22 Unique Travel Gifts for Couples: 2023 Curated Gift Guide!
Why trust our expertise in suggesting travel gifts for couples? Because we’re a well-traveled couple with experiences spanning 32 countries and counting! Explore our top recommendations for fantastic travel gifts that couples will truly appreciate (and ACTUALLY use!). And no, I’m not going to recommend travel mugs or matching passport holders. These are some seriously cool travel gifts.
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#1- Tinggly Couples Travel Experience
Tinggly gift travel experience
Meaningful travel experiences are becoming more important for couples who travel.
One incredible travel gift for couples is a Tinggly gift card. This is my #1 recommended gift!
Tinggly is a gift company that curates the world’s best travel experiences. I love their slogan “Give stories, not stuff.”
Hubby and I on a Motorbike Food Tour in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
There are 3 ways to gift these travel experiences.
→ #1- You can gift a specific experience based on a destination like an exciting Food Tour by Motorbike in the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (see our pic above).
→ #2- Alternatively, you can gift an experience collection based on a theme like Just Married or Fun Together that offers the recipient hundreds of experiences to choose from around the world.
Your gift can be sent as an e-Voucher or a physical Tinggly gift box.
→ #3- If you don’t want to gift a specific experience, you can also purchase a gift card.
When you gift these travel experiences, the prepaid voucher has no expiration date, and there’s free exchange if the recipient couple wants to pick a different experience.
Super cool gift! And Tinggly is offering 30% off all collections for Black Friday!
#2- Bose Micro Bluetooth Speaker
Biking and listening to music with my Bose Micro Bluetooth Speaker
The Bose Micro Bluetooth Speaker is our new favorite toy. I initially purchased it for our incredible trip to the Maldives last year. We booked an overwater villa at the Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru when they had a promo of 40% off room rates (I love amazing deals!).
We enjoyed many happy hours on our outdoor deck looking out at the turquoise water while listening to the crystal-clear music coming from our pint-sized speaker.
This little music maker is small but mighty! Its powerful battery gives you up to 6 hours of listening time. Oh, and it’s waterproof!
I have also found other use cases for it when we travel like biking and hiking. It has a handy strap that you can attach to a bike (see my pic above), which is surprisingly sturdy. We enjoyed using it on a recent trip cycling through the vineyards in Burgundy, France.
I’m amazed the speaker does not fall off, and I have tested it over small bumps and gravel roads.
You can also attach it to your hiking bag to keep those bears away. 🙂 Just sync it to your phone in the Bose Connect app, and you’re ready to go!
#3- Flytographer Gift Card
Another super cool travel gift idea for couples is a Flytographer gift card.
The recipient couple can pick a photographer at their selected destination and send a request to the local photographer of their choice for available dates.
There are many destinations to choose from Paris to Tokyo to Tahiti. Flytographer has you covered.
You can view the photographer’s portfolio to ensure that their artistic style aligns with your preferences. Photo packages range from $285 (30 minutes) up to $650 (2 hours). Get your photos within 5 business days.
Our best attempt at a selfie photo in Paris
Or you can get amazing shots like this couple with a professional photographer to capture your travel experience together
Sometimes you get tired of always taking selfies when on travel, which may or may not turn out.
Case in point. See our selfie photo above on the left after we climbed a million steps at the Arc de Triomphe to try to take a photo without me eating my hair from the wind.
Let the experts help to capture a shared travel experience in a beautiful way.
#4- Going Membership
Formerly known as Scott’s Cheap Flights, savvy travelers in the know use a Going membership to land incredible deals on domestic and international flights from their home airport.
There are two membership options:
→ $49/year for Premium (economy flights)
→ $199/year for Elite (economy, premium economy, business class, and first class flights).
These memberships also include mistake or error fares, where an airline accidentally sells a flight for way less than they intended. Think like a $63 roundtrip airfare to Chile! It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s certainly a deal of a lifetime.
The Elite membership also informs you of any amazing flight deals you can purchase with points and miles.
If you love to travel, it’s really important to stick to one airline and its alliances to accumulate miles, which can be used as currency to purchase flights.
Our business class flight deal with American Airlines points took us to …
this amazing overwater villa at the Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru
We accumulate miles with American Airlines.
When my husband and I were notified of an incredible points and miles deal with American Airlines, we jumped on it!
For 70K AAdvantage miles one way, we were able to fly business class to the Maldives around the Christmas holiday for FREE (well almost free, we had to pay $118 pp for the taxes/fees).
But that’s a saving of close to $6,000 pp!
Going offers gift cards that can be used for these memberships to score flight deals like this.
#5- Masterclass Annual Membership
Watching Gabriela Cámara on Masterclass
Problem: Flying can be quite boring, especially on long-haul flights.
Solution: One great way to pass the time is by watching great content. Welcome to Masterclass.
Next on my best travel gifts for couples is an annual membership to one of the best educational but engaging classes on a diverse range of content including the arts, entrepreneurship, business strategy, personal care, fitness, music, and wellness.
And that’s just a sampling. There are many more categories included.
Your “teachers” are not just your average Joes.
They are the world’s best in their field, and new content is constantly being added.
Think big names like Richard Branson (business), Diane von Furstenberg (fashion), Thomas Keller (food), James Suckling (wine), Usher (music), Serena Williams (sports), and Judy Bloom (writing).
There are three membership plans:
→ Individual (1 account, 1 device)
→ Duo (1 account, 2 devices)
→ Family (1 account, 6 devices)
The big difference between the Individual and the Duo/Family is you can download content for offline viewing (like on the plane!) with the Duo/Family account.
I strongly recommend the Duo membership for that reason.
For example, we are getting ready to go to Mexico City for the first time to eat all the tacos. To get us pumped for our trip, we downloaded Gabriela Cámara’s classes on Mexican cooking to watch on the plane. She is the Chef at the highly regarded restaurant, Contramar, in Mexico City.
Great way to learn and pass the time when on travel.
#6- Wanderlog Annual Subscription
How my husband and I planned a trip to Mexico City together using Wanderlog
We have only recently discovered this amazing trip planner called Wanderlog.
It’s really intuitive to use and will have you planning your next trip in no time,
Ok, so how does it work?
I’ll share how my husband and I planned a trip to Mexico City together.
Once we typed in our destination, Wanderlog showed us all the top attractions, restaurants, cafes, etc. They also include their featured guides to give you some trip inspiration.
We entered our trip dates and clicked on the Start Planning button.
There is a big Share button at the top, so you and your partner can plan the trip together at the same time.
Now the fun part! We started adding in all of our daily activities and notes that populated on a map. You can select your icons and different colors to differentiate each day.
Wanderlog will even optimize your route to let you know the best route to follow for your points of interest.
No internet? No worries. Wanderlog allows you to download your map and itinerary offline.
This is the best trip planner for the couple that loves travel!
#7- Bose QuietComfort Headphones
My personal Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
We have tried quite a few headphones, but my favorite by far is our Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones.
Besides the stellar audio performance, the noise reduction is incredible.
My husband and I will download a bunch of videos and TV series before boarding a flight. Having a good pair of headphones that block out all that fuzzy background airplane noise is imperative to an enjoyable viewing experience to pass those hours.
In addition, the soft squishy silicone earbuds are incredibly comfortable and stay put. And this is coming from someone who has weird ears that most earbuds fall out!
Great travel gift for couples!
My personal GoPro Hero
As a couple who loves to travel, I can tell you a GoPro is a fabulous gift for those who crave adventure.
My husband and I love getting outdoors to hike, bike, and snorkel. I take our GoPro to record all of our outdoor excursions to share with loved ones later.
Some say “If it’s not on video it didn’t happen,” lol.
Did we really see a great white shark while cage diving in South Africa? Yep, got it on video.
Did we really snorkel with too many octopuses to count in the Maldives? Yep, got that on video too.
All because of the GoPro. Easy to use and has attachments for any outdoor sport.
#9- Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Press Kit
Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Press Kit
If the special couple you are buying for are coffee enthusiasts, then they are going to love the Aeropress!
Where has this been all of my life?
The Aeropress won’t let you settle for bad coffee when you travel. Forget the crappy coffee from the hotel or the Airbnb cabin up in the mountains.
Weighing in at only 10 ounces, this coffee press kit makes an incredibly smooth quick cup of coffee.
Add water to your medium-fine ground coffee, brew for 10-30 seconds, then press for the perfect cup! Drink as is or add some milk for a latte.
It’s pretty amazing this premium coffee quality comes out of this little portable device.
#10- Portable WiFi
SIMO Solis Lite 4G LTE Portable WiFi Mobile Hotspot
Staying connected is your lifeline when you travel.
We are constantly using our phones when we travel for navigation, picking out top restaurants, language translations, and email.
It can get quite expensive if you use your cellphone carrier’s international data plans.
A more affordable way to stay connected at all times is either getting a local eSIM card or purchasing a portable WiFi Mobile Hotspot.
One of the best portable WiFi devices on the market is the SIMO Solis Lite 4G LTE Portable WiFi Mobile Hotspot with Lifetime Data.
You have a lot of choices- daily, monthly, or specific GB packages depending on your usage. This hotspot router can tap into multiple cellular carriers to find you the fastest signal. It works in over 135 countries and has a battery life of up to 16 hours!
Plus, you can connect multiple devices, so it’s great to share as a couple. This small device also serves as a charging station if you need to power up your phone.
#11- Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
My personal luggage with Eagle Creek packing cubes
If you don’t have packing cubes, you don’t know what you are missing.
Both my husband and I have these Eagle Creek packing cubes, which makes packing a breeze.
We have different sizes: one for shirts, one for pants, two for shoes, and one for undergarments. I always roll my shirts before I throw them into the cubes, which allows for more room and fewer wrinkles. Throw some dryer sheets in to make it smell good.
I have had the Eagle Creek packing cubes for several years, and no rips yet! The material is made of super tough, lightweight silnylon material. There’s also a compression zipper to squish it down further.
The cubes are also machine washable to always keep them clean and fresh.
Great gift for that couple that loves staying organized.
#12- White Noise Machine
My personal LectroFan Micro2 Bluetooth Speaker + White Noise Machine
This one may sound a little weird, but trust me it’s amazing!
When you are traveling, it’s hard sometimes to fall asleep when you are in different environments, especially cities.
When we were in New York City recently, our hotel room faced the street. This meant constant car noise. The LectroFan Micro2 White Noise Machine was my lifesaver!
There are several sounds to choose from, and you can adjust the volume.
It also serves as a Bluetooth speaker that you can sync to your phone to play your favorite music.
#13- Apple AirTags
This next travel gift for couples is a no-brainer. For less than $30, you can have peace of mind knowing where your luggage is at all times.
Seasoned travelers will probably grimace when I say we always check our bags. Sorry, I bring a lot of sunscreen and skincare products, which require a checked bag.
Knock on wood, my luggage has never been lost.
But now that we carry Apple AirTags in our luggage, we can be reassured our personal items are close by.
It requires a simple one-tap setup that instantly syncs your AirTag to your iPhone (not Android).
The CR2032 battery lasts over a year and is replaceable.
What it looks like on your iPhone when you view the Apple AirTag’s location
Once connected, you can see where your luggage is at all times. Go to the app Find My iPhone, and click on “Items” in the tab at the bottom. It shows you the location of the Apple AirTag. See pic above.
We have only used it for our luggage, but you could use it for other personal items like keys, wallet, etc. or anything you want to keep track of. There are AirTag holders to make it easier to attach to your personal belongings.
I would advise the 4-pack for a couple. One in each luggage, and one in each carry-on personal item.
#14- AllTrails Subscription
Travel couples who love being outdoors will love AllTrails!
We discovered this app several years ago after we got lost trying to find the trailhead to the Great Channels hike in Virginia. If I had the AllTrails app before we hiked, I would have never gotten lost.
Now, we download all of our trails offline in the app prior to our hike. Then even if we lose cell reception, we always know if we are going the right way.
This clever app even tells you if you go off-trail by accident by vibrating your phone (which has happened to us more than once!).
We have now it all over the world including a recent trip hiking in Chamonix, France and the Algarve Coast in Portugal. We have even used it cycling through Burgundy.
With over 400K+ trails, there are many options to choose from on your next outdoor adventure.
Best $35.99 ever!
#15- Portable Charger
My psersonal Anker portable power banks
It’s going to happen.
You are strolling the streets of Paris for hours with your partner using your phones to navigate and take photos, and all of a sudden you see the dreaded red low battery sign.
Another great travel gift idea for your favorite couple is a portable charger. This device has saved us more than once from being without our lifeline.
It’s thin and light enough to carry in a small crossbody purse.
#16- Phone Tripod
Phone tripod with wireless remote
You can always take a selfie, but for quality photos of the two of you, you need a Tripod.
I love the Ubeesize Phone Tripod. It has flexible, anti-slip arms if you need to wrap it around a fence or a pole for your perfect photo.
It has an easy-to-use wireless remote to snap a photo of the two of you with a click of a button.
#17- Audible Gift Membership
Audible gift membership
One fantastic way to learn about a country you visit is to listen to a book.
My husband and I have an Audible membership. Before a trip, we’ll download some recommended books on the countries we visit to enjoy on the plane.
For example, before our Burgundy and Champagne wine tours, we listened to Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure.
It’s a fun way to learn and gives you a different perspective and appreciation for the places you visit.
#18- Standart Gift Subscription
Standart gift card
A great travel gift idea for the foodie couple is a coffee subscription.
Let me introduce you to Standart.
This independent print magazine is committed to celebrating the culture of specialty coffee from around the world. It has won numerous awards and is highly regarded by coffee enthusiasts.
An annual subscription includes 4 magazine issues + new coffee from around the world with every issue.
When we travel, we seek out some of the best cafes. Some of our favorites include Truth Coffee from Cape Town, South Africa (#7 on our best things to do in Cape Town) and Eliscaffe from Zagreb, Croatia (#2 on our best things to do in Zagreb).
A coffee subscription is a great travel gift to get your couple inspired for their next trip. I think a trip to a coffee farm in Colombia may be in our future.
#19- Wine Sleeves
If you are buying for a couple that are wine lovers, wine sleeves make a great gift.
My husband and I are not wine experts, but we are wine travelers and have been to some incredible wine regions around the world.
When you want to take back a few bottles to enjoy later together and remember a fantastic vacation, wine sleeves are your best friend.
We have tried wrapping bottles of wine with our clothes, but wine sleeves make it so much easier. No spills yet!
Plus, you can use them for distilled spirits. We are getting ready to go to Oaxaca, Mexico and will be using them to take a few bottles of Mezcal home that we can’t get in the U.S.
One Amazon reviewer says it’s “like a diaper for your booze.” Great way to describe it.
It’s not only good for alcohol, but you can store any bottled travel souvenir in it.
For example, Slovenia is known for its incredible pumpkin seed oil (#10 on my best Slovenian foods to try). If you haven’t tasted it, it’s amazing as a dip for some fresh sourdough bread! We brought some back in our multi-purpose wine sleeves.
Lots of uses for these sleeves!
#20- Travel Hair Dryer
Revlon 1875W Compact Folding Handle Hair Dryer
Alright, I know what you are thinking.
How is this a great travel gift for a couple? Hear me out.
Any partner that has to wait for their loved one to finish drying their hair knows how important it is to have a powerful hair dryer to get the job done quick.
Most hotels will have a hair dryer, but that’s not always the case when you stay at an Airbnb. Plus, even if they have a hair dryer, it’s usually a subpar one.
Besides powerful performance and good heat settings, you also want to make sure the travel hair dryer has DUAL VOLTAGE. This means you can use it anywhere in the world because you can switch the voltage from 250V to 125V.
My favorite travel dryer is the Revlon 1875W Compact Folding Handle Hair Dryer. It’s small but mighty, and this little powerhouse comes at a great price.
I dare to say it’s even more powerful than my GHD professional hair dryer.
Your partner will thank you because you will be out of the bathroom in no time, which means more time for exploring!
#21- NordVPN Subscription
This next gift on my list is one of the more unique ideas … a VPN subscription.
This gift idea is for the travel couple who has EVERYTHING travel-related already.
When you travel, your Wifi connection is not always secure. A VPN protects your private information from a sketchy third party by encrypting your data.
The NordVPN hides your IP address and location, and there’s no bandwidth limit. Use it on up to 6 devices.
You can pick among thousands of VPN servers.
Why is this important? Streaming!!!
You cannot always watch your favorite streaming service in a different country. They call it geo-blocking.
5,000+ NordVPN servers
But if you have a VPN subscription you can change your server location to watch your favorite series from your streaming service. All streaming services behave a little differently though.
Tom’s Guide offers an excellent explanation of how to use VPN specifically for streaming. For example, Amazon Prime only shows you content from the country you signed up in (unless you change your server with your VPN subscription).
There are two ways to gift the NordVPN:
1. Purchase the subscription on the NordVPN’s website OR
2. Purchase a retail box copy through Amazon and the recipient will get an activation code to set up their account.
#22- Headphone Splitter
This might be the most affordable, practical travel gift for couples on my ultimate gift guide!
When we travel, my husband and I view our downloaded shows together on the airplane. You could use one earbud each. or you can get a handy headphone splitter.
Plug both of your headphones into the headphone splitter, which then connects to your iPad, smartphone, or laptop.
Now both of you can watch your favorite show together!
I hope this travel gift guide offers you insight into selecting thoughtful gifts for that special couple. From practical items to unforgettable travel experiences, there’s a little something for everyone at every price point.
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