For frequent fliers, convenience is key, but that doesn’t mean travel-friendly gifts have to be boring. So, what do you buy for someone who spends most of their “me-time” in an airport bathroom? How about a single-use bath sachet that will turn their hotel bathtub into a spa-like oasis? You could also opt for a nostalgic perfume oil that’ll make them feel powerful before their big client meeting.
Our selection of travel essentials will work for the career-minded jet setter, the backpacking nomad, and everyone in between. Lavish gifts also come in TSA-approved packages, so you won’t have to sacrifice style in the name of utility. If you’re heading home for the holidays, you can even pack these gifts in your checked luggage without worry. Take flight with our favorite bath, body, beauty, and grooming gifts that won’t get flagged at security.
TSA-Approved Gifts Under $20
Transforming an impersonal hotel room into a comforting safe haven only takes a little effort. For fitful sleepers, a relaxation-inducing balm made with an aromatic blend of Ayurvedic herbs will be appreciated. A travel candle in a beloved scent is easy to pack and will make any space feel like a home away from home. This makes an especially nice gift for those traveling abroad. Simplify the getting ready process with impactful products that have been miniaturized for easy travel. Cleaning up unruly facial hair while on the road doesn’t have to lead to disastrous results. Pick up a four-piece travel shave kit that has everything you need. Frequent fliers can freshen up locks with an award-winning dry shampoo or clean makeup sponges and brushes with a solid cleanser. Choose a budget-friendly fragrance in convenient roll-on packaging for a great stocking stuffer.
Shop Gifts Under $20
From Left: Sleep Calming Balm by Spa Ceylon, $7.95; Yuzu Bath Sachet by Chidoriya, $10; Oat Milk Dry Shampoo Travel Size by Klorane, $10; White Birch Rosemary Travel Tin Candle by KOBO, $12; Coconut Shampoo Bar by D.R. Harris & Co. LTD, $13; Travel Shave Kit by Proraso, $15; Blender Cleanser Solid by Beauty Blender, $16; Lait-Creme Concentre by Laboratoires Embryolisse, $16; Lychee Rose Perfume Oil by Mistral, $20
Elevated Travel Essentials Under $50
For travelers with elevated taste, choose gifts that replicate the typical creature comforts that they enjoy at home. For the person who refuses to slack on skin care, regardless of where they are in the world, a mini jade facial roller will make the perfect gift. The natural deodorant fan will love an option that won’t stain their clothes while they’re on-the-go. Travel lovers who are also passionate about fragrance will love a French-made solid perfume. If you know someone who is lucky enough to travel to sunny locales on a regular basis, buy them a collection of travel-friendly sun protection. Individually packaged under-eye patches will soothe and refresh after hours of skin-drying air travel.
Shop Gifts Under $50
From Left: Mini Jade Facial Roller by Skin Gym, $22, Eucalyptus Deodorant by (MALIN+GOETZ), $22, Zazou Soft Perfume by Sabe Masson, $28; 1 oz. Essential Travel Kit by (MALIN+GOETZ), $32, Soothing Cornflower Patches by Klorane, $24; Organic Suncare Travel Set by COOLA Suncare, $39.99
First-Class Luxuries Under $75
Luxe gifts don’t have to be treated preciously. High-quality presents that are made to withstand years of travel will make the expert itinerary planners in your life very happy. A famed perfume in a solid formulation will become a favored signature. Another scent option is a trend-defy perfume oil that has serious staying power. Help a guy out and demystify men’s grooming with a six-piece set that that comes with a quilted toiletry bag. If a custom assortment of grooming essentials is preferred, pick up a Chicago-made wax canvas Dopp kit. The sky-bound clean beauty connoisseur will love a spill-proof cream foundation. Our favorite comes in architecturally-inspired, refillable weighted packaging and is available in 16 shades. Despite its small size, the globetrotting fashionista will make great use of a lingerie pouch. They can separate delicates in a beautiful kimono-inspired bag that has lots of different pockets and sections.
Shop Gifts Under $75
From Left: Moisture Balm by Gendarme, $48; L’Ombre Dans L’Eau Solid Perfume by Diptyque, $50, Leather Roll On Perfume Oil by (MALIN+GOETZ), $52; Men’s Military Bristle Brush – MG2 by Kent, $58; 6 Piece Travel Gift Set by Baxter of California, $60; Grey Wax Canvas Dopp Kit by Defy Bags, $63; Silken Cream Foundation by Kjaer Weis, $68; Small Lingerie Pouch by Chidoriya, $72