8 Unique Gifts for People Living Abroad on Etsy

Last Updated on January 28, 2023

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When it comes to gifts, Etsy is a world-leading website; and when it comes to travellers, they can sometimes be hard to buy for.

That’s why I searched Etsy high and low to find the best gifts to make it easier for you to buy gifts for people living abroad who love to travel.

If you are buying for a full-time traveller then I highly recommend reading my practical gift guide to find the best gifts for friends going abroad or gifts for people living abroad long term.

Here are 8 Etsy travel gifts for travellers!

1. Adventure fund box

Find the perfect gift for friend travelling abroad, white wooden framed moneybox with clear glass front bearing white printed logo titled "Jenny's America Fund" with chopped up mixed slices of maps used as a background

Maybe I have been living under a rock my entire life because I have never seen one of these before!  Instead of a piggy bank, you need this. It’s the perfect way to save up for your trip.

I like how it’s clear so you can see the progress you’re making by putting in a little every week.

This is one of my favourite Etsy travel gifts and a perfect gift for a person who loves to travel as you can also personalise it!

Get this gift for a friend moving abroad to encourage them to save up and come back to see you ASAP – or to meet up somewhere else new and exciting.

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2. Personalised travel diary

Why not give these gifts for travellers, ornate hardcover notebook in earthy dark brown tones with gold filigree and clasp plus engravings on front including tall forest trees and small deer with "The Adventure" logo printed front and center

If there’s one thing I love doing it’s keeping a travel diary. I currently have 3 diaries full of memories, tickets and stories.  It’s the best thing I have ever kept.

That’s why these are the perfect gift for friend travelling or a gift for friend going abroad for studies so that they can keep a record of their memories to treasure.

Two of them have to be tied together with hairbands because they are literally bulging. When I found this Etsy gifts I was so happy!

They can personalise your travel diary so you can get your name, destinations and time. It’s such a great idea!

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3. World map locket

You'll love these practical gifts for friends living abroad, black and gold coloured world map necklace with dark metal chain sitting on a colourful background made of stars and paper with pink dots and constellations

This is one of the best Etsy travel gifts and the perfect travel gift for her because she can take this with her while she travels!

This beautiful handmade locket is such a great personal gift as it also has room for two little photographs too.

It’s perfect as a gift for friends going abroad to keep a piece of home with them while they travel while still inspiring wanderlust.

Who else agrees this is just gorgeous?

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4. Hand-painted globe

Enjoy these gift ideas for family members going travelling, colourful blue and white hand-painted globe with continents and oceans named in gold cursive script

I am seriously considering getting this for myself if only I didn’t live out of a backpack these days. This is a great twist on the original globe.

If you need fun gift ideas for family members who love to travel, this globe is a great solution.

It’s hand-painted with all the continents in beautiful lettering. Such a beautiful gift for someone who loves to travel!

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5. Personalised passport cover

Find the perfect gift for a friend moving abroad, small collection of personalised passport covers in various colours including red, green, blue, purple and black all resting on a wooden table

This is one of the more practical gifts for travellers that they can use every time they travel.

You can add that personal touch by adding their name to the front cover or maybe their favourite travel quote.

These are such thoughtful and cute travel gifts for people living abroad and who are always on the go.

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6. Luggage tag

Get the best gift for friend going abroad for studies, grey leather luggage tag with gold embossed initials attacked to large pink travel suitcase

If you’re looking for little practical gifts for friends travelling that are affordable but thoughtful at the same time, these Etsy luggage tags are the perfect option.

This seller has many different variations like the one to the left. I would be happy to receive these as a gift as they’re so useful.

These are easily one of the best gifts for someone moving abroad since every traveller needs a Etsy luggage tag!

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7. Historic world map

Fall in love with these gifts for people living abroad, large framed world map drawn in detailed lines on sepia coloured paper with crests and dedications written in decorative script hung on a wall behind a large grey sofa

Which travel-loving person wouldn’t love a historic map to add to their collection? This is one of the greatest home gifts for people living abroad.

One of my favourite things to do is go to second-hand shops and search the map section. Old maps have character and I think they look superb in any home.

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8. World map print

Give the best best gifts for someone moving abroad this year, large framed print of world map done in a rainbow of watercolours on brown stained paper

If historic is not your taste then you could go for something a bit more modern and get a world map watercolour print.

These are the perfect gifts for travellers in your life.

I gave a similar print to my partner but with just New Zealand. If you would like to get country specific prints, then try these instead.

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Frequently Asked Questions

✅ What gift to give someone who is moving abroad?

Often times a good idea for gifts for people living abroad is something that will be practical, such as chargers or cookbooks for the new country, or an adaptable travel bag.

✅ What do you get someone for a leaving present?

Gifts can be a very personal thing, and leaving gifts for people living abroad are no exception. Bracelets, games, kitchenware or even framed pictures can make great personalized mementos.

✅ How to buy gift for someone in another country?

There are plenty of different ways to buy gifts for people living abroad. Online sites that specialize in flowers and cards also usually have extra options for gifts. Plus, many e-commerce sites allow for monetary gifts as well.

That’s my round-up of Etsy travel gifts perfect for people who love to holiday a bit too much. Or they could just be for yourself. You do need to treat yourself every so often. Tell me below which Etsy travel gifts you love below!

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  • Kavey
    March 26, 2017

    Great ideas for travel lovers! Particularly like the money box and the prints.

  • Noel Morata
    March 26, 2017

    Lots of great travel stuff, I love the fun box and you can actually see your progress on what you have saved for a future trip.

  • Rob
    March 26, 2017

    I have never thought of Etsy to find travel related gifts and after seeing the items above I don’t know why I didn’t think to look. The Adventure Fund Box is a great idea and I love the look of the both of the maps. I will have to check out Etsy next time I am looking for a gift for a travel lover!

  • Reshma
    March 26, 2017

    I loved this list of gifts! They are so lovely. I liked the world maps, the globe and the locket. Thanks for sharing these lovely gift ideas. Hope I get a few of these for myself 😉

  • Jenn and Ed Coleman
    March 26, 2017

    I love historic maps. When ever I go to book auctions, I look for old Atlases. It’s fascinating to see how countries and boundaries have changed. What is particularly interesting is when there is a write up about the culture and travel opportunities. Cultures are changing very quickly these days.

    And, how can you go wrong with luggage tags. Not only can you help a lost bag get returned to you, you can also find your standard black, soft side bag in baggage claim without having to fondle some strangers bag. (never a good thing)

  • London-Unattached.com
    March 26, 2017

    Luggage tags and passport covers that are unique are always welcome for me. It’s great to have things that stand out when you are travelling

  • annafaustino
    March 26, 2017

    This is awesome!! I’m in love with the Adventure fund box!! That is something I am totally going to do.

  • titi81
    March 27, 2017

    These are amazing recommendations. I would love everything actually but more the explore globe. I collect globes and I like thta you can custumise this one.

  • Bilyana | OwlOverTheWorld
    March 27, 2017

    I would love a ticket or an adventure :D. However, those are also nice and lovely ideas.

  • Kelly Page (@TastingPage)
    March 27, 2017

    I LOVE maps. I have them everywhere, but am always up for more. I have to check these out. They look wonderful!

  • Traveling Well For Less
    March 27, 2017

    Etsy has so many cute items. I’ve never really thought to look for travel items there. Of everything you listed, the Adventure Fund box is my favorite.

  • wanderingchocobo
    March 28, 2017

    Hahah I’ve received 3 of these as gifts in the past! I LOVE them, so great ideas. I think I also need the personalized travel diary!

  • RaW (@rambleandwander)
    March 28, 2017

    Love that idea for a piggy bank box! The globe is, like you said, is an interesting twist too!

  • Tami
    March 28, 2017

    I love the personalized travel journal. I use a different journal for every trip, so it would be nice to have one with a nice hand-lettered title for each location I am going to! Super cute!

  • Julie
    March 28, 2017

    I can completely chime in and say that personalized luggage tags are the greatest gift idea ever. I’ve given them multiple times – either using a photo for the tag or a cute quote – and they are functional, small and a great way to make your luggage stand out! Now I only need to get my hands on one of those personalized journals!

  • traveling9to5er
    March 28, 2017

    Thanks for the inspiration, I finally bought a luggage tag after been wanting one for a good while. Found a leather one on Etsy with the quote “Oh, the places you will go!”

  • mappingmegan
    March 29, 2017

    Love these so much! I love the adventure fund box – especially as it’s clear and you can get excited and inspired as your funds start building up!

  • Rachel Elizabeth
    March 29, 2017

    So cute!! I love the world map! It would look great in my living room!

  • Viajar pela história - Catarina Leonardo
    March 29, 2017

    I love all this things, specially the diary. I like to write so it would be very nice to have a personalized travel diary!!

  • Carolina Colborn
    March 30, 2017

    We just moved to a new home base in Phoenix. I would love that historic world map…just to make sure people know we are travelers!

  • Lauren
    March 31, 2017

    I’ve loved Etsy for a very long time – I actually have a shop on there where I sell handmade knitwear 🙂 I’ll link to it when I post instead of my usual blog link. It’s a fun hobby, and you can find tons of unique things on there!