12 Gift Ideas for World Travelers

Looking for unique gift ideas for the jet-setter in your life? Here are the 12 best travel-themed gifts for anyone dreaming of their next vacation.

1. A Good Book

Even that nomadic friend who’s been everywhere will discover something new in Wanderlust. Packed with lists of the world’s best natural wonders, quirky festivals, bucket-list sites, epic outdoor adventures, and more, Wanderlust is the definitive book for the curious traveler.

2. Packing Cubes

Calpak Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are popular for a reason, and this 5-piece set from Calpak is ideal for the world traveler who’s a little…extra. With options like leopard print and rose gold metallic, these cubes make packing fun again.

3. The Carry-on Cocktail Kit

mini cocktail kit
Carry On Cocktail Kit from W&P Design.

Cocktail connoisseurs may find in-flight beverage options a little basic. Fortunately, these clever carry-on cocktail kits save the day, with all the ingredients for two perfect cocktails—just add a mini bottle of alcohol. Bottoms up!

4. Scratch Map Deluxe

scratch-off world map hanging on a wall
Scratch-off world map from Uncommon Goods.

Like a visual bucket list, this scratch-off map allows travelers to see every place they’ve been—and muse about how many places they still want to go.

5. Collapsible Water Bottle

Hydaway Collapsible Water Bottle

With single-use plastic becoming less and less popular (we see you, SFO) and heavy-duty stainless-steel bottles being a little, well, heavy, a collapsible water bottle seems like a no-brainer. The silicone Hydaway bottle is small enough to fit in your pocket when collapsed—gift it to that friend who likes to work out or hike while on vacation.

6. Wall Art

photo of art wall decor featuring various iconic europe destinations

Know someone moving into a new place or finally getting around to framing all those travel photos? This framed wall art featuring iconic European destinations will make for a great addition to a travel lover’s home decor.

7. Passport Holder

one aqua passport holder and one natural leather passport holder
Passport holders by Pew Pew Lasercraft.

Help protect their most precious piece of travel gear with a passport cover. These cute leatherette covers from Pew Pew Lasercraft come in two designs and can be customized with laser engraving.

8. Jigsaw Puzzle

photo of the great wall of chine

Maybe they can’t hop into a plane right now, but exploring the vast expanse of China’s Great Wall is still an option with this 1000-piece puzzle. The Original Puzzle company has a wide variety of travel-inspired puzzles with international destinations like Angkor Wat, Cinque Terre, London, and more.

9. Leatherology Personalized Luggage Tag

Leatherology Luggage Tag

Elevate even the most basic suitcase with this leather luggage tag, which includes options for monogramming (including hand-painting).

10. Homesick Candles

mexico candle from Homesick

Who doesn’t wax nostalgic about all the places they’ve traveled? With scents inspired by France, India, Mexico, and more (plus U.S. cities and states, too), these Homesick candles will take you halfway around the world—no plane ticket required.

11. Anker Portable Phone Charger

anker power core

It may be more practical than fun, but the tried-and-true portable phone charger from Anker is essential for a quick charge on the road.

12. Cooking Kit

photo of the ravioli kit in a cardboard box
When they can’t hop on a plane, why not try hopping into the kitchen? This Homemade Truffle Ravioli Kit will transport their tastebuds and make for a fun weekend project.


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