10 Unique Gifts for Female Travelers – Travel gift ideas for her

Do you have a close female friend in your life who loves to travel and you don’t know what to gift her this Christmas? Have you already browsed websites after websites only to find the same old ideas as last years? Then you have arrived in the right place!

Shopping for a gift for women who travel is quite hard because they already know and have almost everything for their next trip. Also, choosing a classic gift, such as a piece of luggage or a travel pillow might not suit their travel style.

This is why I created an alternative Christmas shopping guide, with unique gifts that will be appreciated by the women in your life. Furthermore, a traveller myself, I have tried and tested all my recommendations from this guide.


A set of zero waste toiletries


It’s been a few months now since I have started my journey of becoming an eco-friendlier person and stop using plastic, as much as I can. And I have to admit, it is not and hasn’t been an easy journey. I am an advocate of reducing plastic, paper and stop wasting food. It is hard, but I believe that each of us can make a difference, no matter how small it is, if we stop using plastic.

This is why my first recommendation for this travel gift ideas for women is a set of eco friendly zero waste toiletries. Take a look in any toiletries bag, how much plastic do you see in there? Shocking, right?

A zero waste toiletries collection would make a great gift to your travel loving friend, and it will also make a difference towards a plastic free world! At Wearth London, who sources their eco-friendly products from small independent UK brands, you can find everything to build a zero waste toiletries hamper: bamboo toothbrushes, coconut oil mouthwash, natural deodorant cream, activated charcoal tooth powder, sugar scrub bars, reusable cotton face cloths, handmade soap bars and many more – all packaged in eco friendly glass jars or carboard boxes.

You can look through the entire collection and choose the best products to build the gift hamper on the Wearth London website, by clicking here.


A Secret Pillow


You may wonder what a “Secret pillow” is and how it can make your female traveller friend’s life easier whilst on the road. A Secret Pillow is a cushion that unfolds into a blanket, helping your friend not only sleep better on a plane for example but also cover herself on a cold train or bus.

The Secret Pillows are made in India by women who face social and economical challenges, and by buying this as a gift you are contributing to helping them provide a better future to their children.

Each pillow comes with a certificate of authenticity and also with the signature of the woman who made it, which gives it a very personal touch.

You can learn more about the project and buy a Secret Pillow here.


A Swiss Army Knife for her next hiking trip


Every woman who travels and backpacks needs a Swiss army knife. At some point during her travels she will need to open a can of food, put a screw back in, fix her tent, even remove splinters when she is on a trek, in the woods.  Not to mention, in case of emergency, it can be a self-defence weapon.

So why not gift your female friend this Christmas a limited-edition Victorinox Explorer ‘Snowflake’ Pocket Knife, with a delicate snowflake design?  It has 16 different functions which make it not only elegant but very practical as well.

You can buy the Victorinox Explorer “Snowflake” Pocket Knife here (and get £5 off when you subscribe to the newsletter).


A wooden foot massager


Your backpacker friend would be very grateful if you gift her a foot massager this Christmas. Made out of wood, this dual massager can relief the pain associated with hiking for a long time, tired or sore feet, but also improve circulation.

The massager is very easy to use and move around as well because it is so lightweight. The massager is arched, to follow the natural curve of the foot. To use just put your feet on it and move them forward and backwards.

You can buy this excellent feet and heel pain relief here.


A print of her favourite destination


We buy souvenirs for ourselves from our travels for one reason: to remember the places and the memories we have made by looking at that cheap small fridge magnet or postcard that we got on the last day of our trip.

Do you share a special moment with your female friend from one of the trips you have taken together? Then why not gift her a unique print that will remind her of all the little things which made that trip together special?

MontgomeryFest specialises in cute works of art meant to brighten every wall in every house they are hung on. Annie, the owner of the MontgomeryFest design studio, is inspired by her own travels in the creation of her prints. So, what a better gift to a woman who travels than one created by another woman who travels?

You can find the perfect print in her gallery, browsing her website here.


A travel guide for her next trip

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Your travel female friend is always on the go, right? Find out what her next destination is and buy her a Lonely Planet guide to help plan her trip better. I have always been a fan of Lonely Planet and have quite a few guidebooks in my collection (my most precious book collection I might add).

What I love about these guides is that they go above and beyond and besides accommodation and restaurant tips, you also get suggestions on what to see, accompanied with local experiences and the history of a place. Whilst you already might have those landmarks on your itinerary, in the Lonely Planet you will find helpful advice such as opening hours, costs, and even the history of the place – which is truly useful when you don’t have internet or take a guided tour.

You can browse through the Lonely Planet collection by following this link (and don’t forget that they always have some deals and promotions during winter holidays).


A cocktail making set


I don’t know about you, but I love recreating the cocktails I have during my trips, back at home. A Pina Colada always reminds me of that New Year’s Eve I spent on a rooftop in Havana, joining a local party. A Mojito reminds me of the lazy days spent by the beach in Mexico. Aperol Spritz always brings up dear memories from Italy!

A cocktail making set is a great Christmas gift for the woman traveller in your life. Not only that she will be able to recreate her favourite cocktails, but you will benefit from tasting them as well.

This beautiful 7 pieces VonShef Black cocktail set with stand is a wonderful choice for an elegant Christmas gift. It also includes a great recipe book, so it can be used straight away. My recommendation for the festive holidays is this Rudolf Red Berries Fizz that I’ve made the other day, using the cocktail set.

Buy the VonShef Black cocktail set here.


A pair of gin earrings


A woman who travels is unique, so her Christmas gift should be exactly the same. Does your friend love gin (aren’t we all, ladies?)? Then this cute and quirky pair of gin earrings can be the perfect gift to make her smile.

Designed by Katy Welsh for U Studio, a company that supplies big stores such as Waterstones, Tate Modern, Selfridges or Urban Outfitters, this pair of earrings are silver plated and handmade.  This is a thoughtful and fun gift guaranteed to make your friend happy.

You can buy this pair of gin earrings from U Studio’s website.


A foodie hamper


If you are looking for a gift for a woman who loves to travel then you can be sure that she will enjoy a food hamper with delicacies from her favorite destinations around the world. There are so many options of what you can include in a hamper these days that you will always find one for any type of foodie lover.

If she loves Easter European food, then gift her a subscription to Zacuska. If she is a fan of English holiday treats, then this foodie hamper from Prestige Hampers might be an excellent idea. For a surprise box, try Degustabox. For everything else, look on Amazon.


A pack of playing cards


A deck of cards is not only a great way to spend a raining evening in a hostel, but also a great way to make friends among other passengers on long train journeys. A deck of cards should not be missing from any backpack. It’s lightweight, small and easy to carry.

This pack of fun skulls playing cards is a great conversation starter because of its unique design. At some point in her trip, your friend will encounter delays, be on long train or bus journeys. And what a better way of killing time than playing cards with another unfortunate tourist stuck in the same place as her?

You can buy this deck of cards from U Studio’s website.



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  1. These are so perfect gift guide Joanna! As fellow female traveler, I cant’ travel without having nice sets of zero waste toiletries. Because all of the toiletries really makes lots and lots of waste. ALways carrying snack stuff while traveling is also great idea!

  2. These are great picks, I tried to choose the ones I would get but I ended up writing almost all but the secret pillow, cocktail set and the hamper is great and would do fine by me.

  3. You have a good list for female travellers and I have to admit as a frequest travellers, I needed most of these items. My favorite would be the secret pillow. What I like most about the pillow is buying this pillow will help back the community in India which is a good cause. It make me feel my money are well spent.

  4. Wow!! that’s my Wishlist. I am going to forward this to my husband and hopefully he takes a cue from this 😉

    I wrote a similar post a few years back for the traveller in your life. but reading specifically for females is great.

  5. These are great ideas. I’m not a traveller but i could find a use for everything on this list if I was given them for Christmas.

  6. I am such a gifts person! I love to hear needs and give what I can–give meaningful things. The “print of her favourite destination” is perfect for gifting friend with memories of amazing vacations. I am keeping this in mind for the next girls trip!

  7. My friend just returned from a big trip, and I have been wondering what to get her – this is such a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing these tips!! 🙂 I will have a lot of inspiration now.

  8. Wow. These are great ideas of different gifts. While I do not personally have and traveling family or friends these will be great ideas for non travelers in my life. Thank you.

  9. I am inspired by the zero waste life you are promoting. It’s hard I couldn’t agree more. Also, this gift guide is super unique haha I like the pillow/blanket I’ll check it out!

  10. the first one is such a good idea! Especially if that includes multipurpose items like a shampoo-bar that can be used for everything and packed quickly/easily into a carry-on 🙂

  11. These are nice gifts ideas and for me, if I am going to give a gift to my friend traveler I would give him or her a Swiss Knife that he or she will be able to use during emergency.

  12. I actually love all of these items and personally, I love receiving gifts that I can be use in every travel that I have but for now, I am going to choose from these lists to give for my best friends.

  13. I love the secret pillows. My mom travels all the time for work and I never know what to get her. Thank you for the suggestion. It helps so much.

  14. Such a lot of cool items and since I am also a solo traveler I would love to have a foot massager which I can use to pamper my feet after a long day of walking.

  15. These are seriously all such great ideas for any girl who travels! I love the idea of the secret pillow… So cute and practical 🙂

  16. Nice ideas! i love funny pins and earring a lot. Also it zero waste toiletry is perfect for me. I think I will buy several and give it to my friends. Zero waste is big among my friends.

  17. I literally love all of this. Especially the secret pillow of picture of the favorite destination. I think any female traveler would love these.

  18. These are very pretty and unique gifts ideas! I never go anywhere without my Swiss army knife, and I don’t hike or anything, it is so useful for everyday life!

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