Trying to find a great gift for the travel lover in your life? No matter where in the world you are, here are some fantastic travel-related present ideas for this holiday season that suit all budgets.
Guys, I have a confession to make. I love Christmas. I love watching cheesy Christmas movies and listening to Christmas carols and seeing the city’s decorations every year. However, over the last few years my Christmas wish list has definitely become a lot more practical. I’ve always asked for some kind of travel-related present, and this year is no exception. So if you’re searching for gift ideas for a fellow travel lover (men and women included), here is a massive list of my top suggestions. I’ve included options to suit readers from around the world, as well as some fantastic small business gift ideas.
🎄 TRAVEL WALLET
I got a very cute travel wallet myself a couple of Christmases ago, as a travel wallet is a must for any traveller. They’re great for holding important documents, several currencies and of course, your passport. I’ve also included a few passport holders, because I couldn’t resist.
Options: Cute pineapple travel wallet | Typo passport holder and luggage tag set (there’s also a Star Wars option) | Personalised passport holder from Amazon | Aladdin passport holder for fellow Disney fans 😍 | Quintessential world map passport holder.
🎄 CAMERA STRAP
So when I was travelling around Europe, I discovered that when my camera strap was around my neck, it rubbed against my jumpers and made them unnecessarily pill. I decided to stop wearing it around my neck after this, but now I think I need a cool camera strap as a replacement. Etsy has a great range of leather, colourful and personalised camera strap options.
Okay, getting packing cubes in your stocking is kind of boring. Even if they’re the best invention and every traveller should have them 😉 But a cute cosmetic case, jewellery organiser or set of bags is so much better. This is also a great gift for a female friend or colleague.
Options: Bon Maxie is an independent Australian brand with plenty of earring holders and accessory organisers | Set of 3 bags from Typo | Jewellery wallet | Estella Bartlett jewellery box (perfect for non-travel as well) | River Island makeup bag.
This is another gift idea that isn’t just for travellers. But everyone needs a good purse/wallet/card holder, whatever floats your boat.
🎄 LUGGAGE TAGS
A cheap stocking stuffer, I love a good luggage tag. I also highly recommend them, as when I lost my suitcase in the US a few years ago, a luggage tag would have helped 🙄
🎄 TRAVEL PILLOW
I am personally not a fan of the very popular neck travel pillows, but I always travel with this mini rectangular pillow from Amazon. It’s the most handy pillow that rolls into a small bag. Not the prettiest present, but very practical.
🎄 PHOTO FRAME
I’m one of those people who lets her photos sit on her hard drive for years. I should frame them, but hardly do. However, if someone gifted me this frame, I would be delighted. How cool is it?!
Is there anything more fun for a travel addict than scratching off all the countries they’ve visited on a map? I think not. Available on Amazon, ASOS and Ebay, this is a fail-safe gift for a traveller. I also recommend checking out the inexpensive food maps available through the Legal Nomads shop. A fellow blogger, Jodi also sells tote bags and t-shirts.
I actually use a Sportsgirl backpack as my everyday bag in Melbourne. But backpacks are the best bags for travel (particularly when flying). You can easily fit all the essentials and I find it’s also better for your shoulders. I highly recommend checking out Forever 21’s range and Colette by Colette Hayman. For a vegan-friendly backpack alternative, keep scrolling.
🎄 TRAVEL-RELATED BOOKS
One of the reasons I love reading so much is that it’s truly a form of escapism. Some books transport you to another time or another place (and sometimes both). Here are a few books I’ve read this year that have made me want to immediately jump on a plane.
Options: The Crazy Rich Asians trilogy and movie make me miss Singapore | Sea of Memories is a great book set in both past and present France and Scotland | Nicole Alexander will transport you to Outback Australia | I also can’t not mention the Outlander series and how it will hands down make you want to visit Scotland.
So this is what I asked Santa for this year. I only got a new suitcase before my Europe trip last year, but it lost a wheel in Brussels (I guess it was fed up with the cobblestones). My dad did a great repair job, but as I have some travels planned for 2019, I had to upgrade. Here and here are a couple of Strandbags options I’ve spied, but I recommend Best Buy in North America for reasonably-priced suitcases. I’ve also heard very good things about the Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case if you’re in the UK.
A Fujifilm Instax camera was my birthday present this year. Although I haven’t used it quite as much as I expected to so far, it’s a fun way to instantly capture memories. Here’s a link to packs on Amazon, but in Australia you can purchase an Instax at Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Target, you name it!
🎄 TRAVEL PRINTS
For the homebody traveller (a.k.a me), travel prints are a great gift idea. Melbourne-based Emma Kate Co. has prints with inspirational sayings at a range of price points. Jasmine Dowling is a Brisbane-based designer with fun prints as well. Worldwide, I love Scandinavian online retailer, Desenio – world maps included.
🎄 MATT & NAT’S VEGAN ACCESSORIES
I know I mentioned purchasing a backpack as a gift previously, but I had to include Matt & Nat in this pricier category. I first became aware of the Montreal-based brand while living in Canada. They’re known for producing high-quality vegan backpacks and accessories. You can also find their products on Amazon, The Iconic in Australia and John Lewis in the UK.
🎄 ALLBIRDS SNEAKERS
If I wasn’t asking for a suitcase this year, I’d be adding another pair of Allbirds to my wishlist. Their range (and empire) have broadened significantly over the past year. I own the wool runners and they seriously keep your feet so warm, even when you’re walking around London in four degrees. They’re also insanely comfortable and they’re machine washable. I’m now eyeing a pair of their tree runners or skippers, which are better suited for Aussie weather.
🎄 KINDLE PAPERWHITE
I would be lost without my Kindle when travelling. I had an earlier model for quite a few years, until it actually died (conveniently) when I was in London. So I headed to John Lewis and upgraded to the Kindle Paperwhite. If your loved one loves books, I can’t recommend a Kindle more.
🎄 TINGGLY EXPERIENCES GIFT BOX
I did a Tinggly tour when I was in Oahu last year and I think it would be a fantastic gift idea for a travel addict. They have a Merry Christmas Gift Box, which means the recipient can choose from hundreds of travel experiences around the world.
Well, I hope this bumper gift guide and its many options help you this holiday season! I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas.
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