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Looking for a great gift for that special jet-setter in your life? We at Loophole Travel want to make your shopping easier with this list of seven awesome travel gift ideas. These are items that we have personally used and found most useful during our travels. Your frequent flying friends/family are sure to love these gifts!
Under each gift category, we will offer a couple options – the BALLER level and the BUDGET level.
Travel Gift Idea #1 – Portable Electronics
Macbook Air 11-inch – We absolutely LOVE our Macbook Air computers. They are thin, compact, and powerful enough to edit HD video on the go!
Amazon Kindle E-reader – These handy little devices start around $40 and are perfect for reading or watching movies (Kindle Fire) in flight. Leave the bulky books at home and bring the Kindle.
Travel Gift Idea #2 – Photography Gear
GoPro Hero 4 – This compact action camera can take pretty much anything you throw at it. We’ve used our snorkeling in Mo’orea, riding the sand dunes in Dubai, and parasailing in Cozumel. The viewing screen on the camera is a really nice feature.
Canon Powershot G16 – This camera features 12.1 megapixels and full HD video capabilities. It’s also surprisingly compact and lightweight. It allows full manual control over the pictures for awesome effects like time lapses and blurred background shots.
Travel Camera Case – If your person already has a GoPro or compact camera, this case is great! It provides just enough padding without being bulky and holds extra batteries, mounts, and memory cards.
Travel Tripod – Frame up the perfect shot, and never hand your camera to a stranger again. This tripod can wrap around fence posts and tree branches, or stand by itself to get the best angle for your picture.
Micro SD Memory Card – This memory card will work in the GoPro or the Canon (with adapter) listed above. Great to have a flexible memory option.
Travel Gift Idea #3 – Power Supplies
Three-Port Power Bank – With three ports and an incredible charge, this power bank can re-charge an iPhone up to 8 times on a single charge! Keep all of those portable electronics going strong on a plane, train, or bus.
Three-Outlet/Two-USB Surge Protector – Create extra outlets to charge your electronics with this charger from Belkin. It also features a swivel plug, so it fits in those hard-to-reach outlets.
International Outlet Converter – An absolute necessity for international travel. This converter you use those crazy international plugs and features two USB ports.
Travel Gift Idea #4 – Bags/Luggage
eBags TLS Weekender Jr. Backpack – So much thought went into this back pack. It unzips around the side like a carry-on bag and has a collapsible shelf. We packed for 2.5 weeks in Europe with only these back packs – see the review here.
Packable Day Bag – These backpacks fold down into a tiny pouch and then pop back out when you need them. They’re perfect for day trips to explore a city or to pile in those extra souvenirs that you picked up along the way.Packing Cubes – Anyone serious about packing light needs travel cubes. These keep your carry on bag organized and easy to navigate.
Travel Gift Idea #5 – Clothing
Merino Wool Gear – Garments made from this natural fiber have the unique ability to repel odor, regulate temperature, and wick away moisture. As a bonus, merino wool is crazy comfortable! These clothes range from t-shirts to base layers to sweaters and can go for days without needing a wash. They’re not cheap, but they’re 100% worth it! Woolx is a brand we can vouch for.
Costa del Mar Sport Sunglasses – These lightweight, polarized sunglasses go everywhere with me. They come with a durable carrying case that I can toss in my bag without worry.
Merino Wool Socks – Maybe you’re not ready to go for the full merino outfit, but socks are a great option. Merino wool socks can keep your feet smelling fresh after days of hiking or wandering around new places.
Travel Gift Idea #6 – Shoes/Boots
Blundstone Boots – Blundstones are extremely comfortable, durable, and good-looking boots. They take a beating on the trail and still dress up nicely for a night out. We did a full review after our Eurotrip. These are well worth the price tag!
Ja-Vie Travel Flats – For the ladies, these flats offer comfort and fashion in one package. They are designed with the traveler in mind. Some styles are priced as low as $39. Brooke now has three pairs, and she did a full review.
Travel Gift Idea #7 – Miscellaneous Gifts
Travel Coaching Services – We offer coaching to help people learn to travel the world for virtually nothing. Coaching plans start at $125 and guarantee huge value for travelers. Also, if you still need to use your Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 travel credit, our clients have reported that this service triggers the credit!
Vapur Element Water Bottle – Roll this bottle up and toss it in a carry on bag, and then fill it once you get inside security. It’s very important to stay hydrated on long-haul flights! It is also great for taking on hikes or out for a walk around a new city.
Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow – This inflatable pillow actually works. I’ve never had much success with “around-the-neck” pillows. This pillow allows you to lean into it, even if you’re not sitting in the window seat. It also rolls up and clips to a handle of your bag for extra portability.
We hope that these travel gift ideas help inspire you to buy something really great for the traveler in your life. There should be something on this list for everyone in all budget ranges. Cheers!