I think it’s safe to say that most of us didn’t enjoy being stuck at home last year. However, I’m proud of my community, and I know that the lockdowns in 2020 helped keep everyone around me far safer and healthier.
Aside from a few quick regional trips, I didn’t travel much in 2020. However, things changed pretty drastically this year. I up and moved across the country in the spring, and I spent the last half of 2021 on planes to various destinations in the U.S. Now that I live in Southern California, I was able to take a day trip to Baja, California, in Mexico for some wine tasting!
Travel is ramping up, and the travel lovers in your life are ready to explore after a tough couple of years. Today, I’m sharing my 12 gift ideas for the travel lover who are getting back into their jet-set ways in 2022.
Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Gift Ideas for the Travel Lover
Foil Custom Map Printing // Know of a place near and dear to a travel lover’s heart? Why not get them their own custom gold foil print to display in their home? You can choose between various cities worldwide, opt for their favorite U.S. state, or pick a country that holds some sentimental value to your recipient. You can also choose between three different color themes and select a size and frame.
Passport Journals // Even though we might not be able to add too many stamps in our passports with travel restrictions nowadays, you can use these passport journals to keep track of all of your travels. This set of notebooks will help you keep track of your favorite restaurants, road trip destinations, and the travel items you cross off your bucket list.
Travel Straightening and Styling Flat Iron // Know someone who needs a bit more room in their suitcase? This compact flat iron by T3 is ideal. It might be small, but it packs a serious punch, and it’s the only hair tool they’ll need on the road.
Eye Mask, Pouch & Blanket Travel Set //Let’s face it: sleeping on planes and trains isn’t always the most comfortable experience. However, this adorable little blanket and eye mask travel set by UGG will make the travel lover in your life far more comfortable while in transit. You can store the blanket and eye mask in the pouch when not in use, and the pouch can also double as a pillow for maximum relaxation.
Fujifilm X-Series X100V // This camera is perfect for travel: it’s compact and easy to bring on the road, it also takes incredible, high-quality photos. This camera comes with a 23mm f/2 lens, so your favorite jet setter can get those dreamy, wide-angle travel shots they see on their favorite travel blogger’s feeds.
The Weekender Travel Tote // Out of all of the duffel bags I’ve had, this one is one of my favorites. I love that this travel tote has a padded tech sleeve perfect for your laptop, a bottom zip compartment that’s perfect for storing shoes, and water-resistant canvas fabric. It also comes in black if the lighter fabric isn’t your thing.
Vegan Leather Luggage Tag and Passport Case // Having a custom passport case and luggage tag is pretty essential for a traveler. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve grabbed my partner’s passport instead of mine and when I see someone else with the same luggage as me at baggage claim. With this adorable vegan leather set, you can opt for a custom, colorful monogram on each piece — that way, your recipient will never confuse their passport or luggage with someone else’s.
The Belt Bag // Sometimes, you just want to run out with your phone, keys, and wallet. Well, this belt bag from Lululemon has been a gym and travel favorite of mine for several months now. It’s surprisingly spacious, stylish, and well under $50, making it a super affordable gift option. Plus, it comes in several colors.
The Cashmere Travel Wrap // I have three of these travel wraps by White and Warren, and they feel like heaven on earth. They’re super, super soft, come in really fun colors, and doubles as a cozy wrap and a scarf for travel. Basically, they would make for the perfect gift for the luxe traveler in your life! You can (try!) use my code “ALICIA20” to get 20% off one of these wraps (FYI – this code is from last year, and I’m not 100% sure if it’s still active!)
Luxury Travel Sized Hand Sanitizer // Hand sanitizer is going to be a must for the foreseeable future. It’s always a good idea to have some on you whenever you leave the house! This all-natural hand sanitizer looks incredibly luxe, and I love the different scents this brand offers — Eucalyptus, Lavendula, and Bergamot. Another bonus? This hand sanitizer is refillable, so you don’t have to waste packaging!
Travel Steamer // This travel steamer has been one of the best investments I’ve made in 2021. It heats up incredibly fast and does a great job at getting stubborn wrinkles out, and it’s well designed and very chic.
Self Cleaning Watter Bottle // I was gifted this water bottle earlier this year, and I fell in love with it. I never knew how much a self-cleaning water bottle would be such a gamechanger while traveling, but it comes in handy! As much as I want to keep my water bottle clean and tidy, sometimes it’s not possible on short trips or if I’m staying at a hotel rather than an Airbnb or a rental with a proper sink, dish soap, and a drying rack. With this water bottle, you can tap the button to disinfect and clean the bottle throughout the trip.
The Carry On Roller Bag // If the travel lover in your life needs a luggage upgrade, this highly-rated carry-on bag is incredible value for the money. It looks a lot more expensive than it is, and it has tons of pockets to fit everything they need for their next big adventure.
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Top photo by Tom McGovern