Just like my travels that take me to unique places, I also love gifts that are unique. We might not have been able to travel much in 2020, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t dream about travel.
Sometimes we just want things that remind us of travel or the joys of world culture. I have decorated my apartment with maps, photos, and pictures that remind me of my travels and other little decor that reminds me of how important travel is in my life. It makes me happy, and I’m pretty sure if you are looking for a gift for someone who has wanderlust like me, here’s a list of ideas for unique gifts for travelers!
Etsy for Unique and Creative Gifts
And the best place to find unique,creative gifts is on Etsy. Etsy is a website that focuses on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. It allows creators to have their own Etsy online stores to sell their goods. It’s like walking through a global marketplace full of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures.
I came across Etsy when I was searching for a map that I could put on my wall above my desk. I was overwhelmed by all of the choices and the ability to customize some of the choices.
The market is full of artists and creators; it’s sort of like going to a small local art market or cool gift store. Etsy really attracts these types small business owners which is another reason why I wanted to focus on Etsy for finding unique gifts for travelers.
Support our Small Businesses and Creators
The pandemic has been brutal to small businesses and it breaks my heart. I get it, it’s often easier to just go online to one of the big retailers and get a big shipment sent to you. But I miss shopping in small shops and having a more personal experience. Now more than ever we need to support our small businesses this holiday season. Plus it’s a way to get a unique travel gift you can’t find at big retailers or on Amazon.
During this whole pandemic I’ve enjoyed reacquainting myself with some of my favorite artists, creators, and businesses that I met during my travels. I have tried to support them when possible during these hard times. I even bought my first piece of art for my home this summer from Bigoudi, an encaustic artist I met years ago in Canmore Canada. I loved her work and have managed to stay in touch with her through the years. I’ve always followed her on her Instagram and saw one of her more abstract paintings that I fell in love with. I was thrilled to be able to by a piece of her work for my home!
Unique Gifts for Travelers from Etsy
Unusual Travel Gifts
Vintage Perpetual Calendar
While in quarantine, I saw this cool vintage world calendar on a friend’s Instagram. I immediately knew I wanted one. In this world of digital calendars and smart phones, I loved the idea of a calendar I had to change every day that was incredibly unique and reminded me of world travel! I searched for it on Etsy and found a few different sellers of vintage decor that had one and snapped up my own!
You turn the globe to change the number and below is a month and day of the week dial. It’s really fun at the end of the month! Find it here!
Note – this is not a mass made item, it’s vintage – so if the one I linked to is gone – just search for others under Vintage Perpetual Calendar!
Llama Passport Holder
Give your passport some fun pizazz with a Llama passport holder! Who doesn’t love llamas?!
Travel Challenge Game
For when you do travel again – here’s a fun way to be spontaneous in your travels. The Travel Challenge Game gives you little challenges while traveling that will take you deeper into a culture and maybe even push you out of your comfort zone!
Yes – this is for a baby’s room…but I thought it was super cute and could be used for an office or for parents who want their baby to grow up with travel in mind!
Solo Traveler Gifts
I am a proud solo traveler – and I know I’m not alone. If you are shopping for a solo traveler who is solo at heart – here are a few cute ideas from Etsy as well as a few other solo travelers!
Cat Solo Travel Mug
I love this cheeky mug – it covers my two favorite things – kitties and solo travel!
Traveling Woman Print
Show your solo travel love on your wall, and even customize it to look like you!
Go Solo TShirt
Flaunt your independence for travel of life with this fun tshirt!
Don’t Wait for Anyone Mug
A friend showed me this mug after she read my article where I talked about my solo travel motto…which was pretty much exactly what this mug says! This isn’t on Etsy, it’s on another travel blog; support those creators!!
Jewelry Gifts That Show Off Your Wanderlust
I have a compass necklace that I wear every day – I love it so much because it reminds me of the wanderer I am at heart. A friend got it for me from one of those Christmas markets in her neighborhood. I found some that are similar on Etsy as well as other cool jewelry travel pieces that are completely unique and fun!
I love these stud earrings that depict each side of the colorful globe! This was you can take the globe with you wherever you go!
High End Gold Compass Necklace
I couldn’t find my exact compass necklace (I told you it was unique!), but I did find one similar to it. This is a real, high quality gold necklace so the price reflects that. I love it’s simplicity and daintiness.
Silver World Map and Compass Necklace
Here’s another compass necklace option that is more moderate in price. It has two silver charms on it and also makes a great gift for travelers!
There are tons of different cool rings on Etsy that show your love of travel. However I love the compass theme, and this one is an actual working compass in ring form!
Maps to Track Your Travels
All travelers love maps! It was the first thing I got for my walls when I moved into my apartment after years of being nomadic! It can track where you’ve been or where you want to go! Or it can simply be used as a reference.
Personalized Cork Board Map
I wanted a cork board map so I could put pins in where I’ve been, when I searched for this – I came across Etsy and Jessica Wilkeson’s Design Studio. She make all kinds of cool customized maps of wood, cork, and other materials. I was enthralled by all of the options and finally chose to customize one for my ‘office’!
Watercolor Scratch Off Map
I wanted a pin map, but there are also a bunch of really cool scratch off maps that keep track of where you’ve been. I loved this watercolor one!
Fill Your Walls With Unique Travel Inspiration
If you are looking for a cool travel gift that is more decorative than a map, there are some really cool travel oriented gifts for your walls at Etsy! Here are some of my favorites.
Travel Art Prints
I know these are supposed to be for a nursery, but I loved them for a travel lover of any age. These are simply a digital download that you make a high quality print out of and then frame for your walls. It’s a cheap way to get some cool travel art. I love the images made from map backgrounds!
As you know, I love hiking all over the world and I love mountains. In fact, my love of the mountains is one of the reasons I moved to Denver! I thought this was a cool, unique way to express your love of mountains for any traveler – a mountain heartbeat!
Another fun take on a map oriented wall hanging. It would be fun to put up with travel photos!
Colorful digital prints of vintage travel posters of your favorite cities or countries. Choose which locations you want and order each individually.
Travel Photography Gifts by Room
I also thought I’d include a some gift options from me too. I don’t talk about my photography much, but I’ve have an enormous photo library from my travels. I’ve decorated my own apartment with travel images I’ve taken. My kitchen wall is full of images of food and markets from around the world!
I’ve created a few galleries on my photography website that are specifically for homes that celebrate travel and different places in the world.
Pictures for Kitchen Walls
See my favorite images from markets around the world. Click on image to see the gallery
Pictures for Laundry Room
I love taking pictures of laundry hanging outside. Here’s my collection of laundry hanging around the world! Click on the image to see the gallery.
Pictures for Bathroom
I’m come across some incredible and pretty horrible bathrooms in my travels. Here are a few of my favorite views from world toilets! Click on the image to see the gallery.
Pictures of Cocktails and Bars
I love a good cocktail, and I also like to take pictures of them. If you have a bar you need to decorate, check out this gallery of drinks by clicking on the image below.
Pictures of Doors Around the World
Everyone takes pictures of doors when they travel – but few people have been as many places as I have been. Here’s my collection of doors I’ve been photographing during my 14 years of traveling around the world! Click on the image to see the gallery.
Pictures of Stairs Around the World
Decorate your walls with pictures of stairs from buildings around the world. Some modern, some abandoned, and some spiral. Just click on the picture to see all of the stair images for your walls.
Put in Your Holiday Orders Early!
When you shop at Etsy small businesses or order customized gifts, be sure to allow plenty of time for making/shipping!