November 4th, 2015
2015 Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Travel Gifts for Her
What do you get the globetrotting lady in your life? We’re sharing the year’s best gifts for the female traveler on your holiday shopping list.
Shopping for a travel loving, globetrotting, wanderlust-ing lady this holiday season? The typical, stand-by gifts just won’t do. Instead, go for items she can take on her adventures, or things she can keep at home to remind her of places near and far — like these eight sure-to-please gifts.
Clothes and Accessories
Experienced travelers know clothing items that are versatile and multi-functional are pretty much the jackpot when it comes to packing lightly. Smartwool’s Odessa Lake Wrap can be used as a light jacket for the fall or layered under a winter coat as a base layer when the temps really drop.
And then there’s Encircled’s Chrysalis Cardi, a soft jersey piece that can be worn eight different ways, from a dress, to a top, and even a scarf. A row of sturdy, hidden snaps along the hemline help transform this versatile piece, made from sustainable, eco-friendly fabric.
Looking for something even more functional? Speakeasy Travel Supply Co’s hidden pocket scarves include a discreet zippered pocket that can hold cell phones, cameras, lipsticks, and other on-the-go items, eliminating the need for a purse while on the go. Plus, they come in a variety of patterns and fabrics to compliment almost anyone’s personal style.
Luggage and Organizational Tools
Quality luggage is a splurge that many frugal travelers are hesitant to make, but would be thrilled to receive. Eagle Creek’s No Matter What Flatbed AWD 22 has all the flexibility of a duffel bag combined with the benefits of a suitcase (specifically the roller wheels and handles). It’s also lightweight, has external straps for gear attachment, and is made with water- and stain-resistant fabric.
Keep her organized on the go with the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cube Set, a set of three lightweight packing cubes (Seriously: Combined, they weigh less than 2.2 oz) that can be used dozens of ways, from packing and storing clothes to organizing electronics accessories on the go.
Stocking Stuffers and Gifts on the Go
The Hydro Flask is one of those gifts that, once you give, you’ll want to get for yourself, too. The stainless steel, insulated container can keep drinks cold for up to 24hours, or hot for up to 6 hours, without freezing or sweating. Plus, it comes in all sorts of sleek and stylish colors.
And then there’s Aroamas, a collection of solid perfumes, reminiscent to lip balm. Far more travel-friendly than typical perfume bottles, Aroamas come in a variety of scents, from fresh and clean options, to botanical and floral, and even sweet — and many have travel-friendly names, like “Arrivederci” or “Bondi Beach.”
For something pretty to remind her of past adventures, buy her an El Camino Bracelet or gift certificate to choose her own. Once she has the bracelet, she can add beads, or “steps,” for every country or region she visits. It’s an extra special gift that she’ll be able to add to (perhaps with your help!) over the years.
Have you given or received any other unique travel gifts? Share with us in the comments!
Caroline Eubanks is a freelance writer and travel blogger who writes about female travel and packing advice. She writes about her personal travels on her site, Caroline in the City.
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