Top 101 Unique Gift Ideas For Travelers
Updated: October 15, 2018
Wondering what to give that person who has an incurable case of wanderlust (other than a flight around the world)? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because we put together a list of the top 101 gift ideas for travelers!
From super practical travel gear they’ll actually use on their next trip to something pretty for their home, you’re sure to find the perfect gift that is just as unique as they are.
We’ve got gifts for ladies and gifts for men. Gift ideas for the techie traveler and presents for the responsible traveler in your life. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t worry because we even have a section of great travel gifts under $10.
This is one of the most complete lists out there, and we think you might even find some items to add to your own wish list!
INDEX: Find the perfect gift for every type of traveler:
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Gifts For All Travelers
These exclusive Two Wandering Soles t-shirts are perfect for any guy or gal who loves to travel! We love graphic tees, and wanted a couple that celebrate our love of travel without being corny... We couldn’t find any out there that we loved, so we decided to make our own... and viola! We’re sharing these designs with our community and hope you love them as much as we do! We think they’d make a great gift for any traveler on your list, (including yourself!). The paper airplane design is minimal and playful, while the colorful geometric footprints are a bit more edgy. Each graphic is available on both styles of shirt. 10% of all purchases go to one of our favorite charities: Feed My Starving Children.
A note on sizes:
Katie is wearing a medium BELLA+CANVAS Women's Slouchy Tee. It is loose and slouchy in the neckline - the way I like it. I sometimes tie a little knot on the bottom if I want it tighter. I typically wear medium/size 6-8.
Ben is wearing a medium BELLA+CANVAS Unisex Premium Jersey V-Neck. It is a slim fit, and is similar to other medium slim fit shirts he owns. He typically wears medium shirts and is a size 32 pants.
Love these shirts? Want more designs? We’d love to make more, so tell us what you’d like to see!
Dubbed the “world’s most comfortable shoes,” these babies are made from super breathable wool and have stellar arch support for long days of walking on cobblestone streets. You better believe they’re on our Christmas wish list!
Leather Passport Covers, starting at $28
Made from high-quality leather, these hand-made passport covers will keep their flight stub, credit cards and passport together in one safe place. You can choose from different colored leather and can pick from a variety of quotes and stamps. You can even have a name or special words embossed for a small fee.
custom Sunglasses from Sun God starting at $95
Every adventurer needs a good pair of sunglasses. We love these high quality shades from Sun God. They have scratch resistant lenses and have a lifetime guarantee! Choose from a variety of styles and customize your own colors. These will be the last sunnies you’ll ever have to buy.
Kindle Paperwhite, $120
Reading books on long haul flights and train rides helps pass the time, but packing the real deal is a thing of the past. A Kindle allows them to pack an infinite number of books on one, lightweight device. Forget those heavy guidebooks! With a Kindle, they can download the e-book version!
Crumpled City Map, starting at $14
Made from material that’s basically indestructible, they’ll never have to worry about ruining this map! Whether you buy it for them before a trip as a practical map to carry along or you get it as a souvenir that’ll last a lifetime, they’ll be sure to love this Crumpled Map!
Packing Cubes, 3-pack starting at $22
We swear by these super handy pouches to organize and compress all our clothes. We don’t know how we traveled without them! Gift these to a frequent traveler and they’ll be singing their praises too!
Audiobooks – subscription to Audible, Free 30-day Trial, $15/month after
Do you keep telling yourself you should read more? Me too, but who has time for that. We love listening to audio books and podcasts while on the road and Audible by Amazon is a great way to start checking those books off your list. They have a free 30-day trial ($14.95/month after that) where you get two free audio books, and you can cancel any time, no catch.
Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle, 32 oz. for $39.95
Insulated using a double wall, vacuum seal technology, these bottles keep your liquids cold (or hot) for hours! We use them everyday while traveling and have stood by this product for years. Practical for staying hydrated during travels and in everyday life, this would make a great gift for anyone on your list. And they come in customizable colors!
Keepsakes for the Traveler
Bear in Mind Logbooks, starting at $15
Different than a typical journal, these logbooks are designed for all types of travelers. The restaurant logbook is perfect for foodies to record favorite meals along the way, while the trekking logbook is perfect for avid hikers. There are even diving, backpacking and roadtrip logbooks, and they’re all lightweight and made out of super durable materials so they won’t get damaged in your bag.
This fun map lets them scratch off the places they’ve been! It makes a cool visual representation of how much of the world they’ve seen and serves as encouragement to see more!
Cork Globe, $48
This unique globe is a way for them to keep track of all the places they’ve been as well as those that are on their bucket list!
Chatbooks (Instagram), starting at $8
Many travel enthusiasts use Instagram to document their adventures. Surprise them by putting their travel photos together in a keepsake book! It takes virtually no time and they start at just $8.
DIY Instagram Magnets, under $20
If you feel like getting crafty, follow this DIY tutorial to make them magnets that showcase their travels as they have them displayed on Instragram! All you need are some small tiles, mod podge, hot glue, magnets and a little creativity! And if you’re not the DIY type, these square magnets will do the work for you!
This travel journal is not your typical book of blank pages. Inside you’ll find quirky and thoughtful prompts and places to doodle. It can spice up any trip!
This stunning handmade leather journal will be the perfect spot for them to record their thoughts and musings along their travels.
Flytographer - Professional Photo Shoot, starting at $250
Wanna give them something super unique that they’ll always remember? Give them the gift of photos! That’s right, Flytographer what Lyft or Uber are to ride sharing. This company makes it possible to hire photographers in in more than 200 cities around the world to do a photo shoot during a special vacation. What a perfect gift to go in on for a honeymoon or anniversary trip! Packages start at 30-minute sessions for $250 increase from there.
If your favorite traveler has an upcoming trip, why not give them an experience? Arrange a cooking class or outdoor adventure, or choose a curated trip with a local from Get Your Guide.
Related: Read all the reasons we think cooking classes are one of the best experiences you can have while traveling!
Artifact Uprising Wooden Box, from $95
This gorgeous box is made from reclaimed wood and can hold all their special travel mementoes. Choose a special photo they’ve taken to be printed on the lid. They’ll love the meaningful gesture!
Fitness Subscription – Aaptiv App, $10 per month
It's hard to find a gym while traveling, so why not give the gift a personal trainer on their phone. Aaptiv app has hundreds of downloadable audio workouts given by motivating personal trainers ranging from cardio to yoga to meditation. Free 30-day trial code for our readers: WANDERING30
Fitbit Fitness Tracker, $127
This fitness tracker will keep them motivated on their travels. Getting to 10,000 steps around the streets of Rome never seemed so easy! Plus, the fact that it’s water resistant will mean they can take it along on more adventurous trips, too!
We’ve done a bit of research on the best, most portable yoga mats for travel, and the YOGO Ultralight Travel Mat is our pick. Weighing in at just 2 pounds, the grippy material makes this mat perfect for hot yoga or regular sessions. Plus, it can fold up for easy packing. We now carry these everywhere we go! Use Code TWOWANDERINGSOLES for 15% discount!
Travel Fitness Kit, $75
If you know a fitness junkie who loves to travel, they’ll be working up a sweat by how excited this gift will make them. This portable gym kit makes it so they never have to rely on hotel gyms again and will keep them in tip top shape whether they’re at home or in Dubai!
For the Traveler's Home
If you know a traveler who has many favorite places around the world, this gift was made for them! This adorable pillow comes with a moveable pin, so they can change up where their heart is depending on the day.
Prints of favorite cities, starting at $15
These adorably quirky city prints from Fox and Velvet are a perfect gift for a loved one (or for yourself!). With plenty of cities around the world to choose from, it’s a good thing they offer a special deal if you purchase three!
Super Practical Travel Items
If you want to get your favorite traveler a gift that they’ll actually use on their travels, look no further. They will think of you when using these items on their adventures around the world.
We love our packable backpack and we use it all the time. It collapses down really small so you can pack it away. Or take it out for the day around the city.
This all in one adaptor and power converter is perfect for any globetrotter. It’ll let them plug in their electronics safely in any country in the world! Talk about a practical gift!
This portable power bank holds 7 charges and is small enough to bring everywhere! We did a lot of research on battery packs and landed on this one because it doesn’t need to be recharged all the time like a lot of the other ones on the market.
Mini First Aid Kit, $11
Be prepared for anything that can happen – from a sliver to a sprained ankle.
A must-have for all frequent flyers, this luggage scale will ensure their bag isn’t too heavy. This means no more extra baggage fees!
Luggage Wire Locks, set of two for $8
These wire locks keep luggage bags sealed on a bus or locked to a dorm room bed. The thin wire fits where chunkier versions don't, so valuables are always kept safe.
DJI Mavic Air Drone, $799
This would be the BEST. GIFT. EVER. One of my favorite "toys" we carry with us on our travels. It takes amazing video and pictures, and folds up so small. When it comes to drones, DJI is the industry standard.
GoPro Hero 6, $336
When it comes to capturing adventure, nothing beats a GoPro. And they keep getting better and better with every generation. The GoPro Hero 6 can be submurged in water to a depth of 33 feet (10m) without a housing. It has excellent low-light capabilities and advanced video stabilization.
If you groaned when you saw the word “selfie stick” let us explain! As much as we despise those sticks too, it is kind of an essential accessory to a GoPro. Without it, you just can’t actually take great pictures of yourself. Trust us. We tried to go without a selfie stick for our GoPro for about a year before we caved in. This stick is great because it’s waterproof and turns into a tripod!
Joby Flexible Tripod, $42
This tripod is perfect for adventurous photographers. Not only is it super lightweight and portable, making it great for travel, but the flexible legs allow you to position it almost anywhere.
Polaroid Camera, $60
These old school cameras are making a serious comeback! Traveling with a Polaroid camera is a fun way to meet and interact with locals and can make for some super cool photo ops!
Bluetooth Speaker, $41
They can bring their favorite tunes all around the world with this super portable Bluetooth speaker.
This memory card holder is waterproof, drop proof and floats. Rest assured all photos are safe.
LifeProof Phone Case, $40
This baby is basically indestructible and will protect their phone from drops and spills along their travels. Or just in everyday life!
Thule Computer Case, $50
We swear by our Thule cases to keep our Macbook Pros safe from water and bumps along the road. It’s essential for traveling with a laptop.
Cords will never get tangled again with this sleek and well-designed organizer for all their electronic accessories.
Travel Items for Women
From beautiful travel-inspired jewelry to super practical items she can pack no matter where in the world she’s headed, here are some great items for your favorite female wanderer.
This super portable makeup brush set is the perfect way to look polished on the go.
Travel Straightener, $16
Even after long haul flights and humid climates, this super portable 2-in-1 straightener and curling iron will keep bad hair days at bay. Plus, it’s so tiny that it’ll hardly add any bulk to luggage.
Kimono, starting at $6
Fashionable, lightweight, and super packable, this kimono is perfect for travel! It can cover shoulders when entering temples, can be worn as a swimsuit cover-up, or can be layered over a tank for a lightweight layer. The possibilities are endless! There’s tons of patterns, styles and lengths out there for all personalities.
Map Statement Ring, $75
This statement piece is for the girl who doesn’t like anything cliché. The unique design is in this picture actually the street map of Rome. Choose from 9 different city’s street maps to make a seriously unique piece of jewelry.
Sarongs are one of the most ridiculously useful items for travel! They pack up super small and can be used as a skirt, beach towel, blanket, bikini cover-up, shawl… the list goes on!
Coordinates Necklace, starting at $19
Engraving coordinates of a special place on a necklace is a super thoughtful memento of a spot that’s close to her heart.
Turkish Towel, $17
Super absorbent and lightweight, these towels are more than just beautiful. Plus, they pack up much smaller than a typical beach towel.
This super practical toiletry case will hold all their travel sized goodies and conveniently hangs in a hotel bathroom for easy access.
Hooded Tunic, starting at $17
This adorably comfortable hooded tunic is perfect for travel days. It comes in several colors and can be layered over leggings and a tank for a comfortable outfit on any form of transportation.
Watch, starting at $20
This stunning watch is a beautiful gift for any lady who loves travel.
Travel Items for Men
Beard Trimmer, $40
This portable trimming kit will help him manscape on the go – even if he is miles away from his go-to barber.
This clothing and accessory company uses fabrics from around the world on their products, and a portion of the profits go to charities in those countries! We love their shirts with colorful pockets, their fanny packs and this globe-inspired hat!
Leaf Leather pouches, starting at $24, Discount code: TWOWANDERINGSOLES15
These handy pouches feel like leather, but they are made from strong, super durable teak leaves. They are vegan, sustainably made, and will help your favorite traveler keep all their essentials organized! Plus, Tree Tribe plants 10 trees for every purchase! Everyone’s a winner! Get 15% off with our Discount code: TWOWANDERINGSOLES15
If you know someone whose favorite part of travel is giving back to people and causes around the world, why not make a donation in their name to a non-profit that is close to their heart. If you want to check up on the organization and see how they use donations, search it in Charity Navigator to how they score. One of our favorite charities is Feed My Starving Children, which has shipped nearly 2 billion meals around the world to people in need.
For that special lady who loves travel and giving back, gift her with a piece of jewelry that has a story. Gift her a “brass bombshell” necklace made from repurposed brass from bombs that symbolizes peace and strength from Ten Thousand Villages. Or gift her a handcrafted piece of PURPOSE Jewelry, which is made by modern-day slavery survivors in Mumbai, India. Or by something beautiful from Raven + Lily, which employs women artisans from around the globe and pays them a sustainable income while also providing education, health care and freedom from poverty. There are so many wonderful companies out there to support. To find a company that speaks to your heart, check out this article which outlines 27 fair trade jewelry lines from around the world.
If their preferred travel is stateside rather than overseas, we’ve got a few ideas that they’ll love! These United States themed items could also be great gifts for a friend or family member who has moved overseas to remind them of their roots!
Home State Shirts, $22
Remind your favorite traveler where home is. We loved having our Minnesota Home shirts when we lived in South Korea! This company makes all sorts of merch other than shirts too – from mugs to necklaces to car decals.
Vintage US Travel Posters, starting at $6
Gift them just one of a collection of their favorite states. These vintage inspired designs are classically cool.
City Map Glass, $14
He can drink whiskey (or fruity cocktails; no judgment here!) from this sweet glass etched with a map of his favorite. Score bonus points and order a set of four, each with a place that’s special to them.
Packable Raincoat, $21
We’re obsessed with our incredibly lightweight, super packable raincoats. (It stuffs up right into one of the pockets and is the size of a fist.) It’s perfect for outdoor adventuring – whether that be on multi-day backcountry trips or just visiting Thailand during rainy season. We’ve definitely used it in both!
We can’t tell you how many times our headlamps have saved us on hikes that take longer than expected and we get caught in the dark. It’s always a good idea to have a headlamp in your pack.
Waterproof Dry Bag, $10
This is a super important piece of gear for keeping items like your camera, phone and wallet dry on boat trips. Plus, it’s nice to know your stuff is safe if it starts to downpour.
Collapsible Cups, $16
We are obsessed with our collapsible cups and bring them everywhere. Perfect for everything from backcountry camping to picnicking at home to traveling around the world, these handy cups have held everything from wine to coffee to guacamole!
This collapsible solar-powered lantern is nearly weightless and is powered by the sun. The Luci Pro even has a chargeable USB outlet to give your electronics a boost. Plus, your purchase is supporting a company that has donated over 200,000+ lights to over 103 counties where electricity is in need.
Chaco Hiking Sandals, starting at $105
I’ve had my Chacos since 2007, and I am a huge advocate for these outdoor shoes. Ben just bought his first pair this past summer and it’s safe to say he’s never going back to other sandals! Originally made for watersports, these super comfortable shoes have incredible grip and great support for long days of trekking. I wear them when traveling in South America and Southeast Asia too. I’m about due for another pair, and the cute new patterns and colors makes it hard to choose just one!
ENO Hammock, starting at $60
Our ENO hammock was one of our favorite wedding gifts, and we’ve gotten tons of use out of it on our travels all around the world as well as in our own backyard. This super high quality hammock packs up small so it can be brought on all sorts of adventures!
For us, morning coffee is essential. But we know how difficult it is to get in the wilderness. This handy device is at the top of our wish list for backcountry trips as well as travels in parts of the world where the only coffee available is instant Nescafe. Yuck.
Travel Gifts Under $10
If you want to get your favorite traveler a super thoughtful gift, but are working with a small budget, fret not! We’ve got you covered with plenty of ideas that are all under $10! And they’ll never know what a steal it was!
Passport Holder, starting at $9
This passport cover is practical and pretty. You can choose a charm of your choice and add their name to the cover. It’ll look like you spent a hell of a lot more than $10!
Measuring no bigger than a tube of lipstick, this tiny portable battery pack will ensure that their phone never dies, whether they’re running daily errands or they’re in a remote village on the other side of the road.
If you have a travel buddy that loves photography, give them the gift of wanderlust with these pictures from around the world, from yours truly. Your purchase of these prints helps support this blog and allows us to keep producing super-informative guides and articles for you!
Keep Your Traveler Safe
Giving the gift of insurance might not sound all that glamorous, but it is one of the most thoughtful things you can buy. It’ll ensure they’re covered if they encounter any bumps in the road. We’ve written an entire article dedicated to why it’s so important and why we never travel without insurance. World Nomads has the best policies out there.
PacSafe bags are designed to be theft proof and will keep all belongings safe and secure. They have all sorts of items – from shoulder bags to portable safes – that are designed with anti-theft technology to give travelers peace of mind.
For that traveler that’s just a little paranoid their bags won’t end up at their destination, this Bluetooth tracking lock is to your luggage what “Find your iPhone” is to your phone. It connects to an app and will tell you exactly where your bags are. Paranoid or not, this item is pretty darn cool!
How cool is this?! This scarf is fashionable, but it does more than just look good! A hidden pocket is a perfect place to stash cash, your passport or other important things. It keeps your valuables safe, plus it eliminates the need for a purse. Say what?!
For the Wanderluster
Try The World Subscription, starting at $39 per month
This subscription program is a perfect gift for that food-lover who has a constant case of wanderlust. They’ll get a box on their doorstep each month full of a curated assortment of foods – from exotic ingredients to cook with to popular snacks – from one country. Each month the country changes, so it’s like traveling without leaving home! Subscribe today and you can get a FREE box!
Rosetta Stone Language Courses, $79 for a 3-month subscription
If I could have a super kickass talent, I’d be able to speak all the world’s languages seamlessly. Unfortunately, languages don’t come all that easily to me, but language courses certainly help. We’ve used Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish, and the set up of it is fantastic. There are other courses out there too, so do your research and find the one you think is best!
Little Passports Monthly Subscription, starting at $13 per month
It’s never too early to teach little ones about the beautiful world we live in. Each month, a box will arrive and they’ll be introduced to a new country! This adorable monthly subscription is the perfect way to teach little ones about how big the world is, while also showing them that it’s accessible.
This book brought us so much joy while we were saving money for travels. We’d read through it together and highlight things that sounded interesting to us. Years later, it’s fun looking back and seeing that some of those dreams have become realities. With 1,000 unique places, festivals, treks and activities around the world, there’s always new dreams to add to our bucket list!
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