We’ve curated a list of unique travel gift ideas for the jet setter in your life! If you’re a travel-lover yourself, this list is a good place to gather wish list ideas. From super practical travel gear to pretty gifts for the home, this guide is packed full of unique gifts for travelers that’ll actually get used and loved.
Wondering what to give that person in your life 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 unique travel gifts for all types of explorers.
From super practical travel gear they’ll actually use on their next trip to something unique they’d never think to buy for themselves, you’ll be sure to find a perfect travel gift.
And hey, maybe you’ll find a few items for your own wishlist, so take notes!
Our Favorite Gift-Giving Tips
Before we get into the actual gifts in this guide, here are a few things we like to keep in mind when we shop for presents. We thought we’d pass them along in case they’re helpful to you:
1. Shop local or small when possible. We love shopping on Etsy or supporting artists we follow on Instagram. (There are a handful of Etsy gifts included in this guide.)
2. Lean towards practical gifts. Think about things that they will actually use instead of stuff that’s just going to collect dust. Sometimes this means they’re not the cutest items — I mean, packing cubes aren’t exactly beautiful, but they’ll sure get a lot of use! Add on something small like a yummy artisan chocolate bar to make it just a little more fun!
3. DIY it! We’re huge fans of DIY gifts. In fact, there are a couple of fun DIY ideas in this gift guide.
4. Look into the companies you’re supporting. When we purchase things, it’s like “voting” with our money. This helps keep businesses alive and thriving, so when possible, choose to support companies that are doing good things like giving back and operating ethically. We know it’s not always possible to vet every single company you purchase from (and we’re guilty of buying things without doing any research quite often). But we’ve tried our best to include some companies on this list that are doing some pretty cool things!
5. Give the gift of an experience or time. Have someone on your list who has everything they need and want? Why not gif them an experience? Tickets to a Christmas play, a concert, a massage, a night out while you babysit, a brunch date with you… whatever it is you think they might enjoy.
6. Skip traditional wrapping. Traditional bags and paper are pretty darn wasteful and they can be expensive. Why not buy a handful of reusable tote bags for your gift-giving this year? You can use jute or ribbon to tie the handles together for a festive touch!
Perfect gifts for every type of traveler
Instead of being filled with high-priced items (like a drone or laptop!) that you’d never realistically be able to wrap and place beneath the tree, we’ve curated a list of things that are a little more… practical to give as a present.
We’ve gathered all sorts of items for different kinds of travelers. Jump to different sections to see the best gift for your favorite traveler.
Oh, and we have a variety of price points too. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t worry because we even have a section of great travel gifts under $15.
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Practical Travel Gifts
We’ve gathered a list of travel gifts that will actually get used instead of sitting on a shelf collecting dust.
Leather Passport Covers, starting at $14
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.
This little device can be a total lifesaver when it comes to travel. You simply attach it to any of your valuables and can see its real-time GPS location. This is particularly handy for something like a suitcase (no more lost luggage, thank you very much!). Tile makes bluetooth trackers in all shapes and sizes, so we have them for our luggage, DSLR camera, keys, passport, and wallet. This is one of those gifts that will get tons of use over the years.
There’s nothing better than slipping into a cozy pair of slippers after a day of exploring a new city. Most slippers are too bulky to pack for a trip, but not these! This hybrid slipper-sock has a grippy bottom and is just as cozy as traditional slippers. Plus, they come with a handy little travel bag, making them perfect to throw in a suitcase or lounge around in at home.
Bonus: Bombas is a registered B-Corporation and for each pair of socks or slippers purchased, they donate one to somebody in need.
Psst! Looking for something similar but for a lower price point? Check out these Snoozies Slippers.
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!
AeroPress Go, $32
We’re obsessed with having morning coffee, and sometimes it’s a lot easier (and cheaper!) to make it ourselves rather than hope we can find a good cuppa wherever we’re staying. We recently got this AeroPress Go and are super impressed with the quality of coffee it brews. It’s perfect for our campervan and will came in clutch on our recent Iceland road trip!
While not the sexiest of gifts, this baby sure is practical! No matter where in the world they travel, they’ll be able to charge their electronics with one handy device.
Nomadix Towel, starting at $40
These towels from Nomadix are quick-drying and they pack up small, making them great for travel. Plus, they serve multiple purposes – they can be used for taking to the beach, doing yoga, and of course, drying off after a shower! And it doesn’t hurt that they come in a ton of cool patterns. But the best part is that they are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. What a neat way to take waste and turn it into something useful!
Priority Pass, starting at $99 for an annual membership
With this annual membership, travelers get into select airport lounges around the world where they’ll have access to food, drinks, comfortable places to site, high-speed WiFi and even shower facilities in some places. We got a Priority Pass a few years ago, and it has forever changed air travel for us.
Tip: There are a few different pass options. Be sure to read what they include, as some of them allow pass-holders to enter free of charge while others require an additional fee upon entry.
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Your traveler will never have to ask for plastic utensils again when you gift them this reusable bamboo utensil set from ToGo Ware. They are lightweight, easy to clean and fit easily in a purse or daypack.
iPhone Lens Kit, $26
These little lenses clip on to enhance the photo-capturing capabilities of your iPhone’s camera. The kit comes with everything from a wide-angle, zoom and fish-eye lenses to blue and orange color filters. Turn any iPhone into a professional camera with these babies!
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!
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.
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.
Trtl Travel Pillow, $30
The newest trend in travel is this travel pillow scientifically proven to hold your head at a better position for sleeping than the popular u-shared neck pillows. Any frequent flyer will love one of these!
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!
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This is a staple of ours that we carry EVERYWHERE, whether we’re at home or traveling. This super small pouch unfolds to become a large and roomy bag that is perfect for taking to the grocery store, the farmers market, or anywhere you might need something to stash souvenirs in. It makes it so much easier to say no to plastic bags! This bag packs up so small you can fit it inside your palm (aka the perfect travel companion!), and it’s very affordable, making it a great gift for just about anyone on your list. Oh, and an added bonus is that it’s made of 99% recycled materials. Everybody wins!
Bluetooth Speaker, $50
They can bring their favorite tunes all around the world with this super portable Bluetooth speaker. With the handy hook, this speaker can be latched to your backpack or even a shower ring.
Unique Travel Gifts
Want to gift something totally unique that they wouldn’t necessarily buy themself? Well, this section is for you! We’ve included some crafty ideas, a couple DIY presents and gifts that are generally just outside the box!
These leather keychains look classic and have a spot to attach tokens that represent places around the world. From National Parks to continents to U.S. states, there are tokens for every type of traveler!
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Have someone on your list who loves reading AND travel? Well, this is for you. We’ve curated a list of some of the best books for travelers which range from touching memoirs to fiction inspired by places around the world.
Here are some of our personal favorites:
- What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
- Marching Powder
- A Walk in the Woods
- Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
- The Beach
Be sure to check out our complete list for descriptions of each, plus many more ideas!
Feeling extra generous? A Kindle Paperwhite would make any traveling book-lover swoon because they can essentially pack an infinite amount of books with them on their adventures. Here’s a hack you can share with them: Use the app Libby to borrow e-books from your local library free of charge! You can even find Kindle versions of travel guidebooks.
Custom Paint-by-Numbers Kit, starting at $40
Create your very own paint-by-numbers kit based off a favorite travel photo. Select a photograph to be turned into lines and numbers on a canvas. The kit comes with custom-colored paints so when you follow the pattern, it should look just like the photo!
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!
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!
Instagram Chat Books, starting at $15
Does your favorite travel enthusiast 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 $15.
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!
Need more book ideas? Check out our long list of the best books for travelers!
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!
Travel-themed Board Games
- Ticket to Ride: This is one of our all-time favorite board games! There are a bunch of different versions inspired by places around the world, though so far the United States version is our favorites (and least complicated!).
- Backpacker: This actually looks like a really fun board game inspired by backpacking.
- Travel Trivia: For your trivia-obsessed travel-lover!
- Carmen San Diego: Yep, there’s a board game inspired by the computer game classic!
This stunning handmade leather journal will be the perfect spot for them to record their thoughts and musings along their travels.
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!
Prints of favorite cities, starting at $15
These adorably quirky city prints 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!
City Map Glass, $18
They can drink whiskey (or fruity cocktails; no judgment here!) from this sweet glass etched with a map of their favorite city. Score bonus points and order a set of four, each with a place that’s special to them.
Try The World Box, starting at $49
Send them a box of curated food, snack and drink items from around the world – think French mustards, Japanese candies, and olive spread from Argentina! You can buy a subscription (choosing the number of boxes you’d like to send), or just send them a one-off box. The box is 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. It’s a perfect gift for that food-lover who has a constant case of wanderlust.
Homesick makes some pretty cool candles with scents inspired by places – like New York City or United Kingdom – or even activities – like Road Trip or Ski Trip. Just reading the candle descriptions will make you drool.
For instance, the Hawaii candle is described like this:
- Top Notes: Pineapple, Coconut
- Mid Notes: Seashore, Cyclamen
- Base Notes: Sugar, Vanilla, Musk
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Atlas Coffee Club subscription, starting at $50
If you have a coffee-loving friend that also has an appreciation for world travel, this coffee club might just be the key to their heart. Each month, they’ll receive a bag of gourmet, single-origin coffee from a different country as well as a postcard from that same country. If you give this as a gift, you can select how many months you’d like to purchase, starting at 3 moths.
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Polaroid Camera, $78
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!
DIY Travel Kit
One of my favorite travel gift ideas is to gather a handful of helpful travel items in a cute pouch. Thoughtful, practical and cheap: Check, check, check!
Here are some items you could include:
- travel-sized lotion
- hand sanitizer
- eye mask
- ear plugs
- nail file
- Tide pen
- travel-sized deodorant
- mini sewing kit
- travel-sized sunscreen
If your traveler is also an avid photographer who hauls around all kinds of equipment (see above!) to record their travels. This world map camera strap is is the perfect things to keep their camera secure around their neck!
Travel Gifts 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.
The Adventure Dress, $80
This light weight, easy to pack dress is the perfect gift for a female traveler who loves adventure, but likes to look good while doing it! Made by women, for women, the company creates their dresses with sustainable impact in mind, supporting female artisans in Indonesia and allocating 1% of revenue toward eliminating poverty in communities across the globe.
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GATTA Chic Camera Bag, $159
I’ve struggled to find a bag that not only fits, but protects, my precious DSLR and is actually cute… But I think I finally found it! If you know of any women who love travel and photography, a GATTA Bag could be just the perfect gift. The interior is padded and has a removable divider to keep her DSLR safe. Plus, this is a women-owned company.
Coordinates jewelry, $45
This beautiful bar necklace can be customized with special coordinates for your favorite traveler. Choose the coordinates of her favorite destination, your wedding venue or honeymoon, or even the coordinates of the home she will always have to return to. It’s a special gift that will give her a constant reminder of something she holds near and dear.
I have a toiletry organizer very similar to this and I LOVE it. It’s super practical and will surely get a ton of use. This case will hold all their travel-sized goodies and conveniently hangs in a hotel bathroom for easy access.
Hidden Pocket Scarf, $20
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?! I have one similar to this and it’s pretty darn handy on long flights.
Boho Weekender Bag, $40
This cute and super practical duffel is well-designed and looks a heck of a lot more expensive than $40. Spice up your gift by stashing a few of their favorite airplane snacks in the pockets!
Hiptipico Bag, $39 – $258
With a focus on ethical textile sourcing and honest production, Hiptipco showcases pieces made by Maya artisans in Guatemala. The brand’s mission is to preserve indigenous culture while providing opportunities for jobs for Maya women through the promotion of this traditional art form. Hiptipico has many pieces — from camera straps to larger bags — so check out their website and pick a gift that will impress your favorite responsible traveler.
Related Reading: Looking for more gear for your responsible traveler? Check out our eco-friendly packing list.
Gifts for the Outdoor Adventurer
If there’s someone on your list who loves the great outdoors, the gifts in this section will be a good fit. From practical gear that they can actually use on their adventures to beautiful items that celebrate their love for all things nature, these outdoorsy gifts will knock their hiking boots off!
National Park Pass, $80
Give the gift of outdoor experience with an annual park pass! The America the Beautiful National Park Pass is valid for one full year from the month of purchase. The pass covers the entrance fee for the pass owner and up to 3 accompanying adults in one vehicle entering any of the 2,000 Federal natural, historical, and recreational sites across the United States.
Not convinced yet? We broke down the value of the annual park pass (also known as the “America the Beautiful pass”) and gave our personal assessment on whether it was worthwhile in this detailed guide.
This poster is beautiful and is a fun way to check off National Parks in a visual bucket list.
Coalatree Pants, $89
Clothing items can be sometimes difficult to buy for someone other than yourself, but these super versatile trailhead pants from Coalatree would make an amazing gift. They are made out of stretchy, durable fabric that is water-resistant and so ridiculously comfy Ben that wears them even when we’re not on the trail (and I don’t even argue with them because they look goooood, unlike lots of hiking pants!). Oh, and did we mention they are sustainably-made and come in men’s and women’s versions? They pretty much check all the boxes!
Collapsible Cups, $19
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 water bottle has a super power – it can purify any water you fill it with. We love brining our Grayls on camping trips so we can fill it directly from streams. I also works to filter water on international trips where drinking the water isn’t safe. What’s great about this filtering system is that there’s no waiting time, you don’t have to suck through a straw, and you don’t need to add anything to the water. We’re obsessed with our Grayl water bottles!
This National Geographic book is packed full of adventures that’ll have your favorite adventurer planning trips for years to come!
Have a serious hiker on your list? Check out this extensive list of gifts for hikers that are both unique and practical.
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.
The Parks Project is a really cool organization that gives artists a platform to sell their work. Plus, they give back to the parklands by funding conservation projects around the United States. And if all that wasn’t enough, they have a ton of cool gift options, like this Yosemite puzzle, for starters. If you have someone on your list who loves National Parks, check out their entire line of gifts for even more inspiration.
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 over the years. 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 brings us coffee on our backcountry trips as well as travels in parts of the world where the only coffee available is instant Nescafe.
National Park Poster, starting at $20
For the outdoor adventurer who already has all the gear they need, consider gifting them a National Park poster of one of their favorites. There are tons of beautifully-designed options on Etsy to suit all styles, but one of our favorites is the hysterical posters with phrases from the worst reviews on Trip Advisor. Browse through this shop and try not to laugh!
Psst! If you’ve got someone on your list who’s really into vanlife, you’ll want to check out this customized list of campervan gifts for adventurers who prefer life on the road!
Travel Gifts Under $15
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 great stocking stuffer ideas that are all under $15. And they’ll never know what a steal it was!
Silk Eye Mask, $10
Perfect for the frequent flyer, this silk eye mask will make it easy to sleep anywhere and is soothing on tired eyes.
Fun Luggage Tags, $6
With these unique luggage tags, they’ll be able to identify their bag at a glance!
Toiletry Case, $11
This masculine pouch will store all his toiletry products needed for travel and packs away easily in his suitcase.
This super handy organizer keeps all their essentials, like Chapstick, mints, headphones and hand lotion, all in one place!
Passport Holder, starting at $10
This passport cover is practical and pretty. It’ll look like you spent a hell of a lot more than $10!
Globe Ornament, $10
They can pay homage to their love of travel by hanging this beautiful gilded globe ornament on the Christmas tree this year!
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.
Luggage Wire Locks, set of two for $13
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.
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!
We love the trend of adult coloring books, and this one is right up our alley! It makes a perfect gift for that creative traveler in your life.
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