If you need gift ideas for someone who likes to travel, I have tons of unique ideas.
And none of these are gadgety-knick knacks that no one will ever use, or just the same old items being recommended over and over again.
These gift ideas I’ve put together here come from my own experiences and things I’ve found useful and practical in my travels.
Whether the recipient is a seasoned world traveler or about to take off on their very first trip, I’m pretty confident that at least something on this list of unique travel gifts will come in handy!
In this gift guide for travelers you’ll find tons of products and accessories (most under $20), great stocking stuffer ideas, white elephant gift ideas, travel experiences (instead of things) and last-minute gifts (including ones that are giftable online).
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Travel Products and Accessories (perfect for stocking stuffers)
This might seem odd, but I never travel without my ‘space pen.’
A space pen is a pen that will always works –
It writes upside down, under water, in extreme temperatures.
Gift this to someone to keep in their travel bag, because you always seem to need a pen.
It’s definitely a little fancy, but makes the perfect travel gift, and someone will appreciate the practicality behind it.
Rubberized Luggage Tags
Rubberized luggage tags are the perfect little stocking stuffer.
They’re also highly useful for someone with an upcoming trip.
I always recommend using the rubberized luggage tags, instead of the belt buckle-style ones which can get ripped at the seams and fail more often.
I like these rubber ones that are one piece so you don’t have to worry about it breaking, and they come in bright colors for easy spotting.
If you know someone is heading out on a cruise or on a sunny vacation, these towel clips are another great stocking stuffer.
I use these at the beach, at the all-inclusive resort and on cruises!
Perfect for resorts, by the pool or on a cruise!
You can even use them at the local pool or when you’re at the pool in Vegas.
They secure your towels to your chairs (it does get windy by the ocean after all), you can also easily identify which chairs are yours from all the same hotel towels.
(They come in fun shapes like margaritas, flamingos, flip flops, parrots and more).
They’re also perfect for clipping your wet swimsuits to your room balcony to dry out.
This foot hammock has been the biggest flying hack when it comes to comfort.
I sling it behind the tray table in front of me and have an instant foot rest.
This makes a world of a difference when it comes to comfort in economy seats.
A must have for feeling so much more comfortable when flying in economy. Elevating your feet changes the game!
The foot rest is adjustable and it folds flat so it takes up no room at all.
Luggage Cup Holders
This luggage cup holder is one of the most useful travel accessories I’ve ever owned.
Move hands free through the airport when you’ve got your coffee and water bottle, without worrying about spillage!
Go hands free through the airport when you have your coffee, water and other small items - no spillage!
Slip it over the handle of your luggage, and you’ve got two cup holders or one cup holder and another spot to hold your phone, baby bottle or other small items that you need quick access to.
When you’re waiting in line at the airport gate and have a coffee in your hand and need to have your boarding pass and ID ready, this luggage cup holder is a life saver.
Perfect for at the beach, pool, music festivals, clubs or concerts.
Sometimes you need something a little incognito to stash your small valuables.
I use these stash scrunchies that have a hidden zipper to hide small amounts of cash, airpods, jewelry or a key.
Now you might be thinking, why not just put those in your purse?
I’m talking about when you’re at the pool or on the beach and you want to go into the water for a bit but you’re concerned about leaving your things out in the open.
If someone is looking to swipe something – they’re looking for purses and wallets, not a hair accessory.
They’re also good for music festivals and concerts.
For the ladies, these also work really well when you want to be discreet about carrying your feminine products too!
For a discreet way to keep important items close – grab these stash scrunchies.
Sling Travel Bag
The ultimate travel bag for everyday carry! Holds all the essentials without being too bulky.
For less than $20, pick up a belt bag and then fill it with essential travel items like an eye mask for the plane, lip chap, spf stick, gift cards, a rechargeable travel power bank, etc.
This takes 10 minutes to put together but looks so thoughtful!
This belt bag is the perfect size for carrying your essentials without being too bulky.
I also love that it stays close to my body for feeling more secure and keeps my hands free to take photos or hold a drink.
You can go hiking with them, or when you sit down at a restaurant you don’t need to set it down anywhere.
This isn’t just any carabiner – this is a clip that hooks to almost anything, anywhere so you can hang your things and keep them off the ground.
I use this to hang my purse off the table at restaurants and in public washrooms when there’s no hook on the door to hang my bag.
It even hangs off the hinge of the door if there’s no gap to use.
It’s the perfect travel accessory to hang bags (backpacks, duffel bags, etc) off the floor when you’re traveling like when you need to change in a bathroom stall and there’s no hooks.
These are so versatile - once you have one, you'll find a million uses for it.
You can attach a water bottle to your bag, or even at the gym. It’s a great ‘gear holder’ for any item, anywhere.
These are so versatile.
Hanging Toiletry Bag
The viral, best-selling toiletry bag on Amazon!
Most people I know (including myself) seem to hang on to toiletry bags for way too long.
This is usually an item that many travelers overlook buying for themselves.
It’s the type of thing people don’t like spending the money on, but love when they receive it as a gift.
This hanging toiletry bag is a total game changer,
It’s perfect for when you check into your hotel and realize there’s zero counter space for your stuff.
With 4 individual compartments, it’s roomy enough to carry everything you need without being bulky.
It comes in this soft, faux-velvet material so it feels ultra luxe, without the pricetag.
There’s a reason why this is the best-selling toiletry bag on Amazon
YETI Insulated Cups
For camping, the beach, a cruise, an all-inclusive resort, road trips or any kind of travel, an insulated tumbler is a must-have travel accessory.
I love the one with the handle for camping but they also make a tumbler version.
Indestructible and they come in so many colors.
Another reason these are the perfect travel mug is because they’re SO easy to clean when you’re on the go.
Plus, they come in so many great colors.
An Insulated Beer (or Wine) Koozie
This is the perfect gift for someone who loves to go camping or spends a lot of time at the lake and on the boat.
You might think they’re expensive, but what’s a perfectly cold beverage all weekend long worth to someone?
You can't put a price on a cold beverage on a hot day!
They make all sizes now for regular cans, skinny cans and a wine glass.
Make it a complete gift by adding in your recipient’s favorite drink.
Leak-proof all your toiletry bottles - a must-have if you're flying carry-on only!
These toiletry skins are the coolest new travel hack product.
For leak-proofing your bottles and containers, just stretch these skins overtop of the bottle and now they’re completely spill proof.
If you’re always worried about something spilling or exploding in your bag, definitely try these out. Works great for shampoo, sunscreen, facial oils, makeup, etc.
Build a Flight Sleep Kit
If someone on your gift list will be traveling soon, put together a little sleep kit for their flight.
Find a small, lightweight bag (like this one) and fill it with all the essentials:
- Add a contoured sleep mask
- high quality ear plugs
- a cozy pair of socks
- and some sleepy time tea bags, like Sweet Slumber tea made with valerian root.
Not only is this a practical gift, there’s a lot of thought that goes into this one, too!
If someone on your list is traveling to a warm destination to spend some time by the pool, you’ve got to get them one of these pool hammock floaties!
These pool hammocks are the perfect size for your luggage as they pack away completely flat and take up less space than a pair of shorts.
The most fun accessory you can pack for your vacation!
They have two ‘pillows’ on each joined by mesh in the middle.
They’re less than $20 and are the easiest floaties to inflate and pack away again.
Sand Proof Beach Towel
The ultimate beach accessory
Everyone loves the beach, but we all hate when sand sticks to our towels.
The solution is a sand-free towel! The perfect gift for beach goers and cruisers.
Not only do these towels absorb like a regular towel, they dry fast and virtually no sand sticks to these – even when wet.
They’re perfect to travel with because they’re lightweight and can act as a blanket on the plane, a shawl on your balcony on chilly mornings or evenings, and a wrap on your way to the spa.
A Towel Poncho is perfect for discreetly changing out of your swimsuit at the beach or pool when there are no change rooms around!
And it doubles as an ultra absorbent towel.
I use this when I go camping and for hiking to natural hot springs
Comes in all kinds of colors and perfect for the beach, pool, camping, paddleboarding, surfing and hiking.
There’s both adult and children’s sizes.
This one is a great gift for:
- Beach goers
Travel Resistance Bands
If you have a fitness friend on your list, a lightweight set of resistance bands is the perfect way to get a full body workout in, on the road.
These can be used in a hotel room or even on the beach!
They’re inexpensive and would also make the perfect white elephant exchange gift!
Don’t you hate it when you check into your hotel room and there’s either a small bedside table or no bedside table at all?
A useful travel gift for someone who travels for business a lot is a bed shelfie!
It’s a little bedside shelf that you attach to the side of your bed.
How many times do hotels never have a bedside table or night stand and you’ve got to put your stuff on the floor or the other side of the room? Problem solved!
Perfect for hotel stays, travel trailers, cruises, holding CPAP machines and staying at Airbnbs.
Also perfect if you’re staying at a relative’s house in a spare bedroom without a night stand.
This bed shelfie is the perfect solution.
Use it to hold your phone, drinks, books, glasses, anything.
If you travel with a CPAP machine that usually takes up most of the nightstand space, now you’ve got extra room.
These are great if you travel a lot for business,
They’re also great for using in your RVs and travel trailers when space is limited.
You can’t go wrong with the tried and true travel guides and books from the legendary
Ricks Steves (best for a Europe trip) or the massive collection of Lonely Planet books.
You can pick up a physical copy, or send an e-book or a kindle version (great for last-minute gifts).
Travel Experiences & Giftable Online
FareDrop Membership/Flight Deal Subscription
If you have an aspiring traveler on your list – why not gift the opportunity to travel the world – for cheap!
One of my favorite apps for finding crazy discounts on flight deals is FareDrop.
It’s an app (or desktop version) that sends flight deals (we’re talking an average of 50-70% lower) straight to your phone (or email) based on your travel goals.
The best part is that you can gift FareDrop to someone.
You can also choose to notify the person receiving it or not if they want to wait until holiday time!
You can even give it as a physical gift – it’s a paper airplane design that you can print out and fold up and it includes their unique code to redeem their subscription.
I also wrote a full review and tips about using FareDrop to its fullest potential.
GuideAlong Audio Tours
GuideAlong is the ultimate road trip companion!
It’s a narrated driving tour app where you download a tour to your phone, and then it plays automatically when you’re in the area through GPS satellite signals.
It’s just like having a tour guide along for the ride. You’ll hear stories, local tips & directions and navigation play automatically, all based on your location.
Best of all it doesn’t require a cell signal, they work offline with GPS.
Right now, it’s available in the United States, Canada and Australia for places like Yellowstone National Park, Banff National Park, Hawaii and over 60 more destinations.
If you want to purchase a tour as a gift, simply click on the tour as if you were to purchase it, but instead of clicking ‘buy this tour,’ you’ll click gift a tour right underneath.
On the next page, make sure the ‘send tour as a gift’ is toggled on.
The recipient receives email with your personalized message, and easy instructions to download. The sender receives the receipt with a reference number.
Gift a Travel Experience
I book most of my tours & excursions through Viator and these are consistently some of my favorite travel memories.
Some of my favorites include hiking with locals to secret beaches, insider taco tours, adventures to natural hot springs and visiting hidden gem towns stuck in the 1700s.
Viator put together a great list of the 15 best travel experiences to give this year, find your ultimate gift here.
For long road trips, audiobooks are a great way to pass the time.
You can gift an Audible subscription from Amazon! A subscription provides the recipient one free book per month. Podcasts are included too!
Flytographer Photo Session
Flytographer is an online marketplace that connects travelers with local photographers in 350+ cities worldwide for fun vacation photo shoots.
What’s extra special though, is that Flytographer’s carefully-chosen photographers not only take stunning photos, but also share insider tips on things to eat, see, and do while showing travelers unique parts of the city they may not discover otherwise.
You can purchase a gift card or maybe book a surprise session if you’re going to be traveling together!
Airbnb Gift Cards
This one speaks for itself, but did you know that Airbnb gift cards can also be redeemed for experiences?
Some of my favorite tours have been booked through this format, like sandboarding in Cabo San Lucas and a local wine tour in New York State!
Guess Where Trips
One-day, self-guided, SURPRISE road trips & hidden gem finders. Our trips include a ‘Before You Go’ package and four surprise stops.
Each stop is packed with a new destination, specific recommendations, maps, travel tips, and fun facts.
You select a day trip based on your interests and travel preferences, such as:
- enchanted adventures
- haunted & abandoned places
- funky breweries, offbeat oddities
- quirky gems
- picture perfect itinerarie
- & whimsical wonders.
Then you can choose to either receive a physical package of all your trip detail in the mail, or immediately to your inbox if you only need a PDF.
Then you hit the road and start your adventure by opening each stop one by one.
Currently available in:
- Canada (Ontario, BC, Alberta & Nova Scotia)
- USA – Northeast (DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York & New England)
- USA – Southeast (North Carolina, Georgia & Florida)