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5 Great Gifts for the Travel Lover

If your shopping list includes a travel lover, we’re here to help. Skip the boring gifts and pick one of these presents, each of which include the perfect blend of thoughtful and useful. 

For the Jet Lagged Jetsetter

When you’re sleep sensitive, traveling long distances can add an extra layer of difficulty getting the right amount of shuteye. Taking a nod from soothing weighted blankets, this innovative eye mask lends a comforting touch of pressure. The four equally weighted pods conform to your face, helping to block light so you can get some rest no matter where you are, and the cotton jersey and fleece material is super cozy, too.

NodPod Weighted Eye Mask, $34

For the Analog Type

While our phones are modern miracles that can capture photos and videos of all those travel sites (and sights), there’s something really special and satisfying about recording your thoughts, feelings, and memories on regular paper. This journal goes the extra mile — the notebook is split into six sections for multiple trips, with space to write budgets, itineraries, and packing lists, travel games to keep you busy during downtime, and pages to journal and scrapbook. Give your traveler a beautiful journal where they can write all about their far flung experiences, the old fashioned way.

Papier travel journal, $38

For the Park Goer

We love the idea of an experiential gift, but isn’t it so much more fun to unwrap an actual item? Get your recipient a gift that can do both — like this combo of a design-y coffee table book alongside a themed experience. Parks, by Bryan Kelley, combines more than 300 United States national park maps, ephemera, and brochures throughout history. It’s a great tome for graphic design lovers, map obsessives, and park enthusiasts alike. Combine with an annual pass to our nation’s beautiful parks for the complete package. 

Parks, $55 | America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes, $80

For the Frequent Flier

There’s a reason why Away suitcases have been hot among in-the-know types for several years running — they’re stylish, loaded with thoughtful, practical features, and they come in an array of fun colors. If your jetsetter needs a luggage upgrade, try one of the limited-edition hues, or personalize your pick with a custom matching luggage tag emblazoned with their initials. We’d go with the carryon size for maximum versatility. 

Away The Carry-On in Wave Gloss, $295

For the Beach Lover 

Regardless of whether your travel-loving recipient has any actual trips on the horizon, give them the gift of immediate nostalgia for their last beach vacation with this hit fragrance. Designed to invoke sunscreen, the scent’s blend combines notes of coconut, banana, pineapple, and orange blossom, all in a delightfully retro package. Instant memories, instant summer — even in December.

Vacation Eau de Toilette, $60 

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