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I've travelled to 32 countries — here are 21 cool gift ideas I (or any other traveller) would appreciate

Other than a first-class ticket, these are the best gift ideas for the globetrotter in your life.

travel gift ideas, packing cubes, lululemon travel backpack, airfly bluetooth headphones adaptor, Best travel gifts for 2023/24 (photos via Amazon, Lululemon & Best Buy Canada).
Best travel gifts for 2023/24 (photos via Amazon, Lululemon & Best Buy Canada).

The best Christmas gift for the traveller in your life is probably a plane ticket. However, spending hundreds (or thousands) on that kind of gift can be tricky, to say the very least. First-class ticket aside, there are a ton of great gift ideas for globetrotters this holiday season, regardless of your budget and their bucket list. Whether you're shopping for a work-related frequent flier or a budget backpacker, we've rounded up 21 of the best last-minute gift ideas for the wanderlust-type this Christmas. To shop the edit and maybe even inspire your own 2024 travel plans, scroll below.

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Ray-Ban Meta Wayfarer

Ray-Ban's newest drop — the Meta Wayfarer sunglasses — might be the coolest gift on this list. These high-tech frames feature an ultra-wide 12 MP camera and a five-mic system to capture the world around you. They allow you to take high-quality photos and videos, and there's even a livestream option for social media. Moreover, the sunglasses boast open-ear speakers so that you can listen to your favourite tunes sans headphones. Shop the Meta Wayfarer sunglasses at Ray-Ban and Amazon Canada.

Shop the Meta Wayfarer in seven colours.

$369 at Ray-Ban

Universal Travel Adapter

This 5-in-1 universal power adaptor is compatible with over 150 countries. It has two USB-A ports (2.4A max), two USB Type C ports (3A/5V output) and one AC universal socket to charge up to five devices simultaneously. The "Amazon's Choice" device has earned an average 4.5-star rating from 13,700+ reviews, with users calling the adaptor a "convenient all-in-one unit."

This 5-in-1 travel adaptor is compatible with over 150 countries.

$25 at Amazon

Lululemon Cruiser Backpack 23L

As a longtime fan of Lululemon backpacks for travel, I have my eye on the brand's new 23-litre Cruiser Backer for trips abroad. The suitcase-compatible bag has several individual storage compartments for all your bits and bobs, including a 16-inch laptop pocket and a structured pocket for your sunglasses.

Lululemon reviewers say the brand's Cruiser Backpack 23L is "great for travelling."

$178 at Lululemon

Tile Pro

This powerful tracker helps locate missing objects both near and far. When the Tile is within Bluetooth range, the app will ring your Tile to help you find it. When it's out of range, you can view its most recent location on a map within the app. The Tile app is compatible with iOS and Android devices and works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.

Attach the Tile Pro Tracker to your luggage to keep an eye on misplaced bags.

$60 at Amazon

Eco Laundry Detergent Sheets

Nothing is worse than stinky, unwashed laundry on long-haul trips, which is why these detergent sheets are a lifesaver. The dissolvable washing detergent sheets replace detergent liquids and pods, saving space in your suitcase or carry-on bag. Each pack contains 40 sheets for up to 80 loads and comes pre-measured for convenience.

These travel-friendly laundry detergent sheets will come in handy on long-haul trips. 

$15 at Amazon

Simo Solis Lite Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot

If you're working remotely or want to avoid roaming charges, this mobile wifi hotspot is an exceptionally handy device. The hotspot can connect up to 10 devices, includes an embedded power bank and provides a reliable, secure, and superfast 4G LTE internet connection.

This mobile wifi hotspot is designed to offer a reliable, secure, and superfast 4G LTE internet connection.

$150 at Best Buy Canada

Cotopaxi Cubos Travel Cubes

Not only are these Cotopaxi packing cubes seriously adorable, but the Climate Neutral Certified brand uses repurposed nylon and mesh when creating their travel organizers. Each packing cube has mesh side panels for ventilation, a wrap-around zipper and a handy top handle. Amazon reviewers "love the colours" and note their "great quality."

Cotopaxi Cubos' unique packing cubes range from $27 to $70 on Amazon.

$70 at Amazon

She’s Birdie Personal Safety Alarm

As a solo female traveller, your safety always comes first. This personal safety alarm sounds a loud siren and flashing strobe light to create a diversion when activated. The Birdie delivers peace of mind in a crazy world and has over 8,200 reviews on Amazon Canada.

Shop the She’s Birdie Personal Safety Alarm in four colours.

$40 at Amazon

ProCase Hard Travel Tech Organizer

Whether you're travelling for work or play, this tech organizer is handy for keeping your chargers, cords and batteries (plus whatever else you're packing) safe and secure. The case has different compartments to house your electronics and a durable exterior to protect them.

This travel organizer is the perfect storage case for your charger, cords, USB cables, power bank, battery, portable hard drive, SD memory card, earphones and more.

$20 at Amazon

Lululemon Command the Day Dopp Kit 5L

Whether they're travelling home for the holidays or planning a mid-winter beach vacation, Lululemon's five-litre dopp kit will help keep them organized. The travel bag has a zippered mesh compartment and an interior pocket to keep toiletries nice and organized.

Command the Day Dopp Kit 5L in black.

$48 at Lululemon

Perilogics Universal In-Flight Phone Mount

Asking for a friend: Where did all the TVs in airplanes go? This adjustable clamp attaches directly to your tray table so you can enjoy downloaded movies or your flight’s entertainment system without having to hold your phone.

This multi-purpose phone mount has 13,000 reviews on Amazon.

$27 at Amazon

Twelve South AirFly Pro Bluetooth Transmitter

AirPods and other wireless headphones are all fun and games until you want to connect them to an in-flight movie. Luckily, that's where the Twelve South AirFly Pro Bluetooth transmitter comes in. This smart device provides wireless access in places with only a 3.5 mm headphone jack, like traditional airplane TVs.

Enjoy wireless audio on a plane with the Twelve South AirFly Pro Bluetooth Transmitter. 

$70 at Best Buy Canada

LifeStraw Go Series Water Filter Bottle

If you're unsure about the water situation of the place you're travelling, it might be a good idea to pack LifeStraw's Go Series water bottle. The water bottle filters out contaminants like bacteria (including E.coli + Salmonella), parasites (including Giardia and Cryptosporidium), microplastics and more.

This water filter bottle removes bacteria, parasites and microplastics from your water.

$53 at Amazon

Anker Power Bank

You never want to be caught without battery, especially in a foreign city. This portable charger boasts 26,800 mAh of power, which is enough juice to charge most phones six times over, tablets twice and a myriad of other USB devices.

This 26,800 mAh external battery can charge your phone six times over.

$68 at Amazon

Flat Water Bottle

This compact water bottle has a flask-like design that's perfect for small bags or jam-packed carry-on suitcases. The space-saving bottle holds up to 6oz/180ml of liquid and is made from BPA-free, freezer-safe plastic.

This 6 oz/180 ml water bottle fits into awkwardly-sized bags.

$47 at Amazon

Monos Carry-On Pro Plus

If you have money to burn this Christmas, here's where to spend it. Designed in Canada, this carry-on suitcase from Monos is as gorgeous as it is practical. The bag features a built-in front compartment for easy access to essentials, including your laptop. The Carry-On Pro Plus is available in 13 colours and is backed by a 4.8-star average rating.

Shop the Carry-On Pro Plus in 13 colours.

$365 at Monos

Loop Quiet Ear Plugs

These reusable and durable earplugs will be your best friend on long-haul flights and when you're trying to sleep in noisy hostels. The bestselling earplugs come in four sizes with a noise-reduction rating of 26 decibels.

Shop the Loop Quiet Ear Plugs in nine colours.

$35 at Amazon

Philips One By Sonicare Battery Toothbrush

If you don't want to lug around your expensive electric toothbrush on vacation but want to keep your dentist-like clean, the Philips One toothbrush might be for you. This battery-powered toothbrush delivers micro-vibrations to polish teeth and has a sleek travel case.

Shop the Philips toothbrush in five colours.

$27 at Amazon

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition

The Kindle Paperwhite is a great alternative to lugging heavy books on vacation. The eReader has an auto-adjusting front light and 32 GB of storage with a battery that can last up to 10 weeks on a single charge.

Save space in your carry-on bag with this travel-friendly eReader.

$210 at Amazon

UNO All Wild! Card Game

A travel board or card game can be a great time waster when you're stuck at the airport or sitting on a plane. This UNO card game is a fun take on an old classic, with every card being a Wild Card. It's "lots of fun for a UNO-loving family," according to one shopper.

Every card is a Wild Card in UNO All Wild!

$8 at Amazon

Inflatable Travel Pillow

If you're like me, you love the idea of a travel pillow but don't love the space it takes up. An inflatable neck pillow is a space-saving alternative, like this velvet "Amazon's Choice" option. The blow-up pillow packs easily into your bag and comes with a contoured eye mask to boot.

This "Amazon's Choice" inflatable neck pillow is a great space saver.

$26 at Amazon

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