Buying gifts for travelers, nomads, and wanderlust can often be a struggle. Many of us don’t like to have a lot of -things- it doesn’t help us pack light. We are also often less materialistic, opting for the experiences of travel over a house full of stuff. This list of unique travel gifts isn’t like the others. There are no Amazon links and no large companies represented. Most of the items are from small sellers on Etsy, handmade, locally produced, or made of recycled products. The others are from companies that I trust.
I curated unique travel gifts that I thought were truly special and thoughtful. This list includes travel accessories, travel-themed clothing, jewelry, home decor, and DIY, gift cards, and more.
Unique Travel Experiences
Most travelers that I know aren’t looking for more things but rather more experiences. The gifts found in this section will excite any traveler. Gift cards for travel are always welcomed! This goes for hotels, flights, and experiences like I share below.
Gift Card for Epic Experiences with Tinggly
Tinggly is an amazing travel company that allows you to buy experiences instead of things for friends, family, or even yourself. The best part is that for one price you get to choose between hundreds of experiences so no need to stress. They are available in more than 100 countries, no expiration date, and can work for 1 or 2 people. To add to all of this, Tinggly also donates part of its profit to sustainable projects.
There are various price points from as low as $89 to as much as $459.
Activities include hot air balloon rides, skydiving, helicopter rides, city break for two, whale watching, horse riding, food experiences, tours, and much more. As a traveler, I can safely say any of these gift cards are the absolute perfect gift!
Food Tour with Eating Europe
Eating Europe is a food tour company based across 10 different cities in Europe. Their tours range from neighborhood-based, street food, wine, markets, cooking classes, etc. If a traveler you know will be hitting one of the cities they are based in this is an excellent choice. It allows them to explore a place through its food.
Travel Accessories Gifts
Travel accessories are the most practical of the list. Help the traveler in your life get organized and be stylish at the same time.
Charging Passport Case
This passport case is not an ordinary case. This one also includes a power bank and place to charge your phone. Every traveler knows how important this is. Bonus points for travel themed covers.
$37.99 / Buy Now
Mini Travel Kit
This handmade kit comes with an inflatable neck pillow and a sleep mask. This kit is so practical and stylish. Having the option to fold everything down small to slip into your carry on is ideal.
$27.00 / Buy Now
Acrylic Luggage Tag
I couldn’t pass up this very unique and stylish luggage tag. I love the design and permanence of it. Okay, so maybe this isn’t ideal for the nomads who change their addresses often, but for those who have a stable home and have an attention to details.
$10.00 / Buy Now
Hoodie Neck Pillow
I will admit that I actually own one of these and as ridiculous as it looks it is amazing. I love this item for a few reasons. First, the strings for the hood are quite convenient for tieing the pillow to your luggage. Secondly, the hood comes down far enough that it can act as an eye mask while you sleep. Finally, I personally hate when the bits of air are blowing on me from the airplane and this blocks it while I sleep. Perfect for the traveler that doesn’t care everyone is laughing at them because they are well-rested.
$23.95 / Buy Now
Custom Sleep Mask
It seems that people love sleep masks. I don’t own one, but I think they are cute gifts. This sleep mask is customizable and perfect for that traveler that is a bit extra, maybe someone going on a honeymoon, or big trip. Soft satin to keep your skin from irritation.
$20.00 / Buy Now
Leather Cable Organizer
There are some travelers who throw all of their cords mixed together in their bags and there are travelers who own these. Having your cords in a very accessible and neat manner is very practical and useful. If you are backpacking for a long period of time, being able to grab into your bag and get what you need immediately is priceless.
$25.50 / Buy Now
Adventure Awaits Bag
Small makeup or carry-all bags are perfect for travel. I have a bunch of different ones and use them for various things every time I travel. I use one for my chargers, one for makeup, one for undergarments, etc. This bag is cute for everyday use and doesn’t need to be used while on the road.
$11.45 / Buy Now
Leather Cable Organizer
I mentioned previously about the importance of having your cords safe, accessible, and untangled. I am not sure if I can express how many times I was sitting on a plane or bus, or walking down the street attempting to untangle or even find my earphones. With something like this you always know where they are and they can slip into your pocket or bag without the mess.
$11.70 / Buy Now
Wool Blanket Scarf
Blanket scarfs are amazing. Let me repeat. Blanket scarfs are amazing! I do not travel without one. Ever.
Finding the perfect blanket scarf is a game-changer. I always wear one when I fly to use as a blanket on the plane, to keep warm in the winter (obviously), and I also use them to cover my head if it rains. The bonus with this scarf is that it is wool. Wool does not soak up water, it acts as a repellent, and it will continue to insulate even when wet (aka perfect for cold rainy days).
$46.06 / Buy Now
Cork Passport Cover
I have never seen a cork passport cover before but I thought this was a clever gift and a great transition to our next section. This travel accessory is perfect for sustainable and eco-minded travelers. Passport holders, while they seem unnecessary, are great to know exactly where your documents are while traveling. The bonus of this item is cork is a great eco-friendly and cruelty-free products (trees are not harmed during harvesting). It is also incredibly resistant against water, stain, fungus, and fire retardant.
$27.20 / Buy Now
I wanted to share some eco-friendly gifts that I thought were perfect for everyday use while traveling far or near, while hiking or wandering city streets. These items will help you reduce your waste and plastic consumption.
Reusable Sandwich or Snack Bag
I think these are fantastic and I am ordering my own as I type this. They are reusable bags with waterproof lining. They sell them in large (fits a sandwich) and small (fits snacks). They are ideal for long journeys, hiking, or especially the budget travelers looking to save leftovers!
$8.00 / Buy Now
Zero Waste Travel Kit
This zero-waste travel kit is perfect for the eco-friendly traveler. It includes bamboo cutlery and straw, straw cleaner, bamboo toothbrush and case, wooden comb, and shampoo bar with a case. Battle Green, the company that sells these are committed to zero waste and plastic-free materials. Everything you see here is made thoughtfully and materials chosen carefully.
$43.05 / Buy Now
Zero Waste Shampoo
I don’t have personal experience with solid shampoos but I will admit I am intrigued for one reason: carry on. I would love to be that person to travel with just a carry on but my shampoo and soap always need to be checked. These are perfect for that reason alone. They are also great because they are made with gentle ingredients, fragrance oil-free, paraben-free, vegan-friendly, and never tested on animals. Win-win!
$10.00 / Buy Now
Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps
I love my beeswax wraps and always recommend them to others. They can be used to wrap up leftovers and because they are made with beeswax they are antibacterial. The warmth from your hands helps to “seal” the wrap and they can be easily hand washed and even refreshed like new.
$3.45 / Buy Now
Personalized Reusable Water Bottle
As I always say there is no reason to not have and use a reusable water bottle. Getting it personalized is a nice touch for a traveler and even better if they are a blogger or content creator to share their social media handle as a little shameless plug.
$14.82 / Buy Now
Travel Tote Bag Gifts
Tote bags are used by almost everyone. Perfect for running to the grocery store, library, gym, just as a purse, or during travel. There is rarely a moment when it is inappropriate to use one. With so many different options there is almost no reason for anyone to put their groceries in plastic!
World Map Tote Bag
These map-inspired bags are unique and handmade and I think perfect for the wanderlust. You can even have them custom made to any location! Personalize it showcasing someone’s home, favorite travel spot, or bucket list destination!
$40.00 / Buy Now
Hong Kong Street Food Tote Bag
This bag is really specific but it is also really flipping cute. It showcases street food in Hong Kong, sharing the local names and in English. Everything about this bag is adorable and unique so any foodie would be excited to receive it.
$35.00 / Buy Now
The World Tarot Tote Bag
There are a lot of travel-inspired tote bags out there. You can find one to fit any personality. The World card in Tarot symbolizes travel, accomplishment, and new beginnings, and is often explained to mean the world is at your feet. It is very fitting for those ready to set off on a new chapter of their life.
$25.00 / Buy Now
Wanderlust Tote Bag
No nonsense, simple illustration, wanderlust tote. Perfect for the campers, hikers, and nature lovers. Yes, they also use tote bags!
$18.99 / Buy Now
Travel Home Decor Gifts
There are those of us who are into travel and those of us who are really into travel. This category is probably the latter. Decorating their home with travel-inspired decor, souvenirs in every corner, their house is like a museum.
Scratch-off Map of the US
Do people still like scratch-off maps anymore? I have no idea but I thought this was a really pretty take on the idea. Perfect for those traveling the US.
$29.65 / Buy Now
Scratch-off National Parks
The same concept as above, scratch-off map, but this one is just for National Parks. I think this is a cool gift for someone who loves the parks and travels to them frequently. It is displayed nicely and the photos are great.
$28.80 / Buy Now
Yes, Lake Bled caught my eye but I stayed for the rest! I love browsing prints on Etsy to see other people’s interpretations of a place, movie, or concept. I thought that these are really beautiful prints that would look great in many homes.
$14.82 / Buy Now
Scratch-off Foods of the US Map
I swear this is the last one! Three scratch-off maps and I don’t even know if people own these. I know, I know. I am a sucker for food-themed items and I thought this one was just so freaking cool (hint hint). I also love that there are multiple items on most states so it isn’t just about one food per place, but a range of items!
$29.65 / Buy Now
World Travel Watercolor Prints
One last set of prints! I couldn’t leave these watercolor prints off the list. I love the simplicity of them and think they would look great in any setting. Who doesn’t love a bit of travel inspiration?
$16.00 / Buy Now
Travel Inspired Candles
Candles inspired by destinations. I wish I could give these a sniff before recommending but they had good reviews so I will try to trust the internet. Scent is a powerful thing and each place does tend to have its own smell and feeling. These candles are a perfect way to bring you back to that moment on your favorite trip.
$16.00 / Buy Now
Travel Inspired Jewelry Gifts
There are a lot of beautiful travel-inspired jewelry choices so I tried to select a mix and what I thought was the best quality and still unique.
Mountain Range Necklace
Lots of possibilities for the hikers and nature lovers. This mountain range necklace is subtle and cute without being over the top – just my style. I love the little detail of the snow-covered tops.
$15.98 / Buy Now
Adjustable Airplane Ring
This airplane ring is simple and delicate. I also choose it because it is adjustable. I don’t know about you but I don’t even know my own ring size let alone someone else. This is a great choice for the traveler that wears subtle jewelry and of course rings.
$12.99 / Buy Now
These city rings are cool and unique. I don’t know how comfortable they would be on (reviews say they are!), but they are a statement. Now, wait for the best part…you can make a custom one! They have a menu with a ton of cities around the world or you can make a custom order which I think is just fantastic. I am tempted to buy one myself!
$23.62 / Buy Now
If you like delicate jewelry rather than a statement piece then this is the choice for you. This airplane y-necklace is also available without the drop. It was also featured on BuzzFeed, Travel + Leisure, and The Huffington Post!
$37.00 / Buy Now
Airplane Charm Necklace
A great gift to be shared between friends. This airplane necklace has some added details of the cubic zirconia and is available in gold, silver, or rose gold. I also recommend browsing this shop’s other jewelry as there are some very beautiful pieces.
$36.00 / Buy Now
Travel Inspired Clothing Gifts
This section is mainly shirts because shirts are easy gifts! No one goes around buying pants or underwear for people, that would be weird. For the friend who won’t shut up about everywhere they have traveled to this year, buy them one of these.
Explore More Sweatshirt
You can’t go wrong with a classic sweatshirt and this one is a great simple design that is fitting, once again, for the nature lovers, but also just for the travelers. The theme is the same!
$36.99 / Buy Now
National Park Shirt
Another shirt for the National Park lovers. This one is featuring a cute bear though. I think this is a great option for the nature lovers in your life, great color, and cut, the design can be dressed up or down.
$22.99 / Buy Now
Hidden Pocket Infinity Scarf
This infinity scarf could fall into so many categories. It is the perfect travel accessory and stylish. Infinity scarfs are amazing while on the road because you never have to worry about them falling off. This one has the added feature of a hidden pocket. Perfect for putting your passport or wallet for easy reach maybe while traveling a busy city or markets.
$49.99 / Buy Now
Airplane Mode Shirt
Maybe I am getting older but I giggled a bit when I saw this. I have never seen this on a shirt and thought it was clever. Another simple feminine shirt for the traveler always jetting off to a new city every other week.
$14.99 / Buy Now
Will Work for Travel Shirt
Last shirt that I picked out for the traveler in your life. If you are shopping for someone who is aiming to be the next big travel influencer pop this in their gift bag for a few laughs and appreciation.
$11.16 / Buy Now
Travel Journal and DIY Gifts
Travel journals and planners and journaling/scrapbooking items. This section is maybe my favorite because I love crafty things and notebooks. I can’t pass up a good one and these are really good. These gifts are perfect for the traveler who is often scribbling away in their notebook, planning upcoming travels obsessively, or the creative who scrapbooks their adventures.
Customizable Travel Notebook
I think this might be my favorite item on the whole list. How thoughtful is this design, so intentional and simple. They come in beautiful colors and have a range of illustrations you can use, and you can personalize the front, back, and spine! They can be made as a very general travel journal or to document a specific trip. Perfect for the writers and note-takers.
$33.52 / Buy Now
Travel Planner Journal
This travel journal is a great product and at a great price. It has all of the useful sections one needs while hitting the road. I always advocate to write down the important stuff in case you lose phone service or even your phone. A paper trail is your backup plan!
$16.95 / Buy Now
I collect vintage postcards from flea markets or yard sales but you can buy them from Etsy! This product is great for the traveler who loves old things and photos, for the scrapbookers, for the travel journalers. Products like this are great to be repurposed or just hung on the wall.
$12.08 / Buy Now
These stamps are so fun it is just ridiculous. They would be perfect for those who document their travels in a journal or scrapbook. With all of the different sizes, shapes, and colors as well as being from all over the world it is just a thoughtful gift for the creatives.
$3.49 / Buy Now
Vintage Travel Promotions
Falling in the same category as the previous two items. These vintage tags are unique accents for a travel journal or collage. These are not the copy-paste and print stickers you can get a craft store and that is what makes them so special. Any crafter would love to see these in their projects.
$8.00 / Buy Now
Enamel Travel Pin Gifts
Travel inspired enamel pins are a great little accent for your tote bag, camera strap, or even jacket! Perfect gift for the colorful and playful travelers in your life.
Airplane Window Pin
There is only so much I can write about an enamel pin but just look at it. I thought it was a really clever idea and it looks cute.
$10.00 / Buy Now
World Map Pin
This pin is a bit bigger but showcases the whole world and a magnifying glass that doesn’t seem to work properly (haha). I am a fan of the map emoji so I can see this being a hit with travelers.
$10.00 / Buy Now
Wanderlust in a Bottle Keychain
This keychain is just ridiculously cute and a great little piece that someone will carry with them every day! A great reminder of the gift giver and their travels.
$11.42 / Buy Now
Venice Stamp Pin
Maybe I just have a thing for stamps? I thought this was another clever pin and wish they did more of these for different cities but sadly this is the only one. The perfect gift to remind someone of their trip to Venice!
$9.78 / Buy Now
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