The Ultimate Guide: 100 Gift Ideas for Travelers

Technology + Gear Photo + Video + Film
by Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström Nov 25, 2010

Photo by Lola Akinmade

It’s that time of the year to top last year’s gifts for family and friends…

AND I’M FINDING it progressively tougher to find something unique, useful, and worth buying for folks who seem to have it all in terms of gadgets, connectivity, and travel accessories.

So we’ve compiled a list of 100 gift ideas to help guide your holiday shopping for your favorite traveler. Many of the items on this list have been tested by Matador team members while others remain on our ever expanding wish lists.

But first, if you’re unaware of our Matador Store, definitely check it out for cool t-shirts, long-sleeves, caps, and mugs with various designs as well as the classic Matador logo. For those who participate in Black Friday Fever, the website Black Friday Ads provides a comprehensive listing of deals from many major retailers as well as offers up a mailing list which you can subscribe to, to get deals delivered to your inbox daily.

Here is Matador’s Ultimate List of 100 Gift Ideas:

Apparel & Accessories

1. Scottevest Essential Jacket
2. KEEN Hiking Shoes
3. Kuru Slip-on Sandals
4. Eagle Creek Travel Towel
5. Columbia Omni-Dry Convertible Pants
6. Meray Arnett Bags
7. Vogel10 Stylish Travel Clothing
8. PACT underwear – Eco-friendly and socially responsible
9. Merino Smartwool BaseLayers
10. Tavo Gloves – Lets you use smartphones while gloves are on.
11. Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket
12. Feelgoodz™ Flipflops

Books & Reading

13. Moleskin Journals
14. Rough Guides’ Make the Most of Your Time on Earth
15. Abroad Travel Organizer
16. eReader – Such as Amazon’s Kindle or Apple’s iPad
17. Erik Mirandette’s The Only Road North
18. Sean Aiken’s The One Week Job Project
19. James Workman’s Heart of Dryness
20. Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity
21. The Handbook
22. Sofia Brandon’s The Adventure Cookbook
23. National Geographic’s The New Age of Adventure
24. Subscription to BETA Magazine


25. Planet Earth
26. World Music Compilations by Putumayo
27. Equitrekking DVD – Travel show that airs on PBS
28. 120 Years of National Geographic Hard Drive

Computers & Electronics

29. Acer Aspire One Netbook
30. Dell Inspiron Duo
31. MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.4GHz
32. Asus Eee 1018P
33. Built Laptop Portfolio Case

34. Novatel Wireless MiFi
35. Alfa 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g USB Wireles Antenna
36. IOGear WiFi Finder
37. Sennheiser PXC 350 Noise Canceling headphones
38. Go Pro Hero Cam HD

39. Solar panel and accessories
40. Handheld GPS system
41. Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger
42. Kensington 33117 All-In-One Travel Adapter
43. Sony ICD-P620 Digital Voice Recorder

Food & Drink

44. Martini Travel Bar Set With Case
45. Deluxe Portable Travel Bar
46. Screwpull Classic Travel Corkscrew


47. SmartPhone – iPhone, Blackberry, Android, HTC
48. Apps – iTunes, Blackberry Apps, Andriod Apps
49. GelaSkins
50. Swiss Tech Tools
51. Leatherman Super Tool 300
52. SteriPEN Hand Held Water Purifier
53. Binoculars
54. TSA –approved Wordlocks
55. iPhone Mini Microphone
56. Fulcrum Microslim LED Travel Book Light
57. Princeton Tech Fuel Lamp
58. Petzl TacTikka Plus 4-LED Headlamp
59. Casio PQ-10 travel alarm clock
60. Wagner Classic Solid Black Pen
61. Midland GXT1 Two-Way Radios
62. iLuv Mini Portable Speakers
63. USB Humping Dog
64. Sony Walkman 8GP MP3/MP4 Player

Outdoors & Camping

65. Suisse Sport Adventure Ultra-Compactable sleeping bag
66. Megamid Tent
67. GoLite Pinnacle Backpack
68. Mountain Hardware Ultra Lamina Sleeping Bag
69. Klean Kanteen Water Bottles
70. MSR SweetWater Purifier System

Packing & Storage

71. Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer Briefcase
72. FlyBags
73. Pelican 1030 Dry Case
74. Space Bags
75. Victorinox Shoulder Bag
76. Antler Lightweight Luggage
77. Micro Mobility Trolley Scooter
78. Cruising Caddy
79. Stuff Dry Sacks

Photography, Video, & Accessories

80. Nikon D90 DSLR
81. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Compact Camera
82. Flip UltraHD Video Camera
83. Gorillapod Flexible Tripod
84. LowePro Flipside Camera backpack
85. PhotoLocker for Cameras & Lenses
86. Transcend Solid State Drive
87. Panasonic 3MOS HD Camcorder
88. QuikPod Handheld Convertible Tripod

Travel & Travel-related Resources

89. Round the World Tickets
90. Prepaid Credit Cards
91. Prepaid SIM Cards
92. Airline Miles – Travelers crave them so if you’re not using yours, transfer those extra miles to their accounts.
93. Travel insurance
94. First Aid Kid for Travelers
95. FlyeBaby Hammock
96. TELL ME MORE® Language Resources
97. Rosetta Stone TOTALe
98. Drueke 877.10 Magnetic Chess Set
99. Scrabble Crossword Deluxe Travel Edition


100. SPA Certificates

Community Connection

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