Whether you’re getting prepared for the holiday season or about to celebrate a special occasion, you might be at a loss for what to buy that globetrotting gal in your life. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of the 18 best travel gifts for women, with a wonderful mix of both practical items and splurge-worthy presents — but all coming in at under $100!
18 Best Travel Gifts for Women
1. Personalized, engraved travel rings: Vagabond Life
What better way to honor the frequent traveler in your life than getting them an engraved ring for every continent, country, state and national park they have visited. With 1 engraved ring = 1 place you have visited, these engraved rings are a clever way to collect your travel memories. Vagabond Life can add them to a keychain or necklace and also offers mantra cuffs and travel charm bracelets. What's even better? Part of their profits are donated to wildlife rescue and environmental organizations. Now that's something we can behind!
Price range: starting at $4.50/ring
2. Portable Bluetooth speaker: JBL Clip
A Bluetooth speaker may not be an obvious gift for a well-travelled woman, but this will no doubt be put to good use. This ultra-portable and waterproof speaker from JBL is small in size, but has a surprisingly big sound. Reviewers love the ten hours of playtime and integrated carabiner that can be clipped onto anything from a backpack to a water bottle. Moreover, this little speaker has nearly 40,000 ratings to date — pretty hard to beat that amount of positive feedback.
Price range: starting at $49.95
3. Travel notebook: PAPERAGE
Keeping a journal is such a great pastime while traveling, since it can serve as a record of all those lovely things you saw or experienced along the way. We like this one from PAPERAGE, as it’s made out of 100% recycled paper and comes equipped with a ribbon bookmark, elastic band closure, expandable inner pocket, and even bonus sticker labels to add a personalized touch. At just over ten dollars per notebook, you might be able to afford to give her two!
Price range: starting at $11.95
4. Keychain USB cable: Nkomax
Who couldn’t use an extra USB cable for their travels? It seems like we’re always in need of one of these cords, and yet, we’re super prone to misplacing them. Luckily, this gift from Nkomax is more than your run of the mill cable — it’s also a keychain, making it a great accessory to attach to a purse or those Airbnb keys she’ll likely have in tow. And since it’s so portable, this cable isn’t as apt to go missing (which means she’s always ready to charge up or sync her data).
Price range: starting at $10.99
5. Self-cleaning water bottle: LARQ
A reusable water bottle is a solid gift nearly everyone could put to good use, but this design from LARQ takes things a lot further. This is actually the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle, using UV-C LED light to eliminate more than 99.99% of bio-contaminants from the water and the bottle itself. Not only can your giftee enjoy pure drinking water in just 60 seconds, but she’ll help the environment at the same time by ditching those dangerous single-use plastics.
Price range: starting at $95.00
6. Cozy sweatshirt: SiteSee
A cozy sweatshirt is another one of our must-haves for travel, because it makes such a great layer on long plane rides or chilly evening hangs. The inside of this sweatshirt from SiteSee is exceptionally soft to the touch (thanks to its cotton and polyester blend), while the outside is embroidered with the ‘Going Places’ tagline for an extra special touch. Choose from either black or ash designs, and then get ready to watch her face light up when she opens this one!
Price range: starting at $45.00
7. Kindle Paperwhite: Amazon
Do you know of anyone who’s an avid reader and an experienced traveler? If so, you should definitely consider the Kindle Paperwhite, for its flush-front design and glare-free display that reads like real paper. With 8 GB of storage, a built-in adjustable light, and a single battery charge that lasts weeks (not hours), this device is full of thoughtful details. Plus, she has the option to discreetly export guidebook notes directly to her email without looking like a tourist!
Price range: starting at $79.99
8. Portable power bank: Anker
We’ll admit a power bank may not be the most attractive gift, but if you’re buying for someone who’s all function and no frills, this might be just the thing. That’s because power banks are true lifesavers for people who love to travel — and Anker reigns supreme in this category. While this charger appears slim and lightweight, it certainly packs a punch; it provides 2.25 charges for both iPhone and Android devices, and offers superior durability and scratch resistance.
Price range: starting at $21.99
9. Craft cocktail kit: W&P
Help your gal pal elevate her flight experience with this craft cocktail kit from W&P! This tiny copper tin contains ingredients to create two Moscow mules while soaring through the sky; she’ll just have to grab the spirit of her choice, and then stir everything together. On top of being TSA-approved and packaged in such a cute container, this gift will provide the recipient with a real *treat yourself* moment while she’s en route to some far off destination.
Price range: starting at $23.75
10. Quality leggings: SiteSee
We’d venture to say a quality pair of leggings is a travel essential, since they work well for all different kinds of occasions or outings. SiteSee’s Vagabond Legging is made from a soft mix of organic cotton and spandex compression fabric, so they’re noticeably smooth but still have incredible stretch and durability. And with a hidden pocket that’ll store her cash or credit cards, these leggings are ready to take her anywhere she wants to go — and to do so in style!
Price range: starting at $78.00
11. Folding exercise mat: Gaiam
A folding exercise mat is the perfect gift for any friends or family members who love to stay active while they’re away from home. This pick from Gaiam is great for yoga, pilates, or any other floor workouts they enjoy (meaning there’s tons of versatility for how to use it). Weighing just one pound and measuring only two millimeters thick, this mat will easily fit into her carry-on or overnight bag, which makes it a space-saving alternative to a more traditional rolled style.
Price range: starting at $19.99
12. Silk neck pillow: Calpak
A neck pillow is all kinds of functional for plane rides, train trips, and car travel, too; after all, she deserves some shut eye while she’s in between stops. This pillow from Calpak is made out of premium hypoallergenic silk, so it’s super easy on the hair and skin (and has a removable cover so she can give it a proper wash from time to time). And if that wasn’t enough, this purchase is in fact a set — she’ll also get a luxe eye mask with blackout lining to boot!
Price range: starting at $61.75
13. Slipper socks: Bombas
Few things feel better than kicking off your shoes after a full day of exploring on foot, and these slipper socks from Bombas are the ideal thing to pop on afterwards. Touted as ‘half slipper, half sock, 100% comfortable,’ this gift has a soft brushed lining on the inside to keep her toes nice and toasty, plus special grips on the outside to prevent her from slipping and sliding all over the place. And, every pair comes with a little travel bag to make packing them a breeze.
Price range: starting at $40.00
14. Reusable tote: SiteSee
We love finding collectibles or souvenirs at different shops and markets while we travel — but we don’t love having to manage a bunch of store bags to carry them all. That’s why a reusable tote is such an awesome accessory for traveling; it helps cut down on plastic use, and can hold just about anything we throw its way. This canvas tote from SiteSee is also oversized, so she can even take it with her to go grocery shopping or on an upcoming beach vacation.
Price range: starting at $8.00
15. Instant camera: Fujifilm
The only thing more fun than making travel memories is having a tangible way to look back at them, which is why instant film is so handy. Sure, she can scroll through the camera roll on her phone — but isn’t there something nice about being able to touch those moments, too? We’re really into the Instax Mini 11 from Fujifilm for its automatic exposure and one-touch selfie mode, so she gets the perfect shot every time and comes home with her very own scrapbook.
Price range: starting at $69.00
16. Skincare set: TULA
If you know someone who’s really into their skincare routine (but struggles to travel with their favorite products), we’d point you toward this set from TULA. While she may not be familiar with this brand, she’s sure to love their powerful probiotic extracts and skin superfoods that’ll give her a healthy glow. All of TULA’s products are clean and clinically tested, and this unassuming kit actually contains a four-step skincare regimen to meet her needs in one fell swoop.
Price range: starting at $52.00
17. Comfy baseball cap: SiteSee
Let’s be honest: when we’ve got a full travel schedule, we don’t always get around to washing our hair as often as we’d like. But whenever we’re in between washes (or we just want to accessorize our outfit), we like to pop on a comfy baseball cap for a totally relaxed, yet complete look. Your giftee can wear this hat from SiteSee while she’s lounging at the airport, venturing out on a road trip, or running errands around town, and she’ll feel pulled together no matter what.
Price range: starting at $30.00
18. Packing cubes: BAGAIL
Packing cubes are a godsend for staying organized while traveling, especially when you’re gone for an extended period of time. We’re confident she’ll love this eight piece set from BAGAIL, made from smooth nylon fabric to prevent wrinkles from forming. What’s more, this nylon is also water-repellent to protect her garments from any accidental spills or leaks — how cool is that? Both lightweight and durable, these cubes will fit nicely in her luggage and make packing a real breeze.
Price range: starting at $24.99