I know it’s insane to think, but Christmas is just around the corner!
This means that we’re back to spending our weekends fluttering around the shops or browsing online to search for epic Christmas gift ideas for our loved ones.
But don’t worry – If your loved one is a fellow travel nut, I’ve got you covered.
As a fellow woman traveller, I’ve compiled a list of 26 awesome Christmas travel gifts for women. And although I’ve mentioned women, many of these gifts can suit men as well.
Given many of us are budget conscious at Christmas time (or maybe that’s just me), I’ve tried to group the gifts based on price – Christmas gift ideas under $100, $80, $50 and $30.
You can even use some of the lower-cost gifts for the, often-dreaded, work Kris Kringle.
So without further ado, let’s jump straight into it.
Christmas Travel Gifts for Women Under $100
If you’re seeking a premium Christmas gift for someone who loves to travel, you’ll be sure to hit the mark with any of these gifts.
As a traveller myself, I can 100% vouch for the value that each one of these would provide when backpacking. (Personally I would be overjoyed to receive anything like these at Christmas).
Some of these Christmas gift ideas are more relevant to travelling or camping (eg. Sleeping bag), while others are great for travelling and everyday use as well (Eg. Noise cancelling earbuds).
Here’s some ideas for inspiration:
1) Noise Cancelling Headphones/Earbuds
My boyfriend had been bugging me for AGES to get myself some of these headphones! And finally, I did it!
I bought myself the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones and they’re awesome!
I don’t think I could ever go back to the standard cordy iPhone headphones now…
If you’re seeking a Christmas gift idea under $100, bluetooth earbuds can be a fantastic option.
My Sennheiser ones have a price point above $100, so if your budget is maxed out at $100, then they mightn’t be the right option for you.
Here are some other cheaper options you can check out online:
2) External Hard Drive
Another great Christmas gift idea for women who love travel is an external hard drive. This is one of the most handy things any backpacker/traveller can receive as a Christmas gift.
Personally, I own two!
External hard drives are great because they allow you to
- Backup photos from your camera, to reduce the likelihood of losing all your photos if you misplace your camera or it gets stolen abroad
- Load and store your favourite movies or TV shows, so you can watch them on your laptop and some TV’s as you travel
I can’t count how many times I used an external hard drive during my trip because I loved it so much, especially on the days when you feel like chilling out and relaxing.
They are also great to use in everyday life back home, so you know that they’ll get a lot of use out of it.
It’s also something that is quite expensive for a traveller to buy themselves, especially if travelling for the first time and needing to buy all of their travel gear at once.
I’m sure they’ll appreciate you helping them save money on travel gear.
Here are some great options to check out online:
I own a Seagate 1TB External Hard drive myself and it works brilliantly. I’ve had it for a few years now, with no problems. Can highly recommend.
3) Compact Sleeping Bag
Depending on where your girl is travelling, she may be in desperate need for a compact sleeping bag.
During my big 1-year backpacking trip around the world, I frequently used my compact sleeping bag for a variety of purposes.
A compact sleeping bag can come in handy when:
- Camping, especially if cold overnight
- Sleeping in a hostel bed (that you feel isn’t clean). It gives you the ability to sleep comfortably on top of the bedding
- Can unzip it and use it as an extra blanket when sleeping in a hotel/hostel if cold overnight
- You have a long stopover at an airport to give some degree of comfort
- And various other uses…
If you like to shop online, here are some great suppliers and products to check out to suit varying budgets.
- FE Active Ultralight Sleeping Bag
- FE Active Camping Sleeping Bag
- ECOOPRO Camping Sleeping Bag
- TETON Sports Trailhead -7C Ultralight Sleeping Bag
BUT, before buying a compact sleeping bag as a Christmas gift, I’d suggest confirming that your friend/partner/colleague doesn’t already have one – to avoid a double up.
Christmas Travel Gifts for Women Under $80
Ok, so we’re now up to the $80 or under Christmas gift ideas for women who LOVE travel. Ooo there’s some goodies in here!
As a female traveller myself, I know that I’d LOVE receiving ANY of these gifts for Christmas.
Similar to the gifts above, many of these them are great for travelling, but can also be used for everyday tasks as well.
Here are some ideas for inspiration:
1) Travel Packing Cubes
Travel packing cubes are another fantastic Christmas gift idea for women who love travel.
They help travellers to:
- Keep their travel backpack organised
- Save space
- Separate winter / bulky clothes from lighter clothes
- Protect clothing from any leaks within the bag or light rain
- Hide and secure identity documents or valuables
- Protect fragile items with padding from my clothes
Since learning about packing cubes, and experiencing the benefits for myself, I wouldn’t go back.
I personally own the Shacke Pack Packing Cube Set and they are awesome. Great quality, practical and they look cool too.
My recommended brands:
If you’d like to read more about packing cubes, you can check out these related articles below:
- An Honest Review: 4 Best Packing Cubes for Backpackers in Australia
- 8 Packing Cube Tips for Travellers | Top Things to Know About Packing Cubes
- How to Pack a Packing Cube Properly (& 3 easy hacks to save space!)
2) Travel Scratch-off World Map
Now, this Christmas gift idea is AWESOME for female travellers (and men as well).
What better way to track your adventures around the world than by scratching off each place after you’ve been there.
These maps provoke a ton of motivation after you realise just how big the world is and the abundance of places to visit.
I bought the Idea.me scratch off map for myself as a treat after my big world backpacking trip. I found the process of gradually scratching off the foil to see the colour underneath to be immensely rewarding and satisfying.
Honestly a great gift idea for anyone who loves to travel.
Here’s the links to the brand/supplier I bought my map from, as well as another option to check out. The option you choose may depend on whether you think your friend will prefer a white or grey background.
3) Inflatable Travel Pillow
Although not an extremely exciting Christmas gift, it is a very practical one.
Blow up travel pillows get used a lot when travelling overseas. They can be used to sleep more comfortably on flights, at the airport, when camping or even when staying in cheaper accommodation.
Unlike other travel pillows, I prefer inflatable pillows because they can be compacted down and packed away when you’re finished with them, meaning less things to carry.
I recently bought this Hikenture pillow, and I’m so glad that I did!
Compared to other blow-up pillows I’ve owned, this pillow doesn’t feel “plasticy” or slippery at all. It also feels of much nicer quality and offers the following features and benefits:
- A removable and washable cover
- Made from incredibly soft materials
- Features a strap at the back of the pillow so you can secure it on your seat reducing movement while napping
- It is ultra-light making it perfect for backpackers with minimal space
- Packs away into an incredibly small and compact carry bag (only 16cm long!)
- I personally own the grey one, but there are many other fun colours available to choose fro
Given its compact size and price point, it makes the perfect Christmas gift for women and men who love travel.
4) Portable USB Power Bank
Another extremely valuable piece of tech for any traveller is a portable USB power bank.
I personally own a Anker 10000 PowerCore portable power ban. I think it is a slightly older version of the 13000, but it’s been great.
Portable power banks have saved my life on many occasions throughout my travels! Particularly when my phone was almost flat leaving me in very challenging and at times, risky situations.
They’re also extremely useful to carry in your handbag when going on day trips or weekend holidays at home.
There are a variety of different portable USB power banks on the market, however here are some great options to check out online to save you from going in and out of tech stores:
5) Bendable Tripod for taking photos on Smartphones and Cameras
A bendy tripod is another great Christmas gift for travellers because it allows the ability to take photos on a smartphone or camera, without having to do an amateur and awkward selfie.
The flexible nature of these tripods is handy because you can attach it to an object or stand it on top of an uneven surface to get the perfect shot. You can also fold and bend it down to fit effectively into your travel backpack.
There are many different tripod products available, but some of the most trusted brands online are JOBY and Goofoto.
Depending on whether your loved one or friend has a smartphone or camera, I’m sure she’ll be delighted with any one of these Tripod packs.
You can read more about them below:
- JOBY Griptight Gorilla Pod Stand Pro Tripod (For Any Smartphone)
- Goofoto Flexible Tripod with Wireless Remote (For Smartphone, GoPROs & Cameras)
6) Microfibre Travel Towel
If there’s one thing travellers hate, it’s carrying around a damp, space-consuming bath towel.
Rather than a standard bath towel, my greatest recommendation for travellers (based off my own personal experience) is to equip yourself with a microfiber travel towel.
Microfibre (or microfiber) towels:
- Have antibacterial/antimicrobial properties which help to prevent the build up of bacteria, germs and other bad odours
- Take up less space and prime real estate in your backpack
- Are more absorbent, with some able to absorb around 4-5 times their weight in water
- Are quick-drying, drying 5-10 times faster than a standard towel
- Can be used multiple times before washing
- Are made from material is that is soft on sensitive skin
This would make a great Christmas gift for someone who loves to travel, camp, hike or even go to the gym.
These top-rated brands are sure to provide your loved one with a lot of added convenience whilst travelling abroad.
I recently bought the Youphoria microfiber travel towel and am really looking forward to using it on my next trip as it feels like it’s really good quality and is a great compact size for travellers.
7) Water Bottle with Filter
When travelling, especially to remote locations around the world, one of the greatest survival needs is access to clean water.
When you’re from a Western country, you often forget just how lucky we are to have this provided to us in abundance. Many countries don’t have this luxury.
Whether backpacking or camping, water bottles with an in-built filter or purifier can be extremely convenient. They can also prevent travellers from getting deathly sick throughout their journey – which is obviously a HUGE benefit!
There are many different filtered water bottle options with varying price tags depending on what you’re willing to spend.
Here are some top-rated brands and products that you can check out if this seems like the ideal Christmas gift:
- LifeStraw Filtered Water Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw
- SimPure Filtered Water Bottle with 4-Stage Integrated Filter Straw
- ZIPZULU Insulated Stainless Steel Self-Cleaning UV Water Purifier Bottle
8) Travel Day Backpack
A day backpack is an essential piece of any traveller’s kit and is something that will be used over and over again.
However, you don’t just want any backpack!
For women who love travel, a desirable backpack has the following features:
- Various compartments and pockets so you can easily separate and organise your belongings
- A padded laptop pocket (if likely to pack one)
- Durable double metal zips and the ability to lock your zips together when moving between destinations (preventing pickpockets)
- Anti-theft properties including hidden zips and lockable compartments
- A water bottle pocket on the side of the bag
- Back support or padding making the backpack more comfortable to carry for long periods of time throughout the day
- Adjustable straps so that they can fit the bag to their body shape
- Made from water resistant material so that their items won’t get soaked in the event that the weather changes unexpectedly
As you can see there are quite a few things to consider… not just ANY backpack will do the trick.
Here are some great options you can check out online, including one “fancy” option in case ya girl is into fashion and looking stylish.
- Tzowla College School Travel Laptop Backpack
- Matein Secure Anti-theft Travel Backpack (Grey & Black)
The Tzowla laptop backpack does look pretty awesome, however I’d say that it’s probably more of a general day pack than a “travel” backpack.
Not sure if it’d be very practical when on the road, and it would make it very easy for pickpockets to access all of your things.
Christmas Travel Gifts for Female Friend Under $50
1) Hangable Travel Toiletry Bag
When travelling, especially backpacking, we stay in a whole mixture of places and types of accommodation.
In cheaper accommodation like hostels, it’s not uncommon to be sharing a bathroom. There’s also limited storage, so you often need to carry your supplies with you each time you go to have a shower.
This is what makes hangable toiletry bags great.
Other benefits include:
- They prevent travellers from having to put things on the ground (after all you have no idea when it was last cleaned and what nasties lie beneath)
- Travellers can hang your toiletries behind the shower door or on any other hooks available
- Travellers can store their main bathroom items in one place, rather than having them scattered throughout their bag
When I went on my big backpacking trip oversees, I used an Eagle Creek hangable toiletry bag.
However, being on its last legs, I decided to buy myself a new Bosidu Toiletry travel bag because I loved the look of it.
It’s actually a really decent size – probably a bit larger than I expected. I’m excited to use it on my next travel journey because it has a great variety of compartments.
- Bosidu Pretty Travel Toiletry Bag(the one I bought)
2) Bluetooth Speaker
Another incredibly convenient and enjoyable Christmas gift for travellers, mini Bluetooth speakers are a great piece of tech to have when abroad.
They allow travellers to listen to their favourite playlists, just as they would back home, providing a great sense of comfort – especially on those days of feeling homesick.
Like some of the other Christmas gift ideas mentioned above, these can also be enjoyed by all genders and in the comfort of your home (not just for travelling).
The advantage of a mini speaker is that it helps travellers to save space in their luggage, rather than carrying around some of the larger bluetooth speakers which are quite bulky and heavy.
Here’s an example of great budget-option mini bluetooth speaker:
3) Mini Jewellery Box
As a female backpacker, carrying any form of jewellery with you can be a nightmare.
Although it’s recommended that you don’t bring expensive jewellery when you travel (because it makes you a target for pickpockets and scams), finding a place to carry ear rings or even standard necklaces can be tricky.
This is where a mini jewellery box comes in.
Personally, I wish I’d known about these a long time ago as they would have saved me storing my earrings etc in my makeup bag or mesh pockets (where they got quite gross and dirty).
If your girlfriend, or friend, loves jewellery then this could be a very thoughtful addition to her travel gear.
4) Swiss Army Knife
When travelling, hiking or camping it can be a good idea for travellers to carry a Swiss Army Knife, or something similar, in their main travel bag. After all, you never know what situations you’ll get into when travelling.
These multi-purpose knives can be very handy in even the weirdest of situations (eg. using the knife to cut and eat an apple) and don’t take up a lot of space.
NOTE: Just make sure to mention that they’ll need to store them in their main travel luggage, not a day backpack – especially when moving between destinations or site seeing.
Otherwise it could be confiscated, like mine was at the Colosseum in Rome.
The brand below, Victorineox, makes a ton of different Swiss Army Knives.
You can check them out below:
5) Travel Silk Eye Mask & Ear Plugs
Pretty self explanatory, however these small unassuming items can be a godsend when sleeping in shared accommodation (eg. a hostel).
The noises associated with people partying or simply entering and exiting the room throughout the night is the biggest sleep destroyer EVER! Or even worse, someone’s early morning alarm with that god awful siren that we all loathe.
Sometimes you’ll even get people who switch the lights on or off in your room in the middle of the night. Although this sounds disrespectful it does happen, particularly if someone has to get up early to catch a flight.
Having a sleep mask and ear buds will help your travelling friend get the sleep that they deserve, when they need it most.
Here are some top-rated options to check out below:
- ZIMASILK 100% 22 Momme Pure Mulberry Silk Sleep Mask
- Fitglam Natural Silk Sleep Mask and Ear Plug Set
6) Foldable Beach Bag
If your loved one or friend is planning a trip to somewhere with a beach, I’m sure they’d appreciate a versatile beach bag for Christmas.
But not just any beach bag, one that folds up and packs away of course!
Yep, this foldable tote bag will allow them to pack it away when not using it and offers a nice solution rather than having to take a humongous backpack or handbag to the beach.
7) Beach Sarong/ Silk Wrap
Looking for a versatile Christmas gift? These silk / chiffon beach sarongs could be the ticket.
When travelling, I used a sarong frequently. I used it as an alternative to a big bulky beach towel and also as a wrap after being wet and sandy from the beach.
I find that the sand doesn’t stick to them as much as a standard beach towel and they pack down to a smaller size.
Some sarongs can also be used as a light and casual dress – convenient in hot or humid locations, or even just something to sit on.
Here are some stunning options to check out online:
8) Waterproof Dry Bag
If your friend is the adventurous kind or is going somewhere where there’s a lot of rain, they’ll want to pack a dry sack/bag with them.
These dry sacks are great to put valuables or tech in when likely to get wet (eg. From water sports) or even just as an additional carry bag option (Eg. carrying dirty hiking shoes between destinations).
What I love most about these is that they roll up and can be clipped to the exterior of your backpack when not being used.
Marchway is a very popular and reputable dry bag brand. I have also used these myself and was very impressed with them.
You can check out their many dry bag options below:
9) Headlamp Beanie
Who would have thought that you could combine a headlamp with a beanie? Well these people did.
This item of clothing will save many travellers from needing to carry both a beanie and flashlight/head lamp in their bag.
This Christmas gift idea is particularly valuable for travellers planning a trip to a destination within a colder climate or where they will be camping overnight.
It can be very cold when you need to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom – eg. when camping. Therefore, this beanie headlight combo would be pretty convenient.
You can read more about and see the variety of colour options below:
10) Fun Snuggle / Lounge Socks
Nothing beats the small pieces of comfort you can take with you while travelling.
Given you don’t have access to your usual luxuries back home, even just a cosy pair of fluffy socks can make all the difference.
Although there is often a running joke about receiving socks or undies for Christmas, these cute fluffy socks have so much personality, I’m sure they’d make an exception.
To see the full range of colourful snuggle sock designs, you can check out the links below.
Christmas Travel Gift Ideas for Female Travellers Under $30
1) Universal Travel Adaptor
These babies are a fabulous Christmas gift idea for women who love travel, and even for men.
They prevent travellers from needing to carry multiple travel adaptors which helps to save space in their luggage but is also extremely convenient if travelling across multiple continents/regions with varying power sockets.
A universal travel adaptor can also prevent travellers from getting stuck, unable to charge your phone or laptop because you can’t plug it into the local power point.
They are therefore beneficial from a safety perspective as well.
Here’s one of the top-rated and trusted universal travel power adaptor brands you can find online:
2) Protective RFID Passport Holder/Cover
One thing that I always tell people who want to travel solo is that safety should be the #1 priority.
One of my greatest learnings whilst travelling solo was that although most people are kind and have good intentions, there are always those who you need to protect yourself from.
In some countries, people are desperate and will do anything they can to survive. They therefore become drawn to illegal activities, theft, deception and scams to make money.
Selling people’s identities (identity theft) has become BIG money in some countries, which is why you should always take the right precautions and protect your personal information.
RFID protectors help to provide added protection from electronic fraud or scanning of credit card chips.
Here are some top-rated brands that you can check out below:
3) Leak-proof Silicone Toiletry Bottles (compact)
When backpacking, there is nothing more inconvenient than trying to carry your large shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles with you.
They take up a TON of space in your luggage unnecessarily and can be very heavy to take along with you.
Rather than packing huge incompressible plastic bottles, I recommend buying some of these silicone leak-proof squirt bottles.
They can compress when empty and travellers can easily fill them up as they go, making it much easier to carry your favourite shampoo and conditioner whilst travelling abroad.
I recently bought these silicone toiletry bottles from Humangear. They are a great size for travellers, making them a perfect Christmas gift.
4) Argan Oil for Healthy Hair & Detangling
Similar to the above, Argan oil is incredible for detangling and nourishing dry or damaged hair. It also makes hair look incredibly healthy and shiny.
I own and personally use the OGX brand, as listed below.
Since I discovered it and the positive effects it has on my hair, I have been blown away.
Prior to using this brand of Argan oil, I was a skeptic!
I had used so many different oils, hair masks and even other Argan oil brands and I just never noticed any difference. Whether I had these products in my hair or not, I’d find myself with a tangled mess that would take me AGES to brush out.
Yet, when I add this OGX Argan oil to my towel dried hair, I can truly tell the difference – especially when brushing my hair when dry. Now, I can actually brush out knots and tangles without feeling like I’m tearing my hair out, and without it taking a large chunk of my time.
If your friend complains about having dry, damaged or tangled hair, then this Argan oil could be her white knight in shining armour.
Read more about the benefits of Argan oil below:
5) Warm Winter Sleeping Socks
Similar to the above, it is easy for newbie travellers to overlook the importance of having at least one pair of warm thermal winter socks.
The temperature of our feet really impacts our wider body, therefore it is important to keep them warm.
If your friend is planning a trip to a location with cold winters, particularly those that can reach negative temperatures overnight, they’ll definitely appreciate some thermal socks.
Thermal socks are also incredibly handy to wear to bed or to keep feet warm and dry during the day.
Who knows, they could even make a great Kris Kringle gift for Christmas.
26 Epic Christmas Gift Ideas for Women Who Love Travel
Finding the perfect Christmas travel gift for women travellers can be an exciting yet challenging endeavour.
This curated list of Christmas gift ideas for her under different budget brackets ensures that there’s something special for every adventurous soul.
From practical and compact accessories like noise-cancelling headphones and portable USB power banks to sentimental items like scratch-off world maps and mini jewellery boxes, these gifts are designed to enhance the travel experience.
Whether it’s a thoughtful under-$30 gesture or a more premium under-$100 offering, these Christmas gift ideas for women travellers cater to various preferences and budgets.
So, this festive season, celebrate the spirit of wanderlust with presents that resonate with the adventurous hearts of women who love to explore. Merry Christmas and happy travels!
I hope that this article has given you some great Christmas gift ideas for travel lovers under $100, $80, $50 and $30.
No matter which gift you choose, I am sure that she’s going to love the thought behind it, and will find it extremely useful on her travels.
If you’d like to learn about other travel gear ideas for travellers, you can check out our article below:
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some unique travel gifts for women outside of the ordinary?
Some great travel gifts for women this Christmas include “scratch-off” travel maps, hangable toiletry bags, mini travel-sized jewellery boxes, foldable beach bags, and noise-cancelling headphones. Any of these options would make a great travel gift for women wanting something new to add to their travel gear.
What are some romantic travel gifts for women?
Looking for something romantic to gift your partner this Christmas? Why not plan a surprise weekend trip away to a romantic destination. It could be a cozy bed and breakfast, a beach resort, or a charming cabin in the mountains. For inspiration on experiences you could do, ensure to check out Get Your Guide’s website.
Alternatively, you could create a scrapbook or photo album with pictures and mementos from your travels together.
What are the best travel gifts for her when she is leaving the country?
You can provide her with a multitude of gifts. Some good examples include a personalized passport cover for a touch of style, a universal travel adapter to stay connected worldwide, a compact travel camera for capturing memories. You can check out some more international travel gear options here.
What are some luxury gifts for women who travel a lot?
Consider buying her a personalised concierge service or accommodation upgrade, so she can travel in style and indulge in some luxury during her trip. Another idea: treat her to a designer luggage set.