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Looking for some of the best gift ideas for travelers on your holiday shopping list?  As regular readers of our blog know, we are avid travelers. Over the course of our journeys, we’ve found some things that we simply HAVE to have when traveling.

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Our gift ideas for travelers

 

A lightweight backpack –  One of the best gift ideas for travelers is a backpack. Our daughter, Meghan, recommended this backpack because is is light, folds up into itself, and is made of water repellent material. It is great backpack for day trips as well as cruise excursions and it holds your water bottles, sunscreen, and souvenirs.

Coolibar hatWe first found these awesome hats at the Garden Center in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and fell in love with them. The traveler in your life will love these lightweight and easily packable hats because they are cool, comfortable, and provide excellent protection from the sun.  

Eagle Creek starter packing setWe use these packing sets for every single trip we take. Why? Because they are, in a word, amazing. When we took a four week trip to Italy, we used these and they made the whole trip work. Steve was able to pack 16 XXL shirts in one of the pack-it folders! We first found them at The Container Store but you can also purchase them here on Amazon


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Travelon cord organizerThis cord organizer is a real game changer and is a great gift idea for travelers. They’ll know where every cord is, and will be confident that when they need it, the cord won’t be a tangled mess. Your traveler will love this handy, lightweight, tri-fold organizer. We don’t leave home without it!

External batteryNothing is worse than wanting to take great travel photos with your smart phone and realizing you have a dead battery. This battery pack phone charger is a must for anyone on the road and is a great gift idea for travelers. 

Postcard Jar – Help your traveler start a new collection of inexpensive, yet meaningful souvenirs by giving them a Postcard Jar. While on the road, they can buy themselves postcards and then either mail them or bring them home for display in this handsome jar that will quickly fill with memories while becoming a conversation piece. We started our jar full of postcards when we got married and it was the inspiration for our blog. 

Smartwool ankle socksA traveler’s feet are along on the journey every step of the way (ha!). Help your traveler have happy feet with these comfortable, durable, and warm, socks. We love them because wick moisture and don’t slip.  

Bucket tote bag from ElevateWe found Elevate on our trip to Kearney to see the Sandhills Crane migration. Inside the store we found beautifully crafted leather goods, all made by small, family-run businesses in third world countries. One of our favorite items we found was this leather travel bag. Hand made from genuine leather, this bag not only looks good, but is also functional. It slips over the handle on luggage so it can be carried easily through an airport. The best thing about this gift, however, is knowing that each purchase from Elevate helps a family escaping poverty.

Travel laundry bagLooking for functional gift ideas for travelers? Try this laundry bag that will help the traveler in your life keep dirty clothes in place and make doing laundry on the road as quick and easy as it can be. Read more about our travel tips for doing laundry HERE

Cinch sackThis little miracle cinch sack from Eagle Creek just might be the best invention for organized travel, ever. It is Ann’s favorite travel accessory. A large pocket surrounded by small pouches on the sides, it easily holds and organizes the small things that travelers need (think lip balm, a small bottle of Tylenol, a charger, and more). Just pull the cords and it closes tightly, keeping everything tucked safely inside and easily accessible when they are needed.

More great gift ideas for travelers

 

Lightweight, digital luggage scaleHere’s a great gift idea for the traveler in your life: a digital luggage scale. With baggage weight restrictions on airlines, folks need to know how much their bag weighs before heading to the airport so they can avoid extra fees. While it can be pretty easy to weigh a suitcase at home, finding a scale on the road can be a different question. That’s why this sleek scale that easily slips into a bag can be a blessing to have along on the road.  

Airbnb gift cardAirbnb home shares (like our Postcard Place in Pawhuska) are becoming more and more popular with travelers who want a home away from home. Armed with this gift card, your traveler can pick and choose from about 1.9 MILLION places to stay in 65,000 cities around the world. An Airbnb gift card is one of the most versatile gift ideas for the travelers on your list.

A few more of our favorite gifts for travelers

 

Passport walletHere’s another great gift idea from Elevate in Kearney, Nebraska: a leather passport wallet. Travelers on your list will love the way this wallet protects their passport and keeps their other essentials neatly together while looking good in the process. And don’t forget, each time you make a purchase from Elevate, you’re helping elevate people out of poverty. 

Durable luggage tagsIn a world filled with look-alike bags, travelers need an easy way to pick their luggage out from the crowd. These colorful tags make seeing a suitcase on a baggage carousel easy. Plus, they are durable enough that your traveler can go with confidence that their luggage tag won’t be separated from their bag. We’ve used these for years and love them. 

Label makerWhen thinking of gift ideas for travelers, you probably don’t think of a label maker, but you should. Use this to stick labels with name, phone number and other identifying information on electronics like computers and phones, It’s even a good idea to place this information inside luggage. This provides one more way that your traveler can be reunited with property should it be lost along the way. 

Satin pillow caseWhile traveling with a pillow isn’t always practical, bringing a pillow case from home is. Ann takes one with her wherever we go to protect her fine hair from tangling on rough pillow cases in some hotels. 

Postcard Jar t-shirtWe’re now offering Postcard Jar t-shirts for followers of our blog! With multiple styles and colors, there is one that’s perfect for every traveler on your list. 


What are your favorite gift ideas for travelers? Let us know in the comments below and if you have questions about any of these products, just ask us! 

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  • Sometimes you find things in your own backyard.⁣
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Just up the road from our home in Crete, Nebraska, we found the National Museum of Roller Skating. Our curiosity piqued, we stopped in and took a look around. There we found the world's largest collection of historical roller skates, costumes, and memorabilia. ⁣
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It took us back to our childhood and spending time at the roller skating rink (do kids even skate anymore?). We remembered crossing over on the turns for the first time and bending at the knees for "Downtown" by Petula Clark. So many great memories. ⁣
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Sometimes, we focus so much on getting away that we forget that we have some really interesting places close to home, as well. The next time you feel a hankering to go somewhere, maybe try going down the street. You never know what treasure you might find and what memories it evoke.
  • This was our Valentine’s Day dessert last year. Chef Kurtess Mortensen at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile created this memorable dish he called “Fat Elvis.” It was a chocolate bread pudding, served alongside banana brûlée and caramelized peanuts then topped with marshmallow cream, homemade peanut butter ice cream, and a candied bacon garnish. We are giddy with anticipation to see what he comes up with tonight! We are budgeting our calories accordingly. 😉
  • “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”
– Lewis Carroll
  • It's been a long winter. I need to see flowers again! Are you with me?Let's talk about these flowers. ⁣
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We are often asked about our favorite place we've ever visited. While that question is hard to answer, we almost always mention Tallinn, Estonia, as a contender.⁣
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Estonia has an interesting history. Conquered in 1227 by Denmark, it never again enjoyed independence until  1920. That freedom was short lived, however, as the Soviet Union occupied the country in 1940. Finally, in 1991, Estonia regained its independence and has remained free ever since. The country joined NATO in 2004. ⁣
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Visiting Estonia, we could see the remnants of Soviet control. Large block buildings dominate the landscape. They are of Soviet Communist design: utilitarian in nature with no thought given to design. They look just like the buildings you've seen in movies about the Soviet Union. ⁣
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Now free, Estonians have done what they can to erase the gray days of Soviet control. The Soviet-style buildings are painted bright colors, and flowers abound in the streets. The people are warm, cheerful, friendly, and welcoming. ⁣
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Yes, Estonia is a wonderful country, and we can't wait to return.
  • Each year from late February to early April, hundreds of thousands of Sandhills Cranes migrate through Nebraska on their way north to their breeding grounds. It's considered one of the greatest spectacles in nature, so thousands of people come to experience this incredible time.⁣
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We traveled to Kearney, Nebraska, one of the best cities for crane viewing, last year. Because the best times to view the cranes is sunrise and sunset, we found ourselves with some free time during the day. It turns out that Kearney has a lot to offer in terms of things to do.⁣
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Scroll across our highlights on Instagram, and you'll find the stories highlights we made during our time there. On our blog (link in bio) you'll also find a post we wrote with ideas for 20 things to do in Kearney while you wait on the cranes. ⁣
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Put crane viewing on your bucket list. It really is one of the most amazing experiences we've ever had in nature. And don't worry about being bored between sunrise and sunset--Kearney has too much to offer.
  • Sometimes, you find great cocktails where you least expect...⁣
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In the Mason City, Iowa, airport, (about halfway between Mason City and Clear Lake) we found a wonderful little restaurant called CAVU-American Kitchen and Coctail Lounge. It's different from any other airport restaurant and bar in the world because it is place so good, the airport becomes the destination.⁣
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While there last fall, we sampled a couple of their specialty cocktails. On the left a refreshing take on a margarita, on the right, a cocktail featuring St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur. Both were fantastic and worth a trip to the airport, even if you're not flying anywhere.
  • Learn how to avoid being labeled "that annoying guy" on a cruise ship in a new post on our blog that Steve wrote this weekend. ⁣
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You should know that 99% of the people we meet on cruises are nice people and fun to be around. However, it seems like there's always that one guy or gal who just gets under your skin. ⁣
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Click on the link to our blog in our bio and see what made of our list of things to do to avoid being "that guy" on a cruise ship. ⁣
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Are there some things we missed? Let us know - we'd love to hear from you.
  • The Sandhill Crane migration will be starting very soon, and @visitkearney, Nebraska, is the perfect place to go to witness this amazing sight. ⁣
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Because the cranes are best viewed at sunrise and sunset, a good cup of coffee is a necessity. ⁣
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During our hosted visit to town last year, we re-caffinated at a couple different coffee shops, including @baristasdailygrind. ⁣
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Ann loved the way her coffee was served, with a barista's kiss--a chocolate covered espresso bean sitting in a little cloud of whipped cream. Talk about a great good morning kiss!

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