Buying gifts for globe trotters can be quite a challenge. Chances are they've already got a few big adventures booked, and we'd be willing to bet that they don't need another set of suitcases sitting in their closet. Lucky for you, we've done the hard work for you to round up a data-driven list of thoughtful and unique gifts any traveler will love, whether it's a cozy-chic scarf for keeping warm on chilly planes, a set of cool packing cubes for the organizationally challenged, or a digital luggage scale for the fashion girl who can't seem to pack light (we know the feeling). While the presents that follow may not provide them with a free flight or five-star hotel, they definitely go the extra mile when it comes to upgrading any travel experience, and there are countless user reviews, best-seller lists, and editorial mentions to prove it. Ahead, discover and shop the Top 10 gifts we're giving our favorite frequent flyers this year. Opening image: @shopbop
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November 19, 2019
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Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Packing Organizing Starter Set
WHAT IT DOES: Complete with two packing cubes and a garment holder to keep clothes wrinkle-free, this essential set will help any traveler stay organized. What's more, the see-through construction makes it a cinch to determine what's inside, and the lightweight design won't add any unnecessary bulk to already-heavy luggage.
WHY YOU NEED IT: When TSA decides to sift through your suitcase, this set will ensure that your belongings stay nice and neat and keep your folded clothes pristine.
White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap Scarf
LOVED FOR: Travelers can use this extra-soft scarf in multiple ways, whether it's as a blanket on a chilly plane or as a warm wrap when sightseeing through the city.
AS SEEN ON: See how Gigi Hadid styles the celeb-favorite flying essential.
CHICMODA Collapsible Water Bottle
WHY YOU NEED IT: Frequent flying can drain your energy, dry your skin, and cause dehydration, which is why it's incredibly important to stay hydrated. This collapsible water bottle folds into a teeny-tiny, packable size, making it super easy for any traveler to up their water intake while on the go—no need to splurge on a pricey bottle at the airport.
LOVED FOR: Thanks to the anti-leak silicone cap, you won't have to worry about spills and splashes when luggage is inevitably tossed around in turbulence.
Anker Powercore II Portable Charger
WHY YOU NEED IT: There's nothing worse than flying with a dead phone and having no way to charge it. Grab one of these portable chargers to stay prepared. Scratch that—grab two for good measure.
LOVED FOR: Considering its powerful capacity, this portable charger is super slim and sleek—it fits perfectly in the front pocket of a carry-on without adding any bulk.
Vlando Travel Jewelry Box
BEST FOR: For the lady in your life who constantly struggles with knotted necklaces and bracelets, this travel-sized jewelry box is essential. Complete with ring rolls and an elastic pocket for smaller baubles, it'll keep all her jewels perfectly in place while she's on the plane.
HELPFUL TIP: This jewelry box comes in seven stunning shades, but we're seriously eyeing the red one—it's perfect for the holidays.
PrettyCare 3D Sleep Mask
WHAT IT DOES: With high-density memory foam that perfectly blocks light and a 3D construction to prevent pressure on the face, this mask is the key to achieving seriously good sleep on a plane. On top of that, it also includes a set of earplugs to cut out the noise. Any frequent traveler will thank you for this one.
USERS SAID: "This is the BEST sleep mask I’ve ever tried! I tell everyone about them, and all my friends who try them love them as well! They’re super comfortable, easy to adjust, washing them takes only a minute, and they block out light without uncomfortably covering your nose."
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones
WHAT IT DOES: These aren't your ordinary headphones, people. With industry-leading noise cancellation technology, extra-long battery life, and built-in Amazon Alexa, these babies provide in-flight entertainment at its finest.
LOVED FOR: Headphones are notorious for causing headaches, especially on long-haul flights that require hours of wear. These feature an ergonomic design that reduces pressure and the dreaded headphone headache, ultimately making it feel like you're not wearing headphones at all.
Tumi Voyageur Just in Case Nylon Travel Backpack
WHAT IT DOES: Sleek but far from simple, this travel backpack boasts a super roomy interior, a front pocket for smaller essentials, and a convenient sleeve that fits nicely over suitcase handles. When it's not in use, it folds flat and fits well in a carry-on until you need it—perfect for those that tend to do a little shopping while abroad (guilty.)
USERS SAID: "I purchased the floral design, and it is stunningly beautiful. Gorgeous pattern and top-notch quality you would expect from Tumi. It has a very simple design with no inside slip pockets—just a pack-and-go backpack that's super stylish. So very happy and highly recommend it!"
Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale
WHY YOU NEED IT: Want to avoid overweight luggage fees for good? This handy little scale has you covered—enough said.
USERS SAID: "After so many challenges with luggage weight at the airport, I purchased this digital luggage scale, and it has always provided very accurate weights. It allows me to lighten the load if needed, and it also helps me know how close I am to the limit—takes out the guesswork! I don't know why I didn't order one a LONG time ago!"
WHAT IT DOES: Complete with extra cozy cushioning and scientifically proven to better support your head and neck, this travel pillow provides the best sleep one can possibly get on a plane. Plus, it weighs only half a pound and won't take up and precious carry-on space.
FUN FACT: This travel pillow has over 11,000 positive reviews on Amazon, and counting. Yes, it's worth the hype.
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