17 great gifts for travelers

From must-have accessories to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, here's how to make your favorite adventurer's holiday a treat

Electric bike

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Electric bike

Our staffers fought to road test the Electra Townie Go, an e-bike released in 2013. You pedal, but a battery and motor offer extra oomph—30 no-sweat miles per charge. $2,300; electrabike.com

Bike bell

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Bike bell

The bike enthusiast on your list can ring in the new year with this graphic, clear-toned bell. Pattern bike bell, $22; poketo.com

Tote bag

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Tote bag

A tailored but tough tote from Filson of Seattle (around since the Klondike Gold Rush) will hold plenty and hold up for many a trip. Canvas carry-all, $245; filson.com

 

Waterproof backpack

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Waterproof backpack

Designed in Portland, the Zipper Roll Top Backpack stands up to any weather; it’s made with waterproof, treated canvas to keep goods dry around town or on a hike. From $149; timadambags.com

Thermos

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Thermos

These sleek, petite new thermoses keep soup hot for up to four hours; they’re also perfect for fresh snacks. Canisters from $18 each; kleankanteen.com

 

Folding knife

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Folding knife

A signal flag–inspired paint job updates the classic Opinel knife--a camper's best friend. Whiskey folding knife, $68; sonofasailorsupply.com

Houndstooth scarf

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Houndstooth scarf

In flight, the wide lambswool scarf we love is a cozy coverlet; on arrival, it makes even a rumpled traveler look pulled together. Houndstooth scarf, $140; alderandcoshop.com

Infinity scarf

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Infinity scarf

Cozy and versatile, these San Francisco–made scarves named after California cities will keep Jack Frost at bay. Stolen Sunday Grass Valley infinity scarf, $50; stolensunday.com

iPad case

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iPad case

Soft, smart, and sustainably made, our favorite iPad cases are fashioned from reclaimed Patagonia fleece or Woolrich wool. iPad mini sleeve, $34; refleece.com

iPhone case

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iPhone case

The adventurers on your list may take a spill or capsize, but their phones will be fine with the best cases for worst cases. LifeProof iPhone case (for the iPhone 5 series) from $80, and LifeJacket float, $40; lifeproof.com

 

iPhone photo lenses

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iPhone photo lenses

Shutterbugs will flip for a set of three slide-on photo lenses (macro, fisheye, and polarized) made to enhance iPhone picture taking. iPhone specialty lens set, $49; restorationhardware.com

 

Grown-up summer camp

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Grown-up summer camp

No phones, laptops, or kids allowed at Camp Grounded; it’s just adults having fun as they digitally detox in Anderson Valley, California. Hikes and yoga are on the agenda; s’mores are on the menu. 3 nights from $395 all-inclusive; campgrounded.org

 

Unique driving tour

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Unique driving tour

Make a motorhead ecstatic with the World Class Driving Red Rock Muscle Car Experience—30 miles behind the wheel on a guided drive through a canyon near Las Vegas in three hot cars. $299/driver; worldclassdriving.com

Luxury camping trip

Luxury camping trip

For a splurge, there’s Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. The romantic luxury tents on Vancouver Island are worth a seaplane ride. It’s camping without all that pesky … camping. 3 nights from $5,445 U.S. all-inclusive; wildretreat.com

Wilderness trip donation

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Wilderness trip donation

Thanks to Yosemite-based NatureBridge, kids in underserved urban areas get to take wilderness trips all over the West. naturebridge.com

Global women's organization donation

Courtesy of Global Press Institute

Global women's organization donation

Headquartered in San Francisco, Global Press Institute trains women in developing countries to become journalists. They can support their families and tell important stories that other reporters might miss, via the non-profit's respected wire service. globalpressinstitute.org

Nature conservation donation

Courtesy of Redwoods League

Nature conservation donation

Longtime conservation stalwart Redwoods League is devoted to preserving the West's beloved trees. savetheredwoods.org

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