You’ve probably realized this already…
…but finding a travel gift worthy enough to make it in a world traveler’s backpack is HARD. Maybe even impossible.
You know what’s easier?
Buying gifts for travel lovers homes (assuming they have a home).
This way, you aren’t limited to small practical items that need to fit in a piece of luggage. And not only does this make buying the perfect gift way easier, but it also means you’re less likely to buy something they already have.
As a heavy traveler, I’d WAY rather have someone buy me a cool travel gift to decorate my house than try to buy me something to use traveling. Because let’s face it…
Most travelers are picky and chose their travel gear for a reason!
So without further ado, here are some awesome ideas that’ll keep your travel lover’s wanderlust levels high whenever they’re at home in between trips.
For even more inspiration, check out these awesome travel gift ideas (for ANY type of traveler).
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#1.) Levitating Desk Globe
This is probably the coolest desk decoration I’ve ever seen—a magic floating globe.
I honestly can’t tell you how it works—you’d need a rocket scientist to do that—all I can say is if you’re looking for a unique travel gift that’ll blow your traveler’s mind, this is it.
Technology, I tell ya…never ceases to amaze me!
#2.) Scratch Off World Map
This unique gift for travelers is something you’d buy them AFTER they get back from their trip.
It’s a world map poster covered with a gold film (similar to a lottery ticket). Whenever they travel to a new country, they can scratch off the gold film, reveal the colored map underneath, and track everywhere they’ve been.
#3.) Scratch Off USA Map
If the traveler in your life prefers to traveling within the US, this US-specific scratch map is a better option.
It’s the perfect way to track which of the 50 states they’ve been to, and which they plan to visit next.
#4.) Scratch Off Travel Journal
But what if you don’t want to clutter up your wall with a huge scratch map?
Here’s a scratch-tacular solution. This scratch travel journal is the “mobile version” of the popular scratch travel posters above.
It’s a unique gift for travel lovers who want to keep track of all the destination they’ve visited, while also keeping a journal of all the cool experiences they had in each place.
#5.) Framed Push Pin World Map
This is another cool gift for travelers who want to track where they’ve been. With the pushpin world map, instead of scratching off the countries, you put a pushpin everywhere you’ve been (this let’s you be a bit more precise with specific cities).
This beautiful wall map includes an elegant 2-inch frame and 100 pushpins.
#6.) Wall Map Art Canvas
If you can’t tell, I’m a map nerd. (This is the last one, I promise!)
This beautiful wall map art canvas comes in various sizes (some of them HUGE, like the one pictured above). They’re the perfect creative gift for travel lovers who need some wall decorations to spruce up their home.
If Amazon ever makes it to Colombia, this is totally going in my living room.
#7.) “Try The World” Cultural Food Box Subscription
Is your traveler a foodie? If so, they’re gonna live this delicious travel gift.
With the Try The World subscription box, your traveler will receive a box of tasty foods from around the world every month. Pistachio cream from Italy, couscous from Morocco, olive spread from Argentina, roasted chana from India…every month they’ll be surprised with new cultural delicacies to sink their teeth into.
#8.) Atlas Coffee Club
This unique travel gift is similar to the “Try The World” subscription box, but with coffee.
Every month, your traveler will be sent a “coffee of the month” box filled with the world’s best coffee from all around the world.
So, even if they’re currently living at home, they can continue traveling the world one cup of coffee at a time.
#9.) World Map Bed Sheets
These bed sheets are an awesome gift that’ll help travel lovers explore the world in their dreams each night.
They come in several different map designs, so you can choose whichever one best matches their room decor. (Here’s a more vintage version, for example).
Each set includes two world map pillow covers and a comfy blanket.
#10.) Travel Decorative Pillows
These decorative travel pillows are perfect for beds and couches—you could even match them with one of the wall maps above.
Again, there are lots of styles to choose from here. Some are sold individually. Others are sold in sets. Whichever you choose, it’ll make a great travel gift!
#11.) Personalized Travel Scrapbook
If your traveler is anything like me. They have tens of thousands of amazing travel photos sitting on their hard drive that they never look at.
Seriously though…what’s the point of working so hard to get the “perfect” photo if you never even look at them??
With this personalized travel scrapbook, they’ll be able to choose their favorite photos and put them on display—an awesome gift for travel lovers homes.
#12.) Travel Sticker Pack
This cool pack of 100 travel stickers would go PERFECTLY with the scrapbook mentioned above.
If the travel lover in your life is the crafty type, this is right up their alley.
But scrapbooks aren’t the only thing these awesome stickers can be used for—they stick to anything! Water bottles, computers, folders, mirrors, walls, luggage, travel gear…you name it.
#13.) Lightbulb Secret Camera
This nifty secret camera light bulb is a great gift for travelers who want to keep an eye on their house while they’re off exploring the world. (We just bought one for my father-in-law’s cottage).
This LED light bulb has a hidden 360-degree camera that is activated by a motion sensor, connects to wifi, and can be monitored via your smartphone.
It even has a built-in speaker you can talk into from your phone!
#14.) Antique Map Coasters
These antique map drink coasters are a great gift for travel lovers homes.
They match perfectly with the antique wall maps, pillows, and other home decor mentioned above.
Travelers love anything that reminds them of their adventures (or inspires them to go on new ones), so you really can’t go wrong with any travel-themed home decorations.
#15.) Personalized World Map Pin Cork Board
This one is similar to the push pin map above, except this one is printed on high-quality canvas and can be personalized with your traveler’s name and favorite colors.
It also comes with 100 push pins that can be used to track their travels and post photos of their favorite vacations around the world.
Lastly, if your traveler prefers to domestic travel, there’s a USA cork board as well!
Gifts for Travel-Lovers Homes Recap
As you can see, you can pretty much buy ANY type of decoration with a world map on it, and your almost guaranteed to pick a winner.
That said, a quick tip.
Do some recon before choosing your gift and figure out what color scheme your travel-lover uses in their house.
Do they use a lot of colors? Do they have modern designs? Or is it a more vintage feel?
Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to choose a gift that matches what they already have (and be sure they actually use it!)
Need even more gift ideas? We’ve got ya covered. Choose the type of traveler you’re shopping for below:
Mitch is your typical nomadic backpacker. Or at least, he was. But after stopping in Colombia to take “one week” of salsa lessons, his life took a sharp left turn. He met a cute Colombian girl in dance class, fell in love, and got married. Over half a decade has passed since he left his career to travel the world as a digital nomad, and he’s never looked back.
Nowadays, he’s the blogger behind Project Untethered—where he runs an awesome email newsletter and Youtube channel teaching adventure-craved wanderlusters how to escape the rat race, earn money from anywhere, and build an “untethered life”.
Mitch's Travel Recommendations:
Safetywing Insurance - This cheap travel insurance has saved me over $15,000 in medical bills.
Booking.com - Book accommodation without adding your credit card (in case you need to cancel).
Skyscanner - Find cheap flights.
Trusted House Sitters - Take care of pets in exchange for free (sometimes luxury) accommodation.
Flexjobs - Find remote jobs without having to sift through crappy ones.
Skillshare - Free trial to take unlimited classes that teach digital nomad skills.
Anytime Mailbox - Virtual mail service that can handle your mail while you’re away.
Wise - Send and receive money abroad cheaply (great for freelancers).