Travel really makes the world feel smaller. And for us travel lovers, the joy of getting on a flight is just as fun as reflecting on the memories made. So if you’re looking for unique travel gifts ideas, you’re in luck!
There are a ton of practical and sentimental gifts for travel lovers that aren’t just the same old travel neck pillows.
Here are 10 of my favorite thoughtful gift ideas for travel lovers!
#1. A Custom Travel Map
Travel maps are always cool, but what’s even better? Choosing all the pretty little details to make it 100% unique!
I used Mapiful to make a custom map of Rome, as an anniversary gift to my husband.
I loved being able to customize details like the size, colors, and font. But the best part? I got to add the exact coordinates of our first date: The romantic Terrazza del Pincio overlooking the city.
These custom maps make really thoughtful travel gifts, so their favorite memories have a place at home. Plus, aren’t they just so pretty?
#2. A Photo Lens Attachment For Smartphones
Chances are your traveler lovers are also shutterbugs too! The Olloclip is a compact lens that turns a smartphone into a professional camera. And it creates the most unique and beautiful photos!
The fisheye lens is my favorite feature of the Olloclip. The macro and wide angle options also make such compelling photos, making them perfect travel gifts.
You can find the olloclip online here, or in person at the Apple store.
#3. Some Space Saving Travel Bags
These babies are a total lifesaver for over-packers (hello!). Space saving bags not only keep the luggage weight down, but keep your clothes organized and clean during your trip.
When you’re traveling you are often pressed for time. So not having all your shirts/pants/undergarments jumbled up just makes your life so much easier!
As a travel gift, make sure to get compression bags like these that you can roll the air out of. That way, you don’t need a pump or vacuum to use them.
#4. Washable Travel Flats
As women, we are always on the struggle bus when it comes to travel shoes. We have to pick something that goes with everything, but doesn’t take up lots of space. Oh and of course they have to be stylish!
Rothy’s “the point” flats are by far the best shoes for travel that I’ve tried. They’re comfy, stylish, and really easy to clean. Plus they make great travel gifts, because you can throw Rothy’s straight into the washer. I used to trash my flats out after a long summer of travel, but my Rothy’s still look new after weeks on cobblestone.
All their shoes are sustainably made from recycled water bottles, so you can feel really good about this gift. Ladies who are frequent fliers would be psyched to get a pair of these, and here’s a link for $20 off your Rothy’s purchase!
#5. A Black Crossbody With A Built In Phone Charger
A black crossbody was one of the best travel gifts I have ever gotten. Why? Because my battery is always dying, and finding a place to plug in on the go can be a nightmare.
Plus just because you own portable charger, doesn’t mean you’ll remember to bring it with you (wink wink)! But when it’s built into your purse- it’s always there. Plus, black goes with everything when your wardrobe is restricted. Win win!
A portable charging crossbody is a great gift idea for frequent travelers, because it has space for all the essentials. It’s also easier to keep your eye on in bustling city centers.
#6. A Carry On Bag With A Suitcase Sleeve
For travel lovers, having a suitcase sleeve on your carry on is a total life saver. No more shoulder pain, because your suitcase can do all the heavy lifting.
By far, the best carry on bag I’ve ever had is the Lo and Son’s OG bag. It’s pricey, but it’s lasted me 5+ seasons of frequent travel and counting. It has great storage, like a laptop sleeve, and a handy size pocket perfect for stashing a pair of shoes.
It could easily be an everyday work/gym bag too! Overall, the style and quality really can’t be beat as a travel gift for a loved one.
#7. A Digital Luggage Scale
Not the sexiest gift on the list, but a luggage scale is a super thoughtful gift idea for travelers. Nothing can make you sweat bullets like last minute bag shuffling, just trying to meet the weight limit.
A luggage scale, is a practical and lightweight travel gift that will make life run more smoothly during trips.
The digital scales can switch easily between pounds and kilograms, so you’ll always have a precise measurement. No hoisting luggage onto the bathroom scale again!
#8. A Vintage Style Globe
One of my favorite travel gifts ever, was an antique globe that was my grandfathers. I never got to meet him, so when my mother gave it to me, I was so happy to have a thoughtful memory of both him, and my love of travel.
You can find amazing authentic vintage globes on sites like Chairish, and Ebay, or keep an eye out at estate sales. There are also some stunning reproductions that give the same look, for a lot less.
#9. A Phone Tripod With Remote
Another way to get the greatest photos while on the road? This handy tripod is one of the best travel gifts, because it lets you take photos from anywhere.
This tripod has flexible legs to grip surfaces, and a remote for perfect timed shots. If the travel lover on your list is a shutterbug, they’ll really enjoy having this tool to create even better travel photos.
#10. Personalized Luggage
Having a personal touch on your bags will make any travel lover smile when they grab it off the luggage carousel!
Plus, modern brands like Away make it a snap to add a monogram. You can choose from engravings, painting, embroidery, stamps, or even stickers. Talk about options!
Their bags are sleek, modern, and for frequent travelers, you can get even get suitcase with a built in charger! I can’t wait until this is a mainstream option for other luggage brands! And you can use this link for $20 off your first purchase from Away.
Thanks for reading this round up of thoughtful and unique travel gifts for all the jet setters in your life!
And if you are a world traveler yourself, check out a few of these helpful travel tips that will make your life easier:
- How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe
- Travel Beauty Tips To Save You From Jet Lag
- 45 Smart Travel Hacks To Save Time, Money, and Space
And next time you’re in need of a little travel inspo yourself, check out some of my latest travel guides for inspiration!
What’s your favorite travel gift you’ve given or gotten yourself? I’m always looking for new ideas and would love to hear em’!