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I’ll be the first to admit I’m typically a horrible gift giver. I am usually that very practical person who buys the extremely unexciting gift. Luckily though, when it comes to buying a Father’s Day gift for dads who travel, I have a bit more experience (and success) in that department. I’ve been buying gifts for my adventure-loving husband for many years. And I believe a gift should be reflective of the receivers personal interests and passions. So if you’re looking for unique travel gifts for men that are perfect for travel-loving dads, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite gift ideas!
Some of these gifts for travelers are things I’ve personally purchased for my husband, others he has purchased for himself, and a select few are things he has personally mentioned wanting in the past.
Unique travel gifts for men
Here are 15 unique travel gifts for men that are sure to inspire and capture the interest of the travel-obsessed dad in your life.
Is your travel-loving dad more of a foodie instead of a craft beer guy? How about a subscription to a monthly food box. Universal Yums makes a box of international snacks and candy that will be delivered to your mailbox each month. If you'd prefer to buy a one-time gift instead of a subscription, or your dad isn't really a sweets guy, choose a gourmet international food set like this Italian gift basket or a sushi making kit.
What is your traveling dad's favorite hobby? Does he ski? Does he hike? Instead of getting him one of those lame World's Greatest Dad shirts, getting him something he will actually be proud to wear... a shirt that reflects his personality and interests. Here's one for the avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending time in the mountains, doing activities like skiing, snowboarding, or hiking. Or invest in a shirt that invests in nature. Purchasing a shirt from the Parks Project supports the planting of native plants and trees inside national parks.
If he isn't really a graphic tee kind of guy, he might actually prefer a Father's Day gift for travel purposes. REI has a variety of shirts that are lightweight, moisture wicking and quick drying. But even better, they have an SPF protection guard and some even have an insect shield, which is perfect if traveling to places that are mosquito or bug prone.
Most men already have some type of camera, or like many, they just use their smartphones to take pictures. But a true travel-lover needs something more. To help document family trips and outings and to make sure dad makes it in the picture too, The HERO8 GoPro bundle is amazing! The camera is small, compact, and the picture and video quality is great. It can be handheld or mounted, it is waterproof and is perfect for capturing all your outdoor activities. Much easier to carry and travel with than a larger DSLR camera, this GoPro also has built in GPS.
On the practical side, a hiking child carrier is a great and very useful gift for traveling dads.
Here I am getting practical again.
If the dad you are buying for has young children, a hiking backpack to carry the baby or toddler would make a great gift. This Deuter Child Carrier is easy to use and comfortable for both the baby and the parent. Our daughter absolutely loves the hiking carrier. She gets so excited when we pull it out of the closet. (Bonus for mom: it means dad carries the kid! Bonus for kid: it comes with the little teddy bear.)
Check out our full review on the Deuter Kid Comfort 3 HERE.
If the dad in your life is into genealogy or heritage travel, a DNA test like 23andMe is a great travel gift for him. One of the wonderful things about 23andMe is that it not only gives you a full genetic report that will help you understand your heritage and family lineage, but it also comes with a health and traits report.
The health and traits report will give you personal insight into any predispositions while the genealogy report will give you a better understanding of where your family originated. It's a gift to help the father in your life plan a more personal trip to explore the area of the world from which his family hails!
While most men are not really into scrapbooking, any travel-loving father would adore a scrapbook that you put together for him. Print out photos of your favorite trips together and get to scrapbooking!
The best travel gifts for men or women are the ones that have sentimental value. And what better way to show dad how much he means to you, then with a gift that comes straight from the heart and lets him recount the great memories from some of your family's favorite adventures.
Track where your family has been and where you want to go with a scratch off world map. This one comes with US state and country flags, as well. So, you can showcase your adventures around the world and within the United States in a unique and fun way.
We personally have this map and love to scratch off new places that we have visited and dream about where we will go next.
Whether backpacking through the wilderness or backpacking across Europe, every inch of space counts. That's why this collapsible water bottle is the perfect gift for dads who travel. The HydraPak collapsible water bottle allows you to downsize your hydration. When empty, it collapses and packs tightly, unlike traditional water bottles, so it doesn't take up too much space in your bag , and then can be expanded when you need to fill it up. It is perfect for an afternoon of sightseeing or a family hike in the mountains.
When you're traveling, carrying a wallet in your back pocket isn't always practical, especially in areas prone to pick-pocketing. This cash and card case lets you carry the essentials, like money, a credit card and an ID card in your front pocket. That way you can ditch the bulky wallet as you wander the city. With a slim design and rounded edge, it fits nicely into a front pocket to prevents the case and it's contents from hanging out of your pocket. It's also made from soft, bendable leather that won't dig into your skin when you're sitting or exploring a new place.
Dads who travel with their kids know firsthand how many devices often have to be charged at once. And the Sherpa portable power bank allows you to charge several devices at once. This portable device can charge a smartphone, tablet, and laptop all at the same time. It is slim, lightweight and also offers wireless charging. It's perfect for a camping, hiking, or overseas trip to keep the whole family connected on the go.
Women aren't the only ones who need toiletries when they travel. That's why this simple yet luxurious leather toiletry bag is a perfect travel gift for men. It's the perfect size for shaving and grooming products, a toothbrush, and other toiletries needed for any trip. The side handle strap adds another layer of convenience. It can be used to carry your toiletry kit or to anchor it to your luggage or carry on bag by looping a strap from your luggage through the toiletry bag's handle.
Airline travel is never comfortable, but this amenity kit at least makes it more bearable. With a neck pillow, slippers, an eye mask, and ear plugs this complete set make getting a peaceful sleep on an overnight flight easier and keeps jet lag at bay. What travel-loving dad doesn't need one of these?!
Although we often travel minimally and carry everything on our backs when we are on trips, sometimes it just makes more sense to bring one big rolling bag. Whether you are on an extended holiday or a short skip trip that requires a lot of ski gear, this bag is great for those times when you need larger luggage. This bag has gone with us on countless trips and is extremely durable. In fact, it still looks brand new! For it's size, this rolling bag is lightweight, seemingly waterproof, and can hold a lot of gear!
One of the best travel gifts for men you could give to an adventure-loving dad is the gift of time spent together as a family. And what better way to spend quality time than a camping trip. But in order to make camping fun and safe for the family, you'll need to invest in some camping essentials. Camping can be an intimidating way to travel but don't worry, we've laid out everything you need for a family camping trip in our camping gear guide. This will make it easy for you to find the perfect gift for a dad who loves to travel!
These are just a few unique travel gifts to help you find the perfect present for Father’s Day or any special occasion. From the expensive to the budget-friendly, there is something on the list in every price range. But ultimately, it isn’t the price that matters. As any parent will tell you, it’s the thought that you put into it. And chances are, if you have read this far, you have already put a lot of meaningful thought into your travel-loving man.
What are some other unique travel gifts for men? We’d love to know! Leave us your ideas in the comments below!
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