12 Best Gift Ideas for Travelers
Get gifts your favorite on-the-go travelers will actually use.
You might have the ideal gift for your favorite baker, and you might even know precisely what to buy your niece or nephew who's setting up their first adult kitchen, but brainstorming the perfect gift for your favorite traveler might fall to the wayside. We put together a complete list of the best gifts for travelers this year — everything from city-inspired cookware to in-flight cocktail kits. We've covered every price range, too, so no matter the budget, there's a gift for the traveling food-obsessed person in your life here.
Have a cocktail connoisseur in your life? Pick up one of these Carry-on Cocktail Kits from W&P Designs. Available in four classic varietals — Old Fashioned, Italian Spritz, Margarita and Moscow Mule — there is a flavor for every palate. Each kit comes with a linen coaster, jigger, bar spoon, and recipe card, so the perfect cocktail is only one drink cart away.
Buy It: Carry-on Cocktail Kit, $24; Nordstrom.com
Le Creuset is upping the ante with their colorful cookware. Destination colors like Caribbean, Provence and Marseille evoke feelings of wanderlust through their bright hues, bringing locations from all over the world right to your kitchen. Every destination-inspired color is available in kitchen staples, from spatulas to skillets, as well as unique presentation pieces like trivets and platters.
Buy It: $6-$220; LeCreuset.com
Any foodie who likes to travel has to have dependable footwear to carry them through vineyards, culinary tours, and beyond. Shoes that are waterproof in case they spill a cocktail by accident or get caught in inclement weather are preferable. Olukai's sophisticated style, with the comfort of a sneaker and the durability of a rain boot, is where fashion meets functionality. Available in multiple colors and for both men and women, consider these the 'perfect fit'.
A pocket-sized food tour
Snag one of these 160-page pocket pals for your favorite foodie. Featuring major cities like Tokyo, Paris and London, there is a destination guide to 'Eat Like A Local' for everyone. Each book contains details on culinary must-trys outside the beaten tourist track, as well as markets and bars.
Buy It: Eat Like a Local Guide, $14; Anthropologie.com
On-the-go does not have to mean eating out, especially not with this Food Flask. Traveling with homemade food -- hot or cold -- has never been easier thanks to double-wall insulation so cold food stays cold and hot food stays hot for hours. Available in both 12oz and 18oz sizes, as well as a variety of colors, it's an ideal present for the adventurer in your life.
Buy It: Hydro Flask 18-ounce Food Flask, $35; DicksSportingGoods.com
What is better than a wine tasting? A wine tasting delivered right to your doorstep. Treat your friends and family to the finest vineyards with a wine gift box tailored to their tastes. You can create a custom box, or a simple 'Palate Profile' assesses their unique likes and dislikes, followed by a list of recommendations. Not sure about their preferences? Start with a gift card.
Buy It: Prices start at $16; Winc.com
A collagen boost
Collagen seems to be a 2019 buzzword, touting benefits like improvement in joint, ligament, and tendon health, as well as hair, skin, and nails. No jet setter has space for a tub of peptides, which means Vital Proteins stick packs are ideal. These portable peptides are available in both mammal and marine collagen, as well as a beauty-based varietal in a lavender lemon flavor.
Buy It: $34/20-count Box; VitalProteins.com
Powerless slow cooker
No battery or plug required, this travel-friendly slow cooker is an adventure enthusiast's dream. The use of insulation technology allows food to slow cook for up to 12 hours without a power source. The perfect gift for the person who loves to go off the grid without veering from their meal plan. The bonus? For every Wonderbag purchased, one bag gets donated to a family in need within a designated community in a developing country.
Buy It: Wonderbag, $59; Wonderbagworld.com
We all have the neighbor who recounts the amazing espresso they enjoyed in Florence or the aunt who raves about the latte art she saw on her last trip to Seattle. Turns out, upgraded coffee is just a touch (of a button) away. Breville's compact Bambino Plus takes three seconds to heat from a cold start and features an auto-foaming steam wand to ensure milk is frothed at the appropriate temperature and texture for your taste buds.
Buy It: Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine, $500; Williams-Sonoma.com
A gastro-generational journey
Where eat like a local meets grandma's home cooking: 'In Her Kitchen' shares recipes from grandmothers around the globe, coupled with James Beard-winning photography by Gabriele Galimberti. A compilation of anecdotes and dishes from over sixty countries, this gift is equal parts mouth-watering and heart-warming.
Buy It: "In Her Kitchen" by Gabriele Galimberti, $27; Amazon.com
A favorite destination can now have a happy spot on the bar cart with these urban map tumblers. Available in more than 30 metropolitan city map designs ranging from Atlanta to St. Louis, these etched glasses are a no-brainer. Just add your favorite beverage!
Buy It: Urban Map Glass, $16, UncommonGoods.com
MochiThings Slim Leather Passport Holder
Keep your passport, boarding pass, and ID all in one place with this sleek wallet. Available in five colors, it's great for any jet-setter.
Buy It: Slim Leather Passport Holder, $28, MochiThings.com
GIR Silicone Straw Set
These straws make sustainability chic. Each set of two folds to fit in a compact carrying case, and an included squeegee makes cleaning easy.
Buy It: Silicone Straw Set, $7, GIR.co
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