Travel Buddy Gift Ideas
Travel buddies are the best, right!? I mean, not all friends make good travel buddies. They’ve got to match your travel speed, travel style, and most of all your special kind of crazy. Ok, maybe that last part is just me.
Anyway, I’ve learned this little gem of wisdom the hard way. So once you find that special friend that also makes for a good travel buddy, you know you found someone very special, and you want to keep them around.
If you’re like me, the best gift to give your travel buddy would be an actual trip or adventure, but sometimes that’s a little out of the budget. Here are a few gift ideas that work well for holidays or birthdays and should get your gift-giving juices flowing.
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I’m all about thoughtful and meaningful gifts, and this is one of my favorites. Coins from countries you’ve visited not only make great souvenirs but a woman I know creates beautiful jewelry from them. These gifts create a simple and unique way to carry your memories around with you.
Kelly Annie over at KellyAnnie.com makes handmade vintage necklaces, lockets, bracelets, rings, earrings, cuff links, tie tacks, money clips, keyrings and cuffs all from coins from around the world. There is always a thoughtful story or meaning behind the coins she uses, and you can browse by country. She even has a few pieces created from subway tokens from New York City, San Francisco and trolley tokens from Salt Lake City.
If you’re looking for an even more uniquely rare gift, she has a collection of jewelry made from rare and limited coins, like a Beatrix Potter coin bracelet. It’s worth checking out just for the awesomeness!
Prices range depending on what kind of jewelry and how rare the coin is. Keep in mind she hand makes these and you most likely won’t find anything out there like them.
Cost Range: $15 and up
Earrings: $15 – $40
Bracelets: $25 – $250
Necklaces: $28 – $84
Where to Buy: KellyAnnie.com
Follow her on Instagram to see her beautiful coin jewelry and her fun behind the scenes videos.
Having a fun way to make your luggage stand out is always a good idea. Having your own luggage tags, not from the airline ticket counter (the paper kind that break after the first trip) is also a good idea. Personalized luggage tags make a great gift for anyone who travels, but especially for your travel buddies.
Here are a few of my favorites. Some were gifts that I’ve given, and others were gifts I’ve received.
My passport is one of my very favorite things. I love to look through the pages and see the stamps from my various adventures. Fond memories are printed on those watermarked pages. So to protect and keep my passport in the best shape possible, a passport cover is a must. Plus, they look cool and like you’re a seasoned traveler.
Many passport covers give you the option to personalize them with a map of your travel buddy’s favorite country, their favorite wanderlust quote, and in their favorite color. Passport covers often have extra pockets to hold extra essentials, like airline tickets, train tickets, checked baggage stickers, customs forms and other things you seem to need when traveling.
I’ll bet your travel buddy feels about the same so here are a few ideas of some unique passport covers that make for a fun gift idea.
Chat Packs | Conversation Starter Cards
A friend gave me my first chat pack about three years ago before my trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. I was going alone, but meeting up with a group of like-minded adventurers from around the world. She thought it would be a fun down-time activity and an easy way to get to know others in my trekking group. I’m very much an introvert, and small talk does not come easy. These conversation cards with their interesting, curiosity-sparking and entertaining questions helped make getting to know the group a lot easier.
I’ve used these chat pack cards on road trips, at family gatherings, and other adventures where people were involved. It’s a great way to get people to put their phones down and get to know each other in a fun and effortless way.
There are different versions available with questions related to travel, for kids, and your favorite things. They’re small, light, and come in a sturdy plastic case that is made to travel well. I’ve loved mine so much I have often gifted these to others.
World Maps & Globes
Is it just me or do other adventurers/travelers/wanderlusters adore maps and globes like a bear loves honey? I mentioned in my Little Adventurer Gift Ideas post that I’m a little obsessed with maps and globes and my grandmother’s illuminated world globe is probably part of the reason I’m an adventure craver.
I have atlases, globes in different sizes, a world map that covers a wall, I even have a few different scratch maps. Some I bought for myself, and some are treasured gifts from family and friends.
There’s something magical that sparks feelings of adventure and wanderlust. I know it’s not the most unique gift idea ever, but there are so many different kinds out there that the variations make them unique.
Here are a few ideas that you may find are exactly what you’re looking for.
Pastries, Drinks, Candy, and Sweets from a shared adventure
I will have to write an entire post dedicated to my favorite pastries, drinks, candy, and sweets I’ve discovered while traveling. Food is a HUGE part of any adventure and one that I very much enjoy.
So a fun gift idea is to find your travel buddies their favorite treat from one of your shared adventures. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but here are just a few of our favorite treats from our adventures and where to find them online and offline.
Milka Chocolate – Some of the best chocolate I’ve ever had. Once you’ve had European Chocolate, you never go back to nasty, waxy American chocolate. Find Milka chocolate at World Markets, Harmons, Amazon, and most European markets.
Chocolate Digestives – I don’t know why we don’t have these in America. They’re serious happiness boosters. Biscuit means cookie in American English. Digestives are a crumbly cookie that is best eaten with hot chocolate, but I eat them straight from the package because they’re wonderful. I get my fix from Amazon, at World Markets, and British markets.
Stroop waffles – My favorite caramel Dutch treat and best eaten when warm. Find them on Amazon, World Market, sometimes Costco, fancier grocery stores around the holidays, and European markets in your area. If you’re anywhere close to Salt Lake City, Utah you can find them at the downtown Harmons and The Old Dutch Store which is a Dutch, German, and Scandinavian market.
TimTams – Made in Australia and essential for the TimTam Slam (see video explanation) which I do with hot chocolate – find TimTams online on Amazon, sometimes at World Markets, Australian markets, and sometimes Costco.
Bundaberg Ginger Beer – non-alcoholic Australian goodness – This is starting to catch on this side of the world and is easier to find than it used to be. Find them at Walmarts, many grocery stores, World Markets, and Amazon.