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Travel Gift Cards and Other Last-Minute Gifts for People Who Hate Stuff


Don’t panic yet; if you have any travel-lovers on your list this year, they most likely don’t want more things cluttering up their jet-setting life. Luckily, travel gift cards and experiences can be purchased last minute and are sure-to-please.

Here are 12 travel gift cards to help fund their next vacation, and some other thoughtful ideas, because no matter how much they hate stuff, who wouldn’t want a four-course meal prepared by a chef on their next vacation?

Airline Gift Cards

If your favorite traveler has a favorite airline, purchase an airline gift card to help them afford his or her next flight. You can purchase gift cards for major airlines like Delta, Southwest, and American Airlines, as well as customer-favorite Hawaiian Airlines. Or purchase a general, airfare gift card through a website like

You can also gift a “skyhour”, which is a website that lets you book flights by paying per hour, so one skyhour equals one hour of flying time.

Airbnb Gift Card

For a millennial traveler—or anyone who likes alternative accommodations—grab an Airbnb gift card. You can purchase one that gets delivered via email or a physical one (that’s also Amazon Prime-eligible).

Rideshare Gift Card

Rideshares are a convenient and quick way to get around a new city, plus they’re a simple way to save on airport transportation. Any traveler can make use of an Uber or Lyft travel gift card.

Amtrak Gift Card

You can now purchase Amtrak train fare gift cards, making a weekend destination decision that much easier. Gift cards are available on Amtrak’s website in digital or physical form, and are redeemable online, on the app, and at Amtrak ticket offices.

Lounge Buddy Gift Card

Send your loved one off in style with a VIP airport lounge experience. Lounge Buddy is a platform that lets you book airport lounge access at almost any airport. Gift cards are printable or can be emailed to the recipient directly.

Eatwith Gift Card

Give an unforgettable meal for their next trip, with an Eatwith gift card. The platform offers dining experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Once you know your destination, you can search for locally-hosted culinary spectacles, like dining on an old Tube train in London or watching a flamenco show with tapas in Chicago.


DNA and genetic testing kits are one of the hottest gifts to give this year. The results could even inspire the recipient to take a trip of a lifetime to discover more about their heritage and ancestors.

Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Travelers have a lot of downtime on the way to a destination, and many like to fill that time with reading. A Kindle Unlimited subscription gets you access to over one million titles and thousands of audio books for just $10 per month. With this gift, unlimited truly means unlimited.

Intrepid Foundation Global Gift

Donating to a charity on behalf of your recipient is truly a selfless gift. This year, Intrepid Travel’s foundation is offering global gift purchases to a handful of its supported projects, like elephant conservation in Sri Lanka and for refugee opportunities in Turkey.

Game of Thrones Tour

Still mourning the finale of Game of Thrones? Gift your token GOT-lover an experience they won’t forget. Our sister site Viator offers a variety of tours through filming locations across Europe in countries like Croatia, Ireland, and Spain.

Travelzoo Experiences

Give the gift of a spontaneous travel experience with one of Travelzoo’s travel gift card deals. It could be a ticket to your recipient’s favorite destination, an interesting tour, a hotel deal to a destination they’ve already booked, or even a staycation experience they can take advantage of at home. You can browse by region and available deals and choose items like spa days, brunch buffets, cooking classes, and more.

Xperience Tours

Book a tour for someone special on their next U.S. vacation by giving a travel gift card to Xperience Days. They’ll be able to search choose from exciting activities by city, featuring options from as simple as walking tours to as extreme as skydiving.

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