Who says a thoughtful, beautifully-designed, distinctive gift has to cost a ton of money? If you’re stuck wondering what to get for that travel-loving family member or friend and are decidedly uninspired by generic department store offerings, you should check out Etsy. You’ll not only find creative and special gifts for travelers, you’ll also find bargains, and dare I say, steals around every click. The editors have put together their picks which you can find on their pages, Wanderlust for Life and Gifts for Wanderlust Travelers. Below, you’ll find my 10 best budget-friendly Etsy gifts for travelers you need to give this holiday season.
10 Best Budget Friendly Etsy Gifts for Travelers
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Gifts that match a people’s passions show you’ve taken the time to think about what would be meaningful to them. When that gift is personalized, it’s amazingly thoughtful!
That’s why I loved the money boxes from EllieEllieltd. You can add the person’s name, but you can go one step further and add the destination she/he is longing to visit! It can be so daunting to actually decide to travel and then save every penny to make it happen. Giving a gift like this shows the recipient you support and encourage their decision to make a travel goal a reality. You can even have it gift wrapped and ready to give.
Do you know someone who’s always dreaming of far off places? Maybe you have a friend or relative who never stops planning their next adventure. This whimsical quote bracelet from Bstamped will proudly profess the recipient’s wanderlust. The bracelet includes the playful bird charm and you can choose the color of the wrapping. As someone who has a hard time finding jewelry that doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, I so appreciate the hypoallergenic aluminum!
Maybe it’s the teacher in me who loves a pretty chalkboard, despite their messiness! You have to admit, though, the look of a chalkboard makes for chic home decor. The Wanderlust Print Chalkboard Art by LilyandVal would brighten up any space in the house and make every travel-loving resident smile as they sipped that morning cup of joe or sorted through photos from a recent trip. No need to worry about having perfect handwriting or cleaning up all that dust! These prints are digital photographs of the colorfully designed chalkboard art.
Have you ever needed a small, inexpensive gift but struggled to find something that made sense and didn’t look chintzy? The World Map Keychain by PixieWhimsy is a handmade glass keychain with a timeless world map shining from within the charm. I just love how artistic it looks! It would make a thoughtful gift for any travel lover.
Bags with quotes are like distinctive T-shirts. They’re fun to read and give a little glimpse into whoever’s toting the bag around. This 100% organic cotton gymsack by eco-friendly naturapicta comes with a favorite travel quote “Eat Well Travel Often” or can be customized with another quote or illustration. It’s the perfect bag for everyday use and displays the recipient’s travel aspirations in one tidy motto. I’d even use this gymsack as the “gift bag” full of other travel-themed goodies!
Travelers spend a lot of time thinking about the essentials they need to make their trip a success. We check the date on our passports and make sure it’s safely in our bags, but who has the time in between packing the right clothes and double checking travel details to dress up their passport with a little personal flair? This design your own passport cover by destinationhandmade makes for the perfect holiday gift. It’s a signature travel item that you can design by choosing a fabric and a favorite quote that captures the recipient’s passion for travel. This is a truly unique gift that completes a savvy traveler’s ensemble.
Don’t you just love it when you put something on and you instantly look stylish and edgy? This wanderlust tank top by naturapicta (yes, they made the list 2x!) says, “I’m a fearless explorer who’s not afraid to push past the boundaries of my comfort zone.” Even travel-loving nerds like me would look positively badass in this tank! No worries, guys. Naturapicta has it in your size, too. You can even choose a t-shirt instead of the tank. Score!
If framed wall art is classic and orderly, this travel wall quote decal by WallapaloozaDecals is flowing and free-spirited. No matter the size of a person’s house, apartment, or bedroom, it just feels homier, cozier when passions and personality shine through to inspire and encourage. Order these wall decals in different sizes and specialized to fit the gift you want to give. The handwriting looks so romantic on the walls and perfectly captures the true essence of all the wanderlusters out there!
How pretty is this original design hot air balloon throw pillow by Artfully Feathered?! The contrasting colors of the globes and the vintage maps in the background are paired perfectly for a bright and cheery piece of travel-themed home decor. It’s a guaranteed attention getter. I can just imagine lying back with my head in the clouds (of course!) while pangs of wanderlust carried my thoughts to a faraway place. The travel lover in your life will love this meaningfully-given gift.
It’s no secret travelers love keeping track of the places they’ve been. This scratch off world map by verryberrysticker is an easy, fun, and decorative way to proudly display travel accomplishments and bring to mind favorite memories of an unforgettable journey. All you need to do is scratch off the places you’ve been to uncover the country and add a new color to your travel experiences. This is a new design of the map, with each state in the United States now individually scratchable. Why not pair this map with a couple of the wanderlust-inspired home decor items above and give that special traveler a well-rounded and dazzling gift set!
So, which of these fantastic, budget-friendly Etsy gifts will you be giving to the travel lover in your life? Which ones might you even keep for yourself?!
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