A Travel Lover’s Gift Ideas for Every Budget

It’s that time of year again when people start trying to decide what to put under the tree for their loved ones.

As I clearly love to travel I’m often asked about gift ideas for other people who share my passion.

Last year I put together a suggested list that included packing cells, Bluetooth speakers and cute luggage tags. I still believe they’re all winners so if you want to be inspired by that list of travel gift ideas you can check it out here.

But I have plenty more ideas where they came from so here are a few more to help inspire you….

Get Your GoPro On

This year I borrowed a GoPro Hero4 Black to take to Antarctica and I am oh so glad that I did. The memories that little baby helped me bring back are so special and I certainly couldn’t have captured them with my other cameras.

One of the humpback whales agreed and even blew my GoPro a little kiss. I had no idea the whale was directly beneath me until the air bubbles hit the GoPro that I was holding in the water and gave me quite the fright.

I knew that when I returned my borrowed one I’d just have to get one for myself. I now have a Hero4 Silver that I happily take wherever I go.

Your travel lover already has one? Then what about some of the accessories like the Jaws Flex Clamp Mount and the GoPro Fetch dog harness for dog lovers if they have a four legged friend to help them get different kinds of shots?

Or if they already have lots of accessories the Carrying Case for GoPro could help keep all of those gadgets in one neat place.

Share a Warm Glow with Travel Candles

Ten years ago or so I reading some magazine or other and there was an interview with David Beckham where he said he never travelled without a scented candle. I couldn’t believe that it had never occurred to me before and since then I’ve rarely travelled without one.

There’s nothing like lighting a candle in a hotel to bring a warm glow into the room and they soon work their magic and release a smell that you love. Familiar smells can also help you sleep better in a hotel room. So that’s a sleepy bonus.

Big names like Diptyque have petite versions of their famous candles but as much as I adore the way they smell I prefer travel candles that come in tins and have lids that I can put back on before popping them in my bag.

Some companies have travel tin versions of their candles, while others only sell candles in tins like the beautiful ones from With Integrity Australia. These natural and organic soy candles use scents like Frankincense and Myrrh, and Lemongrass and Green Tea. Perfect for clearing any negative energy from previous guests in your room.

With Integrity Candles can be used as travel candles

Treat Your Travel Lover to a Staycation

Some of the best presents are things that people would love to get for themselves but can’t quite justify spending the money on.

If your friend loves to travel chances are there’s a hotel or two in their own city that they would love to try, but when it comes to booking they end up saving their money for hotels when they’re away from home.

If they’re a Sydneysider they may like to be seduced by the sexy and stylish QT Sydney or find out what it’s like to fall asleep and wake up to the Sydney Opera House directly outside their window at the Park Hyatt.

A staycation at QT Sydney is fun for a Sydneysider who loves hotels

Londoners can spend a night in the hotel that feels more like a private members club at The Rookery where they can soak in huge clawfoot baths and crawl happily into four-poster beds, or perhaps find out what all the fuss is about at the Chiltern Firehouse.

Meanwhile with all the driving you have to do in Los Angeles at the end of the night who hasn’t wanted to just get a room after drinking at the Sky Bar at The Mondrian or partying at the Ace Hotel? Handing your friend a birthday, Christmas or any other card with a room key inside as you enjoy a night out is a winning move.

Pitch Your Designer Tent

The last time I spent the night in a tent it was at a music festival and we tied an inflatable animal to the front so we could tell it apart from all the other tents.

That would so not have been a problem if we’d had one of these tents.

I am seriously in love with the designs that Field Candy have come up with. So much so that I’m reconsidering my ‘I’m never doing a festival in a tent again’ stance.

These tents are waterproof, fire retardant, rip-proof, lightweight and breathable and UV fade resistant, which is a plus when they’re this gorgeous.

There’s loads of designs to choose from and I’m torn between whether I’d go for the Fully Booked one, the Big Top tent or the Out of a Suitcase. Loving!

Wrap Them in a Turkish Towel

Light, absorbent, quick drying and versatile, Turkish towels are more than just a towel. They can also be used as a sarong, a wrap, a picnic blanket, a blankie on a plane and more.

I fell in love with them in Turkey (funnily enough) and only wish I’d bought more from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

Turkish Towels in Istanbul Grand BazaarIf you’re not going to be in a Turkish market anytime soon you can also find them at other markets around the world including the Bondi Junction Village Markets in Sydney and of course you can find Turkish towels online too.

Be Beach Safe

One for the beach loving traveller who wants to keep their valuables safe, the AquaVault is a personal lock box that can be attached to 95% of beach furniture. As well as to bicycles, some fences and other things.

There’s enough room for your mobiles, watches, wallets and sunnies and the safe is made of high impact ABS thermoplastic.

Of course you’d still need something to attach it to, and really bold thieves could pick up your whole beach chair and casually walk away, so it won’t work in every sandy situation. But it’s definitely a cut above the old burying your things in the sand and hoping for the best tactic.

They’ve also been embraced by some top hotels and resorts, which allow guests to use them on the beach or by the pool. Nice one.

A Travel Journal’s Charms

These days we share so much of our travels with the world through social media but there’s nothing like writing down your travel memories by hand. On paper.

Not only does it engage a different part of the brain, this is where you can share those secret thoughts that you want to keep just for you.

A friend gave me my first travel journal before I started my first big solo adventure many moons ago and it is one of my most treasured possessions.

One of my old travel journals in Ushuaia

As it’s all about the words inside any old notebook can become a travel journal, but there is something fun about having one that feels like it was made for an adventure.

Moleskine have a number of special travel editions including the Moleskine Passions Travel Journal with tabbed sections for long and short trips and adhesive labels, while the Moleskine Voyager includes a section to store printed itineraries and maps.

Cavallini travel journals use beautiful old maps and botanical plates on some of their covers and there are lots of other gorgeous ones to choose from.

So there we have it, some ideas that will hopefully provide a little inspiration for finding that special something for the travel lover in your life.

I also love to hear other ideas so if you found a great gift do share. You may just inspire my next gift (for someone else, or possibly just for myself!).


This post contains some affiliate links, so if you click on a link and book something I will earn a small commission but don’t worry, it’s at no extra cost to you. Thank you.

Looking for some more gift ideas? You may also like to check out Ten Romantic Gifts for the Travel Lover in Your Life and my first set of gift suggestions for travellers that was inspired by something I once didn’t understand.

About the Author

As a journalist who loves to travel and is fond of a chat I'm oh so happy when I'm sharing travel tales and tips through my blog and on my weekly travel segment on Sydney Radio 2UE. When I'm not travelling or writing about it I can be found out and about with friends, curled up at home with a good book or watching an addictive tv show promising I'll stop after one more episode. Amanda on Google +

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  1. PhaseCreative says:

    love love love ALL these! Especially the tents!

    • Thanks lovely… and how great are those tents? They also have super cute teepees for kids, though I think I want one for myself. I just won’t be able to invite too many people in with me 😉

    • Ha! That beach AquaVault is GENIUS. I don’t know why someone didn’t think of that earlier.

      You definitely have some unique items here that I haven’t seen many other places…but I still think there are a few things missing 🙂 One of my favorites is a travel coffee espresso maker!

      I put together my own list that includes a few items I think you might find intriguing: http://www.travelchinacheaper.com/21-gifts-for-travelers 🙂

      • Thanks so much, Josh, and a travel espresso maker sounds like a good one for the coffee lovers. I rarely drink coffee these days but HAVE to have a couple cups of tea in the morning so love it when hotels have a kettle. I always carry my own tea bags so I’ll know I have the ones I love 🙂

  2. Great list, thank you!

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