17 Unique Gift Ideas For Travelers

 

Girl taking picture of a mountain area

Looking for a gift for the wonderluster in your life?

Don't worry! We've waded through the waffle and found the best gifts for travelers out there!

If you're still stuck for ideas, feel free to read our mini-guide!

 

 1. Seaview Snorkle

★★★★ ½

amazon.com

What is it?

A stylish full face mask 180° view snorkel, designed to improve the snorkeling experience.

A gift for?

Anyone adventurous traveler who's planning a coastal trip.

Why gift it?

Snorkeling should be an enjoyable experience, however, if you've been snorkeling, you'll know the thought never quite matches reality. Your view gets obscured by fog and water leaks into your mask. Most people go so infrequently, they forget how awkward and fidgety it can be. Premium snorkels like the Seaview move you vision of snorkeling that bit closer to reality. The 180° viewing window means users enjoy a wider field of view than regular snorkels, the mask also features  anti-fogging technology, made possible by a separate breathing chamber that drives airflow away from the visor. There is the option to mount a Gopro action camera to the top if the user desires to. We're positive that anyone heading to a coastal destination would love to get the Seaview snorkel as a gift!

Travelers Fact

Saudi Arabia is one of the only countries on Earth that doesn't have any rivers.


2. ICONSPEAK T-SHIRTS

What is it?

A T-shirt with 40 icons on it, used to communicate with speakers of foreign languages.

A gift for?

Any traveler traveling to a foreign speaking country.

Why gift it?

Learning the local language of a country your visiting sounds like a great idea, and it is. It's not always that practical though, language learning takes time and it's not always time you have, especially if you've booked an impromptu trip! Many people like to visit multiple countries on their travels as well. Iconspeak have come up with a wonderfully simple idea to remedy the problem of the language barrier for people traveling. Their T-shirt features 40 different icons, each corresponding to a common destination a traveler would need to find or a question they want answering. Pointing to the hotel icon, even the most unintelligible accent might have a chance of being understood. It's not a typical gift, and definitely won't be expected, but hey that's what makes it a cool gift!

TRAVELers FACT

Did you know that in the USA there are at any one moment, at least 61,000 flying in planes?


3. Flack Sack: Bear Proof Anti-Theft Bag

★★★★

amazon.com

What is it?

A bear resistant, anti-theft, slash-proof bag, built with security in mind

A gift for?

Anyone who owns anything.

Why gift it?

As founder and creator of the Flack Sack, Don found out, it's really not that difficult for people to steal your stuff when your out and about. Unless you're hawkishly watching your belongings at all times, thieves can quite easily snatch your stuff without you even knowing. Now, having your belongings stolen is bad enough when you're near home, but when you're traveling it can really cause you some trouble. A secure bag can give you the peace of mind when traveling that all your personal items are safe and secure. Flack Sack by Loctote does that - and then some. It boasts an anti-theft, slash-resistant, bear-proof design that is coated in an industrial grade water repellent. So the user can be sure thieves, bears and water are not getting to your stuff. It makes a great day-out bag, as well as a secondary bag to your main backpack when traveling. 

Just to note, they really arn't kidding about the bear proofing, It has earned the IGBC Bear-Resistant Certification, which is apparently a thing.

TRAVELers FACT

A whopping 60% of the world's lakes are found in Canada!


4. Trtl Pillow

★★★★

amazon.com

What is it?

A lightweight comfy travel pillow.

A gift for?

For anyone traveling long distances. 

Why gift it?

One of the pains of traveling is not getting enough quality shut eye. Taking naps wherever you can get them is not uncommon, doing this however, as you'll know can give you some serious neck pain. No-one should need to see a physiotherapist after taking a nap on the plane!  The Trtl Pillow help you get that much needed sleep on the go. Jamie Foxx has even had a go! The 5000+ reviews on amazon.com seem to indicate the consumers are very happy with their purchase and if it's good enough for them, then we're sure it'll be a greatly appreciated gift!

TRAVELers FACT

The northern African country of Libya is made up of 99% sand!


5. Spectacles by Snap Inc.

★★★★ ½

amazon.com

What is it?

A pair of sunglasses with point-of-view camera connected to Snapchat.

A gift for?

Travelers into their tech and social media.

Why gift it?

Snap's Spectacles are probably the coolest PoV (Point of View) camera on the market right now. Being at eye level, they give a pretty unique shot. You shoot the video through the Spectacles, then transfer and upload through the Snapchat app on your smart phone. They offer the option to record in bursts of 10, 20 and 30 seconds. Each pair comes with a specially designed case, that allows you to re-charge anywhere on-the-go! Each charge is good for 100 snaps. 

TRAVELers FACT

Over 99% of the power generated in Norway is renewable, this is due to their use of hydro-electricity.

 


6. Kindle E-Reader

Woman reading a kindle over a book at breakfast

★★★★ ½

amazon.com

What is it?

A digital e-reader.

A gift for?

Any traveler who enjoys reading.

Why gift it?

Travelling, obviously means a lot of travel, which means reading is a go to for many people.  The Kindle solves such an obvious problem whilst travelling. You can carry one maybe two books at most. This of course isn't a problem with the Kindle, as you can store more books that is physically possible to read in one trip. The 4gb version can hold up to 2,200 books! The battery lasts for weeks and the display is amazing for reading in all light.

TRAVELers FACT

The Hawaiian alphabet consists of a mere 13 letters! The state fish in Hawaii is know as the humuhumunukukuapua'a, which is said to be shorter than the word itself.

 


7. Travel Hammock

Orange and Grey Hammock

★★★★

amazon.com

What is it?

A travel lightweight hammock.

A gift for?

Travelers visiting forest areas.

Why gift it?

Hammocks are the hallmark of adventure traveling. Relaxing in a picturesque forest surrounded by nature. If you can imagine it, then we're sure the person you're gifting it to will. Now, of course they'll need to be going to an area with trees, otherwise they wouldn't be able to set it up, but if they are then it makes the perfect gift! Trade them in a seat on the floor for a swing in a hammock.

TRAVELers FACT

The entire length of the Great Wall of China is 13,000 miles!


8. 360 Degree Camera

★★★★

amazon.com

What is it?

A 360° camera that plugs into your smartphone.

A gift for?

Travelers into their technology.

Why gift it?

With Facebook now supporting 360 photo and video, the Insta360 makes a pretty cool piece of tech to have to take traveling. Insta360 simply attaches to the top of your phone, meaning you can upload quickly without the need to mess around with memory cards. 360° adds that bit of extra fun to your travel videos and photos - there's also the option to live stream. It's definitely not a typical gift, but then again you don't want to give a typical gift! Insta360 make a version for Iphone and a version for android, so make sure you know what type and model the person you're buying for has.

TRAVELers FACT

Finland is home to nearly 180,000 islands, which is more than any other nation on the planet.


9. SlapSee Sunglasses

What is it?

A pair of sunglasses that wrap or slap around your wrist.

A gift for?

Travelers heading to hot locations.

Why gift it?

A solution for those who manage to break every pair of sunglasses they get their hands on. These sunglasses were designed with travel in mind. Forget cases, they come with silicone coated spring arms, so they 'slap' around your wrist. They have UV 400 grading, which block 100% of harmful rays, so yes they do actually protect your eyes. It looks like they'll actually stay in during serious movement too and of course they look good too! If you're thinking of gifting it, make sure to allow 2-4 weeks for international delivery.

TRAVELers FACT

In Iran, there is a tree that is over 4,000 years old. It is held a national treasure and is said to be the second oldest tree in the world.


10. Selk Bag - Walking Sleeping Bag

★★★★

amazon.com

What is it?

A sleeping bag that you can walk around in.

A gift for?

Travelers thinking of camping or those who are scared of hostel beds.

Why gift it?

We're not sure if this is good or bad news for sleep walkers. Selk Bag is essentially a sleeping bag you wear like a onesie, you can walk around, run away from bears, whatever you want! Hopping around the campsite can become a thing of the past. Now admittedly, a sleeping bag is an odd gift, but gifts for travelers are a bit different than for other occasions, you can get a bit more practical. In this case, we're sure they'll really appreciate it! They're a favorite for festivals and camping, but can be used pretty much anywhere that's not home and be really handy.

TRAVELers FACT

The Kastom people of Tanna, a southern island Vanuatu, worship Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (husband to Queen Elizabeth II). They believe he is the fabled son spoke of in their legends. 


 11. Instax Mini 9

Woman holding a white Instax Mini 9

★★★★ ½

amazon.com

What is it?

An instant camera.

A gift for?

Anyone who is traveling with friends.

Why gift it?

We all agree that a camera is a must have travel accessory. I mean did it even happen without pictures? Finding the right camera can be tricky, though! Digital cameras have become kind of defunct as smart phone cameras have advanced far more quickly than their digital compact counterparts. If you really want to go all out and spend a fortune then we recommends the Fuji x100F.  It's hands down the best compact camera for traveling.

For a more modest gift, though, we think the Instax Mini 9 is a great option. It's a instant print camera, that gives an Instagram like look. It's great mainly because we never really print our travel photos anymore, they get uploaded to our social media and then lost in our feeds. The Instax Mini 9 is great because it's both a great gift for someone who wants to capture those moments on the road, but is equally awesome when they arrive home. It's predecesor the Mini 8 was insanely popular, it's looking like the Mini 9 is heading the same way!

TRAVELers FACT

If the World Economic Forum is anything to go by, then Iceland is the friendliest nation on Earth!


12. ChillaX Inflatable Air Mattress

Two people sat on top of a mountain sitting on a Chillax seat

★★★★ ½

amazon.com

What is it?

An portable inflatable seat that you can assemble simply by dragging it through the air.

A gift for?

Anyone traveling to anywhere even slightly rural, where there may not be many comfy places to sit.

Why gift it?

The places really worth visiting don't have seats nearby. That's why the ChillaX Inflatable Air Mattress is the perfect gift for anyone traveling anywhere remotely rural. Considering the size of the inflated mattress, it fights nicely into a fairly small carry bag. It also comes with three side pockets, a securing steak (so it doesn't blow anyway) and a bottle opener. 

With over 1393 reviews on amazon.com averaging 4½ stars, the verdict seems to be out. On average consumers appear incredibly happy with their purchase and we're sure whoever you'd consider gifting this to, would be equally as pleased.

TRAVELers FACT

The lift in the Eiffel Tower travels a combined 64,000 miles each year.


13. GoPro Hero 5

★★★★

amazon.com

What is it?

A point of view 4k action camera

A gift for?

Adventurous travelers.

Why gift it?

In the last few years GoPro action cameras have become the staple for the more adventurous travelers out there. There's never been a better time to capture your travels with video. GoPro pack a seriously impressive 4k camera in such a small piece of kit. It couldn't be easier, either. Point and shoot doesn't even do it justice, as the camera is more often than not attached to the user, all you have to do it shoot. The Hero 5 can easily handle slow-motion too! With 60 frames per second available in 4k mode and 240 frames per second in the 1080p mode. 

TRAVELers FACT

In Turkmenistan, somewhere in the desert, there is a massive burning crater that has been on fire for over 40 years. It is known as The Door to Hell.


14. Scratch Off World Map

Scratch off world map showing the United States, Canada and the top of Mexico

★★★★ ½

amazon.com

What is it?

A scratch off world map.

A gift for?

Anyone who travels regularly or someone visiting multiple countries on one trip.

Why gift it?

People go traveling to have experience, to create memories. Once we get back however, real like begins to set in again. This scratch off world map help your friend, family or significant other remember the times they've had whilst traveling. Plus, who doesn't like scratching these types of things!

TRAVELers FACT

The central African nation of Benin has more twins than any other nation of Earth. There is 27.9 twins per every 1,000 people.


15. Travel Journal

★★★★

amazon.com

What is it?

An compact travel journal.

A gift for?

Solo travelers and writers.

Why gift it?

Writing is an important part of traveling for many, if you're traveling solo there's no doubt a lot going on and at time there isn't anyone to talk about it with. This is why many turn to writing. So why not, make one of these Dingbag travel journals a gift. They're holding strong with a full 5 stars even at 255 reviews, so consumers are obviously very happy with their purchases. They're available in six colors, each with a different animal on the front. For this occassion make sure to pick the lined option before checkout. 

TRAVELers FACT

The island of Palau, located in the Pacific Ocean, was the first country to establish a shark sanctuary.


16. Chilly's Bottles

What is it?

A vacuum sealed water bottle that either retains the heat or keeps it cold.

A gift for?

Any traveler that requires water to survive.

Why gift it?

It's amazing just how many water bottle's leak water everywhere. It's the last thing you want to happen whilst travelling. Not only do you not have any water left, you're only belongings are soaked through. So a decent water bottle is obviously a good investment (or gift!). Chilly's make some surprisingly stylish water bottles - which isn't exactly something you'd normally consider a fashion accessory! They either keep your hot drinks hot or you cold drinks cold, apparently with something called double-wall vacuum technology.  There's nothing quite like an ice cold drink of water when you're thirsty when out and about travelling, so make sure you're the one being thanked for it!

TRAVELers FACT

The longest national anthem in the world belongs to Greece. It has 158 verses!


17. Ultra Light Down Parka

★★★★ ½

uniqlo.com

What is it?

An ultra-lightweight jacket that fits into a small carry bag.

A gift for?

Anyone traveling to anywhere with a colder climate.

Why gift it?

Sometimes you want to give a practical gift, and a gift for people traveling is a good opportunity to do so. Many travelers don't think they can carry around a well insulated jacket due to the weight and size of it. This ultra-lightweight parka is the best jacket we could find that finds the right balance between size, weight and insulation. It pays off to be the practical one sometimes - you'll be thanked after the trip!

TRAVELers FACT

Indonesia has a whopping 127 active volcanoes!


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