Frequent Flyer

The 17 Best Gifts for Travelers and Jet-Setters

December 13, 2019 Buying Guides By

Arriving at the office only to realize you mistakenly left your phone charger at home is annoying, for sure. Making that same realization as soon as your plane touches down on your overseas vacation is, slightly more annoying.

Maybe he’s forgetful. Maybe he doesn’t even own a dedicated travel bag. However prepared your giftee is, it’s better for any frequent flyer to be overprepared than underprepared. Here’s our list of gifts tailored for the regular traveler in your life.

NOMOS Glashütte Club Campus

Price: $2,980

When personalized with details like an engraving, a watch is no longer just a practical gift, but a sentimental token that the wearer will reminisce with whenever they check the time. The Club Campus Neomatik with its gorgeous midnight blue face has plenty of room on its stainless steel back for such engraving, which comes free of charge.

1. Kuju Coffee Pocket PourOver

Price: $8

He’s a DIY-kinda guy who loves coffee and won’t stand for whatever “coffee” is in the hotel room. Kuju’s single-serve sachet unfolds to form its own coffee filter which attaches to any mug. Fill it up with the included pre-ground medium-roast coffee and let him do his barista thing.

2. Dr. Bronner’s Hand Sanitizer

Price: $10

Traveling is fun. Getting sick is not. Slip this into a carry on.

3. LiquiSnugs Silicone Travel Bottles

Price: $13

Those travel-sized shampoos and lotions never seem to come in that specific brand he uses. That’s where these come in. Even if he’s not particular about his apothecary, these TSA-approved lil’ bottles will save him some dough and a trip to CVS.

4. Jack Black Eye Balm

Price: $25

Jet lag can have you arriving to your destination looking like a raccoon. Jack Black’s Eye Balm is a lightweight gel formulated to reduce puffiness and fine lines around the eyes. Add Kuju’s Coffee Pocket PourOver for the optimal hotel morning routine.

5. Herschel Amenity Kit

Price: $30

Herschel’s Amenity Kit is built to make that 12-hour flight more than bearable. It comes with an eye mask, foam ear plugs, a neck pillow and cozy slippers for a full head-to-toe travel package.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. AeroPress Go

Price: $32

If he’s even more serious about his morning brew than he is about his fantasy sports league, than the AeroPress Go is the perfect gift. It’s lightweight, compact and serves up a mean cup that aficionados swear by. It even comes with its own mug!

7. The North Face Base Camp Travel Canister

Price: $34

He doesn’t have a toiletry bag? Might as well get him the one that has its own hanging hook and mirror.

8. Nite Ize Run-Off 3-1-1 Waterproof Pouch

Price: $35

Those LiquiSnugs Travel Bottles won’t spill. But if they do, this is the leak-proof pouch to store them in. It’s got a transparent panel so he can see the bag’s contents (and whether or not they’ve spilled).

9. Aesop Departure

Price: $49

And this is what he’ll fill that toiletry bag with. It’s like we planned this or something.

10. Pacsafe Vibe 325

Price: $67

Pacsafe is vehement about keeping your goods secure. Their Vibe 325 is a stylish crossbody that will stand up to slashes, identity scanners and general thievery.

11. Mophie Powerstation Hub

Price: $100

Mophie’s a household name when it comes to powering our electronic devices and their Powerstation Hub is essential when leaving said household. It’s compact, charges USB-C and USB-A devices quickly as well as Qi-enabled devices. Best of all, it acts as its own powerbank when there’s no power outlet in sight.

12. Tumi Accents Kit

Price: $125

If he hasn’t taken heed of airport baggage claim announcements, Tumi’s Accents Kit will help him ID his luggage from the dozens of others gliding past him on the carousel.

13. Frye Chris Venetian Loafers

Price: $228

TSA-friendly shoes shave off some of stress in traveling. These slip-ons from Frye will get him through security quickly and stylishly. Don’t be surprised if you see him wearing these between trips.

14. Away Expandable Carry-On

Price: $275

Away recently introduced their soft-shell line of luggage and we’re here for it. Their carry-on features all of Away’s stock features, like 360-degree wheels, compression bag and hidden laundry bag, in an expandable form factor that’s basically as durable as their hard-shell counterparts.

15. Veilance Casing Passport Wallet

Price: $300

Passport wallets don’t get swapped out every day. They’re in it for the long haul. With that, why not get him a quality passport wallet that’s built to last and look better with each trip? This one from Veilance is cut from cowhide into a sleek and minimal that nobody, literally nobody, is capable of hating.

16. Fujifilm X-T30

Price: $1199

Miles away better than any smartphone he’ll take with him, a dedicated camera is a must for logging travel memories and for flexing his artistic eye. Fujifilm’s X-T30 leans heavy into the retro vibe complete with dedicated shutter speed dials and interchangeable lenses while packing in modern-day tech like a mirrorless sensor, 4K video, wifi and Bluetooth.

17. KikaNY Exit Bag

Price: $1485

Kika’s Exit Bag is the kind of carry that ’80s Adidas gym bags wish they were. It’s also the kind of bag he wishes he had. Made entirely from full-grain leather, it’s crafted for decades of travel and is designed to be carried either one-handed or hands-free across the body or as a backpack. It features various interior zippered pockets and slots for segmenting his personal affectations and each one is made one by one Kika’s studio. Damn, he’ll probably be tempted to tote this to the gym just to get the most use out of it.

Seki Edge 6-Piece Grooming Kit

Price: $105

Help him stay looking his best with the Seki Edge 6-Piece Grooming kit, manufactured in the heart of Japan’s historic sword-making region. With six personal grooming essentials stored neatly in a synthetic leather zipper kit, he’ll never need to borrow yours.

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