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Perfect Gifts for the Wanderess in Your Life this Holiday Season

The Holiday Season means people are out buying the perfect gifts for friends, family and loved ones. Everyone has their own wishlist for the holiday season and I’ve scoured Amazon to find the best gift options for the wanderess in your life. Whether the female traveler in your life is all about hiking in the outdoors, taking city breaks, the ultimate souvenir curator or the queen of backpacking, this guide has something for her.

 For the Backpacking Queen

Not every girl is all about luxury, some of us love traveling longer and farther, even if it means doing it on the cheap and carrying everything we have on our backs. Essentials for a Backpacking Queen are the perfect backpack, packing cubes and some of the best walking shoes.


I don’t have the Farpoint Osprey Pack, but my husband does and I’ve been having insane pack-envy. This awesome pack zips completely open making it easy to access all of your stuff. Plus, those front pockets on the pack – that’s actually a zip-off day pack! This will definitely be my next pack purchase. 


Packing cubes are a lifesaver. Well, at least a space saver. I thought they seemed a little silly at first, but the Eagle Creek Packing Cubes I use when backpacking keep me organized and it also keeps me in check because I try to only take what will fit in my cubes. 


I swear by my Tevas, and I’ve even converted Matt to a Teva-lover. We have the tan lines to prove it! I wore my Hurricane Tevas for 101 days straight the last time I went backpacking and I’m currently on day 82 in my new pair and I don’t regret my decision to rely on these as my everyday shoes. Plus, they’re great for water activities, city strolls and hiking trails! 

For the Road Warrior

Road trips are one of my absolute favorite ways to travel. Everyone has their road trip necessities, and for me they’re just little things that make you feel comfortable or help me plan the trip from the co-pilot seat.


Whether you’re using your mobile device or iPad for entertainment, trip planning or updating your social media, have a mode of charging is super important. While many cars are equipped with USB ports now, you can’t rely on your BFF’s car or rental having one. This makes road tripping easy. This would make a great stocking-stuffer.


This is currently on my travel wishlist. When we’re back home we have a Toyota 4Runner, so we camp in the back of it, but THIS is perfect for car camping. We’re renting a car in New Zealand and I’m so wishing that this was in my backpack.


My husband got me a Mexican Falsa Blanket for our anniversary last year and I’m obsessed with it! It’s perfect on road trips for more than one reason. 1) keeping you cozy if your travel companion likes it cooler than you. 2) the aforementioned car-camping. 3) epic, bohemian Instagram shots! 

For the Nature-Loving Woman

I love being outdoors. Hiking, especially in mountains, is where I feel most in my element. So, anything that makes doing this easier or more fun is perfect for that wild + free spirit in your life.

Photo from my Appalachian Trail engagement session by Christian Gideon


Eno Hammocks make amazing gifts. I got one for Matt for his birthday last year. Relaxing in a hammock is fantastic, right? So why not have one that you can literally take with you anywhere? They make “SingleNest” and “DoubleNest” so they can fit just you or you plus one. Don’t miss the best way to relax and soak up nature with extreme comfort.


Having the perfect daypack or weekend pack is very important. I don’t always like to take my big packs if I don’t have to. Luckily, I have this pack that’s padded for my comfort and holds everything you could possibly need for a couple of days including two exterior water bottle pockets.


Speaking of water bottles. I don’t go anywhere without my Nalgene bottles. Aside from holding a good amount of water, they’re good for the environment too! 


If I’m taking a trail that I know I’ll need hiking shoes or boots, Merrell is my go-to brand. I love the lightweight water hiking shoes to take with me backpacking because they’re just so light. Then for more intense hikes, like the Inca Trail, I loved the Moab boots! 

For the Personal Travel-Museum Curator

I love bringing home perfect things from my travels in addition to recording them in fun, creative ways. Here are some interesting ways for the collector in your life to perfect her collection.


I got a scratch map for Christmas about 5 years ago when they first came out, but now there are so many different styles and colors that the sky is the limit. It’s like a work in progress to see how much of this gorgeous world you’ve seen.


I love this simple way to store tickets, programs and even bar coasters. It’s simple and you can totally make it all your own.

Gifts That Any Wanderess Could Appreciate


These handy little tools allow you to quickly and easily transfer your photos from your iPhone to your computer or any other USB port (like a printing station). It’s so amazing and make’s life super easy for travelers, bloggers, social media lovers and photographers alike.


Everyone needs a place to keep stories or momentos from trips. Or the perfect journal to keep their travel notes and bookings or plans for your upcoming adventure. 

These amazing gifts would be sure to make any wanderess out there happy this holiday season.

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Kevin Wagar
    November 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

    What an awesome collection of gift ideas! I love Osprey packs and packing cubes! And those tiny USB outlets for the cars are so useful!

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 21, 2017 at 3:47 am

      Thanks! Osprey is just one of the best pack brands out there, in my opinion. Thanks for reading!

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    Daphne
    November 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Great ideas and perfect timing for the holiday season! I am still looking for a hammock, so I might buy one soon. Eno Hammocks looks like a comfortable one!

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 21, 2017 at 3:48 am

      They’re wildly comfortable and quite sturdy too! We truly LOVE ours. Don’t forget you have to buy the straps separately.

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    Vibeke
    November 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Such a great packing list. Love how you put it up. I have never thought about car mattresses. but is such a great idea. Packing cubes are essential, make travelling and of course packing and packing out so much easier 😀

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 21, 2017 at 4:01 am

      I hadn’t thought about it either! What a great tool! Thanks for checking it out! Cheers!

  • Reply
    Candy
    November 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Love this list. So many options for everyone! That car air mattress is so cool! I’ve always stayed at hotels on road trips, but that air mattress sounds like a pretty fun way to camp in your car 🙂

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 22, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Isn’t it cool? We love camping and hiking on road trips so it’s super tempting. However, we love our hotel stays too! 😉 Thanks for checking out my list!

  • Reply
    Rhonda Albom
    November 21, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Great gift ideas. I am a huge fan of packing cubes, I use them for everything as they can be bought in so many different sizes and are ideal for sorting a pack. I have never seen scratch maps before, what a cute idea. The car mattress is another new idea, I can’t see myself using one but I can imagine they are very useful.

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 25, 2017 at 1:59 am

      I agree about the packing cubes. They’re just so genius! I love my scratch map – it makes for a fun coming-home tradition!

  • Reply
    WyldfamilyTravel (@wyldfamtravel)
    November 22, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Some great suggestions here for gifts for the seasoned and newbie traveller. I am sure any of the backpacks, drink bottles and hiking shoes would set anyone up for an outdoor adventure. The car air mattress would allow you to relax with your mobile phone while its charging to keep you connected to the world. You will be able to mark of your amazing adventures on the sratch destination map you have featured.

    • Reply
      Paige Wunder
      November 25, 2017 at 2:00 am

      I’m glad that you found some of these items interesting! They’re definitely mostly practical gifts for travelers!

  • Reply
    Siddhartha Joshi
    November 25, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Great list and suggestions! I’ve been reading very nice reviews about the cubes and you also recommend them highly…I think it’s time to get one for my next trip 🙂

    I also really like the Nalgene bottles!

  • Reply
    Kavita Favelle
    November 25, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Always great to get some gift ideas for travellers. I’m particularly loving the Mexican Falsa blankets and the travel journals!

  • Reply
    Marcus and Mel
    November 25, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Some good gift ideas. The double USB charger will stop the fights for the single cable. Also looking for a new world scratch map for the home office we are finally decorating.

  • Reply
    Panchami Bekal
    November 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Great gift ideas. I am planning to gift myself blanket and the travel journal 🙂 and also hiking shoes to my hubby.

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    Hannah
    November 26, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Great gift ideas. I’ve been wondering about camping in our car, so the idea of a car airbed is totally fantastic – thanks! I’m an Ecco sandal fan, but I might try Teva for the waterproof factor!

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    Silke
    November 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Great work putting together these fantastic ideas! Definitely a great helper with Christmas just around the corner. From own experience, a car charger is a great little tool to have when you hire a car for a road trip. One of the products you selected even had two slots – great if you have a navi and a phone to charge/power.

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    anneklien
    November 26, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Great gift list, i want the scratch map and momento box looks cool too… great reminders of an epic travel for sure!

  • Reply
    Elena
    November 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Holidays are upon us… again. Oops, time to think about some gifts. Thank you for putting together this list. Car chargers are so useful. LEEF ibridge I have to get for myself.

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    Cathy Salvador Mendoza
    November 28, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Actually I love them all! I love all travel presents! I already have some of the listed above but my most favourite is the travel journal! I love travel diaries! How about you? I could give myself that! yay! Perfect collection for travelers like us! Great ideas too!

  • Reply
    Meg Jerrard
    November 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Fabulous list of gifts – I’m actually traveling with Eagle Creek packing cubes right now, but they’re so amazing that I would be over the moon to get more for Christmas haha I’m a little obsessed with my packing cubes. They’re so good!!

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