There are certain accessories that make your travel life much easier and any frequent traveller is going to appreciate these gifts! Especially if they are yet to discover the awesomeness of these essential travel gear items!
Whether you are planning an epic white Christmas with the family, jet setting somewhere new or spending it at home, these travel gifts are sure to be a hit!
Give the gift of light with this practical travel gift that is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with a headlight to light the way.
Saunorch Universal Travel Adapter
This compact universal travel adapter is essential for international travel, making it easy to use their personal electronic devices anywhere in the world.
Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag
No more stressing about valuables getting wet when snorkelling, scuba diving or backpacking through the tropics. This waterproof dry bag will keep cameras, phones and other valuables dry and safe from water damage.
GSI Outdoors JavaPress French Press Coffee Mug
The GSI Outdoors French Press Coffee Mug is a coffee press that allows you to make your coffee right inside your travel mug. No need to skip your morning cup of coffee when you’re travelling, no matter how deep in the wilderness you may be!
So long as you can heat your water, you can enjoy your coffee!
Tile Mate Luggage Trackers
Add a Tile Mate to luggage, electronics or anything else you want to keep track of. If it goes missing, you can track it by the app on your phone with Bluetooth connectivity and the Tile Mate network.
Stainless Steel Travel Straw Set
This reusable collapsible straw set includes 4 stainless steel straws, 4 metal cases, 4 keychains and 4 silicon pieces, for a portable environmentally-friendly alternative to disposable straws. A perfect sustainable travel gift idea.
20-Inch Samsonite Omni Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels
This sturdy Samsonite Spinner suitcase maximises packing space and meets most carry-on size restrictions for travelling domestically or for short stays.
Personalised Travel Gifts
Personalised gifts are always an extra special touch. It also helps keep track of belongings when on the road. Personalised gifts are both practical and sentimental.
Wooden Travel Photo Album
These beautifully handmade wooden photo albums can be etched with names or occasions, making them a wonderful personalised gift for storing photos and mementos.
Made from wood with genuine leather binding. You have the ability to add extra pages later on too if you want to expand the size of the photo album.
Personalised Cord Organisers
A mess of tangled cords is no fun and hard to avoid when you travel. Save your loved one a little sanity with these cute leather cord organisers. Perfect for earphones, charging cords and other electronic organisation.
Best of all, they are personalised with the recipient’s initials so there’s no more mixing up who’s earphones are who’s on the road!
Personalised Leather Tag & Holder
Add some extra style to someone’s travel with these personalised leather travel accessories. Bag tag and passport holder as a matching set makes a perfect Christmas gift for frequent travellers!
The passport holder will ensure their passport stays protected while away and the leather luggage tag will help them find their luggage in the sea of suitcases on the baggage carousel.
Unique Travel Gifts For Home
Any travel passionate knows how strong that wanderlust can be when you’re at home instead of enjoying your latest adventure, so it makes sense to surround yourself with travel themed home decor and mementos. Same goes for your travel-loving buddies!
These fun travel home decor ideas are my favourite gift ideas:
Wooden Wall Map
Finding a unique travel gift can be challenging, but this one will be a hit with almost anyone – even the infrequent travellers. This wooden wall map is a beautiful home decor item.
Add pins for the places you visit, or simply enjoy it in its raw wooden format as a wall masterpiece.
A scratch map is a must-have for anyone who loves to travel internationally. In fact, I have a few of these stashed away for last-minute gift ideas.
We got ours back a few years and it hangs proudly in our hallway. The first thing we do when we arrive home from a trip somewhere new is scratch off the next destination. It’s also a great conversation starter when we have guests.
Wooden Photo Map
Imagine having a creative way to display your photos, all while marking off the different states you visit in the USA. That’s what this unique gift idea will do!
Add one of your favourite images to the wooden photo map as you work your way around it. They also have options for other destinations too, such as Canada and Europe.
World Map Wall Decals
Another fun wall art idea for travel gifts are map themed wall decals. These can be stuck on the wall and removed without damaging the wall.
They make for a fun and easy option for decorating, especially if you are renting and don’t want to damage the walls with prints.
Wall Map Coordinates Wall Art
Have the coordinates in the world added to a cute map wall art to display a sentimental place you have experienced together. Perhaps the coordinates of your first trip together or the place you met.
Tech Travel Gifts
If the traveller in your life is also a tech junkie, there are sure to be some fun gadgets on their wishlist this Christmas, so here’s a round-up of some of the best tech travel gift ideas:
Kindle eBook Reader
When you travel often, you want to keep things compact so a Kindle ebook reader is a great alternative to lugging heavy books around with you.
There are a gazillion books on Kindle and you can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited for a small monthly fee for access to endless choices too. I do this and love that I never run out of something new to read. There are some audiobooks included too.
TV Streaming Services
Being able to watch your favourite shows on the go is always great for downtime when travelling. Especially if you’ve got kids too!
Netflix is a popular option, or Amazon Prime is an alternative that includes tv and movie streaming plus Amazon Music and other awesome membership perks too.
Audible or Kindle Subscription
I mentioned how awesome Kindle Unlimited is for ebooks and audiobooks. You can also subscribe to Audible for audiobooks, which is my favourite way to pass time when transiting.
Both of these can be purchased as a gift subscription for your tech book-loving friends!
Music on the go is always great and these days being able to instantly download the latest album releases or find a fun playlist for your next road trip is the best way to listen to music.
Spotify is our favourite music streaming service. We have a family account which means we share one account across both our devices. Spotify premium makes a great gift as well!
You can also get a music subscription gift with iTunes or Amazon music too.
If you’ve got a streaming music service hooked up, you need the travel speaker to go with it! UE makes the best portable bluetooth speakers and the bonus is they are completely waterproof so they are great for travel.
This size is perfect for throwing into your suitcase for music on the go. We have the big Megaboom version at home and they are fantastic!
Travel Photography Gifts
Travel and photography are a perfect pair and there is always a new photography upgrade or tool on the market to make those travel memories even more beautiful and well captured.
Photography equipment can be expensive, so we are sharing some gadgets at the entry-level and the more expert level for your gift idea inspiration.
Nikon DSLR Camera
Many people who travel often choose not to take their big DSLR with them for every trip, as let’s face it, they can be bulky and heavy. Phones are taking over for travel photography.
But there is not much that compares to a great quality DSLR and our preference is Nikon. We have a NIKON D3500 model which takes great photos!
It is a perfect beginner or budget DSLR option. My favourite feature is the Bluetooth connectivity so you can send photos to your phone instantly for sharing.
For on the go, a point and shoot camera is a compact alternative and Canon do great point-and-shoot cameras. We have had a couple of different Canon cameras over the years and were never disappointed with the quality and capability.
While point and shoot cameras don’t have the range of a DSLR camera, they are great for travel.
GoPro Hero 9
The latest GoPro action camera release offers the ultimate in travel video capability. Best of all, they are waterproof so you can capture your travel memories, wherever you go!
Here are some of the best features:
Waterproof up to 33 feet
5K Ultra HD Video
20MP Photo with SuperPhoto
Hypersmooth 3.0 stabilisation
Live stream to YouTube or Facebook directly from your Gopro!
Check out the latest GoPro 9 deals here. We have this model and it does some pretty amazing stuff!
DJI Tello Drone
Drones are the new big thing in travel photography and the prices vary greatly. DJI makes great drones at both entry-level and pro levels.
DJI Mavic Mini Drone
For the more professional level drone, if you have a bigger budget to spend, or maybe if you’re gifting yourself (why not spoil yourself!), then the DJI Mavic Mini is a great choice. Plus you can get it in red! Bonus.
Roxant Pro Video Camera Stabilizer
Steady videos mean you need a little extra help rather than trying to keep your hand steady and this video camera stabilizer is a fantastic option for doing just that. It works for cameras, phones and GoPro/action cams so it is a great all-rounder stabilizing tool for your travel photography loving person.
Travel Gifts For Men
If you are looking for cool and unique travel gifts for men, there are so many gift ideas he will love. These travel gifts for him are sure to inspire some fresh wanderlust:
Quality outdoor adventure gear delivered each month in a subscription box. Nomadik is the ultimate travel subscription box! Top brands, practical travel gear and tools and tips on making your outdoor adventures even better.
Luxury 8 In 1 Manicure Set
For men who travel for business or who simply like to keep up with their personal care while they travel, this luxury manicure set is a great gift idea.
ATECH Multifunction 7 in 1 Tech Tool Pen
The ATECH Multifunction tool pen includes a ballpoint pen, stylus, bottle opener, mini flat-head screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, metric and inch ruler plus a phone stand.
Travel Gifts For Women
These travel gifts for her are sure to delight the travel-loving women in your life with practical and stylish travel accessories to take on her next journey:
Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandals
These Sanuk Yoga Sling sandals are made from yoga mats, making them super soft and supportive. They are the perfect travel sandals and comfortable enough to wear all day for city or beach exploring.
I wear these sandals all the time. Not just when I travel. They are literally the best shoes EVER!
BAGSMART Toiletry Bag Travel Bag with Hanging Hook
This BAGSMART Toiletry bag is perfect for longer trips, with a hanging hook and completely waterproof. There are multiple compartments to suit different toiletries and essentials.
Travel Infinity Scarf With Zipper Pocket
The Zero Grid travel scarf has button snaps at either end, to customise the look and fit. The 2 pockets are perfect for keeping important items, such as a passport or money, hidden away. Wear it as a scarf, wrap, shawl, hoodie, or travel blanket!
Raising young explorers is a magical way to help them learn about the world in a way that the classroom cannot teach. And of course, there are a few kid-friendly travel accessories that certainly make both of your time on the road easier.
What better way to get the kids excited for travel than a travel themed colouring book. This is a great gift for home before they travel and also one that can be perfect for entertaining them along the way.
Little Global Citizens Subscription Box
Little Global Citizens is a monthly subscription box that introduces children to countries of the world and their cultures, filled with fun activities, recipes and guides aimed at children 4 to 10 years old.
Little Passports Subscription Box
The Little Passports subscription consists of travel-themed monthly activity packs loaded with fun and educational activities to teach kids about different destinations. The first month comes with the orange suitcase and welcome pack, and each month after that comes with a different set of activities.
There are subscriptions to suit different age groups and regions. You can subscribe annually, 6 monthly or month to month.
We often make our own DIY activity kits for our kids before we travel, but if you are short on time or want something different, these subscription kits are perfect!
Kids Sleeping Mask
Help little travellers get a better night sleep when away from home with a cute patterned sleeping mask. These handmade sleeping masks for kids come in loads of different patterns.
Lonely Planet has some incredible kid-friendly activity books and fun educational resources in their Lonely Planet kids range. We have a few of them, including Adventures in Smelly Places pictured, and our kids love learning interesting new facts or doing the activities.
Toddler Car Seat Lap Travel Tray
The perfect accessory for a road trip, this lap tray is a great way for kids to do activities on long drives without dropping everything. This makes your life and theirs easier, for sure!
Fun learning puzzle globe to help develop early fine motor skills, learning spacial awareness, and geography
Travel-Themed Jigsaw Puzzle
Gift a gift that will give hours of fun with a beautiful travel scene puzzle, such as this stunning cityscape from Cloudberries.
Fun Gifts For Travel Lovers
If you want something a little less practical and a little more fun. Or if you are looking for a unique travel gift for home, to help your gift recipient dream of adventure, even when they are doing their every day routine, these fun travel lover gifts are sure to inspire:
The Adventure Challenge
Create your newest adventures through mystery adventures and challenges all from your home. Simply scratch off the mystery activity, have fun and journal your experience as a cool reminder for the future. You can choose from 4 different types – couples, family, solo or friends themed Adventure Challenge books.
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This LEGO Globe is sure to keep any LEGO fan busy for a long while as they build their very own spinning world globe model.
Travel Christmas Ornaments
These Christmas travel ornaments are a beautiful keepsake for the Christmas tree each year. Start a tradition and gift a new one each year!
A ticket display box is a super cute unique travel gift idea for Christmas. They can use it to store all the different ticket stubs from the attractions they visit around the world.
This one makes a really cute couple travel gift for your significant other or for another couple you want to give a joint gift to.
Travel Listography: Exploring The World In Lists
Travel Listography has over 70 thought-provoking topics, from the essentials (countries to visit, world cuisines to try) to the idiosyncratic (memorable people I’ve met, animals seen in the wild) in a sweetly illustrated journal to serve as a unique time capsule for years to come.
Hopefully, these give you some great ideas for unique travel gifts for Christmas, with something for every travel addict in your life! We’ve got a few of these on our own wish list this year too!
If you are looking for gift ideas for the rest of your list, you will find gift guides for every age and occasion over at my other website.
You can also find some great nature-inspired gifts for kids, in case you have a little nature lover in your life. There are so many fun options for the little travellers!
What’s the best travel-related gift you’ve ever received?