Ho ho ho-ly crap, as if it’s Christmas again! Just like clockwork, every year Christmas comes around, and with it the impending dread (or is just us?) of what suitable gift to buy your loved ones, or the guy from accounts you somehow managed to pick for Secret Santa - #awks.
As stressful as festive gift buying may be, if there’s one area where we KNOW we can kill it, its Christmas gift ideas for avid travelers. The happiness these gifts will create almost makes up for the heartbreak at seeing your rapidly depleting bank balance… So without any further ado, here are our top 12 choices for the best Christmas gifts for travelers:
12: Reusable water bottle
These days, reusable water bottles are a travel essential. Marine life is being devastated by single use plastics; heartbreakingly, bits of plastic in our oceans now outnumber fish by 7 to 1. There are plenty of reusable options out there; but when you’re traveling, what if you’re not sure if the water is safe to drink? That’s where the Contiki water bottle comes in. It uses an ingenious filtration system to turn all water into drinking water, so you’ll never need to buy that unnecessary bottle of Evian again. We don’t make a profit on these, so we have no shame in plugging them like hell…
11: Power packs
Want to feel super-duper loved this Christmas? Gift someone a power pack and they’ll love you forever. Power sockets can often be hard to come by on the road, so these babies are like life supports for frequent travelers who are literally dependant on phones or battery life. You can even get solar powered versions if you fancy getting a little green.
We love this Anker bank – small enough to slip unnoticed in your bag yet packed with enough power to keep your phone charged 7 times over!
10: Bucket list scratch map
Everyone loves a map, and everyone loves a bucket list – put them together and what do you get? A great Christmas present idea, that’s what. Travelers can scratch off the destinations as they go, or seek out inspiration pre trip on those essential must do experiences.
We love this beautiful version from awesome maps – so pretty we’re tempted to use it purely for decorative purposes.
9: Carry-on luggage
A good quality piece of carry-on luggage is something a seasoned world traveller will appreciate, every time. For business travellers in particular, or those partial to short breaks, carry-on is crucial as often they won’t be checking in a big bag. When making your choice, consider the following:
- Is it 22 x 14 x 9 inches or smaller – standard airline sizing
- Does it have a laptop sleeve – more important for business travellers
- How heavy is it – bear in mind it will need to be easily moveable
- How much space is inside – often the frame of the bag takes up a lot of valuable clothing space, which we no likey.
We love this Samsonite spinner: it’s small, it’s stylish, it’s light, it moves on 4 wheels – tick, tick, tick, tick.
8: Cosy socks
There’s nothing like a pair of fluffy socks to make you feel like you’re really winning at life. From getting comfy on a long haul flight to snuggling up after a long days adventuring, fluffy socks are the little touch of home every traveler craves for, and the best part? They take up minimal luggage space. Is it not the best (and cheapest) Christmas gift for a traveler or what?
7: Kindle Paperwhite
Don’t get us wrong, we love everything about curling up with a good book and flipping through the pages, but lugging round a bunch of books on your travels is just totally inconvenient. The Kindle Paperwhite is not only small and light, it can also hold more than 1000 books and can go weeks before needing to be charged. Plus, the cost of e-books is minuscule in comparison to their paper counterparts – again essential for the money conscious traveler.
6: Luggage tags
Stuck for stocking filler ideas? Why not go for a personalized travel gift? Look no further than the lowly luggage tag. We love these buffalo leather beauties, which come with the option for personalisation. We’d recommend investing in a long lasting leather option, and you can even get these embossed for the ultimate personal touch.
5: GoPro Hero8
Feeling flush? For real, there’s no better gift for a traveller than an action cam, and the Hero8 is the current GoPro king of them all. Boasting professional video and photo quality, plus a range of other super cool features (think built in stabilisation and mounting), this really is a killer gift for any would be adventurer.
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4: Noise cancelling headphones
We’ve all been there – you’re relaxing on your flight, you’ve got your G&T, your guilty pleasure rom com is loaded and ready to go – but then comes the dreaded sound: a hungry, tired, screeching baby. Gift your traveler friend the power to zone out with a pair of noise cancelling headphones, and they’ll thank you for the rest of your days.
We love Apple’s Airpods pro. Yes they’re pricey, but they’re convenient, powerful and have great noise cancellation for long flights (or when it’s Monday morning and you don’t want to speak to anyone).
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3: Audible subscription
They’ve finished their trashy rom-com, but there’s 6 hours left on the flight. What next? We reckon you can’t go wrong with gifting an audio book subscription. Then they’ll be able to listen to the world’s finest storytelling without having to hold up a book for hours on end.
2: Portable speakers
Want your gift recipient to be the #1 most popular person on any camping trip/boat excursion/car or train journey/generally any kind of travel type scenario. Give them the gift of music, in the form of portable speakers. Sure Apple we love you, but your iPhone speakers weren’t made for group bonding/listening experiences.
We love UE Boom 3. 360 degree wireless Bluetooth speakers that are built to survive pretty much any travel terrain. If you have more than one, you can even connect them together to make a serious PARTAY.
1: A trip to anywhere
No surprise here, but the best Christmas gift for a traveler is the opportunity to travel. Do a bit of research and delight them with their favorite 2020 adventure, and we can guarantee they’ll say something along the lines of ‘EEEHHHHHMMMMAAAA*&%?%****FFFFKKKKKKKK’ – or something to that effect.
We love Contiki, of course (how did you guess?). We may be biased but yeah, we kind of rock at the whole adventure travel thing.