Coming up with unique travel gifts for travel lovers in your life is no easy feat. There are so many things to choose from, and you don’t want to give them something that’s already overused or seems just like a gift that hasn’t been thought out properly.
We’re a family of travel lovers – it’s one of our biggest passions in life. Since we don’t travel full time, but go on vacations, we have a pretty good idea of what goes on in the mind of the person who just can’t wait for those two weeks of freedom that are coming up.
So that’s why we’ve prepared this handy list of unique travel gifts, in which you’re guaranteed get some ideas for gifts for the travel lover in your life.
Whether it’s something to help make their trip more comfortable and enjoyable, or something to remind them of the previous trip or inspire the next one, we’ve got you!
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- Best travel themed gifts for travel lovers
- Travel gadgets – always a good gift for the travel lover!
- Useful travel gear and travel accessories to gift to a travel lover
- Unique luxury travel gift ideas
- Summary for gifts for travel lovers
Best travel themed gifts for travel lovers
Maps are for sure one of the more traditional gifts for the travel lover in your life. But if they’re into this sort of thing, it’s definitely a superb gift for them!
The feeling of looking at the map and reminiscing about all the places you have visited is incredible!
There are so many options to choose from! Here are some of our favorites.
We have the scratch-off map, and it’s just so satisfying to scratch off a new country and see how many you have visited already. I gifted it to Michal some years ago so that we can mark down the trips we take together. We just love seeing the map become colorful!
Kids would love a scratch off map as well – check our article on travel gifts for kids to see some kid-friendly options!
An interesting version of the map to mark your travels is with pushpins! Instead of scratching off the country that’s been visited, your loved one can mark it with a push pin or even a little flag in the map.
As a bit more sophisticated option, an interesting travel gift for travel lovers would be a whole map as a wall décor. They come in the pushpin version as well.
If maps are not a thing for the travel lover in your life, maybe a globe would be? There’s even a floating one! And, of course, pushpins, just because!
A mug is a classical gift for anyone. Is it really possible to have too many coffee and tea mugs? Give it a “travel” twist to make it into a travel gift for a travel lover!
Board games are always a nice gift, for a travel lover or not! Especially when they come from the family, and then you can spend the evening playing them together!
I just love Lonely Planet books – both the specific travel guide books and inspirational books. They contain so many useful travel tips and so much interesting information about different places, from famous national parks to small hidden villages! If Lonely Planet doesn’t seem interesting to you, the National Geographic books are another option. So, if you’re looking for a gift for the travel lover in your life, a travel book is a great thing to consider.
If jewelry is not your person’s thing, they might enjoy a keychain. Such a small, but thoughtful travel gift, will always remind the traveler in your life both about their love for travel and about you.
When abroad, it’s better to carry your passport with you, but that’s a good way how to damage it as well. That’s why having a passport holder/cover is such a great idea! Gifting a travel themed passport cover to a travel lover will surely be appreciated! You can even get matching luggage tags with it!
And speaking of luggage tags… that’s a great travel gift idea as well. So many suitcases are so similar, making an interesting luggage tag a great way how to quickly recognize your own luggage!
Travel gadgets – always a good gift for the travel lover!
There are so many gadgets that make great gifts for travel lovers. The things that I’ve selected make long trips more enjoyable, stays in hotels more convenient, and just improve the vacation itself!
It’s nice to have a book to read during a flight, but often they take so much of the valuable space in the carry-on! So it’s better to have an electronic book. Plus, when the traveler finishes one book, they can just buy the next one wherever they are, and they don’t have to feel sad about the discarding of the old one. Reading on the phone is, of course, an option, but it’s just more convenient to read on a device like Kindle, which doesn’t have a glare – the screen reads like real paper! The battery life is incredible, and it’s lightweight. So, all in all, if you can afford it, it’s the perfect gift for the travel lover who likes to read during their trips!
You can add some Kindle e-books with the Kindle!
If your traveler is more of an audiobook person, you can gift them an Amazon Audible subscription. There are thousands of books to choose from, so they will definitely find something they like!
Every person that has flown somewhere knows how noisy planes can get, and not just planes! Noise-canceling headphones are a really good way to get around it. Your traveler can watch your favorite movie or listen to music with much fewer interruptions, or just, you know, cancel the noise and relax in peace.
Since the world uses so many different types of sockets, an adapter is a must when traveling. If your traveler doesn’t have one already, well, they definitely need one! It’s one of the best gifts for travelers that you could give.
Sometimes an extended arm or a selfie stick just doesn’t cut it, really… so it’s better to have a whole tripod thing to get both the people and the view in the picture! Sometimes it’s just not safe to ask other people to take pictures (and, let’s be honest, way too many people take bad ones!). So a little lightweight tripod is an excellent travel gift for the traveler in your life!
We’ve all been in hotels where the socket is just way too far from the bed! Or just in such an inconvenient location that it’s impossible to use. That’s where a good extension cord comes in – it’s the perfect gift for a travel lover which they probably wouldn’t have thought about themselves!
An action camera is so cool to have! You can film everything with them, as they are durable, waterproof, and versatile! It’s one of the best travel gifts you could give to a traveler!
There have been way too many times when I’ve had to stress out about the weight of my luggage. Sometimes I get lucky in the airport and can weigh it on one of the baggage drop-off desks, but that’s not always the case. And seeing how many people have to repack their suitcases in the airport… yup, a luggage scale is an interesting gift for a travel lover!
It’s really a sad feeling when you’re out and about during your vacation, taking pictures, and suddenly your phone warns you that the battery level is low… and you still have half a day to go! So a portable charger or a power bank makes a very useful gift for a travel lover, for sure!
Useful travel gear and travel accessories to gift to a travel lover
So many things have been invented to make a traveler’s life easier! From luggage organizers to compression socks, there are so many useful travel gifts that you can give!
Packing cubes make packing so easy! They help save space and also make finding things easier. There’s simply less mess in the suitcase. Besides the packing cubes for clothes and shoes, there are organizers for cables, cosmetics, jewelry, and everything else you can think of!
If your travel lover is eco-friendly, a foldable coffee mug is an interesting gift. It’s light, compact, and helps lower the environmental impact of using single-use plastic cups. Makes for a very interesting small travel gift!
On the same note, a collapsible water bottle is a very good travel gift for an environmentally conscious travel lover! And it’s great for saving space in the luggage – when the bottle is not in use, just fold it!
If your traveler is an avid hiker or likes to go to countries where the tap water is not the safest, a water bottle with a filter is an excellent gift. They filter out any bacteria and chemicals instantly. With a bottle like this, travel lovers can save money, reduce waste, and keep their bags lighter because they don’t have to carry a lot of water at once!
A light-weight small backpack for holding things like a water bottle, snacks, jacket, and the wallet is a very useful travel item to have. Having a daypack instead of a bulky backpack that you’d pack as a carry-on is much more convenient when traveling!
A great way how to spend time while traveling from one destination to another is board games! Get a small board or card game as a gift for a travel lover, and they won’t have to be worried about being bored on the way to their destination!
A refillable one or already filled, a travel-sized set of cosmetics is a great travel gift for a traveler! Hotels so often have low quality products, or don’t have them at all. And carrying full-sized ones is a really unpleasant option for a traveler who cares about packing space!
If your traveler likes using perfume, then a refillable travel sized perfume bottle is a perfect travel gift for them. The original bottles are usually big and heavy, so they take up too much of the very valuable luggage space.
Definitely an interesting gift for a travel lover! It’s not easy to position your phone when traveling so that you can watch a movie, so a phone holder that can be attached to or put on a tray table is a great gift for a travel lover.
Plane armrest fights are so annoying! Who gets the armrest – the person in the middle or the one who puts their elbow on the armrest first? This thing is the answer to that – just use a divider! The frequent traveler will definitely thank you for this gift!
A towel sounds like a weird item to gift, but it’s actually really convenient to have your own towel with you when traveling, especially for a beach vacation! Not all hotels, even the ones on the beach, provide you with a towel or a chair for tanning on the beach, and it’s really unpleasant to use the bathroom towels. You either end up with a sandy towel or sandy stuff.
A bit of a tricky thing to gift, because you need to know the approximate clothes and foot size of the person. But nevertheless, compression socks are a very useful gift for a travel lover that they would definitely appreciate! Tired legs from the pressure changes in the airplane, hiking, walking, or sitting a lot will be a problem of the past for them.
Make your loved one’s next trip more comfortable by gifting them a travel pillow! They help to find a better and more comfortable position to sleep – a lifesaver if you’re not flying business class. Some of these travel pillows even include an eye mask – a perfect set for those very uncomfortable long-haul flights!
Unique luxury travel gift ideas
Some of the gifts in this list could be considered luxury items, for example, the GoPro, Noise cancelling headphones, and Kindle. But if you’re looking for some more gift ideas for that very special traveler, here are some!
This interesting little decanter set will be a great gift for those travel lovers that enjoy a bit of a good drink in the evening.
Digital photo frames are a perfect gift for those travel lovers that can never get around to printing their pictures. (khm, we’re not like that, nooo, of course not). They can just upload the pictures and enjoy the slide show!
If the traveler in your life loves having real pictures, they’ll definitely love the Instax polaroid camera. Take a shot, and get your picture printed instantly! It’s small and lightweight enough to not take up too much space in the luggage. And, obviously, it’s great to use at any other occasion, not just when traveling!
A massage pillow is a device that you put on, and tiny little balls move and push away the stressful pressure in your shoulders. Considering how 2020 was, this is a thing anyone would appreciate!
Or a part of it. It’s hard to gift a trip to someone, yes. That’s why you shouldn’t actually give a pre-planned trip. There are many other options – you can consult with your travel person before gifting them the trip, you can set up a meeting with a travel agent, or you can give them a self-made letter explaining the terms and conditions, so to say.
I have given vacations to my parents, actually. I usually write a letter saying what the gift is and why I want to give it to them. One time I gave them a whole trip (for November 2020 – you can guess how that worked out…), and another time I let them know in the letter that they can choose a trip to any destination a specific airline flies to, and I’ll cover it. That one worked out perfectly!
If your person doesn’t like material things, gifting them an experience is a great travel gift. GAdventures, for example, have a gift card available if you’re not comfortable booking a straight up activity for your travel friends.
If you’re in US, there’s a possibility to give an Airbnb gift card as well. It’s not just accommodation there (which is a great gift as well), but different experiences with local guides, for example!
Gift card for airline
An airline gift card is a great idea for a travel lover! It gives them the freedom to choose their own trip when they want to. Many airlines offer them, so you can definitely find one that your travel lover can use!
Summary for gifts for travel lovers
Usually, at least for me, it’s not easy to think of what to gift to a travel lover, or anyone, to be honest.
That’s why I’m so happy to share this article – it took me very, very long to put it together!
Whether it’s one or another, you’ll definitely find something for the travelers in your life!