20 of the Best Gifts for Travelers Stuck at Home This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a time when many people go to see loved ones across the country or discover new places on their own during a winter vacation. But not every travel enthusiast will feel comfortable hopping on planes and exploring the world quite yet. This year, help the armchair adventurers in your life ease their wanderlust with these gifts that'll get them dreaming about their future trips.

1. 2022 Travel Posters Wall Calendar; $15

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Give the gift of escapism as we head into our second full pandemic winter. This wall calendar from TF Publishing features a new destination each month, and the old-style travel posters add a vintage flair to make each image feel like a postcard from a different time and place. From month to month, your traveler will get to discover new areas to explore, from Athens to New York to Stockholm.

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2. 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: The World as You've Never Seen It Before (Deluxe Edition); $31


It seems as though every traveler has read the original 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz. Now, she's back with a deluxe edition of the book. The updated tome features over a thousand stunning new photographs and 544 new pages of prose for wanderlusting individuals to add to their itinerary.

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3. Mental Floss Holland Shirt; $25

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Here at Mental Floss, we know a good joke when we see one. Our new and improved shop features some of the best shirts out there that will almost guarantee a smile from spectators. This particular shirt will help lift anyone’s spirits about not being in the Netherlands with the slogan "Can’t Dutch This."

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4. Moleskine Traveller’s Journal; $21


Every good traveler knows they need to document their trips. Your loved one can pretend they’re Jack Kerouac, Elizabeth Gilbert, or Hunter S. Thompson with a trusty travel journal in their hands as they embark on a new great adventure. This one from Moleskine is the perfect travel companion on any type of trip, since it already does all the organization. The sturdy cover can withstand wherever your giftee takes it.

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5. Ancestry DNA Genetic Ethnicity Test; $99


Heritage tourism has been around for a long time, but with the introduction of accessible ancestral DNA tests, these types of trips have skyrocketed. While your travel enthusiast is waiting for the pandemic to be over, they can pass the time by learning more about where their family came from, and even plan their heritage trip once travel is safe again.

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6. Condé Nast Traveler 1-Year Subscription; $20

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Have travel brought to your giftee's doorstep with a subscription to one of the industry’s leading magazines. Condé Nast Traveler is known for its stunning photography, coverage of hidden locales, and luxury getaways. Since travel is still a bit tricky this holiday season, let the pages of this magazine virtually transport your giftee around the world for just $20 a year.

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7. Travel Scratch-Off Map; $23

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A scratch-off map can be a fun long-term activity for novice and pro travelers alike. The concept is simple: Once someone travels somewhere, they can scratch the foil off the place they’ve been to reveal the country, town, or state. Over the years, they’ll be able to see how many places they’ve been and how much of the world they’ve, quite literally, uncovered.

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8. Large Cork Globe with Pins and Base; $85

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If your giftee is more of pins-on-a-corkboard kind of travel tracker, this cork globe will be the perfect addition to their home. They can place the globe in their living room for all to see where they've been and where they want to go.

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9. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera and Film; $78


Any good traveler knows that in addition to getting a journal to jot down memories, a camera is also an essential item on a packing list. Instead of relying on smartphone photos, treat your loved one to a real camera that's compact enough to take anywhere. This Fujifilm Instax is just the sort of equipment that'll help your traveler document everything from the cliffs of Cinque Terre and the pink sand beaches of Greece to the hidden gems in their own neighborhood.

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10. Our Adventure Book DIY Handmade Photo Album Scrapbook; $10


Now that your traveler will have all those great new photos from their adventures, they'll need somewhere to store them all. Photo albums can feel like mini time capsules of past trips. This one is particularly special, since it is reminiscent of the one from PIXAR’s 2009 movie UP. Now your giftee can share their travels like Ellie and Carl did in the movie.

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11. States Dish & Hand Towel; $25


Getting souvenirs from a trip can be a great way to remember the adventure. These hand towels from catstudios feature all 50 different American states, such as the one above showing off all the beautiful parts of California. They're also great gifts for transplants away who may be unable to return to their home states during the holiday season.

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12. Other-Wordly: words both strange and lovely from around the world; $13

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Picking up pieces of a new language is part of the thrill of international travel. This book highlights some of the most interesting words out there, so your adventure enthusiast can learn about other cultures and languages from their very own home.

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13. Monopoly National Parks Edition; $55


Holiday gatherings are a great chance to bust out some board games. If your traveler would usually be visiting national parks and exploring the great outdoors, this edition of Monopoly might help ease that longing. Even the little figurines feature classic camping items like hiking boots, a tent, and a ranger hat.

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14. 50 Things to Do in the Wild Book; $17

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If your giftee is into camping and exploring the great outdoors, this book can help them take their love of nature to a whole new level. They can learn how to identify trees, craft a stargazing chair, and discover the best ways to read the sun and night sky. This book is aimed at both newbies looking to learn the ropes and outdoor aficionados in search of a new trick or two.

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15. Southwest Airlines Gift Card; $50 to $200

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An airline gift card could be a great gift for anyone to use when they’ve planned their next trip. Southwest Airlines gift cards are available in $50, $100, $150, and $200 denominations, so you can help someone craft their next adventure.

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16. Homesick Scented Candle, Road Trip; $25


There’s nothing more transportive than the whiff of a distinct scent, and Homesick Candles essentially act like an olfactory tour of the world. Gift someone the aroma of specific countries and cities, or delight their senses with a specific travel-related memory, such as the lime-and-leather-scented smell of a road trip.

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17. Trekking The National Parks: Trivia; $30

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People don’t have to be an outdoors expert to enjoy this trivia game. After a few rounds, your travel enthusiast will learn heaps of obscure tidbits about their favorite national parks. They can even use the fun facts to entertain their fellow hikers on future wilderness treks.

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18. Loong Design Map Throw Blanket; $30

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Those preparing for a travel-less winter can hunker down with this fleece blanket. It’s perfect for curling up on the couch and daydreaming about future trips.

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19. Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide; $26

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Adventurous eaters don’t have to travel to an exotic location or fancy restaurant to learn about the world’s most interesting foods. Gastro Obscura is full of bite-sized bits of information about fantastic eats from all over the globe. It covers all seven continents, so readers will discover culinary delights both near and far.

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20. Pix-Star 10 Inch Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Picture Frame; $155

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This digital picture frame will let your giftee create an ever-changing array of their favorite travel memories. All they have to do is upload their images via email or the Pix-Star app. The digital frame gives travel enthusiasts a chance to take a break from planning future adventures by reminiscing about the places they’ve already experienced.

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