Travel Gift Ideas

Successful travelling doesn’t necessarily mean buying an extra suitcase to lug extra souvenirs home. Today, we’re going to talk about those among us who are minimalists when it comes to travel (and life)! 🧳 Memories are really the best souvenirs, and giving someone in your life the chance to experience gifts that aren’t things is truly one of the best gifts for travellers. 🎁

Here at Flytographer, we are a leader in the “gift-of-memories” space. We’ve captured over 4 million memories worldwide! We specialize in celebrating you and your story with fun photoshoots to commemorate once-in-a-lifetime vacations – not to mention surprise proposal moments and even headshots in your hometown and beyond! ❣️

When it comes to gift-giving, many of us (and our loved ones and friends) would choose sentiment and memory over tangible gifts purchased at a big-box store. We all know how fast and convenient Amazon can be, but why not make this holiday season more memorable!? 📦 Whether your loved one is a frequent traveller or just someone in need of a special escape, we can’t wait to share our top seven favourite gift-giving ideas for the travel enthusiast in your life!


  1. Gift a getaway. Gifting or contributing to their next travel destination is the ultimate present.
  2. Check off a carry-on essential. Gifting a small, practical item from their packing list.
  3. Gift memories with a photoshoot. Help your adventure-seeker preserve their beautiful travel memories.
  4. Spark reflection with a travel journal. The perfect way to document travel experiences, thoughts, goals and more.
  5. Gift a beautiful photo book. A tangible and long-lasting gift idea for the travel-lover in your life.
  6. Inspire travel every day with photo prints. From framed prints to photo puzzles–there are countless options.
  7. Gift an airport code crewneck. Your favourite airport code is a thoughtful, cute and comfortable way to show you care.

Photo: Claudia in Lisbon for Flytographer. Louisa celebrates a trip to Lisbon with a solo photoshoot.

1. Gift a getaway

In a perfect world, what could be more generous than the gift of a getaway!? ✈️ Gifting a domestic/international flight, a travel voucher, a staycation, a weekend getaway, an Airbnb gift card, or even adding to a trip fund, are a few of the generous ways to melt just about any wanderlusting heart! Though boarding passes may be a thing of the past, presenting a mock boarding pass, a travel certificate, or even a passport holder with an upcoming travel announcement are creative and symbolic ways to wrap this most perfect gift. Our travel-loving hearts are pounding already! 💗

Whether you’re gifting your favourite travel destination or gifting to encourage the exploration of parts unknown, the ultimate travel gift for the minimalist (or maximalist, let’s be honest) in your life is the gift of a getaway! 👍

Photo: Jimie in Bali for Flytographer. Sheila and partner capture a couples trip together in Bali at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace with a couple photoshoot.

2. Check off a carry-on essential

Now that we’ve covered the ultimate in travel gifting, let’s look at some options for more practical, affordable gifts almost any of us can pull off! Have you thought about gifting a carry-on essential to your loved one for their next trip? Gifting a small, functional item from their carry-on essentials or packing list is an easy and sure-fire way to help make their travel experience smoother and more enjoyable! Whether your traveller is preparing for a long-haul flight or just a regional escape, some minimalist, budget-friendly gifts could include a travel bag, a stainless-steel water bottle, a luggage tag, a sleep mask/eye mask, a travel pillow, a toiletry bag, packing cubes, a luggage scale, earbuds or Airpods, a portable charger or a tote bag! These gift ideas for travellers are also fantastic stocking stuffers, so take note of what your loved ones really enjoy! 📝

Photo: Tom in Bangkok for Flytographer. Donald captures a solo trip in Bangkok at the Grand Palaca with a solo photoshoot.

3. Gift memories with a photoshoot

Now for our favourite gift-giving idea – one that’s ideal for minimalists who already have their essentials and don’t want/need any more physical objects – a Flytographer photoshoot! 📸 Gifting a photo shoot or a gift card for a future shoot is both generous and enduring. Photoshoots take up zero space but hold a limitless number of memories. Photoshoots can be booked abroad, at home, and/or for any kind of celebration. Thinking outside the box for this TSA-approved idea makes this gift extra special. Giving the gift of memories with a photoshoot is the perfect present for the travel enthusiast in your life!

Photo: Livushé in Cusco for Flytographer. Bianca celebrates an adventure to Cusco at the Historical Centre with a vacation photoshoot.

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4. Spark reflection with a travel journal

For many of us, travel is a time to reflect not only on our own lives but on the world around us. Experiencing new settings and cultures and creating new memories can be life-changing, no matter your destination. When that travel bug sparks self-reflection, a travel journal is a great way to document travel experiences, memories, thoughts, impressions, goals, and much more! Travel journals can be small or large; 📔 they can be repurposed notebooks, special journals, scrapbooks, or even come in digital form! This gift idea taps into your creativity by stretching your idea of what a travel journal can look like, and is an absolute favourite road companion for world nomads of any age!

Photo: Lidiya in Dubai for Flytographer. Elizabeth captures a stunning day in Dubai with a headshot photoshoot.

5. Gift a beautiful photo book

A photo book and the aforementioned travel journal together make a perfect matching set! We love a good photo book. For visual storytellers, who may not enjoy writing but still want to reflect on their travel journey, photo books are a great way to commemorate travel. If you’ve spent the time, effort and money (unless it was gifted😉) on a photo shoot, you’re going to want to document your travel in the form of a photo book. Being able to hold your memories in your hands in an unforgettable gift for travellers. Taking photos in a digital format and transforming them into something to be treasured for years to come will be worth the effort. Whether you’re designing a photo book for a loved one or helping them create one for themselves, giving the gift of a photo book is peak gift-giving swag.

6. Inspire travel every day with photo prints

Reliving travel, again and again, is one of the greatest post-trip joys! Printing photos is an oft-forgotten post-travel perk (#travelhangover 🥱), but no one can argue that those images from past trips feel even more significant and sentimental after we’ve returned to normalcy. Helping your loved one create a gallery wall of their adventure photos is a great gift idea! This could mean anything from gifting frames and prints to offering your own eyes, hands and/or a level to help make that gallery wall a reality. (It can be no small feat!). 🖼

Another great addition to your loved one’s gallery wall is the gift of a city print – so be sure to check out our city print travel shop, where you can browse and select from picturesque prints of your loved one’s favourite destinations and have one specially made! This could be a place they’ve already checked off their bucket list, or a dream destination. Gifting photo prints is a great way to inspire travel and is one of our favourite gift-giving ideas!

7. Gift an airport code crewneck

With upwards of 70 airport codes around the world, our airport code crewnecks are a fun, practical and travel-friendly gift idea for your favourite globetrotter – plus, who doesn’t love a cozy new sweatshirt!? 🙋‍♀️ As we approach the chilly holiday season (and the most likely long and grueling winter), most of us can only dream of touching down in toasty OGG!

If your loved one is lucky enough to be heading on a long-haul flight or road trip, grab that airport code crewneck and send it their way! 🛫 This travel top is a perfect combo of comfort and cuteness. (And so much more fun to wear en route than compression socks!)

Sharing a Love for Travel

Whether gift-hunting for a world traveller or a lover of more local treks, minimalist gift-giving doesn’t have to be stressful or boring. We hope we’ve inspired you with some of our best travel gift ideas for your loved ones to enjoy this holiday season (or any time of year)! 💝 Gadgets and Amazon packages aside, travel gifts that are unique and sentimental are a fun and easy way to satisfy the vagabond spirit of any traveller. (And save you the hassle of having to buy another suitcase or two!)

We can’t wait for you to make one of these unique travel gifts part of a loved one’s collection! Maybe we’ll even see you or your loved one at a Flytographer photo shoot! (Or when you’ve tagged us in your travel photos afterward 😉.)