Upscale Travel Gifts for Men
Deciding on travel gifts for men can be daunting, especially for those who have a taste that runs towards the upmarket. Here I’ve curated some of the best travel accessories — some I already own, but many are on my wish list for “one of these days…”
Let me know what your favourite travel gifts for men are in the comments section below.
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1. Tellaro USB Pendant
William Henry is an American brand that made a name for itself offering upmarket, custom-designed pocket knives, but have now branched out to include all manner of men’s jewelry and accessories.
The butterfly-knife shaped Tellaro USB Pendant pays homage to its earlier days, but this is one “knife” you’ll have no trouble getting through security. The stylish sterling silver housing is home to a 64GB, 3.0 USB drive to keep those personal documents close at hand.
While I don’t normally wear jewelry, if I had one of these puppies, I’d almost certainly never take it off.
Where to Buy: Tellaro USB Pendant
2. GoPro Hero 5
Everyone needs a GoPro. I’ve have the GoPro 4 and it’s come in handy so many times it’s hard to count. One of my favourite features is the ability to take 30 photos at once to capture that perfect selfie. PRO TIP: Add a floatie stick to the cart if you do buy one — it’s saved my GoPro from sinking to the bottom of the ocean on a number of occasions.
Where to Buy: GO PRO HERO 5
3. Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack
The name Tumi is synonymous with quality, and their line of backpacks is no exception. The Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack comes in a choice of camo-inspired colour designs, has a separate compartment for your laptop and paper documents.
Where to Buy: Tumi Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack
4. DJI Spark Portable Travel Drone
No one wants to travel with an extra suitcase, but with most consumer drones that was the case if you wanted to indulge in aerial photography on your trip. The sticking point with drones for most travellers has been their portability — they’re so heavy and bulky that only the most hardcore photographers travel with them.
DJI has a history of making high-quality drones, and their foray into the portable travel drone market it no exception. With a takeoff weight of only 300 grams, the DJI Spark is among the lightest, most portable professional travel drones on the market. Even with the drone travel case, charger, and accessories, the entire package is small enough to fit into a suitcase or overnight bag.
Where to Buy: DJI Spark Portable Mini Drone Quadcopter Starter Bundle
5. Vintage Amerihome Retro Cooler
This is the cooler I have — well, one very similar. Mine is an actual vintage cooler a friend got for me at an estate sale over 20 years ago in Calgary, but this is the next best thing. With ice, it keeps the contents cold for most of the day, and its slim design means it fits perfectly on the floor in the back seat of my SUV. Easy to reach to when you need a cold soda while driving. Highly recommended if you like a cooler that actually keeps shit cold.
Where to Buy: AmeriHome Retro Picnic Cooler
6. Ugo Bags
UgoBags are suitcases that you design yourself. You can choose from a series of pre-set designs created by guest artists, or you can upload your own design through their website. As an added bonus, you get to choose from a number of funky accent colours to ensure your suitcase is indeed one-of-a-kind.
Where to Buy: Ugo Bags
Price: $199 to $259
7. The Best Travel Jean in the World, by Aviator
If I had these jeans when I was in Chile this past January, perhaps I wouldn’t have been robbed of my driver’s license, ATM card, and the equivalent of $150 USD. The Best Travel Jean in the World comes with an array of hidden pockets and zippered compartments, all of which are stylishly hidden in a timelessly elegant design. They’re also 2% spandex so they stretch in just the right places for those long bus, plane, or train rides. This is the type of travel clothing I love — travel clothing that doesn’t look like travel clothing.
Where to Buy: The Best Travel Jean in the World
8. autoXscape Vehicle-mounted Lifesaving Flashlight
I have a hammer hidden under the driver’s seat of my car — because one can never be sure if the day will bring crime or calamity — but this is much more stylish alternative for getting yourself out of a trapped vehicle, or fending off hopped-up hitchhikers (long story.) It’s got a windshield-smashing thingy on one end, and a seatbelt cutter thingy on the other. Plus (are you sitting down) it’s also a flashlight.
Now If it had an FM radio, I’d probably have its babies.
Where to Buy: autoXscape Vehicle-mounted Lifesaving Flashlight
Some days I wish I were suspended in an air cushion, but I suppose I’ll just have to settle for my breakables. The Vinnibag gives wrapping your bottles of wine in your skivvies a run for its money by offering a more legit way to key your breakables unbroken during your travel. Read about how it works at the link below — they describe what their stuff does for a living. I, obviously, do not.
Where to Buy: VinniBag Inflatable Travel Bag
10. Dalvey Voyager Compass
There ain’t nuthin’ classier than a pocket compass. I think I read that in a men’s magazine once. In any event, if you or your loved one is looking for an olde-timey way to find your way home, may I suggest the Dalvey Voyager Compass? Yes, Google Maps does the same thing much faster, but cultivating the persona of someone who uses a compass to get around is far more rewarding, don’t you think?
Where to Buy: Dalvey Voyager Compass
11. Saddleback Leather Briefcase
I love this bag. Okay, I take back what I said earlier about the flashlight/escape thingy above — this is the thing that I want to have its babies. And since it looks like a vintage doctor’s bag, I feel like I’d be prepared if that event ever transpired.
Where to Buy: Saddleback Leather Classic Briefcase
12. Electric Bicycle
Who has time to pedal anymore? Hills and obesity have finally gotten the better of most of us, so why not let the bike do the work? It’s like your own personal Uber. Seriously, this is a great bike with all the bells (not sure about the whistles), and it’s great for getting around town or the mountains.
Where to Buy: Addmotor HITHOT Electric Bicycle
13. Jamstik+ Guitar
I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but I never actually wanted to carry a guitar. I mean, it does look kinda douchey when you get on a bus with a guitar. Enter the Jamstik+ — a digital guitar with real strings and frets (whatever those are) that teaches you how to play with instant feedback via an app through your smartphone. Smartphone not included.
Where to Buy: Jamstik+ Black Portable App Enabled MIDI Electric Guitar
14. Peak Design Slide Camera Strap
If you’ve been using the strap that came with your camera, then you probably don’t know what you’re missing. Since my stock Canon strap broke many moons ago, my dear, dear Mama bought me a stellar one as a Christmas gift similar to the one pictured above. It converts to a sling strap to a shoulder strap or a neck strap in only seconds. It also doesn’t scream to potential thieves, “‘Hey I have a very expensive Canon camera here!!” like most stock Canon camera straps do.
Where to Buy: Peak Design Black Slide Camera Strap
15. Monster NOMAD Portable Bluetooth Speaker
If you don’t have a Bluetooth speaker for your travels yet, then you’re missing out. I find it great to have some tunes in the background while working on the road, and while I do love my iPod, I don’t want to be strapped to my headphones for hours on end. Monster offers an entire line of portable Bluetooth-enabled travel speakers, and while the one pictured is not the smallest on offer, it does pack a pretty big punch for its size.
Where to Buy: Monster NOMAD Portable Bluetooth Speaker
16. Triple Hammock
Here’s a threeway that won’t complicate your relationship — a triple hammock. It’s also perhaps the largest hammock I’ve ever seen. Sad that I don’t have enough friends to fill out the other two slots though. Le sigh.
Where to Buy: Tentsile Trillium Hammock
17. Tag Heuer Sunglasses
Not everyone can afford a Tag Heuer watch, but the company’s line of sunglasses are definitely within reach. These aviator style glasses are stylish, durable, and come in at under $170 USD.
Where to Buy: Tag Heuer Aviator Sunglasses
18. Bodyworks Ball
I can’t believe I’m recommending a ball on a string, but here we are. I’ve had back and neck issues since I had a minor car accident about 8 years ago, so this is definitely on my wish list. It’s like a portable massage chair, except, well, it’s a ball on a string. Take a look at the video at the link below to see exactly how it works. So simple, I can’t believe someone didn’t think of it before.
Where to Buy: The Bodyworks Ball
19. Point Two Maps
There’s something about maps that just inspires wanderlust, and these stylish custom-made maps from Point Two Maps are no exception. You can order a map of your own city, or one that brings back travel memories for you. I ordered the St. John’s, Newfoundland map, and if they have that one, they’ll more than likely have the one you’re searching for. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Where to Buy: PointTwoMaps
*Note all prices are in USD and were correct at time of publication, but are subject to change.