11th Annual Holiday Travel Gift Guide

Occasionally brands share products or opportunities for me to review. Some of the ones I liked most from 2023 appear here in the travel gift guide with my honest opinion; others get returned to sender if they’re not up to snuff. And other items, like the GoPro, are personal favorites I can’t live without. Rest assured, I only include goodies I personally approve of, use and/or want! Some of the links may be affiliate links, which means that I receive a small fee for the referral if you make a purchase. It doesn’t change the price you pay, but it does help me to keep Angie Away free as a resource for travelers like you.

After a hiatus last year to regroup, we’re back in a big way with our 11th annual Ultimate Holiday Travel Gift Guide extravaganza. We’ve got some exciting travel goodies to make your next flight easier, along with curated items to help bring the euphoria of your last adventure home with you. We’ve got prezzies for the dog, your babysitter and your mama. 

Welcome to our 11th annual traveler’s gift guide!

Whether life is somewhat back to normal for you or you’ve changed everything since pre-March 2020, put your favorite Mariah Carey holiday jam on repeat and let’s pretend, through the magic of unbridled consumerism, that our world is a sparkly snowglobe and not a smoldering pile of the Grinch’s garbage.

The No. 1 awesome thing about my 11th Annual Gift Guide is that it’s designed to keep you posted up in front of the fireplace instead of stuck in holiday mall traffic. No need to thank me. Consider it my good deed for this month. Skip the hassle and focus on the reason for the season. Food and prezzies.

Wait, no. Jesus! It’s Jesus, you guys! Duh.

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Trip Chaser Card Game

Trip Chaser is armchair travel for competitive people brought to you by two of my favorite traveling Canadians – the Hecks! Prove who’s the most travel-savvy by buying, bartering, and gambling your way to various destinations. It’s like real travel but without the suitcase, spending or stress. And it’s small enough to be the perfect stocking stuffer! Shop small and support my pals this year!

Medjet Membership

 I would LOVE a Medjet renewal under my tree every year! If I get sick and have to be hospitalized while traveling, Medjet is who I count on to get me all the way home. Depending on the membership, Medjet handles global crisis response as well. Read my Medjet review here.

CYBER MONDAY ALERT: Medjet is having the biggest sale ever on Mon., Nov. 27 ONLY: $60 off Individual Annual Memberships / $90 off Family Annual for new members. This is an amazing deal for something every traveler should have!

For details: MedjetAssist.com/Cyber 

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Invited to Life

A moving and joyful celebration of not only survival but also resilience and joy, expressed through 90 black-and-white portraits of Holocaust survivors and personal stories of their postwar lives.” I can’t stress enough how beautiful this book is. And we need it now more than ever, right?

Cadence Honeycombs

Cadence Honeycombs are magnetic, customizable and sustainable mini-product containers. Each chic capsule holds a week or so worth of SPF, face cleanser, moisturizer, hand sanitizer, shampoo, toothpaste, vitamins or jewelry.

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Joules Wellibob Rain Boots

I received this pair of rain boots for my birthday last year and not only do I love them, but people compliment them like crazy! I love that they’re short so they’re not a huge pain to get on (girls with thicc calves get it) and they are as waterproof as the full-size ones. Great for travel!

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GOGroove Camera Backpack

With all the camera gear, batteries and cords I carry on work trips, I have to have a comfortable, spacious bag to tote it all around. Cue the GOGroove Camera Backpack – the latest addition to my luggage army. I have the smallest version and it holds a ton! My laptop, GoPro, tripods, chargers, digital camera and miscellaneous bits and pieces with room to spare

Jodi’s Food Maps

Since you can’t bring all of Italy’s pasta, Mexico’s mezcal or Japan’s sashimi home, you can remember a tasty journey with unique, hand-drawn maps from Jodi of Legal Nomads. A super thoughtful gift for the enthusiastic food + travel lover in your life. 

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Travel Jewelry Case

I got a gorgeous travel jewelry case in a FabFitFun box earlier this year, and I take it with me on every trip now. I don’t even bother unpacking it. Looks great on my dresser and drops right into my carry-on.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush

One of my favorite purchases ever and the No. 1 seller from my last gift guide, this saves me from packing a hair dryer, curling iron/wand and brush and combines all those tools into one. It’s the next best thing to a professional blowout (my favorite traveling extravagance). A total game changer, and a steal compared to the Dyson products.

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GoPro Hero 12

I always include the GoPro on my holiday gift guide and for good reason – aside from my iPhone, it’s the one piece of camera gear that goes with me everywhere, from scuba diving in Bonaire to camping at Ginnie SpringsRead more about my tips for scuba with a GoPro.

TIP: I’ve been a fan of Amazon’s Wish List feature for years because it ensures I get what I want, in the size and color I want. You can’t leave these things up to chance, you know? Now Amazon has a new feature – the Holiday Wish List. It takes all the guesswork out of holiday gifting, you can sort the list by family member and you have 90 days to return and exchange if needed. Could not be easier!

Create a Holiday Wish List for your whole family for free!

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UV Sanitizing Wand

I like to pretend I’m not surrounded by eleventy-billion germs at any given moment, particularly on airplanes and in hotel rooms, but the past couple of years has made it hard to forget! Enter the UV Sanitizer Wand, a lightweight, portable and battery powered device you can pack for extra peace of mind. Great for disinfecting furniture, door handles, luggage, keyboards, restaurant tables and more. 

Prepster Emergency Backpack 

Preppi’s Prepster bags are stocked with supplies to get you through an emergency – be it a wildfire, hurricane, tornado, or some as-yet-to-be discovered 911 situation. Each bag comes with a lifetime guarantee and solar/hand-crank charging station to keep your phone charged when the power goes out, food & water, space blanket, hygiene products, whistle, hand warmers, poncho, multi-tool, first aid kit and so much more. The way the world is, it would be crazy not to have at least one of these kits within arm’s reach!

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Pet Weekender Bag

Stylish bag with all the essentials for a pet’s weekend away. What? Your pups don’t go on adventures? Our bunch is forever going back and forth between Orlando and Jacksonville, so they really need their own luggage for the trip. And if they ever did need to fly, this Pet Weekender Bag is airline approved and fits under the seat.  

Life Straw Water Bottle

There’s really no reason to be wandering this planet in 2024 A.D. with a plain Jane water bottle. Not when you can have a Life Straw water bottle whose filtration system protects against 99.999999% of bacteria (including E. Coli and Salmonella), 99.999% of parasites (including Giardia), and 99.999% of micro plastics. It reduces chlorine, odors, organic chemical matter and improves taste, and the filter lasts for about 1,000 gallons.

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Homesick Candles

I’ll never cease to be amazed at how a scent can instantly transport me back to a time and place in the past, so of course I love Homesick Candles.

Fun fact: the Florida candle smells like Bergamot, woody mangroves and Spanish moss mix with smooth vanilla and amber, and not swamp with a hint of NASCAR exhaust and a sparkle of red tide. Smart!

RFID-Blocking Passport Holder

Lightweight and compact but still big enough to hold a passport, ID, vaccine cards and more. Comes in a ton of colors and holds coins, a key, a pen, a passport and more.

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Chromecast with Google TV

Vacation rentals are forgoing traditional cable these days, so it pays to have portable access to your streaming accounts. Chromecast with Google TV is a tiny device that holds all your digital watchables in one place, so you can take it from Airbnb to hotel to home and beyond without having to login, remember passwords, etc. 

Ancestry DNA Kit

The holidays are a great time to dig into what makes you YOU, and both Ancestry DNA and 23andMe have great sales at this time of year.

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If you’re not seeing this until December 20th, well I’ve got ideas for you, too. You procrastinating son-of-a-gun. Just like my Dad at Walmart on Christmas Eve every year, here you are searching desperately for a gift that doesn’t look like you got it AT THE LAST MINUTE from the clearance bin. Am I guilting you? Maybe just a little bit. But let’s leave the past in the past and help you not look like a Grinch on the big day. 

Here are our favorite gifts you can snag at any time. No torturous shopping and no shipping required! 

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Priority Pass

There’s just nothing better than lounge access when you’re traveling. Free wifi, cozy seats, food and drinks! Priority Pass membership gives you access to 1,400+ lounges in more than 600 cities across 148 countries, no matter what airline you’re on.

DEAL: 30% if you buy on Black Friday!

Flytographer Gift Card

Flytographer is our travel photo shoot of choice and a great way to celebrate a special occasion or the special occasion of going somewhere besides your own backyard! Flytographer gift cards also make amazing wedding shower gifts, too, especially if the honeymooners are going to one of Flytographer’s hundreds of locations. Read our Flytographer review here, then get $25 your first shoot by clicking here.

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Audible Subscription

Audible has single handedly helped me to prevent the clutter that naturally comes with being a bibliophile. I love having a book always queued up on my phone so any time I have a moment, I can dive back into wherever I left off. Great gift for a busy traveler!

Past Travel Gift Guides for Even More Ideas

2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

That’s a wrap on my 2023 holiday travel gift guide. From all of us here at Angie Away, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and generally joyous season no matter what you celebrate. Thank you for another year of supporting us in doing what we love. We’ll see you in 2024!

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