10 Easy Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Travelers

By Adam Seper   |   December 20th, 2013   |   Comments (2)

The time to buy for the holiday season is quickly winding down. If you’ve waited until the last minute to shop for the travel fanatic in your life, don’t despair when you’ve passed the deadline to ship a gift or don’t want to pay more to ship it than the gift itself .

The fact of the matter is that most travelers tend to live minimally anyway, and while gifts to help them travel better or to encourage their wanderlust are always appreciated, not everyone needs more “stuff.”

So instead of finding a way to send a physical item at the eleventh hour, consider giving your favorite traveler one of the following easy last-minute gifts instead.

BootsnAll Travel Gift Certificates

BootsnAll Travel Gift Certificates

Give the gift of travel this holiday season. BootsnAll is offering gift certificates to be used on Indie - our multi-stop flight finder. If you know someone who is planning a big excursion, help them out with their biggest expense - the flights!
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Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates

Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates

Invite the traveler to stay at more than 4,000 B&Bs and inns in the United States and Canada when you purchase a Bed and Breakfast Gift Card. The cards have free shipping, no hidden fees, no blackout dates, no expiration dates, and never decrease in value. In addition to the card, the recipient will receive a directory with all of the eligible properties listed.
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Magazine Subscriptions

Magazine Subscriptions


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Photo book gift certificates

Photo book gift certificates


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Adventure tours

Adventure tours

Give the gift of an experience this year when you buy a gift certificate for one of many adventure tour companies. It’s best not to book a specific tour as travelers will have preferences regarding what dates and types of experiences they are most interested in; a gift card can give the traveler the flexibility to choose his or her own. Many companies offer a multitude of tours, though, so chances are very good that the recipient will certainly find something that piques his or her interest.
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Gift cards for electronic devices

Gift cards for electronic devices

Because travelers have a tendency to pack light, many of them carry electronic equipment such as iPods, iPads, and e-readers. Gift cards for iTunes allow travelers to restock their music supply, while those to Amazon.com allow the recipient to buy reading material for the road.
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Groupons

Groupons

There are now Groupons available in hundreds of cities across the United States and Canada offering 50 to 90 percent savings on dining, entertainment, and activities. Keep your eye on the Groupon deals for your recipient’s hometown or a city you know he or she will be visiting, then splurge on a fun activity or a dining experience. Once you buy the Groupon, the recipient generally has a few months to use it. Here’s an insider’s tip: Travelers can always use a massage after a long flight, so consider purchasing Groupons for spa services as well.
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Airport lounge pass

Airport lounge pass

If there’s one place with which travelers are intimately familiar, it’s the airport. Treat the traveler in your life to a comfortable layover with a pass to an airline’s lounge. These exclusive waiting areas offer several benefits that vary between lounges but often include free alcohol, snacks, wifi, and personalized service from airline employees. You buy lounge membership by the airline, not the airport, and while a yearly lounge membership pass generally costs around $450, you can purchase one-day passes on the airline of your choice
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Travel gear gift cards

Travel gear gift cards


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Make a donation

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  • Anita Mac said at 2012-12-18T22:04:40+0000: Love the lounge gift...that is an awesome one! I believe some airports even have independent lounges - on a multi hour layover in Vancouver a few years ago, I paid a small fee (maybe $30-$50 - but can't be sure) for use of their lounge. I remember having a shower and a nap with someone waking me in time for my flight. Has been a while - but when the layover is 5-6 hours, the fee paid for itself in spades. Probably did not include alcohol, but I loved the peace and quiet!
  • The Drifter Journals said at 2012-12-20T07:44:08+0000: Number 1 is by far the best gift of all time! At least it is for me, hehe.