We’ve put together a huge list of our favorite travel themed gifts to help you with holiday shopping, perfect for the Italy lover in your life. Foodies, bookworms, gear gurus and techy fanatics will all flip for this list. Happy travels everyone!
Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Travel
I am a sucker for maps and this one had me at hello with the scratch off feature.
Everything is online, which is wonderful in many ways. But nothing beats holding a beautiful magazine in your hands and dreaming of far away places. This is my favorite travel magazine hands down. The destinations are excellent, writing well done and with a spirit of conscientious travel.
Ok, one plug for me. I love my inspiration travel mugs and use them everyday on the winter months.
Italy Travel Foodie Gifts
See that hunk of cheese down there? You want that in your life ASAP. I bring home as many of those every year that I can stuff in my suitcase. Luckily, he now is able to ship easily within the states. Use DOPANDI and get 5% off purchases over $40.
I am in love with this local shop and they put together great packages for the holidays. Highly recommended are their oil and vinegar gift sets.
You will find one of these in every home across Italy. Super easy to use right on your stove top.
Want to step up your espresso game? Look no further that this lovely lady. Perfectly brewed, just like you are in Italy little cups of heaven within seconds.
Letizia is not only an amazing chef but a lovely human being. Her new cookbook is visually beautiful and completely scrumptious.
Some of my favorite recipes are between the pages of Cucina Povera. Simple, fresh Tuscan peasant cooking brought to life right in your kitchen.
Travel Savvy Tech Gifts
This is my American Express and I never leave home without it. Everything is techy and everything needs to stay charged. This little mini beauty stays in my purse and I can recharge my phone and gadgets quickly several times a day.
For those that know me, you won’t be surprised to find the Olloclip on my list. I am obsessed with this product! One tiny add on that turns your photography from your phone on its head. The Active Lens will be my next purchase as I find that telephoto and wide angle shots are my most desired.
The Core Lens features a macro lense, so if super close ups are your thing this is your guy.
I currently use this set up for my iPhone 6 and I love it. I take it every where with me (and my hubby tries to as well).
Travel Gear Gifts
I know this is funny, but I think the concept is truly genius. No more panicking at the airport, worried that someone else walked off with your suitcase. No one would be caught dead with your bag. In fact, I think this will make a great gift for my high schooler for her next trip.
These travel adapters are a must have for your trip to Italy, I always travel with 2 or 3 (and come back with 1 or 2).
I like to use these packing cubes to stay organized on my trips. I don’t always use all four depending on how much space I need, but I always bring some of them. These are great for traveling with kids, keeps their clothing separated and easier for them to find.
I take my money belt on every single trip. Every time. Yes, they don’t rank high in style but I have yet to have anything stolen from me.
A genius idea, making washing your clothing on the road way easier and less messy. Help keep dirty socks out of bidets! Big perk: the company has an impressive clean water program where they give back to those that are in the most need.
Italy Travel Book Gifts
My office is full of guidebooks, maps, research notes and travel magazines. One of my favorite that I have used on my recent trips is this gem from Lonely Planet.
One part dreamy travel scenes, one part steamy relationships makes for a great read in front of the fire when the weather gets frightful.
I reread this book about once a year and I laugh just as much the first time as the last. A great peak into a life of an Italian guide and his impressions of his clients.
Classic must-read about daily living among the local Italians.
I was surprised how much I loved this charming book, and by how hungry his descriptions made me. Don’t read this if you are planning to go gluten-free any time soon.
The writing in this book is magical and musical all in one. Her descriptions of the Italian language are lush and captivating.
An excellent read about an area that is often missed by the majority of travelers. This was fuel to the fire for my interest in the area.
Every trip I get a new moleskin journal, somewhat of a travel tradition for me. I can’t think of a better gift for the traveler in your life.
Travel Gifts for Ladies
My pet peeve (and the angst of hosts around the world) is leaving smudgy black make-up on the towels. Mascara is a nightmare to wash out, yet traveling light means sometimes having no choice. Bring one of these extremely affordable, almost magic make-up towels with you next time. Your hosts will want to kiss you for it.
Men, avert your eyes. Women, listen up. These underwear are incredible and such a blessing for periods on the road, you know, when you can’t find a decent bathroom in a pinch or you forgot supplies back in the room. Big bonus, the company has an amazing vision and story.
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