I think we can all agree on the fact that 2020 is a special year for anyone, including travelers. And that is also why the best travel gifts for 2020 are special too. Since most travelers are staying home or traveling locally, the 2020 travel gift guide includes fun gifts for travelers at home, unique ways to keep them occupied and dreaming about traveling. Yes, the travel gift ideas for 2020 are focused on easing the pain of not being able to travel, from fun travel-related games to beautiful home decor items for travelers, let’s have a look at the 25 unique 2020 travel gifts!
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#1 Photography Courses
The 2020 travel gift guide will be filled with things to do at home for travelers, and giving a cool course to keep them occupied is definitely a good idea!
Most travelers love taking photos of all the places they visit, so why not give them something to help them take even better pictures!
A cheaper alternative to online course are photohraphy course books, such as this one on Amazon.
#2 Online Language Course
Another great thing to do for travelers when they can’t travel is to focus on their language skills to improve their experience next time they travel!
#3 Travel-themed Games
Another fun way to keep travelers occupied is by playing travel-themed games such as Trekking The World. A strategic game where they have to avoid tourist traps ad discover beautiful destinations.
Another fun travel game is Ticket To Ride. They have different editions so you can pick their favorite destination, such as
#4 DIY International Food Making Kits
Homemade food is always better than supermarket products, especially if it’s imported food!
So if you are looking for the best travel gift for 2020 for foodies, check out these DIY food kits.
- The Greek Yoghurt KIT I shared in my Greek gifts guide
- The Italian Cheesemaking kit for Italy lovers
- The unicorn Macarons for Francophiles
Check out my destination guides for more DIY food kit inspiration!
For people who prefer international drinks over food, check out the next item on this 2020 travel gift guide.
#5 DIY International Drinks Kits
No worries if you are getting gifts for someone who is not quite a master chef, but who is a master bar tender or bar sitter.
These awesome DIY international drinks are the perfect gifts for them:
- Belgian Golden Ale Beer Brewing Kit for the Belgian fans
- Mexican Cocktail Kit for Mexico lovers
- The Sake Making Kit the best gift for Japan lovers
Again, head over to my destination section if you want to find the best DIY drink kit for a certain country.
#6 Rare International Chili Box
This is one of the most unique travel gifts for 2020 chili lovers! A collection of seven different international chilies. It includes chilies from India, Spain, Syria, Turkey, and more.
#7 2020’s Best Travel Gifts Tasting Boxes
International tasting boxes are another great gift for traveling foodies who are really great cooks.
With tasting boxes they don’t have to prepare any meal, all they have to do is taste and decide which country’s flavor is their favorite.
Some of the tasting boxes you can think off are:
- Internation Tea boxes the best gifts for Tea Lovers
- Global Coffee Beans. Surprise, this is a great gift for coffee lovers
- International Whiskey Taste Box, you probably already guessed it, perfect for whiskey lovers
For more tasting boxes for specific types of foods and drinks, check out the food section of The Best Travel Gifts!
#8 Travel Inspired Lego
Lego may be one of the best travel gift ideas for 2020 for people who love building and who need to get out their inner child because that is exactly what Lego does!
#9 Local Travel Experiences
With everyone traveling close to home, you may be able to find a cool local travel experience you can give.
Of course, this only applies if you’re currently in a country that allows travel. Or you could give a voucher for a travel experience of course.
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#10 World Maps
World maps are always good travel gifts, but even more so in a year when physical travel is limited.
For unique travel gifts for 2020 check out my complete list of 25 awesome world map wall art ideas! It includes this cute map made out of hearts and many more cool ideas, such as glow in the dark maps and stamp maps!
#11 Entertainment Memberships
If you are looking for a gift to keep travelers occupied and happy while they can’t travel, a membership or a gift card for a membership to streaming services can be a great gift.
Think of service such as
#12 Travel Hacking Courses
The 2020 gift guide is all about getting them ready for when traveling is opening up again. And the travel hacking courses on Udemy are perfect for that.
#13 The 2020 Travel Gift Guide To Books
If they can’t travel physically, you can help them to travel mentally through books about travel or books that transport them to the country they love the most.
To give you some inspiration for books, I selected a few of the all-time favorites.
- Love With a Chance of Drowning. A book about a woman overcoming her fear of water by sailing the ocean with her boyfriend. It’s an inspiring book about travel, not only for women but for men too.
- Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. A book by the pro of long-term travel to inspire and help them to do the same.
- How To Travel The World on 50$ A Day. Another book written by a long-term traveler, this time it will help them to travel on a budget.
- Nala’s World: One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride Around the Globe. Perfect for people who love cycling and travel
- Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism. An interesting book for anyone interested in sustainable travel and why it is necessary.
- National Geographic’s Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places. More of a general book about travel and the best places on the earth.
If you are looking for specific books about certain destinations, check out my destination gift guides, as I always include a few cool books to give.
#14 The 2020 Travel Gift Guide To Cookbooks
The best travel gift ideas for 2020 are things they can do at home, and what’s better than cooking dishes from across the globe? That way they can indulge themselves in travel through food!
Here is a list of all sorts of international cookbooks to help you make a decision.
- In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World. What is it about grandmas and cooking? This book collects all the delicious granny meals from across the globe!
- International Cookbook: Around The World In 80 Dishes. A great international cookbook for the smaller budgets
- The Complete Book of National Dishes: Over 200 Delicious Recipes and their Origins from around the World. Help them discover over 200 national dishes and prepare them at home!
- The International Bar Tender’s Guide: Over 1200 Cocktail, Martini & non-Alcoholic drink recipes. The best cookbook for traveling cocktail lovers is of course a book that will help them make international cocktails!
- Global Baker: Inspirational breads, cakes, pastries, and desserts with international influences. The best international cookbook for people who love baking.
- Oh! 505 Homemade International Cookie Recipes. The perfect book for the sweet tooths and cookie lovers!
#15 Travel Inspired Jigsaw Puzzles
Jigsaw puzzles are the perfect travel gifts for 2020, since everyone has a lot of time at home to finish them!
#16 Memory Box
This is a great gift for travelers who always keep the tickets of everything, but never know what to do with the tickets in the end.
With this box they can create a beautiful memory box!
#17 Travel Piggy Bank
One of the best travel gift ideas for 2020 is to help them find a way to save up for when they can get back to traveling, and this piggy bank is just perfect for that! I’ll admit it is not one of the most unique travel gifts for 2020, but it sure is one of the most practical.
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#18 World Map Socks
The best travel gift ideas for 2020 are gifts that help them travel without actually traveling, such as these cool world map socks!
#19 Vintage Travel Posters
Travel posters are another way to help them travel without leaving home.
I personally love the vintage travel designs, such as these ones from US National parks.
Check out Amazon for more vintage poster from other countries.
#20 The Best Travel Gifts For 2020: Personalized Facemask
As I said the best travel gifts for 2020 are a bit different than others, as the face mask has become one of the most important item to bring anywhere you go.
So if you are looking for gift ideas for someone who is still traveling locally, a face mask is a good idea.
#21 The Best Travel Gifts For 2020: Keychain Hand Sanitizers
One of the most useful travel gift ideas for 2020, a hand sanitizer holder they can attach to their keychain. So they can clean their hand everywhere and stay safe and healthy!
#22 Photo Album Gift Card
One benefit of not traveling, is that travelers finally have time to finish those photo albums from trips they took years ago. So one of the unqiue travel gifts for 2020 is to give them a gift card to make their own photo albums!
Shutterfly delivers beautiful photo gifts and albums internationally. So with a gift card from Shutterfly, you give them the opportunity to make a photo album online or pick a canvas print of their favorite travel photo.
You can decide on the budget for the card yourself.
#23 Travel Coloring Books For Adults
Adult coloring books are great activity books for adults who like to get creative and who can’t relax without doing something.
This travel inspired one from the Lonely Planet is perfect for travelers!
#24 Activity Book For Adults
If all these travel gift ideas for 2020 didn’t convince, perhaps this activity book adults might be a good gift.
I think many travelers who can’t travel right now, need some ideas of what else they can do with their lives, and that is when an “I’m still f*cking bored” book comes in very handy!
#25 Travel Trivia Game
Another fun gift to keep travelers entertain at home, is this box of 50 travel trivia questions.
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Allright, these were all my 25 unique travel giftd 2020! Let’s hope 2021 will be a better year for travel, so that next year’s travel guide will include more travel gift ideas for people who are actually traveling instead of staying home!
But for this year, which gift did you end up getting? Share it in the comment.