Here are some unique travel gift ideas for your travel-loving friends and family for the holidays. After browsing the travel gift basics (power banks, packing cubes, etc etc), check out more unique travel gifts like yoga mat sandals or waterproof playing cards.
You might start shopping for unique travel gifts yourself while going through this post!
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Travel Gift Basics
Let’s get these basic travel gifts out of the way first. I wouldn’t categorize these as unique travel gifts because you’re bound to find these on almost all travel gift guides. I won’t explain the benefit of traveling with each one, but many of these are included on my Long-Term Travel Must-Haves Post.
If you notice a travel gift here that you don’t already have, chuck it in your cart for checkout!
Electronic Gifts for Travelers for Any Budget
Airbnb Gift Card
Every traveler, from backpackers to honeymooners, could use a travel upgrade. Give them the gift of treating themselves to a night or two in a nice Bed & Breakfast, somewhere with a pool, or a boutique resort with an Airbnb Gift card!
Audible Audiobook Subscription
Know where your traveler will be heading to next? Why not gift them an excursion or entry ticket through GetYourGuide?
GetYourGuide is an authorized reseller for many popular excursions around the world, and makes travel planning easy through their app. Purchase tickets through them directly to gift, or purchase a gift card. The perfect travel gift for any budget!
Teamlab Borderless tickets in Tokyo can be purchased through GetYourGuide
Unique Travel Gifts Under $10
Earth Laundry Bag
This lightweight, foldable laundry bag is perfect for storing dirty clothes. Packing cubes are a travel gift-obsession to help organize before a trip. But what about during the trip when you’re blazing through clean, nicely-folded clothes?
This laundry bag is a travel gift to use during a trip. Throw your dusty, sweaty clothes in here and keep them separate from the rest until you’re able to do some laundry.
Travel Tube Sets
Whether your traveler is staying in hostels or taking long-haul flights, give them the gift of security to prevent mishaps on the road.
Luggage locks with longer cables can be used in more ways than standard hard locks.
Here’s a unique travel gift that I have myself!
This map tapestry is a beautiful blue, and comes at a great price. It’s great for decorating rooms on its own, or get creative with print-out pictures or pins so it serves as a reminder of where you’ve traveled.
Waterproof Playing Cards
We all need something to keep us entertained on the road right? Here’s a unique gift for any traveler – waterproof playing cards! These Hoyle Cards look great and are sure to last even on sticky hostel tables.
Unique Travel Gifts Under $25
Books to Spark Wanderlust
Collapsible Water Bottle
Reusable water bottles are a travel staple to reduce your carbon footprint. Forget the bulky Nalgene bottles and check out this collapsible silicon bottle. It packs tiny, has a carabiner attached to it, and comes in many wonderful pastel colors.
If you know the favorite city of your loved one, here’s a unique travel gift for them. Memorialize their trip by gifting them a detailed map of their favorite city. Or order a few to have as classy wall decorations.
Merino Wool Socks
Sanuk Yoga Mat Sandals
Travel often means walking thousands of steps more than you’re used to each day. Make sure your feet stay cool and comfortable with these yoga mat base sandals from Sanuk.
Perfect for traveling to hot countries, these sandals are sure to keep your feet happy.
Shampoo and Conditioner Bars Set
Shampoo and conditioner bars have started trending in the last years as travelers are more conscious about their effect on the environment. Forget those tiny plastic travel-size bottles and check out this unique travel gift.
Unique Travel Gifts Under $50
Armchair Travel Books
These large books are filled with beautiful pictures and hundreds of adventures. They go great on any coffee table or bookshelf, and are great because you can pick them up and flip to any page for guaranteed wanderlust inspiration.
Detailed Scratch-Off Map
This large scratch-off map is not like the rest – the map beneath is very detailed and classy. This unique travel gift will make a great conversation starter and reminder of wonderful travels in the past. It even comes ready with pushpins too!
Lego City Skyline Sets
Has your loved one recently visited a city that they can’t stop talking about? Fuel their wanderlust with one of these LEGO Architecture sets to commemorate their trip. They are available for several famous city skylines including Paris, London, New York, and Sydney. They’re great for kids and adults.
Portable Solar Charger
If your traveler is going to a remote area or a place where electricity is not always guaranteed, a solar charger is a great gift. I would have used this while trekking in Nepal, where the teahouses only have solar to generate electricity anyways. Another way to reduce your carbon footprint on the road!
Unique Travel Gifts Under $100
When I was a kid, I spent hours staring at the globe in my house. What’s more fun for a traveler than closing their eyes and spinning it, then imagining what it would be like to go where their finger lands?
Chacos All-Purpose Sandals
Chacos are the only travel shoe you’ll need. With my Chacos I’ve trekked through Nepal, walked through rivers, and tackled both hot and cold weather exploring.
The adjustable straps ensure that the sandals will fit comfortably, and they dry quickly too if you walk through water. Cold weather hiking? Wear socks with these bad boys too!
Fujifilm Instax Camera
One of a traveler’s worst nightmares is to be stuck in the bathroom for days because of a case of Delhi belly. Help keep their drinking water clean and safe by gifting a Steripen. It uses UV light to destroy 99.9% of harmful bacteria and viruses in water, including Giardia (which is not killed off by water purification tablets.)
Luxury Travel Gifts $100+
For backpackers and adventure travelers, there’s no better travel gift than the backpack that will be their travel companion. My recommendation is the Gregory Jade (the backpack I use) which comes with both a small day bag and a raincover. Another popular bag option is the Osprey Fairview, popular with backpackers.
5-Piece Map Wall Art
Take map decoration to the next level with this gorgeous wall art. Gift this unique travel gift with a set of push pins, or just let it serve as a reminder of all the places yet to be explored.
If your traveler wants to take their pictures to the next level, why not give them a drone? This entry-level drone connects to smartphones and allows users to see what they are taking pictures of.