“What do you want for a birthday/Christmas/anniversary gift?” “Nothing.” If you’ve ever had this exact conversation with the impossible-to-shop-for man in your life, we feel your pain and have a solution—this carefully curated list of the 11 best gift ideas for men who love to travel.
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ROAM The Jaunt Expandable Suitcase
Know a guy that’s extremely picky when it comes to design—and tends to overpack for every trip? Treat him to ROAM Luggage’s new expandable carry-on suitcase. Roam’s suitcases are completely customizable, so he can create a one-of-a-kind bag that perfectly suits his aesthetic. Give him a gift card so he can spend hours on ROAM’s website choosing colors for the front and back shells, zipper, binding, wheels, carry handle, and monogram.
The Jaunt Expandable Suitcase is a versatile pick, as it meets the carry-on requirements of most major U.S. airlines (and expands by 28 percent for longer trips or to bring home souvenirs).
NEMO Moonlite Reclining Chair
Give the man who’s always outside the gift of comfort. With the NEMO Moonlite Reclining Chair, he’ll always have a seat, whether he’s camping, tailgating, or hanging out at a bonfire. The Moonlite weighs a mere 1 lb. 14 oz., and packs down to 20 x 20 x 26 in., yet can comfortably hold an impressive 300 lbs.
Pull the chair out of its included carrying case, and it can be easily assembled in under 60 seconds. The Moonlite even features an adjustable seating position, so you can sit upright to eat dinner, and then recline to stargaze.
King C. Gillette Beard Care Gift Kit
It’s time to take control over that quarantine beard, and King C. Gillette’s Beard Care Gift Set can help. The set is like a spa day wrapped up in a neat little package. It includes King C. Gillette’s classic double edge safety razor, the gently cleansing and cooling beard/face wash, ultra-moisturizing beard balm, a non-greasy but healing beard oil, and a transparent shave gel.
OtterBox Performance Charging Kit
For the man who’s addicted to his phone, the OtterBox Performance Charging Kit is the gift of more power. This perfectly portable charger is small enough to fit in a pocket, and comes with a 3-in-1 cable so he can charge Micro-USB, USB-C, or Lightning devices.
This OtterBox charger is great for travel, camping trips, or long-flights.
Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Traveler Inflatable Neck Pillow
Upgrade your guy’s sad emergency airport purchased travel pillow to one that actually works, lik Sea to Summit’s Aeros Premium Traveller Pillow. This inflatable travel pillow packs down small (about the size of a deck of cards), but has some very important features: a narrower neck area that fits against the headrest and doesn’t push your head forward, oversized arms for additional neck support, a multi-function valve to adjust the firmness level, and a soft knit cover.
LifeProof Eco-Friendly Apple Watch Band
An eco-friendly material made from 99 percent recycled ocean plastics gives LifeProof’s watch band some serious sustainability thread. It’s also significantly softer than the standard Apple Watch band, and resists wear and fading, making it perfect for travel.
Available in a wide variety of color combinations, you can gift multiple options to match every outfit. This is a gift that keeps on giving, as you’ll get $1 from LifeProof to give to your choice of the company’s nonprofit partners.
Gel-Cool Bento Box
Enjoy healthy food on your next road trip with Gel-Cool’s Bento Box. The lid for this unique box is actually a freezer pack. Simply put it in the freezer the night before using and pack your lunch inside the bento box. The lid will then keep the contents cool for about four hours. You can pack multiple foods in the same box, as an adjustable divider will keep things separate.
TUMI Delta ID Lock Shielded Slim Wallet
TUMI’s Delta ID Lock wallet is a great gift for travelers concerned about identity theft. The wallet has Tumi ID Lock technology built in, to help protect RFID data. The understated design looks like a normal wallet. It’s made from full-grain leather, and has a slim profile with six card slots and a currency pocket that will carry the essentials without weighing you down.
Buttercloth Deep Discovery Shirt
For the guy who never knows what to pack, Buttercloth’s Deep Discover Shirt is the solution. This dress shirt feels like an old, comfortable t-shirt but is nice enough to wear to elegant restaurants. The 100 percent natural long fiber cotton and six-way stretch makes the shirt breathable, temperature-regulating, and non-constricting. It’s wrinkle-free, no matter how poorly you pack it.
Mash & Grape Spirit Subscription
Why restrict your gift to a one-time occasion? A subscription to Mash & Grape is the gift that keeps on giving. Sign up for a gin, tequila, rum, bourbon, whiskey, or scotch subscription, and each month a bottle from a small distiller will show up on your recipient’s doorstep, along with detailed tasting notes.
Wildland Single Serve Coffee
Know a guy who can’t function until he’s had his coffee? Wildland’s Coffee Bags will give him a caffeine fix anywhere he travels. Made from real ground coffee (not instant) and packaged in a tea bag, the coffee bags will make a delicious cup of joe without any fancy equipment. Simply soak the bag in eight ounces of hot water for eight minutes.
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