9 Perfect Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life + A Holiday Giveaway


2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Cultural Xplorer

This post is part of the Jetsetter Roundup series

This year, celebrate the traveler in your life by considering giving them one of these nine gifts, which are sure to make anyone who loves travel very happy!

Make sure to check out the additional gift ideas on each page by travel bloggers around the world!

Disclosure: Please note that this post contains affiliate links (denoted by an asterisk*), which cost you nothing, but help keep this site running.

Travel Journal

Etsy Travel Journal Leather Airplane

Travel Journal * – Etsy ($60.00)

One great resource that the traveler in your life would appreciate is a travel journal. Not only are travel journals good for writing down notes about a destination, but they can also serve as a place to record expenses, or write down words in another language. Personally, I carry a journal with me on all of my trips and I have found them to be invaluable.

A great place to find unique travel journals is on Etsy, a marketplace where people around the world connect to make, sell and buy unique goods. Some of my personal favorite travel journals on Etsy are:

  • Travel Journal & Pencil Set* ($8.00) – This pocket sized hand-drawn journal was handcrafted in New York and has been and reproduced with high quality pigment inks on eco friendly speckled and textured recycled card stock.
  • Travel Sketchbook & Brown Leather Art Journal* ($89.00) – This awesome hand-made leather journal comes with a removable strap so you can wear it around your body and pockets inside of it so you can hold onto small items.
If you are looking for other handmade items or unique gift, consider checking out the Etsy Gift Guide for Travel Lovers by Jen at The Trusted Travellers.

Hire A Personal Photographer


Photo Credit: Flytographer

As a solo traveler, one thing that I wish that I could have with me during my travels is a personal photographer. Last year I found out about a great company called Flytographer*, the world’s first site to help travelers easily book a professional photographer in over 70 cities around the world for a fun, candid photo shoot.

If you are looking for unique and original gift ideas for the traveler in your life, check out this list of 20 Original and Fabulous Christmas Gifts for Travelers by Mar of Once in a Lifetime Journey.


The Gift of Travel

Cusco Peru Groupon Getaways

Photo Credit: Groupon

One of the best gifts that you can give to any traveler is the gift of more travel. A great website for booking experiential trips for the traveler in your life is Groupon. Groupon offers a number of different trip ideas such as:

  • Romantic Getaways* – If you know couples that love to travel but do not get to do it that often, this would be the perfect gift.
  • All-Inclusive Vacations* – Book a trip for the traveler in your life where everything is taken care of and all they have to do is show up.
  • Outdoor and Adventure* – Does your traveler love outdoor activities? Groupon has great getaways for the adventurous traveler in your life.
If you are looking for additional ideas for the adventurous traveler in your life, check out this Ultimate List of Gifts for Backpackers by Will at the Broke Backer and this Adventure Gift Guide by Michelle at Anywhere at Home.


For Him: Grooming Kit

Grooming Kit Brookstone

Royal Executive Leather Travel & Grooming Kit – Brookstone ($100)

A great gift to give the male traveler in your life is a grooming kit. If you are looking for a nice grooming kit for the man in your life, Etsy has all of your gift needs covered. Here are some of my favorite kits from Etsy:

  • Burds of Paradise Men’s Grooming Kit* ($26.67) – This vegan-friendly kit contains a shaving brush, beard oil, shaving soap, and soap slices to keep your man well-groomed and feeling clean.
  • Men’s Grooming Kit* ($50.35) – This vintage style grooming kit that was made in England contains:a metal razor, a nail clipper, a plastic comb, a glass mirror, plastic containers, and a tooth Brush.
If you are looking for more gift ideas for the man in your life, check out this great list of Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas by Paul of A Luxury Travel Blog.


For Her: Coordinate Jewelry

Coordinate Jewelry

Photo Credit: The Modern Bazaar

Coordinate jewelry is a piece of jewelry that has coordinates stamped into it. A great gift for the female traveler in your life would be coordinates of a place they have lived, to help them remember home when they travel, or a place that they have traveled to, to help them remember the special moments that they had on the road. Etsy sells a number of great pieces of coordinate jewelry including:

[similar to the one pictured above] is a beautiful reminder of places your traveler has been. It comes in three colors: silver, 18K gold-filled, and rose gold filled.
  • Dainty Coordinates Ring* ($42.00) – This beautiful ring can be engraved with coordinates on the inside and the outside and comes in silver, 18K gold, and rose gold.
  • If you are looking for more gift ideas for the woman in your life, check out the Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for her this Christmas by Paul of A Luxury Travel Blog and the Gift Guide for Traveling Women by Brenda at Dish Our Town.


    For The Mini-Traveler: Multicultural Books

    Multicultural Children's Books

    Books are a great tool for children to use to learn about the world around them. Books are a great learning tool also for helping to learn new words, understanding cultural norms, and building comprehension.

    Some great books for your little traveler include:

    If you are looking for additional gifts ideas for the young traveler in your life, check out this Top 11 Gift Ideas for Kids by Erin and Josh at Travel with Bender.

    For The Photographer: Compact Camera

    Fujifilm X-E1

    Fujifilm X-E1, Photo Credit: Steve’s Digicams

    A camera is the perfect gift to give a traveler to help them to capture all of those special moments during their trip.

    I currently shoot with three cameras, a mirrorless Fujifilm X-E1*[pictured above], a Canon PowerShot S95*, and a GoPro HERO3+*. Each of these cameras serves a different function: my Fujifilm captures all of my beautiful and scenic shots (do you remember the sunsets in Santorini?), my S95 is excellent for food photography or just carrying around when I go out, and my GoPro is great for capturing video (yup, I used it for those beautiful scenes I captured in Bermuda).

    If you are looking for a great camera but you are not sure where to start, National Geographic put together a great list of Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers. Some of my favorites on their list include the:

    If you are looking for additional electronic gifts ideas for the traveler in your life, check out this list of Top 15 Christmas Travel Gift Ideas For Adults by Erin and Josh at Travel with Bender;

    Travel-Themed Candles

    Travelista Teri Cape Town candle

    A Travelista scented candle is the perfect gift for a travel lover and will fill their home with scents from various destinations around the world. Inspired by the travels of Travelista Teri, the Travelista Candles create a sensory experience that could take people on a journey to destinations such as Cape Town, Bali, and Rio de Janeiro.

    Personally, one of my favorite scents from the Travelista Candle line is the Cape Town candle, which is comprised of three beautiful scents: bergamot, freesia, and tea rose. The scents of the candle remind me of my trip to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa.

    The eco-friendly 100% soy wax Travelista Candles start at $12.00 and are available for purchase on the Harlem Candle Company website.

    Watch the video below to learn about Teri’s Travelista Candles!

    *Disclosure: Teri provided me with a Cape Town candle for review purposes.

    For The Foodie: Travel Subscription Box

    Try the World

    Try the World Subscription Box

    Your food + traveling loving friend will certainly love you forever if you buy them a food box subscription by the company Try The World.  In November I had the pleasure of reviewing their Argentina Try The World Box and I had an amazing time eating all of the delicious treats inside and learning a little bit about Argentinian culture in their Culture Guide.

    Try the world currently offers specially curated food subscription boxes from a number of countries including Argentina, Spain, Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, and Morocco.

    More Gift Ideas for Your Traveler …

    Kate Spade earrings

    Holiday Travel Gift Guide (The Sophisticated Life)

    Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Wanderlusters (The Aussie Flashpacker)

    Planet Blaster 2014 Travel Holiday Gift Guide (The Planet Blaster)

    The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers & The 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers (Travel Addicts)

    20 Original and Fabulous Gifts for Travelers (Once in a Lifetime Journey)

    Best Gifts for Travelers That You Will Be Thanked For (Chronic Wanderlust)

    10 New Tried & Tested Tempting Travel Gifts (Two Scots Abroad)

    10 Top Cruise Gadgets for 2015: Technology Edition (Eat Sleep Cruise)

    Travel Accessories I Have Found Most Useful (Travel Diaries)

    The Pack Me To 2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Travelers (Pack Me To)

    Gifts for People Who Travel (Just A Pack)

    10 Beast Gifts for Travelers (Solitary Wanderer)

    5 Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life (Holly Dayz)

    15 Perfect Gifts for World Travelers (Savored Journeys)


    This year, CulturalXplorer.com is partnering with Travelista Teri and Try The World to provide some amazing prizes to one lucky winner!

    Travelista Teri Candles

    Travelista Teri Candles 3 Pack – Martinique, Bai, and Marrakesh

    The first prize are three scented candles by Travelista Teri. The candles have scents from Martinique, Bali, and Marrakesh.

    Here is a little bit of information about each candle:

    • This “Martinique” candle, made exclusively by The Harlem Candle Company, will add touches of beramot, coastal flowers, and citrus to your home. The 4 oz travel size “Martinique” soy candle will burn for up to 20 hours.
    • This Travelista “Bali” candle, made exclusively by The Harlem Candle Company, will add touches of patchouli, ylang ylang, sweet orange, and jasmine to your home. The 4 oz size “Bali” soy candle will burn for up to 20 hours.
    • Imagine wandering through the fresh flower and exotic shops found in the Marrakesh souk. With it’s notes of Moroccan Jasmine, Spanish bergamot, ylang ylang, and a hint of patchouli, the MARRAKESH Candle will remind you of the elegant and vibrant essence of this captivating Moroccan city.
    Try the World Holiday Gift Box

    Try the World Holiday Gift Box

    Try the World Holiday Gift Box

    Try the World Holiday Gift Box

    The second prize is the Special Edition Holiday Box from Try the World. This holiday box, which was curated by food and wine expert David Rosengarten, includes 8 holiday foods from eight countries around the world including:

    • Chocolate Truffles from Canada
    • Mixed Berries from Finland
    • Ruby-Red Restorative Tea from the United Kingdom
    • Gingersnaps from Sweden
    • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil from Israel
    • Panettone Bread from Italy
    • Açai Dessert Sauce from Brazil
    • Cookies from Morroco

    Additionally, the box also comes with a Culture Guide that tells you a little bit about each product’s origins, gives you recipes to create some delicious holiday treats with your products, and provides a special playlist of holiday songs.

    I know I personally cannot wait to continue using the products in my holiday box this Christmas season!

    To enter, complete the steps below:

    Cultural Xplorer Holiday Giveaway 2015

    Disclosure: Try The World and Travelista Teri provided these wonderful gifts for one lucky reader. I love both of these products and all opinions about the products are my own.

    By |2018-05-04T07:31:04+00:00December 6th, 2015|Destinations|55 Comments


    1. Jen @ The Trusted Traveller Dec 6, 2015 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chanel for including my Etsy post. This is a great list of gifts, many of which I would love to receive this Christmas. I especially love the coordinates necklace. It’s very unique and not something I have seen before. I hope you have a lovely festive season!

    2. Nadeen Dec 7, 2015 at 1:00 am - Reply

      Yes please to all of these! I love them all. I need to write in my journal more! The candles sound intriguing and so do the “try the world” boxes. Thank you for including my gift guide!

    3. Poppy WholeHealedAndHappy Dec 7, 2015 at 4:06 am - Reply

      Wow a personal photographer for holiday pics I never even knew this existed… This would even be handy for those travelling as a family or couple… how many photos on holidays have someone missing and who wants to hand their very expensive camera to a stranger in the middle of central park?? Love the journal I want one!!

    4. lianayada Dec 7, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

      I love the idea of a compact grooming kit, but always wonder why they are touted “for him”. Don’t women need to clip their nails also?

      • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm - Reply

        Haha I never thought about that! I suppose the one in the picture could be used for women, however I think the shaving grooming kits are more for males 😀

    5. Holly Dec 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      The coordinate jewelry is nice. I would take that.

    6. Heather Lawrence Dec 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Snagging the list of multicultural books! One of my goals for my dayhome is to incorporate more multicultural activities and it’s so hard to find quality books!! Plus the travel journal is genius!
      Question for you…I see you have a trip planned to Canada next summer..where are you going?

      • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

        I find multicultural books to be invaluable to teach my students about different cultures.

        I will be heading to Toronto and the surrounding areas. Are you from Canada?

        • Heather Lawrence Dec 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm - Reply

          Yes I am!! We love about 3 1/2 hours away from the Rocky Mountains. Absolutely beautiful out west. If you ever get a chance you should visit Banff.

          • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm - Reply

            Banff has been on my list for ages! I definitely hope to get out that way soon!

            • Heather Lawrence Dec 7, 2015 at 8:09 pm

              We try and get there at least every other year. It’s really nice to experience all year round. It’s one of those places that crawls down into your soul and leaves you changed.

    7. Jenn @ EngineerMommy Dec 7, 2015 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      These are great gift ideas for the traveler. I have a few people in my life that I think would love any of these gifts. I love the idea of a travel journal. It’s a wonderful way to document one’s travels!

    8. Kita Dec 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      I heard about that photo thing for travel very neat. I even knew of one person who hired a photographer to travel with them to Disney world to take photos…extreme but I get it

      • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 7, 2015 at 6:19 pm - Reply

        The great thing about Flytographer is that they have photographers in cities around the world which is definitely more cost effective than paying to bring a photographer along! 😀

    9. Coach Donna Dec 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      These are beautiful journals! the
      Travel Journal & Pencil Set is a great Stocking Stuffer Gift Set, and as it says Cute Recycled Notebook – for any gift – Loving the leather bound one for my son – as he is the artist. But, my hubby is great at journaling and he is still that artist at heart

      • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 7, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

        It sounds like both your husband and son would appreciate the journals for their artistic abilities Donna! 😀

    10. PATRICE M FOSTER Dec 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      These are great gift ideas. Love the travel journal & Pencil sets for a friend who started a writing class.

      • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 7, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

        Thanks Patrice! Someone who is about to take a writing class would definitely appreciate having a new journal! 😀

    11. PennyPincherJenny Dec 7, 2015 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      These are all amazing gift ideas for travelers!! I have a friend who travels all over the world sometimes alone, I had no idea about the personal photographer. I know I travel with my kids a lot and it can be hard to get someone to snap our photo for us.

      • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 7, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

        Thanks so much Jenny; I think a personal photographer would be a great idea then for you and your family during your travels! 😀

    12. JoAnna Niles Dec 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      I’m all for the gift of travel. If someone can grant my visa to Brazil, I think I’ll love them forever. Lol great gift guide.

    13. Tiffany Speegle Dec 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      I never knew about some of this stuff until I visited…great ideas! I love them!

    14. Kristen Cramer Dec 7, 2015 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      The travel journal would make a lovely gift!

    15. Rochkirstin Santos Dec 7, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      These days, it’s quite hard to think about gifting physical items to my loved ones because they seem to have everything they already want. Offering services such as photography as you mentioned sounds pretty cool. I just got myself a new mirrorless cam.

      • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 7, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

        Yes, I think having a photographer or a subscription service would be great gifts for the person who has everything. I also have a mirrorless and I love it! 😀

    16. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 9, 2015 at 11:13 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome Maria and it definitely can be hard to remember everything, which makes a journal the perfect thing to travel with! 😀

    17. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 9, 2015 at 11:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks Valerie! 😀

    18. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 9, 2015 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      I agree Jillian, it definitely would be a way to travel without having to travel! 😀

    19. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 9, 2015 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      Agreed Tiffany – having a photographer definitely can help capture all of life’s precious moments 😀

    20. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 9, 2015 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Kasi and I hope that you get some things from this list during the holidays! 😀

    21. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 9, 2015 at 11:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Tyra and which box did you get? I am really interested in trying the one from Spain! 😀

      • Tyra Dec 10, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

        I got Spain with France for free! I haven’t gotten to either of them LOL

    22. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 9, 2015 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      I love them both too Mimi! 😀

    23. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 9, 2015 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      That’s great Christine, thank you! Photography is very important to me as well – especially because I love to reminisce about times past 😀

    24. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 9, 2015 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks Brenda, you’re welcome, and happy holidays to you and your family as well! 😀

    25. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 9, 2015 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jonna, I always try to find unique items for travelers and the coordinates jewelry was so cool I had to include it! 😀

    26. Drive on the Left Dec 10, 2015 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Love the idea of the Travel Subscription Box. Who wouldn’t want a box of interesting items from around the world showing at their doorstep?

    27. Ariel Dec 10, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Travel is the perfect gift!

    28. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 13, 2015 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Heather, and every year I always try to find some items that are a little bit different than what people might normally see! 😀

    29. iluv2globetrot Dec 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      This is awesome! I’d totally want the photographer as Im usually traveling solo. Would be nice to get some pro shots. Of course the candles sound lovely as well.

      • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer Dec 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

        I agree Nicole! It would definitely be great to get some pro shots when traveling and the candles smell so wonderful! 😀

    30. Rhonda R Dec 13, 2015 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      My brother and I are taking a great trip together in the next few months. I am planning on buying him a journal to keep track of all we do!

    31. Mj Gardner Dec 14, 2015 at 6:18 am - Reply

      This is such a great list! I especially love the Travel Journal.

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