Best Travel Gifts for People Who Love to Be on the Go
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 list of fun gifts for travelers this year — everything from city-inspired cookware to travel-themed face masks. 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.
Le Creuset's destination colors like Caribbean and Marseille evoke feelings of wanderlust through their bright hues, bringing locations from all over the world right to your kitchen. Even the new Cosmos collection can make the well-traveled stargazer long for the road again. Every destination-inspired color is available in kitchen staples, from spatulas to stockpots, as well as unique presentation pieces like trivets and egg cups.
Buy it: $8-$400; lecreuset.com
Any foodie who likes to travel has to have dependable footwear to carry them through vineyards, culinary tours, or down the street to pick up dinner. 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 women, consider these the "perfect fit."
Buy it: OluKai Hawai'iloa Manu Hope, $150; zappos.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 $15; winc.com
Collagen continues to be a 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 60 countries, this gift is equal parts mouth-watering and heart-warming.
Buy it: In Her Kitchen by Gabriele Galimberti, $35; 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
Keep your passport, boarding pass, and ID all in one place with this sleek wallet. Available in four colors, it's great for any jet-setter when they take off again.
Buy it: Slim Leather Passport Holder, $28; mochithings.com
These straws make sustainability chic. Each set of five folds to fit in compact carrying cases, and included squeegees make cleaning easy.
Buy it: Silicone Straw Set, $7; target.com
Keep It Clean
We're all about washing our hands and staying healthy, at home and on the go. The Pocket Hand Sanitizer is not only compact, it's organic, moisturizing and smells good, too, infused with essential oils for a bit of aromatherapy wherever you find yourself. The pocket sprayer will last awhile, too — each provides more than 330 spritzes.
Buy it: Bergamot Pocket Hand Sanitizer, $10; noshinku.com
Hot and Cold
Keep hot food hot for up to four hours, and cold food nice and frosty for up to eight hours in the vacuum-sealed stainless steel RIGWA bowl. The bowl holds one and a half quarts of food, and those who like to keep their food separated can add on the Divide & Conquer insert.
Buy it: RIGWA 1.5, $40 (insert sold separately); rigwalife.com
Road Trip Refueling
Rather than pulling over for a meal on the go while road tripping, simply plug this five-cup Mini Oven into your car with the included adapter and enjoy a healthy and hot meal on the go. The self-locking dish ensures your food doesn't spill out on any bumps you may encounter, so you can reheat or cook your meal with peace of mind and keep your attention on the road.
Buy it: Hotlogic Mini Oven with 5-Cup Lid Locking Glass Dish + Car Adapter, $70; hotlogic.com
Give the chocolate lovers in your life a sense of zen when you gift them with these Ayurveda-inspired, sustainably sourced and fair trade chocolate bars from Elements Truffles. Each bar is organic, pure, raw, vegan, and dairy free, and made by hand in micro-batches by meditators who are surrounded by high vibrational music. What's more, 25 percent of profits are donated to the holistic development of children in India.
Buy it: Aura Gift Box, $40; elementstruffles.com
Share the traveler in your life's love of exploration, but instead of wearing it on your sleeve, wear it on your face. This colorful Flight Tags mask, which features airport codes from around the world, inspires wanderlust.
Buy it: Flight Tags Face Mask, $23; airportag.com
Umami-rich flavors arrive in your kitchen with a new chef-quality product line from Momofuku. Rooted in tradition with a modern style, the sauces, seasonings, and condiments are all made with natural and organic ingredients, and work with all types of dishes. First up, Momofuku Chili Crunch, Momofuku Seasoned Salts (Savory, Tingly and Spicy) and Momofuku Liquids (Soy Sauce, Tamari and Sesame Oil).
Buy them: Prices range from $10 - $30; momofuku.com
Barista on the Go
The coffee lover in your life can make their own drip coffee wherever they go with the Collapsible Coffee Drip. Simply set it up atop a cup or mug, pour hot water over ground coffee beans and there it is — a perfect cup of joe. Once brewing is finished, disassemble into six small pieces to tuck away into a backpack or glove compartment.
Buy it: Collapsible Coffee Drip, $30; snowpeak.com
Barista on the Go, French-Style
If the coffee lover in your life prefers a French press but finds it hard to craft a good cup on the go, the Steel Toe may be the answer. The 20-fluid-ounce travel mug stops coffee grounds from continuing to brew when it's fully pressed down. Ooh la la!
Buy it: Steel Toe 2.0 with Bru-Stop, $33; planetarydesign.com
A Cherry on Top
A taste can transport the senses, and wouldn't we all like to be transported somewhere else? Serve this Pistachio Cherry Syrup atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream, blend it into whipped cream, or or mix it into a holiday cocktail punch. Whichever way, the naturally sweet-meets-meaty pistachio flavor will be a delight.
Buy it: FloraLuna Pistachio Cherry Syrup, $19; floralunaapothecary.com
Tastes of the World
While we await the day when we can jet to faraway lands again, send global tastes to the traveler in your life. Choose one box of goodies, or subscribe for three, six, or 12 months, and a variety of sweet and salty snacks from the country-of-the-month is delivered right to the doorstep. A booklet comes along to guide the flavorful adventure and includes trivia, recipes and more, too.
Buy it: From $13.75; universalyums.com