Must Have Unique Gifts for Travelers from Etsy

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Must Have Unique Gifts for Travelers from Etsy

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Just like my travels that take me to unique places, I also love gifts that are unique. At this time of year I normally write articles about travel gear gifts, but this year I’ve chosen travel themed gifts for travel lovers. But these aren’t just any travel oriented gifts, they are unique gifts for travelers; many of them are one of a kind or can be customized.

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 Travel Gifts

The best place to find unique gifts for travelers 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.

unique gifts for travelers

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.

Unique Gifts for Travelers from Etsy

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 and artists this holiday season. Plus it’s a way to get a unique travel gift you can’t find at big retailers or on Amazon.

support artists

During the pandemic I 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!

Art from my travels
Art by Bigoudi

Unique Gifts for Travelers from Etsy

Updated for 2021 Holiday

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!

vintage flip calendar travel gift etsy

I also loved this one that is a bit more mid-century modern – but it doesn’t include the day/month.

unique gifts for travelers etsy

Note – these are not mass made items, they are vintage which means most of the etsy dealers only have one. So if the one I linked to is gone – just search for others under Vintage Perpetual Calendars here!

Unique gifts for travelers from Etsy

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!

travel card game
travel challenges card game

Travel Mobile
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!

travel mobile gift

travel theme mobile

Mountain Travelers
For those of you who love mountains and hiking, I adore this Mountain Time sweatshirt – I bought it for myself! It’s comfortable and fun and I wear it every time I head to the mountains in Colorado!

mountain traveler gift

Travel Oriented Christmas Ornament
Hang your love of travel on the tree this year – this is a fun gift for the world traveler!

world traveler gift

Passport Holders for Avid Travelers

Travel has forever changed due to the pandemic – we are now not only required to carry our passport – but most countries require you to carry your vaccine card too. My first international trips had me constantly worried about my poor little paper vaccination card. I was afraid of it ripping or just simply falling out of my passport where I had placed it between pages. Here’s a great solution – it’ll hold your passport, vaccination card, a few credit cards, and you can have it personalized!

passport holder with vaccine card

Or here is one that is a bit cheaper, and not personalized – but it’ll get the job done.

vaccine and passport holder

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!

Fine Alone Pin
Be proud of traveling on your own with this fun pin you can wear on your backpack.

solo traveler gift

Traveling Woman Print
Show your solo travel love on your wall, and even customize it to look like you!

solo female traveler print gift

Go Solo TShirt
Flaunt your independence for travel of life with this fun tshirt!

solo travel tshirt

travel themed t-shirt

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!!

Solo Travel Game
A ‘game’ about following a road and stopping along the way to explore the scenery and to record your travels in a journal – a great way to encourage people to travel on their own!

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!

Globe earrings
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!

globe earrings

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.

gold compass necklace

travel themed compass necklace

Travel Ring
This fun ring will take you around the world! Circle the globe with this sterling silver ring.

unique travel jewelry gift

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!

Unique gifts for travelers from Etsy
compass and world map necklace

Compass Ring
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!

compass ring
travel theme jewelry collage

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’!

cork board map customized gift

Check out all of Jessica’s cool custom map gifts in her Etsy Store!

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!

scratch off world map gift

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!

travel images for your wall

Mountain Heartbeat
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!

unique travel gifts
Unique gifts for travelers from Etsy

Travel Sign
Another fun take on a map oriented wall hanging. It would be fun to put up with travel photos!

unique travel gifts for your walls

City/Country Posters
Colorful digital prints of vintage travel posters of your favorite cities or countries. Choose which locations you want and order each individually.

country posters for travelers

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!

unique gifts for travelers
My kitchen wall full of my favorite market images 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

kitchen pictures from my travels

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.

laundry pictures

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.

bathroom pictures

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.

bar pictures

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.

door pictures

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.

stair pictures
Unique gifts for travelers from Etsy

Put in Your Holiday Orders Early!

When you shop for unique gifts for travelers at Etsy small businesses or order customized gifts, remember to allow plenty of time for making/shipping!

Happy shopping!


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