Trying to find unique travel gifts for travel lovers doesn’t need to be difficult.
People can be very particular about their travel gear and depending on the type of traveller they are, it can be tough knowing what is a practical or even useful travel gift.
Some travellers delight in packing light while others need as many creature comforts as their baggage allowance will allow. We’ve put together a list of practical and unique travel gift ideas to suit all budgets and travel styles.
Perfect Gifts for Travel Lovers
Luxury Travel Gifts
If it’s luxury travel gifts you are after, we have them covered. Remember, luxury travel gifts don’t always have to equate to big dollars.
Luxury can be that bit of extra comfort on a flight or luxury travel accessories that make you feel a little special even though you don’t turn left when boarding the plane.
Unique Travel Gifts
If it’s unique travel gifts you’re after – a pre-paid after-hours tour of Opera Garnier in Paris or arriving in Venice like George Clooney on a pre-arranged private water taxi. A unique travel gift and not as expensive as you might think. We’ve got some great ideas for unique, yet practical travel gifts for all types of travellers.
Practical Travel Gifts
If it’s practical travel gifts such as a hotel gift card, anti-theft bags, or a lightweight luggage scale that doubles as a phone charger, we’ve got that too. We’ve even thought of the fitness traveller in your life.
Here are some of the best gift ideas for travellers as chosen by full time travellers. Gifts that will be useful, appreciated or even cherished for many trips to come.
Travel Comfort Gifts
Let’s face it, travel can be exhausting and uncomfortable, and flying is often the worst offender. Even when you’re travelling up the front of the plane, flying is anything but glamorous these days. Little creature comforts can go a long way to making a long travel day slightly more comfortable.
Give the traveller in your life the gift of comfort. You may not be able to get them more legroom, but you may make their journey more enjoyable and help them arrive a little more refreshed.
Why settle for the standard-issue inflight sleep mask set when you can indulge yourself a little with cashmere. A good quality cashmere and silk travel set is a gift that will travel with you for years.
Perfect for long travel days and hotel stays, sometimes it only takes a little bit of luxury to make you feel a million bucks.
A cashmere stole is a girl’s best travel friend. Wrap yourself on an icy plane or bundle it as an extra pillow. Throw it over your shoulders on a cool summer evening or use it as a big scarf in winter.
Lightweight, breathable, and incredibly versatile, a cashmere stole is the perfect ladies travel accessory for any season. A good quality woollen stole will last for years and never go out of fashion.
We’ve seen all sorts of travel pillows over the years, but these two really seem to have got it right. With better support and more flexibility of adjustment, you don’t have to wake up with the dreaded crick in the neck anymore. You won’t find a more appreciated or practical gift for travellers.
An award-winning eye mask for its handmade design and comfort. Breathable and adjustable, this mask also aids sleep and eases headaches and anxiety. The perfect gift for frequent travellers.
There’s a lot to be said about arriving at a destination without swollen ankles. In a time where long-haul flights and frequent flying are the norm, our inflight health is very important.
So often forgotten by travellers, compression socks are good for your health in helping to stave off DVT and prevent unsightly inflight swelling. We think these are one of the best gifts for travellers.
VIM & VIGR have thought outside the compression sock box with a range of attractive designs so you can pair your compression socks with your inflight outfit.
Travel accessories can either be really gimmicky or extremely useful little helpers along your journey. We have chosen only a few travel accessory gifts we believe would be useful helpers on a trip or a little luxury a traveller may not think to buy themselves.
The perfect carry on or quick trip essentials kit. Every travel necessity or emergency has been thought of in this small little kit. We have one like this that we keep adding to with bits and pieces that come in handy at some point.
Little luxury travel gifts such as this personalised handmade leather document wallet is a gift for life. These are the kind of travel gifts travellers will cherish for years to come.
Featured on Oprah’s ‘Favourite Things’ this lightweight unisex cotton travel scarf is perfect for every travel situation for men and women.
For keeping sand from your face on safari or camel riding in the Sahara. Keeping the sun at bay or covering your head in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. A quality lightweight travel scarf is a simple yet fantastic travel gift.
Wet Weather Travel Accessories
It’s never fun getting caught in a shower when you travel, so a good quality pocket travel umbrella is perfect to throw in your purse or daypack.
This teeny-tiny umbrella has an extra-strong frame to support a larger diameter and is made with super quick dry microfibre. It’s also perfect on a hot day to block the sun.
We love this reversible lightweight travel poncho. A lovely alternative to those dowdy throwaway ponchos in a downpour. This stylish hooded travel poncho packs down into its front pocket for easy storage in a handbag. Also good as a windbreaker on those icy cold windy days.
Travel Water Bottles
Single-use plastic bottles are quickly becoming a thing of the past. A good reusable travel bottle will always come in handy on any trip. We’ve selected three bottles based on different attributes.
One is collapsible for easy storage. One has an inbuilt purifying straw. The last is designed well for travel but also uses design to change perceptions of single-use plastics and supports clean water initiatives.
Beach Travel Gifts
A day at the beach or a long lazy holiday on a tropical island. Some beach accessories really make a day at the beach, or by the pool that much better.
You can find loads of amazing gifts for beach lovers here, but these are a few of our favourite beach accessories, especially for travel. They are practical, stylish, and versatile for general travel, not just the beach.
This amazing beach towel is lightweight, compact, super absorbent, and best of all – Sand free! We love this towel so much for the beach but also for travel as it rolls down into a compact drawstring bag for easy packing.
This is the perfect gift for the beach bum traveller or cruise addict in your life.
Read our full review of this amazing sand free beach towel here.
Anti Theft Beach Bags
Solve the age old problem of how to keep your valuables safe at the beach or by the pool with these great anti-theft beach bags.
Read our Guide on How to Keep Valuables Safe at The Beach
Luggage and packing are the endless travel discussion. The best luggage may never be agreed on and whether you fold or roll remains a personal preference. However, there are a few basic travel gifts that will make packing a little easier and your luggage just a little more stylish.
Much like the personalised leather travel document wallet, monogrammed or embossed leather luggage tags are a special travel gift that will last years. It’s the small, quality travel luxuries that remind us how special travel is.
Simple- every traveller needs a luggage scale to avoid the exorbitant excess baggage fees at the check-in. This luggage scale also has an overweight alert so there is no confusion.
Luggage essentials for the traveller who needs to arrive wrinkle free.
We have had one of these for years and love it. We’re not ones for packing cubes, but the Origami Unicorn is fantastic. No more rummaging for your smalls or socks. No more having your frillies laid bare for the world to see at customs checks and best of all it just hangs up for easy access on arrival.
Tours & Travel Gift Cards
A gift card is a great solution when you don’t know what to buy. An accommodation gift card is a fantastic gift for the budget traveller or backpacker. What better travel gift than a night in a hotel of their choice when they need a break from shared dorms or roughing it.
Accommodation Gift Cards
Looking for a unique travel gift? Surprise someone with a tour or activity at their destination. Choose from thousands of tours, services and activities all around the world. Luxury airport transfers, food tours, private access tours even skip the line tickets. The choices are limitless.
Or, give a tour gift card that allows them to choose their own activity in any destination.
Travel Tech Gifts
Who doesn’t love tech gifts? No one more than travellers – that’s who. There are thousands of great travel tech gifts for travellers on the market, but we have only chosen a few we believe are great travel gifts.
Know a traveller who goes off the grid? The goTenna helps you send text messages and share locations when there is no cell or wifi coverage by creating its own off-grid network. They also include free, detailed offline maps for any region in the world. The perfect gift for RVers and road trip enthusiasts.
No doubt about it, noise-cancelling headphones are a travel must as is wireless capabilities. Any traveller who doesn’t already own a pair will thank you.
We have used an Amazon Fire Stick all over the world. Great for hotels without internet TV or decent cable channels, Airbnb’s or even just watching on your computer. The size of a USB stick and very reasonably priced, it’s the perfect travel entertainment companion.
Because cords, chargers and hard drives can be a messy nightmare when you travel. Keep them all in one tidy place for easy access when you need them.
Another helpful little kit for quick trips or carry on. All your little tech accessory essentials in one place.
Every traveller needs one of these. This one works in over 150 countries and has USB ports as well which we love.
Smartphones are now the camera of choice for many travellers. With some very innovative lens additions, a simple smartphone can match the image quality of some of the better DSLR cameras on the market. A smartphone lens is a great addition to any travellers phone camera kit.
Safe Travel Gifts
Give the gift of safe travel. Simple and useful travel items to make travel safer. These are just a few of our favourite safe travel accessories and anti-theft travel bags.
Looking for More Safe Travel Gifts
Read Our Complete Guide to Anti Theft Travel Gear, our Guide to The Best Anti Theft Travel Backpacks, and the Best Safe and Stylish Anti-Theft Handbags for Travel
41. Travel Insurance
The perfect gift for young travellers or those on a budget. Travel insurance is the most important travel purchase everyone should make. A great gift for travellers heading off on their first big adventure.
Travel Insurance: Simple & Flexible
We have used World Nomads Travel Insurance as full time travellers for the past five years. We have made a couple of fairly sizable claims which involved urgent medical assistance while travelling. Each time it was very simple with access to assistance 24 hours a day.
We love that you can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Perfect if you need to extend your coverage while you’re still travelling. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
Travel insurance is the most important travel purchase you should make.
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Always a welcome gift. Travel toiletries are never wasted and always appreciated. Especially when it is a nice set you may not necessarily have bought for yourself.
Inflight Travel Wellness
Much like our travel comforts, here is a selection of items to help you feel more refreshed and revived on arrival. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make you feel a whole lot better when you step off a long flight.
Exercise Equipment For Travel
For the fitness traveller a selection of lightweight exercise accessories suitable for travel.
Related: See our Complete Guide to the Best Portable Exercise Equipment for Travel