33 Awesome Retirement Travel Gifts For Retirees Who Travel

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Is one of your colleagues retiring and is he or she going to travel a lot now that the working days are over? Then these 33 gifts for retirees who travel are perfect for you. Or are your parents, friends, or other relatives retiring, and are you looking for heartfelt retirement travel gifts that they will actually take on their journey? Then this list is for you!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three retirement gifts for travelers by budget.

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#1 Personalized world map

Travel wedding gifts: world map
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Now that they are going to travel around the world, they need a way to keep track of all the beautiful countries they’ve seen and all the others they still need to discover. And for that, this personalized pushpin world map is the perfect travel retirement gift!

And if you prefer different styles, check out my favorite world maps here.

#2 Portable coffee maker

A handheld coffee maker from Wacaco
Portable coffee maker

This portable coffee maker is designed for true coffee lovers who travel. With its small size (6.9 x 2.8 x 2.4 in) and lightweight (0.8 lb) it fits in any luggage. Plus it doesn’t require any cups or electricity, meaning that the retiree can make a delicious espresso wherever they want.

#3 Anti-theft handbag

Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for the best travel retirement gifts for women? Whether it’s for your mom or a female coworker, an anti-theft crossbody bag is always a good idea.

First of all, it will keep her belongings safe with special zippers, sturdy material, and RFID-blocking slots. And second of all, it’s a cute and stylish handbag that she will definitely use.

#4 High-quality suitcase

A black suitcase from Samsonite
Samsonite suitcase

Most retirees who travel are past the backpacking stage. Instead, they prefer a comfortable and lightweight suitcase, with 360-degree spinning wheels, and a sturdy cover.

And for that, the Samsonite suitcases are by far the best. They’ve been selected as the best suitcases by travelers over and over again. So if you are looking for practical gifts for retirees who travel, I can highly recommend Samsonite suitcases.

#5 Binoculars

compact binoculars
Travel-sized binoculars

 Are you looking for travel gifts for retirement for someone who loves to go on safaris? And who will probably spend a lot of his or her free time spotting wild animals?

Then travel binoculars are great gift ideas.

They’re small enough to fit in a backpack, yet strong enough to provide 20x magnification.

For more inspiration, head over to these 25 safari-themed gift ideas.

#6 Gift card

Tinggly "Experience the world" gift card
Photo courtesy of Tinggly

I know, I know. A gift card may seem like a very lazy and boring gift. But hear me out.

What if a gift card is actually one of the most practical ánd thoughtful gifts?

It actually says “You know better what you need than I do, and I’d rather have you buy a useful gift for yourself than pretend to know you very well and buy something you don’t want”

And with that in mind, check out these 25 best gift cards for travelers if you need some inspiration, or go for Tinggly gift cards that allow them to choose from awesome travel experiences around the world.

Oh, and if you do want to add a bit of a personalized touch, check out these 29 creative ways to give gift cards.

#7 Swiss Army knife

A Swiss Army knife
Swiss Army Knife

I think this is one of the most practical retirement travel gifts for people who intend to spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether they’re traveling with a camper, a tent, or a bicycle, a Swiss army knife will always come in handy!

#8 Camera

A Canon camera on the floor
Canon camera with extra lenses

Pics or didn’t happen!

Though I doubt that retirees will ever use that phrase. They do, however, love to capture every part of their post-work travel.

So if you have a large budget for this travel retirement gift, a proper camera is the best option.

#9 Water bottle

A stainless steel water bottle from the brand LifeStraw
LifeStraw water bottle

Staying hydrated is essential for travelers, and that’s why water bottles are great retirement travel gifts. And what makes this LifeStraw bottle one of the best water bottles is the filter that comes with it.

A LifeStraw filter filters out things like dirt, chemicals, microplastics, and more. So the recipient can drink water safely, even in countries where tap water is generally not considered safe to drink.

#10 National Parks free pass

The annual national park pass card from The US
Photo courtesy of US Park Pass

This pass grants access for 1 person together with his accompanying passengers (not exceeding 3 adults) in a single, non-commercial vehicle to over 2,000 national parks across the United States, including famous ones like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. Making it a wonderful gift for national park lovers as well as retirees, as they have more than enough time on their hands to visit and take in the beauty of nature.

#11 International coffee beans

Collection of coffee bean bags
Photo courtesy of Bean Box

As a huge coffee lover, I have to say, this might just be one of my favorite at-home retirement gifts for someone who likes to travel.

Obviously, they won’t be taking these bean bags on their journeys (check out the portable coffee maker #2 if that’s what you’re looking for). But these coffee beans will take them on a coffee journey from home!

They can try 16 different types of coffee beans from around the world. And all of that from the comfort of their home. So even when they’re not traveling, they will still feel like it with your amazing gift.

#12 Coffee tasting class

A Coffee tasting class sign
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

All those years, they must have been tired of having coffee from the office machine so why not gift them a chance to redeem that experience with this coffee tasting class?

Not only will they be able to finally drink high-quality coffee but they’ll also learn how to distinguish between different types of coffee and beans.

Retirement travel gifts for mid-budget

#13 Travel guide

A book titles "detinations of a Lifetime
Destinations of a Lifetime book

Now that they’ve retired they need to find a way to fill all that free time. And this book by National Geographic will give them more than 100 amazing ideas! Making it one of my favorite retirement travel gifts. (Though it’s also one of my favorite travel inspirational books in general).

#14 Book about retired travelers

To Oldly Go book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

 Are you looking for retirement travel gifts for someone who loves to read about other people’s experiences?

Then To Oldly Go is the perfect book. It contains 41 true stories of people over the age of 60 who also decided to take on the adventure and travel the world. The stories are funny and will definitely be relatable for traveling retirees.

#15 Jewelry box

A pink jewelry box for travel
Travel-sized jewelry box

This is another great retirement travel gift for women (though men with lots of jewelry will love these organizers too).

She can take her precious jewelry and keep them divided and organized in this cute box.

#16 Kindle subscription

Ereader with The Alchemist photo
Give a Kindle subscription for unlimited books

Reading is one of the greatest forms of relaxation (at least for me)!

So, why not gift them a Kindle subscription? There are millions of books waiting to be read, they might even find themselves a new favorite.

Plus, it all fits in their tiny e-reader so they don’t need to carry heavy books around, very convenient, especially when traveling.

#17 Funny retirement cutting board

A cutting board with a recipe for retiremnt etched
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Looking for a fun gift for retirees who love to cook?

Then this recipe for a great retirement is a fun gift idea!

Not only will it make them smile upon receipt but they might actually follow the instructions and add the ingredients in their own way!

#18 Compression packing cubes

Packing cubes that can compress
Packing cubes

Packing has always been a drag but these compression cubes will give you none of that!

It’s a great gift for any travel-loving person but it’s especially helpful for retirees. It’s super practical for packing that’ll leave tons of space and will keep their bags super neat!

When they arrive at their destination, all they gotta do is grab the cube, toss it in the hotel wardrobe, and bam! Unpacking would be a breeze.

#19 Passport cover

A passport cover with the text Öfficially retired, don't bother me"
Photo courtesy of Better Life Creations

This is one of my favorite gifts for retirees who travel, a passport cover that will always remind them of the fun things they can do now that they’ve retired.

For more designs, check out Etsy.

#20 Retirement necklace

Happy retirement necklace
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This retirement necklace is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for a woman who is very dear to you. Not only because it’s a gorgeous piece of jewelry, but also because of the sweet message that comes with it.

#21 Jigsaw puzzles

A box with a pieces for a jigsaw puzzle of US National parks
National Park jigsaw puzzle

Now that they’ve hung up their hats, they’ve got all the time in the world, and what better way to spend some quiet, alone time than to lay puzzles?

Laying jigsaw puzzles would be a fun way to pass their time, especially if it’s travel related like this national park puzzle.

#22 Best places scratch-off poster

100 places to visit scratch off poster
Photo courtesy of Amazon

With time in their hands, retirees can explore the world!

This poster is just what they need to keep their travels on track!

It’s a fun gift and a great way to help them keep an eye on the places they’ve seen and serve as an inspiration to add new places to visit from their bucket list.

#23 Foldable sunhats

A foldable brim sunhat
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This is a practical gift for women. Whether she’s strolling on the beach or enjoying a sunny day in the city, this stylish sun hat is the perfect blend of fashion and functionality.

Not only is it small and lightweight but it will protect her from the sun and still look fashionable.

#24 Hanging toiletry bag

A waterproof and colorful toiletery bag
Waterproof toiletry bag

This fancy water-resistant and hanging toiletry bag is another essential item for travelers. Whether they’re retired or not, everybody needs a toiletry bag.

Retirement travel gifts for small budgets

#25 Luggage tag

Luggage tag with: Yes I do have a retirement plan, I plan to travel the world
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

With all the trips they will be making, they need to make sure they can find their luggage easily. And luckily, you’ve got them covered with this awesome retirement-themed luggage tag.

Though check out Zazzle if you prefer other designs.

#26 Travel journal

A black journal with a compass
Travel Journal

A travel journal is the best way to collect memories of a trip. And I am not just saying this for retirees, that’s actually true for every traveler. I sometimes read my old travel journals, and very often I realize how many stories, names, and experiences I had forgotten already. Honestly, rereading a journal is one of the best gifts travelers can give to themselves.

So to help them with that, a travel journal is one of the best travel gifts for retirees.

#27 US travel inspiration book

A book titled "50 States 5000 ideas"
50 States 5000 Ideas book

This is a perfect gift for retirees who are planning to explore the US. 

It can inspire them to do countless awesome things in each state. Plus, since it’s illustrated, they can have sneak peeks of the places – allowing them to take a glimpse and imagine the things they can actually do when they visit.

#28 Luggage travel cup holder

A luggage handle with a holder for two coffee cups
Luggage cup holder

Give them a gift of convenience. With this luggage cup holder, rushing through the airport with coffee won’t be such a hassle anymore.

It’s practical, attachable to their suitcase handle, and keeps their coffee safe and steady so they can make their way to the gate stress-free and caffeinated.

#29 Puzzle book

The New York Times puzzle book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for small and practical gifts for retirees who travel then a puzzle book will always come in handy.

I mean, retired people tend to puzzle a lot in general, plus they need something to do in the plane, bus, or train while traveling to their next destination!

#30 Tote bag

Tote bag with: the legend has retired
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Tote bags are one of my favorite sustainable travel retirement gifts because they can replace plastic bags with this funny one!

So not only will it always remind them of the amazing time they had at work, it will also save the planet for their children (and grandchildren).

#31 Travel-sized games

Travel-sied card game version of Catan
Catan game

Another way in which retirees keep themselves busy is by playing games. So if you are looking for fun gifts for retirees who travel, a travel-sized game is the perfect solution.

You can find my 40 favorite games for travelers here, or go for the travel-sized catan game.

#32 Funny retired business cards

Business cards with "Retired, ask someone else"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Retirement is all about leaving stress behind and this gift will certainly go well with this concept. So, check it out!

A small, gag gift like this will remind them (and everyone else) that it’s no longer their problem anymore. They’re finally stress free and can bid them adieu!

#33 Scarf with hidden pockets

An infinity scarf with a floral print and a hidden pocket
Scarf with hidden pockets

A scarf is a practical travel item in general, but this one has something special that makes it an even better retirement travel gift;

It comes with a hidden pocket so they can stay warm and keep their belongings safe on the road.

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Final note on gifts for retirees who travel

Alright, these were my 33 favorite retirement gifts for travelers. If you haven’t made a decision yet, check out the editor’s top three.


Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!