Must Have Unique Gifts for Travelers from Etsy

Just like my travels that take me to unique places, I also love gifts that are unique. At this time of year I normally write articles about travel gear gifts, but this year I’ve chosen travel themed gifts for travel lovers. But these aren’t just any travel oriented gifts, they are unique gifts for travelers; many of them are one of a kind or can be customized.

Sometimes we just want things that remind us of travel or the joys of world culture. I have decorated my apartment with maps, photos, and pictures that remind me of my travels and other little decor that reminds me of how important travel is in my life. It makes me happy, and I’m pretty sure if you are looking for a gift for someone who has wanderlust like me, here’s a list of ideas for unique gifts for travelers!

Etsy for Unique and Creative Travel Gifts

The best place to find unique gifts for travelers is on Etsy. Etsy is a website that focuses on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. It allows creators to have their own Etsy online stores to sell their goods. It’s like walking through a global marketplace full of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures.

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I came across Etsy when I was searching for a map that I could put on my wall above my desk. I was overwhelmed by all of the choices and the ability to customize some of the choices.

The market is full of artists and creators; it’s sort of like going to a small local art market or cool gift store. Etsy really attracts these types small business owners which is another reason why I wanted to focus on Etsy for finding unique gifts for travelers.

Support our Small Businesses and Creators

The pandemic has been brutal to small businesses and it breaks my heart. I get it, it’s often easier to just go online to one of the big retailers and get a big shipment sent to you. But I miss shopping in small shops and having a more personal experience. Now more than ever we need to support our small businesses and artists this holiday season. Plus it’s a way to get a unique travel gift you can’t find at big retailers or on Amazon.

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Unique Gifts for Travelers from Etsy

Updated for 2022 Holiday

Maps to Track Your Travels and Provide Inspiration

All travelers love maps! It was the first thing I got for my walls when I moved into my apartment after years of being nomadic! It can track where you’ve been or where you want to go. Or it can simply be used as a reference. Maps are the perfect gift for any traveler and I bet you’ll be surprised at how many variations of map gifts there are!

Personalized Cork Board Map and Pins

I wanted a cork board map so I could put pins in where I’ve been, when I searched for this – I came across Etsy and Jessica Wilkeson’s Design Studio. She make all kinds of cool customized maps of wood, cork, and other materials. I was enthralled by all of the options and finally chose to customize one for my ‘office’!

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Check out all of Jessica’s cool custom map gifts in her Etsy Store!

State Map Embroidery for Walls, Hats, and More

state embroidery

This gift idea is near and dear to my heart – because it is created by my niece Bethany! During the pandemic she took up embroidery and started free-styling her own designs to put on hats, sweatshirts, pet collars, and walls. She focuses her designs on flowers typically, because she’s a plant lover. I love everything she does (because I’m a proud aunt), but when she started making state maps with state flowers, and iconic sites – I got really excited! I asked her to do a Colorado design for me and this is what she designed.

She created an Etsy shop and is now taking orders. You can tell her what you want/like, and she’ll put together a design for you – or you can look through the designs that are available in her shop. I hope you go check it out!

Map Skirt

Show off your travel for travel in fashion with this fun map skirt! It would look perfect with a white tank top as you explore Paris…don’t you think?

map skirt etsy gift

Customized Map Ornament

It’s always fun to collect Christmas ornaments of your travels. That’s why this unique Etsy travel gift caught my eye. Plus – it can be personalized to your travels. Imagine your tree with these cute map ornaments of your favorite destinations you’ve been to. You can add to it every year – and maybe in 20 years you’ll have a complete travel tree!

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Watercolor Scratch Off Map

I have a corkboard/pin map, but there are also a bunch of really cool scratch off maps that keep track of where you’ve been. I loved this watercolor one!

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Fill Your Walls With Unique Travel Inspiration

If you are looking for a cool travel gift that is more decorative than a map, there are some really cool travel oriented gifts for your walls at Etsy! Here are some of my favorites.

Travel Art Prints

I know these are prints supposed to be for a nursery, but I loved them for a travel lover of any age. These are simply a digital download that you make a high quality print out of and then frame for your walls. It’s a cheap way to get some cool travel art. I love the images made from map backgrounds!