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Do you travel a lot and like to let your loved ones know they were on your mind while you were away?

If your love language is gift giving, here are a few classic gift ideas your family will love.

5 Wonderful Gifts From Your Travels That Family Will Love

Branded Mugs

Ireland coffee mug

Branded mugs may seem basic, but they are a great practical gift, which can always be used.

Consider getting mugs branded with names and photos of a city you visited. Before you know it, you’ll have a mug for all your favorite cities. 

Starbucks mugs are also great, as certain mugs are only available in certain countries so this could also be a cool gift idea.



Sending postcards is an incredibly personal thing, and unlike posting a faceless photo to Facebook or Instagram, receiving a postcard tells someone that you’re genuinely thinking about them. 

And ultimately, that’s why people love postcards.

It’s a genuine “wish you were here”; a personal, hand-selected thought card from the other side of the world. It makes people feel warm and fuzzy inside because you’ve actually put effort into it, which these days, sadly, is pretty rare.

Antarctica 2017, I thought it would be fun to send postcards again. Something I hadn’t done since 2010. And after they arrived the thankyou calls and text messages started rolling in; my family and friends were really touched that I had thought of them.

And think about it; when you send a Facebook message or email, do people save and treasure it? Do they print out your tweet and stick it to the front of their fridge? Do they pass it around their friends and family? No. But they do that with a postcard. Because it’s more exciting. More thoughtful. More interesting.

Consider getting a postcard box for every member of the family. They can use it to keep the postcards you get from all around the world so they don’t end up lost.

Travel Journal

Travel journal RF

A travel journal is a great gift for family and friends who love to travel.

It’s a perfect way to document memories and experiences from their trips, and to relive them later, and if they don’t travel themselves, this could be a great place they keep your postcards!

This is also a highly personalized gift. It’s an opportunity to show them that you value their experiences and that you have something in common through your shared love of travel.

A Photobook of Your Adventures

A photo book of your adventures is one of the best travel gifts for your family. Use it to document your favorite destinations, activities, and attractions. Take a variety of photos to capture the different aspects of your travels.

Start by creating a storyline. What details of your trip are you keen to capture? Consider the following details to make your story more interesting:

  • Travel dates
  • The places you visited
  • Culinary discoveries
  • Your favorite moments
  • People you met
  • Things you didn’t enjoy

Consider using Mixbook’s online tool for your adventure photo book. It is easy to use and gives you complete control over your design.

Compass Gifts

Compass RF

A compass is a great gift from overseas, not only because it’s a versatile and useful tool for various outdoor activities like hiking, camping and backpacking, but it’s also very symbolic.

A compass is a symbol of guidance, direction, and adventure. It can act as inspiration to explore new places, seek new experiences, and embark on new journeys.

In many cultures, the compass holds significant meaning too, for example, in Chinese culture, the compass represents the harmony between the heavens and the earth. In Native American culture, the compass represents the four cardinal directions and the four elements of nature.

A compass is a unique and uncommon gift, which makes it even more special. It shows that you took the time and effort to find a meaningful and useful gift from a different country or culture.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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