By Abby Foulkes on 12 December 2017

The perfect gift is hard to find especially if you are looking for a gift for a traveller. The best gifts are often a mix of efficiency and distraction. What gift(s) could limit airport anxiety, increase comfort in an airport or on a plane, and put a smile on their face?

We’ve collected some of our favourite gifts that you could give to that special person in your life. From practicality to convenience, there’s something on this list for nearly any type of traveller.

Noise-cancelling Headphones

Other than your personal identification to get through security, there’s nothing more important than a quality pair of headphones. The airport is noisy and the airplane jet engines can be disturbing. Noise-cancelling headphones drown out the chaos of traveling while your favourite song, podcast, or audiobook plays without interruption. They’re perfect for long or short flights to suppress noise and add entertainment while you slug through airport security or on your red eye to your destination.

“Smart” Carry-on

Regular carry-on luggage is out, “smart” carry-on luggage is in – especially this holiday season. Smart carry-ons come with an internal scale in the handle to ensure your luggage meets the weight requirements for the overhead bins of your flight. With a digitally controlled lock, you use your smartphone to unlock your smart luggage. It even comes with a built-in battery so your important devices are always charged and you don’t have to search the airport for an outlet. This is the luggage of the future, which makes a perfect gift for your traveller.

Travel Pillow

Getting comfortable on a plane has its difficulties whether you’re stuck in the middle seat or sitting in a row by yourself. Help a traveller get more comfortable this holiday season with the gift of a travel pillow. Travel pillows keep your head and neck cushioned so you don’t wake up 20 minutes into your flight with a sore neck. It’s small enough to fit in a carry-on and comfortable enough so your traveller can rest easily and happily in a cramped aeroplane seat.

Sleep Mask

Who doesn’t love the gift of sleep? For the light sleeper in your life a sleep mask reduces the amount of light that can interrupt some much needed rest. Sleep masks are natural, inexpensive sleep aids that any traveller can use on a plane and anywhere else (except driving, of course). Couple your sleep mask gift with a pair of earplugs to block out disruptive sounds. With earplugs or noise cancelling headsets, a travel pillow, and a sleep mask, a restless upright nap can easily turn into a snoozefest.

Minipresso Machine

The need for coffee can strike at any moment. Gift your frequent traveller a hand-operated minipresso machine for a much-needed shot of espresso. It’s small enough to fit into your carry-on and reliable enough to make your favourite cup of coffee right from the seat of the plane. Make traveling easier with the convenience of coffee on-the-go made just how you like it. All it requires is hot water, ground coffee beans, and cream to deliver a good dose of caffeine.

Travel Iron

Your clothes might have suffered through turbulence or stuffed inside your bag in the overhead bins, but they don’t have to stay looking that way. Keep your traveller looking sharp and wrinkle-free this holiday season with a travel iron. The travel iron is the perfect practical gift for any traveller that needs to their clothes neatly pressed looking fresh.

Portable Battery

For those of us that travel frequently, we burn through battery power pretty quickly. Portable batteries can be a great gift to show you understand the pains of hunting for open power outlets. A portable battery weighs just a few ounces and eliminates your search for that elusive outlet. Give a gift that secures the battery life of those essential electronics that help us get through airports, combat airplane boredom, and navigate new destinations after landing.

Reading Material

For those of us that travel frequently, we burn through battery power pretty quickly. Portable batteries can be a great gift to show you understand the pains of hunting for open power outlets. A portable battery weighs just a few ounces and eliminates your search for that elusive outlet. Give a gift that secures the battery life of those essential electronics that help us get through airports, combat airplane boredom, and navigate new destinations after landing.

Personal Air Purifier

Any traveller knows one of the impossible tasks of traveling is avoiding the inevitable exposure to germs. They might not be able to control every airborne germ they come in contact with, but they can mitigate the odour and germs in dirty air with the help of a personal air purifier. It’s a great gift to keep your favourite traveller healthy while in a hotel room or other small space.


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