Travel-ready gift ideas for globetrotting grads
Seniors across the country will soon be bidding adieu to college life and, with diploma in hand, embracing “real life,” a tougher version where spring break only happens if your boss lets you take a few days off.
But don’t let us ruin the moment — graduating from college (or high school) is one of the proudest and most exciting events in a person’s life, and should be celebrated to the fullest.
Chances are you probably know someone who is about to embark on the next chapter of his or her life. It’s becoming more and more common among young people to take some time off before that next chapter and travel the country or, in some lucky instances, the world. So if you are looking for graduation gift ideas for the traveler in your life, we’ve got you covered.
If your grad has decided to do a road trip with friends, he or she will appreciate a functional gift like a sturdy, waterproof backpack or a solar-powered charger. Or you could spoil him or her with a smart carry-on suitcase with a built-in scale, USB chargers, and a location tracker.
We also love the idea of a more sentimental gift, like a delicate necklace or a bracelet that reminds its owner to never stop exploring.
Here, we rounded up 20 unique gifts for graduates who love traveling.
Beats Solo 2 Headphones
These cool headphones deliver perfect sound and don’t take up much space because they’re foldable.
To buy: amazon.com, $200
National Parks Explorer Map
On-the-Go French Coffee Press
Solar Powered Charger and Light
This solar-powered charger gives a full phone charge in just two hours, and will come in handy for the camping or hiking lover who likes to spend time off the grid.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $70
Bluesmart Carry-On Spinner
This smart suitcase has a built-in digital scale, location tracker, and two USB chargers among many other things — a must-have for any modern day traveler.
To buy: ebags.com, $449
Hand Engraved Compass Necklace
This sterling silver necklace features a working compass that will quite literally help any traveler find their way. The pendant can also have a personalized inscription on the back.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $140
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
Help them capture exciting moments and print them instantly with this fun, pocket-sized camera.
To buy: amazon.com, $97
Personalized Leather Travel Journal
This beautiful handmade journal features a compass stamp on the front and a personalized nametag.
To buy: etsy.com, $40
Classic Specs Lowerre Sunglasses
Altec Lansing Omni Jacket Speaker
This wireless Bluetooth speaker is practically indestructible (it’s waterproof, sandproof, shockproof, and it floats) with a battery that lasts for up to 50 hours.
To buy: amazon.com, from $100
A sturdy backpack is a must for any traveler. This one by Mancro is water-resistant and has a separate laptop compartment and built-in USB charging cable.
To buy: amazon.com, $29
Leave a Trail Necklace
This beautiful sterling silver and gold–plated pendant features an inspiring quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $97
Any creative person (and traveler) will love this old-school film camera that produces dreamy images with saturated colors.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $49
Customized Passport Holder
She will be happy to have a beautiful, personalized case to keep her passport safe.
To buy: etsy.com, $49
Help your post-grad stay connected without the need to carry a phone. The Apple watch is water-resistant and its battery can last up to 18 hours.
To buy: apple.com, from $269
Lacoste Sport Bag
GoPro Hero 5 Camera
If he or she is an adventure seeker, this durable GoPro camera will easily tag along on upcoming excursions.
To buy: amazon.com, $399
Scratch World Map
Every world traveler needs a map to document all the faraway places he or she has been to.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $32
Fire HD Tablet
Amazon’s tablet is a great option for on-the-go traveler who likes to read. It’s small, lightweight, and the 12-hour battery will last through a long-haul flight.
To buy: amazon.com, $120
Past Present Future Bracelet
This delicate bracelet reminds its owner to live in the moment; the three interlocking circles symbolize past, present, and future.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $52