Unique gifts for travelers 2021 - gifts for travel lovers

Last Updated on January 3, 2021

Looking for the best gifts for traveler lovers?  Well, move over, scratch maps — I’ve got awesome ideas for totally unique gifts for travelers!  Whether you’re shopping for a foodie traveler, a beach lover, or even The Most Interesting Traveler in the World, I’ve got the perfect gift ideas for all the wanderlusters in your life.

These are gifts that say not only “I love you and had to buy you a gift,” but “I really know you” and “I saw your eyes glaze over the last time you unwrapped another tie/bath set/pair of slipper socks.”  (No offense — I love smelling nice and a cozy pair of socks.)

I’ve got the best travel subscription boxes, thoughtful travel gifts, and unique handmade finds for every traveler on your gift list, at a variety of price points. Don’t miss the stocking stuffer ideas and inexpensive travel gifts at the end!

I’ve grouped the gifts by traveler profile, to save you time.  But feel free to browse all of my ideas of unique gifts for travelers, since you might want to put some of these on your own wish list!

I hope this travel gift guide helps you knock out your shopping in record time. My goal is for your travel-loving friends and family to get misty-eyed because of your SUPER THOUGHTFUL AND AWESOME GIFTS.

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In this Unique Gifts for Travelers Shopping Guide:

The Explorer | The Ocean Lover | The Bon Vivant | The Wanderluster | The Outdoor Lover | The Theme Park Fan | The Bibliophile | The Techie | The Minimalist | Stocking Stuffers

The Explorer

The Explorer: Unique Gifts for Adventurers

Have an old-school adventurer in your pack?  Or maybe a traveler with space on their work desk for a gift that reminds everyone, “When I’m not here, I’m Indiana Jones-ing my way around the world.” Check out these unique travel gifts for the explorer on your gift list!

Flaviar Premium Whisky Club Subscription

It’s pretty much a given that serious adventurers should belong to a premium whisky club. Flaviar is the club for explorers at heart. It’s the go-to place to discover and taste craft and premium spirits – from Bourbon and Scotch to Rum, Gin, Cognac and others, as well as learn the ways of a true whiskey aficionado. Membership is reasonably-priced and offers a wide variety of perks & benefits you won’t find anywhere else, with an undertone of a 1920’s speakeasy club.

Flaviar whiskey club - gifts for travelers

Shaker and Spoon

Worldly explorers will love Shaker and Spoon, a craft cocktail subscription box with original recipes from expert mixologists. Each box contains 3 recipes focused on one type of liquor, and ingredients and garnishes to make 12 drinks total. Shaker and Spoon doesn’t include the spirits (but that means you won’t have to sign for the box when it’s delivered!). Plus they have how-to videos and great customer service. Your traveler can pretend they’re at a secret speakeasy in Mexico City with this gift!

Shaker and Spoon subscription box

Unique Handmade Travel Gifts for Explorers

Please allow me to call your attention to this leather bow-tie, to ensure your explorer looks dapper at special occasions this holiday season. Check out this elegant handmade jewelry roll, which you can personalize with an inscription and a choice of colors. And I’m more than a little in love with these expertly handcrafted leather cuff links.

For history-loving adventurers, I’d also suggest a replica of an antique marine compass with leather case, an armillary with compass, or leather and brass spyglass – all handmade!

Or perhaps a custom engraved compass with sundial, a personalized ivory globe, or the pinnacle of classy explorer cool: a handcrafted brass diving helmet replica to channel their inner Jacques Cousteau.

These are thoughtful and unexpected gift ideas for the intrepid explorers in your life!

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antique diving helmet

For more unique gifts for travelers, check out the Etsy list where I squirrel away my favorite artisan gear for adventurers including personalized passport covers and luggage tags, custom compasses, leather dopp kits, and more!

The Ocean Lover

The Ocean Lover: Unique Gifts for Beach Travelers

We all love the ocean, but some of us live, breathe, and die for the beach.  Luckily, I’ve got tons of gift ideas including ocean subscription boxes, unique jewelry, and gifts for your friends and fam with a “beach hair, don’t care” outlook on life!

Ocean Subscription Boxes

Send your traveler on a beach break with an ocean gift box, even if stuck at home this winter. Cratejoy has beach-inspired boxes like top-rated Oceanista and Sea Crate, with beach boutique essentials, nautical treats, and ocean-themed gifts. (Seriously, look at that Oceanista haul below!)

Oceanista from Cratejoy

Unique Jewelry & Gifts for Beach Lovers and Surfers

For travelers who love the Florida Keys, how about a dainty palm tree necklace, a cute sea turtle pendant, or a charm of the Key West “Mile Marker 0.” And for surfer girls and guys, there’s a delicate surfboard necklace, travel surf kit, or a cool handmade enamel surfboard pendant.

These are thoughtful travel gift ideas for surfers, snorkelers, and sun-lovers that will make them say “shell, yeah!” (Sun’s out, puns out, people!)

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For more ocean-themed gifts including one-of-a-kind items, shop my ocean lovers Etsy list.

The Bon Vivant

The Bon Vivant: Unique Gifts for Traveler Foodies

I forgot the term bon vivant the other day and had to google “what’s the word for a fancy person who enjoys the finer things in life.” If you have an epicurean traveler in your life (AKA: foodie), an oenophile (wine connoisseur) or craft cocktail lover, then you know how tough they can be to buy for. As unique gifts for foodie travelers, I suggest subscription boxes, gourmet food, and other gifts to explore their sophisticated tastes.

Snake River Farms American Kobe Beef

For starters, consider having mouth-watering American Wagyu (Kobe-style) steaks from Snake River Farms delivered straight to your foodie traveler’s door. Step away from the Omaha Steaks website, and instead let me introduce you to Snake River Farms. Their family-owned, humanely-raised, sustainable American Kobe beef is regularly featured in Michelin starred restaurants.

As a perfect holiday gift for your favorite foodie, check out Snake River’s gift center. Or treat your family to a special holiday meal with Snake River steaks, roasts, or grilling favorites as the main course!

Gifts for Foodie Travelers - Snake River Farms American Kobe Waygu Beef
P.S. Did I mention that Snake River Farms also has free recipes, cooking guides, and videos?

SomMailier Exclusive French Wine Subscription

For your favorite wine-lover, how about French wines personally curated by a family of travelers and winemakers? SomMailier selects wines from handcrafted French vineyards that aren’t available anywhere else in the U.S. They offer several subscription options, as well as a single-delivery gift option of 3 or 6 wines in red, white, or mixed. The SomMailier site has really great reviews of personal service touches, plus each box comes with stories about the winemakers and vineyards. But what really sold me on SomMailier is the company story – read it here.

Gifts for travelers wine lovers - French wines subscription

Universal Yum Snack Box Subscription

Universal Yum is like a dream to me: a curated box of salty and sweet treats shows up at my door from a different country each month?  Don’t mind me over here, camped out by my mail slot already.  The Universal Yum selection team says that they’ve sampled thousands of treats from around the world, but only the ones that made them say “Holy &#%!” made it into the Yum Shop.  With each snack food subscription box, you’ll receive a booklet of trivia and games, and the larger subscription options also include bonus content recipes and more.

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Try The World

Try the World offers curated boxes of gourmet foods, cooking ingredients, drinks and snacks from around the world, delivered to your door each month. If your foodie traveler hits up the local grocery store for souvenirs (OK, this is me), then Try the World is the perfect travel gift for them! There are options of boxes focused on a certain country every month or an assortment of artisanal snacks, and plans ranging from monthly to yearly.

Try the World subscription box for foodie travelers

Saloon Box

Expert and aspiring mixologists will love this cool travel gift box that includes everything you need to make 4+ craft cocktails, including the spirits! Saloon Box expands cocktail lovers’ palates by exposing them to new drinks and spirits they might otherwise not have tried. It’s perfect for reminiscing about a favorite speakeasy visit on a date night in, and consistently gets high ratings from subscribers. This box only ships to certain states since it contains liquor – so if it won’t work for your traveler, check out the Shaker and Spoon box instead.

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Murray’s Gifts & Subscriptions

For foodie travelers you can’t go wrong with a selection of gourmet cheeses from Murray’s, an artisanal cheese and specialty foods shop based in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Try their Red Wine Lover’s Collection or one of their monthly club subscriptions.

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More Unique Gifts for Travel-Loving Foodies and Craft Cocktail Conoisseurs

The book “Wine Folly” is a must-read for everyone from amateur wine-lovers to experts, and be sure to get the accompanying journal and wine flavors chart. The Boomerang corkscrew is one that travelers find least likely to be confiscated by airport security. And for the true oenophile, splurge for them on a wine aroma set, so they can learn to discern the nuances of wines.

Every foodie traveler should have a pasta machine – check out this best-in-class option by Marcato that Cook’s Illustrated called “the Ferrari of pasta machines.” Cocktail-loving travelers will love a swanky bar set like this one (available in several metal finishes including copper!) and be sure to pair it with a speakeasy recipe book like this one from the mixologists at the West Village bar-restaurant Employees Only. And for travelers who miss Japan, set them up to try making sushi at home with this kit that includes exclusive how-to videos. (Just promise me that you’ll also get them a sushi boat for an over-the-top presentation!)

These travel gift ideas are as sophisticated as your bon vivant traveler’s palate! 😉

The Wanderluster

The Wanderluster: Artisan Gifts for Worldly Explorers

Do you have a Wanderluster on your gift list?  This worldly adventurer loves exploring the art, culture, and artisan goods of faraway lands.  Check out these unique travel gift ideas and see which are a match for your wanderlust traveler!

Atlas Coffee Club Subscription

An Atlas Coffee Club subscription will take your traveler on a tour of the world’s best coffees each month. Every box includes a curated selection of single-origin coffee with tasting notes and brewing tips. Atlas Coffee is roasted-to-order, so it always ships fresh right after roasting. Plus, each box includes a postcard from the coffee’s origin (so you can imagine yourself there as you sip away!). I think Atlas Coffee is a thoughtful travel gift for coffee-loving travelers, especially those working from home or dreaming of future adventures.

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Globe In Artisan Gifts Subscription Box

Globe In is a subscription box that curates full-size, handmade artisan products from around the world and delivers them to your traveler’s door each month. Each box has a monthly theme. All products are ethically-sourced and support job creation and fair wages in communities around the world. So this is a thoughtful travel gift that both you and your traveler will feel good about! Or, shop their marketplace for handmade global goods and take 10% off with the code “ARTISAN.”

Globe In artisan subscription box

Facetory K-Beauty Box from CrateJoy

For sheet mask junkies and travelers who love the latest K-beauty trends from Korea, check out the FaceStory gift box from Cratejoy. Choose from 3 different levels – fresh, luxe and glow – to gift your traveler an at-home spa staycation. And if your traveler loves Korea, check out all of Cratejoy’s Korea-focused options including snack boxes, beauty boxes, and cute stationery!

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Unique Gifts for Wanderlust Travelers & One-of-a-Kind Global Etsy Finds

Textiles from Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico are having a moment. If your wanderluster loves textile art, check out these artisan handmade Zapotec rugs or gorgeous hand-embroidered dresses. Or for travelers who long to visit the landscapes of Turkey, this Etsy shop creates bags and goods with antique kilims and handmade rugs.

What explorer doesn’t need a handmade leather bag or organizer from Italy? Travelers who have visited Colombia will recognize these artisan crocheted bags made by women from the Wayuu tribe. (Update: my mom couldn’t resist the Wayuu bags and ordered one from this seller — she received it within a week and reports it’s gorgeous and really well made!) And I have a pair of these beautiful Portuguese azulejo tile earrings myself, which come in several different styles and colors.

Zapotec rug
oaxacan dress
kilim bag
leather duffel
wayuu bag - woven bag from colombia
portugal azulejo tile earrings

For more artisan jewelry and one-of-a-kind items, check out my list of thoughtful travel gifts for wanderlusters on Etsy.

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The Outdoor Lover

The Outdoor Lover: Unique Gifts for Nature Travelers

Not sure what gear to buy an outdoor-loving traveler? Check out these ideas for subscription boxes and unique gifts to help them get out and get exploring!

Cairn Gift Subscription Box

Cairn is the original outdoor subscription box service, with carefully curated outdoor gear in 1-month, 6-month & 12-month options. Gift recipients can fill out a profile to help Cairn select products that best match their outdoor activity and lifestyle preferences – for example, backpacking over car camping, have a dog, are a vegetarian, etc. Cairn helps outdoor enthusiasts discover great brands and new products that will inspire them to get outside and embark on new adventures.

Cairn outdoor subscription box

Wild Woman Box

The Wild Woman Box is a monthly subscription box curated with gear, inspiration, snacks and body products. Their mission is to make adventure and the outdoors inclusive and accessible for ALL women! This box consistently gets great ratings on Cratejoy and is a thoughtful travel gift for the wild woman on your gift list.

Wild Woman subscription box

For outdoor lovers looking for new ways to explore, the book Comfortably Wild is a great gift idea! It catalogs the best glamping destinations across the U.S. including unique places and adventures to go along with them. Perfect for nature lovers with kids in tow, travelers who need a little more comfort than camping when they travel, and ideas for socially-distant travel destinations. Check it out on Amazon here!

Unique and Handmade Etsy Finds for Outdoor Lovers

For more unique gift ideas for outdoor travelers, check out this compass and coordinates pendant set from Etsy, or this handmade leather coordinates bracelet. This beautiful but simple round mountain pendant is handmade and available in yellow, white, or rose gold.

For artistic outdoor lovers, check out this geometric mountain necklace in gold or silver or sweet geometric flower pendant. And this handy travel hiking kit is great for the car or as a quick backup kit to toss in a suitcase.

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For more unique travel gift ideas, check out my Etsy gift list for outdoor lovers including more custom coordinates gifts and compasses.

The Theme Park Fan

The Theme Park Fan: Best Travel Gifts

Have a Disney or Harry Potter lover on your gift list? Check out these unique gifts for travelers including subscription boxes, specialty mouse ears, and Harry Potter gear!

Mickey Monthly

Mickey Monthly is the #1 Disney-themed subscription box that promises to bring the magic of Disney parks to your door. They offer an “Original” option with a mix of licensed Disney and partner gear, or a “Theme Park” edition which they warn is for serious fans ONLY. There’s also a cute trading pins box and a snack edition box which would be great for a Disney movie binge weekend! You can even take a quiz to get personalized recommendations.

Mickey Monthly Subscription Box

Geek Gear’s Wizardry Box

Geek Gear’s Wizardry Box is packed full of awesome licensed and exclusive merchandise every month! Each box includes a t-shirt, print, and at least four other items. Expect a mix of awesome products from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts which will bring the magical world to your home. Use the code “GEEKGEAR10” for 10% off your first box.

Geek Gear Wizardry Box

Main Street Mail

Main Street Mail is the most customizable Disney-themed subscription box, with a questionnaire that lets you request your favorite characters and product types. (And they deliver – one reviewer called them the “Disney fairygodmothers of sub boxes”!) This carefully-curated box ships outside the U.S. and is good for all age levels.

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Handmade and Custom Theme Park Gifts on Etsy: Unique Gifts for Travelers

For more unique gift ideas for theme park lovers, check out these handmade items from Etsy. How sweet is this Disney “Mom” necklace with sparkly mouse ears? And to be ready for Disney, everyone needs a special set of ears – this one is rose gold and lights up! Plus check out these dainty necklaces of the Cinderella’s Castle skyline.

For Star Wars fans, you can’t go wrong with Chewbacca-inspired mouse ears. And for Potterheads, check out this fun golden snitch necklace and wand display for their collection.

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Dainty gold Disney necklace
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golden snitch necklace
handmade magic wand display for Harry Potter fan

For more unique gift ideas and custom ears, check out my theme park fans gift list on Etsy.

The Bibliophile

The Bibliophile: Gift Ideas for Book-Loving Travelers

Does the traveler on your gift list make a beeline for the best bookshops in town? If they’ve waited in line to get into the Lalo Bookshop in Lisbon (of Harry Potter fame) or dreamed of making a pilgrimage to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, they’ll love these gifts below for literate travelers!

Bibliophilic Excursions

Bibliophilic Excursions provides a curated travel-from-home experience for adventurous readers of all ages. Simply let them know your preferences, and each month you’ll receive a carefully-themed literary adventure including all the senses. Every box includes 1-2 books and 3-5 items like snacks, teas and more. This is a thoughtful, personalized gift for your traveling bookworm!

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The Intoxicated Intellectual

If you have a book-lover who is also a craft cocktail connoisseur, then this subscription box is a great chance to combine their interests! The Intoxicated Intellectual pairs classic books with classic cocktails. Each month your traveler will receive a book plus everything needed to make a themed drink (other than the liquor) — all of the syrups, garnishes, bitters, mixers and bar tools and more! This box gets great ratings for its curation and presentation.

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Unique Gifts for Travelers: Books by Classic Adventurers and Photographers

Give your adventurous reader a travel education with books by travelers from the past. These early adventurers paved the way for all of us who love to travel today – they’re the OG digital nomads, bloggers, and Instagrammers!

*The below books include buttons to purchase on Amazon or on Bookshop.org, an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Bookshop.org and Amazon and I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

The Valleys of the Assassins by Freya Stark

The Valleys of the Assassins And Other Persian Travels

Freya Stark was an English-Italian writer, explorer and historian who, at the age of 34, set out to explore remote and dangerous parts of the Middle East via foot, donkey, camel, and car. The book was hailed as a classic when published in 1934, and established Stark as an explorer. It chronicles her travels into the mountainous region between Iraq and present-day Iran. This is a perfect read for adventurous women on your gift list.

Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey

cover of the book Monumental Journey - The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey was a student of the daguerreotype, an early photographic process, as well as architecture of the Middle East. He toured Italy and the countries of the eastern Mediterranean between 1841 and 1844, producing over 900 daguerreotypes that remain the earliest surviving photographs of Greece, Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Turkey. This is one of my favorite books and I recommend it for any traveler who loves photography!

The Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham

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Do you know who “rediscovered” the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu? It was American academic, explorer and (later) politician Hiram Bingham. With the help of local indigenous farmers, he reintroduced Machu Picchu to the world in 1911 and went on to uncover two more lost Incan cities. If your traveler’s bucket list includes Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail, this is a perfect gift for them!

My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel

My Journey to Lhasa - Alexandra David-Neel

How did a 54-year-old Frenchwoman visit Tibet in 1923, when it was forbidden to foreigners? A student of languages, eastern religions and philosophy, as well as a former opera singer, Alexandra David-Neel disguised herself as a male pilgrim and traveled Tibet for two months before she was discovered! David-Neel was the first Western woman to be received by any Dalai Lama, and the tale of her determination is an inspiring read. (Caught in a snowstorm at one point, she and her guide had to boil their leather boots for sustenance!). If your traveler has Tibet on their bucket list, this is a great gift idea.

Travels in West Africa by Mary Kingsley

Travels in West Africa - Mary Kingsley

I first read Mary Kingsley’s book Travels in West Africa in a college course many years ago! A scientific writer and daughter of two doctors, she wrote an account of her solo travels in which she sought to finish her late father’s research on primitive religions. Kinsley made her way through the Congo and all of its dangers dressed in the same clothes she would have at home, and helped shape European perceptions of African cultures and British imperialism through her writings and lectures.

No Hurry to Get Home: A Memoir by Emily Hahn

cover of the book No Hurry to Get Home - A Memoir - Emily Hahn

Emily Hahn was the author of 53 books and nearly 200 articles and short stories for the New Yorker from 1929 to 1996.  She challenged all the stereotypes of her time, traveling solo to the Belgian Congo at the age of 25, living in China as the concubine to a Shangai poet, and advocating for environmentalism. This is a collection of 23 of her articles from the New Yorker, published between 1937 and 1970. It’s a perfect gift for adventurous women and literature-loving travelers.

More Travel Photography Books

Want to give the gift of travel inspiration? These are some of my favorite travel and photography books to recommend. They make perfect gifts and conversation pieces for a traveler’s coffee table!

Looking for more gift books for travelers? Check out all of my books for travelers recommendations at Bookshop.org.

The Techie Traveler

The Techie Traveler: Unique Gifts for Photographers & Tech Lovers

Do you have a traveler on your gift list who loves photography and gadgets? Check out these ideas for courses and gear that will help them enjoy and document their travels!

CreateLive Online Photography or Video Course

CreativeLive is a platform that helps creators of all kinds grow their skills. With a library of more than 1,500 classes and over 700 creator-teachers, there are options for every level of student, for those wanting to learn a totally new skill or become an expert in their niche. Check out their library of photography and video courses including fundamentals of photography, Adobe Lightroom editing, and wildlife photography. As a gift, you can give the “Creator Pass”: an all-access pass to their entire library, with options for either a monthly pass or an annual membership with is currently offered at a huge discount!

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TripIt Pro Subscription

I’ve had a TripIt Pro subscription for years and can’t imagine traveling without it! Just forward all of your booking confirmations, and it builds your itinerary, tracks your flights and miles, and gives you real-time travel alerts about delays. You can choose to share your itineraries with friends and family (a feature my mom loves). It even reminds you to check in and when to leave for the airport to be on-time for your flight. There’s also a free version — minus the alerts and tracking functions, but still super helpful for keeping your trip details organized.

Photography & Travel Tech Gear

Check out more ideas for techie travelers looking to up their travel game! I’ve got tips for instant cameras, portable Bluetooth speakers, and the best cameras for adventure-loving travelers.

KODAK Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera

Everything old is new again (for those of us who remember shaking old Polaroid photos, impatiently waiting for them to develop)! The portable Kodak Printomatic comes in a variety of fun colors, and is a camera and printer in one, so you never have to worry about buying toner. Its 2x3 prints are durable: water-resistant, smudge free and tear-resistant, which makes them perfect for travel. The prints are also adhesive backed so you can easily add them to scrapbooks. This is a great gift for travel kids and teens, travelers who keep a daily journal, or travelers who like meeting locals – they can snap a selfie together and share a copy right away.

Around the World City Radio

Start your day by listening to 18 different radio stations from around the world! Pair your smartphone with this bluetooth-enabled device and travel the world with this retro-styled radio. This is a great gift for travelers who love gadgets and music from around the globe.

Bluetooth Speaker Water Bottle

water bottle with bluetooth speaker

Stay hydrated and listen to music and podcasts on the go with this Bluetooth speaker water bottle. You can even use it for phone calls! Charge it with a USB cord and your traveler will be set for outdoor adventures, listening to tunes in your hotel room, or relaxing by the pool.

Sony Alpha A6100 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm Zoom Lens

Sony’s A6100 was just released this year, and is the perfect camera for any traveler who wants to step up from using a smartphone or heavier DSLR camera. The a6100 offers excellent still and video image quality in all shooting conditions. It replaces the older A6000 which is still a sensational camera, and is available as a kit with some bargain deals.

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI has become the industry standard for drones, and the DJI Mavic Mini is its lightest and most portable drone yet. The Mavic Mini is a perfect drone for travelers, since it’s super portable and takes 12MP aerial photos and 2.7K HD videos. If your traveler is looking for a first drone, this is a great option because of its easy-to-use controller and image quality. Also its light weight categorizes it as a “toy” in many countries. (Be sure to check local laws regarding drones where you travel.)

GoPro Hero 8 Black Edition Action Camera Kit

GoPros make it easy to capture adventure travel experiences because of their durability and portable size. Plus the latest model, the Hero 8, has tons of extra features, like Hypersmooth image stabilization, livestreaming, timelapse and a burst setting to choose the best photo. If your adventure traveler doesn’t already have one (or if they HAD one but dropped it down a canyon), this is definitely on their wish list.

JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

I like to travel with a portable speaker so I can listen to music in my hotel room or if I’m lucky to be staying somewhere with a private pool (still dreaming of you, Bali!). This JBL speaker is waterproof and has awesome reviews for its battery life, sound quality, and easy Bluetooth pairing. Also, it’s pretty darn cute.

The Minimalist

The Minimalist: Unique Travel Gifts

What do you buy a travel lover who doesn’t like a lot of stuff? Whether they’re a digital nomad, Eco-conscious or just a minimalist, I’ve got great travel gift ideas for these adventurers! Check out my best tips including online courses, travel gear, Eco-friendly supplies and more.

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Online Experiences from Airbnb

Airbnb Experiences have become one of my favorite ways to find “hidden gems” and culture tours with locals when I travel. Now, they’re expanding experiences with online tours, workshops, and more. Follow a “plague doctor” through Prague, take a tour of an animal sanctuary, discover the history of beer and so much more — from cooking classes to acting lessons to Harry Potter London secrets. Airbnb has hundreds of options, and you’ll be supporting creatives and tourism professionals while travel is paused!

Virtual Tours and Workshops from Viator

Viator, one of the top websites for booking tours and excursions, is bringing travel into your home with virtual tours from around the globe. Choose from virtual culture experiences like a street art experience in Brooklyn, guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, live “wonders of Lisbon” experiences and more. With their global workshops, you can drop into a yoga class in the DR, learn origami from a local in Seoul, can even take a flamenco dance in Spain.


4ocean is an organization that sells products to fund its programs to clean oceans and coastlines. Their business is founded belief that business can be a force for good and the actions of individual people, collectively, have the power to change the world. Check out their gift options including a “bracelet of the month” subscription which is twofold: your traveler gets a cool bracelet, and they clean up one pound of ocean trash! Or shop all of their gifts, including reusable bags, Yeti tumblers, t-shirts and more.

Minimal Gear for Travelers

Check out these ideas for easy-to-pack, easy-to-store travel gear for minimalist and Eco-conscious adventurers.

Adventure Essentials Survival Kit

unique travel gifts - Adventure Essentials Survival Kit

This sleek adventure essentials survival kit has everything you need for outdoor adventures packed into a metal kit that’s also a flashlight! Inside you’ll find water purification tablets, a compass, a wire saw, reflective trail markers, and waterproof matches.

Portable Beach Chair

travel gifts - portable beach chair

This portable beach chair packs down small for travel, but assembles quickly for lounging on the beach in effortless style. If your minimalist traveler lives near the coast or prefers beach vacations, this is a gift that will get a lot of use.

Multi-Tool Watch and Swiss Army Knife

gifts for minimal travelers - multi tool clip watch

Packed with handy outdoor tools, this minimal multi-tool combines a Swiss army knife and watch. This gadget combines seven tools at your disposal, including a watch, bottle opener, knife, screwdriver, compass, tweezers, and a toothpick all in one design. (I have needed every one of these things while traveling!)

Glass Cold Brew Tea Bottle

For tea-loving travelers, check out this glass cold-brew tea bottle for brewing tea overnight or infusing water with fruit. Makes smooth tea without bitterness, plus it’s easy to clean with removable silicone lid. This is the perfect gift for travelers who like tea on-the-go without having to worry about hot water for brewing.

Eco-Friendly Camping / Travel Toiletry Kit

travel gifts - eco-friendly camping kit

This Eco-friendly camping toiletry kit is perfect for throwing into your backpack for a weekend away! Includes a 2 oz aluminum free deodorant in a cardboard push up tube, goat milk soap bar, peppermint and rosemary shampoo bar, and a citronella candle in a reusable bag.

Zero-Waste Cutlery Kit With Beeswax Wrap

zero waste kit with beeswax wrap

This zero-waste travel cutlery kit eliminates the need for plastic cutlery and straws! Includes a beeswax wrap; reusable bamboo knife, fork and spoon; reusable bamboo straw; and a coconut bristled straw cleaner so you can clean your straw without plastic. This is the perfect gift for travelers trying to reduce waste (and how cute are those bees!).

Zero-Waste Vegan-Friendly Travel Kit

zero waste kit vegan gift set

Help your traveler reduce single-use plastics with this zero-waste travel kit that’s sustainable and vegan-friendly. You can customize the size of the kit and even request a custom kit. Includes sandwich and snack tins, reusable utensils, market bags and more.

Travel Stocking Stuffers

Travel Stocking Stuffers: Pocket-Size & Inexpensive Travel Gifts

Looking for a few more gift ideas for the travelers on your list? I’ve got cool travel stocking stuffers, inexpensive travel gift ideas, and travel necessities packing items for every type of traveler!

Done with your holiday shopping yet thanks to these ideas of unique gifts for travelers?

I hope that this gift guide helped you with awesome gift ideas for your favorite travelers! Be sure to pin it for later so you can come back for any last-minute shopping needs.

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I used to be a hot travel mess, but I got better! I kept the name and now blog my best tips for culture and adventure travel from around the globe. Follow along for travel advice, destination info, and photography from faraway lands - and at home in Washington, D.C.

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