This content was updated for accuracy and relevance on November 5th, 2023.
Whether you're shopping for birthday or holiday gifts, you might be scratching your head about what to get for your favorite travel-loving friend. Coming from self-proclaimed luggage experts ourselves, we know that shopping for a seasoned traveler can be tricky. They’ve already booked their hotel, bought their plane tickets, and downloaded the best travel apps, and now you’re trying to find the perfect addition to their itinerary. You love their stories, and love it even more when one of your holiday or birthday gifts appears as a side character.
The key to finding the perfect travel gift is choosing items that give confidence in both form and function — you want to celebrate them with something that works like magic and makes them look out-of-this-world while they’re out and about. From a convertible backpack to travel accessories, we’ve compiled a complete list of our favorite must-haves for on-the-go adventures!
Read on for our Top 15 travel gift ideas for her and him in this gift guide.
#1: A versatile weekend bag
Weekender bags are the thing people never knew they needed. Well, maybe the person you’re gifting for is super in the know about travel bags and has had one on their list… either way, a bag that helps you pack light but look put together is a home run for anyone.
Thanks to its separate bottom compartment, you can fit shoes, toiletries, and even a hairdryer into your bag without having to play Tetris with your t-shirts. Plus, it comes with a zippered sleeve on the back to slide right onto your carry-on. With our classic colors like Beige, Olive, Maple, and more, there’s a perfect tone for everyone on your list (including you).
#2: A cosmetics case
Traveling takes quite a toll on your skin — having the right tools at all times is so crucial to keep things clear. For your skincare-conscious friend who wants to pack all their essential balms, lotions, and serums, an organized bag makes a great gift. At BÉIS, we have the chic and convenient cosmetics case of their dreams. Choose from stylish variations like a pink cosmetic case or a clever hanging toiletry bag in classic beige.
#3: The right luggage
Everyone needs that just-right combination of luggage. Whether you want to give your friend one last addition to boost their luggage set game or gift them the whole package, here are some fun pieces any travel-lover will adore:
- Luggage in Beige for a perfect packing staple that matches with everything and has a built-in luggage scale.
- A black backpack to fit all the essentials.
- A dopp kit that makes packing easy.
#4: Gym duffles
Whether you’re traveling to the next country over or to the gym down the street, a dependable duffle bag is always crucial to have on hand. Our Sport Duffle isn’t just a great gym duffle bag, its features and functions are perfect for travel. The built-in backpack straps are great for tossing over your shoulder, the internal and external pockets make organization easy, and it even comes with a dirt bag for clothes, shoes, or whatever else you might need it for.
#5: A travel jewelry organizer
For stylish travelers, packing jewelry is a must. But, nothing’s more annoying than reaching for your favorite necklace only to find it’s totally tangled with all its fellow accessories. That’s why our hanging jewelry organizer is the ideal gift for an accessory-focused frequent flyer. It packs up into a perfectly compact pouch and unfolds to reveal expertly designed pockets and hooks for every necklace, earring, and ring.
#6: Packing cubes
Everyone could use a little more organization in their life. Give the gift of stress-free travel with packing cubes that make your clothes easy to find and wrinkle-free.
#7: A travel wallet
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the papers, passports, and tickets needed for a trip. That’s why you need a travel wristlet with a compact, stylish, and versatile design. Plus, a travel wallet is so useful to keep all of your important items ready to go and available all in one place.
#8: A viral crossbody
There’s no better way to show the travel lover in your life that you’re actually super in the know about what people are using on the go these days than giving them the perfect sling bag. These bags are going viral for a reason — they’re small but mighty with a micro-fiber lined protective pocket for your phone, a built-in card organizer, and even a surprise water bottle pouch!
#9: The perfect overnight bag
So, maybe you can’t give your friend the gift of instant stress relief, but you can give them a bag that has the same effect. When gearing up for travel, it can be tough to find the perfectly sized option if you’re not planning on bringing a roller or larger bag. That’s where a 5-star small overnight bag comes in to save the day — your friend will love all of the functions and features, and you’ll love how laid back they are once they have this new bag.
#10: Travel starter set
Nothing says “bon voyage” like the perfect travel starter set. Give the gift of confidence, and show them how excited you are for their travels by helping them kickstart their own personal luggage set with bestselling pieces like our carry on roller and 29" check in roller.
#11: A quiet luxury duffle
For the travel lover who also doubles as the fashion lover, lean into luxury with a sleek, nylon travel duffle bag. With multiple exterior pockets, vegan leather details, and interior organization to keep everything in order, it’s the elevated bag they never knew they needed (or maybe it was already on their list… and then they’ll be even happier!).
#12: Laptop backpacks
A trusted laptop backpack makes a great gift for the traveler who also has to keep up with work while they’re gone. Great for students, parents on business trips, or anyone going from place to place who wants to keep their technology protected, our laptop backpacks are the perfect practical gift they’ll actually use.
Shopping for someone who loves an elevated yet minimalist look? Check out our sleek nylon travel backpack designed specifically for daily commutes.
Or, for the parents or soon-to-be parents in your life, opt for a diaper backpack that does it all. They’ll be thanking you for such a thoughtful gift (if they have time to sit down and text you between diaper changes and naps).
#13: Their new high-function work bag
We wouldn’t typically recommend giving someone work as a gift… unless it’s a work tote — then we think it’s a great idea! For someone who has to travel a ton for work, the sleek look of this bag combined with the life-saver trolley pass-through will make it a total homerun.
#14: A makeup bag
A makeup bag set is such a thoughtful gift for a traveler who loves to take their makeup on the go. These pouches are cute, compact, and completely perfect to stuff in a stocking!
Make their collection complete with a travel cosmetic case that makes moving the essentials from bag to bag simple. We’re not making this up. Your gift will be the highlight of their holidays… see what we did there?
#15: The easiest toiletries solution
The last item on our list had to be something we know everyone needs (just in case you’ve somehow scrolled to the bottom of this article and still aren’t sure what the travel lover in your life would want). No surprise here… the perfect toiletries bag is the humble answer to the age-old question: if my friend loves to travel, but is incredibly hard to shop for, what should I get them as a gift? Our dopp kit is spill-proof, which makes it pretty much fool-proof as a great gift for that traveler in your life. Plus, it comes in tons of colors they’re sure to love. This gift will be hard to Dopp — we mean… top!
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Whether you’re off to a girls' weekend, a much-needed vacation to an exotic beach, or just taking a weekend road trip, there are some travel essentials that you just can’t leave behind. Shop BÉIS now to find amazing gifts for the travel lover in your life, or let them choose their favorite by giving them a gift card.