It can be difficult to buy gifts for people who travel regularly. With limited luggage space, you don’t want to give gifts that are difficult to carry around. You also don’t want to buy something that the recipient won't use, or that gets stored away.
It’s often said that it is the thought that counts when it comes to buying someone a gift. A personal gift shows how much you care. That you have thought about what that person likes, and what they will enjoy. I often travel, and it can be months, sometimes even longer, when I’m reunited with family and friends.
This can be lonely at times. Whenever I receive a thoughtful gift from back home, I instantly feel happy. It makes me miss my family, but also appreciate the experience I'm having. Knowing that people are thinking about me back home provides much-needed comfort.
If you are looking for gifts for people who travel, here are 7 of my top travel gift ideas for some inspiration:
7 Unique Travel Gift Ideas for Travelers
Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife
A pocket knife is one of the more functional travel gift ideas, but will always come in useful for travelers. You never know when you will need scissors, tweezers or a screwdriver when you’re on an adventure. Especially if you're in the middle of nowhere with limited possessions with you. A pocket knife is useful for opening boxes, camping and to cut into food.
I was trekking through forest area in Finland a few years ago. When I went to sit down on a log for a quick break, I managed to get a splinter in the tip of my finger. I was carrying a pocket knife and used the tweezer function to remove the splinter, without too much pain!
My pocket tool is of the things I never forget to pack on my trips.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera with Accessories
When traveling, you’ll remember the incredible experiences for the rest of your life. Picking up souvenirs and keepsakes will help to hold onto precious memories. Another popular method is to take lots of photos - of everything! Social media is a great platform to share selfies, landscapes, and scenic photos.
An instant camera is a fun, retro way to capture the exciting moments as they happen. You can print out photos to share with family and friends when they return home. Or to look back at the photos in years to come.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 comes with stylish frames, stickers and colorful filters. Travelers can create unique mementos that are more personalized than a normal photo.
Leather Writing Journal Notebook
My notebook came in handy for writing down ideas and thoughts that I didn’t want to forget. When traveling, it can be easy to get caught up in the moment. It was good to have a few moments to reflect each day. Writing in a notebook allowed me to think about the place I was in, and where I wanted to go next.
A brand-new journal is one of the easiest, but most appreciated, travel gift to buy.
Magnetic Standing World Globe
There’s something special about having a globe in your home or study. You can see the whole world with a quick spin. This Magnetic Standing World Globe comes with an assortment of colorful pins. This allows the discerning traveler to plan their next trip by pinpointing where they want to go.
Plus, it’s perfect for family, friends, and non-travelers to visualize the places they visit. This is useful when you’re not quite sure where the place is that they are talking about!
Scratch the World® map
The Scratch the World® map is the perfect travel gift for people who travel regularly. Especially if they like to tick countries off their ‘must-visit’ bucket lists. Travelers can scratch destinations off as they visit, revealing a beautiful map underneath.
I received this map earlier this year and wasted no time at all in grabbing a coin. I turned it into a game to think back to all the places I have been to that I could scratch off. It was a great challenge trying to remember everywhere I have visited. It also felt satisfying to visualize how many places I have been to.
I was able to see where I hadn't yet visited and where to spend more time. For example, Europe was close to being completely scratched off. This was thanks to a couple of InterRailing trips. On the other hand, Asia is still a pretty much-unexplored territory. I know where I’m going for my next trip!
1,000 Places to See Before You Die: eBook
Sometimes even the most seasoned traveler needs some inspiration. This eBook will come in handy to help them plan their next traveling trip. Travelers can use it as both a wish list and a guide to make sure they don’t miss out exploring any famous sites.
The best thing about this eBook is that it contains details of places to see outside of the main tourist areas. This means travelers can create a unique experience based on their particular interests. Whether exploring the Pyramids, hiking through the Alps or trekking through rain forests.
And even better, there’s no need to carry around a heavy book. The eBook can download onto a laptop, tablet or phone, so you can read it wherever you are.
Bloody Mary Carry On Cocktail Kit
This travel gift idea is a novelty twist on the ‘make your own’ cocktail concept. It’s a great gift for people who travel. It’s easy to carry and allows travelers to create their own Bloody Mary cocktail. All you need to do is add the fizz or another favorite tipple.
I received this as a gift for my first solo trip away. I decided to enjoy it on the plane journey across to New York to break the flight time up. It was a tasty drink and a much more interesting choice than the usual drink options available on the plane!
Finding gifts for people who travel doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Understanding what travelers will enjoy is the first step to finding a travel gift. It also helps if you know whether they are on the move or have settled for a period of time.
If you are struggling to find the perfect travel gift, remember these 3 tips:
- Use inspiration to find some popular travel gift ideas
- Make sure the gift is personal to the recipient
- Ensure the gift is useful
Written By Kate Mark
Kate is a mid-lifer who quit a growing corporate career to reawaken her passions and her lifelong dream of traveling the world.