Ah, Christmas! The most wonderful time of year. Except for those last few days when you’re feeling the pressure to buy for the last few people on your list. Well, if you happen to know someone who is a traveler and you’re feeling unsure about what to buy, no fear here are 16 unique gifts you can give to that special someone.
1. A GIFT CARD TO REI, NORTHFACE, ANY MOUNTAIN, ULTA ETC.
Everyone has one store that they really love to shop at, but saving money for that next plane ticket is a priority. A gift card is a great way help them save and help them get their favorite items from their favorite stores. That way they can peruse through the products and buy what they like.
Ok… full discloser. I was working for a Fashion Tech company Tinsel that sells wearable tech accessories. The Dipper is one of the most amazing sets of headphones. On my recent trip to Italy, I wore my Dipper on the plane, as I go on the plane I sat down and plugged my headphones in and watch the movie. I didn’t have to wait for the flight attendants to come around and ask me to pay $20 for a crappy set of headphones. When I was done using them they just fold back into a necklace. So easy and convenient. Or on my long train rides across the country, I could fall asleep listening to music. One time my partner even used them… haha.
3. DURABLE PHONE CASE
Trust me when I say if the person you’re buying for has a nice phone, they will love a nice durable phone case. Sometimes it takes a little research to find one that doesn’t make the phone look too bulky but a black case always looks good.
4. PASSPORT CASE
There are some really cute passport cases that give your traveling friend a little style.
(it doesn’t have to be anything fancy even throw away cameras are a fun gift for any traveler who enjoys documenting their adventures, of course, if you’re feeling generous a mirrorless digital camera would be a terrific surprise)
Most travelers I know are picture obsessive so anything picture related they will love. Trust me. Having someone offer to pay for my prints would be a great Christmas gift.
6. NOTEBOOK OR JOURNAL WITH A SET OF NICE PENS OR SKETCHING PENCILS
Some travelers want to document their traveling by keeping a journal or sketch what they see. On my Euro trip, I did both. I loved sitting in a park or busy square and write and sketch everything around me. It really improved my drawing as well.
7. HIDE-AWAY WALLET
Pick pocking is a really common thing in most parts of the world so a hideaway wallet is a nice way to help your friend keep ahold of their IDs and money.
8. TRAVEL PILLOW
Flying coach for extended periods of time takes a toll on the body. Last time I was on a plane, it was a 16-hour flight and I had a cold. It was the worst. I could not get comfortable and therefore couldn’t fall asleep.
9. PUSHPIN MAP
If your traveler has roots, a Pushpin Map would be a really cute gift for documenting where they have been in the world.
10. SUN GLASSES
Can’t have too many sunglasses!
11. AIR B & B GIFT CARD
I love Air B & B! Whenever I want to chill out after weeks of bouncing from place to place, I like to find a nice AirBandB to unwind and get the homey feel for a while.
12. SUPER COMFY LEGGINGS
I’ve always been interested in LuluLemon but always been a little out of my price range. I hear good things about their clothing line.
13. ANY KIND OF PACKING ORGANIZER
I the more I have traveled the more I love buying things that keep me organized. Having quality things means staying organized and buying quality packs that help me keep things in its proper place. One example is the compression sacks. I have three: one for tops, one for bottoms, one for dirty clothes.
14. HERSCHEL BACKPACK
Speaking of having quality packs, the Herschel backpack is another product that I have heard and seen a lot. Their style is very urban and uses a lot of solid colors and neutral pieces.
15. TRAVEL LOGBOOK
For those who like to take quick notes of each of their adventures, Travel Logbooks are a great gift. You can buy a very affordable one at Michaels.
16. PHOTO EDITING PROGRAM
The top notch Program is Adobe Photoshop and the price is top notch as well. There are other adequate programs that can do just as good a job for basic and amateur photo editing.