If you’ve got a large list of people to buy for this Christmas, it can be an overwhelming task knowing where to start, so we wanted to help make your job a little easier with some of our favourite unique travel gifts for Christmas 2019.
Some of them are essential travel gadgets and tools, others are just for fun. We’ve added something for everyone on your list!
30 UNIQUE TRAVEL GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS
Whether they are just setting off for their first big adventure, or a seasoned traveller, there is no doubt someone on your gift list who would love one of these cool travel gifts for Christmas!
We have put together gifts for all type of travellers and budgets. We’ve also got the kids covered with some fun kid’s travel gift ideas.
Travel Accessories Every Traveller Needs
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!
1. Packing Cubes
I’ve said it before and I will say it plenty more times. Packing cubes have transformed the way we pack for our trips. Especially when travelling with kids. Everyone needs a set of good quality packing cubes for an organised suitcase. EVERYONE!
Get a different colour for each family member so you have no trouble knowing which belongs to who. These Shacke Pak cubes are a hot favourite and come in lots of colours!
2. Memory Foam Travel Pillow
Just like sleeping on clouds wherever you are! Want your travel buddies to travel in comfort? Then they need one of these! They will love you for it!
A memory foam travel pillow means no losing shape after the first use. Better support while you travel and a great way to increase the chances of sleep while in transit. Plus the set also comes with a sleep mask and earplugs too.
3. Stow N Go Portable Suitcase Organiser
We haven’t tried a Stow N Go yet but they look awesome and would be a perfect gift for someone about to go on a long trip. Or someone who just likes to have their luggage organised neatly the whole time. This is like next-level packing cubes!
4. Tesalate Sand Free Beach Towel
The worst thing about visiting the beach is the bucketload of sand you accidentally take home with you, so every traveller or beach lover needs one of these funky and functional towels from Tesalate.
They come in stunning and fun designs, are light and compact, and sand just drops right off. They even have a hook loop for easy hang to dry options while on the go.
Check out the current range of Tesalate sand-free towel designs here.
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.
5. 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 walnut 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.
6. 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!
7. 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 carosel.
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:
8. 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.
9. Scratch Map
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.
10. 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!
11. 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. We have a few different wall stickers up in our house and they look really funky.
12. Ticket Shadow Box
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 gift for your significant other too, so you can fill it with memories you share together.
13. Printable Wall Art
If you are looking for a really budget-friendly travel gift that you can personalise yourself, printable wall art is perfect!
You can purchase this printable quote and several others from our online store. Print them yourself at home or at your local photo lab, then just add to a chic looking frame. Simple, easy and they look great on display!
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:
14. 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.
15. 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!
16. 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!
17. iTunes or Google Play Gift Card
Depending on the type of phone or devices your gift recipient has, they may be able to put an app store gift card to great use, whether they be gamers or music fans, or simply want some fancy new travel apps.
18. Spotify Subscription
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.
Check out our top 100 road trip songs and grab the Spotify playlist for your device too. It’s free!
19. UE Wonderboom Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
If you’ve got a streaming music service hooked up, you need the travel speaker to go with it! UE make 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.
20. 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.
21. Canon Point and Shoot Camera
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 they don’t have the range of DSLR cameras, they are great for travel.
22. GoPro Hero 7
The latest GoPro action camera release offers the ultimate in travel video capability. Here are some of the best features:
- Waterproof up to 10 metres
- 4K video
- GoPro Quik Stories for quick video creation
- Live stream to YouTube or Facebook directly from your GoPro 7!
23. 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 level.
The Tello Drone is an entry-level toy drone, but for someone just starting out in travel videography, or who just wants to capture some cool angles for their next trip, the Tello is a popular choice. We actually have this one ourselves.
24. DJI Mavic 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 is a great choice. Plus you can get it in red! Bonus.
25. 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.
26. Moment Lens For Phone
We are definitely in a new generation of travel photography where phones are always on hand and many people are creating incredible videos and photos from their mobile phones. In fact, we sometimes only take our phones on short trips these days, to keep our luggage weight down.
This is a cool little gadget to take your photography to the next level on your phone.
Unique Travel Gifts For Kids
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.
27. Travel Colouring Book
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.
28. Little Passports Subscription
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. These are so fun, I kinda want one myself! 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 kits are perfect!
28. 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.
29. Lonely Planet kids travel activity books
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.
30. Toddler Car Seat Lap 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!
Having a lap tray like this is a great way to keep kids entertained during road trips over the Christmas break.
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 occassion 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?