Perfect Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers
The @halfhalftravel holiday gift guide is here! We've listed our favorite holiday travel gifts along with recommended 2018 gift ideas for the travelers among your family and friends. If you're looking for our favorite travel gear or our favorite camera gear, check them out here!
Gift Ideas Under $25
TSA Approved Luggage Locks
Lock up your luggage when you your bag isn't with you, or lock up your stuff at a campsite, pool, country club or hostel. You can't go wrong with these strong and mighty locks.
Microfiber Quick-Dry Towel
Perfect for hostels and whenever you don't have a "real" towel. It folds up small, dries fast and is so easy to wash.
USB Charging Station
Charge everything at once with this USB charging station that fits in any bag or carry-on and makes a perfect gift for a techy traveler.
Amazon Echo Dot (3Rd Gen)
We like having the Amazon Dot in our home, or on the go (it's small, so it fits in any bag for travel). The most useful things we use it for are things like simple math for recipes when we're cooking, or asking about the weather outside before we go out. This is a fun little way to be hands-free and not have to use your phone for the same sorts of questions you'd ask Alexa.
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Universal Worldwide Travel Adapter
Convert your power no matter where in the world you are. This is a great gift for travelers just starting out, or expert travelers who need an upgrade.
Sandisk Ultra 128GB Micro SD Card
Get some extra space for your phone or GoPro with this Sandisk Ultra Micro SD Card. You'll never run out of storage space.
Packing Cubes From TravelWise
We can't live without packing cubes, so we recommend getting a set of them as a gift for the travelers in your life. Keep all of your stuff organized in your luggage.
Gift Ideas Under $50
3D Organizer Cube
Perfect to keep everything organized. This is a gift for the neat and Type A traveler who's obsessed with having everything in its place!
KUVRD Universal Lens Cap
Protect your camera lenses with KURVD. This unique product is soft, unlike traditional lens caps, so you never lose it. It also stretches to fit a variety of lens sizes, and keeps dust out. This is one of the most special photo accessories we own, and we like it because it's lightweight and takes up hardly any space if we pack it for a trip.
EMS Wool Socks
Merino wool is a new traveler favorite and these socks are meant to withstand lots of wear, along with moisture. So warm!
Tree-shirt. Get it? This is an extra comfy and soft shirt that'll show how much you love nature travel.
Turtle Fur® Beanie
This is such a cute and warm hat for those winter ski trips.
Cabeau Travel Pillow
The best travel gift for someone who wants to sleep on a flight. This is a long-time favorite of ours, and so important for napping during flying.
Patagonia Trucker Hat
You've always wanted this hat. It's fresh yet vintage-inspired, and folds up small in luggage because the backing is mesh.
YETI Rambler 26 Oz Bottle
A dependable water bottle! Keep your drink hot for a day, and cold when you need it most! This is a one of our favorite items in our gift guide.
Matador Transit30 2.0
A bag that packs away, this super-light, durable and waterproof bag is a must-have for any type of trip. It holds 30 liters of your travel gear!
Matador Droplet XL Dry Bag
This is such a unique gift for a traveler who wants to keep belongings dry in unexpected (or inentional) wet or damp scenarios. Keep everything dry in this sealed silicone dry bag for travel!
Gift Ideas Under $100
Fjallraven Kanken 16L
It's that backpack with that fox logo you always see! This bag is trendy, doesn't have a bit footprint if you pack it into your luggage, and is perfectly cute to wear around as a daypack during travel.
All Day Every Day Joggers
New to our travel gear, the ADED joggers are like sweatpants you love, but decent pants you like to be seen in. They're great for guys who want travel day attire (think long flights or long car rides), or lounging around. They're so comfortable you might want to sleep in them. Try them out!
JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Listen to some music while you travel with this portable Bluetooth speaker that you can set up in a hotel room, hostel, campsite or party.
Topo Designs Men's Plaid Mountain Shirt
You're woodsy and rugged, so you (or your best traveler buddy) needs a favorite fall or winter flannel!
Bluffworks Travel Clothes
We love Bluffworks because they're developing clothes for travel that feel great and are built to last. Dan has taken shirts from the Bluffworks men's line on weekend trips, and the best part is that the shirts and pants don't require ironing. They're wrinkle-free! Bluffworks came out with a women's line this year and they're developing new products quickly. Keep a look out for the newest items!
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Matador Beast28 Packable Technical Backpack
It's technically a technical bag. This bag has all sorts of functions and is pretty lightweight, yet durable, letting you get over mountains.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Wow, it's a waterproof Kindle -- the kind you can bring to the beach and the pool. We like the Kindle because you can download all your books, and of course, travel guides for your trip! If you don't want to load three or four different books into your luggage, get the Kindle so that they're all in there, accessible when you want them.
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Patagonia Women's Synchilla® Snap-T® Fleece
It's cozy, lightweight and soft, because it's fleece! This fleece is a classic gift and can be worn on travel days, ski days or cozying up by the fire.
Topo Designs Women's Global Sweater
A travel sweater for women is hard to come by, but this tech wool is a versatile material that makes a great choice for travel gifts.
Green Travel Jeans From Aviator
These pants are a "Dan favorite" because of the specific travel features that set them apart. The Aviator pants are the best way to keep your valuables safe when you travel because they zipper up your belongings like a phone and passport. You might get so used to these useful features that you'll wear them when you're not on the road!
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One of the best versatile bags, this backpack will last you for life and opens flat, which is a great feature.
Bose QuietComfort 35
Block out all of the noise. These make the best gift for a frequent jetsetter or someone in need of updating their headphones.
FITBIT Charge HR Wireless Activity Tracker
Did you ever want to track all your action and you didn't know how? With a FITBIT, you'll get help to figure out how active you are, during travel and 'regular life.' This slim device sits on your wrist and soon, it'll take the place of your watch completely, because it tells the time and it gives you all the information about the portion of your day you spend being active.
Upgrade your travel camera! This is one of the best gift ideas for 2019 for travel photographers.
Topo Designs Men's Global Waterproof Jacket
Why is this the best travel jacket? It's compact, versatile and you can wear it as a layer. Super!
Topo Designs Women's Puffer Hoodie
OMG, this 'down' jacket is actually made from plastic bottles! What a sustainable gift for a sustainable traveler in your life!
Sony Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Remove all the noise during your travels (and life). This is the perfect gift for travelers because they can get anyone through a long flight, train ride or noisy situation. As a bonus, they fold up into a cool case that will stack in your carry-on, backpack or luggage. These are a must-have for travelers who are into their music and want the best audio experience out there.
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Patagonia Nano Puff
What's a nano puff? This jacket packs into its own pocket so that you can compress it into your bags and it's ultralight -- great to use as a layer during travel to cold places.
Patagonia Black Hole 60L Duffel
This bag doesn't actually seem like it holds 60L, but it does, and it's awesome. This tough bag also has a shoulder strap for hands-free carrying.
These are some of the best travel pants around, and Dan can promise you that, because he wears Duer pants most days of the week. These pants are built with lots of stretch for ultimate wearability, and they're comfortable to wear on long plane rides, bus rides and more.
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Sony Zeiss 55mm F/1.8
This is one of the best super-sharp lenses for Sony. A must-have for Sony Alpha shooters.
Topo Designs 30L Travel Bag
One of our favorite features of this backpack is the snag-proof zippers. It's hard to believe, but this makes all the difference.
Topo Designs Men's Cargo Pants
Are cargo pants cool? These are, because they're made by TOPO. Also, who doesn't want more pockets?