October 21st, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Gifts Perfect for Millennial Travelers

Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Gifts Perfect for Millennial Travelers

They’re on the grid, on the go, and on your holiday shopping list: What are you gifting your favorite millennial? Here are 20 gifts 20-something travelers hope to unwrap this holiday season.

If the selfie stick debacle of 2014 taught you anything, it’s that millennials aren’t the easiest folks to shop for. (That, and to avoid the “As Seen on TV” section of the department store.) The road to holiday gift redemption ahead of you may seem daunting, but we believe you have what it takes to master shopping-for-millennials in 2015—you just may need a bit of help.

So step away from the stylus ring and step toward these non-gimmicky, travel-centric gifts for the wanderlust-stricken 20-somethings on your shopping list. 

Perfect Packing

As much as they love to travel, much of the younger generation has not yet upgraded to a quality travel pack. For backpackers, try the Deviate Travel Pack 60L for men or women ($235), and for frequent flyers, get the Tarmac AWD 25 ($385).

Just as important as the bag is how they pack it, specifically with a travel organization system. Hook up your semi-disorganized 20-something with a Pack-It™ Starter Set ($44) and she’ll never go back to the days of frantic suitcase stuffing.

Is he forever forgetting his toothbrush, or always arriving with a suitcase covered in shampoo? Clean up his act with a super organized toiletry kit, like the Pack-It Specter™ On Board ($45).

Travel Comfort

Too self-aware to travel in pajamas, but not quite at the full-business-suit-on-a-plane stage, hip 20-somethings travel in stylish comfort on long flights. Impress them with your taste in chic travel loungewear, like an Essential Long Romper ($88) or a Thermal Lined Active Hoodie ($168), both by Splendid.

Set a young jetsetter up for red eye comfort with sleep accessories, like the Easy Blink Eye Shade ($10), Cat Nap Blanket ($30), and Cat Nap Transit Pillow ($24). 30,000 feet has never been so dreamy!

In-Flight Entertainment

There’s a good chance your traveling millennial already has an eReader, smart phone, tablet, or all of the above, but you can still come to the rescue with some much appreciated travel entertainment. An inflight internet membership or day pass from GoGo is a hot ticket item for the frequent flyers (day passes begin at $16), and wireless headphones from the generation’s favorite Beats by Dre (prices vary) is perfect for just about every 20-something.

Or, you can keep it simple and stock up her eReader or tablet with books and movies for the flight, with a media gift card for iTunes or Amazon, personalized with a list of your own book and movie recommendations.

Wellness on the Go

This definitely isn’t the all-you-can-eat generation, and millennials’ fitness habits reflect that. Topping their holiday wish lists are activity trackers like a fitbit or Nike Fuel Band (prices vary), or a travel yoga mat bag, like this durable Back to the Mat Bag ($49). And a training gift card to iTrain gives active travelers audio and video training straight to their mobile devices, whether on the road or at home.

No active traveler’s bag is complete without a workout organizer. This Pack-It Sport™ Kit ($27) will keep sweaty clothes separated from clean ones.

Travel Tech

Running out of batteries is a traveling 20-something’s worst nightmare. Help him avoid a smartphone crisis on the road with a backup phone battery, like this powerstation plus or battery case, both by mophie (starting at $100).

Music on the road sounds better coming from quality speakers than from smartphones, so gift a Mini Jambox (starting at $130). At just 9 oz., it’s a barely there option for millennial beach trips and beyond.

Unfortunately, no one — not even young, savvy travelers — is immune from identity theft. Help yours keep her personal information personal with a few RFID Blocker Sleeves ($6).

Landing Gear

Generation App is all about on-demand car service. Cover his trips to and from the airport (without actually having to get up and drive) with a digital car service gift card from Uber.

Just because she take breaks from traveling, doesn’t mean she has to stop enjoying the local flavors of her favorite destinations! Set her up with an Amazing Club Membership, like a beer, wine, or tea of the month club, to bring some of her travel favorites into her home.

When All Else Fails…

…the gift of green is appreciated by every generation! Personalize your festive cash gift by ear marking it for a future trip, and including a travel journal, such as this classic Volant Journal ($13), so your high tech millennial can record his trip the old fashioned way.

Looking for an easy-to-send, sure-to-please travel gift? An Eagle Creek Online Gift Card is perfect for the hard-to-shop-for people on your gift giving list.

Caila Ball-Dionne is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can find more of her writing at CailaBall.com

by Caila Ball-Dionne

Caila Ball-Dionne is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can find more of her writing at CailaBall.com.

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