What do you get the savvy traveller? Well today we're looking at the best travel gifts to suit every budget. We've got cheap and cheerful, to expensive underwater gadgets and everything else.
Whether you want to buy something for your friend, son, daughter, cousin, uncle, auntie, grandparents, spouse or boss, there's something for all.
As a globe trotter myself, I've taken my own experience on what things travellers need and there's a few crucial suggestions here too.
So without further ado, let's show you the best travel gifts for Australians.
Best Travel Gift Ideas
1. My Travel Scratch Map
For that person that’s been everywhere or planning to go, a My Travel Scratch Map is what they’re missing. A fun, simple, and personalized memento, this world map allows you to keep track and display the countries you have visited.
Each country is covered in a thin foil that can be easily scratched off, revealing the brightly coloured country underneath.
There are 4 different varieties to choose from, altering in size and colouring, the Travel Edition, the Deluxe Travel Edition, the Original Edition, and the Rose Gold Premium Edition.
Much easier than keeping a travel journey and so satisfying to scratch off this makes the ideal gift for every travel bug.
2. Lonely Planet Packing List
Are you always forgetting something each time you go on a trip, either it’s your toothbrush, travel adaptor, or the crucial passport? You’re not the only one.
So help a friend out and gift them the Lonely Planet Packing List, the only thing they’ll need to remember next time they’re going away.
Use it again and again whether its 3 months in Europe or a weekend camping this unique packing list will ensure they’ve got everything they need, with 88 lists covering five different trip types.
There’s room to write in extras, like that lucky pair of underwear or “Mr Snuggles” their favourite stuffed toy they just can't sleep without, so don’t leave your friend up a creek without a paddle… literally.
3. My Travel Journal
Sometimes photos and Facebook posts just aren’t enough to keep those crazy travel stories fresh in our minds. That’s where a My Travel Journey comes in.
A perfect way to remember first hand exactly what happened, when, and with whom, this Journey is exactly what your travel buddy needs.
Tell them to hang onto those plane tickets, the ticket stub from the Eiffel tower, and the wooden spoon from the first gelato they ate in Italy, and make the pages burst with the now unforgettable memories.
A Cloth hardcover, heaps of space, a To-Do checklist and Travel tips, the My Travel Journal makes the perfect gift for any traveller.
4. Portable Travel Solar Charger
Between maps, music, a camera, and keeping socials accounts relevant, travelling can require a lot of juice. But with this trusty invention, as long as there’s sun rest assure your friends will have power with the Portable Travel Solar Charger.
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Its super lightweight can be folded in half and is even showerproof, so a little rain isn’t a problem. Set it up in the sun, or strap it to the outside of your backpack, then plug in your device and your set.
Whether they’re camping at a festival with no power source or disconnecting in the Sahara desert they can stay powered up and connected.
5. Mermaid Tail Travel Neck Pillow
Ask any traveller; a neck pillow is an absolute must for any travel. If it’s long road trips, crapped airplanes, or bumpy busses a snug neck pillow will quickly become your best friend.
This funky neck pillow is plump and comfortable and is not only beautifully patterned with blue fish-like scales, but shaped like a mermaids tail, with a 3D fin at the end.
There is an easy storage clip so it won't get lost or fall off even when they’re running to catch their next connection.
6. Digital Luggage Scale
Is there anything worse than getting to the airport and finding your bag is over the weight allowance, and you’re stuck facing a pretty hefty bill?
Save your friend the struggles of trying to rearrange their cabin and hand luggage, or deciding if that Egyptian pyramid mug is worth the weight.
The Device can effortlessly change measurements between g., oz., kg., lbs., so no mental math is needed to convert the weight between units.
Lightweight, compact, easy to use, and capable of weighing bags of more than 45kg the Digital Luggage scale is perfect for every traveller.
7. Boxiki Travel Money Belt
Every traveller needs their phone, passport, credit cards, and currency on them at all times, but these are some pretty valuable items you don’t want to lose or get stolen, especially in a foreign city or country.
Save your friend the stress with a Boxiki Travel Money Belt. Compact enough to wear under clothing and made from a breathable mesh, their personal items stay safe and dry. RFID blocking material provides additional digital and electronic chip protection from hackers and thieves.
While the durable 210D heavy-duty rip-stop nylon resists tearing, and deterioration from frequent travel use, so the belt can be used for trip after trip.
8. TP-Link AC750 Travel Router.
The need for Internet access is incorporated into almost everything we do, and trying to live without it can be more than a little challenge. This can be even harder when travelling, especially if you don’t know the language.
Trying to get directions, work out what the menu says, or booking a hotel can be next to impossible without the Internet. And more often than not, the hotel Wi-Fi just can't play your favorite Netflix show all the way through. The TP-Link AC750 Travel Router has it covered.
Compact and light enough to take almost anywhere creating a Wi-Fi network via Ethernet 3G/4G USB modem or WISP Micro. You can now take the Internet with you anywhere.
9. Travel Scrabble
Is your favorite board game buddy going travelling? That doesn’t mean the fun has to end, a Scrabble Deluxe Travel Edition ensures the game can and must go on. Conveniently compact with a folding wooden case and a magnetic closure.
The skilfully designed set folds so that the board halves slide out to reveal a storage area underneath.
The case includes a built-in scrabble game board with raised letter tile grips, 100 solid wood scrabble tiles, 4 solid wood scrabble letter racks, a small tile pouch, a score pad, game instructions, and of course a pencil. Everything needed for a classic game.
10. Backpacker Ultimate Travel Game
Whether they’re soon to be travelling or dreaming of it; this game is sure to be a hit.
Just like real travelling you can visit different countries, enjoy outdoor activities, wildlife, and meet other globetrotters, but it’s not all happy sailing, you can also get bad advice, miss flights or get sick.
No two games are ever the same so it never gets boring. Play with 2 to 6 players, at home, in the hotel, or the plane or in the living room this game will have you travelling the globe no matter where you are.
11. BlitzWolf Selfie Tripod
With this Blitzwolf BW-BS3 Selfie Stick you’re getting 3 products in the 1 package: selfie stick, mini selfie stick tripod and table-top tripod.
Plus a detachable Bluetooth remote control (maximum distance 10m) which enables you to take selfies from a distance. Sync the remote to your phone and press the button to capture the shot. Take video as well.
The remote has a 65mAh rechargeable battery as well and can take 50,000 shots before needing a recharge.
The stick and tripod are both extendable to allow for better angles and distances, and to take shots of large groups of people.
12. Tendak Laptop Stand
A great travel gift for the traveller who's always working or starting their side hustle.
Take the strain out of your back and neck while sitting down, with this impressive laptop stand, designed for smaller laptops up to 13.3", this works with the Macbook Air, Pro and Macbook.
You can adjust the laptop stand to different angles and heights, personalising your own workplace. Once you're done, fold it away and pack into your backpack.
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that get used the most, and this is no exception.
13. AIZBO Packing Cubes
What do you get the messy traveller? Well how about these awesome travel packing cubes that offer 7 cool ways to store your clothes and accessories without losing or messing up your bag?
A great way to seperate clean and dirty clothes, or a transit hotel bag vs the actual holiday.
Until recently, I always thought, who would buy this? But after buying one myself, it's easy to see why. It makes everything so organised and easy to grab.
So take advantage of this special offer from AIZBO, 7 waterproof cubes, that are durable and available in a range of colours! Plus super cheap too!
14. Mobi Lock Airline Adaptor
Sometimes the best travel gifts are actually the cheapest and this product is a perfect example. Aeroplane headphones suck! They are cheap and nasty.
But there is a solution that allows you to plug your own headphones in, and for under $3 you can get yourself an adapter that allows you to connect them to the airplane seat.
You see your 3.5mm audio jack won't work on the plane. Well it might, just in one ear. You need a dual 3.5mm adapter, to get audio in both ears.
So travel gift or not, you can buy one for yourself too!
15. OZSTOCK® Hydration Pack 2.5L
Hydration packs are pretty straightforward to understand in their design and basic features and must-haves.
You want a pack that is going to be easy to use when you’re on your bike or trekking or sailing. And you want durability, a pack that’s made from strong yet light materials.
The OZSTOCK label is a well-known sports brand and they have this 2.5L hydration pack on the market. The pack includes the bladder which holds the fluid as well as the lightweight pack to hold the bladder and accessories on your back.
The pack is made from high-quality nylon which is both lightweight and durable. It has comfortable and practical wide webbed adjustable shoulder straps and an adjustable strap for your chest.
16. Gyvazla LED Headlamp
The Gyvazla headlamp is designed for outdoor night-time activities including running, cycling, fishing and camping. It’s also ideal for DIY jobs when working in dark areas.
The wide nylon headband is highly elastic and has an adjustable buckle as well to fit all head sizes and shapes comfortably. It absorbs perspiration well and can be easily detached for machine washing.
It has a 3W light bead source and 160 Lumens light output. The LED light runs on a built-in 1200mAh USB rechargeable lithium battery (not included).
The battery recharges in six hours and will last up to 30 hours on a full charge. A mini-USB charge cable is included. There are two switch modes, White and Red.
Comes with various modes including an emergency strobe for SOS.
17. Heat Holders Thermal Socks
Heading somewhere cold? Then why not give the gift of ultra warm thermal socks. This company makes thermal socks and they are up to 70% warmer than traditional socks.
Available in multiple styles and sizing, the most common model is the original which is the 'the warmest thermal sock' on the market.
The unique fibre used is Japanese inspired knitted long looped cushion pile which traps warm air from your legs and maximises retention for all-day warmth.
The perfect travel gift for skiing, cold climates and hiking.
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18. OZERO Touch Screen Gloves
Have you ever tried to touch your phone screen while wearing gloves? Yeah... nothing happening. Well there is a solution, touch screen winter gloves.
Ozero make the best ones in our opinion, warm and available in 5 sizes to suit every one. They are designed for skiing, cycling, working outdoors and general travelling.
The finger tips are designed with a special sensitive mesh to enable you to control your phone and use at any angle.
What a really clever invention, this was seen on Dragons Den UK and was laughed off. But in reality, it's one of the best accessories for using your phone in cold weather.
19. Naturehike Backpacking Tent
Easily erected and dismantled, the Naturehike 2-person Cloud-Up backpacker’s tent is ideal for hiking and travelling light. It is stable, light and sturdy.
The tent is designed in a Y-shape and weighs only 2.1kg (including poles) for self-support without peg nails. It fit's nicely into a backpack, hence the name.
Perfect gift idea for those that love the outdoors and an overnight campout. Plus it won't break the bank, like some tents out there.
20. Rocontrip Dry Bag
The Rocontrip dry bag is made from good quality 0.5mm thick PVC coated material which passes IPX 7 level waterproof testing for confident water sports use. The bag is airtight as well as being waterproof.
The bag features detachable and adjustable shoulder straps which roll up for easy storage inside the bag. Included with purchase are four straps: one single and three double straps for different weights being carried up to 40 litres.
The straps can be made long enough to sling across your back when walking or swimming. Short enough to be stowed on the back of a bike when cycling.
Perfect travel gift for someone who likes kayaking, paddleboarding, rafting or adventure. Cross rivers or lakes without worrying about getting your clothes or valuables wet.
21. Sublue Whiteshark Mix
the Whiteshark Mix scooter is an underwater propulsion device for faster movement through the water which can reach speeds as fast as those of the best professional swimmers.
Compact and lightweight, the hand-held device is designed for swimming, snorkeling and diving to a depth of 40 metres (130ft).
With two evenly balanced propellers and an ergonomically designed body shape the Whiteshark is able to reach speeds up to 5.56km/hour. The total propeller thrust is about 8kg. And the motor is silent at 50dB so as not to frighten away underwater life.
It might be expensive, but if you're heading off to the Maldives or Tahiti, then this might be the perfect travel gift to add to your suitcase.
Where To Buy Travel Gifts?
You can buy travel gifts from a wide variety of online retailers including Amazon.com.au, Yellow Octopus and more. Additionally you can buy from these retailers:
- Gifts Australia
- Everything But Flowers
- A Little Luxury
- Hard To Find
- Cool Things
- Red Wrappings.
When it comes to choosing the best travel gifts, there's dozens of ideas out there. The hard part is choosing the most suitable option for yours. Hopefully we've given you some inspiration, but if you're still on the fence, be sure to checkout one of the recommended gift stores above.
Last Updated: December 3, 2021 by Rhys