The 25 Best Welcome Home Gifts For A Traveler

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You are probably filled with joy over the fact that the person you love so much is finally coming home. And to celebrate that fact, you want to surprise him or her with the best welcome home gifts to make sure they’ll never leave again! Now, while I can’t grant that last wish, I can help you to find welcome back home gifts that travelers will actually love.

From fun items that will keep them entertained back home to cute home decor items to make them feel right at home. You will find the best welcome home gift ideas on this list!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three welcome home gifts by budget.

Save these welcome home gift ideas

Don’t forget to save these gift ideas for a welcome home. Because I can assure you a traveler never stops traveling, so they will surely leave again, and you will need this list again!

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Welcome home gifts for large budgets

#1 Scratch maps

Scratch map
Scratch map

I’ve said this a hundred times before. But travelers love maps.

In one way, looking at a home is just a form of inspiration for a traveler, especially if it’s a scratch map. It shows all the places that the traveler still needs to visit as well as all the beautiful places they’ve already seen so far.

For more map designs, check out these 25 world maps.

#2 International kitchen tools


Trying new (and usually delicious) food is a huge part of traveling. And not just for me, for most travelers actually. So what’s a better welcome home gift than a kitchen tool with which they can make these international dishes at home?

For someone who just returned from Morocco, a traditional Tagine is a great gift idea. For other countries, check out my destinations page for more inspiration. Or head over to #10 for another cool food-related welcome back home gift.

#3 Ticket to ride board game

Ticket to ride board game
Ticket to ride board game

Ticket to Ride is one of my absolute favorite board games! It’s a fun strategy game and it has a unique world map board. Personally, I think travel-themed board games are one of the great welcome home gift ideas because it’s a way for traveler lovers to share their love with others by playing a game together.

#4 Mug with a world map

Mugs wit maps
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Now that your loved one is finally back home again, I’m sure you can’t wait for all the teas (if you’re British) or coffees and hot chocolates (if you’re from anywhere else) you’ll be drinking together.

And to get them in the right mood to chat over a hot cup of anything, this mug with the world map is perfect! It comes with pencils to color in all the places the recipient has visited.

Alternatively, you can also check out the cute welcome home mugs on Zazzle.

#5 DIY limoncello kit

A set of Limoncello Italian gifts
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Are you looking for welcome back home gifts for someone who just came back from a trip to Italy? Or for someone who simply loves to cook and try new things in the kitchen?

Then this DIY limoncello kit is perfect! They can keep themselves busy while making a homemade bottle, and hopefully, you get to try some too. For more DIY food kits, check out these 25 international options.

#6 City skyline LEGO

Tokyo skyline LEGO set
Tokyo skyline LEGO

The LEGO architect series is not just for kids. It’s actually one of the best gift ideas for travelers who are stuck at home! They can rebuild their favorite buildings and skylines from around the world. This will make them feel like they’re traveling right from their homes. For people who love Japan, this Tokyo set is perfect, but head over to Amazon for many more options.

#7 City skyline bookends

Bookends shaped like San Fransisco skyline
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Travel-themed home décor items make great welcome home gifts because they will make a traveler feel right at home. For example, these beautiful bookends from different US city skylines such as New York and San Francisco.

#8 Travel-themed bed sheet

Bed sheets with passport stamps
Bed sheets with passport stamps

There is nothing better than sleeping in your own bed after a long trip.

But wait.

What if there is something better?

I guarantee travelers will love sleeping in their own beds even more with these cool travel-themed bed sheets.

#9 Wall clock

World map wall clock
World map wall clock

Are you looking for welcome home gifts that will cheer up their homes?

Then check out these 25 travel-themed wall clocks. Or go for this beautiful one with the world map (which was actually one of my favorites).  

Welcome home gifts for mid budgets

#10 International cookbooks

In her kitchen cookbook
In her kitchen cookbook

International cookbooks, such as In Her Kitchen are great welcome home gifts for travelers who just came home from a trip around the world. They’ve probably eaten their hearts out with the delicious food each country has to offer. So they’ll probably miss all these dishes already. With an international cookbook, they can recreate the taste of travel at home.

The reason why I love In Her Kitchen specifically is that it includes recipes from grandmother’s around the world. And for some reason, nana’s food is always the best.

But, of course, you could also go for a cookbook from a country the recipient loved the most.

#11 Candles

South Carolina candle
South Carolina candle

Candles that smell like a specific place, such as this South Carolina candle are great welcome back home gifts that will hopefully keep the recipient at home longer (though I highly doubt that).

#12 Books about travel

Destinations of a lifetime book
Destinations of a lifetime

Destinations of a lifetime by National Geographic

Books are great welcome home gift ideas, because they give the receiver something to do. National Geographic’s Destinations of a lifetime is a beautiful book that will surely inspire them to plan their next trip. Though, if you are not ready to see them leave again, check out the other two books.

History of the world book
History of the world

History of the world: Map by map

Are you looking for welcome back home gifts for history lovers? Then this book about the history of the world is perfect.

Nala's world book
Nala’s world

Nala’s world: One man, his rescue cat, and a bike ride around the globe

This is a fun book that covers the true story of a man and his cat who cycled around the world.

#13 Camper-shaped photo frame

Camper-shaped photo frame
Camper-shaped photo frame

A travel-themed photo frame is one the best welcome back home gifts for travelers who are too lazy to make a photo album (see gift #25). With a photo frame such as this camper, they can simply print their favorite photo and they’re done.

#14 Travel-themed piggy bank

Piggy bank for travelers
Piggy bank for travelers

Traveling is an expensive hobby. And since the recipient literally just returned from a trip, they’ll probably need to save a little before they can travel again.

So to help them out, a travel-themed piggy bank, such as this white one is perfect!

#15 Travel-themed coasters

Coasters with a compass
Coasters with a compass

Do you need welcome home gifts for someone who is a little bit clumsy (like me)? Then these cool coasters to protect their tables from stains are perfect!

#16 International coffee makers

Moka pot
Moka pot

Alright, this may be a personal one, but I hardly doubt it. Besides food, coffee is another huge part of traveling. And I know that many coffee lovers will agree with me. So for someone who loves Italy and Italian coffee, this Moka Pot is perfect.

For people who love Turkish or Greek coffee, a briki is a better alternative.

Or just check out my coffee gift guide for more international coffee gift ideas.

#17 Travel-themed phone case

Wooden phone case
Wooden phone case

This is one of the best welcome home gift ideas for someone who is always on his or her phone. Whenever they’re holding their phone (which is always) they will feel inspired by this beautiful wanderlust design.

Though, if you prefer something different, check out these 25 travel-themed phone cases.

Welcome home gifts for small budgets

#18 Home decor items

Wooden home decor items
Wooden home decor items

Are you looking for cute welcome back home gifts to make them feel more at home (and make them stay longer)?

Then these wooden stands are perfect. Especially, if the recipient is someone who just returned from a trip to the mountains.

#19 Travel-themed jigsaw puzzle

Jigsaw puzzle with world map
Jigsaw puzzle with world map

I know that you’re super excited for your loved one to be back home. And, of course, so are they. They’ve missed you and probably more people from back home. But once the novelty of being back home has worn off, they might start to feel something that’s called the after-travel dip.

So to help them get through that phase, any type of activity they can do at home, but that’s somehow related to travel, is a good welcome home gift idea.

And one example of that is this jigsaw puzzle of an antique world map. Though for more inspiration, check out my puzzle gift guide.

#20 Travel-themed jewelry

Necklace with a globe pendant
Necklace with a globe pendant

Alright, now I know that this necklace actually says “Going Places”, even though the recipient has just returned. But let’s face it. They’ve probably been infected with the travel bug, so they will be going places soon again. But up until then, they can still admire the world with this necklace.

#21 Coloring book for adults

Lonely Planet travel coloring book
Lonely Planet travel coloring book

Remember what I said about the after-travel dip?

Yes, that’s right, most travelers will fall into that after coming home. And remember what I said about what you can do about it?

Yes, that’s right! Buy them a welcome home gift that will give them something to do and that is related to travel. For example, this coloring book by the Lonely Planet with beautiful designs from around the world.

#22 I’d rather be in X shirt

T-shirt with text: "I'd rather be in Paris"
Photo courtesy of Slot Shirts

I know, they are definitely happy to be back home with you. But truth be told. After a few weeks, this shirt probably represents exactly what they’ll be thinking; I’d rather be in X.

Because they’re travelers after all. And travelers just get nervous when they’re in the same spot for too long. So if you know which place the recipient loves, then a shirt with “I’d rather be in X” is one of the funniest welcome home gifts.

#23 Travel-themed tote bag

Tote bag with text: ready to travel
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

This is another small welcome back home gift to show you care. A tote bag with a travel theme. I love the one with “ready to travel” because I know that most travelers will feel that way a few weeks after coming home (sorry moms and dads).

#24 Warm socks

Warm socks
Warm socks

Alright, I’m not going to lie. Socks are not the most exciting welcome home gifts. But, they are great if you are looking for small gift ideas and something that just shows you care.

I think they’re particularly great for people who just returned from a sunny destination to their cold home countries. Or for people who love Scandinavia and who just love to bring a bit of that cozy style home.

#25 Photo album

Photo album with world map
Photo album with world map

After such an amazing trip, the recipient will certainly have thousands of photos. But they are not all for sharing with friends and family (mostly family, usually). And that’s why making a photo album after a world trip is such a great thing to do. They can show their photos to everyone and when they’re feeling sad and miss travel, they can always look back at their trips.

Save these welcome home gift ideas

Did you save these gift ideas for welcome home yet?

25 welcome home gifts ideas for travelers

Final note on these welcome back home gifts

Alright, these were the 25 best welcome home gift ideas. I hope you found the perfect gift and I hope that you and your loved one will have an awesome time being reunited again!

And if you need more inspiration, check out the editor’s top 3.

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