Unique travel gifts – best gifts for travelers guide [2018 edit]

Unique gifts for travel lovers

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Never know what gifts to buy the travelers in your life? Our guide to the best travel gift ideas is here to help.

Whether for Christmas, birthdays or a fond bon voyage, this tribe can be hard to buy for.

This is our guide to unique travel gifts, updated for the 2018 holiday season with ideas for women, men and children too.

Best gifts for travelers

travel gift ideas - maps are great gifts for world travelers

People that love to travel typically fall into one of two camps:

  • luxury look good and feel good travelers, OR
  • pack light adventure travelers

Either way, whatever style they prefer, they usually chase experiences like – a food tour of Paris! – and are concerned about keeping packing to a minimum.

Below you will find cool travel gift experiences and small, lightweight or useful objects that are easily packed for her, him and the kids.

There are also ideas to help remind your traveling friends and family of their trips when they are at home.

You might also find a little something to treat yourself with.. I know I always do!

Travel gifts for her

travel books make good gifts for travelers

Gifts to wear

These stylish yet practical items feature in our packing guides for London and Italy because they are used on every trip and in our daily lives at home.

Click the images below to check prices

Harper leather tote
Usa map oblong scarf
Monica Vinader Engravable Linear Friendship Chain Bracelet
Kate Spade New York Jackson Street Small Harlyn Leather Crossbody Bag

Click here to read our guide to the best cross body bags for travel


Travel essentials


  • Bose headphones – help her stay zen in the air with these noise canceling headphones
  • Sleep mask – she’ll wake up chic and beat the jet lag with this cute sleep mask
  • Carry on – Light, chic and big enough to hold all her travel essentials 
  • Olympus Pen camera – chic, lightweight and takes great travel photos (see mine ?)  

Looking for a suitcase set? Click here to read our luggage buying guide

Travel beauty gifts


Travel can be less than glamorous so if your gift is for a traveler who like to look their best, these beauty ideas are sure to please.

You could even build a travel beauty kit with travel sized items like this delicious smelling body cream, some handy body wipes, a luxurious shower gel and other travel sized beauty items.

Sephora have a wide range of mini and travel sized beauty products that you can use to build your gift – click here to browse the travel sized beauty products

Here are some more of our favorite travel beauty gifts. Click the images below to check prices

Borghese Fango Riparativo Calming Mud Mask Mini
Clinique Travel Size Happy Gelato Cream For Body - Berry Blush
Diptyque - The Art Of Body Care Travel Kit - Colorless
Sweetspot Labs Online Only Travel Size Coconut Lime On The Go Body Wipes
Thymes Online Only Travel Size Kimono Rose Body Wash
Molton Brown Travel-Reviving Cempaka Body Lotion/6.6 oz.
Bottega Veneta Knot Eau de Parfum Spray
Dior - Dior Lip Glow
Bobbi Brown Travel Brush Set
Sephora Collection SEPHORA COLLECTION - Tame: Infrared Flat Iron
Kate Spade New York Cameron Street - Small Abalene Leather Cosmetics Bag
Aesop Boston Kit
Bobbi Brown Remedies Skin Moisture Solution Intense Rehydration Compound Serum

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Small gifts and stocking stuffers


  • Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald’s story of love and lust in the South of France 
  • Travel journal – there is nothing like reliving trip highlights than by reading your first reactions 
  • Playing cards – for the plane or quiet time. Bonus – they are so much more social than an iPad 
  • Perfume atomizers – so she can take her favorite scents on her travels

Travel gift ideas for men



Travel themed gifts for the home

Click here for more gift ideas for Italy lovers

Travel gifts for kids




Click here for our full guide to buying kids luggage

Early Explorers Little Passports review

Curious kids will love Little Passports kids subscription box. Every month they are sent a package with games and activities based on countries around the world. It is a fun way to introduce new cultures to children – read our full review here

Mostly practical travel gifts

When space is a premium, gadgets that make your life easier are a great travel gift idea. Here are some of our must have tech and organisation items perfect for gifting.




  • Packing cubes – the best travel product hands down – makes organizing luggage easy
  • Drone with camera – I think we all want to try one of these for those aerial shots!
  • Travel containers – to pack favorite products for travel in an eco friendly way
  • Travel umbrella – because the ones you buy off the street in a downpour are terrible (except in Japan!)

Check out our travel essentials guide on Amazon

The best travel gift cards


I’m always on the look out for the most thoughtful gifts but sometimes the best solution is a gift card.

If the person you are buying a travel gift for is difficult to buy for or will be away for a long time, a gift card can help them find what they really want and need.

The best overall gift card is from Amazon. With millions of products listed, your family and friends can choose almost anything they want or need, in most places around the world.

Apart from these options, most airlines, travel agents and hotel chains offer gift cards.

Experience gifts

tours are a great gift for someone traveling

We think the perfect travel themed gift is an experience.

Whether it be a memorable dinner at a wonderful restaurant – or at the Eiffel Tower in Paris! Or tour of Tuscany in a vintage car; those are memories that will last a lifetime.

Guided tour gifts

Traveling is all about the experiences you have in the destinations you visit and one of the best ways to do this is via a local tour. Surprise your loved ones with a special tour and they will be delighted.

The best place to find local tours is via an online portal like Get Your Guide or Viator

get your guide logo


With over 29,ooo local tours and activities in destinations all over the world available on their online portal or handy app, a Get Your Guide gift certificate is a very thoughtful gift.

I have used this service several times and its a great way to find unique and interesting tours in countries around the globe.




You can either:

1 | go straight to the Get Your Guide gift voucher page and select the amount you want


2 | browse the Get Your Guide site for suitable tours by location and interest and then choose the “Give as a gift” option on the right hand side.

Choose the value of the gift certificate and then add a personal message to the recipient. Review the preview of the printable gift certificate before you go ahead and pay via their secure connection.

To use the certificate, the recipient simply uses the gift card code after they have selected their tour and are checking out. The gift certificate is valid for 18 months from purchase.

Click here to read our full review of Get Your Guide

Other companies offering experience gift cards:

Favourite tour gifts

new york helicopter tour

New York City



Tickets and attractions

Are your traveling friends and family on a tight budget? Then they will appreciate contributions to the cost of their upcoming trips.

Tickets to landmarks and attractions or even a city pass is a very thoughtful and helpful gift

New York City



Links to all the tours listed on Get Your Guide in these major cities

All London tours | All Paris tours | All Rome tours | All Barcelona tours

Show and theatre ticket gifts

tickets for show gift

If your traveling friends and family like to see a show in the places they visit, why not buy them tickets to the hottest shows in town.

In London, you can buy tickets on London Theatre Direct or Love Theatre if you don’t know which show to choose they also offer gift vouchers.

Responsible travel gifts

If you a looking for a gift that gives insight into the countries your friends and family visit and benefits the local community then a Visit.org gift certificate is a great idea.

Responsible travel gift - Visit.org gift certificate

Choose from over 400 unique tours and activities in more than 50 countries hosted by impactful nonprofits.

When you book a tour on visit.org, 100% of revenue is invested back into local communities

We like this tour of Edinburgh – The Paths of Inspirational Women.

People who have been affected by homelessness are trained to become walking tour guides while offering alternative, socially minded tours of the city.

Gift certificates are valid for 2 years from date of purchase.


I hope you found some ideas and inspiration in this guide. The act of giving has always been a pleasure for me and I enjoy finding special and unique gifts that are either fun and/or useful.

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