I find it so hard to buy for Calum and my travel loving friends! You can’t get them anything too big because it won’t fit in the luggage, or too heavy because again, of the luggage. You can’t buy them gifts for home because they are travelling so often. You can’t get them tickets for a show or event because they may not even be in the country at that time. Well, I am sure they will still love gifts for their return and you can of course, contact them to see when they will next be home. Some of these gifts are more practical than others, depending on the type of traveller your loved one is!
So on that note – here are my ideas of gifts for those that love to travel!
This may not sound so exciting but the waterproof phone and camera case I received for Christmas last year was a life saver! These aren’t just ideal for days when you’re heading to the pool/beach or taking a kayak or boat somewhere but also for nights out and day trips. This pouch saved my phone from any damage when I managed to spill a pint of beer over my bag (bag didn’t manage to survive). The camera case has helped protect my little camera on long journeys, especially as it’s shock proof too! So I can drop without a worry!
Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel Coloring Book
I don’t know about you, but I spend every spare moment thinking about and planning our next trip! I have added this little gem to my own Christmas list because it is just perfect for my downtime after long days of teaching.
No ‘Gifts for travellers’ list would be complete without this bad boy! I would like to mention that I purchased one of these for Calum a few years ago – way before it became cool. Anyway, there is a deep satisfaction when I get to scratch off another country on the map, so I would recommend this gift for your travelling friends.
I was amazed when a friend showed me her collapsible lunchbox whilst working at summer camp last year but I was blown away when I came across this gem! A travel kettle than can collapse smaller for your luggage – mind blown. You can also get lunch boxes that collapse smaller – perfect for flights and long journeys.
When travelling, there is nothing better than a hot bath in a decent bathtub. This one may not be for everyone but I love bath bombs and body wash, I’m always trying to bring a little bottle of bubble bath or buy a bath bomb during my travels. Personally, I love LUSH bath bombs so these are ideal Christmas gifts. Bath bombs are available on amazon but shopping in-store is cheaper in the UK and across Europe.
Travel related clothing always appeals to me but I can’t always find that awesome slogan or cool graphic. Luckily, Calum started designing some of these for the Creative Travel Guide Store (shameless plug) – an ideal gift for those that love to travel!
Toiletry bag with hook
This one only makes sense if you stay in hostels and small guesthouses. When travelling China and Japan, we spent a lot of time in tiny guesthouses and hostels, making showers a bit of a challenge. Having a toiletry bag with a hook allows you to hook all your products in the shower with you, making life in tiny and shared showers a whole lot easier!
I am not talking about your usual gift voucher but a travel related gift voucher of course! Different websites such as lastminute.com or Groupon, offer various day trips, weekends away, hotel stays and even activity days perfect for those adventurous travellers you know and love. My family bought me theatre tickets and a London hotel last year and we surprised a colleague recently with a few nights at a spa hotel – so go on and have a browse!
You can also gift air travel, which completely eliminates the hassle of figuring out what to get someone you care about. The way this works is by gifting skyhours, which is the easiest way to give someone the opportunity to achieve an air travel dream. You can offer your loved ones as many skyhours as you wish, starting at 30 minutes for $30.
This is a lightweight towel that can be folded up to a very small ball! It drys quickly too, perfect if you are staying in hostels or guesthouses that don’t provide towels.
Solar Powered Power Bank
For those travellers who head to more remote places in the world, this Power Bank can charge two devices at once and is shock proof – great for clumsy travellers like myself.
GoPro Hero5 Black
I am a big fan of the GoPro – at last I can film something and actually get it in shot! For those that love to travel, this is a great gift and I am sure the receiver would be incredibly grateful. A pricey option but worth it.
I love to read and spend far too long reading blog after blog about my next travel destination. That being said, nothing beats a magazine and for me, Lonely Planet, a glass of vino and a hot bath is my idea of heaven. Your travel loving friend maybe on the road a lot but I’m sure they would appreciate returning home to their favourite magazines. If you’re in the UK, head over to magazinesubscriptions.co.uk or google your favourite magazine.
Right so we have the scratch map and the colouring book but this looks kind of awesome too! A cork globe that you can pin after each adventure! I feel this would be very therapeutic too and I love anything travel related for our home.
Travel Jewellery Organiser
This is top of my Christmas list this year – it would solve so many problems! I love to dress up when we are travelling but find it so hard to keep jewellery safe and detangled. This cute envelope jewellery organiser looks adorable and I am getting this before our next trip!
Travel Cable Organiser
For those who travel with every piece of technology you could possibly think of (like my other half), this organiser is a great solution. I have getting this for Calum before we go on our next adventure, purely to save the inevitable search for cables at the bottom of our luggage – not great when you are half asleep after a long flight.
Magnetic World Map
Again, this is a good one for those who have a home base somewhere and I think it is super cute!
Travel Photo Album
One of the best things about travelling is the amazing memories you come back home with. With a photographer as a partner, the number of pictures we have is endless so having something gorgeous to store those prints in is perhaps the perfect gift. I personally love this choice but there are plenty of artistic, travel-related albums available.
Travel Survival kit
I love travel but I can be a tad clumsy at times. Getting a travel first aid kit for those accident prone travellers is a helpful gift and can really come in handy.
Yes, an extravagant gift but a necessary one! On our first trip back in 2011 I carried 4 Lonely Planet Guides with me and we were only away for 3 weeks! By the time we went to Asia, Calum had treated me to a Kindle and it was a life saver! I was able to spend the very long and boring flights reading away and learning all about the beautiful destinations we were heading to.
Linked to the above – reading guidebooks is one of the best ways to get excited about your trip. However, I have also enjoyed reading about other peoples adventures. Other normal travellers, working out how to best explore the world. I highly recommend Lauren Juliff’s “How Not To Travel The World” – hilarious!
That is my round up of gifts for those that love to travel – I hope in some way it has helped?! There are of course, so many options out there and lots of other opinions on the best gifts for travellers.
Do you have any other amazing travel items you couldn’t live without? Share them in the comments below!