2018 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Traveler

Gift ideas for someone who likes to travel

This is one of my favorite gift guides to put together each year! It features a few of my go-tos and the more I travel, the more I feel like I get particular about what I pack and what earns a spot as a tried + true favorite.


ONE: TRUFFLE pouch ($48) // TWO: Adapter + converter set ($34) // THREE: BAGGU foldable bag ($10) // FOUR: Cloverine Salve ($7) // FIVE: White + Warren Travel Wrap ($298) // SIX: Compression socks ($17) // SEVEN: Barefoot Dreams cardigan ($116) // EIGHT: Travel steamer ($25) // NINE: Cuyana Travel Wallet ($185)


TRUFFLE POUCH: I’ve written about TRUFFLE before (notably here and here) and their items will forever be among my go-to travel essentials. It’s so much easier to store items in a chic, TSA-friendly case that you can use throughout your trip than it is to transfer them in and out of plastic bags. They have so many offerings–honestly everything on their site would make the perfect gift!

ADAPTER + CONVERTER SET: A must when you travel abroad! Experts recommend an adapter + converter combination rather than just an adapter since the latter is what notoriously does this likes fry hair straighteners. Shopping for these can be a little complicated so be sure to read reviews–a nice set would be a great gift for someone who likes to travel but may not be well-equipped on this front!

BAGGU FOLDABLE BAG: One of my all-time favorite purchases–I have two! These bags are so cheap ($10) and so convenient (they fold up so tiny) and I love having them when I travel to serve as a reusable grocery bag or shopping tote, but the best thing is being able to stick a nicer personal item–like a leather bag–in there if you have TSA PreCheck since you normally don’t get a bin for your things. I hate putting stuff directly on the belt so this bag is a must.

CLOVERINE SALVE: This would make a great stocking stuffer, too, but one of my favorite things to travel with is a dual purpose lip + hand treatment. It’s nice having a multipurpose product on hand, especially in your carry-on if you’re trying to pack light. Cloverine Salve is a multi-purpose item I use nightly and it does wonders for dry skin.

+ WHITE + WARREN TRAVEL WRAP: The holy grail of travel wraps–a splurge but supposedly a great one! I don’t personally own one but will treat myself one day…if you’re shopping for someone who has everything and really want to spoil them, this is a great option.

COMPRESSION SOCKS: Do you wear compression socks on long-haul flights? Many people swear by them and while I personally haven’t, plan to give them a shot in the new year. There are so many options out there and since it’s not fun to personally spend ~$20 on a pair of socks, they’d make a really nice gift.

BAREFOOT DREAMS CARDIGAN: Hands down one of my best frivolous purchases! This is a great thing to wear year-round, but yields the ultimate pulled together, cozy look when you’re on the go, especially since it’s long enough to wear with leggings. It’s pricey but has a loyal following for a reason–I actually bought it and had prepared to “get it out of my system” and return it, but it’s been one of the most utilized items in my closet.

TRAVEL STEAMER: A travel (and general life) essential if you hate wrinkly clothes and don’t want to iron regularly! I take my little steamer on most trips and use it frequently at home, too.

CUYANA TRAVEL WALLET: Having a wallet that fits your passport is key when you’re traveling internationally, and Cuyana’s is gorgeous. I have an old Kate Spade one that does the job but if I were doing it over again, would definitely get this one. It looks like the black is sold out so if you’re giving this as a gift, consider throwing in a leather protectant, too.

A couple honorable mentions that will make other gift guides: Lucas Paw Paw Ointment (similar to Cloverine Salve and will be on my Stocking Stuffer list) and the Longchamp backpack (which will be on my “For Her” list–it’s the bag I carry around daily on international trips!).

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