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7 Travel Decor Ideas to Make Your Home Feel Like Your Favorite Place

The hardest part about coming home from vacation is leaving everything that you loved about it behind. Typically, a tacky shot glass or T-shirt quickly becomes your only memory of a life-changing trip. Here are six ways to personalize your home through travel decor so you can hold on to those precious memories a little bit longer. And bring that vacation feeling home.

How to Personalize Your Home to Feel Like Your Favorite Destination


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Similarly, Homesick Candles makes candles with unique scents for all 50 states. So if you loved the smell of spruce trees on a recent trip to Colorado, you can smell them once you’re back home.

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You don’t have to be a pro photographer to take awesome vacation photos. Photo website Artifact Uprising has an easy uploader that’ll transform even photos taken on your phone into a beautiful album, framed print, or calendar. I personally love the Instagram Friendly Books for your coffee table. Or enlarge some of your photos to hang in a gallery on your wall for some simple travel decor.



These thoughtfully designed map posters from Grafomap are another great addition to help personalize your home after a meaningful trip. Simply type in a location or city, and you can customize the colors, layout, and text. The company currently has nine different designs to fit almost any travel decor style.

Cutting Board

These state-shaped bamboo cutting boards are a unique way to show love for your favorite place, whether that’s where you’re from, currently living, or dreaming about. From wall-hanging to cheese-serving, who says home decor can’t serve a second purpose?

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Wall Mural

If you’re really looking to make a splash in your home, create your own wall mural wallpaper with your favorite vacation photo. Note that you will need a high-quality photo to enlarge for this travel decor item, however; has some epic photos of major travel landmarks. Or pick from the map wallpaper options for a more global approach.


Custom-designed pillows are a comfy and easy way to add travel decor of your favorite destination. Simply upload your favorite photo to Target Photo’s website, and bring your best vacation memory straight to your couch.

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Location-specific coasters are a simple and inexpensive way to personalize your home. I love the Idea Design Coaster Set, which features illustrations of six popular cities. These Neighborwoods Coasters are also a great option if you have a favorite memory from a certain destination. Check out Etsy for even more custom coasters and travel decor ideas.

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Romantic Travel

The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Travelers

Surprise your favorite jetsetter with one of these Valentine’s gifts for travelers—they’ll delight anyone who’s got a heart full of wanderlust.

Valentine’s Gifts for Travelers

Whether you’re looking for a fun gift for a friend or a romantic present for your significant other, you’ll find great inspiration on this list.

And be sure to check out our idea list on Amazon, featuring 50-plus items curated by our editors.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

Herbivore Botanicals Hydration Trio

This trio of travel-sized beauty products will keep her skin moisturized and healthy while traveling in the winter months. Kit includes Herbivore Botanicals’ famous body polish as well as a face mist and lip conditioner.

Personalized Gift on Etsy

If you’re looking to give a thoughtful and custom gift this year, check out Etsy’s hundreds of handmade gift options for Valentine’s Day. With travel-related items like a custom memory box, a personalized map keepsake box, and a star map print, you’ll easily find something she’ll treasure. All you need is a specific date or place you want to remember.

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Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

Any traveler will love this super comfy bathrobe that packs light and will keep you warm … because not every hotel has a five-star bathrobe.

Foley + Corinna Crossbody Bag

This is a stylish and practical bag for a traveler—its shape and handle are on-trend, and its medium size and zip-top closure make it great for urban adventures.

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Allbirds Wool Runners

Wool Runners from Allbirds

With spring on the horizon, a pair of Allbirds are the perfect gift for giving as a head start to the new season. From her favorite workout to a trot through the city, these lightweight, breathable sneaks will get her anywhere she needs to go.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Snowe Classic Terry Bathrobe

Gift the gift of a plush hotel robe that he can enjoy at home. This one is midweight and made of 100 percent long-staple cotton, which does mean it shrinks, so size up accordingly.

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Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling

If he’s an active traveler or day hiker, the Daylite Sling bag will be a great gift. The practical, lightweight, and slim bag is unisex and comes in different colors; read my full review, here.

Man Crates

Offering one of the most unique gifting experiences for men on the market, Man Crates has a variety of different box options. From this incredibly Personalized Barware Crate to a literal Zombie Annihilation Crate, there’s truly something for any kind of guy.

Travelon Revolution Underseat Carry-on Spinner

If short, weekday business trips are the norm, then Travelon’s new underseat carry-on spinner can be a useful gift. Made to fit under most airplane seats, it’s roomy and practical with a laptop compartment, easy-access front pocket, and anti-theft features.

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Battery Case for iPhone

Here’s the perfect gift for the guy whose phone is always on low-power mode. With a charging case always attached, his phone will never die again.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Both of You

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera

Any traveler will love this fun, instant-print camera. It’s lightweight to pack and comes in a classic design. It even has features like a double exposure, a high-performance flash, and macro mode.

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Umbra Hangit Photo Display

Hang your favorite vacation photos and memories with this DIY-inspired photo display. The kit comes with wire twine cords, wooden wall mounts, and clothespins to hang all your captured moments.

Wine and Cheese Picnic Set

For your partner who is like the wine to your cheese, get this Plush Picnic Set (bonus points for pre-packing the bag with a good bottle and a map to a picnic spot). The tote is insulated to keep things cold and comes with everything you need for a romantic afternoon: a wooden cheese board, cheese knife, corkscrew, bottle stopper, napkins, and shatterproof wine glasses.

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Shutterfly Photo Book

Impress your S.O. (or friend) with a custom photo album of a memorable trip together. Shutterfly makes the process easy with travel templates to choose among; or, you can have Shutterfly design it for you.

Eatwith Gift Card

The online platform Eatwith offers unique dining experiences in cities around the world and sells gift cards for booking. It’s the perfect travel gift for someone if you’ve already booked a trip … or are trying to hint at planning a new one.

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information. Tyler Schoeber contributed to this story. 

Holiday Travel Travel Trends

Travel Gift Cards and Other Last-Minute Gifts for People Who Hate Stuff

Don’t panic yet; if you have any travel-lovers on your list this year, they most likely don’t want more things cluttering up their jet-setting life. Luckily, travel gift cards and experiences can be purchased last minute and are sure-to-please.

Here are 12 travel gift cards to help fund their next vacation, and some other thoughtful ideas, because no matter how much they hate stuff, who wouldn’t want a four-course meal prepared by a chef on their next vacation?

Airline Gift Cards

If your favorite traveler has a favorite airline, purchase an airline gift card to help them afford his or her next flight. You can purchase gift cards for major airlines like Delta, Southwest, and American Airlines, as well as customer-favorite Hawaiian Airlines. Or purchase a general, airfare gift card through a website like

You can also gift a “skyhour”, which is a website that lets you book flights by paying per hour, so one skyhour equals one hour of flying time.

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Airbnb Gift Card

For a millennial traveler—or anyone who likes alternative accommodations—grab an Airbnb gift card. You can purchase one that gets delivered via email or a physical one (that’s also Amazon Prime-eligible).

Rideshare Gift Card

Rideshares are a convenient and quick way to get around a new city, plus they’re a simple way to save on airport transportation. Any traveler can make use of an Uber or Lyft travel gift card.

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Amtrak Gift Card

You can now purchase Amtrak train fare gift cards, making a weekend destination decision that much easier. Gift cards are available on Amtrak’s website in digital or physical form, and are redeemable online, on the app, and at Amtrak ticket offices.

Lounge Buddy Gift Card

Send your loved one off in style with a VIP airport lounge experience. Lounge Buddy is a platform that lets you book airport lounge access at almost any airport. Gift cards are printable or can be emailed to the recipient directly.

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Eatwith Gift Card

Give an unforgettable meal for their next trip, with an Eatwith gift card. The platform offers dining experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Once you know your destination, you can search for locally-hosted culinary spectacles, like dining on an old Tube train in London or watching a flamenco show with tapas in Chicago.


DNA and genetic testing kits are one of the hottest gifts to give this year. The results could even inspire the recipient to take a trip of a lifetime to discover more about their heritage and ancestors.

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Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Travelers have a lot of downtime on the way to a destination, and many like to fill that time with reading. A Kindle Unlimited subscription gets you access to over one million titles and thousands of audio books for just $10 per month. With this gift, unlimited truly means unlimited.

Intrepid Foundation Global Gift

Donating to a charity on behalf of your recipient is truly a selfless gift. This year, Intrepid Travel’s foundation is offering global gift purchases to a handful of its supported projects, like elephant conservation in Sri Lanka and for refugee opportunities in Turkey.

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Game of Thrones Tour

Still mourning the finale of Game of Thrones? Gift your token GOT-lover an experience they won’t forget. Our sister site Viator offers a variety of tours through filming locations across Europe in countries like Croatia, Ireland, and Spain.

Travelzoo Experiences

Give the gift of a spontaneous travel experience with one of Travelzoo’s travel gift card deals. It could be a ticket to your recipient’s favorite destination, an interesting tour, a hotel deal to a destination they’ve already booked, or even a staycation experience they can take advantage of at home. You can browse by region and available deals and choose items like spa days, brunch buffets, cooking classes, and more.

Xperience Tours

Book a tour for someone special on their next U.S. vacation by giving a travel gift card to Xperience Days. They’ll be able to search choose from exciting activities by city, featuring options from as simple as walking tours to as extreme as skydiving.


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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2018. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

Holiday Travel

13 Last-Minute Gifts You Can Get in Time for Christmas

Whether you forgot to buy someone a present or you’ve avoided shopping until now, there are still plenty of options that will arrive at your doorstep in time for Christmas. No one will be able to tell you bought these 13 gifts at the last minute. On Amazon product, make sure to check the product description to see if it says “Arrives Before Christmas”. Luckily, there are hundreds of items available with free one-day delivery for Prime members, too.

Blizzard Bay Ugly Christmas Sweater

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[st_content_ad]Blizzard Bay’s collection of hilarious Christmas sweaters will arrive just in time for you to wear on Christmas day. Whether you want a sweater with flying space cats or a vomiting unicorn, you have plenty of options if you want to shock and/or delight your friends and family.

Padmate PAMU Wireless Mini Earphones

black and white earbuds in case

The PAMU Wireless Mini Earphones from Padmate are an excellent addition to the wireless earbud market. The earphones are discreet-looking and come in a sleek charging case. Because the earbuds are water- and sweat-resistant, this is a great option for active travelers.

Franklin Sports Table Tennis To-Go

collapsible table tennis net and two paddles

With Franklin Sports’ Table Tennis To-Go, the only thing missing is a table. This travel ping pong set easily fits in a carry-on and sets up quickly.

Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale

silver luggage scale with handle

Your favorite overzealous packer will never have to worry about overweight luggage again. The Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale measures up to 110 pounds and is lightweight enough to squeeze into a suitcase.

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Diptyque Candle

white mimosa candle

Diptyque candles are a favorite of celebrities like Meghan Markle and Beyoncé, and now they come in a travel size. Gift your favorite traveler one of these candles so they can indulge in luxury no matter where they go.

Audible Subscription

Instantly gift an Audible membership to your loved ones. They’ll receive three titles for each month of their gift membership: one audiobook, plus two Audible Originals and 30 percent off any additional audiobooks.

Vivid Seats Gift Card

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Gift a gift of their favorite concert or sporting event with a gift card from a ticket broker, like Vivid Seats. Amounts range from $5 to $1,000 and can be sent electronically.

CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm

small white tube

This is the perfect gift for anyone who relies on their hand lotion in the winter. CV Skinlabs’ Restorative Skin Balm heals dry skin and works especially well for people with sensitive skin. Even better, it comes in a travel-ready tube.

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Mini Portable Oil Diffuser

This gift set comes with four mini essential oil bottles and a battery-operated oil diffuser to be used for aromatherapy.

Coogam Pop Up Christmas Card

pop up card and flowers

If you haven’t had time to send Christmas cards yet, consider Coogam’s fun pop-up cards. The fun designs will distract people from the fact that you sent your cards a little late.

Scott’s Cheap Flights Premium Membership

planes parked at airport in a row. Airplane tail fins from Norwegian, Eurowings, Easyjet on the tarmac

For $49, you can give the gift of cheap flights. Scott’s Cheap Flights sources the best (and legit) deals for its premium members, giving them access to crazy cheap round-trip fares to bucket-list destinations. $500 RT from the U.S. to Argentina, yup!

Amazon Echo Dot

small black device

The latest Echo Dot is an excellent option if you’re looking for affordable last-minute gifts. From ordering pizza to turning off lights, the Echo Dot is a great addition to any home. Children will love the Echo Dot Kids Edition, which comes in fun colors like red and green.

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My List at Bloomingdales Subscription

Don’t want to pick out travel clothes for your recipient? You can give them a one-, two-, or three-month subscription to Bloomingdale’s My List service. Each month, members can rent four styles from their ‘Closet’ and keep them as long as they want. Like the idea of gifting a monthly subscription? Check out our round-up of 17 other subscription boxes you can gift for the holidays.

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Holiday Travel

18 Gift Swap Ideas That Every Traveler Will Want

[st_content_ad]If you have a white elephant, Secret Santa, or other holiday gift exchange on your calendar this season, skip the gimmicky mall gift and instead buy one of these travel-related gifts that won’t break the bank.

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No matter what type of game you need to shop for, these 18 thoughtful gifts will win everyone over at your holiday gathering.

TONYMOLY Mini House of Masks, $8

travel face masks

These bestselling face masks by TONYMOLY are great for travelers to use in their hotel room or on the plane. The cute gift set makes the perfect white elephant gift for friends, family, or coworkers.

Rael Himalayan Pink Salt Toothpaste, $8

rael toothpaste travel size

The buzzy product in the health and beauty department is Himalayan pink salt toothpaste. Bring this to your gift swap, and you’ll be sure to pique somebody’s interest.

Coolrunner Four-Piece Suitcase Luggage Tags, $8

Coolrunner four-piece suitcase luggage tags

Luggage tags are a useful holiday gift exchange idea and are something you can never have enough of. This four-piece set is brightly colored so you can easily spot your luggage on the carousel.

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Food Huggers Silicone Avocado Huggers, $11

avocado silicone hugger

It’s a sure thing that avocado huggers will be a bestselling gift this year. Almost everyone will love them, and they make an inexpensive white elephant gift.

Vinetto Wine Aerator, $11

Vinetto wine aerator

The Vinetto Wine Aerator pourer and decanter spout is a welcome addition to any vacation rental. At only $11, this handy tool aerates your wine to ensure it tastes the way it is meant to.

Silicone Reusable Food Bag, $12

statsher silicone bag

Stasher reusable bags are the latest Instagram product to become mainstream, and these bags have as much use on the road as they do in the kitchen. Use it for a toiletry bag, washing bag, jewelry organization, or about a dozen other things.

Shoe Storage Bag, $13

travel shoe bag

Practical and organized travelers will love this unexpected packing item. It holds up to three pairs of shoes and has plenty of other organizational pockets. These are the new packing cubes.

Minicat Crossbody Cell Phone Purse/Wallet, $15


Cell phone purses are the perfect gift for female travelers, as they take up minimal luggage space and fit everything you need for travel days or city touring. The Minicat Crossbody comes in six colors, and its price should meet any white elephant gift budget requirements.

Fuse Reel Side Kick, $15

cord reel

The collapsible laptop charger winder makes for an ideal white elephant gift for any office gift swap. Business travelers and commuters alike will appreciate this gift’s functionality.

Carry-on Cocktail Kit, $15

Carry-on cocktail kit

Who can turn down a margarita mid-flight? This fun—and TSA-approved—white elephant gift will make anyone’s holiday flight easier. The cocktail kit includes margarita mix, rimming salt, a jigger, a bar spoon, and a coaster; just purchase tequila in flight and you’re ready to go.

A Year Off by Alexandra and David Brown, $17

Book cover for a year off by alexandra and david brown

Wondering what it’s like to quit your job and travel the world? A Year Off, a travel guide/memoir hybrid, fuels wanderlust and gives advice on how to travel the world for a year without working. Inspiring and entertaining, this book will be a fun read for any travel lover.

Portable USB Diffuser, $20

Portable usb diffuser

Diffusers and essential oils are a trendy gift to give this year, and this portable diffuser is ideal for the office, car, or hotel room. It’s about the size of a standard water bottle and doubles as a humidifier.

Corkcicle Stemless Flute, $20

Corkcicle stemless flute

Everyone will love Corkcicle’s portable Champagne flute around the holidays. Made of stainless steel, it’s easy to travel with, and the fun styles add some extra sparkle to holiday parties or happy hours.

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Matador Mini Pocket Blanket, $20

Matador mini pocket blanket

This super packable, water-repellent blanket is a useful white elephant gift for almost anyone. Whether your recipient is an active traveler or a beachgoer, the mini pocket blanket is easy to throw into your bag for day trips or vacations.

Atlas Kit World Map, $25

Atlas kit world map

Scratch-off maps are so last year. Instead, gift this pocket world map, which you can color, write, sign, and draw on as a way to remember your travels. The Atlas Kit also comes with one random international coin and a small glass vial for keepsakes.

Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, $26

atlas obscura book

The second edition of Atlas Obscura was released just in time for the holidays and makes a thoughtful white elephant gift.

Fisher Space Pen, $26

Fisher space pen

A space pen is the white elephant gift nobody knew they needed. Many travelers forget to pack a pen and then find themselves in a pinch when the time comes to fill out a customs form. This space pen can write in extreme altitudes and temperatures, and even has a lifetime guarantee.

Pocket Hand Warmer, $27

Pocket hand warmer

This might be the most useful white elephant gift ever. Ideal for commutes, travel days, and cold winter weather, the Aeiusny rechargeable handwarmer doubles as a power bank.


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Fashion & Beauty

Gifts For Haters: What to Buy for the Person Who’s Impossible to Shop For

Some people are impossible to shop for. If you can’t name a single thing someone likes (and doesn’t already have), try thinking about what they hate instead. Then buy something to make them hate it less. Here are the gifts that the haters—from nervous flyers to germaphobes—will love.[st_content_ad]

The Person Who Hates Flying

MAXTID weighted lap blanket

First, you’ll need to identify why your giftee hates flying. Are they afraid? If so, a weighted blanket has been shown to help with anxiety, and there are travel-friendly, portable ones available. Or, the book Flying Without Fear has rave reviews on Amazon from those who swear it’s helped them overcome a phobia of flying.

If they just hate being trapped in a tiny seat for hours, give them the gift of a distraction, with noise-canceling headphones or FlyTunes, a small gadget that allows someone to use their own Bluetooth headphones with in-flight entertainment.

The Person Who Hates Germs


The LifeStraw Home Pitcher is the perfect gift for people who hate germs, plastic, or both. This seven-cup glass pitcher filters out bacteria, parasites, micro-plastics, heavy metal, and more to improve the taste of your water and make it significantly safer.

Or, if you’re shopping for someone who claims to want to bathe in hand sanitizer after a particularly germy flight, grant their wishes with a case of travel-sized hand-sanitizer.

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 The Person Who Hates Hotels

sleep eye mask mzoo.

You can’t magically make someone’s own bed appear across the world, but you can help make hotels better with the gift of a sleep mask and earplug set.

Willing to spend a bit more to help your hater? It’s a lot harder to hate a five-star luxury hotel than a motel, so you could also treat your traveler to a gift certificate that will allow them to upgrade.

The Person Who Hates Technology

Kodak instant print digital camera green.

For the Luddites on your list, an instant-print digital camera will stop their complaining about smartphone photos being trapped in the mysterious cloud.

If they reluctantly embrace technology in certain situations (like a Kindle for long trips), give them an e-reader cover that makes it look like a real book.

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 The Person Who Hates Chain Coffee

Mr. coffee’s single cup coffee maker with travel mug and grinder.

Too good for Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks coffee? Satisfy the coffee snob’s need for a fast (but good) cup with Mr. Coffee’s Single Cup Coffee Maker With Travel Mug and Grinder. This gadget takes less time than the drive-through and delivers a cheaper and better cup of coffee. With just one press of a button, the machine grinds coffee beans and brews a cup of coffee right into a travel mug.

Help them keep their to-go cup at the perfect temperature with Ember’s Temperature Control Travel Mug, which uses smart technology to keep the contents inside at the perfect temperature for up to two hours.

The Person Who Hates Checking a Bag

Travelpro maxlite underseat luggage.

Give the gift of never having to be “gate lice” (you know, the people who hover competitively around the boarding gate, ready to charge onto the plane as soon as their group is called in an attempt to secure a precious piece of overhead bin real estate). Armed with a rolling suitcase that will fit underneath almost any airplane seat, your recipient can relax at the airport bar until final boarding is called, safe in the knowledge that their bag won’t be forcibly gate-checked.

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 The Person Who Hates Traffic

Moodo portable fragrance diffuser.

Help your favorite road-rager achieve Zen in traffic with the Moodo portable fragrance diffuser. This perfectly sized stocking stuffer fits in the cup holder of most cars and diffuses calming aromatherapy. The fragrances are produced in Grasse, France (the fragrance capital of the world), which boosts the luxe vibe of the gift by association.

Or, get them a subscription to audible, Amazon’s audiobook service, so they can at least do something productive while stuck in traffic.

The Person Who Hates Travel Clothing

 bluffworks’ brand-new travel pant

If you know a frequent traveler who shuns traditional travel clothing (think: cargo pants and hiking sandals) gift her something from Bluffworks’ brand-new women’s line. Although it’s a travel-clothing company, Bluffworks prides itself on not looking like one, so you can get normal-looking shift dresses, tops, and pants all with the travel-features you need (like hidden pockets and wrinkle-resistance).

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The Person Who Hates Being Out of Touch

portable phone battery charger.

Know someone whose smartphone is glued to their hands at all times? Give them the present of more power, with this ultra-slim, credit-card sized portable charger for smartphones. This little device lets you charge two gadgets simultaneously and quickly.

The Person Who Hates Wearing the Same Thing as Someone Else

custom andover pullover fleece

Made in New England and designed by you, a custom PolarFleece allows even the pickiest fashionista to customize the perfect fleece, right down to the seams. These ultra-soft pullovers can be designed in thousands of different combinations, so you’ll never see someone else wearing your look. Choose the color for the body, sleeves, collar, snaps, and more; plus, decide for yourself that always controversial question: pocket or no pocket

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The Best Travel Gear to Spend Your Holiday Gift Cards On

Receive a bunch of gift cards this holiday season, and stumped what to spend them on? Check out the best things to get for travel from 10 major U.S. retailers.

Hurry, many of these retailers are offering post-holiday sales, too!

Editor’s Note: All prices were correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

If You Received an Amazon Gift Card:

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Then purchase:

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If You Received a Target Gift Card:

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If You Received a Walmart Gift Card:

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Then purchase:

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If You Received an Etsy Gift Card

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If You Received a Lululemon Gift Card

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Then purchase:

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If You Received an iTunes Gift Card

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If You Received a Sephora Gift Card

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Then purchase:

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If You Received a Disney Store Gift Card:

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Then purchase:

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Then purchase:

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If You Received a Visa/Amex Gift Card:

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Don’t Panic: These Sites Will Still Ship Your Gifts in Time for Christmas (For Free)

Still haven’t started your holiday shopping? No judgment and no problem, because these sites have you covered. All of the retailers below will ship your gifts in time for Christmas, for free:


Amazon: Amazon Prime members get free two-day shipping on most items, plus free one-day shipping or even free same-day shipping in certain areas on select orders. Don’t have Prime? Sign up here for a free trial.


Target: Place your order by 11:55 p.m. CST on December 20 and Target guarantees that your order will arrive by December 24.


Zappos: Sign up for Zappos’ free rewards program and get complimentary two-business-day shipping on all orders. Gold and above members (those who have spent a certain amount with Zappos) get free one-business day shipping.


Apple: is offering free same-day delivery on any in‑stock iPhone in select metro areas, or free next‑business‑day delivery anywhere else. Free two-day shipping is available on most in-stock items.

Best Buy

Best Buy: Order by December 20, 10:30 a.m. CST to get your gift by Christmas.


Shoprunner: This delivery service offers free two-day shipping and free returns on a long list of stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Soma, Ann Taylor, Chico’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more. Click here for a free three-month trial.


Away: Order by December 18 to receive free expedited delivery.


Backcountry: Outdoor gear retailer will give you free two-day shipping on orders over $50. Order by 11:59 p.m. MST on December 20 for delivery by December 24.


Nordstrom: Order by noon EST on December 18 to get free delivery by Christmas Eve.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue: Use the promo code: HOLRUSH to receive free rush shipping. Order by December 20 at 12 p.m. EST to receive in time for Christmas.


Everlane: Order by 11:59 pm EST on December 18 and get free delivery before December 25.

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8 Travel-Themed Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home

Not sure what to buy the traveler on your list this holiday season? While many gift guides offer ideas like luggage or neck pillows for long flights, it can be difficult to pick out such things for other people, especially if they travel often; most frequent travelers have already figured out and purchased the travel products that work best for them.

Instead, why not give travel-themed gifts that can be used or displayed in your favorite traveler’s home — items that will fuel a sense of wanderlust all year round? Below are eight travel gifts to consider this holiday season.

1. Flavors of the World

One of the greatest pleasures of travel is tasting your way around the globe, and your recipient can do just that with one of these food-themed gifts. Tea lovers will appreciate the Tea Traveler Tea Sampler, which features blends from Morocco, China, Sri Lanka, India and South Africa. Is your recipient more of a coffee drinker? Try Around the World in Twelve Coffees, with samples from a dozen countries including Costa Rica, Colombia, Ethiopia and Indonesia. Other foodie-friendly options include this spice sampler and this box of chocolate bars.

2. Coffee Table Books

Anyone who loves to travel can’t help but be inspired by the photos in a book like National Geographic’s Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, in which vacation ideas are sorted by theme (such as road trips, gourmet adventures and pilgrimages). Another gorgeous option is Lonely Planet’s Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World, which is sure to expand your recipient’s bucket list.

3. Coasters

Coasters make a good small gift or stocking stuffer, with countless varieties available to suit just about any taste or travel interest. These Old World Maps will appeal to many wanderlusters, but you could also try something more specific — like these coasters featuring a Monet painting of Venice (suitable for both art and Italy lovers) or these vintage Paris coasters. Search Amazon or Etsy for more ideas.

4. Old World Globe Bar

Got someone on your list who loves both travel and wine? Consider gifting this unique 16th-Century Italian Replica Old World Globe Bar. An antique globe opens to reveal a tray for wine glasses or bottles, with another lower shelf below. Its three legs have rolling casters so your recipient can wheel it right into his or her library or living room.

5. Travel Inspiration

Between trips, travel quotes can provide continual inspiration. For example, Susan Sontag’s famous line, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list,” has been turned into mugs and pillows. The LakesideDaydreams shop on Etsy offers a number of maps overlain with travel quotes such as “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Buy one and frame it for your favorite traveler.

6. Travel Calendar

Sure, most of us rely on our smartphones to manage our schedules these days, but there’s something about an old-fashioned paper calendar — complete with gorgeous, colorful pictures — to inspire wanderlust throughout the year. National Geographic’s 2017 wall calendar features images of Santorini, Havana and Paris, among others. For the hiker on your list, consider Wanderlust: Trekking the Road Less Traveled, with incredible shots from adventure photographer Chris Burkard. If you’d rather go for a smaller daily option that your giftee can put on his or her desk, consider this option from Lonely Planet.

7. Vintage Travel Posters

Give your travel-loving giftee some unique art for a home or office by purchasing a vintage poster featuring one of his or her favorite travel destinations — such as Japan, San Francisco or London. Want more ideas? See Vintage Travel Posters Are Cool Again.

8. Picture Frames

One of the best ways to keep your travel memories alive is to hang a few of your favorite vacation snaps on the wall. Encourage your recipient to make his or her own travel collage by giving a multi-image photo frame like this one from ArtToFrames (which holds nine 5″ x 7″ prints) or this smaller one from Americanflat (which displays five 4″ x 6″ photos). A less conventional option is this Umbra hanging photo display, which is like a set of clotheslines for pictures.

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Travel may be the ultimate gift for kids and parents alike, but there are plenty of smaller presents to delight the family travelers in your life this holiday season, too. Some will keep kids content and delight parents—think a backseat car organizer for long road trips—while others, like interactive activity books and kid-proof tablets—are travel kid gold.


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You don’t have to spend a ton to impress all of the travelers on your holiday shopping list. This year, many of the top gadgets, necessities, and comfort items all cost less than $50. Here are the best of the best.

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