Men are hard to shop for. There’s no denying it.
Finding a fun & thoughtful gift can turn into a daunting task.
Luckily for you, I
like love to shop. Some would even call me an addict….. It’s a problem. I’m working on it.
BUT I’ve been trying to minimize and save up lately AND it’s actually working. I’ve been funneling my shopping compulsions into browsing, making wish lists and creating gift guides for all of you!!
This week I’m sharing my Holiday Gift Guide for the Male Traveler. Coming up: Holiday Gift Guide for the Female Traveler & Stocking Stuffers for the Traveler.
Shop Small! Support Local!
Many of the below products are handmade by independent designers using locally sourced materials, going along with my Support Local Shopping Series!
Key: Handmade in the USA** || Handmade in another country*
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Gifts for the Map-Lover
These gifts for the “map-lover” are more focused on sentimental ideas rather than practical ones. After all there’s really no better way to remember a special place than to display it for all to see!
Classic Framed Map**
At Carto Creative, they create handmade, fully customizable maps, the makings of the perfect personalized gift. A framed map can highlight and display a place that you both hold close, such as where you’re from, where you met, where you honeymooned, etc. They even offer discounts on multiple prints, so you can display special places side by side. Get it here.
Aymie Spitzer’s rustic cedar wood coasters celebrate our very favorite cities. She maps out sections of a city onto each coaster along with city name and established date! USA Coasters – European Coasters.
Beer Cap Maps**
Have a craft beer lover in your life? Look no further. You can turn any wall into a conversation starter with beer cap maps! I LOVE this idea. These plywood maps come in a variety of states and countries to display all those colorful tops you pop. Get it here.
City Map Glasses**
Boston-based designer, Brian Johnson, wants you to ‘raise a toast to hidden gems and great memories’ with his city map rocks glasses. This quality etched glassware features intricate details such as unique grids, local street names, and coordinates to show off your old stomping grounds. Get them here.
This wooden canvas artwork map by designer Maximilian San is a classic masculine piece that will add a touch of dapper detail to any living space. Get it here.
Gifts for the Well-groomed Traveler
If your guy is constantly on the move, gifting him a monthly subscription box is a great idea! Each month he’ll be sent small sample sizes of high quality products, perfect for packing and bringing along on trips!
I know what you’re thinking, but Birch Box is no longer just for women! It’s primarily a grooming subscription, but also always comes with at least one fun accessory or gadget. Members will also receive awesome discounts at the Birchbox shop to buy more of the products they end up loving. Get a subscription here.
Scentbird is a fragrance subscription service that sets you up with a 30-day supply of cologne every month! If you don’t like to be surprised, you’re even able to choose which designer scents you’d like to try. The 8 ml bottle is the perfect size for packing and even comes with a little velvet carrying case! Get a gift box here.
Gifts for the Teach Savvy Traveler
HooToo Wireless Companion
I’m not really sure I even understand everything that this little guy can do. All I know is HooToo is getting some rave reviews around the web! It claims to ‘pack all your mobile charging and networking needs into one palm sized multi-function unit.’ This sounds pretty great to me considering I’m always swimming in chargers and wires. It acts as a travel router, storage backup, dual USB wall charger, power bank, media streamer and more. Get it here.
If you’re looking to spring for a sure hit, go with a GoPro! I was gifted one of these babies last Christmas and haven’t packed a bag without it since. Still pictures are obviously amazing, but there’s something special about watching video footage that really brings you back to past travels! The GoPro is so small, travel friendly and really takes some high quality shots! Get it here.
Gifts for the Boooozy Traveler
(or any guy who likes a proper drink!)
Kole isn’t your everyday metal pocket flask. The handcrafted smooth-to-touch wood and stainless steel Kole flask is ‘a beautifully crafted thermal flask that keeps your espresso or whisky stylishly in your vest pocket.’ If your guy is the type that likes to bring along his drink of choice, help him do so with subtle sophistication. Get one here.
Travel Mini Bar
Does your man pride himself on his fancy-schamncy cocktails? This sleek stylish all-in-one mini bar comes with everything he’ll need to make his mixies on the go. With four low-ball glasses, 16 bar tools including a cutting board and pairing knife and even three padded chambers to hold your favorite liquors, he sure to be the most popular guy, well, wherever he may take it. Get it here.
The Carry on Cocktail Kit
This perfectly planned out kit contains everything he’ll need to mix up 2 cocktails right at his very own in-flight tray table- just add alcohol. Choose from three classic cocktails: old fashioned, gin & tonic or Moscow mule, or if your guy’s really ambitious, get the travel pack with all three!
Gifts for the Traveling Neat Freak
Tech Dopp Kit
This leather zip around case is a convenient way to organize all his techy, wired accessories for easy on-the-go access. With a variety of pockets, straps and compartments, there’s bound to be a fitting space for any cord, wire or charger you could think of. Each case is handmade to order by workers in LA and you can pay a little extra to have it monogramed for an added personal touch! Get it here.
Weekender Sneaker Duffle
I’m pretty obsessed with this bag and will soon be seeking out a women’s version. The Weekender Sneaker Duffle makes the daunting task of organized packing incredibly simple. It contains two shoe compartments on either end (able to hold a pair of shoes up to size 20!), a rear zipper pocket big enough for a tablet and central storage cube with small pouches for clothing, toiletries and accessories. The best part- it adheres to most international carry-on requirements! Get one here.
Leather iPad Folio*
This hand sewn genuine leather folio is an elegant travel buddy for the traveling Apple user. It has specific compartments measured for an iPhone and an iPad as well as special spots for pens, headphones and a notebook! Get it here.
Passport wallets are a travel staple and always an awesome gift idea. Help him avoid digging around through his bag at customs, by having everything he need’s safely in one place. Hand sewn with quality materials in Canada, this wallet can be personalized with a name, date or initials to make the gift even more memorable! Get it here.
Gifts for the Biker Boy
Does your boy like to travel by bike? Click on the pictures below to check out these awesome bike accessories from Etsy!
Do you like gift shopping? Would you add anything to this list?
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