The 2016 TravelLatte Holiday Gift Guide

It’s been said there is nothing a traveler likes more than the open road. We think that’s not entirely true. Travelers also love well-thought gifts! I mean, who doesn’t? A gift that comes from the heart and says “this made the think of you” is a gift that will be cherished. After all, it’s those gifts that we will continue to use, and think kindly of the giver no matter where in the world we are.

This year, we searched for gifts that make life on the road better, or bring a bit of travel to our homes. A few favorites return from years past, along with several new items travelers will use and appreciate. Except for the last two items, all of this year’s picks are available via Amazon by following our links. (TravelLatte is an Amazon Affiliate.) In fact, there are even more great gift ideas at the bottom of this page. We know you’ll find something that’s just perfect for the hard-to-shop-for globetrotter on your list. Or perhaps, you can just print up this list and leave it out for Santa to see. Maybe he (or she?) will get the hint. 😉

Our new favorite souvenir: Throw pillows from our favorite destinations.

Our new favorite souvenir: Throw pillows from our favorite destinations.

Favorite Finds

Last year’s most popular new find was the selection of throw pillow covers from Airportag. It’s a fun way to decorate your nest with reminders of where you’ve landed, and they make great gifts for the travelers in your life. This year, Airportag has added some fun tote bags to the mix, too. Maybe you can’t send them to celebrate the Yuletide in Montreal, but you could send YUL to them, and that’s almost the same thing. Right?

Holiday Gift Guide - Scratch Map Deluxe via

The Luckies of London Scratch Map is a perennial favorite! It’s a fun way for you and your globetrotters to track your travels and show the world where you’ve been. Why just figuratively scratch countries off your list, when you can literally scratch them off a deluxe map of the whole wide world? Been to Bora Bora? Scratch it off. Seen the Seine? Scratch it off. Where to next?

Least Favorite Losses

Nobody loves losing their luggage. Navigating luggage trackers, though, can be as daunting as navigating the airport’s lost and found.

Holiday Gift Guide - Yepzon One Locator via

Of all the GPS tracking devices we have seen lately, the small but durable Yepzon One is our favorite. It’s an easy-to-use tracking device for anything you don’t want to lose…like your luggage. Toss the Yepzon One in your checked bag – a full battery charge will last up to a week – and follow it on the free Smartphone app. There is no OFF button, so you don’t have to worry about it accidentally shutting down, or wonder if you turned it on. Yepzon One comes with a middle-of-the-road price tag and six months of usage. After that, it’s $4.95 per month (for up to 5mb), with coverage in the US, Europe and Russia. Other areas have roaming packages available. Simple design, simple to use. When it comes to gift giving (and luggage finding), simple is good.

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Power to the People!

In airports, train stations, hotel lobbies, and coffee shops around the world, every traveler has faced the same dilemma: One outlet with a bajillion (or at least two or three) people needing to plug in. Heck, even when you’re the only one there, sometimes you need to charge up more devices than you can plug in. That’s why we love these two power plants:

Holiday Gift Guide - Travel Power Ports via

Belkin’s SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger has three outlets plus two USB ports (2 Amp, so you can plug in your iPad, too), and a built-in surge protector. So much handiness in one little plug-in makes a great travel gift!

Yubi Power makes a sleek and slick four port charger, which folds up into an even sleeker, pocket- or pack-able size. There is no standard outlet, but it does have one 2.4 Amp, and three 1 Amp USB ports. Comes in a variety of outlet types (US, Europe, UK, etc) to fit the region you live or travel in.

A Trio Presents from the Holiday Gift Guide via

A Gift Giving Trio: The NY Times’ 36 Hours books, the Carry On Cocktail Kit, and a Tinggly Gift Box.

Because everybody is working for the weekend

Sometimes all you have is a weekend and you want need to make the most of it! The New York Times’ series of inspirational 36 Hours guidebooks will help every traveler make the most of minimal time with well-planned itineraries around the world. Choose destinations in Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, USA & Canada, or Asia & Oceana. Or, if you’re the Go Big or Stay Home type, get the 36 Hours World (3/36/365) version with 365 36-hour adventures in 3 volumes. Great for daydreaming, planning and, of course, gifting!

Because sometimes you just need a cocktail. Shaken, not stirred.

Dear Old Dad used to buy the coolest and/or goofiest gifts in the belief that Christmas is not a time to be practical. You might never buy yourself a kit to turn airline mini-bottles of liquor into premium cocktails, but some nice Santa-type could. (Dad, we’re talking about you!) There are several varieties of the Carry On Cocktail Kit: Gin & Tonic, Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, and the classic Champagne Cocktail. But this is the holidays…go for the Hot Toddy Kit. (You’ll find them all in the TravelLatte Store below.)

The Gift of Adventure

Travel memories are made in the adventures you take. You can make sure your travelers bring home lots of memories with a Tinggly gift box. It’s akin to booking excursions in advance: You pick the gift, they pick the experiences. Maybe it’s shark diving in New Zealand, or wine tasting in Paris; learning about tea in China, or riding in a classic car in Cuba. Tinggly offers more than 350 adventures in 100 countries, at three gift/price levels that start at just $79 (plus shipping).

The Gift of Lounging

Holiday Gift Guide - Priority Pass via

Priority Pass lounge at Orlando MCO airport.
(Photo: Priority Pass)

Who doesn’t love an airport lounge? Comfy seating, free Wi-Fi, a cup of coffee, and some snacks sure make airport time less stressful and more productive. Airline lounges are nice perks, but if you’re not flying that airline, don’t have that credit card, or don’t have an expensive lounge pass, you’re not getting in, right? Actually, not right! Private lounge clubs are now “a thing,” and they have the perks we love. Priority Pass is one of the largest networks, with more than 1,000 lounges in 500 cities worldwide. Membership makes a great – and greatly appreciated – gift for your frequent flier. Membership options start at $99 plus $27 per visit, up to unlimited access for $399, and guests get in for just $27.

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For the Traveling Instagrammer

Turn your fridge into a travel photo gallery with, via

Turn your ‘fridge into a gallery of travel photos – way better than souvenir magnets!

Instagram is great for sharing vacation pictures, but we’ve discovered the greatness of turning those pictures into awesome souvenirs from our travels! will print your Instagrams and other photos on magnets you can arrange on the fridge, the filing cabinet, or metal frames on your wall. Or you can turn those photos into picture books, wall art, and cool retro prints to proudly display your Instagramography (which may or may not be an actual word). Great for Christmas or anytime, for gift giving and getting!

PS: Not an Instagrammer? You can upload photos right from your laptop. You can crop out the parts you’d rather forget, too. And everything ships for just $5 worldwide. Unless you spend more than $50. Then shipping’s free!

Ready for Holiday Shopping? Our last two gift recommendations can be purchased directly through the links provided. Everything else is in our handy Holiday Gift Guide Amazon store below, along with a curated collection of other gift ideas. When you buy a product through our store, we get a small commission. There is no extra cost to you, but it helps us keep travelling and blogging. And for that, we thank you!

TravelLatte's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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28 comments on “The 2016 TravelLatte Holiday Gift Guide

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    • Thanks David! We love that stratch off maps! We have some of the magnet pictures, and they’re awesome – just a great idea! Wish we had thought of that!! 😉 Merry Christmas, my friend!

    • Hello Miss Casual Travelist! We adore those pillows, and are trying to resist buying tons of them! (So far, so good, but we can’t hold out forever!) Merry Christmas, Brianna!

  2. Many great things I haven’t thought of before. I love the 3 36 books… I may have to look into them! I also never thought of the gift of lounging. this would be a really nice treat during travels!

    • Those are great books with tons of ideas! We enjoy curling up and scheming on dreary days when we can’t get out of the house with them. Personally, we’re hoping Santa decides we would like the gift of lounging. I’m sure you, too! 😉 Merry Christmas guys!

  3. Great list of Gifts for the Holidays! There are so many that I would love to have this Christmas. I must share this with my family 🙂 A my favorite are the Priority Pass which is a must for travelers and I like the magnets from Instagram photos. Wonderful Ideas and I pinned for myself and others to use. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks for you comment, Stephanie! We really like the Instagram magnets, too. And…well, all the rest of the goodies, too! Glad you found a few things you like. Hope Santa comes through for you! 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  4. The instagram magnets are a great idea! I know quite a few people that would really like that, including me! Also, the mini power splitter is a must-have item for any traveler. Great list! Very original ideas that I haven’t seen yet. *thumbs up*

    • Yay! Glad you liked the gift guide! There is nothing on there that we haven’t either gotten or wished for! Some are handy, some are just fun, but we like ’em all. Glad you do, too! Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks Lexx! We tend to buy things we like right away, but there are still a few items on here we hope Santa delivers. 😉 Glad you liked the list, and thanks for your comment. Happy Holidays, my friend!

  5. Dear Santa please can I have a Belkin’s SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger, as I really need one of those. Great list, enjoyed looking through it for ideas, very comprehensive and full of great ideas!

    • Thanks Garth! That mini charger is super helpful – we use ours all the time! Which probably says loads about our gadget dependence. 😉 Happy Holidays to you and Phil!

  6. Great list and tips. I always carry a wine cork wherever I go! I love the throw pillow idea. Interesting ideas I will keep in mind. I tend not to wait for a gift and go buy it myself!!

    • Hi Lisa – We are the same way, tending to snap up something we like right away. Those throw pillows are awesome! They make a cute tote bag now, too. We thought about getting a pillow for every airport but, it turns out, you really can have too many pillows. Who knew? Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Holidays!

  7. What a fantastic and informative guide! There are some things in here that are just so incredibly useful, such as the Yepzon One (brilliant!) and the 4-point charger (my husband actually has one of these as he is a geek and loves his devices which therefore requires a gadget to go with them all ensuring they can all be charged!). With plenty of time left until Santa arrives, I am sure there is something on this list that can be purchased for any discerning traveller (we have also bought the scratch map so our parents can scratch off where we have been during our nomadic life!). Pinned this so thank you so much for taking the time to be so thoughtful and compile this post 🙂 #feetdotravel

    • Hi Angie – A gadget for all of the gadgets. I never thought about it that way, but that’s exactly what we have. A few of them, in fact. 😉 The Scratch Map is what started our Gift Guide tradition a few years ago – it’s just so clever! Thanks for the pin and your comment. Hope you and Sy have Happy Holidays in your new home!

    • Hello, Travel Toes! Glad you liked the list. Hopefully, you found something in there you’d like to receive and – hopefully, again – you’ll find it under your tree this year! Happy Holidays, and thanks for visiting our blog!

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