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Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Travelers

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Did you forget to get a gift for your #1 travel buddy? Don't worry - we got you.

Holiday Gift Guide for Travel


Our picks for Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Travel Lovers, quick & simple.

Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.

1. Anything from Scoutberry Shop

You have until December 17th to get in those orders for these adorable handmade travel themed gifts!

Visit Lauren (a former DC tour guide!) shop

2. A Free Tours by Foot Private Tour

This has been a hard/non existent year for travel, so why not bring a little travel to them. Free Tours by Foot offers private virtual tours and guided private tours!

They can save it for a future trip or cash it in for a custom virtual tour in cities across the world.


Email us at for options and we'll email you a gift card to print out or send to them!

3. Custom Camino de Santiago Map

If you know someone who has been or is planning a walk along the Camino, you can order custom maps (or puzzles!) based on their route from A Road to Santiago

Between customizing the design, printing and shipping, this takes about 5 days to get to your traveler.


4. Scratch Off Map

Reveal the places you've been with vibrant colors and see where there is left to go! This simple quick gift is always a hit with travel lovers.

There are a few options to choose from on Amazon.


5. Dopp Kit (Toiletry Bag)

A timeless piece for every traveller, the dopp kit provides a place to store your toiletries. We like the waterproof interior and leather exterior for an option that can last for years and many trips. But Herschel makes a great non-leather bag, too.


If you want something more high-end, check out Hunker Bag's Baxter Travel Kit

6. Collapsible Water Bottle

Our most common recommendation for what to pack is as travel water bottle! This one collapses to fit snugly in your bag between refills.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: December 15th, 2020
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