Gifts for Travel Lovers (That They’ll Actually Use!)

Buying gifts for travel lovers can be really difficult.

I’ve lost count of the number of times family members have told me that I’m impossible to buy for, and that my nomadic lifestyle is a problem when it comes to buying me birthday or Christmas gifts.

However, please believe me when I tell you that travel lovers are not impossible to buy for – there are tonnes of travel lover gifts out there that are sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face.

I’ve been backpacking for over 6 years now, and so I know when I’m talking about when it comes to the things that travellers actually need, vs those things that are only going to take up valuable space in their backpack.

With this in mind, I decided to put together my ultimate list of gifts for travel lovers.

To make things easier, I’ve organised everything by price, starting from the cheapest. All of these prices were correct at the time of writing, and I used a UK address, so depending on where you live, these figures may be different.

It’s also important to note that many of these links are affiliate links, which means that I may make a small commission if you decide purchase anything (at no extra cost to you!).

So, are you ready to be inspired?

Here are my best travel lover gifts.

Gifts for Travel Lovers

Travel Lover Gifts Under £10

1. Microfibre travel towel

travel lover gifts, travel towel

Regular towels take forever to dry (not ideal when you’re always on the move) and take up so much valuable space in your backpack!

What’s more, renting towels in hostels can get expensive, so I always recommend using a travel towel.

Microfibre travel towels are fast-drying, lightweight and can be rolled up super small, making them the perfect travel gift.

2. Combination lock

travel gifts, combination lock

It may not be the sexiest travel gift out there, but a combination lock is an absolute essential for travellers, and it’s always good to have a spare. From making sure your bag is locked on overnight buses to being able to safely store away your valuables in a hostel, a combination lock is one of the most practical travel lover gifts out there.

3. Organic shampoo bar

shampoo bar, travel lover gifts

Shampoo bars are great for so many reasons.

Not only can you take them in your carry-on luggage, making them perfect for those who travel light, but you also don’t need worry about your shampoo potentially leaking all over your nice new clothes (this has happened to me more than once).

Shampoo bars also save both water and plastic, making them way better for the environment than traditional bottled shampoo.

4. Mosquito repellent bracelets

unique travel gifts, mosquito bracelets

Mosquito bites can really ruin your holiday, and spraying foul-smelling, sticky DEET all over yourself is not only a pain in the ass, but it can also be super bad for you (I know a man that can’t grow hair on his legs after using DEET for years!).

With these mosquito bracelets, your travel friend can be both cute and protected.

5. Dioralyte rehydration sachets

travel gifts

They might not be the most glamorous travel gift out there, but rehydration sachets have been an absolute lifesaver for me on my travels.

It’s all too easy to pick up stomach bugs on the road, which can leave you feeling weak and lethargic – I’ve actually ended up on a saline drip more than once, which was not only inconvenient, but expensive too!

These rehydration sachets are designed to replace your lost salts and electrolytes and will perk you up in no time.

6. Personalised luggage tag

gifts for travel lovers, luggage tags

This travel gift is both cute and practical.

Let your friend know that you’re thinking about them by giving them a personalised luggage tag that will not only remind them of you, but will also help them to identify their luggage as soon as it appears on the belt rather than accidentally taking somebody else’s (this actually happened to my parents once!).

7. Beachy travel presets

travel presets

If your travel-loving friend is always on social media, why not treat them to some summery travel presets?
These beachy presets are a budget-friendly and unique travel gift that will give a gorgeous glow to your friend’s IG feed and make their travel pics look even more amazing than they already are.

8. Portable clothesline

portable clothesline gifts for travel lovers

If you’ve ever stayed in a hostel, you’ll know the struggle of washing your bikinis in the shower and then having nowhere to hang them to dry!

This travel clothesline will allow you to dry your things pretty much anywhere, making backpacks full of damp clothes a thing of the past.

9. Laundry bag

It can be difficult keeping track of what needs washing when you travel, and I think every backpacker knows the struggle of rummaging around their bag in the dark, trying (and failing!) to find clean socks.

This laundry bag is a simple and unique travel gift that allows you to keep your dirty things separate, saving you a lot of hassle.

10. Waterproof playing cards

waterproof playing cards

One sure-fire way to make friends when travelling is being that person with playing cards.

These waterproof will stand the test of time and survive even the most rowdy drinking games.

Travel Lover Gifts Under £25

11. Digital luggage scales

luggage scales, travel gifts

Luggage scales are one of those things that you should overlook at your peril.

You don’t want to get all the way to the front of the check-in desk before being told that your case is over the weight limit.

Enter, luggage scales.

These tiny, portable luggage scales will allow you to make sure that your bags are under the limit before it’s too late, saving you lots of embarrassment at the airport!

12. Personalised passport cover

personalised passport cover

I don’t have a passport cover and so my own passport is beat up beyond all recognition. From visa stickers on the front, sticky tape covered in green glitter (?!) and scratches to a pretty much non-existent logo, it’s certainly seen better days.

I don’t mind too much – in fact, I kinda like it because I feel as though it tells a story – but most people prefer their passports to be clean and pristine.

A leather passport cover with your loved one’s initials or name on it is a really thoughtful and unique travel gift that they will appreciate for years to come.

13. Ear plugs

gifts for travel lovers

I NEVER travel without ear plugs and I’m always losing them so a huge pack like this would definitely be a welcome addition to my Christmas stocking!

From hostel dorms to noisy plane journeys, ear plugs are one of the most practical travel gifts you can buy.

14. Anker power bank

practical travel gifts

Running out of phone battery is at best irritating, and at worst, downright dangerous. Having a portable charger means you’ll always be connected, even after the longest flight!

15. Mini Bluetooth speaker

mini bluetooth speaker

From camping to beach parties, socialising at hostels and hotel room parties, portable Bluetooth speakers always come in handy, and these ones are not only fantastic quality, but less than £25 – now that’s a deal!

16. Scratch world map

scratch world map

One of the most classic gifts for travellers is a world map – I mean, what traveller doesn’t love poring over maps for hours at a time?! This map is a scratch map, meaning that your friend can scratch out all the places they’ve been, revealing more of the map each time they visit somewhere new.

This scratch world map is from Etsy.

17. The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet)

best lonely planet books

Lonely Planet is the OG of travel content, and this book covers every single country in the world – yes, all of them! I would absolutely love to read this book, and no matter how many places your travel friend has visited, they are sure to find inspiration within the pages of this gem.

18. Hanging toiletry bag

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Another great choice for your practical friends, this bag will keep all your toiletries organised and easy to find. It even hangs up, meaning you don’t have to unpack everything each time you check into a new place!

19. Memory foam travel pillow

memory foam travel pillow

Travel pillows are seriously a gift from God, and even though I can never sleep on planes, I still appreciate the comfort that a quality travel pillow provides.

This one is a memory foam pillow, meaning that it is even better than regular travel pillows! It also has a handy hook and clasp so that you can easily strap it to your luggage.

20. Leather journal

etsy leather journal, travel gifts

Although your friend may not usually journal, plenty of people who travel love to keep a journal to remind them of all the wonderful adventures they’re having on the road.

It’s also always great to have a journal to hand so that you can keep a note of any cool recommendations you get from your fellow travellers.

There are tonnes of beautiful leather journals on Etsy, but I love this one.

21. Personalised jewellery case

travel lover gifts

Taking jewellery on a trip is the absolute worst.

If it doesn’t get lost, it ends up tangled beyond belief, and this is the main reason why I tend not to take anything other than what I wear daily with me.

However, a portable jewellery case is one of those unique travel gifts that is both thoughtful and practical, enabling your loved one to keep all of their jewels safe and in good condition.

22. Waterproof day pack bag

unique gifts for travel lovers

Not only is this day pack super lightweight and waterproof, but it also folds up into a tiny pocket when you’re not using it, making it a true space saver.

Available in a range of colours to suit all tastes.

23. Travel scarf

travel scarf

It was only when I was researching gifts for travel lovers that I discovered this wonderful invention known as a travel scarf!

This scarf has a hidden zipper pocket, meaning that you can keep your phone and wallet extra safe – after all, who would think to pickpocket a scarf?!

Scarves are also the perfect flight accessory, because not only do they keep you nice and toasty, but they’re easy to take off if you get too hot onboard.

24. Mini First Aid kit

travel lover gifts

I’ve had more accidents on my travels than I care to count, and so now I always make sure I have a first aid kid with me, or at least the major components of one.

This handy set has all the basics, including a wide range of different bandage types, cleaning fluid, medical scissors and lots more. Whether you come off a scooter in Thailand or scratch a mosquito bite too much, every traveller needs a first aid kit at some point!

25. Argan Oil

pure argan oil

I swear by Argan oil because it is so versatile.

It’s good for your hair, skin, nails…even for cooking! I’ve used Argan oil for years, and if I could only choose one beauty product to take on my travels with me, it would be this.

26. Zero Waste gift set

zero waste gift set

Your environmentally-conscious friend will adore this Zero Waste Gift Set.

Perfect for somebody who is just starting their journey towards zero waste, this kit is packed full of essentials, including biodegradable bamboo cotton buds, reusable bamboo cotton makeup remove pads, a 100% cotton laundry bag, a cleansing face mask and a massage soap.

27. Earth necklace

travel necklace

One of the prettiest travel lover gifts there is, this delicate earth necklace is perfect for those who like to travel without compromising on style. Let your friend know you’re thinking of them with this sentimental gift.

You can buy this earth necklace from Etsy. It is available in either gold, rose gold or silver.

28. Heated scarf

heated scarf

I mentioned earlier how scarves are perfect for flying, but a heated scarf is even better still! This one can be used with a power bank for on-the-go warmth wherever you are – perfect for that harsh air-conditioning on aeroplanes!

29. Travel mug

gifts for travel lovers, travel mug

Another great sustainable gift is this stainless steel travel mug.

Designed for maintaining the temperature of either hot or cold drinks, you can reduce your waste and ensure you always have piping hot coffee!

Sidenote: this is one of those travel lover gifts that is really perfect for just about anybody – even your 9-5 friends!

30. Emergen-C Vitamin C


Being on the road, sharing dorm rooms with strangers and getting little sleep can really run you down, and so I always like to take vitamins when I’m travelling.

These Emergen-C supplements are a powerful blend of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that will give your immune system a boost, increase your metabolic function and energise you – and all without caffeine!

31. Bum bag

unique travel gifts

They might not be ‘cool,’ but I adore bum bags/fanny packs. Perfect as a ‘hands free’ way to store your essentials, they are ideal for travelling, when you need to keep your money, phone and passport close.

32. Travel adaptor

travel lover gifts

Not the most exciting or unique travel gift, but oh so practical! Ensure that you are prepared for pretty much anywhere in the world with an international travel adaptor, complete with USD ports.

33. Compression socks

compression socks

From boosting your circulation to supporting your veins, diminishing leg swelling and more, compression socks have great health benefits in general but they are especially good for long haul flights.

This pack of two pairs will have your friend feeling healthy and comfortable every time they fly.

34. Proworks water bottle

proworks water bottle

My boyfriend recently got me one of these water bottles for my birthday and I am in love with it. Made of stainless steel, it’s super secure and it keeps your drink hot or cold.

I’ll definitely be taking this on my next trip.

Travel lover gifts under £50

35. Travel steamer

travel gifts

Not only does this handy travel steamer get all of the wrinkles and creases out of every kind of fabric, but the powerful steam kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria to sterilise and disinfect all of your clothes – perfect for a long day of travel!

36. Portable Wi-Fi hotspot

travel lover gifts

Wi-Fi isn’t just a luxury – it’s pretty much a necessity at this point, and being stuck without it can be at best inconvenient and at worst, flat out dangerous.

Cell service on the road can be spotty (trust me) and we might be in 2022 but that doesn’t mean that every hostel and café has working Wi-Fi.

It’s not always practical to rely on phone data, especially if you’re crossing a lot of borders, so having a portable Wi-Fi hotspot will make your life a lot easier.

37. Sleeping bag

unique travel gifts

You don’t have to be a camping junkie or van-lifer to need a sleeping bag.

More and more hostels are offering ‘camping’ options, where you can pay a reduced rate to sleep outside in the garden or terrace (provided you bring your own tent and sleeping bag), while still having access to all of the hostel’s facilities and the social atmosphere.

Choose a sleeping bag with a ‘mummy design,’ with tapered legs and a drawstring hood, ensuring that you will be super cosy whatever the weather.

Travel lover gifts over £50

38. Anti-theft camera bag

anti-theft camera bag

This camera bag is the stuff that dreams are made of. With space for a laptop, DSLR camera, lenses, tripod and other camera accessories, as well as having completely waterproof material (as well as a rain jacket!), anti-theft strap, RFID protection for your credit cards and external straps for extra storage, this really is the King of camera bags.

39. Osprey backpack

osprey men's backpack

A good quality backpack is an absolute travel essential.

The first backpack I had was okay, but I didn’t do any research before buying it, and ended up living to regret it. It killed my back, it didn’t have a front-opening (making it difficult to find things), and two of the zippers broke on my first trip.

When I decided to upgrade and pay a little more, I couldn’t have been more pleased. My Osprey backpack is designed specifically for the female form, making it so much more comfortable and easier to wear, it opens at the front just like a suitcase, and the quality is just out of this world.

Osprey have a huge selection of backpacks, but below are my picks.

Here is a great men’s backpack from Osprey.

Here is a fantastic women’s pack.

40. Antique Jewellery

antique jewellery

So at 895 EUR, this one is a bit of a splurge but hey, if you can’t splash out when buying gifts for your loved ones, when can you?

Buying someone a piece of antique jewellery is a wonderful gift to show you care, and this corundum and pearl Art Nouveau pendant is the kind of piece that can be passed down from generation to generation.

Check out AC Silver’s full range of antique jewellery on their website.

41. Travel-themed rings

If you don’t have quite so much money to splurge on jewellery but you still want to buy your loved one something that will last, the rings at Daisy Jewellery, a London-based brand, are inexpensive but great quality.

I actually got a few of their rings recently (pictured below), which I really love, and if you want something suited to a girl who loves to travel, they have tonnes of stacking rings with designs including seashells, palm trees, sun rises and more.

I went for a Moonstone ring, a gold-plated sunburst design, and a double-rope ring, and I’m in love with them all.

It’s worth noting that Daisy are also a really sustainable brand, only using recycled silver, eco-packaging, and they are also carbon positive – this means they are a great brand for someone who loves the planet!

Gifts for Travel Lovers | Final Thoughts

So, we’ve reached the end of my absolute monster of a travel gifts list!

I hope that this list has given you some ideas of what to buy your loved one for their birthday or Christmas, but please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you have in the comments section below – I personally own a lot of the things on this list, and so I’m more than willing to elaborate on just why I think they make great gifts for travel lovers.

So, happy shopping!

Until next time,


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