3 Handmade Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers


Last year my sister & I gave to my parents, as anniversary present, plane tickets for a destination of their choice, I therefore decided to decorate the box which contained them following a travelling theme.
I have mainly used old city maps and a postcard/picture which matched to theme. I have then wrote a sentence that could suggest them what the real present was😉

It’s really simple and not too fancy but I think in this case I preferred plain decorations😊
This idea can also be used if you want to keep all the memories related to a trip (such as tickets, bills, pictures…) in a box, you could decorate it using the map of the city/ country you’ve been! 


Imaginary Road Trip to Belgium

This was the Christmas gift I made for my American friend. I met her in Denmark and in 5 months we have travelled together to soooo many places. I can truly say she’s at the top of the list of my favourite travel mates. Unfortunately she was an exchange student so after these months she had to go back to USA but I always keep her updated about my adventures! I wanted to make her something that could make her feel again the excitement of going for a trip! So, I made her an imaginary road trip to Belgium, here’s how it works:

-I printed a map of Belgium in which I marked the itinerary of the trip
-I made an envelope for each day in which there were pictures of the city we were visiting that day and a little description about where I would have brought her and why I liked that city.
-Since, when people usually came to visit me in Belgium they wanted to taste the typical belgium chocolate and waffels I also provided her a little taste of both!

I was quite happy about the final result and even if it’s not a material or useful present I feel like this has more value. In the end, travelling is what made us build our friendship so this is an interest that we share and I think there’s no better feeling than sharing with someone a passion!


Again, this was a present I made for one of my dearest friends who last summer did an interrail around Europe. I decorated the front and back cover using old city maps I had and writing travelling quotes, while inside I used old tickets and stickers. I also included a ” How to be a traveller of the world” list (which I found on Pinterest) to fill the first few pages then I left blank pages so that she could insert her travel memories!
To hold the pages together I didn’t use glue but metal rings which can be opened, so that in the future she will be able to add pages and update the book 😉

As you can notice most of the materials used are recycled so the expenses are not high at all, but if you want to have more tips about How To Craft on a Budget I suggest you to check the tips I gave in this post  😉

What about you, have you ever done a travel-themed gift? I would love to hear from you!

This post was written by Lisa, an Italian girl globetrotting around Europe, blues&soul music lover and singer, addicted to crafting & healthy food. Oh yes, and in the meanwhile she’s a Marketing student.

Mmmm what else? She’s definitely a morning person, really lazy when it comes to make up and could spend more time in a stationary store than in a clothes one –

She loves sharing thoughts, feelings and reactions so do not hesitate to comment or contact her!

22 Comment

  1. This is such a great gift idea!!

    1. Thanks Rachelle! 🙂 Sorry for the late reply but I had problems with my laptop 🙁

  2. Tay says: Reply

    Wow, these are such great innovative ideas. I love them! I find that people prefer homemade gifts rather than ones that are bought. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! Happy you like them! 🙂 Sorry for the late reply but I had problems with my laptop 🙁

  3. Debbie says: Reply

    Oh I completely love this!! Thank you for sharing your travel gifts. I’m a big traveler, and I would love any of them. You got me thinking of what gift I could maybe give myself. Blessings to you, and again, great post!

    1. Glad to read this Debbie! Thank you for the nice comment! Sorry for the late reply but I had problems with my laptop 🙁

  4. sileas says: Reply

    Super cute ideas! Thanks for sharing 😉

  5. Thank you for the nice comment! 🙂

  6. Nicky says: Reply

    Handmade journals are the best – they’re so precious. I finally got round to posting about the award you nominated me for – thank you 🙂

    1. Yes I totally agree!
      Oh great! I’ll check it immediately! 🙂

  7. Liz says: Reply

    Thanks for sharing your new link and for making me do some math (LOL). Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog!
    Thank you, you too! 😊

  9. What great ideas!

    1. Thank you very much! 🙂

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  11. Audrey says: Reply

    Oh wow! Those are great ideas and so beautiful! You’re very talented!

    1. Thank you so much Audrey! Glad you like them 🙂

  12. Minaxi says: Reply

    These ideas are so amazing <3 Thanks for sharing them. And you are such a sweet friend too to take pains to make them. 🙂

    1. Oh thank you so much!! Such a nice thing to say 😘😘

  13. What lovely ideas! I too am a big believer in handmade presents- I think both the maker/ giver and recipient get so much joy out of the gift! Here is a link to my post featuring an embroidered cushion and travel journal, which I made for my travelling daughter Jenny and her boyfriend Syd before their 6 month van trip up the East coast of Australia: https://candeloblooms.com/2015/11/17/peony-poppy-heaven/. Admittedly, not a handmade card- these commercial ones were too perfect a match! They are now exploring Syd’s home country, Germany.

    1. Oh wow that was a wonderful idea for your daughter and her boyfriend! (quite jealous about their trip too!! haha) And yes, that card was definitely perfect!
      Thanks for sharing and reading my post! XX

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