Fully updated for 2018
I almost can’t believe it’s approaching the holiday season again. The year has blown by in a blur, as usual. It’s time to start thinking about what presents you’re going to give to your loved ones this Christmas. Will you give the usual gift card, or will you dare to be unique and step it up a bit? I’ve always been a firm believer in finding a unique gift if you’re going to give one. The good part is, I’ve got you covered for the travelers in your life. I’ve put together 10 of the most unique travel gifts for 2018. Any traveler would be excited and happy to receive one of these gifts.
For more travel gift ideas, see this gift guide.
Great Gifts for Travelers 2018
Bluffworks Travel Clothes for MenLearn More
I can’t say enough wonderful things about the travel clothing made by Bluffworks , like their fantastic travel pants, and blazer, and travel shirt for men. They are made from a quick-dry polyester material that looks and feels amazing, but has a bit of stretch and is wrinkle resistant. These are just the kind of clothes a sophisticated traveler needs. You can fold them up in your suitcase (they’re really lightweight!), and pull them out to wear immediately without worrying about wrinkles.
For the holiday season, they are offering 20% off Bluffworks basics (including the Gramercy Blazer) through December 31st.
You’ll also get a 10% discount when you use our coupon code below (not applicable on sale items).
Hydaway Travel BottleLearn More
When you’re traveling, you never know when there’s going to be water available, so it’s absolutely imperative that you carry your own reusable water bottle. This collapsible travel bottle by Hydaway is perfect for light packers who don’t want to carry a heavy, bulky bottle. It collapses down to just an inch high and is easy to reinflate when you need it. There’s a handle at the top to hook onto your gear with a caribiner. To make it even better for travel, there’s also a carry case you can get to store it in.Buy here
Standard Luggage Co. Carry-on BackpackLearn More
Treat yourself or your friend with the gift of packing light this year. You’ll thank us once you try it! This 35-liter carry-on backpack is so versatile, it can fit just about any trip you’re planning to take. It meets the airline carry-on standards, even for the budget International airlines, so you don’t have to worry about having to check it.
While this backpack has many great features for a frequent traveler, one of the best is that it has a 3-in-1 design, so you can carry it however is most convenient for you – as a duffle bag, as a backpack, or as a suitcase. This is to say, it has hideaway backpack straps, a padded shoulder strap, and both side and top padded carrying handles.
DJI Spark - Photo & Video DroneLearn More
Seriously, what traveler doesn’t want a drone? Sure, you can capture great photos with your camera, but imagine what you can do with a drone? If you want to give someone something they REALLY want, get the drone! The DJI Spark is a smaller version of the incredibly popular mainstream version, so it fits easily in your luggage, and it’s not difficult to learn how to manuever. It takes 12MP Still Photos and 1080p video. It can travel at a top speed of 31 mph, for up to 16 minutes of flying time, and has up to a 1.2-mile control range.Buy here
Edifier H840 Noise-Isolating HeadphonesLearn More
Whether it’s for travel, or just for walking around the noisy, busy streets, or sitting on the bus, these noise-isolating headphones are fantastic to have on hand. They do a pretty good job of shutting out crying baby noises on the plane, or helping you get to sleep at night in a noisy hotel room. These Edifier H840 headphones are an over the ear design with soft cups that are comfortable to wear. They also get one of the highest customer ratings on Amazon.buy here
Fitbit Charge 3Learn More
Yes, everyone is still obsessed with making sure they get their steps in. I actually love wearing the fitbit while traveling, because we always seem to walk a ton and I want to see how great it is for me to be out there walking around.
The Fitbit Charge 3 is my favorite Fitbit, because it includes a heart rate monitor and it displays the time on the wristband, which for me is half the reason to wear it! Other awesome features include the ability to see call, text & calendar notifications on the display. It automatically tracks how long and how well you sleep. And it includes a silent vibrating alarm clock.buy here
Portable Mobile Phone ChargerLearn More
Everyone with a smartphone needs one of these portable charger packs. This one is one of the most powerful ones I’ve seen and it gets fantastic ratings on Amazon from users. It has the capacity to charge your phone 6 times, or your tablet twice. You can also charge multiple devices at the same time with the 3 USB ports. I’m fairly certain the cell phone makers purposefully make the battery run out faster and faster as you approach 2 years of use. If you’re in that stage, you really need to get one of these, so you’ll never end up in a situation with no battery left.buy here
VinGardeValise Wine Travel SuitcaseLearn More
If the person you’re buying for likes to travel for wine, like we do, then this is the perfect gift to give them. You can securely pack up to 12 bottles of wine in this suitcase. The secure, padded spaces make sure the wine stays secure during transit. You can also remove one or both of the inserts and use it for clothing,
or a mix of both. The suitcase has spinner wheels, so it’s easy to push. And it conforms to all TSA airline standards.
It also comes in a smaller 8-bottle version. See it in action here.buy here
Logitech Keys-To-Go Portable KeyboardLearn More
When you travel alot, it can become a huge pain to lug around a full-size laptop. Most travelers would be happy to streamline their packing and use a portable keyword like this Logitech one, that attaches to a smaller and lighter tablet. This keyboard comes in a many different colors and can be purchased for an iPad or an Android tablet.Android version ipad version
Portable, Wireless speakersLearn More
There’s always a time when portable wireless speakers would come in handy. I’ve wished I had them on many occasions. They can be the perfect way to bring your music with you on vacation – whether its at a beach party, hanging out by the pool, or just to break the silence in a hotel room. These speakers have many things going for them. They’re portable, wireless, bluetooth capable, waterproof, and they pair with just about any device. Did I mention that they’re small enough to pack along?buy here
JOIN THE NAKED WInE CLUBLearn More
If you or a friend are a wine lover, you absolutely must sign up for the Naked Wine Club. It’s a great way to get better prices on better wine.
Here’s how it works: When you sign up for the wine club, you become an Angel. You invest $20 or more a month into your Naked Wines piggy bank. Naked Wines uses that money to invest in talented, independent winemakers. In return, they give you exclusive wines at insider prices (25%-50% off retail). And the money you put in your piggy bank each month can be used any time to purchase the wine you love.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of 12 unique travel gifts. If you’ve got a traveler on your gift list this year, you can definitely find something here that they will love. Have another suggestion to add to the list? We’re always looking for more ideas! Send them our way.
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Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.