The holidays are right around the corner and I want to help you deck the halls with all of my favorite travel gifts! This is my completely unbiased holiday gift guide based on what I’m absolutely loving this holiday season. Some of these items I already own and some of them I’m eyeing for my own holiday travel gifts list!
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The Ultimate Jean: I first found DL1961 jeans at a little boutique in Manhattan Beach and I quickly fell in love with their styles, shape, and of course – the way they made my booty look! Since then, I’ve purchased countless styles, but I always go back to the Instasculpt. Plus, as a shorty (I’m 5’2” on a good day), their “ankle” jeans fit as normal jeans so I don’t have to get them hemmed!
Skincare Goddess: My 200,000 miles a year of travel are great for my wanderlust, but can wreak havoc on my skin. To protect my skin and keep it moisturized, I use a wide variety of products from Skinceuticals, Sunday Riley, Caudalie, and SuperGoop. To cleanse my skin, I use Sunday Riley Slip Cleanser. To protect my skin and repair the skin, I use Skinceuticals Vitamin C E Ferulic Acid, Sunday Riley High-Dose Retinoid, and SuperGoop SPF 50 sunscreen (the only sunscreen that doesn’t make me break out!). To moisturize my skin, I use Dermalogica Eye Cream, Sunday Riley moisturizer, and Caudalie Overnight Rose Oil.
Cleansing: You can use all of the great moisturizers and toners on your face, but if you’re not cleaning it properly, all of those precious skincare products aren’t going to do as great of a job. I love my new Clarisonic Mia Prima. Even in my 30’s, I still get breakouts, but the Clarisonic Mia helps cleanse my skin, get rid of dead skin cells, and allows my skincare products to absorb better.
Workout Clothes: I like to work hard, play hard, and look good while doing it. When it comes to women’s workout clothes, my go to brands are Athleta, Lululemon, Sweaty Betty, Alo Yoga, and Lorna Jane. For workout pants that are both functional and sexy, I love these Alo Yoga Moto Leggings and Lorna Jane Vent Tights. For tanks, I love the Alo Yoga Vixen Tank. I also swear by the Lorna Jane Compress & Compact Sports Bra for high impact activities.
Music Time: Whenever we travel, we always pack the Bose SoundLink Micro so that we can have a good jam session wherever we are in the world! The SoundLink Micro is waterproof, lightweight, portable, and less than $100!
Treat Yourself: You don’t have to fly first class to enjoy lavish luxury. I love indulging in the hand wash and hand lotion from London’s fragrance experts, Molton Brown. Every time I wash my hands, I close my eyes and the scents transports me to Molton Brown flagship store in Mayfair, London. (I’m a big fan of the Sea Fennel and Pink Peppercorn.) I also love Aesop products. Since they’re on the more expensive side, I can’t buy them regularly, but when it comes to birthdays and holidays, I always ask for Aesop!
Haircare: This deep hydrating mask from Oribe brings the spa to your home. I love indulging in this ultra hydrating mask once a week! I also love the dry shampoo from R & Co, which smells fabulous and is amazing for those travel days where you need a little refresh button on your hair game!
Luggage: For the seasoned traveler, Tumi and Rimowa are the go-to luggage brands. While they’re competitive brands, I simply love them both and use both of them often! Since they’re on the pricier side, they would be great travel gifts! For Tumi, I love using the Tumi Tegra Lite because it has plenty of space for a carry-on, it’s stylish, and sturdy. The downfall of the Tumi is that it’s a little heavy if you want to bring it international (9.4 pounds). I also travel with a Rimowa, which I love because it’s lightweight, sexy, and a complete status symbol if I’m being totally honest!
Jackets: For the winter season, I love to dress it up with various jackets. For fancier occasions, I love my Ralph Lauren camel coat. I could be wearing simple jeans and a t-shirt underneath and I’d still look put together in this classic coat. For the adventurer, I love the North Face Thermoball Hooded Jacket. This jacket is lightweight, warm, and packs down into a little ball (hence, ThermoBall) so it’s the perfect travel gift. Fun fact: I took this jacket on my around the world trip in 2015 and I just bought an updated version / color for future adventures!
Sunglasses: I first fell in love with Retrosuperfuture Sunglasses when I was on a trip to Mykonos and I’ve been obsessed ever since. The Italian made sunglasses are uber chic and fabulous and I can’t get enough of them. I especially love the Giaguro style for travel gifts. I also love the Raen Mason sunglasses.
Larq Bottle Water Bottle: This self cleaning water bottle and purification system is an awesome gift for travelers. You’ll save money by bringing your own bottle plus you’ll save plastic by using this reusable bottle. I just bought one for my father and I’m hoping I get one for Christmas!
Headphones: My absolute must travel with item are my Bose noise cancelling headphones. I prefer the in-ear headphones, but Beats by Dre also creates a wireless bluetooth version for the active traveler (these are not noise canceling). Both are amazing options for travel gifts for the woman that loves to travel.
Shoes: One of my favorite pairs of travel shoes – and just shoes in general for that matter – are the Vince Women’s Blair Slip On Sneaker. They’re comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off. For stylish day to night shoes, I also love the Soludos smoking slippers.
Workout Headphones: Yes, I’m mentioning these twice because I love them so much! For all of my fitness lovers out there, you have to check out the Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones by Beats by Dre. I can run, jump, and dance in these headphones and they never move. I love them dearly and they’re one of the best travel gifts!
Wine Lovers: For my wine lovers who like to have a glass of nice wine, but don’t want to open up an entire bottle, treat yourself to a Coravin. This device allows you to pour wine without opening up the cork, preserving your bottle for a longer period of time! I also love this wine gift set with an electric wine opener, aerator, and wine preserver.
Thanks for sharing so wonderful ideas.
I find it very difficult to find the right gift with the right budget
Thanks for sharing the information about travel gifts, I think your blog very helpful for more people.
Thank you very much for such an informational post, I loved this post.
I personally don’t compromise with shoes when I travel.
We should use personal Water Bottle like Larq, Don’t use any plastic item.
Stay Blessed 🧑🤝🧑
Could I make a suggestion to your list?
– carrying a reliable hygiene wash, especially for us young women sitting in one place (on the plane) for long lengths of time and not being able to shower sometimes within a 24 hour period can get very uncomfortable. Younger women may not have this issue but late 20s and early 30s are in for a surprise. No travel blogger doing asia should go without a reliable hygiene wash