You’re never sure what time zone they’re in or when they might pop by for one of their whirlwind visits, but there’s one thing you know about the jetsetter in your life: They always have the best swag on hand from their many adventures. Whether they were closing deals in China or skiing the Swiss alps, they always show up with something on hand that’s remarkable. This year, it’s time to engage in a little one-upsmanship and give them something to impress them and support their nomadic existence.
Since jetsetters are the people who have seen it all, it takes a lot to impress them, so just handing them another bag for their wandering won’t hack it. We had to go above and beyond, finding impressive and utilitarian stuff that would put a smile on the face of any globetrotter. Thus, our 20 holiday gifts for the jetsetter was born.
Crumpled City Maps
Never again force your jetsetter to figure out how to fold some cheap map. Get them a nice, soft map that is made to be crumpled. These won’t rip or break like standard maps, yet give you all the traveling information a tourist could need, should their GPS, phone, tablet, and laptop break down on them.
Wildsam Field Guides
Many travel guides will paint a rosy picture that isn’t true to the experience. With Wildsam you’re getting an honest breakdown of do’s and don’ts for the city of your choice. Whether giving it to a new and nervous traveler or helping out an old hand, these are the only city guide they’ll need for safe family fun or lone-wolf adventures on the edge.
HoodiePillow Travel Pillow
The low-profile way to sleep incognito, this packs down tight to go anywhere, but with just a few puffs, becomes a comfortable air cushion for your head, complete with privacy-assuring hoodie to block out light and deter conversation while in transit.
The Carry on Cocktail Kit
Just remember that it takes 14 hours to get to Australia from the United States. That means anyone stuck on that flight is going to spend much of their time drinking whatever sludge the flight attendant has. To save a wanderer from this fate, give them a cocktail kit. Just add booze and serve.
Braun M90 Mobile Shaver
Shave your face, shave your legs, make your whole body smooth as the day it was born, all with a small razor made to fit into the most crowded dopp kit. It’s a Braun, meaning it bears the mark of quality while still being small enough for riding around in a pocket for quick cuts in any location.
Ursa Major Face Wipes
One thing about being packed into a flying metal tube with a bunch of people: It’s filthy. Fighting off germs and reducing outbreaks of cold and flu is all about keeping clean during travel. With these pore-unblocking and bacteria-cleansing wonders, no traveler will become Typhoid Mary.
Owen & Fred ‘This Bag Is Not Yours’ Leather Bag Tag
Simple and enjoyable, this lets anyone at the carousel know that indeed, this is not their damn bag. Made of quality leather in several notable styles, no grabby passenger will ever again walk off with your precious cargo so long as this is marking it.
New York Times: 36 Hours Series
Pick from any of the weekend travel series from the people at the New York Times. Each one offers up loads of ways to spend a fun weekend whether going to Europe, South America, Asia, Oceania, or wherever else your jetsetter frequents.
Topo Designs Dopp Kit
Handmade in Colorado and built to ease the organization of a shaving kit while also being capable of fitting into any bag without crowding out space for keepsakes, this is the slender, unencumbering dopp kit that will keep anyone quaffed in a hotel or on the road.
Twist World Travel Adapter
Four USB plugs allow this to charge just about any device, but the real story of the Oneadaptr is it’s ability to fit into almost any plug around the world. Any outlet in more than 150 countries will work with this. Just twist, plug, and play.
SlateGo: Mobile LapDesk
Without a good lap desk, a business traveler with a serious laptop is at great risk of cooking their giblets. Give them the space to get the job done in comfort and style with this portable desk, made for using travel computers and keeping life organized.
Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket
It’s timeless style looks good in any location and is warm enough for braving a tough landing in Siberia. Traveler’s require something affordable and tough that can stand up to countless security checks without losing its luster or fading after being stuffed away for the thousandth time.
Baxter of California Deluxe Travel Kit
Use it as a shaving kit or pack everything you need for a tropical weekend where clothing is a lesser concern, this is a true Made in the USA success story. You’ll never again need to use cheap shampoo or after shave thanks to Baxter covering all your hygiene needs.
Everlane Twill Weekender
Water-resistant and designed to impress, there’s nothing shameful about carrying a functional bag when it looks this good. Leather handles, twill body, gunmetal feet, and able to fit in any overhead bin, it’s EDC for travel.
Woolrich Home Fawn Grove Throw
Colors for every personality, this is warmth to go. 100% soft wool fabric, it’s comfortable on the skin and warm enough to keep you alive if it’s packed in your trunk emergency kit. Folds down for easy packing in a carry-on yet large enough for the biggest nappers out there.
Bellroy Elements Travel Wallet
Made to fit plane tickets, passports, cash, pens, pocket notebooks, and all the international credit cards necessary, Elements’ Travel Wallet is best for those who do their wandering overseas. Capable of standing up to the worst conditions with smooth lines for looking good at the classiest establishments.
Persol PO 714 Folding Sunglasses
The sun rises and sets around the world, which means that eye protection is necessary no matter what time zone you’re in. Save the battered corneas of the person who takes too many red eyes and give their peepers some relief with a set of the most dapper sunglasses around.
Bose QuietComfort 25 Headphones
Since their release, nothing has managed to challenge the QuietComfort line for dominance in the noise-cancelling headphone industry. They cut out chatty seatmates, dump off engine noise, tune out loud hotel neighbors, and produce clean, clear, crisp sound anywhere you go.
Rimowa Bolero Suitcase
Choose a stylish laptop case or go big with a massive bag that will take the kitchen sink that your jetsetter packs everywhere for some reason. Built to last a lifetime through every kind of mistreatment while always looking like a million bucks, these are as safe as they are stylish.
Sony Alpha a6000
Sony has been on a quest to revolutionize the photography industry. Nowhere is that more apparent than with their affordable yet powerful Alpha line. The a6000 is a flawless blend of customizable, packable, and capable for any wayfaring shutterbug.