30+ Best Travel Christmas Ornaments (Updated 2021)

Vacation Christmas Ornaments to inspire wanderlust and celebrate your travels.

Do you have a friend or family member who is always traveling? We have put together a list of the 30 best travel Christmas Ornaments to help you find the perfect gifts for travel lovers in your life . These ornaments will make any traveler feel at home, no matter where they are in the world. To get started, we’ll be looking at Personalized Travel Ornaments and then move on from there!

Tis’ the season. Time to remember all the adventures of the past year, and look forward to the new year coming up. Gifting Travel Christmas ornaments is a fun way to commemorate a special trip taken with friends and family, or surprise someone with a hint of what’s to come.

Sometimes it’s not possible to find what you are looking for on your round the world travels. That is why we’ve put together our list of favourite handcrafted ornaments from around the (Etsy) globe. Find the perfect keepsake for the adventurers in your life.

Not to worry DIYers, we’ve also hunted down some easy and sweet DIY travel ornaments for you to get your Holiday craft on too.

Whether you have someone special in mind (yes gifting to yourself counts), plan on using it to as a special gift topper or browsing for ideas, these Christmas travel ornaments will put a little merry and bright into your day.

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Travel Ornaments (For Everyone On Your Nice List)

PERSONALIZED CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Travel Bauble With Wooden Signs

Commemorate your yearly travel destinations on tiny customized wooden signs, inside a snow or sand globe. You can can personalize up to 10 signs. Give the gift of precious memories with this travellers ornament.

I love this. What’s on your travel list for this year?

Glass Bauble Ornament with tiny wodden signs and sand
Photo Credit: Rusty Old Barn Company

Personalized Wooden Christmas Ornament

Adventuring together since……. custom ornament made of alderwood will make their tree seem more magical. You can add whatever words, or date you would like.

Photo credit: Wilde Nomad

Personalized RV Ornament

A personalized RV Ornament made of birch, is a unique and fun keepsake to celebrate your RV / Camper life and travels. You can customize the engraving with your last name or the last name of your favourite RV Lovers.

This makes me want to go on an RV trip, or pull out our camper, just to have an excuse to buy one of these ornaments and add to my ornament collection.

Photo credit: TC Laser Art

Pewter Suitcase Ornament

This sweet personalized ornament that would make a wonderful gift for the special traveller in your life (Hint Hint to my family members). Choose 5 or 6 cities / countries to have hand stamped on a pewter suitcase ornament. Pack your bags, let’s go!

pewter suitcase ornament
Photo credit: SouthernComfortZone

Whimsical Globe Ornaments

Whimsical globe ornament with hand lettered customizable writing will have your favourite traveler in the mood for an around the world Christmas. What are you waiting for, the Adventure Awaits! We also have some more adventure awaits Christmas gifts in our travel lover gift guide.

Globe ornaments different colours with writing
Photo Credit: Whimsy Type

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VACATION CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS: A ROUND THE WORLD CHRISTMAS

Destination Specific Ornaments

Hand Painted Glass Destination Baubles

Magical hand painted glass baubles will sparkle up your Christmas Tree, and make the Holidays memorable. Choose your own adventure with skylines of places such as Venice, New York, Montreal, Cuba, Rome, San Fransisco or ask for a custom order of a special place.

Hand Painted Ornament with Venice buidlings
Photo credit: NordicArtByAni

Metal Country & State Themed Christmas Ornaments

A metal country or state themed Christmas Ornament would shine on the Christmas Tree. Pick from countries around the world including this one shaped like Mexico or one like Thailand.

Metal Ornament shaped like Mexico
Photo Credit: Iron Made Art

Australia Christmas Ornaments

Celebrate their love of Down Under with some Australian Christmas ornaments.

Australia is a special place, and our top pick for Christmas Travel Ornaments in this theme is the Koala ornament. It can be personalized with up to 8-12 characters so try their name and date of the vacation. Iron Made Art also has sweet Country Love Australia Christmas ornaments with an outline if the country in metal.

Celebrate a round the world christmas.

We love this Australian Map Ornament and think it would look great on a Christmas tree. It comes with a colorful 1950’s Vintage Map print.

Or the super adorable handmade & designed Australian Food Christmas Ornaments. Perfect to keep memories of a trip of a lifetime, or give Australians a little piece of home if they aren’t able to make it back over the holiday season.

British Christmas Ornaments

You don’t have to maintain a stiff upper lip with a wide choice of British Christmas Ornaments.

You can choose between these adorable and whimsical London themed ornaments or celebrate British food with a sweet and quirkly British Christmas ornament. She has all sorts of other travel themed ornaments as well to choose from which would make a great gift for anyone on your nice list.

GIFTS FOR TRAVEL LOVERS

Travel Ornaments: Map Christmas Ornaments

Nothing says travelling more than maps.

Before the advent of smart phones I spent many an adventure and moments carrying around a worn map to navigate the side streets of many cities, getting lost and found. Map ornaments can be a sweet and fun memory of your travels all over the world, or close to home.

Ceramic Map Ornament

These map wrapped ceramic ornaments, are delightful. You can choose from ski destinations like this cute Ski Colorado Ornament, or various USA cities such as Sante Fe, Chicago, and San Diego.

They can also map anywhere in the world, to celebrate a wedding, engagement, hometown or vacation destination.

Ceramic Map Ornament
Photo credit: Happily Ever More

You may also want to check out my article on beautiful and fun Places to Visit in Winter in the USA (psst it includes vacations and destinations like Keystone, Chicago and Breckenridge and more snowy vacation spots).

Travel Ornaments – Vintage Map Ornament

Vintage maps encased in high quality glass and silver plated frame make these Map Ornaments, another item high on my wish list.

Customized to any destination in the world, they will be sure to impress your favourite travel lovers (who will also be equally impressed that you were actually listening to their many travel tales).

Vintage Map Ornament wrapped in glass and frame
Photo Credit: Local Inspirations

Upcycled Map Christmas Ornament

Delightful Map Ornaments are created from recycled maps and atlas pages to celebrate your wanderlust. Choose your journey from a variety of US states, and Canadian provinces, or the customized option where you choose the cities or provide a photo.

Create a whole collection of beach vacations with destinations like Hawaii, Jamaica and Cuba. Or maybe they’re more into mountains so a snowy, skiing destinations ornament collection may be more their speed. Once the tree is decorated it will remind them of the special places, and stories of their world travels.

Santa isn’t the only one who can bring a little joy, or inspire the next dream vacation.

Map Christmas Bulb Ornaments

Celebrate Christmas and travel with a sweet Map Christmas Bulb or other map themed ornaments from MaPiT Designs.

Photo credit: MaPiT Designs

USA National Parks Ornaments

Visiting National Parks in the USA is a favourite pastime, whenever I am lucky enough to visit the States. Not only that, with travel restrictions over the past year, many people are choosing to travel closer to home. They are a popular place to visit and you can’t go wrong with a National Park themed ornament.

“Future Travel Gift” Idea

Parks Christmas Ornaments also would make a fun “future travel gift”. Buy a couple of national park themed ornaments where you are planning to go, and throw in the America the Beautiful Pass. For one low price you get admission to over 2000 USA National and State Parks and be set for adventures for the year!

USA National Park Christmas Ornaments

I’ve rounded up my favourite USA National Parks Travel Ornaments from Etsy. Away we go.

Yosemite National Park Wood Christmas Ornament

America’s favourite National Park, laser cut and made with sustainably harvested maple wood.

Yosemite National Park Ornament made of laser cut wood
Photo Credit: Steamer Lane Design

Yellowstone National Park Ornament

Celebrate Yellowstone National Park with a rustic themed national park ornament.

Cicular metal cut out Yellowstone National Park Ornament, with bison.
Photo Credit: RV Metal Shop

Bryce Canyon National Park

Show your love for your favourite National Park. Many pinewood options to choose from, and 10% goes to the Park. What more could you ask for?

Bryce Canyon Ornament
Photo Credit: Freestyle Travel Shop

You may also like Bryce Canyon National Park One Day Itinerary ideas.

Grand Canyon & Grand Teton National Park Christmas Tree Ornaments

For a unique, more hand drawn look, choose a wooden Christmas tree ornament that comes in three sizes, and offers a wide selection of parks to pick from.

Wooden round National Park Ornament
Photo Credit: She Likes Letters

Add to your Christmas cheer with some handcrafted Holiday Decor. Travel beyond the tree.

Canadian Christmas Tree Ornaments

I’m Canadian, so of course I have to include some of my favourite Canadian themed Christmas ornaments. You definitely should put Canada on your bucket list if you haven’t made it up here yet.

Maple Leaf Christmas Ornament

There is no more an iconic symbol of Canada than the Maple Leaf (except maybe hockey).

This gorgeous Maple Leaf Ornament is made with real sugar maple leaves, dried, then preserved in iridescent copper, to last a lifetime.

Photo Credit: CJ Sales

Canadian Hand Painted Glass & Felt Ornaments

One of my favourite local artists is Robbie Craig. His art captures the essence of Canada, and while not your typical destination ornament, these gorgeous representations of Canada will be enjoyed for years to come.

We buy one or two a year, and gift these to friends and family regularly. So far we’ve bought mostly his felt ornaments for ourselves ( young kids = safer). This year, I am eyeing his beautiful hand painted glass ornaments. Photos to come!

Vancouver Wooden Christmas Ornament

Oh Vancouver, where sea and sky meet and the houses cost more than is reasonable. It’s a beautiful place to visit though.

 Round Wooden Ornament with Skline Vancouver buildings
Photo Credit: Nido Moments

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Toronto Glass Ornament

Collectible ornaments, with hand painted destinations from around the world, including Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. Add sparkle to the Christmas tree.

Travel Gift Idea

If you are planning a trip this coming year, combine a themed destination ornament, with a gift certificate or activity voucher like CityPass for your destination, which gets you into 3 to 6 key attractions at a deep discount. They have City Passes for many popular destinations in the US including Chicago, New York, San Fransisco & Orlando & Toronto Canada.

DIY Travel Christmas Ornaments

If you are feeling especially festive and crafty, I’ve put together a list of easy DIY Christmas travel ornaments to inspire wanderlust.

DIY Christmas Ornaments
Photo: Zolotaosen via canva.com

Easy DIY Travel Themed Christmas Tree

  • Souvenirs – take all those trinkets, key chains, and small souvenirs from your travels over the years just sitting in a box somewhere, add some twine, a paperclip and hang on your tree. A Travel Theme Christmas tree made easy.
  • Postcards & Photos – Take your favourite travel photos, and/or postcards, pin to a strand of twinkling lights with mini-clothespins and drape around your tree.
  • DIY Mason Jar Ring Map Ornament – oh this looks so fun & easy enough for kids to make | Happy Mothering
  • Suitcase Ornament – perfect use for all those empty altoid tins and scraps of fabric. Add a few travel stickers and you are ready to travel! | Sadie Seasonsgood
  • Easy Map Ornament Tutorial – commemorate your travels with Maps + Craft Paper tags = sweet memories | Blue i Style
  • Salt Shaker Snow Globes – Put in a favourite travel photo, switch out the snow for sand, and make it a travel snow globe |The Soccer Mom Blog

Now that you have 30+ beautiful and fun ideas for Travel Ornaments you are well on your way to making someone’s holiday season. Or maybe you want to decorate a Travel Christmas Tree of your own ( no judgement, I’m almost there myself). You don’t have to wait for Santa to slide down the chimney to make your next holiday magical and bright.

Which one is your favourite? How do you like to incorporate your travels into holiday decorations? Let us know in the comments below, or connect with us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!

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10 thoughts on “30+ Best Travel Christmas Ornaments (Updated 2021)”

  1. Great post! We always try to pick up a Christmas ornament when we travel. They can be hard to find when we travel during the summer: thanks for your tips so we canorder on-line.

  2. My husband and I love to grab an ornament from a vacation destination. My current favorite is the one we got from Paris!

    Great post and I love all the different travel ornaments. I’m never thought of getting one from a national park but that is happening the next time we go.

  3. I absolutely love this idea and I am not sure why I never thought of it! I love the idea of having all your travel adventures on display. I usually collect key chains and I actually think I want to someday try to unhook them from their ring and tie string instead to use them as ornaments. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Grislean |gemlesschosen.com

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