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12 Gifts for Travelers

What do you get for the world traveler who has seen everything? Something from this unique list, of course!

By Courtney Guth, University of Maryland 

The holidays are here, and that means it’s time for some serious shopping and gift giving galore. If you’re like me, you probably make a list of everyone you have to buy for and think carefully about what they’d like. Or you just go online and pick some items out. Whatever floats your boat (or empties your wallet). As we all know, some people are just difficult to buy for. There’s the friend who has everything or the picky cousin who doesn’t like anything. Holiday shopping can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

Now, I don’t know all of your relatives (and I probably don’t want to), but if you’re shopping for a world traveler this season, then I have some gift ideas to help you out. Perhaps, even you’re struggling to come up with an answer to the persistent question this time of year, “so what do you want for Christmas?” Consider your wish-list made:

World Map Scarf 

World Map Scarf

PHOTO CREDIT: SongbirdFashion via Etsy

This scarf will keep any traveler warm, but it’s light enough that it won’t weigh you down. It’s perfect for accessorizing during a summer trip through Tuscany, and it will add an extra layer of warmth during a blustery winter in London. The adorable map pattern shows your love of travel in a unique way.

Travel Journal Oh Darling Let’s Be Adventurers

Oh Darling Let's Be Adventurers Journal

PHOTO CREDIT: DegnodiNota via Etsy

Every traveler should have a journal to log their memories and experiences in. I personally prefer Moleskine journals, and this adorable journal is one. It features a cute quote and hand painted design. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can purchase a Moleskine on your own and decorate it yourself. Handmade gifts are a great option that show thought and care. In addition to writing on the cover, you can make a cool collage or personal design.

Soufell Travel Bracelet

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Some people wear their heart on their sleeve, and now you can wear your love of travel on your wrist. With it’s “charming” details, this bracelet shows off your love of travel. The cute poster charms and tiny silver charms all fit together beautifully to express the theme. Consider starting your own charm bracelet and adding a piece for each destination you travel to.

Travel Cuff Links

Compass Earrings

At first glance, these earrings look like a beautiful stained glass pattern, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize they’re designed to resemble a compass. The vibrant color combination will surely enhance any outfit as a simple understated accessory. They may not work to guide you where you need to go, but they will definitely show off your travel inspired style.

World Traveler Map Necklace

World Traveler Map Necklace

PHOTO CREDIT: PAPERandPLACE via Etsy

Perfect for the traveler whose heart belongs to more than one destination, this handmade necklace allows purchasers to select up to three locations for each necklace. Since each charm is made from an old map, it’s also a great way to recycle in style! My version of this necklace would definitely feature Dublin, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

ID Zip Case

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Everyone needs a convenient way to travel lightly.  The Tattered Traveler features a wide variety of one of a kind ID cases that are perfect for the traveler alway on the go. Each case is large enough to fit IDs, credit cards, and cash, but small enough to go anywhere with you. The key ring at the top means you can carry everything easily and not have to worry about losing it.

 Wanderlust Twist Aluminum Ring

Wanderlust Silver Ring

PHOTO CREDIT: LindaMunequita via Etsy

Almost every girl knows the dangers of over accessorizing. Luckily, this ring adds just enough to any outfit without overdoing it. The simple piece of silver features a unique shape and imprinted phrase, “wanderlust,” which means a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about. That’s certainly a feeling almost all of us can understand.

12×12 Vintage Map/Book Page Canvas

Travel Canvas

PHOTO CREDIT: Houseof3 via Etsy

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page” is one of my favorite quotes. This canvas will liven up any dorm room, flat, or apartment. Made from canvas, maps, atlas, acrylic paints, and decoupage, it’s a labor of love, and it shows. The handmade quality is stunning, but if this gift is out of your budget, you could easily make your own version. A handmade version can become more personal by selecting maps from places they have traveled.

Vintage Stamp Mirror

Vintage Stamp Mirror

PHOTO CREDIT: HipLittleSquares via Etsy

Another great addition to any wall, this handcrafted mirror features old stamps from around the world. It is certainly a statement piece that will look good with almost any color scheme because of it’s array of colorful stamps. It’s hard to tell who looks better, you or the mirror. The mirror measures 10 x 10 inches, and you can guarantee the intended receiver does not already own this awesome piece.

Explore Ceramic Coffee Mug

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I know of several people, myself included, who collect mugs from wherever they visit. Why not add to a friend’s collection? This mug may not be from any destination in particular, but it will absolutely fit in with the theme. This cute mug features the classic mug “Not all those who wander are lost.” A great quote that echoes the idea that sometimes we just need to wander and travel without purpose to discover so much about ourselves.

Hand Stamped World Traveler Keychain

My Happy Place Key Chain

PHOTO CREDIT: LilyBrookeVintage via Etsy

Like mugs, some people collect key chains from each other their destinations. You can give them a key ring to display all their happy places in one place. Wherever their happy place may be, they can show it off as they travel. In addition to the hand-stamped dog tag, the key ring also features two tiny silver charms.

Luckies of London Scratch Map

Scratch Off Map

PHOTO CREDIT: Luckies via Amazon

Where have you been? Show everyone your travels with this awesome map. The map works like a scratch off ticket and uses the same material to display each place you’ve visited or lived in. Think of it as the ultimate travel to do list. It’s so satisfying to scratch off a place each time you visit and makes for great wall art.

I hope you’ve found this list helpful! What else is on your traveling wish list this season?

Courtney Guth

University of Maryland | 31 stories

Courtney Guth is a senior English major at the University of Maryland College Park actively seeking an answer to the age-old question, “so what are you going to do with that?” Her answer currently involves working in communications and development for a small non-profit in Washington, D.C. If she’s not exploring the nation’s capital, she’s probably watching an old movie, attempting to cook, or losing her voice at a Maryland Terrapins’ game. She believes the adage that “the world is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page” but why just read when you can write?


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