Holiday Gift Guide for Female Travelers

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Who’s excited for the holidays? I could certainly use some cheer, so I thought I’d round up gift ideas to get us all in the spirit. I did a similar holiday gift for female travelers last year as well. These are little (and big) purchases I’ve made or had my eye on for the holidays, and I thought I would share them with you all. See if any below fits your wish list!

1. A Journal for All Your Thoughts and Dreams 

This is where you’ll write down all your travel dreams, make your own plans, and scribble your thoughts while on your journey. It’ll be filled with doodles, half hearted attempts at budgeting, and plans for the next day’s exploration… I love the travel essential theme of this Rifle Paper Co. one.

2. A Lightweight Camera to Capture Her Trip

Nothing is quite as annoying as lugging around a huge DSLR, but camera phone shots only go so far. Mirrorless cameras are the future for travelers, and the white Sony A6000 is one I’ve had on my radar for a while now.


3. A Travel Coloring Book to De-Stress and Inspire

For long airplane rides or in between trips, a good coloring book helps keep the creativity alive, de-stress, and inspire your next travels. I’m currently waiting for my Spain coloring book to make its way from Korea, but I’ve got my eye on this Fantastic Cities one in the meantime.

4. A Stylish Passport Case to Protect

We always need a good passport case to protect one of our most important documents. Not only is this case cute, it has RFID Blocking, so you can keep your information safe.

5. A Classic Pair of Sunglasses for Everyday

For me it’s a black pair of wayfarers, but it could be whatever simple shape and neutral color you prefer. Not only do they protect your eyes, they help you look good in photos ;). Raybans are always a classic to invest in, but there are always more inexpensive pairs out there.

6. A Stylish Sleep Mask to Keep Your Sanity

Nothing is worse than if your seatmate wants to keep the window open with the bright sun when all you want to do is pass out. Or if you’re staying in a hostel dorm and there’s that one person who needs to keep turning their light on and off at night… Sleep masks are saviors, and you might as well have a cute one.

7. A Clear Make-Up Bag for Her Carry-on

More durable than a ziploc bag and perfect for carry-on sized beauty and skincare products. If you prefer packing light, this is easily an essential.


8. A Simple, Stylish Watch to Wear Around the World 

I’m all about watches! It 100% comes from my college job. I recently worked with Daniel Wellington on creating an Instagram Story while I was in Jeju, and in exchange I was able to choose a watch and snag you guys a little discount until the end of the year. I personally chose the St. Mawes watch in rose gold.

There She Goes Again Readers get 15% off until Dec. 30th! Use THERESHEGOESAGN at check out!

9. A Reusable, Filtered Water Bottle

Nothing will come more in handy than a reusable, filtered water bottle. Save money and waste in buying plastic bottles and stay hydrated while exploring by foot.

10. The Perfect Tea Mug to Inspire Wanderlust

So when you’re drinking your morning coffee and tea, these give a little burst of inspiration to keep exploring and traveling, even if it’s an afternoon walk or weekend trip away. I have a few favorites here, here, here, and here.


11. A Unique Travel Experience

Sometimes the best gifts aren’t physical! If you already know where you’re going, a unique wishlist item would be a travel experience. The ladies at LocalAventura have really interesting tours around Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru that are making me want to push up my Latin American travels up.

12. A Good Book 

Long train, plane, and car rides are easy with a good book. Some books that have sucked me in are Me Before You, The Shadow of the Windand The Wild Girl

13. Or An Audible Subscription

I kind of hate to admit it, but I’ve come to rely on listening to my books more than reading them of late. My eyes get tired really easily, especially with how often I’m on the computer for work, and I just want to close them while listening to a good story. I really like Audible because it’s only $15/month for a credit with the first month free. They usually have credit or 2 for 1 sales on popular books as well, so I’ve actually built up quite a collection to listen to!


14.  A Professional Weekender Bag for Smaller Trips

I realized I needed this quite frequently, and I’ve had my eye on this Sole Society one in particular. Whether it was quick trips to Seoul while in Korea or recently going into Philly for a night or two, I’ve realized I need something a bit smaller, but more professional than my backpack.

15. An Inspiring 2017 Planner

I already wrote a whole post about this planner, and I’m so excited for its arrival. The Kickstarter campaign is over, but it should be on sale regularly now!

16. A Stylish Crossbody

 Easiest thing to carry when you’re traveling on foot. I love smaller ones for going out with friends at night a bigger one for walking around during the day.

17. Or A Chic Backpack

For those who might get annoyed by a strap across their chest, a chic backpack might be a good alternative. Just make sure it has secure closings and to be careful with it in more crowded areas.

18. Unique Travel Bracelets

I love a unique bracelet. Before I left for Korea, I got my friends matching Pura Vida bracelets. Recently I’ve started collaborating with TRRTLZ bracelets, and I love the story behind their brand! I just got my package, so I’m excited to start wearing them.


19. Fujilm Film Instax Mini 90

I’ve only ever played around with the Mini 8 and the WIDE 300, so I was really pleasantly surprised when I got to play around with Nicole’s Mini 90. The biggest win is that it doesn’t have automatic flash like the Mini 8, so all the photos we took didn’t wind up totally washed out!

20. Walkable Sandals

And, of course, good, comfortable shoes! I’m quite a big fan of Birkenstocks both for their arch support and ease of wear (I’m sorry I love the look of Chucks, but they’re too narrow for my feet sometimes, have no arch support, and are a pain to get on and off). I like the Birks with thinner straps rather than the super thick ones.

What would you add to your gift guide for female travelers? I know I’m probably forgetting a ton!

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  1. December 6, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Great ideas. Would love to get that leather weekend bag for Christmas!

  2. November 20, 2016 / 3:45 am

    Great gift guide! I’m on the market for a really nice backpack with protection for my camera and space for my small-ish laptop. I also love Birks!

  3. November 17, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Hammam towel could be an add-on as I find them personaly very helpful and versatile. Colouring book also is a good idea! Well thought..

  4. November 14, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Just in time! I’m starting to get the “What do you want for Christmas” question and I had no idea what to say honestly! Forgot how badly I wanted an instant camera lol

  5. November 14, 2016 / 3:59 am

    So many great ideas! I definitely found more than a few items to add to my own Christmas list :) I especially love #11–one of my favorite types of gifts to give and to get are experiences. I love the idea of the travel themed coloring books, too. Would be fun to get one of those!

  6. November 13, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    Some great ideas here with Christmas just around the corner. I love to get and give experiences as gifts too, they create the most incredible memories and don’t clutter up my space.

  7. November 13, 2016 / 11:04 am

    Thanks for this article. With christmas coming up it is nice to get some ideas about what i could ask for. :)

  8. November 13, 2016 / 6:42 am

    Great ideas here. I’m going to keep this handy for next time someone asks me what I want for my birthday/xmas! I recently got a Sony A6000 and it was a game changer – I love that it never weighs me down, and it takes amazing photos!

  9. November 13, 2016 / 6:41 am

    So many great ideas. I want to try that Fujilm Film Instax Mini 90. Oh, and I want a new sleeping mask and water bottle :)

  10. November 13, 2016 / 6:25 am

    Great suggestions! A passport cover is a good one. It protects your passport and I think a lot of people don’t realize that any damage to a passport makes it invalid.

  11. November 13, 2016 / 3:26 am

    A watch is integral! You never know when your phone is going to die, so having a watch is perfect so you don’t miss flights, etc!

  12. November 12, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Thank you you have some great ideas here. I had forgotten that my wife loves journals and she hasn’t had a decent one in a few years so that will first thing on my list of things to get her for Christmas.

  13. November 12, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    I love Birkenstocks too, no matter how much people make fun of me and call me a crunchy hippie when I wear them. They are so durable, comfortable and long-lasting! A light-weight camera is also important for travel. I have a mirrorless LUMIX and love that it isn’t so heavy and bulky (though the lenses can still take up a lot of space).

  14. November 12, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Cute ideas, especially the weekender bag. I had an amazing one just like it that was stolen, and they’ve discontinued it so I couldn’t replace it. I’m going to check out the one you mentioned!

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