If you’re a DIY enthusiast, it’s normal to prefer to make gifts instead of buying them. After all, homemade gifts are often more thoughtful and personal. And, let’s be honest, they’re usually cheaper too. So if you have a friend or family member who loves to travel, with a birthday, graduation, or other special occasion coming up and you’re stumped, here are four DIY gift ideas that they’re sure to appreciate.
A Scratch-Off Map
Does your traveler enjoy making lists or checking boxes? If so, they’ll get a real kick out of this gift.
Get a map of the world (or whatever region they tend to travel to most) and cover it with contact paper according to shape. Then, you can either scratch off all of the places they’ve already been to or let them do it themselves in addition to the places they’ll travel to in the future.
For an added touch, write in the dates of past visits next to the country or city. This way, they can not only see at a glance all of the amazing places they’ve been but also remember when those trips took place.
A Travel-Themed Photo Album
Is your traveler constantly taking pictures and filling up their hard drive with memories?
Put together a physical photo album of some of their best shots, with accompanying captions and dates.
This is a great way to help them relive past adventures, as well as get excited for future ones. If you’re not sure which photos to choose, ask other family members or close friends. That way you won’t accidentally leave out their favorite picture of seniors smiling at an assisted living facility in Italy.
A Custom Travel Journal
For the more reflective type, a travel journal can be a treasured possession.
Buy a blank notebook and use your creativity to make it one-of-a-kind, whether that means decoupaging the cover with images of famous landmarks or hand-lettering inspirational quotes on each page. You can also just buy a pretty journal and engrave it with their name or a special message.
Regardless, this is a gift that your traveler will appreciate as it encourages them to document their trips more thoughtfully.
A Travel-Inspired Candle
This is a perfect gift for someone who loves to relax with a nice, scented candle.
Choose a fragrance that reminds you of a place they love or somewhere they’ve always wanted to go. For example, if your person is obsessed with tropical locations, make them a candle with a coconut or sea salt scent. If they’re constantly daydreaming about Italy, go for something citrusy and herbaceous.
So if you’re stuck on what to get the traveler in your life, don’t despair. No matter which you choose, these DIY gifts are sure to please anyone who loves to travel. So get creative and have fun!