Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list is an annual challenge. But if you’re lucky enough to have a travel-lover to buy for this year, we’re about to make your life a whole lot easier. Below you’ll find a ton of great gift ideas suitable for almost every type of globetrotter — from the adventurous vagabond to… the adventurous little vagabond.
And if you’re the traveler and don’t want to leave the holiday gifts you recieve up to chance this year, maybe just share this on Facebook with a “I want everything on this list” comment so your mom and grandma see it. Hopefully they’ll get the idea.
For Travel Photographers
A. Sony – a6000 – This is the go-to camera for advanced amateur travel photographers. Its compact size means you can take it anywhere, its interchangeable lenses allow you to dial into the perfect shot and its ultra-fast autofocus makes it the perfect camera for taking great photos while on-the-go and without all the fuss. Plus it’s both WiFi and NFC enabled — meaning you can share photos from the camera to your phone for easy posting on social media. In summary: it’s got helpful, professional-level features, without the professional-level price tag. BUY IT HERE for $548
B. Catalyst – Waterproof Case for iPhone – Waterproof up to 16.4 feet (iPhone 6 case) and 33 feet (iPhone 7 case), Catalyst turns iPhones into underwater cameras — allowing you to get great shots in the hotel pool or to Snapchat while snorkeling (I’ve used it to take videos like this and photos like this). By default, the cases are also dirtproof, snowproof and able withstand drops from over 6 feet. Pro tip: pick up one of Catalyst’s Floating Lanyards too. BUY IT HERE for $69.59
C. Hisy – Bluetooth iPhone Camera Remote – The perfect gift for anyone who travels solo (or anyone who doesn’t want to ask a stranger to take their photo 15 times until it’s perfect), Hisy allows you to control your phone’s camera from up to 90 feet away with just one click. And to set up the shot, pick up a Joby Gorillapod Tripod too — the combination of mini tripod + bluetooth remote is how I’ve taken shots like this and this. // For a more budget friendly remote, and one that works with Android too, try this one. BUY IT HERE for $20.99
D. Polaroid – Snap Touch Instant Digital Camera – A fun addition to any trip, this digital Polaroid allows you to see and frame up the perfect shot before taking it. And unlike other instant cameras which print every photo you snap (resulting in lots of duds), this camera allows you to select only your best photos, then print them. Plus, it’s got a slew of other cool features, like the ability to add filters before printing. // For an instant camera at a lower price point (without the bells and whistles), check out the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8. BUY IT HERE for $179.99
E. Alpine Labs – Pulse Camera Remote – For travelers with a Nikon or Canon DSLR or mirrorless camera, Pulse allows you to control your camera remotely (via and an accompanying app). Set up incredible time lapses, control the shutter and aperture, preview images or just use it snap a distance-selfie (no more racing against your camera’s built-in timer).
For The Prepared Day Tripper
Igloo – Day Tripper Backpack – If a picnic basket, a cooler and a backpack had a baby, you’d get the Igloo Day Tripper. It features comfortable padded straps, two cooler compartments, a built in bottle opener, tons of handy pockets for storage and comes with a bamboo cutting board, stainless steel cheese knives and a corkscrew. For day trip aficionados looking to bring the party (and an amazing lunch) to the top of a mountain or to the beach, there’s nothing else like it. BUY IT HERE for $99.99
Osprey – Escapist 18 – For the adventurous day tripper, the Escapist 18 is the only day pack you’ll ever need (it’s perfect for short hikes or day hikes away from camp). It’s got all the convenient pockets you need (including a handy, stretch mesh pocket on the front for stashing gear on the go and a zippered pocket on the shoulder strap for valuables like your phone), but none you don’t (keeping the pack light and streamlined). And like all of Osprey’s backpacks, it’s super comfortable to wear and built to last. BUY IT HERE for $74.99