Christmas is behind us, that New Year cheer is starting to fade, and what’s that poking its head around the corner? Oh, yep, there’s Valentine’s Day. Like Marmite, some people love it, some people hate it. Because I am sickeningly romantic and loved up, I fall into the former category.
While I don’t think that you need one day of the year to show your loved one just how much you appreciate them, I love a good excuse to treat my boyfriend to something. Especially when those gifts are travel-themed. As a travel blogger, I’ve also received my fair share of travel-themed gifts in the past too. This means I’ve become quite the expert in providing great travel gift ideas.
Sometimes (read: always) you can’t afford a romantic five-star getaway to the Maldives. So your significant other will have to put up with one of these travel gift ideas that won’t break the bank too much in comparison. This selection features all the romantic travel gift ideas your heart could possibly desire for ladies, gents and everything in between.
1. Customised boarding pass pillow
I’ve been eyeing up these customised boarding pass throw pillows from Airportag for quite some time now. I think they are a lovely little way to add some colour and a personal touch to your home, to commemorate a special trip you and your partner went on together. You can customise everything on these pillows including the airport code and name, flight number, gate, seats, your names, the date you travelled and the top bar colour.
2. A Buyagift Smartbox
This is one of my favourite travel gift ideas on this list – not least because I have personally received it in the past and thought it was a fantastic present! The Buyagift Smartbox combines the freedom of gift experiences with the excitement of a gift you can unwrap and hold in your hands.
With a Smartbox, your gift recipient can choose from thousands of fun experiences across the UK from romantic short breaks and spa and beauty to adventure and food and drink. I personally decided to use my Smartbox to go trampolining in an underground cave in North Wales for free!
3. A cork globe
Globes make a great little addition to any home and these Suck UK cork globes are no exception! Not only do they look the part but you can also use them to pinpoint and display your favourite experiences, destinations, or inspire and explore new destinations for future travels.
This cork globe makes the perfect gift for any sustainable travellers as it trades in paper or traditional wood for the more sustainable material of cork.
4. A Virgin Hot Air Balloon Flight
Is there anything more romantic than a hot air balloon ride? Tick off a bucket list experience and make your partner’s day at once with a Virgin hot air balloon ride. Complete with a champagne toast, there is nothing more special than heading to the skies with your loved one.
You can even treat your Valentine to a gift package that comes with a helium balloon in a box, and a hamper of Prosecco and truffles to add an extra special touch to the gift.
5. A Luckies of London scratch map
A classic pick on this list of travel gift ideas, the iconic Luckies of London scratch map will never go amiss! Conceived in 2009, this scratch map will help you and your Valentine record a lifetime of romantic adventures together. Scratch off the top foil layer to reveal a bright new colourful world and watch your travels come to life.
6. Matching customised luggage tags and passport covers
His and hers, his and his, hers and hers, or however you roll, matching customised luggage tags and passport covers. Lame as they may be, they are pretty cute, huh? Plus, they are really practical as you don’t want anyone running off with your passport or luggage.
There are so many to choose from online (just get a browsin’) but I particularly love this luxury leather set from notonthehighstreet. Add your initials or Mr and Mrs or whatever you want. Not only do they look lovely but they are fantastic quality too meaning they will last for years to come.
7. A Canopy & Stars gift card
By far my favourite gift on this list of travel gift ideas is a glamping getaway thanks to a Canopy & Stars gift card. Over the years my favourite romantic getaways have included everything from eco-domes and safari tents to rustic wagons and hobbit holes. I think all modern-day romances could do with getting off the grid, switching off your phones, and embracing the fresh air and each other’s company. There’s not much more romantic than that!
Some gorgeous luggage is always well-received by a travel lover, on Valentine’s Day or otherwise! Whilst you could get your loved one a practical piece of luggage, why not get something a little more special which is both practical but looks the part too? I love the look of The Travel Hack‘s black and rose gold cabin case with an integrated handbag compartment – something a bit more special for the lady in your life.
9. A romantic three-course dinner
Perhaps a bit of a cliché Valentine’s gift but why not mix your usual meals out up by trying a new restaurant that offers something slightly different? Most travellers love eating and trying different food is such an integral part of travelling for many, so transport your loved one abroad by treating them to some new cuisine.
Of course, it’ll never really live up to the real thing, but fingers crossed you’ll hopefully find the next best thing. Who says you have to leave the country to experience the flavours of another part of the world, eh?!
10. A photo book of past adventures
Nothing makes a romantic Valentine’s Day gift quite like something personal. Why not design your loved one a romantic photo book to celebrate your top travel moments together? These photo books from Photobox make lovely coffee table books that you will enjoy browsing through for many years to come!
11. 100 Things To Do Bucket List Scratch Off Poster
Another scratch-based present for the lottery ticket enthusiasts among us This time you can scratch off fun travel-based experiences like a bucket list! Not only will this poster look amazing framed in your house but it’s perfect for those days when you are a bit stuck with no ideas of what to do. Featuring 100 must-do activities, this poster will help you and your loved one live your most adventurous lives.
12. A spa day
You can never go wrong with gifting a spa day as a Valentine’s gift! Just like glamping, a spa day is a perfect opportunity to relax, take a digital detox and spend some all-important one-to-one time with your loved one. There are many amazing spas you can visit around the UK but one of my favourites is Thermae Bath Spa which I visited for a hen do in August. If you’re a little more flush with cash, why not treat your significant other to a romantic weekend break in Bath at the same time?
Buy from Spa Breaks, Virgin Experience Days, lastminute.com, SpaSeekers or Buyagift.
13. A National Geographic romantic travel guide
If you can’t afford a romantic holiday this Valentine’s Day, the least you can do is buy one of the many beautiful travel coffee table books to help inspire future travels with your loved one. I absolutely love these two guides from National Geographic which will not only help you plan your adventures but also make beautiful coffee table books too.
14. Coordinate jewellery
With the precision of a serial killer or as the ultimate romantic gesture (a distinction which is all too difficult to make after recently binging Netflix’s You), why not buy your loved one a piece of coordinate jewellery this Valentine’s Day? These could be the coordinates of your first date, first kiss, favourite holiday or the place you got engaged. There is plenty of coordinate jewellery to choose from across the interwebs but I particularly love these cufflinks and necklace!
15. An iescape gift card
Surprise your other half with an iescape gift card which can be put towards a cosy weekend away or a summer holiday. iescape boasts a collection of over 1,500 romantic hideaways across the globe, including more than 100 in the UK. Its gift cards can be bought for any amount from £25 upwards, meaning you can make this gift as small or as large as you want.
Did you enjoy this list of travel gift ideas? Will you be putting any of them to good use this Valentine’s Day? If you have any other great travel gift ideas, please let me know in the comments below!
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