Travel Gifts that Give Back


Searching for a gift for a travel lover in your life? It's never been easier to give travel gifts that give back!

We've pulled together 16 gift ideas for moms, dads and kids who love adventure. Each of these gifts is making the world a better place, either by giving back or by creating life-changing opportunity. Get inspired to explore and change the world!

travel gifts for moms

1. Shibori Leather Crossbody by Noonday Collection ($125)

A crossbody bag is perfect for travel! This gorgeous bag is made by an artisan business in Ethiopia that creates job opportunities women at risk of being exploited in the sex industry.

2. Gaby Ballet Flats by Root Collective ($94)

Comfortable ballet flats are a travel day essential. Root Collective creates good jobs in Guatemala, empowering families to put food on the table and send kids to school.

3. Aya Handwarmers by Threads Worldwide ($42)

These soft, cozy hand warmers are knitted by artisans in Peru. Fair Trade enables these artisans to earn a sustainable income.

4. Sunglasses by Warby Parker (from $95)

Going somewhere sunny? For every pair of glasses they sell, Warby Parker gives a pair of glasses to someone in need.

5. Jewelry Roll by Mango and Main($38)

This practical and pretty travel accessory is made by an artisan cooperative in Rwanda. Five years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda to meet the women who make this!


1. Emilio Chukka Boot by Nisolo ($178)

These timeless boots are made by talented shoemakers in Peru and Mexico. Nisolo provides fair wages, benefits and a healthy working environment.

2. Say Yes to Adventure Tee by Adventure that is Life

When you can't be on an adventure, at least you can be dreaming of your next trip? 10% of every dollar earned will be donated to a charity that aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of children from sex trafficking.

3. SoCo Hammock (From $59.99)

These lightweight, packable hammocks are perfect for travel. SOCO gives back 10% of net proceeds to help alleviate poverty through their non-profit partner, Makarios.

4. Rolltop Backpack by Esperos ($250)

This handsome backpack is built for exploration. Every purchase funds one year of education for a child in need.

5. Mitscoots Socks ($9-14)

Why not wear fun socks to go through airport security? For every pair of socks they sell, Mitscoots gives a pair to someone in need and employs someone who is transitioning out of homelessness.

1. Say Yes to Adventures print by Cuddle & Kind ($20)

Get them dreaming of adventures early! When you buy this adorable print, Cuddle & Kind provides 5 meals to children in North America and Around the World.

2. Prism Pocket Pouch by Tegu ($25)

This pocket-sized pouch of wooden blocks is perfect for travel. Tegu makes children’s toys in Honduras, creating stable jobs that improve the livelihoods of hundreds.

3. Mini Kane by STATE ($45)

This kid-sized bag looks cool enough for a grown up to wear. For each Mini Kane sold, STATE gives a backpack packed with essential tools for success to an American child in need.

4. Kids Down Sweater from Patagonia ($119)

Lightweight and squish-able, down sweaters have been a travel essential for our kids for years. Patagonia is a certified B corp that gives 1% of their revenue to the planet.

5. Signature Baby Blanket by Haiti Babi($78)

The perfect baby gift for the smart, stylish, & sophisticated mom. This soft blanket is handmade by moms in Haiti. Haiti Babi trains moms to knit and crochet, empowering them to earn a sustainable living wage, provide for their children, and keep their families together.

6. Penguino Travel Box ($49.50)

Every handpicked Penguino Travel Box contains the activities, art supplies, snacks and essentials a child needs to have fun on an adventure! For every ten Penguino Travel Boxes we sell, we give one Welcome Box to a refugee family who is new to our community through a partnership with World Relief Fort Worth.

We hope this guide to travel gifts that give back will make your holiday shopping easier!

One of the gifts of travel is perspective. When we discover beautiful places around the world and get to know people from different cultures, we often come home changed. Travel has inspired me to live differently. And to give back. I hope it does the same for you and your family!