With Christmas around the corner, it is time to look at the best gifts for travel lovers in 2022. Now that travel is finally back to normal, we will see that this year’s list is filled with practical gift ideas for travel lovers as well as beautiful home-related travel gifts, such as maps, clocks, and kitchenware. With 50 different gifts to choose from, there is something for every type of traveler!
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#1 Travel experiences gift card
If you are looking for travel lovers gifts for someone who has a reputation of being hard to shop for, this is a perfect option!
Tinggly offers gift cards for cool experiences around the world. For travel lovers, the “Experience the World” gift card is the best. But they also provide cards for specific occasions, for foodies, for adrenaline seekers, for couples, for newlyweds, and many more. So check out the website to find the gift card that matches the receiver best.
Oh and if you think that gift cards are thoughtless and boring gifts, you should definitely check out these gifting rules everyone should know (I bet it will change your mind).
#2 World map
Let’s make this a short one. Travelers love maps, so obviously, one of the best gifts for travel lovers is a world map.
You can find my 25 favorite world map designs here, or go for this scratch map that reveals a country’s national flower once it’s scratched.
My eReader is one of my most important travel items, I never travel without it. And if the receiver loves reading as much as I do, I am 100% certain that an eReader is the best gift you can get them.
Kobo is one of the best brands for eReaders, and the Libra 2 model is completely waterproof, which makes it an even better eReader for travelers who spend a lot of time at the beach (or for clumsy ones like me).
#4 Portable coffee maker
Is the receiver a big coffee lover?
Then this is the best travel gift for you! A portable espresso maker.
No matter where they are, they can make delicious coffee.
The machine is compatible with Nespresso cups, which are basically sold all over the world.
#5 Travel-themed phone case
Do you need gift ideas for travel lovers who are always on their phones?
Then a travel-themed phone case is an awesome option. I quite like this one from Zazzle because you can add personal images and the receiver’s name.
#6 Wireless earbuds
These mini earbuds by Beats Studio are one of the best gift ideas for travel lovers who love music.
And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love music?
The earbuds are incredibly small, lightweight (this makes them great for travelers), and sweat-resistant. Plus, they have a noise-canceling option and last up to 24 hours!
I’m basically just summing up all the features, but that’s what makes these earbuds such great gifts. For more affordable travel gifts for music lovers, check out #11.
#7 Mountain range cuff bracelet
If you need travel gifts for mountaineers, this cuff bracelet with a mountain range is an awesome gift idea.
Or you could check out these 25 mountain gifts for more inspiration.
#8 Board games
This is one of my favorite gift ideas for travel lovers at home; travel-themed board games. Check out my post to see all 25 games for travelers.
But if you just want my number one recommendation, go for Ticket to Ride.
#9 Alcohol from their favorite country
If you are looking for unique gift ideas for travel lovers who also enjoy alcohol, this is the gift for you; alcoholic beverages from the receiver’s favorite country.
Some examples you can think off include:
- Whiskey from Ireland
- Vodka from Poland
- Raki from Turkey
- Sake from Japan
- Jenever from The Netherlands
- Beer from Germany
- And many more
#10 Floating sunglasses
Rheos’ floating sunglasses are the best gift ideas for travel lovers who spend a lot of time on or near the water. They no longer have to worry about dropping their sunglasses because the glasses will simply stay afloat. And, equally important, the sunglasses look stylish as well.
#11 Portable JBL speaker
JBL is my go-to brand for portable speakers. Especially the GO 3 model is perfect for travelers because of its small size and handy loop. Despite its size, the GO 3 still comes with the great features JBL is known for. Such as amazing bass sounds, sand and waterproof material, and long battery life.
#12 Portable charger
A portable charger is one of the best tech travel lovers gifts, no matter what type of traveler the receiver is. No one wants to run out of batteries and miss an opportunity to make great photos (or more practical, navigate their way home).
Anker is one of the most popular brands among travelers. Their products are relatively lightweight given the amazing quality they provide.
#13 US national parks scratch poster
This is one of the best travel lovers gifts for US travelers and nature lovers; a scratch-off poster with all US National Parks!
#14 DIY food kit
Are you looking for travel gift ideas for people who love cooking?
Then a DIY food kit is an awesome gift idea, check out these 25 international kits. Or go for the Chinese soup dumpling kit for people obsessed with Chinese food.
#15 World map clock
What did I say about travelers and maps?
Well, here is another world map gift that travelers will surely love. How do I know? Because I am an avid traveler and this is one of my favorite travel-themed clocks.
#16 Something from their favorite country
If you want to show you really put an effort into finding the best gift, then you should go for something that relates to their favorite country. It shows that you remember their preference and went out of your way to find something from their country. (They don’t have to know that all you had to do was head to my destinations page and find the country-specific gift guide there).
For example, for people who love France, this original set of the French game petanque is a fun gift idea.
#17 Rain jacket
No matter what type of traveler the recipient is, a rain jacket will always come in handy. Especially if you go for a high-quality one, such as the stretch Ozonic jacket from Mountain Hardwear.
#18 GoPro action camera
If you have a large budget for this gift, a GoPro is one of the coolest gifts for travel lovers! This action camera allows them to take photos whenever and wherever. Whether they’re swimming, surfing, cycling, running, or hiking in the rain, the GoPro HERO10 is designed to capture every moment.
#19 International kitchenware
- Pasta maker for Italy lovers
- Crepe maker for French lovers
- Takoyaki maker for Japan lovers
- Pierogi maker for Poland lovers
- And many more
Travel lovers gifts for mid-budgets
#20 Passport covers
Are you looking for practical gifts for travel lovers?
Then a passport cover is always a good idea. Head over to Zazzle for over 64,000 different travel-themed options!
Or go for this cute brown one.
#21 Travel gift card
A gift card is one of the best gift ideas for travelers if you are looking to play it safe. The only thing you need to figure out is which gift card you would like to give. To get some inspiration, check out these 25 gift cards that travelers will love. Or go for a gift card from Hotels.com which gives them access to hotels around the world.
Oh and if you still think gift cards are bad and boring gifts, you surely haven’t tried any of these creative ways to give a gift card.
#22 Street food from around the world
This is another great gift idea for travel lovers who love food; a cookbook with recipes for famous international street food, such as Brazilian churrasco, Mexican tacos, and Sri Lankan roti.
#23 Tripod selfie stick
If the receiver loves taking photos this tripod and selfie stick is a great gift idea.
They can take better selfies (without their arms in the photo) and clearer photos (no more blurry or moved photos because they can use the stick as a tripod).
#24 Travel-themed tumbler
A travel mug is a very practical gift for travelers who love takeout coffee and who care about the environment. Instead of using disposable cups, they can reuse their cool travel-themed mug.
Head over to Zazzle for different designs, or go for this colorful one with a world map.
#25 Scarf with hidden pockets
For those of you who would like to find practical gifts for travel lovers, this infinity scarf is a cool option.
The scarf comes with two hidden pockets, so the receiver can safely store their passport and money when traveling.
For more gifts to help the receiver travel safely, check out these safety gifts.
#26 Travel document organizer
A travel document organizer is a super practical wallet for travelers. It’s a wallet that allows them to store their money, cards, passport, and tickets all in one place. It’s one of the best gifts for travel lovers who are not the most organized (that’s certainly me).
If you have a larger budget, you can go for a personalized travel wallet, but if not, the leather one on Amazon is also a beautiful option.
#27 Dry bag
Dry bags always come in handy, whether the receiver spends a lot of time near the water or not. This bag will make sure their most valuable items stay dry when they’re caught in the rain.
#28 World map jigsaw puzzle
I am just going to repeat myself. Travelers love maps. So if you are looking for a fun activity gift for travelers, a jigsaw puzzle of the map of the world is a great gift idea.
This is a 1000-piece puzzle, so it’s relatively easy. For more (difficult) travel-themed puzzles, check out the puzzle gift guide.
#29 Insulated water bottle
All travelers need to stay hydrated, which is why a water bottle is such as practical gift, especially insulated water bottles. They are great to keep drinks cold for travelers who love sunny destinations, and they prevent water from getting frozen for winter lovers.
#30 Online language class
Are you looking for gift ideas for travel lovers who are currently trying to learn a new language? Or who would love to start learning a new language?
Then a gift card to italki is a great option. Italki is an online platform where students can find real language teachers and take one-on-one classes online.
The only downside of this gift is that you need to sign up for italki in order to buy a gift card. (Not the most clever sales strategy if you ask me, but it doesn’t take away the fact that it’s a great gift).
Alternatively, check out these awesome gift ideas for language learners.
#31 Travel-themed photo frame
For travelers who are currently not traveling or who recently bought a house, something for their home is a great gift idea. For example, this photo frame with a travel quote.
#32 Inspirational travel books
One thing travelers love to do when they’re not traveling is to plan their next trip. And for that a beautiful inspirational book such as Destinations of a Lifetime by National Geographic is perfect.
You can literally find inspirational travel books for all types of travelers:
- Sustainable Escapes by Lonely Planet for sustainable travelers
- Cyclist Ride: The greatest cycling routes in the world for cyclists
- 100 Hikes of a Lifetime for hikers
- Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die for boaters
- And many more
#33 Travel subscriptions
Besides gift cards, membership subscriptions can also be really practical gifts.
Some subscriptions that are great for travelers include:
- Disney Plus
#34 Jewelry box with initial
Did you know that people tend to keep personalized gifts longer than generic ones?
So if you would like your gift to last longer, go for a personalized option, such as this velvet jewelry box with the receiver’s initial.
Or check out the other personalized travel gifts here.
#35 Travel photography course
Looking back at your old travel photos is one of the best ways to relive that journey. And it’s even greater if those pictures resemble the actual beauty of that destination (something my pictures often lack, unfortunately).
So one of the most unique and cool gift ideas for travel lovers is this complete travel photography course to help them capture their adventures in photos.
As you can see in the photo, this is something I would also benefit from.
#36 Hanging toiletry bag
This hanging and water-resistant toiletry bag is one of the most practical travel lovers gifts. It’s available in six different colors and can fit all of your toiletries in one bag.
Travel lovers gifts for small budgets
#37 Travel piggy bank
Traveling is an expensive hobby, so anything that will help a traveler to save money is an excellent gift. This is why travel-themed piggy banks are great gifts for travel lovers. A specific (and beautiful) piggy bank will surely motivate them to save more money and resist the urge to take out cash for other causes.
This travel fund is one of the most affordable and cute piggy banks, but for more options, check out these piggy banks for travelers.
#38 Sleeping masks
I know, sleeping masks are not really the most exciting gifts for travel lovers. But I promise you, they are quite essential, so the receiver will actually end up using them quite a lot.
If you do want to give a unique sleeping mask, go for the one with built-in headphones. It can connect to the receiver’s phone by Bluetooth, so they can listen to music while they’re trying to fall asleep.
#39 Coloring book for adults
Coloring books for adults are great for stress relief. So if you are looking for the best gifts for travel lovers who seem a bit stressed out, the Lonely Planet ultimate travel coloring book is perfect.
#40 Cute necklace
This is one of the cutest travel lovers gifts for women. A necklace with pendants of a globe and a compass.
#41 Travel-sized games
If you are looking for gift ideas for travel lovers who (like me) love games, then travel-sized games are perfect!
Because they are travel-sized, travelers can take them anywhere. And when I say anywhere, I mean really mean anywhere. My friends and I actually took Spot it up to the Mont Blanc and played it at an altitude of 12,582 feet (about 3,835 meters)!
The aim of Spot It is to spot the matching symbols between cards as fast as possible, it’s a nerve-racking game that requires quick reflexes.
#42 Laundry bag with world map
Yet another world map gift. This time it’s a laundry bag with a cool print. Their laundry may be dirty, but at least they’ll store it in style.
#43 Language-themed puzzle book
This might just be one of my favorite gift ideas for travel lovers. It combines two of my favorite things (languages and puzzles), so I might be slightly biased.
But for any traveler who loves activity books or languages, this fun little book with language-related brain teasers is perfect.
#44 Travel-themed ring
This is another cute piece of jewelry for female travelers. I love the simplicity of this ring, with just a small globe and airplane that make the entire ring. It’s available in six different colors.
#45 Travel-themed tote bag
Are you looking for the best travel gift ideas for sustainable travelers? Then a tote bag is a great idea. It’s small, light, and most importantly durable so it outlasts any plastic bag.
For camping lovers, check out the cute “Happy Camper” bag. For others, head over to Zazzle for more designs.
#46 Fanny packs
Fanny packs are one of the safest bags for travelers. And now that fanny packs are actually back in fashion, you can now find them in all sorts of designs. Though, if you are looking for simple gifts for travel lovers, this black one might be a better option.
But if the receiver loves fashion, check out Amazon for more stylish fanny packs.
#47 Luggage tags
Do you need small gift ideas for travel lovers?
Then luggage tags are a great idea. You can literally find them in any theme, color, print, or design, such as this one with mountains.
But for other designs, head over to Zazzle.
#48 Travel journal
A travel journal is a traveler’s best friend if they want to remember all the funny moments of their trip. And for travelers who love saving tickets, foreign currencies, and other random keepsake things, this stub diary with clear sleeves is perfect.
For people who prefer to write about their experiences, check out these 25 travel journals.
#49 Fast-drying towels
I will be the first to admit that fast-drying towels are not the most unique gifts for travel lovers. They are, however, one of the most practical. They are lightweight and dry fast, which is exactly what travelers need.
#50 Hiking socks with quote
Do you need gifts for travel lovers who love walking and hiking?
But do you want something slightly more original than regular hiking socks?
Then these socks by Columbia with “Adventure” are the gift you need. They are still super practical, but just a little more unique and more fun to give.
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Final note on gifts for travel lovers
Alright, I hope that you were able to find the perfect gift for your receiver. If not, you can always shoot me a message and we can brainstorm together. Or perhaps my personal top 3 can help you decide.