Looking for unique travel gift ideas? We got you covered with this EPIC gift guide, it has everything from home decor, clothing, bags, gadgets to experiences, gift cards and more. Save this list of unique gifts for travelers to become the star ‘gift-giver’ all year long!
We have created this list with items that we own, some that we bought and some that were gifted to us; any item you choose and give with LOVE, will bring a smile to the recipient – guaranteed!
Unique Gifts for Travelers for all
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Travel themed home decor gifts
US National Parks Scratch Maps
Get a scratch map, and also plant a tree! This super beautiful USA National Park Scratch-Off Map, reveals all of the national parks while adorning your living room!
This large size 24” x 17” scratch-off poster map is made from a high-quality print in the USA. It is made from heavy-duty cardstock material (similar to a business card) that will look great hanging on the wall without the worry of it ripping. When you purchase this map, the manufacturers will plant a tree – in partnership with the National Forest Foundation.
World Scratch Maps
A scratch-off map of the world is a great gift for your favorite adventurer. This gift is also one of the most wished for and popular items. The map arrives rolled up in a tube and is ready for display. This map is of XL size (measuring 33 (w) x 23 (h) inches), which allows for finer map details to be evident (that may not be seen on smaller maps). It also features countries in different colors and their boundaries, making it super easy to pin destinations on the wall.
I own this cute jewelry dish (it reminds me of Paris all the time). I have also used it in my office cube to store paper clips and elastic bands. It is, of course, meant for jewelry storage (rings, earrings, bangles, and more). This is a unique gift for travelers that one will cherish forever.
Decorative Bell Travel Souvenir
A perfect souvenir gift and a home decor item for the travel lover. A decorative bell souvenir if perfect for the festive season. You can purchase them all year round from ETSY, and can choose from a variety of locations to gift.
Travel Themed Ornament
This is a super cute and personalized gift for the travel lover in your life. The creator of this hand-painted glass ornament allows you to customize with a phrase and date of your choice! It is shipped from Italy, and is available in various sizes (you can choose at checkout) – so pretty and an amazing festive gift!
Travel Photos (in a frame)
Photo frames might be a common gift, but it is so very pretty. Here is a 4 pack photo frame featuring the best of Havana Cuba. This item ships from Canada, and it is an awesome gift for the travel lover.
Destination on a travel mug
Cute travel coffee mugs are great gifts – they are functional (use them for drinking, storing stationary like a pen holder, or as a decor piece). You can choose from a range of destinations as the prime image on the mug!
Gifts for Casual Hikers
KEEN Explore Waterproof Hiking Shoes
A pair of comfortable walking or hiking shoes are a great gift idea. I enjoy wearing my KEEN Explore shoes, which are also waterproof and I can walk on cobblestones for hours wearing them. They are built for hiking, and a perfect adventure partner. These shoes also come in a variety of colors!
AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press
For all the coffee lovers, this is a steal! Originally created for camping, this AeroPress is an absolutely handy item for the outdoorsy woman who loves a nice cup of espresso or cold brew coffee while on hiking trails, camping, or backpacking.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Super popular with casual or advanced hikers and outdoor lovers, the Hydro Flask Waterbottle comes in various colors, and is super functional – it keeps water cold for up to 24 hours. You can also carry warm beverages, and it stays hot for up to 6 hours.
Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket
A warm, sturdy, and toasty blanket is essential in a tent for camping or on long road trips. Gift this Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket because of its quality and size. This blanket is made up of non-itchy wool and is of large size (86×66 inches) – this is perfect for you and your loved one!
Portable hiking backpack
If the travel lover in your life is a casual hiker or prefers portable (lightweight) items, gift this fold-able hiking backpack. It fits into a super small pouch and is perfect to carry on trails. Keep it inside a jacket pocket, or hook it to a trekking pole, and use it, open it up when needed. This piece is super versatile, as one can use it for shopping as well as for travel.
Multi-use headwear – Buff
A perfect headwear for mountain biking, helmet liner, a scarf, or a MASK, the Buff is an excellent gift item for him or her. Excellently priced, and made up of great quality, we LOVE this unisex item (and own 3 in different colors).
Matador Mini Blanket
An excellent travel companion – from the beach, picnics, camping, airport layover and more, this Matador travel blanket is super compact, you can fit it inside your purse and use it anywhere. It is also waterproof, and made up of durable material.
Cool Gifts for Heritage/Cultural Travel lover
I tried the AncestryDNA testing kit a few years ago, and I thought it was a fun way to know about my ethnicity. The results were not really what I expected, I was definitely pleasantly surprised. A lot of friends wanted to try this kit once I shared my results, and I think it is a cool gift to give – for birthdays or Christmas!
Virtual Tours with licensed guides
Our favorite tour provider – GetYourGuide offers a series of virtual tours that are AMAZING. From cooking classes in Italy, heritage tours of world-class landmarks like the ruins of Pompeii, ancient Rome, Gaudi’s Barcelona, and more. Click to view virtual tours
International Food Subscription Box
Try an international food subscription box delivered every month, with 10+ treats from a mystery international country. This gift will brighten up the day, my friend loves it and she looks forward to it every month!
Little Passport Subscription Box
To ignite the curiosity of the little globetrotter every month, gift this cute passport subscription box. Perfect for kids ages 6 – 10. The first World Edition box includes a passport and wall-sized world map, an exclusive collectible country coin and coin board, soft toys, and a welcome letter from new pen pals. Every month, the gift will help them learn something new about a country and its history and unique traditions!
Lonely Planet Travel Guides
Lonely Planet (hard copy) travel guides are STILL a great gift idea. Filled with travel tips and wanderlust inspiration, you can choose from a country-specific guide to a round-up of bucket list items!
Travel Clothes, Shoes & More
Parks Project T-Shirt
National Parks lover? This is awesome and one of the unique gifts for travelers. You can purchase this from REI, available for men and women. The coolest thing is that you or the recipient can mark the parks visited – a truly memorable and inspirational gift!
Cute travel t-shirts
I LOVE wearing travel t-shirts at home, or when I am on the go. These lightweight t-shirts are super cute, and you can choose a preferred destination of your choice as the focus print.
Super functional gift items are these compression socks. They are handy on long haul flights as well as day-long road trips. It is an affordable gift item, listed for around $10 USD or so, and it is made up of durable material and is well built, helping you to keep blood circulation in check.
Hidden Pocket Scarf
Need a super versatile travel scarf? Gift or wear this as an infinity scarf or as a vest! And the coolest thing is that it has 2 hidden pockets (with zippers) to store a passport, wallet or cellphone inside. It is also warm for long haul flight trips or overnight journeys in public transportation!
Parks Project Beanie
Parks Project has various cool gifts for the favorite outdoorsy person in your life. Beanie or warm caps are a perfect stocking stuffer idea!
Columbia soft shell jacket for him
Water and wind-resistant jacket is a staple travel wardrobe item. This Columbia softshell jacket is all that, and more. It is machine washable, and comes with zippered hand pockets (should temperatures drop to keep hands toasty). Pick a neutral color to wear everywhere, and anywhere!
Arc’teryx Codetta Coat for her
I am in love with this versatile jacket/coat which is waterproof, lightweight, and warm. The Arc’teryx Codetta Coat is of a nice length. It comes with an attached hood, with deep pockets. Perfect for city travels or hiking in national parks.
Travel Jewelry from ETSY
Okay, I LOVE travel jewelry, and I am sure the special person in your life will adore it too. Choose from planes, anchors, world maps to a globe-shaped pendant as a gift. ETSY has tons of options for travel jewelry to fit every budget.
Handmade Jewelry Roll
Jewelry rolls are super handy in carrying fine jewelry like pendants, stacked rings, or earrings. They are perfect for travel to organize jewelry on the go. This suede leather handmade jewelry roll is super pretty and durable. It has a soft texture and lightweight design, making it super easy to fold it in any purse or backpack for travels. This item ships from Turkey, so add additional shipping time for delivery around the holidays.
Rayban Erika Sunglasses
Who doesn’t love sunglasses? I LOVE them, and a lot of travel junkies do. Choose a branded name like Rayban, opt for a fancy style or color (if it has polarized glasses even better). Rayban Erika is my favorite, but you can also choose from Aviator or Wayfarer designs.
World Map Watch
A super cute watch (with world map face), and a great gift.
Sephora Travel Makeup/Skincare Kit
Get a pretty makeup kit from Benefits Cosmetics/Sephora. From travel-size mascara to face/pressed powder, blush, eye makeup, and more. You can easily store it in a carry-on or use it for work – so small it can fit into compact cross-body bag or mini purses!
Tech Unique Gifts for travelers
Sony mirrorless camera
Sony alpha a6000 has been a great travel companion for years. Being lightweight and compact it is super easy to carry around all day, and takes very little room in our travel bags. Love the picture quality and resolution. Most of our photos on this travel blog are captured via Sony mirror-less camera.
Go Pro Hero 7
Go Pro Hero 7 is perfect for adventurous travelers. This small, handheld, and waterproof digital camera can be affixed to almost any surface imaginable to create a wide variety of videos. From still photos, time lapse photos, night photos to photo bursts with truly unique perspectives, this gift is a great choice!
Moment: Smartphone Lens
If you are traveling with an iPhone or any smartphone, using a lens is a good idea for better photos! In LOVE with the Moment Smartphone Lens, they are great for iPhones and Android phones. Super lightweight and it makes for the highest quality photo output.
What makes these wide lenses unique is their multi-element glass design that provides edge to edge clarity. Moment has also won a ton of awards for these lenses! Unlike cheap lenses, these one has five layers of cinema-quality glass and is handmade with aerospace-grade metal.
To use this lens, Moment Photo Case is required. View options here
Although we love our Apple devices; for fitness tracking (steps, walks, and runs), we prefer using FitBit tracker. This tracker helps us to understand our sleep quality each night (via sleep score) by using our heart rate, time asleep, and restlessness. It also tracks time in light, deep, and rem sleep stages to provide personal insights.
As an add-on, you can use Amazon Alexa to get quick news, weather updates, set timers, and alarms, as well as control other smart home devices, etc. With a generous display and an always-on option (5+ day battery life), all of the information is just a quick glance away.
Portable Fold-able Photo Studio Box
A gift for the aspiring photographer, this one-piece collapsible photo studio is a great purchase. The studio box features integrated LED lights that make it possible to capture high-quality images with a camera or even with a smartphone. It produces high-quality images and is a super space saver and highly portable.
Kindle is a delight to a traveler who is also a voracious reader or a tidy planner like me. This lightweight device can also slip into a purse or a daypack. The battery lasts for a month at least if not longer. Kindle boasts of a high quality reading experience with backlight which is easy on the eyes. It can be used to read them on overnight flights, without disturbing the passenger sitting next to you/her.
Bose Noise canceling headphones
Bose headphones are a popular headphones brand. This BOSE QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones II comes with all the luxurious yet functional features like – noise cancelling, great sound at any volume, can sync to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, wireless (so no tangling) and has battery life of up to 20 hours.
This travel gift is super handy in the airport, in-flight, while doing tours or listening to music/watching movies in buses or hostels. These headphones come with a carrying case.
Waterproof Portable Speakers: JBL
Beach, camping, or BBQ in the backyard these waterproof speakers are great! They are super portable and handy on the go. The JBL portable speaker can wirelessly connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets to the speaker. It has a built-In 3000mah rechargeable battery that supports up to 12 hours of playtime. Equipped with Ipx7 waterproof, meaning no more worrying about rain or spills; you can even submerge flip 4 in water.
Multi Port Charger
One of the MOST loved and used tech accessories is this – multi-port charger. This is super handy to charge both iPhone (iOS devices) as well as micro-USB devices (camera, Kindle, etc). It is a perfect stocking stuffer and a functional travel gift!
Anker PowerCore – Power Bank
Power banks are so so handy, from everyday commute to long haul flights, or day-long hikes. Load it up, and it is good to go. The Anker PowerCore 20 is lightweight but is very powerful to charge iPads, iPhones, multiple times. Definitely a functional gift, and an ideal stocking stuffer!
Fujifilm Instax mini smartphone printer
Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer is a cool, compact, interactive wireless printer that prints photos instantly from any smartphone or tablet. The printer is intuitive and it seamlessly connects with the app through Bluetooth. The app includes various filters and editing tools to keep photos interesting before you print.
Tripod and selfie stick
Doesn’t matter if your travel friend uses an iPhone or an Android phone, this ‘Tripod & Selfie Stick’ is a perfect gift for the traveler on the go. This cool tech accessory from UBeesize is suitable for selfies, group photos, adventure travel, vlogging, YouTube videos, podcasts, Facebook Live, FaceTime, Instagram, live streaming and more.
It comes with a pocket-sized Bluetooth remote which allows you to take selfies or group photos easily from a distance up to 30 feet. The selfie stick is also expandable to 51.0 inches (longer than average) and is equipped with 180° neck rotation & 360° head rotation to capturing amazing shots.
Portable Hair Dryer
T3 Micro Folding Dryer is a super compact hair dryer to use on the go. Although small, the blow is mighty (just like a FULL hair dryer). With the ions in it, it creates shiny, and healthy hair.
Peak Design Tech Cube
Super stylish and functional tech organizer. Store all the technology needs from cables, headphones, charger, iPods and more.
Personal Security Door Stop Alarm Wedge
This is a great security item for the traveler in your life. It is a portable security device that can be used in hostels, rented apartments or hotels. When the personal security door stop alarm is set up, and any pressure is applied on the door, there is an extremely loud 120 dB alarm that helps to alert the homeowner or renter.
A globetrotter needs a universal adaptor. We invested in one, long before we started globetrotting and it has served us well for close to 7 years. This adaptor has power plug/pin connections for all the countries/regions of the world, so you never have to think twice about power/charging cables/wall charger.
Electronics Travel Organizer
For the tech gadget lover in your life, this electronics organizer is a MUST. This organizer will keep cell-phones, multiple charging cables in a neat manner. It has 7 elastic bands and 8 mesh pockets of different sizes to store all of the gadgets. The size of the organizer is also optimal with a slim design, and comes with 2 inner mesh zipper pockets and has a two-way zipper closure.
Travel Accessories and Stocking Stuffers
Personalized Luggage Tags
Luggage tags, although a very common travel gift – you can make it super unique by personalizing it. Opt for these luggage tags where you can add a name and a charm to make it super pretty.
Emergency Car Kit
We all LOVE to take road trips (I hope you do too), this emergency car kit is a premium line and is a perfect present for travelers, daily commuters or just a safety assurance in your vehicle. This one has 90-PIECE PREMIUM ROADSIDE SET + 48-PIECE FIRST AID KIT all in one purchase!
Countries by keychain washers
These washers are a super cute and personalized travel gift. Select by bucket list goals, or countries visited and then place them on a key-chain. Great for the minimalist traveler, and someone who prefers unique travel collectibles.
Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest
The Sleepy Ride Footrest is such a genius idea. You (or the person who receives this gift) can enjoy a hammock-like experience inside a plane. Yes, simply hang it on the arms of the tray table and place the feet in the footrest to enjoy. It is also great for people who are around 5.something feet (like me!). This travel accessory also helps prevent lower back pain, stiffness, and leg swelling suffered during long flights.
Digital Travel Planner
If your friend/ spouse/ sibling/ parent/s/ boss LOVES to plan, here is an amazing digital travel planner to gift! This travel planner has checklists, itinerary & photos page, packing lists, budget overview, and more. This planner is designed to be used on an iPad or tablet device.
A perfect gift for the travel lover! One unique thing here is that this is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can think of – the journal cover text can be customized. The hardcover will also survive everything from being thrown into a suitcase to being read and reread hundreds of times. Great for boys and girls!
An excellent stocking stuffer idea is this TSA approved cocktail kit. It is a set of 2 drinks – you can make 2 Margarita cocktails and 2 Moscow Mules mid-flight. Note that alcohol not included, and it is designed to be used alongside spirits from airline Beverage carts.
Travel Comfort Kit
Here is a great gift for the frequent flyer. This travel comfort kit includes a travel pillow (made of 100% pure memory foam), an airplane kit with 3D contoured eye masks, and earplugs – and everything is neatly packed in a standard luxury bag.
National Parks inspired playing cards
Affordable, and a nice gift item are these National Parks inspired playing cards – perfect for the parks lover, camper or road trip taker!
Samsonite Luggage Scale
Samsonite Luggage Scale is a compact item, which makes weighing travel bags easy. The luggage scale can register up to 80 lbs. It is a reliable product for quick assessment for luggage weights, we do not recommend using it on bulkier items, as this is a manual (compact/small) scale.
Luggage Cup Holder
A functional travel accessory, this is a perfect gift for the traveler on the go. The luggage cup holder can store drinks, as well as smaller items like a passport or headphones. It is meant to be used on a suitcase handle though (not for backpacks). Definitely a versatile piece, and it is also machine washable.
Airplane Bottle Opener
How cute is this wanderlust bottle opener? The airplane design is a stellar piece.
Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack
Super cute Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack is an amazing everyday travel backpack. The one listed here is a mini size, which is great for day trips or sightseeing tours. It comes in a variety of colors, is minimalist and beautiful. Made of durable material, and designed in Sweden, this daypack is a keeper.
Pacsafe Convertible Travel Pack
Perfect for the lady in your life, this Pacsafe CitySafe CX Anti-Theft Convertible Travel Pack converts into a backpack or a shoulder bag in no time. Made up of anti-theft material, this is the perfect travel companion. It comes in 2 colors – black (with pretty pink interior) and a blush pink color.
Pacsafe Anti-theft backpack
If your travel lover is a carry-on person, this Pacsafe Venturesafe 45 litres is the BEST. Use it for Europe travel, or weekend trips, this backpack is made up of anti-theft material which is cut proof and slash proof. It has a generous interior, and it opens flat so that you can store items inside easily. They are one of our favorite travel bag brands.
Peak Design Duffel Bag
So in LOVE with the Peak Design duffel bag – all of 35 litres – it is a perfect carry-on bag. You or the recipient can use it for the weekend, road trips, gym or a casual day at work. Made of good quality by a San Francisco based company, they are also a certified B company and an environmentally conscious brand.
Osprey Ariel AG 75 Pack – Women’s/Men’s
If the travel lover in your life, likes to hike and is into adventure, give this amazing hiking backpack. Osprey is a good name in the travel gear manufacturing world and they offer some of the finest backpacks for hiking and outdoor activities. This hiking backpack comes in different colors to suit the traveler’s style and makes for a reliable long term travel companion. The bag is lightweight to carry, has comfortable straps and is expandable to hold a lot.
KAVU Sling Bag
Whether it is for the daily commute or a day of sightseeing, sling bags are uber-cool and lightweight. Salil LOVES this sling bag for work as well for outings nearby.
Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are super essential to organize your clothing. We use the Eagle Creek packing cubes, which are super steady and it will last for years and multiple trips. It comes in a variety of sizes. Our favorite pack is the 3 cube starter kit.
Pacsafe Passport Wallet/Organizer
An RFID travel wallet or organizer (to store passports, credit cards and other IDs) is essential to keep identity safe. Pacsafe is our go-to brand for anti-theft and RFID products, and this one is a minimalist wallet!
Cute Passport Cover
A cute passport cover is a MUST – it makes for a nice souvenir and a functional gift (to keep passport safe). Gift this one – with a vintage map cover.
Gift Cards and online gifts
GetYourGuide – Gift Card
Give the gift of history and cultural experiences from GetYourGuide – our favorite tour provider. From one-hour sightseeing cruises to attraction passes and guided tours they have it all. Gift an e-gift card, and let the recipient choose their activity from a destination and tour of choice!
REI Gift Cards
REI is an outdoor company and you can find anything and everything for hiking, camping, and adventures. You can purchase a REI e-card online, and customize it too!
Hotels.com Gift Cards
Hotels.com (of Expedia brand) is a great research for hotels booking all over the world. Available in many denominations ($25 to $100+), the Hotels.com card can be purchased and gifted virtually. Perfect gift for an upcoming trip, near or far.
Amazon Gift Cards
If you are unsure what type of a traveler your recipient is – Amazon gift is an excellent choice. Find everything from passport covers, suitcases, backpacks, clothing, sunglasses, cosmetic pouches and more!
Give the gift of luxury and relaxation through the Priority Pass. This is a great gift for the frequent flyer. Through this pass, the member has access to over 1300 airport experiences all over the world (3 levels of membership experiences to choose from). Members can indulge in curated lounges with pre-flight bites, drinks, and other added perks to stay refreshed and rejuvenated. Also included in the membership costs are in-airport dining, retail, and spa discounts. Click to view the benefits
We hope you enjoyed browsing through this list of unique travel gifts for your friends and family! Happy Gifting 🙂
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