Samantha Brown’s Favorite Gifts for Travelers in 2017

It’s that time of year again. You know, the month where visiting a mall is an act of bravery and you’re allowed to eat Christmas cookies as a part of breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s also the time when we get to shower the ones we love with gifts.

Here are my top gifts for travelers.

Amazing flats

Rothy's best travel flat shoe

Listen. I have a three shoe rule when I travel. Drastic you say? Cruel? I don’t care. Shoes are my nemesis when it comes to keeping my carry-on carry-on-able. I love Rothy’s because they are a beautiful shoe that has the comfort of a sneaker (hello, huge airport!), but make me feel as elegant as Audrey Hepburn. Lovely to sporty styles that can be…get this… WASHED in your washing machine. I’m going to need a few pair! Hope you’re listening, Santa.

The Gift of Power

compact travel power cord

I always travel with a power strip, and I love how compact this one is. They increase your charging options from two outlets to, in this case, six! Also, if I get to an airport and all the outlets are taken, I can ask to plug this in so more people can share. ‘Tis the season for giving!

A sexy cooler lunch tote

Yes, I think this lunch tote is a bit sexy! And with everyone’s New Years resolution being to eat better, lose weight or save money, you can help your family or friends with all three goals with one of my very attractive lunch totes. The tote also comes with a space saving ice pack and three containers. Homemade kale salad sans dressing never looked so good!

The Swiss Army knife of travel accessories


I use this as a shawl on cold flights, a neck scarf for cold days and a beach blanket when I’m lucky enough to be at one. I never leave home without my blanket scarf. Well, except for the time I left it in a hotel and never got it back. I ordered four the next day so I will never be without one.

For the map lover in your life

scratch-off travel map

I love a good push pin map, but a scratch-off? Brilliant!

Red lip gloss

red lip gloss - perfect gift for travelers

You can get the fancy Chanel kind or something luxurious but affordable at your neighborhood drug store. But trust me on this one. Red lip gloss is one of the best items to travel with. It takes up no room, adds no weight, and yet instantly transforms an outfit so you look glam’d up!

Noise-canceling headphones

Noise canceling headphones

Noise-canceling headphones are not just for long flights anymore.  Most of us like keep our office hours at a noisy café or maybe you need to get work done with two children so you turn on Paw Patrol… but you don’t want to hear Paw Patrol.  So while children are engrossed, mom can work on things like assembling a holiday gift guide for her website.

Travel photos printed on glass!

fracture photos

I take a million photos, but since my smart phone and camera have become one, I rarely print them. So why not give a fantastic gift while crossing something off your favorite person’s to-do list? I love the vibrancy of the photos printed by Fracture. This company prints directly on to glass. How cool is that?

Did you have any great travel gear discoveries this year? Share in the comments!

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