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23 Wanderlust Christmas gifts for travel lovers 2020

Christmas 2020 is just around the corner!

Do you have a traveller in your life who you want to spoil this Christmas? We’ve got you covered!

Buying Christmas gifts for travellers doesn’t have to be hard. In this post, you will find some of the best gift ideas for any traveller. We cover wanderlust Christmas gifts for him, Christmas gifts for her and there is something for every budget.

We’ve got practical Christmas gift ideas as well, travel accessories, travel-inspired jewellery as well as travel-themed items to decorate their home. There is something in here that every travel lover will use and cherish!

Continue reading to learn our 23 top wanderlust Christmas gifts for travel lovers.

1. Personalised travel journal

Travel journals make the perfect stocking stuffer for travellers. Make it extra special by getting it personalised. There are many travellers who simply won’t travel without one!

Travel journals are an amazing way to document travel memories and keep them on hand to look back on later in life.

You can find a wide selection on Amazon and more special and personalised designs on Etsy.

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Travel Journal by Wayfaren on Etsy

2. World scratch map

A world scratch map is an awesome gift for that traveller who has a big travel bucket list and wants to tick off as many countries in the world as possible. 

Each time a new country is visited you scratch off the gold to reveal the detailed map beneath, with the goal of someday revealing the entire globe!

This scratch map can be hung up on the bedroom or living room wall to keep your travel lover inspired to keep travelling!

You can purchase world scratch maps from Amazon and Etsy.

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World Scratch Map by MapsInternationalUK on Etsy

3. A St Christopher pendant

Give the gift of luck and good fortune for your loved one before they embark on their next adventure with a St Christopher Pendant. This is the ultimate piece of jewellery for travel lovers.

Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travellers and is said to have protected against the bubonic plague and even toothache.

Wearing a Saint Christopher charm as a travel necklace is a request for his blessings and good luck. People believe that he will help to ward off evil and misfortunes such as accidents, robberies and poor health when you are travelling.

A St Christopher pendant is a wonderful gift for him or for her. Off the Map Jewellery has a wide range of styles and finishes to choose from. Each piece is designed and  handcrafted in Brighton and made from solid sterling silver or gold.

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4. Personalised signet ring

A personalised round the world ring is another wanderlust piece of jewellery that makes a special travel gift for him! Off The Map creates personalised rings with your choice of destination. You can either engrave a place the traveller loves or is about to go to. 

Destinations are engraved and separated by a compass symbol. It's a bold and beautiful ring that makes a truly unique travel gift idea for him or her.

These chunky solid silver rings are available in a choice of finish - polished, polished with blackened writing, or hammered with a brushed matte finish.

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5. Travel charm bracelet

A travel charm bracelet set on leather or chord is a  unique Christmas gift for him or her. Off The Map has a wide range of travel charm bracelets coming in different colours, designs and symbols.

These bracelets are expertly made and designed to offer good luck and positive energy for travels and adventures.  A unique silver keep-safe charm inscribed with positive travel symbols, plus there is a space for personalised initials.

The etched symbols give this unique bracelet a memorable meaning for their travels.

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6. Rucksack rune tag

Jewellery isn’t for every traveller, which makes a rucksack rune travel tag the perfect gift for every traveller!

Off The Map Lucky Rune Rucksack Tagis carved with lucky runic symbols to protect your travel lover when they are abroad.

The sacred marks of the runic alphabet were one of the earliest forms of writing and were used as carved protective symbols. These bring luck and protection to those who carry them.

Each tag comes hand-stitched to a meaning card and is presented in a gift box. This is the perfect going away gift which can be treasured for a lifetime!

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7. Travel inspired photo album

Photo albums are the perfect gift for a traveller who cherishes their memories from on the road. There is something so comforting flicking through a photo album and reminiscing on the past. 

In the age of digital photography, it is so easy for memories to get lost amongst the mass of pictures on the cloud. Giving a photo album (& better filling it up!) is a wonderful way to organise and present travel memories that will last a lifetime.

You can get a standard photo album or a personalised travel photo album like this one from Etsy.

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Travel Photo Album from Woodlock on Etsy

8. Travel inspired wall art

Wall art and prints are trending. There is an amazing selection of affordable and original wall art prints available out there.

This is a great gift for travellers struck by wanderlust who want to stay inspired to travel even when they are at home.

You can get inspirational quotes, world maps or high-quality prints from their favourite destinations. Make it extra special by getting one of their own pictures blown up and put on canvas!

Etsyhas a great selection of beautiful travel wall art.

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Travel Inspired Wall Art from NicoPrintableArt on Etsy

9. Lightroom mobile presets

This is the perfect gift for the travel lover in your life who also loves to take beautiful pictures and post their travels on Instagram. Mobile presets are amazing because you can edit all your pictures on the free Lightroom app on your mobile phone. There is no need to pay for Adobe Photoshop or to learn how to use it!

This makes it easy to professionally edit your pictures on the go! You don’t even need a fancy camera to make beautiful images with presets.

There are loads of preset bundles available to purchase online. They are typically sold by successful travel Instagrammers and bloggers who are professional photo editors.

Some great options include DoYouTravel Presets, MarieFeandJakeSnow Presets and DestinationChaser Presets.

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Photo from DoYouTravel All Rounder Collection Lightroom Mobile Presets

10. Stainless steel water bottle

A stainless steel reusable water bottle is the ideal practical Christmas gift for every travel lover who is eco-conscious. They are durable, light and completely plastic-free! Plus they will save them so much money over time.

They also create the perfect place to put stickers from all the destinations that your traveller friend will go.

11. Cork Globe

Cork globes are a great Christmas present for travel lovers! They can keep track of where they’ve been or where they want to go with an awesome cork globe that comes with pins.

This is perfect as a desk decoration to keep their wanderlust fuelled even at work.

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12. A minimalist watch

A watch is one of the best travel companions. A timeless, minimal watch is the perfect Christmas gift for him or her. This timeless pieced from Nordgreen is the perfect balance between practical and stylish. It can go from a backpacking adventure in Thailand to a business meeting in New York effortlessly.

A watch of Nordgreen is a meaningful present for travellers who also want something practical. Having a watch when you travel not only looks good but helps you keep track of time without having to get your phone out constantly. 

Nordgreen has customisable men’s and women’s watches and also allow you to build your own watch by mixing different faces with interchangeable straps and case colours. This is a great Christmas gift for dads who travel.

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13. Portable luggage scales

Portable luggage scales are another practical and affordable Christmas gift for travel lovers. With almost every airline having strict carry on and check-in baggage limits, having luggage scales on hand can be a real life-saver for frequent fliers. 

It is perfect for saving money on extra fees and avoiding airport hassle, especially if they love a bit of shopping!

14. Gorillapod Tripod

AGorillapodis an amazing camera accessory for travel photography fans. They’re flexible, durable, lightweight and great for getting that perfect shot! They make for a great stocking stuffer.

This tripod will help you take the best sunset videos, hard to take shots and allow solo travellers to mount their camera anywhere to capture every moment.

15. A Kindle

Kindles are the perfect gift for travel lovers who can’t travel without plenty of books to read. These are more on the pricier side but are such a great investment for avid readers who also travel. It is so difficult to travel with books, especially if it is a long term trip. It can also be difficult to find the books you want while on the road.

All of these hassles are solved with a kindle! You have access to every book you can imagine without having to carry around any of them. Kindles are lightweight and let you store hundreds of books right on the device. The Kindle Paperwhiteis the best option for travellers as it is waterproof.

16. Portable Speaker

A portable speaker makes a Christmas incredible gift for travel lovers! A lightweight portable speaker is ideal. You can carry it with you and listen to your favourite tunes or podcasts where ever you go.

They are also the perfect tool to get the party started with all your new friends that you meet on the road. Portable speakers are also really handy to have on hand even when you aren’t travelling, meaning this is a great all-round Christmas gift.

Smaller speakers that are lightweight and waterproof are ideal for travellers like the JBL Clip 3, which can also be clipped onto anything. If you are after are more premium portable speaker don’t look any further than the UE Boom range of speakers. They have a range of sizes and colours to suit different budgets, personalities and luggage restrictions!

Christmas gift ideas for travellers

17. Smartphone Polaroid Printer

A smartphone polaroid printer is an epic Christmas gift for travel and photography lovers. This nifty little accessory allows you to print polaroid pictures directly from your smartphone and even from your Instagram and Facebook accounts!

This gift would make one very special stocking stuffer.

18. The book: How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

This one if for all the budget travel lovers. The book How to Travel the World of $50 a Day was written by one of the most well-known travel bloggers around, Nomadic Matt, who certainly knows a thing or two about travelling on a budget.

This book covers the basics of travelling and beyond that, even a seasoned traveller can learn from for moving saving tips.

19. Playing Cards

Because who doesn’t love travelling with playing cards! Playing cards are a great affordable Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. You can’t go wrong. Mix it up and get them a UNO deck or even Cards Against Humanity for a serious laugh.

20. Shampoo Bar

Shampoo barsare the perfect Christmas gift for eco-friendly travellers. They last for ages, take up very little room and cause zero plastic waste!

21. Foldable Duffel Bag

A foldable duffle bag is the perfect travel accessory. It makes the perfect ‘emergency’ bag for extra luggage that you make need to make room for,  as a day bag, an extra plane bag or grocery bag. This bag gives you 40L of extra space and packs down to practically nothing in your main bag.

22. Airbnb Gift Card

You really can’t go wrong with giving an Airbnb gift card to a travel lover for Christmas! This is great for people who appreciate getting experiences as gifts and love to travel like a local. The credit ranges from $25 to $200 and doesn’t explore, meaning it can be used whenever their next trip is planned.

You can personalise the voucher by adding a suggestive image or personal message.

23. Exercise bands

Exercise bands are the perfect Christmas gift for travellers who also love to stay fit and healthy while on the road. They are lightweight and compact yet allow you to have a full-body resistance workout from anywhere!

This kit includes 5 latex bands with different resistance levels a storage bag and a manual full of exercises.

24. Inspiring Travel & Photography books

If the travel lover you are buying a Christmas present for also loves a good coffee table book you can’t go wrong with this gift. Depart is a great option which is filled with travel information and beautiful pictures of over 40 destinations around the world.

The Travel Book by Lonely Planet is the ultimate book for travel lovers. This book has beautiful pictures, facts and travel information for every single country in the world!

Christmas gift ideas for travellers

There you have 23 incredible Wanderlust Christmas gift ideas suitable for every travel lover! 

From travel-inspired jewellery to luggage scales and everything in between, this list has you covered this Christmas.