There are so many gift guides popping out left and right these days, but you already know that. However, if you’re like me, and you’re kind of looking for gifts that mean something a little more than practical items, then this list is for you.
I will admit, travelers are not the easiest people to shop for. You know they’re out and about and probably don’t carry a lot of things with them on their travels. Also, they have seen the world and have seen some pretty amazing things which can seem a little intimidating when you’re searching for a gift for them. But no worries, I got you covered with these ideas that are by far more on the unique side but way more meaningful than what is usually recommended. Keep reading on to see the full list…
If you know me, I’m all about giving gifts that are…
✔️Thought about with the person in mind
So, below, please find some of the most beautiful, meaningful gifts that will not only look pretty hanging up on a wall but also be practical and meaningful to help the gift receiver with their personal growth through their travels as they continue roaming the world ❤️
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1. Decorative wanderlust wall decor
Can you go wrong with gifting someone a piece of art decor that best describes their favorite city in the world, and they get to look at everyday?? I think not. I did recycle this idea from last year’s post just because it was such a hit with my friends last year, that I just have to reiterate how good of a gift this can be for someone that loves a city they’ve visited so much.
This is just an example of the different designs, styles, colors, images, etc. of wall decor you can buy for those travelers that have a home base, and are looking for some wall decor that not only is pretty to look at but means something special to them each time they look at it.
This is a minimalist depiction of the Madrid metro, and for me, this is something that personally reminds me so much of my time living in Spain and becoming self-reliant on getting myself successfully from one point of Madrid to the other with ease, amongst other things. So pick out something that you keep hearing your friend talking about; a favorite city, a thing in that favorite city that they absolutely loved, etc.
*Frame not included, price includes a print of the art, has a variety of sizes, free standard shipping
Madrid, Spain – Minimalist Metro Subway Art Print – Metro de Madrid – (link to product page) – $9.50 (depending on print size)
2. Personalized, all-in-one passport book cover, wallet, power bank, phone holder, travel document folder
This basically holds your entire life when you’re traveling, going through airports, constantly taking out tickets, passports, checking the time on your phone, and charging it, etc. I personally use one of these (not this one specifically) but something that holds it all together, and IT IS THE BEST TRAVEL ACCESSORY. This is definitely a gift that the travelers in your life will LOVE! ❤️ plus it’s customizable to add their initials, name, their favorite quote, in any color they want, and it’s RFID blocking, so their personal information is protected as they travel! WIN. You really can’t go wrong with a gift like this. It’s cute, functional, life-saving, time-saving, and perfect basically.
*Psst! The seller also has FREE SHIPPING to the U.S. ✨*girl, bye!*
Phone Charging Passport Holder -12 Variations- RFID Blocking Travel Wallet w/ Ultra Thin Removable Power Bank for All Phones (link to product page) – $37.99
3. Self-reflection travel cards
This is one of my favorite gift ideas. Anything that involves self-reflection and that encourages personal growth in travel is a big deal in my book. As you know, travel is such a powerful experience to help us be self-reflective and really help us get closer to the moments that are creating our travel experience. However, it’s easier said than done when you don’t really know how to do that exactly.
These pocket-sized cards are created by Kayla from Reset Travel who is all about encouraging and educating people on traveling meaningfully and better with less environmental impact, and bigger personal growth impact in the process.
This is a gift that will truly keep on giving, and one that the travelers in your life (or yourself even!) will definitely appreciate. Though the product is not yet available to ship to the U.S. it is currently available within the UK and Europe. Kayla did confirm to me however that shipping to the U.S. is currently being worked on, so definitely stay tuned! The product officially will be able to be purchased starting December 9th.
4. Guided trip journal
In the same vein, journaling is pretty much imperative when it comes to getting your thoughts, observations, feelings, and experiences (the many you have) when you travel out on paper and back to you in a reflective lesson form. For that, this gift idea makes for such a great self-reflection gift that will literally keep on giving beyond the trip. I really love the concept of this journal that is designed to not only document your travel experiences but also to encourage personal growth, curiosity, and meaning of what you see and experience on your trips. The prompts in the journal help the traveler document their personal journey from before the flight has taken off, to the moment they’re back home.
Katie from the Reset Ritual really did a beautiful job of creating this thoughtful and beautiful journal to encourage personal growth through travel. It’s such a great tool for the travelers you know that want to keep track of their personal journey through experiences abroad but may not know how to start asking themselves these questions at all stages. The notebook comes in multiple designs and colors too!
5. A “green canteen”
Ok, saving the environment AND your money AND precious space in your bag; all qualities that conclude in the ultimate travel gift if you ask me! I’ve seen ads for this water bottle for the longest time, and I must confess, I think I am going to invest in one of these even though I already have a good water bottle already 😬but like, the practicality of this item is too much.
They offer this product in multiple color options, and in both a 12oz and 20oz size. It is BPA and non-toxic, made out of 100% food-grade silicone, it’s dishwasher safe, and so many other things you can check out in the link below, making this product SUPER ideal for travel! Aside from this, the company donates 10% of what they make of each bottle sold to help the Peruvian Amazon. It’s so important for each to do our part, and this is just one of the many ways.
If you’ve never purchased from them, you can get a 10% off discount by leaving your email address with them (according to their pop-up ad on their site). (Link to product page) – $24.95
So, here they are! 5 unique and meaningful gift ideas for the travelers in your life ✈️✈️ let me know in the comments below what was a really meaningful gift that you were given or have given someone. And remember, it doesn’t always have to be a tangible item. Often times (especially nowadays) it seems that the best gift we can give is our presence and attention. So although these ideas do require purchasing an actual product, the idea behind this list is to create meaning which doesn’t always require money. Just a quick reminder.
And like I said, for me, I really look for gifts that are meaningful, unique, and thought about with the person in mind. I think that is what determines a gift from being something that the person will actually enjoy and use from something that will just become clutter.
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Happy holidays ✨