Christmas is coming and it’ll honestly be here before you know it! It might be hard to shop for someone who’s constantly on the move or looking for their next destination but lucky for you I’ve been doing some digging. and found a thing or two that just might do the trick! From the practical to the “why not?”, there’s a variety of awesome travel gift ideas to fit every budget. Is your traveller an occasional puddle-jumper? Or maybe a seasoned backpacker? Don’t worry – there’s a gift to fit your price range! From one traveller to another, here is my lineup of gifts for travel lovers that I think your travel buddy, partner, etc will adore this holiday season.
The Practical Gifts
|Sand-Free Beach Bag – $30USD
Tired of coming home from the beach to empty not just your clothes but a beach’s worth of sand into your home? With this bag’s one way sift technology, the stand will stay where it should be – at the beach!
|Portable Washing Machine – $55USD
The new-age washboard that’s perfect for campers, backpackers, or those emergencies when you need your clothes washed in a jiffy! Get a machine quality wash for your clothes in less than five minutes in six simple steps. Mind you the load is limited to two days of summer clothes, but it sure beats paying $7+ for a load of laundry in a hostel!
|Quick-Dry Towel – $8-$23 USD
With washing comes drying and this is one of the best towels I’ve seen yet! Lightweight and made of microfiber so it dries quicker than cotton. It takes up very little room in your luggage and comes in a variety of sizes for any and all uses!
|Hidden Pocket Scarf – $60-$85CDN
Perfect for any traveller, this scarf has a hidden pocket so you can keep your valuables closer than ever. Are you a traveller that has a habit of putting things down and walking away? Have no fear! Just stick your passport, cash, credit cards, etc in and zip it up! Another perk? You can have it custom ordered and select what print you want from a variety of choices!
|Trackable Luggage Tag – $32USD
Ever worry about losing your luggage with connecting flights? Worry no more! The ReboundTAG luggage tag tracks your suitcase worldwide so you don’t have to be concerned about losing your baggage. If it does go missing, you can look it up in a missing luggage database to find it again!
The Techy Stuff
|Selfie Stick – $29CDN
Many will groan at this, but if you’ve read my previous article about why you should stop hating Selfie sticks then you’ll be more apt to put this on the Christmas list. Get those epic shots you want while travelling solo and stop being disappointed by the photos you ask random strangers to take. Plus this bad boy has a built-in tripod too!
|Power Bank & Solar Charger – $32CDN
This isn’t just for travelling but for everyday use! For all those times when there’s no plug available, you can use our beloved sun for all your USB-based charging needs! It’s especially perfect for camping so you never have to worry about losing the music or not being able to take photos with your phone.
|Waterproof Phone Case – $20CDN
This is a clutch travel gift that you can’t go wrong with, especially if your giftee is a total klutz. I can’t tell you how many times my case has saved my phone as I’ve dropped it in snowbanks, puddles, sinks, bounced off of rocks… you catch my drift. Yes, you can opt for the more expensive Otterbox and Lifeproof, but why not save some cash?
|Instant Camera – $89CDN
For those travellers that love kicking it old school, especially when it comes to memories. Fujifilm has come out with a great rendition of the traditional Polaroid camera, and it comes in a variety of fun colours! It’s the perfect memento gift for travel lovers. Plus it’s awesome for little projects to remember your travels like this tile wallpaper which I’m totally doing in my apartment one day.
|GoPro/SJCam – $80USD-$500USD
If your traveller is a bit of a thrill seeker, then a camera like this will be perfect for capturing those moments when they’re knee deep in whatever their adventure takes them. GoPro is the biggest name in adventure filming & photography apparatuses, but SJCam is a close second with more affordable options. One thing to note is that the GoPro gives you more options for low-light & high definition filming but the SJCam comes in a variety of fun colours.
|Travel-Themed Gear – $20CDN-$65CDN
Okay I’m tooting my own horn here a little bit, but I now design travel-themed gear! Rock your wanderlust through t-shirts, hoodies, hats and more. I’m adding designs all the time so check back periodically to see what’s new! Or follow me on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on new additions.
|Wooden Bowties – $70USD
For the gentlemen on your list, how awesome are these handmade wooden ties?! They’ll be the perfect addition for suit-and-tie events to rock your wanderlust in the classiest way possible.
|Cozy Winter Essentials – $16CDN-$46CDN
Winter is coming and these cozy hats, headbands and mitts are handmade by the lovely Lauren over at Justin Plus Lauren. Everything is vegan and cruelty-free so your conscience can be as warm and cozy as your extremities!
While You’re Grounded
|Guide Books – $14USD-$30USD
While we’re between flights, the best way to quench that travel bug thirst is to plan for the future! If you know your gift-receiver is looking at a specific destination for their next adventure, why not help them plan with a guidebook? Out of the many choices, Lonely Planet is the best in my opinion – I never go anywhere in Canada without their guidebook!
|Scratch Map – $25CDN
A perfect addition to your house/apartment! Keep track of your travels by scratching off where you’ve been. Available in both black and white to best fit your home decor! I can’t wait to have mine hanging in my new apartment!
|Worst Case Scenario: Travel Edition – $34CDN
Playing this just might make you glad you’re not on an adventure! This card game gives you the worst case scenarios any traveller could face, so put on your thinking cap and see if you can manage to make it out unscathed!
Because Why Not?
|Carry-on Cocktail Kit – $24USD
While I’m not usually one to have a drink on flights, if that’s your jam you can do so in style! If a Gin and Tonic don’t tickle your fancy, don’t worry as there are a variety to choose from. Sometimes you just have to treat the people on your list – and yourself!
|Food-Shaped Neck Pillows – $20CDN
You may draw some funny stares while rocking this bad boy on your flights, but seafood lovers will embrace it! Your travel gift receiver will have delicious dreams with this neck pillow. If seafood isn’t your jam, there’s a croissant too along with eggplant and pepper versions!
|Snazzy Corkscrew – $26USD
One can never have too many corkscrews because let’s face it, when the bottle needs to be opened it’s nowhere to be found! For the travel lovers that are also wine enthusiasts, this adorable airplane corkscrew is one that your giftee will never lose.
What travel gifts would you want to see under the tree this holiday season? Are there any gifts for travel lovers you swear by? I’d love to hear in a comment below!
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