Alright, so you’ve landed on this page because you’re looking for the best gifts for travelers. Are you pondering over what gift ideas when traveling would be most appreciated by your wanderlust friends and family? Never fear, the One Week In team is here.
Welcome to our ultimate gift guides! Trust us when we say: there are so many ideas when it comes to gifts for people who love to travel.
Whether it’s practical items, fun accessories, or unique experiences, this guide is a treasure trove of gifts travel lovers will adore.
Save time by finding the top gifts right here in this guide.
In this guide, we cover awesome travel gift ideas, from practical travel gifts to fun travel accessories and adventure gift ideas.
This includes gifts for people who travel for work, ensuring they have everything they need to make their business trips as smooth and enjoyable as possible. You’ll soon have gift ideas coming out of your ears.
In fact, we’ve gone one step further by sorting everything by price. We get that some of you are on a budget and others can afford to splash out on the best luxury travel gifts out there.
Thanks to wonderful websites like Amazon; affordable, fun, and unique travel gifts are never too far away. We’ve included a link to buy for every recommendation in this guide. You’re welcome.
1. Gifts for Travel Lovers: Under 10€
Let’s kick start with some presents for travel lovers that don’t cost an absolute fortune. You can still buy cute and small travel gifts at a small price.
These suggestions are ideal for slipping inside a backpack without taking up much space.
Neck Travel Pillow
Sometimes it’s the necessities of travel life that make great travel lover gifts.
Let’s face it, nobody enjoys moving between destinations when it involves hours of sitting down. And trying to sleep whilst sitting up is awkward. So, don’t be a pain in the neck and buy them a memory foam travel pillow (get it?).
Note: We don’t think it’s worth spending a fortune on a fancy pillow. It’s easy to accidentally leave them behind on the plane, and they can be hung on the outside of a backpack so don’t take up too much space.
Before you scoff and scroll on by, a portable luggage scale is a great gift idea! Every traveler needs to manage their luggage weight, especially if you’ve paid for a limit of 20kg.
It can soon get seriously expensive if you turn up with a bag that’s 3-4 kg overweight. Some airlines will charge 10€ plus for every extra kg. Do your buddy a favor and buy them this handy portable luggage scale, along with a practical luggage tag, so they can carry and avoid the embarrassment of having to put on an extra 5 layers of clothing to save weight.
Traveling with cards is a really good idea! No more boring time at the airport when your flight is delayed, make new friends in your accommodation… UNO cards are simple; you can play with people that don’t speak the same language because it consists of matching colors or numbers.
Plus, throw in an eye mask to make those long flights more comfortable!
The card game can be simple but you can also make it more complicated adding new rules. A versatile game that takes little space in your suitcase. You can play it at home, too!
Moving on now to gifts for someone who likes to travel, at a slightly higher price. This list offers a wide range of ideas, from inspiring travel-related books to handy and necessary gadgets when on the move.
Among these, we also have some special travel gifts for her, ensuring that female travelers have both stylish and practical items for their journeys.
Similarly, we’ve curated a selection of travel gift ideas for him, focusing on items that would particularly appeal to male travelers, combining functionality with style.
A really cool gift idea is a crumpled city map for the destination(s) your friend is heading to. These maps are designed to be taken on an adventure – crumple, scrunch, and force them into small spaces; they can withstand a lot of abuse.
You just never know when that phone might die or when the GPS will give up on life. We’d say this is one of the best travel gifts for him. Men are great with directions, right?
Major cities crumple maps include: Paris, New York, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and many more.
This is not your ordinary travel journal, oh no. Not only is there plenty of space for logging worldly adventures, but you’ll also find eight unique scratch maps that represent different corners of the world. So as you go, you can scratch off where you’ve been and plan where to go next.
Each map includes major cities in each country, too. Consider it a super fun geography lesson. So cool!
If you buy someone a universal travel adapter, charger, and power bank as a gift you’re sure to hear an “I never thought of that!” Honestly, you’ll be surprised how many travelers overlook this because they rely on USB charging sockets.
Whilst it’s true that it’s becoming the new standard, not every country – especially Eastern countries – will provide USB sockets. So to be on the safe side, buy your travel enthusiast friend a universal travel adapter.
It can be used anywhere in the world – a wonderful one-time buy.
75 Cards for Discovering the Unexpected, Wherever Your Journey Leads. These 75 cards are a fun way of exploring new places and doing things you wouldn’t usually think of doing. It’s a mix of introspective questions and daring challenges that will bring more excitement to someone’s trip.
Know someone that needs to leave their comfort zone? This is a good gift for them!
Seriously, no modern-day traveler will get very far without one of these cell phone portable chargers. They’re super useful for long-distance bus and train journeys, especially in countries where offering plug sockets aren’t the norm.
The simple USB socket makes charging smartphones and iPads super easy.
The title of this book says it all. 1000 places to see before you die is one of those ideal birthday gifts for travel lovers. Get their feet itching and their imagination rolling will this awesome book.
It covers the world’s wonders, continent by continent – so much inspiration for future travels including top museums, hidden islands, festivals, and hilltop villages that cannot be missed.
Microfibre Travel Towel
A microfibre travel towel is an absolute must-have in one’s travel gear. Especially if this person will be staying in hostels! Hostels don’t typically include a towel in the room price, charging 1-2 euros for rent. It might not seem a lot, but it soon adds up.
The towel is the perfect gift for the budget backpacker. They roll up super small, dry super quick and last years.
Another great book to consider buying as a gift for travel lovers. Someone who has traveled extensively might start to run out of ideas…maybe! Regardless, here are 5,000 suggestions that will keep your friend away with the fairies for life.
Packing what? This is quite a modern idea and it’s brilliant!
The idea is to pack clothes and smaller items in the cubes to save overall space in a backpack or suitcase. The packing cubes help to keep things organized, un-wrinkled, and, in theory, make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
Say goodbye to emptying the entire bag in frustration when you can’t find your toothbrush. Also, consider adding compression socks to this travel gear to ensure your traveler has comfortable and well-supported legs during their journeys.
Also: This is one of those gifts for business travelers. Packing cubes help keep shirts less crinkled!
Over at Madly Addictive you can browse some gorgeous travel-related t-shirts for men and women. Fun captions include “passport gangster”, “nomad” and “adventure junkie” and are sure to be winning gifts.
They also sell cute little passport wraps and wide brim hats which are ideal for keeping the sun off in style.
Coffee lovers who want to explore remote places, let me tell you a secret. In some places, you will have to bring your coffee with you – and something to make your perfect blend!
The AeroPress is not only a good coffee press that makes smooth, delicious coffee. It is also compact, portable, and durable! The AeroPress kit comes with paper filters, but I do recommend you investing also in a mesh reusable filter, much easier to travel with and a better solution for our planet.
We can almost hear you gasping, ‘Who buys someone a water bottle for their travels? No need for a bag with a water bottle pocket!’
But hang on a minute, this water bottle is collapsible! Mmm-hmm. Besides, every traveler needs one, and when someone has spare cash to spend on their packing list, they’d probably much rather spend it on booking their favorite hostel.
So do them a favor and buy that all-important (slightly less exciting) gift. They’ll thank you for it.
Sure, smartphones are great for taking photos, but how many of us snap away like crazy and never look at the pictures again?
A Polaroid camera is a great gift for encouraging your traveling buddy to slow down and choose their captures carefully. An instant view photos or Polaroid camera and a convenient phone holder mean instant gifts for new hostel friends, too! They also make for wonderful scrapbook inserts.
A polaroid camera is a great gift for encouraging your traveling buddy to slow down and choose their captures carefully. Instant photos mean instant gifts for new hostel friends, too! They also make for wonderful scrapbook inserts.
Do you know someone that loves adventure travel? Perhaps they’re about to head off on a 5-month hike or round-the-world cycle tour. Awesome! In that case, they’ll greatly appreciate having a USB solar panel charger.
Obviously charging becomes difficult if you’re camping or spending days at a time out in the wilderness. But not with this handy device! As long as there is the sun, your traveler friend can continue to keep you informed of their whereabouts.
Are you finding it difficult to settle on something? That’s where gift cards come in handy!
Amazon is full of awesome travel products that are both practical and fun. So if you don’t know the person very well or can’t be bothered to search high and low, opt for an Amazon Gift Card of $25-100.
Sometimes it’s better to pick out that certain something you love, rather than receive something that you like.
Camomille, lemongrass, black pepper… There are (almost) too many different tea varieties that you can try from around the world. Some people say they do not like tea, but most of them just haven’t tried enough.
This is a gift to explore different flavors of the world from the comfort of your own home.
Buying someone a Rail Europe Gift Card is so much easier than trying to gift wrap the European continent.
Interrailing is popular and a fantastic way to see the different landscapes of Europe. This gift card can be bought for between $25 and $500 and has no expiration date. They can also be used on 1st and 2nd class products. So if your friend is um-ing and ahh-ing about where to go, send them interrailing!
A perfect gift for bookworms. It is true some people love the physical book, but as a book lover myself I have to admit that a kindle is really useful if you are traveling around the world – or on a holiday trip.
You can keep so many different books in it, adjust the font, and set preferences… as well as keep notes, check definitions, highlight quotes…
Want to discover one of the best adventure birthday gifts out there? Certainly a year subscription for Worldpackers.
When it comes to adventure-themed gifts, this ticks all the boxes. Worldpackers open a doorway to volunteering, skills acquiring, and community building opportunities. In over 170 countries in the world!
From homestays and permaculture projects to learning all there is to know about travel and courses that will open your mind to endless possibilities. It’s one of those gifts for someone traveling abroad that will win you serious cool-human points.
Go wireless on your earbuds! Really, these Bluetooth headphones, like the Twelve South AirFly, give you much more freedom than you think. No cables is already a good reason, but they offer much more.
Allow yourself to immerse in the music without the tangle-hassle!
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