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15 Unique gift ideas for travel lovers

By Lesley Merchant
11 November 2020
15 Unique gift ideas for travel lovers

Christmas is right around the corner (closely followed by the long list of gift-giving occasions in 2021), and the insatiable traveler in your life has no doubt had a tough year. With the travel industry virtually shut down for the past several months, the world is slowly opening up again – just in time for the festive season! Why not help the traveler in your life welcome back their wanderlust with a travel-related gift? If you’re looking for the best gift ideas for people who travel, you’ve come to the right place. Our team of travel enthusiasts at City Unscripted has put together this list of the ultimate gift ideas for travel lovers because nobody loves to see the world as much as we do!


Gift Cards for Travel

Travelrest NEST Neck Pillow

We can’t think of any better gift ideas for people who love to travel than City Unscripted’s own gift cards for travel. We offer gift cards for 675+ personalized tours in 45 cities across the globe, from must-see experiences to food tours, so your recipient will be spoiled for choice. How you decide to give your gift is up to you – send an e-gift card and let your travel-loving friend choose their own experience, or choose the experience for them. A gifted experience is valid for a full 18 months, so there’s plenty of time to plan the perfect trip.

Scratch The World Travel Map

Scratch The World Travel Map

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Give your globe-trotting loved one something to look forward to with a scratch-off map of the world – something that reminds them not only where they’ve been, but where they’re going. It’s one of the most unique gift ideas for people who travel and is bound to be a delightful bit of decor for any adventurer this Christmas. 

Cork Desk Globe

Cork Desk Globe

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If the traveler in your life likes to keep things a little more traditional, swap a scratch-off map for a desk globe, but keep things interesting by opting for one made of cork. It may not be something they can take along with them, but this detailed globe lets them pinpoint and plot future adventures around the world.

Portable Jewelry Box

Portable Jewelry Box

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One of the most difficult things to keep organized when traveling is jewelry – wanderlust-seeking women who like to pack in a few accessories almost always end up with a tangled mess of chains and a broken earring. If you’re looking for unique travel gift ideas for her, a travel jewelry box could be just the thing. The Vlando travel jewelry box both stores and organizes, keeping accessories safe and secure on long-haul trips.

Personalized Passport Holder

Personalized Passport Holder

Every traveler needs a good passport holder, right? Show how much thought you put into your gift ideas for travel by choosing one with your own signature touch. This quality leather passport cover from Etsy lets you personalize the sleek design with beautiful lettering, and will last years into the future. 

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle

LifeStraw Go Water Bottle

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A must-have for international trips and one of the best gift ideas for people who travel, the award-winning LifeStraw Go water bottle filters water while you drink it. In countries where water quality could be an issue, the LifeStraw removes 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and parasites using nothing but a hollow fiber membrane water filter. This incredible invention is available on Amazon to make no destination off-limits.

Luggage Voucher

Luggage Voucher

We all have that friend with a beat-up old suitcase, and gift cards for travel luggage can go a long way. Let them head out on their next adventure in style with a travel suitcase that offers form as well as function. A Bergman Luggage gift card can get your recipient anything from duffels to travel accessories – and even briefcases and laptop cases, which are both great gift ideas for men who travel for work. 

Portable Luggage Scale

Portable Luggage Scale

Speaking of luggage, make sure the travel lover in your life gets the absolute most out of theirs with a portable luggage scale. It’s far too easy to go over and get charged a hefty fee, and a quality luggage scale means they can push their luggage to the limit and never have to worry about last-minute reshuffling. What’s better than the gift of peace of mind?

Airbnb Gift Card

Airbnb Gift Card

Give your backpacking friend a break from hostels and inexpensive lodges with a customizable Airbnb gift card – arguably one of the best travel gift cards for anyone who wants to see the world. An Airbnb voucher allows travelers the opportunity to live like a local anywhere in the world, in properties that range from humble to opulent. As far as gift ideas for travel go, it’s tough to top this one!

Bluffworks blazer

Bluffworks blazer

Looking for travel gift ideas for him? They always seem to be just a little bit harder to come by than travel gifts for her – but this one is pretty brilliant. There’s nothing more complicated than trying to squeeze in a suit while packing light, but with a Bluffwork blazer, the problem is solved. These too-good-to-be-true blazers stay crisp and crease-free no matter what you do to them, and they even have plenty of secret pockets and anti-pickpocket features perfect for travel. It has to be one of the top two gift ideas for men who travel for work.

Flightgift Gift Card

Flightgift Gift Card

The top gift ideas for travel lovers will always be the gifts that facilitate more travel – and that’s exactly what Flightgift.com gift cards for travel do. A Flightgift voucher can be used for flights that depart from 70 countries worldwide, with airlines that range from low-cost and local to full-service. With a new destination at their fingertips, your globe-trotting friend will be set up for the return of travel in the best way possible. 

Travel Hammock

Travel Hammock

Not every adventurer’s idea of the perfect trip involves hopping on a plane to an iconic city. Some people prefer to rough it. One of the best gift ideas for people who like to travel locally and spend time outdoors is a portable travel hammock that allows you to relax and unwind… just about anywhere! Give your travel-loving friend a better backpacking experience with a strong and sturdy Wise Owl Outfitters hammock

Travel Journal

Travel Journal

Travel is all about unforgettable experiences and learning more about the world – and what better way to keep your memories and lessons close to your heart than with a traveler’s journal? As far as gift ideas for people who like to travel go, this one is especially beautiful. It gives creative adventurers the opportunity to jot down their travel diaries, look back on amazing memories, and plan new adventures all in one precious place. 

Travel Coffee Table Book

Travel Coffee Table Book

If you’re after inspirational gift ideas for travel to spark that wanderlust once again, a coffee table travel book could be the way to go. National Geographic’s Destinations of a Lifetime captures 225 of the most incredible destinations in the world – spectacular visual wonders that will shoot straight to the top of anyone’s travel bucket list. This Christmas, it might just be the perfect present for someone who wants to see the world.

Travelrest NEST Neck Pillow

Travelrest NEST Neck Pillow

Whether you’re looking for travel gift ideas for her or him, the gift of comfort is always a great one – and we know exactly how to give it. The Travelrest NEST Ultimate Memory Foam Travel Pillow has been voted the best of its kind by countless review sites because of its unique shape, which allows it to sit flat against the seatback. With its stellar reputation, you really can’t go wrong.