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Holiday Travel Gift-Guide For Every Family Member

Kelly Meehan Brown Nov 03, 2022

Looking for ways to show your family and friends you care this holiday season? You’re in luck. We’ve rounded up a bunch of unique and actually useful gifts for the fam. 

Here, you can find the perfect gift whether Grandma needs a new fanny pack for trips to the store, your S.O. coyly mentioned needing a new backpack for college, your brother could stand to actually put his lunch in a bag once in a while, or if your sister finally got tickets for that music festival she’s been raving about. Read on for a ton of great holiday gift ideas—at a range of prices—for everyone on your list.


For The One Who Loves the Outdoors…


…and needs the extra room.

Hiking, rock climbing, skiing, oh my! If it’s a gift for your cousin or bestie who is constantly on a trail or hitting the slopes, they’re going to need something to hold all that gear. That’s where the vibe-y Ski n’ Hike Surplus Backpack comes into play: Made from surplus material, it has sustainability sewn into every inch. Waste not, want not, right? With its large interior and haul handle, it’s just screaming to be taken into the great outdoors for that extra Ski-gear carry space.


...who can’t resist a matching set.

Two-piece co-ords are all the rage whether you’re in the pool or in the woods—and for that outdoorsy friend who can’t resist a match, something that combines cute with comfortable and practical can’t be understated. 


…even if it is just a trip to the store.

Not everyone craves the thrill of the trail, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a helping hand—or bag—when venturing outside. Maybe it’s grandma who could benefit from the Waisted Fanny Pack for her grocery trips. Help her handle less on the daily with the easy-to-use main compartment and front zipper for wallet storage and an adjustable waist belt so it’s never sitting too snug. Plus, the leather trim will keep her looking stylish in the store. 


For The Organized One…


...who travels for school.

We don’t blame you if the sheer beauty of this backpack took your breath away—the color choices alone of the Hatchet Backpack are enough to get you even if organization isn’t your thing. But you’re looking for the perfect gift for your organized brother or even your mom, and this might just be it. Modern and functional, this backpack has a padded laptop sleeve, a deluxe organizer panel, internal zippered mesh pocket and dual side water bottle pockets… we could go on. Give them the gift of a fresh, organized start in the new year. 


...who’s never seen without the latest.

Don’t let your girlfriend get on a plane without the ultimate new travel accessory: the slipper. These hand-embroidered travel slippers from Etsy help your trendy, organized bestie travel in style and in comfort (they’d never be caught dead without being prepared, right?). They’ll be the envy of everyone at the airport or on the train with this level of flair on their feet, and they’ll thank you for helping them get there.


...or the one who needs the most help getting organized.

Remember we mentioned your brother finally putting away his lunch instead of carrying it with him in a paper bag? The Carryout’s simple “mailbox flap” gives even the most reluctant-to-be-organized person that little nudge in the right direction. Plus, it’s easy to clean with a wipe-down interior, so you know he’ll be grateful to see the back of the paper bag… 


For The Stylish One…


...who deserves a little rest and relaxation.

Stressful travel time ahead for one of your loved-ones? Give them the gift of rehydration with this 5-pack of Variety Loop face masks that is proven to help get their skin back to normal after heavy travel days. Help them to feel refreshed, relaxed and rehydrated while on the road.


…who lives to accessorize.

Keep the sun off their face and their phone and keys within reach with this cute-as-heck World Traveler Bucket Hat complete with matching Waistpack for the family member that prides function and accessorization. Both are made from surplus fabric (and love!) and for those who live a little more on the wildside, the Waistpack has a detachable beverage holder for hands-on or hands-free fun. We love dual-function!


...who’s also a huge foodie.

How can your gastronomy connoisseur buddy or family member truly express themselves without being able to carry their impressive lunch? They could be the envy of everyone on their trip with the wonderful Big Break Lunch Bag that comes in nine colors that pass the vibe check. From an insulated main compartment that keeps items hot or cold to an external zippered pocket for utensils, napkins or other small items, this is the perfect gift for those who take lunch seriously. 


Whether you’re buying for your aunt, classmate or dad this holiday season, let this list serve as your starting point to aid them in their travels so they’ll always carry you with them, no matter how far they go.