10 Perfect Gifts for People Missing Travel
With holiday shopping in full effect, we thought we’d share 10 of our favorite gifts for travel fanatics. Even though we may not be able to travel safely right now, these are great ways to help friends and family relive fond travel memories or get inspired for their next trip.
1. Help them log their travels through a scratch off Map
This Scratch off Map is the perfect way for your favorite adventurer to keep track all their trips and vacations around the world. This map is hand-made and sold via Etsy, and the recipient scratches off the gold coating off for each place they’ve been.
2. Bring their memories to life through beautiful wood prints
We are obsessed with Photo Barn, and this is a beautiful way to celebrate a special memory for someone. Photobarn prints on wood, canvas, burlap, and more, but we love the look of these photo pallets and these shaped wooden ornaments. You can also buy someone a gift card, so they can pick their favorites themselves.
3. Inspire even the savvy traveler with Suitcase magazine
The Collector's bundle from Suitcase contains 29 issues of gorgeous photography, thoughtful travel stories, and insider guides spanning the lesser-known corners of the globe. These don’t look like a typical magazine, they are beautiful and coffee-table worthy.
4. Transform their smartphones into professional cameras
It’s almost like magic how the Moment travel lens can transform your smart phone camera into professional quality images. This has been rated the #1 Best Mobile Lenses for 5 years straight by Wirecutter. You could gift a Starter Lens or go all in with the Pro Lens Set.
5. Bring recipes from around the world to their kitchen
For the aspiring chef or foodie, there are some wonderful one-of-a kind cookbooks that can bring the flavors and culture of a city to your table. We are so excited about this Dishoom: The first ever cookbook from the much-loved Indian restaurant. This is one of our favorite restaurants in London that specializes in Bombay comfort food. Another wonderful find is Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes, Through Darkness and Light by Caroline Eden. This is such a unique cookbook as Eden tells the story of how each dish came to be and the culinary cultures of Ukraine, Romainia, Bulgaria, and Turkey.
6. Help them find their next destination with NatGeo’s Travel Books
Another great gift to inspire the travel lover is one of National Geographic’s illustrated travel books. One of their most popular ones is 50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do, which rounds up the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Or for the world traveler, Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World's Most Amazing Places where NatGeo shows you when to go, where to eat, and what to do.
7. Keep their skin looking fresh when grounded or jet-setting
Meet The Hydration Set – a limited edition collection which includes Summer Friday’s best-selling Mini Jet Lag Mask, CC Me Serum and Lip Butter Balm to keep you hydrated throughout the holiday season. While this is perfect for all-year-round, it’s also great for long plane rides. We also LOVE the jet lag mask, and that on its own is a perfect gift.
8. Bring the vacation to them with a TROVE annual subscription
Surprise them with an annual subscription to TROVE, which will bring them to a new city every quarter. This is the perfect gift for someone who is missing travel and wants to find a way to still experience and connect with the world.
9. Help them start a new tradition with a thoughtful ornament
Looking for a great stocking stuffer? We snagged this globe ornament in honor of our first Christmas with TROVE, but you could also pick something from that person’s travel like this llama or Cape May lighthouse.
10. When all else fails, make them smile with this Travitude shirt
We’re all about this quarantine travel shirt on Etsy. It comes in white and black, and the t-shirt defines a new word, “Travitude” as “When you start feeling grumpy and irritated from the lack of traveling.” Who couldn’t use a chuckle this year 😊?