Choosing a gift for a chap in your life can be quite challenging. It is even trickier if he travels a lot and has deep pockets, but that does not mean “wow factor” travel-related birthday gifts for husbands or the man in your life are unheard of. Here are some of my favourite birthday gifts for husbands who travel.
Note: All pricing is in USD and is correct at the time of publication. Prices are subject to change. This article may contain sponsored content or affiliate links.
1. Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
Every husband wishes for a bit of piece and quiet, but if he’s a music lover then the gift of the right set of noise-cancelling headphones could be the best gift for him. Having headphones that require wires to connect can be frustrating. Enter Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones — they offer excellent noise reduction, a stellar battery life, and of course, no dangling wires to obstruct your listening groove.
Where to Buy: Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
2. Tinggly Gift Box of Experiences
If you’d like to take the guesswork out of gift-giving, and want a surefire way for him to get exactly the gift he wants, may I suggest for your consideration a Tinggly gift box. A gift box from Tinggly allows him to choose one of his dream experiences out of hundreds of activities around the globe. If he has a number of experiences and destination in mind, he will absolutely love this. Bonus points for the fact that he has up to 5 years to use this gift.
Price: Varies by gift box
Where to Buy: Tinggly gift box
3. Adidas Defender III Duffel Bag
The Adidas Defender III Duffel Bag is strong and durable, yet spacious so it’s ideal for airplane travel or even short road trips. A great gift idea as well if the man you’re buying for isn’t always travelling — a duffel bag will always get use.
Price: Starting at $34.99
Where to Buy: Adidas Defender III Duffel Bag
4. Antique Diver’s Helmet
Here’s a conversation piece that won’t go unnoticed. This antique diver’s helmet may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if the man you’re shopping for has a hankering for all things underwater, then perhaps this is the holy grail of gifts for him. There are assorted styles and materials to choose from with the helmet, but the copper finish helmet is definitely one of the big eye-catchers here.
Where to Buy: Antique Diver’s Helmet
5. Portable Charger Anker PowerCore
I always tell anyone who will listen that the first rule of travel blogging is ABC — Always Be Charging — so this next gift will help your recipient abide accordingly. This portable charger from Anker packs 21000mAh of power to keep your devices fully functional with multiple charges on the go, and comes with an industry-leading 18-month no-hassle warranty.
Note that some airlines now require you to carry your portable power bank in your carry-on luggage. As well, some airport security staff in some countries will require you to power on your portable charging bank for safety purposes.
Where to Buy: Portable Charger Anker PowerCore
6. Sunglass Storage Box
I know I power through sunglasses like a trooper, and having a place to keep them organized and scratch-free serves to extend their shelf-life considerably. An organizer like this one helps to keep both glasses and sunglasses secure and helps avoid misplacing them.
Where to Buy: Sunglass Storage Box Organizer
7. Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Square Sunglasses
Much like it’s bad luck to give someone a wallet without any money in it, it’s also bad luck to give a sunglass storage box without any sunglasses in it. Okay, I just made that one up. Still, a sturdy pair of sunglasses such as these premium ones from Ray-Ban not only are comfortable and durable, they will look positively awesome in all those travel photos.
Where to Buy: Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer Square Sunglasses
8. Peak Design Slide Summit Edition Tallac Padded Camera
He has a DSLR camera, right? Get him this camera strap and thank me later for the tip. The strap not only makes it easier for him to move around tangle-free with his camera, it offers the ability to secure the camera to chairs, tables, etc, with the ingenious clipping mechanism.
Where to Buy: Peak Design Slide Summit Edition Tallac
9. Manfrotto Compact Aluminum Travel Tripod
If he loves to take panoramic images, video diaries, or is a perfectionist when it comes to framing his photos, then this tripod is the gift to get. The Manfrotto Travel Tripod is super lightweight, durable, and great value for the money.
Where to Buy: Manfrotto Travel Tripod
10. Kindle Paperwhite E-reader
A Kindle e-reader is the ideal gift for any man that looks to the printed page for travel inspiration. With battery life up to a month, and now double the storage capacity, a Kindle eReader ranks as one of those necessities to suit any bookish traveller.
Where to Buy: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6 Inch 4GB eReader/dp/B00OQVZDJM
11. Vetelli Gio Toiletry Bag
One item that receives more than its fair share of wear and tear is the lowly toiletry bag. Yanked from bathroom to bathroom from one corner of the globe to the other can take its toll, so paying a little extra for quality so your purchase lasts longer is wise choice. The real leather and reinforced zipper line give this dopp kit its extra edge.
Where to Buy: Vetelli Gio Toiletry Bag
12. Insta360 Nano 360 Degree Camera
Most folks have done a complete 180 when it comes to 360 degree photography. I remember it being annoying AF to twist your phone around to see 360 degree photos on Facebook. But apparently I was alone in my disdain. 360 degree photography is everywhere.
So if you can’t beat them, join them. The Insta360 Nano Camera is compatible with most iPhones, or can be used alone. It enables photo sharing on Facebook, WeChat as well as live streaming. Also does fisheye images like a champ. Word.
Where to Buy: Insta360 Nano 360 Degree Camera
13. Under Armour Men’s Speedfit 2.0 Hiking Boot
Ticking both the key “light” and “comfortable” boxes these synthetic hiking boots from Under Armour are not only breathable, but stylish as well.
Where to Buy: Under Armour Men’s Speedfit 2.0 Hiking Boot
14. Pro Packing Cubes
I was part of the anti-packing cube school of thought until recently. I just didn’t see the purpose of putting more things in your bag in order to organize it. Having used them for the past year or so though, I am happy to report they are a game-changer, especially when it comes to wrangling cords, socks, and underwear from travelling around the interior of your pack. Getting him pro packing cubes will help him help organize and compress clothes, allowing him to carry much more using minimal space.
Where to Buy: Pro Packing Cubes for Travel
15. Osprey Packs Fairpoint 40 Travel Backpack
I’ve been a huge fan of the Osprey line of backpacks and rolling luggage for as long as I had my first one. Super lightweight and super durable, these bags have proven their worth time and time again. My only beef with Osprey is the zipper mechanism — it’s not a question of if, but when the handle of the zipper will break. The strings you call handles aren’t working very well Osprey — please rethink them for the next incarnation.
Even though the zipper has broken in two of my Osprey bags, I still recommend them to everyone with that single caveat. The bags are that good.
Where to Buy: Osprey Packs Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack
16. Rock & Roll Oracle
If he’s got the headphones and the Spotify travel playlist all raring to go, but still needs some music-related gifts in his life, then the unique Rock & Roll Oracle tarot cards are the next best option for hours of enjoyment. Each tarot card features a rock and roll personality, and the accompanying book guides you through information on how to best handle life’s event and challenges. Each pack contains 40 oracle cards and a 90-page guidebook.
Plus, there is a superstition that you should not buy your own tarot cards, so buying a pack for him is really a smooth move on your part.
Where to Buy: Rock & Roll Oracle
17. GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier bottle
Water bottles are a dime a dozen, but this is one that won’t be collecting dust in his cupboard. The GRAYL water purifier bottle + filter purifies even the yuckiest of water in under 20 seconds, and makes a great addition to any back-country traveller’s Back-To-Nature Kit.
Where to Buy: GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier Bottle
18. Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
A portable travel hammock is ideal if the birthday boy loves to get in some relax time, no matter where he is. Lightweight, cheap, and durable, this hammock is equally at home extreme back-country camping as it is at a weekend at the cottage.
Where to Buy: Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
19. DJI Spark, Fly More Combo Drone
The consumer drone market is becoming more and more accessible as drone prices (and weight!) keep dropping. Now for under $500 you can purchase a durable quality device that is both portable and powerful. The DJI Spark is the leader of the pack, and reviews for its latest version are stellar across the board. The future is here folks.
Where to Buy: DJI Spark, Fly More Combo drone
20. Espro Travel Coffee Press, Stainless Steel
Who doesn’t love a steaming cup of joe first thing in the morning? A portable coffee press could be a Godsend for the chronic coffee drinker who finds himself on the road without a steady source of caffeine. Plus this coffee press not only MAKES the coffee, it keeps it hot for up to 10 hours. Now that’s a good start to any birthday.
What are some of your favourite birthday gift ideas for husbands who travel?
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