The Best Gifts for Travel Lovers


Article by Sherry Ott

Photography by Sherry Ott

Just like my travels that take me to unique places, I also love gifts that are unique. We might not have been able to travel much in 2020, but that doesn't mean that we can't dream about travel.  

At this time of year I normally write articles about travel gear gifts, but this year I've chosen travel themed gifts for travel lovers. 

Sometimes we just want things that remind us of travel or the joys of world culture. I have decorated my apartment with maps, photos, and pictures that remind me of my travels and other little decor that reminds me of how important travel is in my life. It makes me happy, and I'm pretty sure if you are looking for a gift for someone who has wanderlust like me, here's a list of ideas for unique gifts for travelers!

Support Small Businesses and Creators

And the best place to find unique, creative gifts is on Etsy.  It's like walking through a global marketplace full of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures. The market is full of artists and creators; it's sort of like going to a small local art market or cool gift store. Etsy really attracts these types small business owners which is another reason why I wanted to focus on Etsy for finding unique gifts for travelers.

Unique Gifts for Travelers from Etsy

Some of these gifts are so unique there is only one! Click on the shopping bag image on the lower left side of the picture to find out cost, inventory, and shipping time!

Vintage Perpetual Calendar

While in quarantine, I saw this cool vintage world calendar on a friend's Instagram. I immediately knew I wanted one. In this world of digital calendars and smart phones, I loved the idea of a calendar I had to change every day that was incredibly unique and reminded me of world travel! I searched for it on Etsy and found a few different sellers of vintage decor that had one and snapped up my own!

Note - this is not a mass made item, it's vintage - so if the one I linked to is gone - just search for others under Vintage Perpetual Calendar!

Llama Passport Holder

Give your passport some fun pizazz with a Llama passport holder! Who doesn't love llamas?! 

Travel Mobile

Yes - this is for a baby's room...but I thought it was super cute and could be used for an office or for parents who want their baby to grow up with travel in mind! 

Solo Traveler Gifts

I am a proud solo traveler - and I know I'm not alone. If you are shopping for a solo traveler who is solo at heart - here are a few cute ideas from Etsy as well as a few other solo travelers!

Cat Solo Travel Mug

I love this cheeky mug - it covers my two favorite things - kitties and solo travel!  

Traveling Woman Print

Show your solo travel love on your wall, and even customize it to look like you!  

Go Solo TShirt

Flaunt your independence for travel of life with this fun tshirt!

Jewelry Gifts That Show Off Your Wanderlust

I have a compass necklace that I wear every day - I love it so much because it reminds me of the wanderer I am at heart. A friend got it for me from one of those Christmas markets in her neighborhood. I found some that are similar on Etsy as well as other cool jewelry travel pieces that are completely unique and fun!

Globe earrings

I love these stud earrings that depict each side of the colorful globe! This was you can take the globe with you wherever you go!

High End Gold Compass Necklace

I couldn't find my exact compass necklace (I told you it was unique!), but I did find one similar to it. This is a real, high quality gold necklace so the price reflects that. I love it's simplicity and daintiness. 

Silver World Map and Compass Necklace

Here's another compass necklace option that is more moderate in price. It has two silver charms on it and also makes a great gift for travelers! 

Compass Ring

There are tons of different cool rings on Etsy that show your love of travel. However I love the compass theme, and this one is an actual working compass in ring form! 

Maps to Track Your Travels

All travelers love maps! It was the first thing I got for my walls when I moved into my apartment after years of being nomadic! It can track where you've been or where you want to go! Or it can simply be used as a reference.

Personalized Cork Board Map

I wanted a cork board map so I could put pins in where I've been, when I searched for this - I came across Etsy and Jessica Wilkeson's Design Studio. She make all kinds of cool customized maps of wood, cork, and other materials. I was enthralled by all of the options and finally chose to customize one for my 'office'! 

Check out all of Jessica's cool custom map gifts in her Etsy Store!

Watercolor Scratch Off Map

I wanted a pin map, but there are also a bunch of really cool scratch off maps that keep track of where you've been. I loved this watercolor one!

Fill Your Walls With Unique Travel Inspiration

If you are looking for a cool travel gift that is more decorative than a map, there are some really cool travel oriented gifts for your walls at Etsy! Here are some of my favorites.

Travel Art Prints

I know these are supposed to be for a nursery, but I loved them for a travel lover of any age. These are simply a digital download that you make a high quality print out of and then frame for your walls. It's a cheap way to get some cool travel art. I love the images made from map backgrounds!

Mountain Heartbeat

As you know, I love hiking all over the world and I love mountains. In fact, my love of the mountains is one of the reasons I moved to Denver! I thought this was a cool, unique way to express your love of mountains for any traveler - a mountain heartbeat!

 Travel Sign

Another fun take on a map oriented wall hanging. It would be fun to put up with travel photos!

City/Country Posters

Colorful digital prints of vintage travel posters of your favorite cities or countries. Choose which locations you want and order each individually.  

Put in Your Holiday Orders Early!

When you shop at Etsy small businesses or order customized gifts, be sure to allow plenty of time for making/shipping! Happy Shopping!

Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links. If you choose to purchase items through these links, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

The Best Gifts For Travel Lovers was originally published in Otts World

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