Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday did you even make a dent in your holiday shopping list? We’ll take a wild guess and go with a big fat “nope!” Maybe you were too busy playing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” on repeat and haven’t gotten to it yet. Whatever the case, you might consider us your gift-giving-fairies with ideas for those on your list who have been bitten by the travel bug with our travelers holiday gift guide. You’re welcome.
Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning for that jetsetter on your list:
These suitcases are not your Momma’s luggage as most of them can weigh themselves, track all movements via GPS from your smartphone, lock and unlock via fingerprint and even charge your devices on the go. Away, the “coolest” smart luggage on the market, is probably the best value and offers the most variety. You’ll fork over about $240 for a 22-inch.
Just a heads up: most major airlines require you to take out the batteries from your checked smart luggage and bring them with you into the main cabin.
While you can’t necessarily purchase this for anyone, this would be a perfect gift for any frequent flyer who’s in an airport more than their own bed. The application fee is $100 and proves to be one of the best accessories for your traveling friends since Global Entry also includes TSA PreCheck to speed through security.
A simple stop at a kiosk can make the end of a fabulous international trip a bit more bearable. We recommend buying a gift card for the recipient to pay the non-refundable application fee, just make sure they’re in good standing with the Department of Homeland Security.
Airport Tag offers some of the coolest and most unique items and t-shirts on the web, you can choose your favorite airport to decorate your home or sport around town. Customize tees, pillows, tote bags, key chains, and posters with your home port or dream destination. One of our faves might be the “Smile” t-shirts that will return the favor from any cabin crew.
Here is an easy one, find out which airline your friend or family member flies and buy them access to that corresponding lounge for a year. Coming in around $450 for the year, airlines serve up the comforts for flyers to relax before flying. Also, when you are traveling with them, maybe they will be able to bring you into the lounge with them.
Carry-On Cocktail Kits
These little tins are the most fun any traveler can have if they’re stuck in coach (and even up front). From a selection of classic cocktails like Blood Mary, Old Fashioned, or Moscow Mule, the middle seat could be fun. The cocktail kits have all the ingredients but don’t contain alcohol, so a virgin cocktail can work or you can just press the flight attendant button. Each kit will make two drinks and clocks in under $20. Just remember to figure in the cost of the airplane mini.
Maintaining an eco-minded mentality while on the road is just as important as scoring a great deal on airfare. For that guy who also has adventure in their heart, we’d recommend this waterproof, packable and versatile blanket for picnics in the park or sleeping out under the stars. Made from rip-stop material, it might last longer than your best relationship, but the sting of $75 won’t hurt as much
So there you have it, a curated travelers holiday gift guide for the jetsetter on your holiday shopping list. From smart luggage to global entry, there’s something for every travel enthusiast. Whether for practicality, convenience, or a touch of luxury, these travel-inspired gift suggestions bring joy to wanderlust-filled loved ones. Happy gifting and safe travels!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.