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30 Unique Travel Gifts They’ll Actually Want

You need a gift. But what do you get someone who loves to travel and that they don’t already have? Well, you need a unique travel gift! The best travel gifts are ones your favorite wanderluster will actually use.

As an avid traveler, I’ve either used these items or they’re on my wish list because these travel gift ideas are practical, useful and fun. (And awesome!)

This list goes beyond travel-sized toothbrushes and neck pillows… these are the best gift ideas for travelers because they probably don’t already have them. Let’s get to it!

Unique travel gifts for her

Here are my top gifts for female travelers. (You’re welcome!)

Travel scarf with pocket

A girl always needs someplace safe to put her phone while traveling. Women’s clothing rarely has the right size pockets for a cell phone. Enter: the scarf with a hidden pocket. It’s more secure than a purse for traveling, too.

Shampoo and conditioner bars

I loooove traveling with my solid shampoo and conditioner bars. They’re a great, eco-friendly alternative to packing plastic travel-sized bottles. Plus they’re TSA approved since they’re not liquid.

Oh, and they’re the perfect size gift for stocking stuffers. You can find solid shampoo and conditioner bars here. Bonus: they smell amazing!

Airplane footrest – hammock style

Okay, so this could technically be a male or female travel gift. But I’m adding it here because generally females are shorter. This airplane footrest helps us short people to get more comfortable on long flights.

I could have used this on my last trip to Kauai. At 5′ 2″, it’s often a challenge for me to get my legs comfortable and this would have come in really handy.

Adult coloring book

There’s only so much screen time one can take on a long flight. A coloring book is a nice alternative to help pass the time on long flights or road trips. I’ve used them before, and so have my kids.

Travel-inspired jewelry

A necklace, earrings or other jewelry that’s travel-related could be the right thing for the female on your list. There’s a ton of options over at Etsy – my favorite is this airplane necklace.

unique travel gifts airplane necklace
Necklace by CharmedTraveler on Etsy

Useful travel gifts you haven’t thought of

Beach towel with hidden pocket

For the beach lover, get them the perfect beach towel! I love that this one’s lightweight yet absorbent. It’s super soft and has a discrete pocket to hide valuables on the beach.

I have this beach towel in the pink stripe, but it comes in several other colors – perfect for gift giving.

Waterproof phone case

I can’t recommend this item enough. It’s low price but high value! I use this waterproof phone case on every trip that includes any kind of water activity and I love it!

Exactly What to Pack for a Beach Vacation

You’re heading off to a beachy destination, YAY!! But first…packing. You want to pack what you need and not the extra stuff you don’t. So if you’re wondering what to pack for a beach vacation, I’ve got the list perfect list for you. Oh, and get this…

RFID passport wallet

My husband’s friend was traveling through Dubai last year and got his information stolen off his passport. So when I went through Dubai, I made sure I protected my info. (Nothing against Dubai specifically, theft is everywhere.)

But ever since then, I carry RFID protection for my passport, credit cards and ID. Here’s the RFID passport wallet that I have – it comes in 19 color so there’s plenty to choose from.

Travel symbols t-shirt

Here’s a truly unique travel gift. Traveling someplace with limited knowledge of the language is tough. Ease that difficulty for the person you’re shopping for with this travel shirt! It has the most common travel icons to easily communicate abroad.

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    Laundry soap sheets

    Perfect for the traveler who packs like a minimalist or goes on extended trips. These laundry soap sheets dissolve and are TSA-friendly.

    Poo-Pourri Spray

    I mean, I don’t think I need to go into much detail here. Except that this Poo-Pourri toilet spray is perfect for a girls’ weekend and definitely a romantic vacation. It’s also the right size for a stocking stuffer. #justsayin

    Tech gifts for travelers

    Noise-cancelling headphones

    These noise-cancelling headphones *might* be the best invention for travelers. Ever. I didn’t really get it until I borrowed a pair for my trip to India last year. Next thing you knew, I owned a pair myself.

    If your wanderluster doesn’t own a pair, this is a very nice and unique travel gift!

    Headphone splitter

    Your favorite traveler will be able to cozy up to their significant other on and watch their favorite show with this helpful head-phone splitter. This one can actually split the audio 5 ways for more ways to share!

    GoPro

    If you’re feeling extra generous this holiday season, gift a GoPro Hero. They’ll be able to take amazing photos and videos while on their best adventures.

    Don’t forget the float strap for water activities!

    Wireless mini Bluetooth speaker

    Perfect for hiking, camping or hanging out on the beach. This wireless Bluetooth speaker is travel-size but delivers great sound. Oh yea, and it’s waterproof!

    Cord organizer

    Perfect for all those gadgets, not to mention cell phone chargers, back-up batteries and everything else. This cord organizer will keep all their cords neatly contained while traveling.

    Unique travel gifts – the gift of experience

    Alright so I’m a bit of a minimalist and while I love a great travel product that makes life easier, I also love giving experience gifts. Here are a few to consider for your favorite traveler. 🙂

    USA National Parks pass

    It’s literally the gift that keeps on giving. I mean, who can see every national park in the U.S. in just one year? Give your wanderluster the gift of free admittance to some of the most iconic places in the country.

    Buy your USA National Parks pass here.

    Airline points

    All of the major airline carriers in the U.S. allow you to transfer points from your rewards account to another traveler’s rewards account. So you can give the gift of an entire flight or by combining both accounts’ points.

    There’s usually a small fee to do this and not all airlines are treated equal here. This guide can help you determine if transferring airline points or miles is a good option for you.

    Gift card to airbnb

    Give a stay in an airbnb! You can buy airbnb gift cards and they can use them toward their next stay. That will get a big thank you hug, for sure.

    Traveling photo session

    This one miiiight be one of my favorites on this list of unique travel gifts. You can literally give the gift of memories when you give a Flytographer photo session gift card.

    This gift will allow your wanderluster to capture their memories solo, with their significant other, family, or larger group. The recipient will get digital rights to the photos to do with them what they’d like.

    Unique travel gifts for the adventure traveler

    If you’re looking for a gift for someone who’s always on the move or goes to destinations you wouldn’t dare, check out these items that just might come in handy.

    Water filter straw

    Lightweight and the perfect size to slip in a backpack, this personal water filter straw is everything for the outdoor lover. It works by filtering the water as one drinks. What?!

    Water purifier and filter bottle

    Certainly larger than the straw, this water bottle purifier will help make a fresh water source healthy enough to drink. According to the manufacturer (and a ton of reviews) your wanderluster will now be able to drink tap water in foreign countries with this bottle. Win!

    Travel hammock

    This travel sized hammock is super functional for travelers who love hiking and camping. It’s the perfect way to take a nap after a long hike, too. I have it in orange and love it!

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    Fun travel gifts – just because!

    Practical is important….but it can be even more exciting to give a fun travel gift!

    Custom phone case

    Grab a photo off Instagram or Facebook and surprise them with a custom phone case! I love the phone cases I’ve bought from Custom Envy. I’m currently rocking a photo from my trip to Turks and Caicos and get compliments on it all the time.

    unique travel gifts - custom phone case
    Phone case options with Custom Envy

    Carry-on cocktail kit

    Surprise your wanderluster with this carry-on cocktail kit. This kit includes everything needed to make margaritas and Moscow mules, except the alcohol. They’re airline-approved and just require liquor from the beverage cart to craft an on-board specialty drink.

    Flip flops with messages in the sand

    If your traveler is planning an island vacation, these fun flip-flops might just make it into her carry-on bag. Best thing about these is you can choose your color – and your liquor!

    What a fun and unique travel gift!

    Related read: What to pack for a beach vacation

    Travel-inspired gifts for the home

    Here are some ideas for the home for your travel lover.

    Literally anything travel-related on Etsy

    Shop on Etsy for the best travel gifts. From home decor to globes, custom travel gear and so much more. Search Etsy for custom-made travel gear – the possibilities are endless!

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    Shop Etsy for travel gifts. Sign by Nico Printable Art

    Wireless phone charger

    This is a fun and practical way they can see their favorite vacation memories every day. Set it up with photos from their most recent trip with a quick download from Facebook or Instagram. This customized wireless phone charger is from Shutterfly.

    unique travel gifts that are practical like this wireless phone charger
    Customizable wireless phone charger from Shutterfly

    Airplane bottle opener

    Perfect for entertaining and sparking up conversation about recent travels, this airplane bottle opener is an affordable home accessory for your favorite traveler.

    Travel scratch-off map

    Your favorite traveler will thank you for this scratch-off travel map. They’ll be able to display all the destinations they’ve been to. Plus it’s really fun to scratch off a new place when arriving back home!

    Unique travel gift ideas – that’s a wrap!

    Ha! (Pun intended.) Getting a unique travel gift for someone that they’ll actually use and enjoy can be tough. But this list of gift ideas surely gave you a lot of options to consider.

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    27 Responses

    1. There are so many practical and useful items that I would love to get for myself like the waterproof phone case and the cord organizer. I tend to be a bit of a minimalist traveller who travels with a carryon and a second fold up bag for souvenirs and gifts.

      1. Glad you found something that fits your style, Razena. Love the idea of carrying a fold-up bag as your extra, too. 🙂

    2. There are so many fun and unique ideas on this list! I am definitely saving it for Christmas gift ideas 🙂

      1. Yay Lauren! Hopefully it’s helpful as you buy your gifts this holiday season.

    3. There are many great ideas on this list. My favorite is the travel scarf. It serves two purposes, style and function. I never thought about gifting a National Park Pass, I love this idea and will remember this for future gift ideas.

    4. Fantastic curated items! I love them all and have even used several when traveling!

    5. Ok – I am excited about 2 of these right off the bat!
      With sweather weather and scarves….I never knew of a scarf with a hidden pocket! SNAP!
      Waterproof phone case too – I see phone ‘pockets’ that you can wear around your neck but an actual case? Love this!

    6. These are perfect for people who travel. The footrest is amazing. Great buying guide.

    7. Oh my gosh, I really want to get those flip flips and mess with people. You know, walk straight for a while and then just walk around in a big jumbled mess. Love this list!

      1. They look so fun! Love the variety they have, too. Alcohol of choice for everyone! 😉

    8. We NEED that scratch off travel map. That would be so fun! I wish the flip flops came in kid-friendly designs because I think my 11-year-old daughter would really get a kick out of that!

    9. Fab list! I love that you included the life straw (I need to request that for Christmas!) and that you also kept some experience gifts in there!!

    10. What a great list of travel gifts. I especially love the idea for the waterproof phone case. As an avid traveler, that is ALWAYS on my packing list! I am going to add those laundry soap sheets to my Amazon Wish List!

      1. Oh nice! Hope the laundry sheets work out for you on your next trip. 🙂

    11. I LOVE these options! I didn’t realize you could customize a wireless phone charger – I’m adding it onto my list of Holiday gifts!

    12. I gotta send this to everyone and hope to get something for either Christmas or my birthday. 🙂 These are amazing and I would be so thrilled to receive anything from this list.

    13. This is great timing for the holidays! I’m loving the airplane footrest!

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