Updated December 2020

Christmas shopping is now in full swing. And while you might have the kids covered, it’s your husband or wife you’re probably still worrying about.

No fear! Here are 17 great gift ideas for the men and women in your life who travel for fun or work (or both!)

Twelve will work for a man or woman (or both!); and six are just for moms or dads. Get shopping!

17 Christmas Gifts for Women and Men Who Travel

Gift of Travel: Kid-Free weekend Getaway

Get away to a b&b without the kids this year.

Want to make sure you get a kid-free getaway in next year? Give your spouse a BnBFinder travel gift certificate this Christmas, good at 1,500 B&Bs and small inns in the U.S. and elsewhere. All you have to do is choose one and find a babysitter!

Christmas Gifts Just For Women

Cozy Socks

Almost nothing makes me happier in winter than socks that keep my feet warm and dry when you’re outdoors.


These Cuddl Duds Snowflake Diamond Socks are a blend of moisture-wicking synthetics and soft cashmere, to give your feet a little extra pampering on those long ski days or winter hikes.

My advice is to buy several pairs!

Perfect Pajamas:


I don’t know about you, but I find it impossible to find that just-right temperature setting in hotel rooms. And usually I wind up too warm.

So love these Ekouaer capri pajamas that look are meant to look cute and keep you cool.

Travel Valet & Catch-All

I like this Bandana Travel Valet. It’s a zipped pouch that opens into a basket.

It’s a place to gather all those small items that can easily get left behind in a hotel, like chargers and eyeglasses.

It can be a handy make-up or toiletry bag because you open it up at your destination and everything is easy to see.

And it’s cute, too.

Christmas Gifts Just For Men

Jump Starter Power Pack:


Unpack those heavy jumper cables that are no use if there isn’t another car around. Instead pack the DBPower portable jump starter and power pack.

It’s a compact, portable battery charger that will jump any gas and some diesel engines. It can also charge your portable electronics. Consider it an essential to pack before your next road trip.

Travel Trousers:

We’ve written about Ex Officio’s clever travel underwear.

Travel pants resist water, stains and wrinkles.

Traveling dads will also like their Men’s Nomad Pants in khaki or slate.

They have front and side pockets that zip, are wrinkle, stain and water-resistant and have SPF 30 sun protection. And they don’t look so much like travel pants that you couldn’t wear them with a blazer to dinner.

Texting Gloves:

We’ve recommended Glove.ly gloves for women who want to keep their fingers warm while using their phone in cold weather.

Keep your hands warm while you use your phone with glide gloves

Now we suggest Glider Gloves for men who text. Choose “urban” for a narrower profile — think fall weekends and evenings out — and thicker “winter” style for cold days.

Christmas Gifts For Mom or Dad

Smart Travel Accessories

The Most Packable Winter Jacket:

Tumi makes the mid-weight Clairmon puffer jacket for women and Patrol midweight jacket

The clever thing about both is that they fold up into a u-shaped travel pillow.

No stuffing your jacket into your suitcase or under your feet when you fly in cold weather. And no packing space-sucking travel pillow.

I really love it.

Innovative Travel Pillow:

Neck pillow mask

I’ve resisted using neck pillows on airplanes because I usually feel like their utility doesn’t justify the space they eat up in my carry-on.

But I wouldn’t mind finding the Voyage Pillow under the Christmas tree.

Use it as a traditional neck support or as a pillow/eye mask combo. It’s surprisingly compact and packs well. Plus, it comes in 4 colors.

Presents for Techies: Gadgets & Accessories

Dashboard Cell Phone Holder

I don’t know how I ever traveled without Google Maps.

When I’m both driver and navigator I like having the map where I can glance it while keeping my eyes on the road. But I don’t trust those cell-phone holders that clip into your plastic air vents.


So I was really happy to find IOttie’s dashboard-mounted holder. It sticks securely to your dashboard.

Just pop you phone into the holder, adjust the arm to the right height for the drive and hit the road!

Phone Charge and Photo Backup:

I always love finding a travel product that does double duty.

Charge your phone and back it up at the same time.

The MEEM Memory charges phones and tablets while also backing up the photos, videos, contacts and other data on the phone each time you plug in to charge your device.

Thirty-two, 64 and 128GB drives store data on up to three devices and keep it safe with a PIN code. For people who tend to lose things on vacation, this is a handy bit of extra security.

Smart Home Hub:

Whether you’re coming home from vacation or arriving at a weekend house, it’s nice to have a light on waiting for you—and in winter, the heat! Assurance that things have been fine in your absence makes it easier to relax.

Samsung's smart house hub

The Samsung SmartThings Home Hub can help with that. Connect lights, a water sensor and other peripherals to monitor your home and make changes from your phone.

Sync it with your Alexa, to control your house by voice when you’re home!

Camera Holster:

I’ve always taken a lot of photos when I travel. But now it’s a professional requirement.

I like to keep my camera out of its case and handy when we’re sightseeing or hiking. But strung from a shoulder strap I worry about dropping it, or that it will swing and bang into something hard, like the rock I’m climbing over.


So I really appreciate Cotton Carrier’s side-waist holster. You keep your camera on its shoulder and tuck into into the holser to keep it from swinging around.

It seems ideal for keeping cameras that are too big for a pocket both secure and handy.

It works best if you have a belt to hang it on, but a backpack waist strap works, too.

Phone and Card Case:

This case carries your phone, money, credit card or id

This vCommute phone case is handy for travel and all kinds of outing where you need cash and car, but you don’t want to bring a purse.

It has a slot for carrying a credit card, ID or cash (about 2 items). The cover that hides your stash doubles as a kickstand for your phone.

The case meets military drop-test standards from four feet. It comes in rose gold as well as black and gray.

The Gift of Better Packing

A New Packing Organizer:

Stow and go

The Stow-N-Go Portable Luggage System will appeal to parents who like packing cubes. Hang it from a rack and fill its three layers with everything you want to pack.

Then collapse it and place it into a 20-inch-wide suitcase. Pull the whole thing out when you arrive at your vacation destination to hang in a closet and you’re instantly unpacked.

It claims to save space by 30% and even has room for laundry.

A Christmas Present to Keep in Your Car

Compact Escape Tool:

The owl can break a window and slice a seatbelts

The OWL Open Window for Life is a flat, credit-card-sized emergency escape tool for the car. It can slice through seatbelts and safely smash a car window.

For families who road-trip a lot it’s a handy stocking stuffer gift for both mom and dad. Buy one each the driver the passenger-side visor and the backseat.

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