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The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her – UPDATED 2021 Gift Guide

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I love creating my annual gift guide around this time each year because I get to not only share some of the best products for travel lovers I’ve come across in the year prior, but also help you find items that I know the female traveler in your life will LOVE. I focus these guides each year on the best travel gifts for women because a) I’m a woman, duh — and b) women can be hard to shop for, even if it’s your best friend!

These last couple of years have looked a little different however, as much of our travel lives have been put on hold. While I’ve kept some of the old gift ideas ideas from past years in here that are perfect for getting you back out into the world in style, I’ve also added in some gifts that will help bring the spirit of travel into your home.

There really is a little something for everyone in here—whether it’s your Mom who’s dreaming about that 60th birthday trip to Europe or your best friend who loves exploring in the great outdoors.

This list of 50+ items below features a mix of items that I either own myself or am obsessed with and would want to personally receive. I hope you enjoy and find something great for that special adventure woman in your life, or get some ideas for your own wishlist. 

If you want even more ideas, feel free to check out my past gift guides below for stylish female travelers. I can’t ensure everything will still be available, but many items are evergreen or at least will get your wheels spinning with ideas.

Happy gifting!


Read More Gift Guide Posts
33 Gift Ideas Stylish Female Travelers Will Love (2016)
31 Stylish Gift Ideas for Female Travelers (2017)
47 Holiday Gift Ideas for Stylish Female Travelers (2018)

 

50+ Stylish Travel Gifts For Women

Travel Prints to Transport You

If you’re looking for ways to bring more wanderlust into your home this year, Idyll Collective has incredible high quality prints by a range of artists. This curated selection will instantly transport you to places like the beaches of California and mountains of Slovenia to the arid desert of Death Valley and turquoise waters of Croatia. I’m honored to be part of their of their curated gallery of artists, which means you can shop my photography prints from some of my favorite travels and decorate your home with them! Michelle Halpern prints (prices vary depending on size) at Idyll Collective

Chic Carry-On Backpack 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

For those local weekend adventures when you can leave the laptop at home, the Kaya Backpack is the cutest accessory to transition from adventure-filled days to nights out in your new destination. It’s lightweight and features a strap that easily fits over luggage handles too for when it’s easier to hope flights next year. Kaya Travel Backpack, $75 at Calpak 

Noise Cancelling Headphones 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

I’ve been eyeing these for years and finally pulled the trigger on my own set of top notch Bose headphones. Not only do they deliver the most high quality sound and noise cancellation for flights, but they’re great for blocking out sound during those long work days from home too. Bose Wireless Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Headphones, $349.99 at Best Buy 

23 and Me Ancestry Test Kit 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

A well traversed traveler is one that’s curious about where they came from, and there’s nothing that can provide more accurate information on ancestry than a kit by 23 and Me. This is a really unique and interactive gift and I actually bought this for myself and some family members last year. 23 and Me Health and Ancestry Testing, $199 at 23 and Me 

Books The Bring the Global Flavors Home

Cooking is one of the best ways to transport us to places far far away. These are some of my favorite books to cook up recipes from around the world. The Blue Zones Kitchen shares stories and recipes from communities around the world that have the longest life spans. Wine Folly is an educational book for wine lovers looking to expand their global wine knowledge. Kintsugi Wellness is both a memoir and cookbook of Japanese-inspired recipes by my dear friend Candice Kumai. And Global Vegan shares plant-based recipes from Ellie Bullen’s travels all over the globe.

Sleek Leather AirPods Case

Airpods case

This AirPods Pro case is not only adorable but super functional as well. With its pretty gold clasp, you can attach it to yourself or bag for hands-free ease. Tasseled Airpods Pro Case, $24 at Anthropologie 

Luxurious Hotel Style Robe

Stylish travel gifts for her - hotel style robes

If your loved one can’t check in to a luxury hotel this season, bring the 5-star service to them. Everyone needs a super cozy robe in their life, and this super soft version from Pottery Barn comes in four different colors so you can find one that best fits her style. Teddy Bear Robe, $79 at Pottery Barn.

Protective Camera Layer for Travel 

camera base layer by Matador

This little accessory by Matador is genius for keeping your camera gear dry and protected during long adventures out in nature. For the photography lover in your life. Camera Base Layer, $59.99 at Matador 

Picnic Basket for Local Adventures

As we try to make the most of being home more this year, finding fun things to do at the local park, beach or hiking overlook is essential. This fully insulated picnic basket is the perfect accessory to have along on those adventures so you can bring the dinner party to wherever you are in the present. Insulated Picnic Basket, $149 at The Beach People

Oaxacan Wall Hanging Set

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

If you know someone who loves to bring a little piece of their travels home with them, these beautiful Oaxacan textile wall hangings from Mexico might just be the unique piece they’ll love. Each Zapotec textile is handwoven by a cooperative of sixty female weavers in Oaxaca and takes one week to complete! Handmade Oaxacan Wall Hanging Set, $450 at The Citizenry 

Travel Steamer 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

One of the more practical items on the list, a travel steamer is a must for anyone who travels frequently for work or despises that fresh-out-of-the-suitcase crumbled appearance of their clothes. Cirrus No. 2 Travel Steamer, $130 at Bloomingdales

Chic Beach Towels 

Beach towel by the Beach People

You can never go wrong with gifting a great beach towel, and The Beach People always has perfectly chic staples for travel. Verte Travel Towel, $89 at The Beach People

Desert Inspired Pool Accessories 

cactus floatie

Have a loved one that’s always escaping to the desert? Give them a few fun gifts that will jive with their preferred travel style. This cactus floatie is perfect for pool days in Palm Springs. Pair it as a gift with this funky ceramic cactus mug and some fresh beans from The Joshua Tree Coffee Co. Sun Squad Cactus Floatie, $10 at Target

A Self-Cleaning, Filtering Water Bottle 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

I’ve owned this water bottle for a few years now and can attest to its greatness. It’s slightly heavier than your average reusable bottle but worth its weight in gold—literally. Using UV-C LED light technology, this bottle eliminates 99.9999% of bacteria so you can drink clean water anywhere you go around the world. LARQ Self-Cleaning and Filtering Water Bottle, $95 at Live Larq

DIY Instagram Photo Book 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

For those who want to get a little more creative with gift giving this year, curate a photo book that brings those social media pics into physical reality. The best kind of coffee table book in my opinion! Instagram Photo Books, from $15 at Artifact Uprising 

The Ultimate Weekender Bag 

stylish travel gifts for women - Cuyana overnight bag in two-tone beige and black

I’m obsessed with this sleek overnight bag that comes in three different neutral color combos. It features 3 separate zippered sections for maximum organization as you head out on those local spontaneous getaways. Triple Zipper Overnight bag, $265 at Cuyana

Travel Inspired Puzzles

Rocky Mountain puzzle

If you can’t physically be out exploring, then bring the travel inspo back home. Lantern Press Artwork takes gorgeous vintage travel prints and turns them into epic puzzles that you can enjoy with your family or partner while you count down the days til your next flight. Lantern Press Artworks Puzzles, prices vary at Etsy

Travel Pouch Set

Hanging toiletry kit

There’s a reason why this travel staple has over 1,000 5 star reviews. For the disorganized traveler in your life, this clear hanging toiletry bag will be a godsend for finding things quickly and efficiently while on the road. Hanging Toiletry Bag, 27.99 at Amazon

A Cashmere Travel Wrap 

cashmere travel wrap in off white

If you really want to treat someone this season, splurge a little on this cozy cashmere travel wrap by White + Warren. They make the most luxurious cashmere knits in the biz and I’m dying to add one to my in-flight attire. White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap, $315 at Shopbop 

Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads

stylish travel gifts for women - dennis gross peel pads

To achieve glowing skin without taking up your entire suitcase with your 7-step skincare process, all you need are these easily-packable Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel pads. They’re truly one of my favorite beauty products of all time, delivering the softest, freshest skin with just 2 minutes of use. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Peel Pads, $88 at Sephora.

Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

I bought this neck pillow on a whim last year at the airport after forgetting mine back home before a long-haul. Turns out, it’s the best one I’ve owned yet—and many of my other travel friends have confirmed that fact. I’ve finally started sleeping on planes (a bit) and I can thank this design, which allows for optimal neck support and can even be hooked to your seat so it stays in one place. Cabeau Memory Foam Neck Pillow, $39.99 at Amazon 

The Essential Road Trip Journal 

Have a friend that’s moving cross country this year or driving through all the US National Parks? Give them this fun road trip journal which features inspiring images and prompts to help you memorialize your adventures. “Life’s a Road Trip” Journal, $27.88 at Amazon

GoPro’s Latest Model: The Hero 9

GoPro Hero 9 digital camera

While I haven’t tested this new model out for myself yet, the footage I have seen from friends shooting with the Hero 9 is truly incredible. If you don’t want to lug around a big DSLR camera on your next trip or want to do some fun underwater video, this is the camera you need right now. GoPro Hero 9, $449 at Amazon

Travel Sized Essential Oil Diffuser

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

Bring a little slice of calm to your next destination with this sea foam green essential oil diffuser and then use it daily at home to calm yourself until you can travel again. Serene House Travel Sized Essential Oil Diffuser, $25 at Urban Outfitters 

Chunky Knit Travel Slippers

Eberjey knit slippers

These chunky knit travel slippers are easily packable so that you can bump up the cozy factor on your next flight or for that future hotel stay. Plush Ankle Slipper Sock, $44 at Eberjey.

A Lightweight, Packable Yoga Towel 

For the yogi on the go. This high quality travel yoga mat is lightweight and easily packable so there’s no excuse to skip your next vinyasa flow. Carry Onwards Travel Yoga Mat, $88 at Lululemon

Reusable and Spill-Resistant Coffee Mug 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

I’m a huge fan of Ellie Bullen and her sustainable, health-focused brand The Wholesome Store, and  I’ve been eyeing these chic reusable mugs from her shop lately. With a spill-resistant design, they’re ideal for travel and you can literally throw them in your bag and bring them along on any adventure. Reusable Spill-Resistant Coffee Mug, $22 at The Wholesome Store 

Arctic Faux Fur Lined Mittens

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

The best mittens I’ve ever owned, hands down. I purchased this faux-fur pair prior to my Norway trip a couple years ago and they were a game-changer for keeping my fingers toasty throughout the trip’s many outdoor activities. If you’re headed to any winter destinations in 2022, make sure to check these out. 66 Degrees North Arctic Mittens, $65 at 66 Degrees North

Fingerprint Technology Padlock 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

Padlocks can come in very handy during travel, whether it’s keeping your items safe in a hostel or just securing your luggage. This ultra secure fingerprint lock system might just be the best padlock invention yet. Benjilock Fingerprint Padlock, $30.99 at Bed Bath Beyond

Eye Gel Rescue Patches 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

There’s nothing that says “I just came off a long flight” more than dark circles under the eyes. These gel rescue patches will have you returning to your normal glow in no time. Flashpatch 5 Minute Rejuvenating Eye Gels by Patchology, $15 at Nordstrom

Custom Travel Map Prints

Custom map prints

Have a friend that won’t shut up about that one city in Europe she visited 5 summers ago? Help her keep the memories alive with these personalized map prints that will look modern and beautiful in any home. Custom Map Prints, $9.50 at Etsy

The Ultimate Comfy Walking Shoes 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

The current industry go-to for comfy walking shoes, Allbirds has hit the nail on the head with their wool runners, available in a slew of neutral and fun colors. Wool Runner Mizzles, $115 at Allbirds 

An In-Flight Seatback Organizer 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

OCD germaphobes rejoice! This genius concept from Shay Mitchell’s brand Béis allows you more organization in-flight without having to go fishing in the seatback pocket in front of you. The Seatback Organizer in Beige, $24 at Béis 

A Great Travel Read 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

There’s nothing like a great travel read to help you get swept away by tales of far off lands. These three are a few of my favorites that I’ve devoured over the years. If you’re planning an American West trip, start with the classic “Into the Wild.” For South American adventures, go with brand new NYTimes Bestseller “To Shake the Sleeping Self.” And for anyone headed on a Euro adventure in 2021, Bill Bryson’s classic “Neither Here Nor There” will have you chuckling your way through every European mishap. From Left to Right: “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, $15 // “To Shake the Sleeping Self” by Jedidiah Jenkins, $11.90 // “Neither Here Nor There” by Bill Bryson, $15.99 all at Barnes & Noble

A Professional Camera For Your Next Adventure

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

This is the camera body I personally shoot with and I can’t say enough good things about it. Sony’s mirrorless cameras are incredible for travel photography and are wonderfully compact—perfect for upping your photography game whether you’re exploring near or far. Shop the most updated model in the Sony A7 series, the A7RIV, $3498 at Amazon.

The Best Light-Blocking Sleep Mask Ever

Alaska bear light blocking sleep mask

I’ve tried a lot of sleep masks in my day and this super affordable one from Alaska Bear is the surprising winner! With many other sleep masks I’ve found that they’re either uncomfortable or don’t block enough light. This one gets 10/10 for both comfort and function and the fact that it’s under $10 makes it a no brainer. Alaska Bear Sleep Mask, $9.99 at Amazon

Beautiful Luggage Sets by Douchebags

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

The Douchebags brand was started by travel influencers, which means they’ve put thought into what today’s modern day entrepreneurial travelers need most. I love the unique design of these bags that don’t just look like another Away replica and they come in beautiful neutral colors. Bonus: Luggage always looks more impressive under the Christmas tree. Douchebags Desert Khaki Luggage Collection, from $99 at Douchebags 

Shop More of the Most Stylish Luggage Brands Here 

Mini Sized Travel Beauty Products 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

Packing all the full-sized beauty products is mega annoying, so a few minis of favorite products is a great gift—especially as a stocking stuffer. From Left to Right: Thayers Natural Witch Hazel Toner, $5 // Frank Bod Mini Body Scrub, $10 // Gourmand Hand Cream Mini, $5 all at Urban Outfitters 

A Bag For All That Wet Beach Stuff 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

This clever pouch is a great giftable for anyone with a tropical trip on the horizon and they’ll love bringing it along to keep all their sandy gear separate from the rest. Wet Stuff Bag, $39 at Shopbop 

National Park Themed Candles

Not only are these candles meant to bring back the aromas of each of our beloved National Parks, but a portion of all proceeds will go to the National Parks Foundation to help preserve our beautiful natural spaces. Good & Well Supply Co Candles, $39 each at Santa Ynez General

A Cozy Set to Sleep or Relax In 

Cozy is the name of the game this season, and you’ll want this Free People set on hand for all those ski cabin getaways and nights spent by the fireplace. Organic Waffle Cotton Sweatshirt ($119) and Shorts ($79) at Free People

Your New Language Learning Tutor 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

Rosetta Stone is one of the best programs out there for learning a new language, whether you’re trying to become fluent or just pick up a few phrases before a trip. With more time on our hands at home, this is a great time to add a new skillset to your repertoire and Rosetta Stone has 24 different languages available. Rosetta Stone Language Learning Programs (pricing varies), at Rosetta Stone 

Powerful Wide Angle Attachment Lens for iPhone

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

Can’t bother bringing a big camera along on your adventures? No worries. Just attach Moment’s high quality iPhone lenses to upgrade your photos in an instant, without the extra weight. Moment Wide Angle Lens for iPhone, $119.99 at Amazon

Travel Coffee Table Books 

You can’t go wrong with a great coffee table tome as a gift to bring a bit of wanderlust back home. These three are some of my personal favorites. “Travel Home: Design With a Global Spirit” by Caitlin Flemming and Julie Goebel, $26.88 at Amazon // “Italy” by Gray Malin, $26 at Amazon // My Tiny Atlas by Emily Nathan, $30 at West Elm

Aesop’s Departures Beauty Kit 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

Bring the hotel luxe vibe into your home with this high end hair and body care travel kit from Aesop. If anyone knows how to make a woman feel refreshed after a long-haul, it’s them. Aesop Departures Travel Kit, $35 at Bergdorf Goodman

A Compact Travel Jewelry Case 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

Jewelry might be one of the most annoying things to pack on any trip, but luckily Mejuri is here to save the day. This compact jewelry case makes it easy to pack everything from necklaces and stud earrings to stackable rings. Travel Jewelry Case, $75 at Mejuri 

Artistic Camera Strap 

unique desert and mountain landscape camera strap

Personalize your camera accessories with this beautiful strap depicting a mountain desert scene. Perfect for documenting those hiking adventures, or wherever your curiosity takes you. Camera Strap, $27 at Etsy

A Silk Travel Pillowcase

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

The benefits of the silk pillowcase are many: from reducing wrinkles and frizz to keeping skin more hydrated. So why not pack one for your travels that you can also use at home? This one by Slip is a favorite and will make a world of difference next time you wake up in a new timezone. Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase, $85 at Nordstrom

Cute AND Functional Hiking Boots 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

I bought these hiking boots prior to a National Park road trip two years ago and they’ve been my favorite boots that I’ve owned. I love that they’re actually cute–I find that most hiking boots aren’t–and the stretchy material at the back provides maximum comfort and less chafing to the back of the foot. Women’s Ontario Waterproof Hiking Boots, $170 at REI

A Worldwide Travel Adapter 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

Another item I recently picked up on my travels, this worldwide travel adapter comes in a cute little carrying case so you always have somewhere to put it when it’s not getting regular use. Uniq World Travel Adapter, $36.90 at Uniq

A Foldable Travel Hair Blowdryer

No one wants their hairdryer taking up half their luggage. Which is why this folding version by T3 is an essential item for any jetsetting girl boss. T3 Folding Compact Hairdryer, $150 at Urban Outfitters

A Glamping Gift Card 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

Have a friend or loved one that is obsessed with glamping? Glamping gives you all the benefits of camping without all the annoyances that come with it. Glamping Hub, the go-to search and booking engine for the best glamping experiences now allows you to purchase gift cards on their site so you can let your loved one get excited about planning out a fun new adventure. Glamping Hub Gift Card at Glamping Hub

Le Labo’s Fragrance Discovery Set 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

Full-sized fragrances are an impractical item to put on the packing list, but with Le Labo’s trial sized discovery set, you can find the fragrance you love most and pack it easily for your next trip. Le Labo Fragrance Discovery Set, $89 at Nordstrom

Wallpaper Pocket-Sized City Guides

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Brought to you by Wallpaper* magazine, these pocket-sized city guides curate the best of the best when it comes to architecture, design, luxury and style in the top destinations around the world. Wallpaper Pocket Size City Guides, $11.95 each at Amazon 

The Go-To Down Sweater Jacket for Cold Weather Travel 

The Most Stylish Travel Gifts For Her

This is an essential closet staple for anyone traveling to cold weather destinations. I’ve worn mine everywhere around the world from LA to Norway to Prague, and it continues to be one of my go-to layers in the winter season. Patagonia Down Sweater Zip-Up Jacket, starting at $279 at Backcountry

Reusable Makeup Containers

These chic marbled silicone containers from Kitsch are my new favorite staples for packing makeup and skincare products. In TSA-approved volumes, these are great for packing products that don’t come in small sizes. The best part is they’re dishwasher safe for easy cleanup once you return home. Kitsch Silicone Travel Jar Set, $19 at Kitsch

What are some of your favorite travel gifts for her? Would love to hear your ideas in the comments below! 

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