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20 Truly Unique Travel Gifts for Every Occasion

Find a truly unique travel gift that will be used on every vacation.

By Jason Barnette | Travel writer and photographer with 15+ years of road tripping experience

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Buying gifts for travelers can be overwhelming. The internet is full of lists for clothing, travel gear, and accessories. Travel magazines tout special reviews and roundups of dozens of products.

I’ve always thought the best gift is something unique.

These travel items may not be one of a kind, but they’re unique in their own way. They’re useful, and sometimes that’s the best kind of unique travel gift you can buy. Browse the list to see the unique travel gifts perfect for every occasion.

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Ocoopa Hand Warmers

Keep your hands toasty at 145 degrees for 8 hours with the 10,000 mAh hand warmers.

Cold hands are miserable. We fumble text messages, clumsily drop our keys, and let’s not even talk about using the bathroom with cold hands. One way around that is a great pair of gloves.

But the best way is a set of Ocoopa Hand Warmers.

These nifty devices magnetically connect for easy storage but separate when you need one for each hand. Press the power button, and the 10,000 mAh combined battery heats the warmers to a maximum of 145 degrees. The warmers have four temperature settings and provide about 8 hours of warmth.

When the juice runs out, simply plug a USB-C cable into the separate warmers and get a full charge in about 3 hours.

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GrowlerWerks uKeg Go

This stainless steel pressurized growler keeps craft beer chilled and ready to drink.

One of the best ways to explore a destination is to dive into the craft beer scene. Places like Wilmington, North Carolina, are fast becoming the hottest spots in the country for craft breweries. But it’s frustrating when you have to leave your favorite new craft beer behind because a growler doesn’t travel well.

The GrowlerWerks uKeg Go solves that irritating problem.

The stainless steel growler features double-walled insulation to control the content’s temperature. Insert a CO2 cartridge into the screw top lid to provide automatic carbonation, keeping the craft beer from going stale. With a 64-ounce capacity and integrated tap, you’ll enjoy your new favorite craft beer long after leaving the brewery behind.

Repel Windproof Umbrella

Stay dry on rainy days with this 42-inch windproof umbrella with reinforced fiberglass ribs.

The Repel Windproof Umbrella has one feature that makes all the other umbrella manufacturers envious: it’s windproof. Instead of flimsy aluminum ribs and support bars, Repel uses resin-reinforced fiberglass ribs that won’t bend, break, or fold in the wrong direction.

Available in multiple colors, the umbrella is 42 inches wide and folds to a compact 11.5 inches.

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Ember Travel Mug 2

This rechargeable stainless steel travel mug perfectly heats your coffee between 120 and 145 degrees.

The first Ember Mug hit shelves in 2010 and changed the coffee and tea industry. The innovative design puts a rechargeable lithium-ion battery inside a mug, keeping the contents at your preferred temperature.

The Ember Travel Mug 2 applies that same technology to a 12-ounce travel mug perfect for road trips.

READ MORE: The 16 Best Portable Coffee Makers for Travel

Use a smartphone app to set the temperature anywhere from 120 to 145 degrees. And just because Ember is showing off now, users can tap their logo on the travel mug to reveal a hidden digital display with temperature controls and the current temperature. The leak-proof, stainless steel mug keeps contents warm for about 3 hours on a single charge.

The Ember Travel Mug 2 includes a charging coaster and power cord. Charge it overnight in your hotel room, and you’ll be ready for the morning. And now users can find their mugs with the “Apple Find My” network, so you’ll never lose it!

HitchSafe

Store a credit card and spare key to the car in a solid steel safe hidden in the trailer hitch.

One of the most important tips for traveling by car – whether it’s yours or a rental – is to stow a spare key somewhere easily accessible. The last thing you want is to lose the only key to the car a thousand miles from home.

HitchSafe offers a fantastic place to stash a spare key, credit card, and cash for such an emergency.

The safe features two components: a receiver that mounts inside the hitch with security bolts and a safe that locks into place. A 4-digit code unlocks the safe and allows access to the solid steel lockbox. A rubber dust cover keeps the combination numbers clean and out of sight.

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The Cocktail Box Co. Cocktail Kits

Make a cocktail anywhere you travel with these kits in tin metal cans – you just need to add the alcohol.

The Cocktail Box Co. offers a great way to enjoy your favorite cocktail in your hotel room. Inside the small metal box, you’ll find everything you need for the cocktail – instructions, a stirring spoon, sugar cubes, and mixers. All you need to provide is the alcohol.

The TSA-friendly kits make about 3-6 drinks – if you want to share. Choose from popular cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Sazerac, Mai Tai, and Moscow Mule.

Victorinox Swisscards

Put all the tools of a Swiss Army Knife into your wallet or purse with this credit card-sized version from the same builder.

You may not have heard of Victorinox, but you are almost certainly familiar with their most popular product: Swiss Army knives. Founded in 1884, the Swiss-based company makes its knives from a proprietary blend of hardened steel, giving it the durability that knives are known for.

But did you know they stuffed the features of a Swiss Army knife into a credit card-sized package?

The Swisscards have 13 functions, like scissors, letter opener, nail fail, toothpick, and tweezer. And just to show off, Victorinox included an LED flashlight. At just 0.35 inches thick, it’ll slide into your wallet or purse, taking up about as much space as three credit cards.

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Pocket Tripod

Keep a tripod in your wallet or purse with this carbon fiber credit card-sized tripod, perfect for smartphones.

In a world consumed by smartphones, the Pocket Tripod is a much-needed accessory that fits into your wallet or purse. The credit card-sized tripod folds and twists into a tripod for tabletop use. A set of adapters creates the perfect fit for many smartphones with cases. The carbon fiber material makes the Pocket Tripod durable for travel and use.

Kikkerland World Map Laundry Bag

When you need to do laundry on the road, take your clothes in this travel-inspired bag.

This polyester laundry bag has a wonderful travel-inspired theme with a giant world map. With a 6.6-pound capacity, a drawstring, and a built-in pouch, you can take dirty clothes and laundry detergent when needed.

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TerraFlame S’Mores Tabletop Fire Bowl

Pack this concrete fire bowl and make s’mores indoors with the odorless and smokeless gel fuel canisters.

Making s’mores is a wonderful pastime, but it’s a tedious task. Build a fire. Gather supplies. Sit outside in the cold. Fortunately, Solo Stove – the company with the awesome stainless steel firepits – now offers an indoor solution.

The TerraFlame S’Mores Tabletop Fire Bowl uses a smoke-free, clean-burning gel fuel that makes it safe to use indoors. The kit includes a bamboo s’mores tray for laying out the ingredients and skewers for roasting marshmallows. What’s your favorite s’mores recipe?

The hefty concrete bowl weighs almost 15 pounds. It’s challenging to travel with and does not include a carrying case. Pack the fire bowl, accessories, and ingredients in a Front Runner Wolf Pack tote for easy transport.

Ragproper Modern Glass Flask

Take your favorite spirit in this sleek, shatter-resistant glass flask wrapped in a protective layer of black silicon.

Are you a bourbon or a whiskey fan? With the Ragproper Modern Glass Flask, you can take your favorite spirit in stunning style. The shatter-resistant glass flask is wrapped in a black silicon sleeve for protection.

The flask is available in black, pink, blue, or gray. Choose a single shot 3.4-ounce or double shot 8-ounce capacity. The included funnel makes it easy to refill and continue the party.

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VSSL Flask

This flask is more than meets the eye – it has an 8-ounce capacity for your favorite spirit, holds two collapsible shot glasses, and features a 200-lumen LED flashlight.

The VSSL Flask is what happens when you combine a desire for a couple of shots with the great outdoors. The cylindrical body’s top cap unscrews, revealing two collapsible stainless steel shot glasses and a bottle opener. The bottom cap is a 200-lumen LED flashlight with 4 light modes and a maximum of 40 hours of use.

With an 8-ounce capacity, you can take a few shots of your favorite spirit wherever you travel. And just so you never get lost, an integrated compass is in the top cap.

Snow Peak Titanium Cup

Weighing only 2.4 ounces, this titanium 15.2 fluid-ounce cup is super durable, and the folding handles make it simple to pack.

When every pound is a commodity in a carry-on bag, the Snow Peak Titanium Cup is vital. The 15.2 ounce cup weighs just 2.4 ounces or 0.15 pounds. But the lightweight cup is also super durable because of the titanium design. The cup’s handles fold flat against the walls, making it easy to pack.

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Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight First Aid Kit

You’ll always have bandages and ointments ready to use with this watertight medical kit that’s easy to pack into any bag.

Adventure Medical Kits takes an innovative approach to personal first aid kits. Their kits are packed in a watertight pouch that keeps the contents dry and ready to use. Use the zipper on the outer shell after breaking the watertight seal.

The Adventure Medical Kits .5 is the most compact in the lineup. The small bag is stuffed with bandages and dressings for wounds, Ibuprofen and Aspirin, moleskin for blisters, and a pair of tweezers. The small bag is easy to pack into your luggage and always keep with you.

Anker 747 150W Charger

Charge four devices simultaneously with this 150W charger with 3 USB-C ports, a USB-A port, and a folding plug for easy packing.

In a world of rechargeable devices, it’s critical to charge them fast – and all at once. Fortunately, the Anker 747 150W Charger allows us to charge 4 devices simultaneously. The charger has a single 24W USB-A port and three 100W USB-C ports. And it’s easy to pack for travel with a folding plug in a block that fits in the palm of your hand.

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Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod

Be ready to capture long videos or time-lapses with this mini tripod that supports smartphones and mirrorless cameras.

There are many travel tripods on the market, but nothing is more compact and travel-friendly than the Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod. The sleek black tripod is just 9.6” long when folded. After unfolding the legs, use a bracket to attach a smartphone or mirrorless camera. Use the tilt and swivel of the ball head to get just the right angle for your photos or videos.

Joby GripTight Pro 2

Attach your smartphone to any tripod in landscape or portrait mode with a simple turn of a knob.

Videos captured in the landscape orientation look better on a television, but the portrait orientation looks better on a smartphone. Which way do you capture it?

With the Joby GripTight Pro 2, you can capture videos in both orientations. The innovative smartphone mount uses a single screw to rotate from a landscape orientation to a portrait in a breeze. With a 3.5” maximum opening, the clamp can accommodate most smartphone in cases.

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Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

Stay hydrated with this 22-ounce silicon water bottle that collapses into a compact form and is easy to travel.

Staying hydrated while hiking a trail or exploring a town is important. With the Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle, you can drink your fluids without sacrificing space in your luggage. The silicon bottle collapses into a compact form that’s easy to pack. When ready to use it, the bottle expands to a 22-ounce capacity.

A carry strap makes it easy to keep the bottle with you. With a leak-proof lid and wide mouth opening, you can guzzle your water without making a mess in your bag.

Rumpl Travel Blanket

Keep warm on road trips or chilly nights with this lightweight, packable blanket with NanoLoft insulation.

If you’ve ever gone on a family vacation, you know that someone is always too hot and someone is always too cold. But you’ll never be cold again if you pack the Rumpl Travel Blanket.

The 52” x 32” blanket uses proprietary NanoLoft insulation to provide warmth in a thin and lightweight design. The blanket is water-repellent against accidental spills. It weighs less than a pound and packs into a 3.5” x 11” bag. Keeping this blanket in your luggage, back of the car, or camping gear is easy.

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Samsonite Luggage Cart

With this compact, foldable cart with a 70-pound capacity for hauling your bags, you’ll never have to hunt for a luggage cart again.

How often have you checked into a hotel and found all the luggage carts missing? It’s frustrating, especially if you’re a single traveler who packs as much as I do.

The Samsonite Luggage Cart comes to the rescue. The compact cart folds flat to 11” wide, 19” long, and just 3” tall for easy packing in the car. When needed, the cart unfolds with an extendable handle, an 11”x8.5” platform, and a 70-pound capacity. As you roll your luggage into the hotel, the bungee straps keep the bags secured to the cart.

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