Holiday Gift Guide: Best Gifts for City Dwellers

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Know someone tight on living space who loves to travel? Here are nine gift ideas for that hard-to-shop-for millennial in your life. 


When the holiday season comes, who is the hardest to shop for person on your list? Likely those city-dwelling millennials who usually have everything they need. But you might consider buying them items that fit into their jetsetting lifestyles, or that help organize their often tiny living spaces. 


For City Dwellers Small on Space


If your loved ones live in big cities, they may be living in a cozy space where every inch of storage counts.  Packing cubes like the  Pack It Specter Tech ($18) are great for putting away spring or winter clothes when you don’t need them, compacting them into a smaller size. The carry handles let you grab them in a hurry and the translucent fabric makes it easy to see what’s inside. They come in a variety of sizes, whether your loved one needs to store bulky sweaters, shoes, or t-shirts. 


Meanwhile, the  Cargo Hauler 90L Rolling Duffel ($159) can act like a collapsible trunk that is both easier to move, and it fits under most beds. Keep it in the guest room closet with blankets or lock it up with your valuables while you rent out your space. With backpack straps, you can also carry it up and down stairs if needed, or attach it to a car’s roof rack for moving. And, of course, this bag is great for long trips. 


Keep shampoo and other items off the small counter in favor of a  hanging toiletry kit ($37), which provides more counter space when hung on the door. Multiple compartments hold plenty of items and a built-in  3-1-1 pouch makes it easy to  get through security when traveling. Thanks to the hook, the millennial in your life can place it just about anywhere. 


For Commuters


Many city dwellers leave for the morning and don’t come back all day before hitting the gym or happy hour, so a bag with all the essentials for the day makes a great gift idea. The  Packable Daypack ($32) comes in a stylish minimalist design in a lightweight fabric. The pockets hold all your items and the main compartment locks to prevent theft on those public transportation rides. 


These city folk also get around primarily on foot, so a quality pair of shoes is essential. Vans Made for the Makers SK8-Hi Reissue ($85) come with thick rubber soles and the all-black coloring easily transitions from work to play. These canvas and suede shoes also repel liquids and dirt, keeping their appearance longer than other brands. Double bonus? They’re padded for extended wear. 


Those on the go might want to enjoy a cup of coffee from home or their local coffee shop before arriving at the office. The Keep Cup(prices vary by style) is a popular brand of reusable mug that comes in multiple sizes and is made of tempered glass and plastic with a rubber sleeve. It’s machine washable and the preferred brand of baristas. 


For Jetsetters and Digital Nomads


Every city dweller has to get out of town every now and then, while also carrying their most important gear. The  Wayfinder Backpack 40L ($129) provides great stability with waist and chest straps. The front zippered compartment has pockets for cords and other tech items, while a padded interior pocket will  protect their laptop


Even the most experienced travelers can be the victims of theft while traveling. The Undercover Money Belt ($17) provides peace of mind and security, keeping cash and other important documents on your person, tucked underneath your clothing. The moisture wicking fabric adds to the comfort and the belt also comes in silk. 


To round out your gift, browse  Etsy for a creative passport cover and document wallet, which holds plane tickets, passports, visas, and foreign currency while keeping them organized. They come in a variety of fabrics and styles to suit your loved one’s preferences. 


Did we forget any other holiday essentials for traveling city dwellers? Let us know below!


Related Products:

Wayfinder Backpack 40L

Pack-It Specter Tech

Packable Daypack


Related Links (from Eagle Creek blog):

8 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Travelers

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Travel Gifts for Her

How to Use Packing Cubes for Under the Bed Storage


By Caroline Eubanks

Caroline Eubanks is a freelance writer from Atlanta, Georgia whose work has been published by BBC Travel, Afar, Thrillist, and National Geographic Traveleras well as her first book, This Is My South. You can read about her work on her website