Unique Travel Gifts for Creative Souls
November 16, 2017
Unique Travel Gifts for Creative Souls

Knowing you have bought the perfect gift for someone can be one of the most exciting feelings in the world; when you don’t want to wait until their birthday or [insert celebration here] to watch them unwrap your present. However, in a world full of mediocre, mass-produced “stuff” it can also be stressful to find an original and meaningful gift. Let me help with this intensely researched list of unique travel gifts for creative souls. I haven’t used all these items myself, but I did take the time to research and understand the desires of creatives in their particular fields, from photography and design to music and food. I consulted with creatives in each category to find out what they use and love.

Full Disclosure: I may earn compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website at no extra cost to you. 

The Shutterbug

Gift photography-enthusiasts a voucher for a photo book publisher. I have used Photobook America, Photobook Australia and Photobook Singapore to create my travel photobooks, all to great satisfaction.

Take a favourite travel photo and have it made into a wooden box in reclaimed mountain beetle pine by Artifact Uprising – the perfect place for a traveller to keep their photos, souvenirs and keepsakes.

DIY Travel Souvenir Ideas: Photobooks

The Artist

Buy your beloved travelling creative a travel-sized watercolour palette and/or maybe some paint. Watercolour artist Brenda Swenson recommends the Heritage Arts HWP18 Paint Palette 18 Wells.

If you are wondering where on earth to start with colours, artist Jane Blundell wrote an informative blog post explaining how just three primary colour paints can give an artist a rainbow to work with, so don’t be afraid to buy your creative the basic DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Primary Watercolor Set, 3 Tubes, 15ml. (Most artists I researched preferred Daniel Smith brand paints.)

Urban sketchers and watercolour artists may also appreciate the Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, A4, Black, Hard Cover (12 x 8.5) (Professional Folio Series), as used by Liz Steel.

The Cross-Stitcher

Gift your favourite travelling cross-stitcher the Wanderlust Cross Stitch Map to mark their global adventures. Alternatively, a cross-stitch pattern for their favourite city. Satsuma Street and Xrestyk on Etsy sell gorgeous modern cross-stitch patterns for city skylines in pdf format.

Egypt Cross Stitch Pattern by Xrestyk on Etsy
Egypt Cross Stitch Pattern by Xrestyk on Etsy

The Foodie

Culinary enthusiast Brett Cramer originally created his Salts of the World set as a personalized gift to friends. It was received with such enthusiasm, that he began producing his gourmet salt sets for a wider audience. You can now buy his salt products on Uncommon Goods.

The foodie or chef will love the Luxury Collection Epicurean Journeys, which is described as a “culinary journey of the world’s most beloved food destinations, curated by internationally celebrated chefs.”

For the mixologists onboard, give the unique travel gift of a Carry-on Cocktail kit for their favourite mixed drink. These airport security-wise kits are available for the following cocktails: Gin and Tonic, Hot Toddy, Old Fashioned, Champagne, Margarita and Moscow Mule.

Unique Travel Gifts for Creative Souls


Music lovers and makers will enjoy partying on the road with the Pocket DJ Mixer.

For the composer in your life, a Moleskine Art Plus Music Notebook will help them capture those inspired moments on the road.

Musicians and music fans alike will love this World Song Map which replaces place names with song titles.

Unique Travel Gifts for Creative Souls
Unique Travel Gifts for Creative Souls
World Song Map
DOROTHY World Song Map

The Designer

An original vintage travel poster makes a very special gift for a travelling designer. However, if an original piece isn’t in your budget, there is always a print. All Posters offer framed and unframed options.

Get instant cred with the designer that receives your gift of a LOSTin city guide, designed by NODE Berlin Oslo. These indie-magazine looking guides are filled with recommendations by local creatives in destinations around the world.

Unique Travel Gifts for Creative Souls

The Armchair Traveller

The “Try The World” subscription box will allow your gift recipient to try food products produced around the world without leaving home.

Crafters and those with a deep appreciation for handmade products are going to be rapt with a Globein Artisan Box subscription. Globein curate a monthly box of ethical, artisan products that will not only bring joy and colour to the recipients home but helps to provide an income for people in developing nations. Box subscriptions start at $10 per month for a single item. You can also curate your own box for a one-off, personalized gift.

Get $10 off any Artisan Box Subscription with promo code WELCOME

Unique Travel Gifts for Creative Souls
Try the World subscription box

Enjoy watching the face of someone dear to you, light up when they receive your unique travel gift.

Peace, love and inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Unique Travel Gifts for Creative Souls

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Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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