12 Amazing Secret Santa Gifts for Travelers

Just when you thought you had crossed the final person off your gift list, the realization sets in: You still need to get that Secret Santa present. If the person you wound up with just happens to be an avid trip-taker, you're in luck. We rounded up a dozen fun and clever finds to impress the most well-traveled among us. And since Secret Santa groups can be made up of co-workers, neighbors, old friends, or even extended families, we made sure to include a range of prices. So, whether you're supposed to spend $10 or $75, we've got your covered. Your 2017 holiday shopping? That's a wrap. 

1. Flight 001 Luggage Tags

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Image courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc

These vibrant luggage tags will really make a bag stand out on the carousel. The Flight 001 luggage tags are made of rubber, to be both durable and waterproof. Plus, they have a hidden buckle closure to keep the owner's name and address concealed. 

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2. Asltoy Mobile Docking Station

When a family checks into a hotel, a hunt for sufficient outlets for everyone's devices ensues. And even if there are enough, having mom's Kindle, dad's iPad, and the kids' phones left all over the room ups the odds one of them will be forgotten when it's time to check out. The Asltoy docking station keeps four devices together at one outlet, with separate USB ports.

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3. Vinta Supply Co. Travel Notebooks

Filling an Instagram feed with vacation snaps is great, but there's nothing like jotting down one's first impressions, observations, and emotions as they unfold in a new destination. That thoughtful, sentimental traveler in your Secret Santa circle will smile upon unwrapping these Vinta Supply Co. travel notebooks. Each vintage-style journal has 48 lined pages. 

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4. Chinese Laundry Slippers

For those who wish to avoid walking around barefoot in a hotel, these cozy popcorn knit Chinese Laundry slippers will come in handy. They have a soft bottom, meaning they weigh next to nothing, and fold up to fit in the smallest corner of a carry-on. Traction dots on the soles make slipping on unfamiliar bathroom floors in the middle of the night a non-issue. 

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5. Rovking Headphones

Save your Secret Santa from having to buy headphones from the flight attendant with this Rovking pair. Plus, even if they already have a set, everyone can use a backup, as they're easy to misplace. The over-the-ear style ensures they stay put while hustling through the airport. They even come with three pairs of replacement tips. 

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6. ShedRain WindPro Mini Umbrella

The trouble with most travel-size umbrellas is that they don't last very long -- often only until the first strong gust of wind comes along. That's why the ShedRain WindPro mini umbrella may be the genius Secret Santa gift you're looking for. The vented double canopy, fiberglass frame and ribs, and electrostatic steel shaft make this mini marvel a mega wind-blocker. Plus, the Teflon coating disperses water evenly for less dripping. 

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7. HoMedics SoundSpa Sound Machine

Whether your gift recipient is a light sleeper or someone who can doze off with the TV on, the HoMedics sound machine helps folks nod off easily. White-noise options include Zen, rain, ocean, campfire, and more (all can be timed for 15, 30, or 60 minutes). Compact and light, it even changes color for a super-soothing effect. 

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8. Slip for Beauty Slipsilk Sleep Mask

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Image courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc

Not only will this sumptuous present serve the weary traveler well on planes, trains, and the passenger seat of automobiles, but it can really come in handy when a time-zone change makes catching Zs challenging. And this accessory is no cookie-cutter sleep mask. Soft and durable, it's made of long-fiber mulberry silk and nontoxic dyes. 

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9. Rebecca Minkoff Passport Case

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Image courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc

Your globe-trotting giftee can go glam at airline check-in with this Rebecca Minkoff passport case. The sturdy yet soft cover is crafted of foiled leather, and has a slip pocket for a well-worn passport. The designer's signature subtle edge looks even classier in silver. Adventure awaits, indeed.

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10. Herschel Supply Co. Backpack

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Image courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc

College-age nieces and nephews are perfect Secret Santa recipients of the Herschel Supply Co. backpack. Made from reflective ripstop fabric that changes color in the dark, it's big enough to be a lightweight carry-on or road-trip tote, but compact enough to fold into its own self-storing pocket. Bonus: it'll be a perfect commuter bag for that first job, too. 

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11. Easy Tiger Corkboard Map

This hand-drawn, silkscreen map of the United States on a corkboard begs for plotting future adventures as well as staking out bragging rights on places already conquered. Sized at 24 inches by 18 inches, it's perfect for hanging proudly. Where to next?

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12. Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Camera

The immediate gratification that comes with instant cameras makes any trip more fun. The Zink photo paper used in the Kodak Printomatic camera is adhesive-backed and water- and tear-resistant, ensuring they make it home in perfect condition. Full color or black-and-white prints are produced directly from the camera, but photos can be saved on the included MicroSD card, too. And since the camera can shoot a new photo while simultaneously printing the previous shot, not one silly mug will be missed. 

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