Christmas Gift Guide 2018: Gifts for Travelers

metropolitan mama christmas gift guide travelers

If you ask any member of our family to name their favorite things to do, you will probably hear at least one of these terms: "Travel!" "Road trips!" "Hiking!" "Exploring!" Even our two-year-old would probably respond with: "GO."

We love to be on-the-move...visiting new cities, wandering through national parks, and savoring foods from various regions of the world.

If you enjoy traveling (or you know someone who does), this list of gift ideas will be right up your alley.

3D Earth Puzzle

ravensburger 3d earth puzzle

3D Earth Puzzle Ravensburger

Designed for ages 12+, Ravensburger's 3D Earth Puzzle is a fantastic way to study geography and dream about your next trip at the same time. This 540 piece puzzle allows you to "create a sturdy ball from perfectly curved, plastic puzzle pieces." The box even comes with a display stand so that you can use your completed puzzle as decor in your bedroom or living room!

  • Buy the 3D Earth Puzzle.
  • Like Ravensburger on Facebook.

Hanging Toiletry Case

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Hanging Traveler Case in Ditty Dot | Thirty-One Gifts

hanging travelers case thirty one gifts

This roomy toiletry case is thoughtfully designed - with pockets and an easy-to-clean interior and exterior. I especially love that it is tall enough to hold bigger toiletry items like contact lens solution, shampoo, conditioner, a full-size hairbrush, etc.

  • Buy a hanging toiletry case.
  • Like Thirty-One Gifts on Facebook.
  • Follow Thirty-One Gifts on Twitter.

Conversation Cube

destination anywhere tabletopics

destination anywhere tabletopics travel questions

Our family loves the conversation cubes by TableTopics and we use them all of the time around the dinner table! There are a number of different themes to choose from (book club, dinner party, family gathering, etc), but travelers will particularly enjoy the "Destination Anywhere" cube. Includes 135 questions like "Do you prefer taking tours or seeing sites on your own?" or "Do you find that you're more or less open to adventure as you get older?" The box says ages 12+, but I think most of the questions are suitable for the whole family.

  • Buy the "Destination Anywhere" conversation cube.
  • Like TableTopics on Facebook.
  • Follow TableTopics on Instagram.

Poncho or Wrap

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Open Front Woven Plaid Poncho | San Diego Hat Company

The best way to travel comfortably is with layers. It's hard to predict how cool or warm the temperature might be in airports, on plane flights, and/or in new climates when you arrive. One of the best items a traveler can pack (or wear) is a soft & lightweight wrap.

Pictured Above: San Diego Hat Company's Open Front Woven Poncho in a cheerful red/green plaid. Ideal for all of her/your fall and winter travels.

  • Buy the Open Front Woven Poncho.
  • Like the San Diego Hat Company on Facebook.
  • Follow the San Diego Hat Company on Instagram.

Stylish Flats


keds rifle embroidered herb garden
Embroidered Herb Garden | Keds x Rifle Paper Co
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New York Triple Kick Suede | Keds x Kate Spade

When you want to wear sneakers but you still want to look like you made an effort, pull on a pair of Keds. Thanks to collaborations with Rifle and Kate Spade, you can find pretty sneakers in dozens of colors and themes.

  • Buy sneakers from Keds.
  • Like Keds on Facebook.
  • Follow Keds on Instagram.


Skechers Relaxed Fit Rovato Larion
Relaxed Fit Rovato Larion | Skechers

Skechers offers shoes that balance comfortably on the line between business and casual. Are they dress shoes? Are they party shoes? Are they after-work or at-the-coffeeshop shoes? All of the above.

  • Buy the Relaxed Fit Rovato from Skechers.
  • Like Skechers on Facebook.
  • Follow Skechers on Instagram.

Jeans/Pants with Stretch

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Diana Relaxed Fit Skinny | Kut from the Kloth
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Karen Baby Bootcut Corduroy | Kut from the Kloth

Finding travel outfits can be a challenge because you want to look put-together, but you also need to be comfortable. If you want to wear skinny jeans that don't pinch, tug, or squeeze, try on a pair by Kut from the Kloth.

You can get something classic + modern like the Diane Skinny or go for something a little different than your normal. The Karen Baby Bootcut in Black Corduroy would be a good place to begin.

  • Buy jeans/pants from Kut from the Kloth.
  • Like Kut from the Kloth on Facebook.
  • Follow Kut from the Kloth on Instagram.

Cozy V-Neck Sweater

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Men's Supima Cotton V-Neck Sweater | Lands' End
women’s performance v-neck sweater lands end
Women's Performance V-Neck Sweater | Lands' End

V-neck sweaters in premium materials look great on almost anyone. As a bonus, they tend to pack well too because they don't take up much room in a suitcase. Lands' End offers options for both men + women in a variety of rich colors. The simple sophistication of a solid-color v-neck means you can gift it to almost anyone with success. 

  • Buy v-neck sweaters for him or her.
  • Like Lands' End on Facebook.
  • Follow Lands' End on Instagram.


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25L Rift Pack | United By Blue

united by blue 25l rift pack

This is the best backpack we've seen all year. The vivid yellows, greens, and blues are absolutely gorgeous - and even more beautiful in-person. You'll be proud to wear (and liable to photograph) this backpack. It's a laptop case! It's a diaper bag! It's a hiking pack! It's a prop for instagram! It's all those things, plus more.

The padded laptop sleeve can accommodate up to a 17" laptop. There's also: an exterior flap pocket, an interior zippered pocket, a water bottle sleeve, adjustable padded shoulder straps, and a cross-sternum strap for added support. Smartly designed, to say the least. And just so you know - United By Blue "remove's one pound of trash from our world's oceans and waterways" for every product sold.

  • Buy the backpack.
  • Like United By Blue on Facebook.
  • Follow United By Blue on Instagram.

Running Shoes & Apparel

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Mazama 2 | Brooks Running

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cascadia 13 mens trail running shoe brooks
Cascadia 13 | Brooks Running

Know a traveler who frequently hits the hotel gym or sneaks in runs in new cities? Wrap up a pair of shoes from Brooks, a trusted running company by both Olympians and couch-to-5kers. The above shoes are lightweight, while also providing comfort and protection.

For serious or aspiring runners, also consider the Cascadia 7" 2-in-1 Short (for him) or the Circuit 3" 2-in-1 Short (for her).

  • Buy shoes + clothes from Brooks Running.
  • Like Brooks Running on Facebook.
  • Follow Brooks Running on Twitter.

Oversized Bag

deep merlot pebble all around tote thirty one gifts
Deep Merlot Pebble All Around Tote | Thirty-One Gifts

You never know what you'll need when you travel. Sunglasses? A cashmere wrap? Your bullet journal + favorite pens? Books? Throw them all in to this deep merlot pebbled leather bag by Thirty-One Gifts. There's a hidden cell phone pocket too so that you can have your phone within easy reach.

  • Buy the Deep Merlot Pebble Around Town Tote.
  • Like Thirty-One on Facebook.
  • Follow Thirty-One on Twitter.


mens wool peacoat dark charcoal heather lands end
Men's Wool Peacoat | Lands' End

A good-looking and elegant coat is a must when traveling to cold climates. You can't go wrong with a tailored peacoat - whether for business or leisure. We especially love this coat in the dark charcoal heather gray.

  • Buy the Men's Wool Peacoat from Lands' End.
  • Like Lands' End on Facebook.
  • Follow Lands' End on Instagram.

Clothes for The Outdoors

mens guide pro pants eddie bauer
Men's Guide Pro Pants | Eddie Bauer
stine’s favorite flannel hooded shirt jacket
Stine's Favorite Flannel Hooded Shirt Jacket | Eddie Bauer

If you're shopping for hikers, backpackers, climbers, campers, or explorers, browse the Eddie Bauer collection. Consider the durable + stylish Guide Pro Pants for men and the super cozy Hooded Flannel Shirt Jacket for women.

There are more than 360 Eddie Bauer stores in North America so if you're in a pinch or the holidays are almost here, you can search for a store near you.

  • Buy clothes from Eddie Bauer.
  • Like Eddie Bauer on Facebook.
  • Follow Eddie Bauer on Instagram.

RoadTrip Rocker

GCI Outdoor RoadTrip Rocker
RoadTrip Rocker | GCI Outdoor

As you know, we used to be full-time RVers. We spent almost a year, traveling 20,000 miles across the USA in 2011. If you know someone who enjoys camping (whether in a tent or a full-scale motorhome), this comfortable RoadTrip Rocker is a...rockin' choice. Instead of a simple fold-out chair, this quality camping seat offers durability and luxury. Features include: padded armrests, a mesh backrest, a beverage holder, and a super sturdy steel frame.

  • Buy the RoadTrip Rocker.
  • Like GCI Outdoor on Facebook.
  • Follow GCI Outdoor on Instagram.


What are YOU getting for the travelers on your list this Christmas?

BROWSE the complete 2018 Christmas Gift Guide to get ideas for everyone on your list!

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