! These fabulous little batteries will keep your devices full of juice on the road, and ready for snapping photos to post online so we can all be jealous of their trips! International jet-setters will also appreciate a combo electrical adapter – USB charger to run hair driers or recharge that portable charger back in the room!

portable battery

If they like to pack an extra bottle of something duty free in their bag, they need these VinniBags to keep it safe and sound!

Gifts for Travelers - Vinni bag

Packing ninjas will appreciate the genius behind this packing cube by travelSmart

Gifts for Travelers - Travel smarts packing system

Know how everyone and their brother has a black suitcase?  Who else but Tiffany’s knows how to make a little black number stand out from the crowd! You’ll never miss your bag with this Tiffany Blue luggage tag.

Gift guide for Travellers - Tiffany blue luggage tag

Anyone who has ever stayed at a hotel knows that the bathroom fans are woefully inadequate for both keeping the mirrors free from steam and keeping the room odor free… Never leave home without a candle! And these Hallmark Travel Candles come in a handy lidded tin!

Gifts for Travelers Halmark Holiday candle

Goob Toobs are one of our favourite refillable travel sized containers for shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion.

Gifts for Travelers Goobtube

Wrap their gift in a reusable Kikkerland World Map Laundry Bag. It’s made with light parachute type material that barely takes up space but keeps the dirty laundry separate from the clean. We hang ours on the door knob of our hotel room and the kids toss their dirty clothes in it at the end of the day.

Gifts for Travelers Kikkerland Maps travel bag

Happy Christmas and happy Travels!