Vacation Christmas Ornaments to inspire wanderlust and celebrate your travels.
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 comemorate trips 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.
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 travel Christmas ornaments will put a little merry and bright into your day.
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Travel Themed Christmas Tree Ornaments (For Everyone On Your Nice List)
Personalized Travel Christmas Ornaments
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?
A personalized Travel Ornament made of hard maple, is a unique keepsake for your cross country ROAD TRIP. You can customize the engraving to the stops you made a long the way.
No need to get an ornament from each place you visit when you can map your whole trip in one go. This makes me want to go on a USA road trip, just to buy one of these ornaments.
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!
Whimsical globe ornaments with hand lettered customizable writing. What are you waiting for, the Adventure Awaits!
Vacation Christmas Ornaments
Destination Specific Ornaments
Magical hand painted glass baubles will sparkle up your Christmas Tree. Choose your own adventure with skylines of Venice, New York, Montreal, Rome, San Fransisco or ask for a custom order of a special place.
Simple clean designs, on ceramic ornaments, made with contemporary Eco-Friendly printing techniques, YES. I want one of these for my tree.
These metal country or state themed Christmas Ornaments will shine on the Christmas Tree. Pick from countries around the world including this one shaped like Mexico
Nothing says travelling more than maps.
Before the advent of smart phones I spent many an adventure carrying around a worn map to navigate the side streets of many cities, getting lost and found.
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.
You may also want to check out my article on beautiful and fun Places to Visit in Winter in the USA (psst it includes destinations like Keystone, Chicago and Breckenridge and more snowy vacation spots).
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).
Delightful Map Ornaments created from recycled maps and atlas pages, that can be customized.
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 this past summer many people were looking to travel closer to home, and national parks were a common place to visit.
USA National Park Christmas Ornaments
I’ve rounded up my favourite USA National Parks Travel Ornaments from Etsy. Away we go.
America’s favourite National Park, laser cut and made with sustainably harvested maple wood.
Vintage park design, on a ceramic ornament made with eco-friendly printing techniques.
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?
You may also like Bryce Canyon National Park One Day Itinerary ideas.
For a unique, more hand drawn look, choose these wooden Christmas tree ornaments that come in three sizes, and offer a wide selection of parks to pick from.
Add to your Christmas cheer with some handcrafted Holiday Decor. Travel beyond the tree.
Canadian Christmas 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.
Canadian Christmas Tree Ornaments
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 maple leaves, dried, then finished in iridescent copper.
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!
Oh Vancouver, where sea and sky meet and the houses cost more than is reasonable. It’s a beautiful place to visit though.
Looking for other travel from home gift ideas? Universal Yums international snack box is fun. Check out our Universal Yums Review.
Collectible ornaments, with hand painted destinations from around the world, including Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. Add sparkle to the Christmas tree.
DIY Travel Christmas Ornaments
If you are feeling especially festive and crafty, I’ve put together a list of easy DIY Travel Christmas ornaments to inspire wanderlust.
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 Ornaments – 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 25 beautiful and fun ideas for Travel Christmas Tree 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).
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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