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The Best Gifts for Travelers – 2017 Edition

The Best Gifts for Travelers - 2017 Edition

The giving season is upon us! I’ve always been one of those people who gets way more excited to give gifts just to see the expression on the recipient’s face when they open it. Those moments of pure joy (or amusement, depending on your style of gift giving) spent with the people you love are what the holidays are all about.

Adding on to the 2016 gift guide, I now present the best gifts for travelers – 2017 edition!

Ethnotek Backpack

Prices range from $90 – $220 for backpacks. Prices vary for other products.

Ethnotek Backpack - 2017 Travel Gift Guide

This is not just any backpack. Ethnotek bags are made from ethically sourced handmade textiles and sustain employment for weavers and artisans in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. The underlying part of their mission is that we should all celebrate each other’s cultures and differences more often, learn about them, and ensure their survival by retelling their story. Now that’s a mission I can stand behind!


Wanderer Bracelets

Prices starting at $12

Not just any bracelets, Wanderer Bracelets support the artisans in Bali who made them. Each bracelet is made with all natural repurposed water buffalo bone and is hand woven with durable nylon thread, and they’re meant for stacking so get a few of your favorites instead of just one! Use code MARISSASUTERA20 for 20% off your order!


Adult Coloring Book for Globetrotters and Daydreamers


Adult Travel Coloring Book - 2017 Travel Gift Guide

If you still have yet to try an adult coloring book, you’re missing out. They are a great way to relax and bring out your inner artist. This coloring book in particular is made for globetrotters and daydreamers with 47 cityscapes from around the world, because you need more fuel for your wanderlust, right? Use it during downtime, on flights, to get inspired, or simply to de-stress.



Prices starting at $73.50

DELSEY MONTMARTRE+ Personal Tote - Best Travel Tote Bag

When I’m not backpacking, this bag is seriously my best friend when I’m traveling. The DELSEY MONTMARTRE+ Personal Tote slips right over the handle of your luggage, keeping it sturdy while wheeling through the airport, has two side pouches for water bottles, and has a special laptop protection sleeve built in. Even when you’re not traveling, it’s the perfect everyday bag to use for work. Read my full review for more fab features of this tote.


Airportag World Map Blanket

Blankets start at $39.90, pricing for other products and custom options vary.

Airportag World Map Blanket - 2017 Travel Gift Guide

Another year later and I still can’t get enough of Airportag’s killer swag, like this world map blanket. They have some really unique items in their shop, so if you’re looking for something different to gift this year Airportag is the place to go. If you sleep under this blanket, you might even find yourself having dreams of round-the-world adventures. Oh wait… if you’re reading this, that’s probably already happening anyway!

BONUS: Use the code LITTLE-THINGS at checkout to receive 10% off your order! 


Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera

$548 with the 16-50mm, prices vary for other packages


Capture all the best memories and scenery with the Sony a6000. I’ve been using this camera for the past year, and I can’t imagine using anything else. I wanted great quality photos, but didn’t want to lug around a big, heavy camera while traveling. This mirrorless camera is the perfect solution for the traveler with an eye for photography.


Travel Canvas Prints

Prices starting at $24.99

Newport Beach Sunset - 2017 Travel Gift Guide

Some extra travel inspiration when we’re at home or at work never hurts, right? If you haven’t browsed my Etsy shop yet, there are tons of options to feed your wanderlust. There are plenty more like the photo above (taken in Newport Beach) in addition to motivational quotes on canvas and even the option to print your own custom design!



$7 per month, or $69 per year

Wanderful Membership - 2017 Gift Guide

Some of you may know that in addition to running this blog I also work with Wanderful, an international membership community of independent, adventurous, globally minded women who travel. For women travelers around the world, it’s a tight-knit sisterhood and powerful community to be a part of.

Local membership is the free option, but the paid global membership is where the real treasure is. The ultimate benefit (and my personal favorite) is access to the world’s first ever homesharing network exclusively for women. You can also get some sweet hotel discounts through Wanderful’s partner HotelStorm. I booked a trip to Mexico through them last summer and saved myself hundred of dollars compared to the rates on other booking websites!

You’ll also get tons more, like a discount to the annual Women in Travel Summit, special event rates just for members at chapters in 22+ cities worldwide, and access to Wanderful trips throughout the year.


Passport Holder

Prices starting at $17.99.

Dreamcatcher Passport Holder - 2017 Travel Gift Guide

Passports can so easily get worn out, ripped, bent, or moisture damage (Dominican Republic in rainy season will wrinkle paper like a raisin). Passport holders are a simple solution to protect your passport and make it look good at the same time. The dreamcatcher passport holder (pictured above) is one of my favorites, or for more of a globetrotter feel this leather world map one should do the trick. If you’re looking for something more stylish you can try this Kate Spade passport holder and wallet combo.


Inspirational Reads


Inspirational Reads - 2017 Travel Gift GuideThis was a fab reading year for me. Lots of time in the air meant I flew threw so many good reads. A few of my favorite must-reads are The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe, It Happened On the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.


Crossbody Insulated Wine Bag


Insulated Wine Bag - 2017 Travel Gift Guide

Let’s be real – who doesn’t want a wine purse? This crossbody wine bag looks just like a regular purse but has two insulated pockets for both of your bottles of wine. And that still leaves you with space for more in the bag!


National Parks 2017 Wall Calendar


National Parks 2017 Wall Calendar - Travel Gift GuideFind daily inspiration with this wall calendar featuring Anderson Design Group‘s most popular National Park designs. The calendar has plenty of space to write things to do and places to go. Every year, they also donate a portion of their proceeds to the National Parks Foundation, so you will be helping to protect, promote, and preserve these natural treasures with this gift.


Travel Bra

Prices start at $39.95

Leave the bulky, uncomfortable money belts behind and upgrade to the travel bra (or travel trunks for the guys) to safely carry money, credit cards, and/or your passport. Keep your valuables secure when on the road, or if you’re backpacking and don’t have anywhere to lock them up the travel bra or travel trunks are even comfortable enough to sleep in.


A Unique Camera Strap


World Map Camera Strap - 2017 Travel Gift Guide

With so many fun camera strap designs, why stick with the boring standard one? The world map camera strap shown above is perfect for the travel lover, or for a more stylish look I love this polka dot scarf camera strap.

What’s on your wish list for this year? Let me know in the comments below!


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