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Searching for the perfect gift for a travel lover beyond the scratch map and packing cubes*?

* Which are great gifts by the way 🙂

You’d like to give unique travel gifts or actual ones they would use? Then you’re in the right place! From handmade personalised travel accessories to stocking stuffers for travellers, this fabulous list will save the day when it comes to getting useful and unique gifts for travel lovers.

Finding the best gift for someone who likes to travel can be, so I’ve been told by my friends and family, difficult and challenging. Take for example nomads for whom the mere thought of getting something else to pack can induce a mild panic attack, especially if they travel with a carry-on only or just shopping for men that travel, now that feels like an impossible undertaking. 

In fact, there are a wide array of wonderful gift ideas for travel lovers, some practical and useful ones and even some that would sprinkle wanderlust in their daily lives. The reality is that the web offers a multitude of choices for travel-related gifts, in fact, the problem is that there are too many choices, enough to make anyone’s head spin.  It can literally take hours to sift through all the wonderful Etsy shops (I know because I did), read the many reviews on Amazon and yes, the oh so many “best gifts for travellers” lists. So I’ve done the homework for you. 

I’ve hand-picked the best travel gifts in this amazing list for your convenience, so now all you have to do is get comfortable in your favourite chair with a good cup of coffee – or a nice glass of wine – and shop that perfect travel gift from the comfort of your home. 

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Unique Travel Theme Gifts for Her

Just imagine how thrilled she’ll be getting one of those made-to-order travel theme pieces. These travel gifts for her go way beyond unique and will let her show off her travel obsession to the world.

From ‘’A Plane to Luck’’ collection from Etsy Super Seller Lucky Plane Shop with the ever transdesent symbol of travel, the airplane.  BUY THAT GIFT

Photo Credit ~ Lucky Plane 

 

Complete the travel theme ensemble with these adorable airplane earrings from the same ’A Plane to Luck’’ collection of Lucky Plane Shop.  BUY THAT GIFT 

Photo Credit ~ Lucky Plane 

It’s easy to see why this beautifully adorned airplane necklace from is a best-seller on Etsy. Delicate and stylish, she can wear this everywhere on her next trip. BUY THAT GIFT 

Photo Credit ~ Wanderlust Jewelry

Safely send her on her way with this travel luck charm. Original and fun, this handmade keyring come in a pretty organza bag. BUY THAT GIFT 

Photo Credit ~ Smile Gifts UK

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Unique Travel Theme Gifts for Him

You would have to agree that guys are an absolute nightmare to buy presents for, right? I’ve scoured many websites and found the following brilliant gifts for men travellers.
Take down all language barriers with this original Icon Tshirt displaying over 40 icons to communicate, a genius piece of apparel for travelling abroad that he’s sure to love.  BUY THAT GIFT

 

Engraved and exquisitely crafted by Buttons and Pearls according to your choice of material, this world map etched valet box will hold all of his travel belongings like a wallet, passport and keys in safe keeping. An extraordinary and original gift he will cherish for years.  BUY THAT GIFT 

Photo Credit ~ Buttons and Pearls

A practical but stylish money clip adorning a crystal clear dome with a map of your choice will be his daily wanderlust reminder. This Etsy shop seller also offers custom map cufflinks. BUY THAT GIFT 

Photo Credit ~ BJeweled Vintage

Show him that you’ll be forever each other’s True North with this stunning silver dog tag from Etsy Super Seller Eclectic Wendy Designs. Great gift for a friend, a spouse or best travel mate. BUY THAT GIFT 

Photo Credit ~Eclectic Wendy Designs

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Unique Gifts for Travel Lovers 

Do you have one of those travellers on your shopping list for whom it’s impossible to get anything? They already have everything they need and God forbid might end up giving your gift to someone else.  In this case, the following gifts are the perfect solution. 
Jazz up their next flight with these cool and Instagrammable Cocktail kits, choose from Bloody Mary Old-fashioned, Gin Martini, Margarita or Champagne cocktails. Cheers!! 🍸 BUY THAT GIFT

 

A gift card they will redeem. Select the money value of your choice. They can book unique places to stay from local hosts in over 34,000 cities in the world. Starting at $25 gifts cards, this is the ideal present for that traveller that packs light. BUY THAT GIFT 
This app is a traveller’s best friend. Secure and efficient, it makes travelling to a new destination so much easier with the added advantage of not needing any local currency on arrival. You can sign them up here. or send a gift card BUY THAT GIFT 

How about giving a travel experience at their next destination? Browse through international destination options from exclusive private tours, cooking classes and unique activities. BUY THAT GIFT 

Personalised Gifts for Travellers

We would certainly all agree that personalised gifts for travellers are a thoughtful way to express to someone how much you care about them but where do you get such unique travel gifts? It just so happens that Esty is an extraordinary treasure chest when it comes to getting made-to-order gifts. Here are my top picks for personalised travel gifts and accessories.

How cute are these personalised pillows? More thoughtful than an email it sends a message that will last a lifetime to someone close or far away.  BUY THAT GIFT

Photo Credit ~Olive Handmade 

Maybe not so unique but oh so convenient, especially for frequent travellers, this classy leather passport holder from JM La Bonne Impression will please any traveller – I certainly could use one of these as my passport is starting to look tattered. BUY THAT GIFT 

Photo Credit ~JM La Bonne Impression

I absolutely adore this gift idea. Did you know you can get a personalised scratch and reveal cards? This is by far the most original cards I’ve ever seen. A clever way to surprise them and reveal your next travel getaway. Choose from different templates such as road trip, world travel and suitcase and customize your message. Genius! BUY THAT GIFT  

Photo Credit ~ Pocket Fold Invites

I’ve yet to meet a travel lover who doesn’t like a world map. This best-selling personalised World Map Pin Board is a fabulous way for travel addicts to track their travel adventures, pin travel pictures for inspiration, tickets and souvenirs. A customizable world map board that goes beyond the ordinary scratch map and is a fantastic value. Also available by country.  BUY THAT GIFT

Photo Credit ~ Fire Flies UK

OK, so who doesn’t like spinning a globe? On top of being extremely stylish, this handmade 12’’ cork (yes cork) push pin globe is a fantastic way to track fights, road trip itineraries or simply tag visited countries. Personalised with initials or name, a gift that is sure to spin their world. BUY THAT GIFT

Photo Credit ~ Wendy Gold Studios 

Wouldn’t this make the perfect gift for someone living on a gap year or moving abroad? An ideal way to keep track of their travel memories so they can enjoy them forever. BUY THAT GIFT

Photo Credit ~ GLD Stationery

Useful Gifts for Travellers

Well, I promised you some practical travel gifts, so here they are. Although certain items are inevitable on any practical travel gifts list, you’ll find some unusual and useful travel gifts for people who like to travel just below.

An unusual travel gift but super handy pocket seasoning kit that will spice up anyone’s next trip. Go the extra mile and swap the basics included in the kit for the person’s favourite spices, I can promise you it’s the best homesick remedy out there. Also perfect for backpackers and camping. BUY THAT GIFT

Photo Credit ~Samson Family Leather 

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Pacsafe Sling Bag

Keeping your belongings protected from pickpockets and petty theft is on every traveller’s mind. Pascafe bags are the ultimate travel bags with anti-theft safety features like RFID, eXomesh fabric and slash guard straps to name but a few. A brand I can fully endorse as I’ve travelled with a Pacsafe Backpack Venture II mine for 3 years now and LOVE the added security it provides me. BUY THAT GIFT

Now it was about time someone invented a travel pillow that actually supported your neck! More like a scarf than pillow this surely is one of the most useful gifts for travellers. Compact and washable. (pstt… I’d love one if anyone asks)  BUY THAT GIFT

Good for more than solely cruising, these rum runners flasks are also perfect for road trips, camping and are the safest way to transport your nightcaps spirits (or wine) in your luggage. No more carrying glass bottles and absolutely leak-proof, plus they pack flat and double as a foldable water bottle. I always pack one in my carry-on just in case. An inexpensive fun gift, Chin-Chin! BUY THAT GIFT

It’s always handy to have a foldable bag along in your luggage. They’re easy to bring along for a walking tour of the city, come super handy for provisioning along the way and convenient for going to the beach. This daypack comes in many colours and is water resistant. BUY THAT GIFT

Gifts for the Traveller’s Home

Fill their home with wanderlust and travel inspiration with these gifts that any traveller would love to get.

This organic hemp pillow cover with a printed map of the world comes with a needle and button to mark the owner’s (or your) location. Adorable.  BUY THAT GIFT

Photo Credit ~ Pilosale

It goes without saying that anything with a map is guaranteed to fit in any travellers home decor.  BUY THAT GIFT 

Photo Credit ~Happy Ideology

It just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include at least one of Marquestra’s shop item in there now would it! Choose from 10 inspirational travel quotes. A gift they’ll enjoy with every sip. BUY THAT GIFT  

Books for Travellers

People still read books, don’t they? No other travel gifts encourage travellers to get out and explore the planet like a wonderful book on the matter. A selection from my all-time favourites, sure to entice anyone to embark on a great journey around the globe. Note that most of the following paper books are also available in audio or Kindle version.

This book literally changed my life and most probably thousands of others also. A must-read classic for anyone considering long-term travel. BUY THAT GIFT

This LA author leaves an elegant life behind to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. An inspiration for women thinking of solo travel. BUY THAT GIFT

 This NY bestseller shot movie, written by Che Guevara himself, recalls, in an entertaining manner, his journey across the continent. BUY THAT GIFT

(Just Released) A superb hardcover from which your favourite traveller (or you) can dream up your next travels. BUY THAT GIFT

Cool Tech Gifts for Travellers

For protection or entertainment theses latest innovations make cool gifts for travellers. 

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Kindle PaperWhite

Because even though paper books are precious, they’re not the most practical for long-term travel. This improved Kindle version is waterproof, enables you to read in daylight and has 2x the storage! You can also listen to audiobooks. BUY THAT GIFT USA CAD UK

Tried and tested by yours truly I wouldn’t leave on any trip without my iPad in it. The Catalyst provides heavy-duty protection with shock and drop-proof up to a 4 ft fall plus a waterproof casing to enables the user to carry on with an active lifestyle. The rubber case allows full functionality of the camera, buttons and sensors, a true marvel. BUY THAT GIFT

A travel item of the utmost importance since nothing ruins the day like a device running out of battery power. This model packs enough power to recharge many devices for days. Compact and extremely useful. BUY THAT GIFT

Shopping and banking online opens up any traveller to hacking and being tracked. Secure your loved one’s data by keeping their IP address hidden from prying eyes. Express VPN uses powerful encryption and provides a super fast connection. As a digital nomad, I’ve used their services for many years without a fail. Give a 1 month, 6 months or year subscription, a gift they will absolutely love. BUY THAT GIFT

Health & Fitness Gifts for Travel Lovers

Staying healthy and fit while travelling is essential but can prove difficult, travel lovers will thank you for these nifty gadgets. 

Ideal for travellers going to remote places and Third World countries. No need for those water purifier tablets anymore. Just a few swirls of this clever UV ray pen in the water recipient does the trick. No batteries needed with this USB rechargeable version. BUY THAT GIFT  For Canadians use this link

A fantastic gift for the yogi traveller who will be able to keep up their practice with these yoga paws without bringing their mat. BUY THAT GIFT (for UK)

I’ve been using this product for 5 years and won’t travel without it anymore. Only a few squirts are needed before getting on the plane and all those recycled air germs will be kept at bay. BUY THAT GIFT

A compact and quick-dry travel towel that dries 3 times faster than a normal cotton towel and won’t collect sand!  Fits in a tiny and handy little pouch an comes in such beautiful colours. This fabulous quality towel can also be used for a yoga mat. What’s not to love! BUY THAT GIFT

This compact wash bag is the ideal gift for backpackers and long-term travellers because sometimes you just need a quick wash while on the road plus they can use it as a dry bag. A true revelation! BUY THAT GIFT

Stocking Stuffers for Travellers

Practical, personalised and inexpensive with an incredible assortment of colours and styles to choose from. BUY THAT GIFT

Photo Credit ~So God So Wood

Admit it, we can always use an extra one because locks and socks, they always seem to disappear somehow. BUY THAT GIFT

The carry-on traveller’s new best friend. These clever all-natural shampoo bars make airport security check-in that much easier. BUY THAT GIFT

Photo Credit ~Maple Hill Naturals 

Have you found the perfect gift for your travel lover?
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