Are you buying a gift for the professional wanderluster in your life? Finding gifts for frequent travellers doesn’t need to be difficult. In fact, there is a seriously impressive range of different gifting opportunities for those who love to travel. From books and beauty to tech and travel gizmos, there’s a gift for every type of traveller.
With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d roundup the best travel gift ideas for men and women. These travel gifts are suitable for a range of budgets and personalities.
This post may contain gifted products or affiliate links, which means I make a small bit of commission if you purchase one of the products, at no extra cost to you. All gifts have been personally chosen by me. Prices are accurate as of November 2020.
1. Wild Women book
For: The Bookworm
A perfect gift for the female adventurer, this Wild Women book is a collection of first-hand accounts from incredible female explorers. Usually when you read accounts of historical adventurers, they tend to be by men. Considering the various restrictions imposed upon women throughout history, it makes the adventurous journeys in this book all the more impressive.
The stories are curated by writer and traveller Mariella Frostrup, whose aim is to put female explorers back on the map. The accounts included in the book date back to the 1700s and all the way through to the present day. This book is bursting with exciting tales of adventure and adversity, travels and triumphs. It’s sure to inspire the next adventure of the female traveller in your life.
2. Taste Of Italy Hamper
For: The Foodie
One of the best parts of travelling is sampling the local food. There’s no better way of bringing a little slice of a country into your own home than through food and drink. This Taste of Italy hamper is essentially Italy in a box.
The hamper features a range of high quality Italian classics. It includes traditional egg pasta, ricotta sauce, olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, pear condiment, Italian coffee and a bottle of red wine. Everything you need for an Italian night in – and the closest we’re going to get to an Italian holiday right now (cheers Covid)!
Italian cuisine is the way to a lot of people’s hearts (mine included) and this gift hamper is no exception. Or, if paella and paprika are more up your street, then there’s also a Spanish Kitchen hamper. A foodie journey to Spain or Italy: the choice is yours.
3. Reusable Water Bottle
For: The Sustainable Traveller
Price: From £7.99
Unfortunately, as amazing as travelling the world is, it’s not always great for the environment. That’s why it’s important that we do everything we can to minimise the impact of our travels. One of the easiest ways of doing this is to avoid single-use plastic. A reusable water bottle would make a great gift for a frequent traveller looking to improve on their eco credentials.
Given their increasing popularity, there are a huge range of eco-friendly water bottles to choose from nowadays. From stainless steel and glass through to bamboo, there are a variety of sustainable materials available. You can also find a whole multitude of different designs and colours, so there’s something for everyone.
For: The Instagrammer
For the traveller who loves to take professional photos, a tripod is a must. Traditional tripods are pretty bulky and not ideal for taking with you on your travels. This is where the GorillaPod comes in. These mini tripods are… well, mini. It makes them ideal for carrying around with you when on the move.
Not only are they compact, GorillaPods offer excellent versatility. Use it to mount mirrorless cameras, small action cameras, flashes, speakers, or video lights. The perfect gift for the travel photography enthusiast.
5. Scratch-Off Map
For: The Wanderluster
Where: Scratch Map
If you know someone who is determined to visit as many countries as possible, then this could be the gift for them. A scratch map allows you to create a personal record of your travels around the world. It’s a beautiful way of marking your adventures and seeing how many adventures are still to be had.
These maps also make a gorgeous addition to any home. Let it take pride of place on the wall and act as a constant source of wanderlust inspiration for your travel bucket list.
6. Travel Journal
For: The Writer
Price: From £24.95
Journaling is becoming increasingly popular and there’s no better time to start than travelling. Keeping a journal while on your travels is the perfect way of documenting your adventures. It serves as a helpful reminder of places, people, restaurants and experiences.
7. Cable Tidy Bag
For: The Organised Traveller
With all the gadgets and gizmos that the modern traveller carries around with them, it can get messy. Phone chargers, camera chargers, connection cables, headphones, memory cards – the list goes on. That’s why a cable tidy bag is the perfect gift for anyone who travels often.
Keep everything in one place and avoid tangled wires. This taupe cable tidy bag is the perfect size and also looks super stylish. It’s an organisational dream.
8. Silk Sleep Mask
For: The Snoozer
Where: Cult Beauty
One of the downsides of travelling is sleep struggles. From uncomfy beds and bright rooms to plane sleeping and jetlag – a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by when on the road or in the air. A sleep mask is a great way of removing distractions and aiding a more comfortable sleep.
Opting for a silk sleep mask may be more expensive, but it brings a lot of benefits for the skin. It can help reduce spots, minimises lines, and feels wonderfully soft. It’s a truly luxurious gift.
9. Mini Beauty Products Kit
For: The Beauty Lover
Where: Drunk Elephant
Anyone with a dedicated skincare routine will understand the struggles of maintaining this when travelling. From cleansers and creams to serums and SPF – there’s a whole lot of products to squeeze into our luggage. That’s where Drunk Elephant’s The Littles™ 4.0 range comes in.
It features eight mini travel products and everything you need to reset your skin. The compact contents are ideal for being on the go. The perfect gift for the travel and beauty lover.
10. Compass Necklace
For: The Fashionista
Price: From £25.99
A beautiful piece of jewellery is always a safe option when buying gifts. Even better when the jewellery reflects the loves and personality of the wearer. This World Map & Compass Necklace would make a gorgeous gift for a friend or loved one.
The necklace is handmade and available in silver, gold, or rose gold. There are also two different lengths available.
11. GoPro Hero 9
For: The Adventurer
A GoPro camera is a must for any action man or woman who loves to capture their adventures in exceptional quality. The newest addition to the GoPro family is the HERO9 and it offers a truly impressive specification.
From 5k video and 20MP photos to HyperSmooth stabilisation and Max SuperView, it’s got everything you could possibly need from an action camera. A generous travel gift that no committed adventurer would be disappointed with.
12. Setout Travel Backpack
For: The Backpacker
Price: Starts at £29
Where: Tortuga Backpack
The Setout Packable Daypack can carry all the essentials needed when sightseeing. It has padded, mesh shoulder straps that allow the carrier to feel comfortable, even on a hot day. This backpack can be packed into its own front pocket and can be stowed in your carry-on.
Who says that handy and durable backpacks can’t be stylish at the same time? Form and function can coexist in one item. You won’t have to worry about carrying a heavy load (literally) with this one. This lightweight backpack brings the best features of day bags and full backpacks into one convenient travel pack. It has enough room to store your must-haves, eliminating the need to bring a second bag.
13. Travel Gift Card
For: The Fussy One
Price: Up to you
You’ve got to the end of this travel gift guide and you’re still scratching your head. I understand – some people just have everything, or are just too fussy. That’s why gift cards were invented! Treat your loved one to a travel gift card and let them choose the adventure.
There are plenty of options to choose from. Some of my top picks are as follows:
So there you have it – my very best gift ideas for travel lovers. Whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, anniversary, or other special event, hopefully you’ve now got it covered!