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20+ Awesome Presents for Travelers, From Cheap to Chic

Unless you're willing to hand over your own hard-earned airline miles, diehard travelers can be impossible to shop for: If things are going well, they won't be home enough to enjoy that fancy new juicer.
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Unless you're willing to hand over your own hard-earned airline miles, diehard travelers can be impossible to shop for: If things are going well, they won't be home enough to enjoy that fancy new juicer. These are our picks for presents to make their travel days a little more luxurious--or to give them plenty of inspiration when they're between trips.

This is the carry-on you want on your arm when you're hoping to score that upgrade to business class. Clare Vivier Overnighter, $446

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So they'll always know which way is up--or least north--even after the iPhone's dead. Wood compass, $24

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Speaking of, this paperback-sized gizmo can charge four phones or two tablets simultaneously--forever changing long-haul flights for the better. EasyAcc power bank, $38.99

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The most successful way to avoid a tangle of USB and other cables at the bottom of your luggage. Grid-It! organizer, $19.95

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For a literary take on travel, this Berlin-based magazine skips the beach hotel round-ups in favor of tales from the road from the likes of David Lynch, Juergen Teller, and Matthew Barney. The Travel Almanac subscription, about $34 for one year

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Douglas Adams had it right all along: "A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." Equally true even if you're just throwing this peshtemal in the trunk in case of a spontaneous trip to a lake. Turkish beach towel, $22

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Throw one of these in their luggage and they'll be rewarded with the smell of roses--rather than that I'll-do-laundry-when-I-get-home scent. Diptyque Roses scented oval, $45

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For the outdoorsman in all of us: easy-to-light birch trimmings that can kick off a fire in style. Birch Bark tinder, $20

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A little bit of easy-to-spot luxury dresses up even the most standard of black bags. Smythson luggage tag, about $90

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The famed French macaron-maker debuts shipping to U.S. addresses this week--for a tasty bit of Paris in a very fancy box. Ladurée macarons, price TBD

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The maker of this candle says the fragrance of "damp wood, incense, and freshly laundered linen" is reminiscent of "an old, wooden Japanese house from the [Tokyo] neighbourhood of Aoyama." Aoyama candle, $83

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The magical powers of a scarf on an overnight flight cannot be overstated. Bonus: the geometric design was inspired by "the night skies at Taliesan West." (Which, for the record, is a Frank Lloyd Wright residence in Arizona.) Dealtry Vela scarf, $220

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Travelers can always use an extra place to take notes--like this hand-stamped camping journal. Mountain Range Moleskine notebook, $9

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Get inspired to head to the airport in something other than Lululemons and a sweatshirt with this photographic tribute to "airline style." Airline: Style At 30,000 Feet, $14.95

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It's not the most expensive present here, but it might offer the most: a one-year pass to the nation's national parks and other federally managed recreation areas. Note: Military families qualify for free, so if your loved one meets the requirements, perhaps your gift could be handling the paperwork. Everybody wins! Annual pass, $80

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Susan Sontag spoke the truth--remember her quote with this hand-cut paper-cut design. Susan Sontag paper cut, $32

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Bring a little pizazz to an early-morning immigration line with this monogrammed passport holder. Passport holder, $15.75

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A clever take on the ubiquitous retro travel poster, for "Game of Thrones" fans dreaming of Qarth and Winterfell. Game of Thrones posters, $33.61

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Give the gift of indecision: With a five-day France rail pass, your beloved will have the chance to wander from boulangerie to boulangerie from nord to sud and all points in between. France railpass, $316

Catnips for kids and National Park addicts alike: Collect hundreds of unique cancellation stamps from National Park Service sites here. Passport to Your National Parks, $8.95

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It's what every traveler wants most: proof that love on the road can last. Before Midnight DVD, $25.53

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If your favorite traveler is dreaming big, here's their new map. Letterpress solar system map, $23