Stocking fillers to splurges: 20 present ideas for travel lovers

Still looking for the perfect present for the travel lover in your life? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done all the hard work for you – choose from our carefully curated list and watch their face light up on Christmas morning.

The gift of travel

Wish your family abroad visited more? Have a friend who deserves a break? Want to drop a hint to your other half? Then an Aer Lingus gift voucher is the perfect present. Available in Euro, Sterling or US Dollars, you can buy Aer Lingus gift vouchers in denominations from 25 to 500.

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Life through rose-tinted lenses

When you’re picking up a present for a sun-worshipper, there’s one guaranteed win. A pair of really nice sunglasses. If you’re flying with Aer Lingus, check out the Cara Boutique selection. We particularly love the gorgeous pair of Seksy Rocks (€65) embellished with Swarovski crystals.


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Eco-friendly brand Tens carry a great line of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses. These classic unisex styles have lenses that mimic Instagram filters. Want to know the best bit? There’s an end of line sale on now, with prices from €45.

For a rainy day…

This is one present that seems unexciting but is just so useful. Personally tested in New York blizzards, Italian thunderstorms and Dublin drizzle, the XTRA STRONG Auto Open/Close Ratchet Umbrella (€32) is the most reliable travel companion you can get. It’s strong and durable, but small enough to fit in any suitcase or roomy handbag.

Pack your bags

Everyone knows a good bag can make a huge difference to a trip. For stylish flyers, a roomy handbag is a must. We love the Becky Tote (€269) by Irish company Theo & George.

People who travel for work need a bag that’s light, practical and hardwearing. The minimalist Icon Lite Pack (€100) by Incase ticks all those boxes.


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Fancy a drink? Make mine reusable

We could all do with drinking more water, but it’s especially important when you’re travelling. That’s why your wanderlust friend will adore this Klean Kanteen Brushed Steel Water Bottle (€19). While you’re at it, make any drink more fun by throwing in a set of these colourful reusable straws (€12).

For anyone who lives for their morning caffeine fix, a Keep Cup would be a very welcome present. You can design your own (from €17) to make it even more thoughtful.


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It’s time to listen up

We all know someone who’s addicted to podcasts, listens to tunes non-stop or who always has the radio on (shout out to Christmas FM for keeping us going all December).

Enhance their listening experience this Christmas with a pair of great headphones. Perfect for zoning out on a flight, Sennheiser HD 4.20s (€80) have crystal clear sound, an-inbuilt microphone and a folding headband for smarter storage. And for those who prefer earbuds, sustainable brand WoodBuds have colourful noise-isolating in-ear headphones (€28).


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Take charge of your battery life

Nothing is more annoying than a phone, tablet or laptop running out of juice mid-flight. Make sure that never happens again for your travel fan by popping a power bank in their stocking. If you’re on-board an Aer Lingus flight, grab the lightweight Mynanotek Power Bank (€35). Otherwise, pick up Adata P12500D (€40), which lets you charge two devices at once.

The secret to 40 winks mid-air

Although it looks like a scarf, the extremely portable Trtl Pillow (€30) works hard to keep your head supported while you catch some zzzs. It’s very lightweight and easy to stow away, making it a great travel buddy for your travel buddy.


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Let the games begin

Know a frequent flier who loves video games? Looking for a way to keep the kids quiet on a long trip? Then the Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 (€329) is what you’re looking for.

This is a very generous Christmas present, but it does provide endless entertainment. Hook the console up to your TV for gaming at home and continue your game anywhere with the handheld device. If you want other game ideas, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (€65) and Super Mario Odyssey (€50) come highly recommended.

Take a leaf out of these books

This Christmas, give the wanderer in your life a travel book with a difference. Wallpaper* produces gorgeous mini city guides (€10-€13) that give readers a seriously stylish snapshot of each destination, with plenty of insights. Meanwhile, foodies will devour Where Chefs Eat (€28) and bookworms will get lost in the quirky Literary Landscapes (€20).

For more festive inspiration, read about Europe’s best Christmas markets