Christmas is coming and you’re still wondering what could be the best gift for a traveller? I must admit it, it is not so simple to choose the perfect present for those who, like us, love to travel. We are always looking for something practical to use during our next adventure, that takes up only a tiny little space, but also makes our life simpler. Well, friends and kin, the hard mission that afflicts you every year is over!
Here’s our guide to the 10 perfect Christmas gifts perfect for those who travel or would like to start doing it! These ideas will make every adventurer happy and there is one for every budget: from the smallest gift to more expensive technological presents.
To create this list we put together our ‘must have’ – meaning all our travelling essentials – and our wish list of gifts that we would like to receive and that will come in handy during our next trip! Extra tip: at the end of the page you will find some advice on how to customize the gift packaging.
10 gift ideas for travellers
E-book: Kindle Paperwhite
The best gift that can be given to all travellers-readers, whom will finally be able to travel with how many books they want without extra weight in the luggage. The original Kindle costs only € 69.99, while Kindle Paperwhite, with a backlight to light up the screen in the dark costs €129.99. One of the best gifts I’ve ever received, I always carry it with me!
Book: Pocket Altas of remote Islands
To travel while comfortably sitting on a sofa, here is a small book full of stories, images and maps about all those countries where you will never go. In the Pocket Altas of Remote Islands, Judith Schalansky captures fifty remote islands that are far away, in every sense, from the mainland, from people, from everything. From Tristan da Cunha to the Clipperton Atoll, from Christmas Island to the Easter one. Perfect maps jostle with cryptic tales from the islands, full of rare animals and lost explorers, marooned slaves and lonely scientists and forgotten castaways. A ‘must-have’!
Drink at high altitude: Carry On Cocktails
Fear of flying or difficulty sleeping even for a few minutes while sitting on an airplane? Carry on Cocktails will take care of you. In a perfect James Bond style, this travel kit provides all the accessories (except for alcohol and glass) to prepare perfect Gin Tonic and Moscow Mule at high altitudes.
Notebook with maps: Travelogue
Travelogue is much more than a traditional notebook. Among the 64 pages of the diary, you will find travel tips and to-do lists to check while getting ready to leave for a big trip. Plus: 8 mini-maps representing different parts of the world to scratch while travelling, so the adventurer can keep a record of the places visited during the trip.
Hoody-scarf: The Hoody
Number one in my Christmas wish-list, The Hoody is the perfect accessory for long journeys, when the aeroplane’s aircon is nagging passengers, hindering the much-desired nap, but it is also perfect for the coldest days. Use it as a scarf or a hood and take it always with you! It won’t take much room in your bag or backpack. The Hoody is handmade in Barcelona and is available in three colours.
Camera: Sony a6000
Irreplaceable travel companion of every adventurer, the camera documents all our best memories. The smaller it is, the easier it is to stick it in the bag or Backpack! But can a small-size camera be as good as a bulky SLR? The answer is yes. The latest-generation mirror-less cameras are small and extremely powerful. We have a Sony a6000, pocket size and unbelievably good!
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Trolley: Horizn Studios Model M
Choose the perfect suitcase can be more complicated than expected. In the eyes of travellers, a trolley is not just a trolley. It is more like a second home! If you’re looking for a really special gift, go for Horizn Studios’ Model M trolley, with GPS and battery charger included. Made in Germany, this cabin suitcase (also available in a boarding size) has everything a traveller can need: ultra-light and shock-proof, it has a front pocket in water-resistant Italian Vacchetta leather and 15” laptop bag, well organised inside pockets, a washable laundry bag, 360° rotation Japanese wheels, GPS to trace the suitcase wherever it is, integrated battery charger that houses up to two devices and recharge the phone up to 6 times (at the speed of light). Wanna know more? The battery and the GPS are removable and, once arrived at the destination, they can easily go from the suitcase to the backpack. The best purchase we have ever made!
Libro: Fifty places to camp before you die
Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die by Chris Santella is the bible for every camping lover. The book collects the best places in the world where to sleep under the stars and get in contact with nature. From the most famous national parks of America to the most secret spots of Chile, Italy, France, Botswana, Germany and many others. In the book you will also find, beautiful photos, interviews with camping experts and useful tips & information for both experienced campers and newbies.
Diary: Moleskine Voyager
Never leave without a diary and never come back without a collection of stories and adventures inside. Don’t know which diary to choose? I have been using Moleskine for years now and I never leave without one of these classic travel notebooks in my backpack! After all, Hemingway used it too, right? If you’re looking thematic, check out the Moleskine Voyager.
Flight: Voucher Ryanair
A Ryanair Voucher is the perfect gift for all occasions, not just for Christmas! Go to the website and choose the occasion – birthday, anniversary, congratulations to name a few.. you can also choose a basic ‘please, just go away!’ – select the amount (from 25 to 200 euros) and add a special message for the lucky traveller! Gift vouchers can be used on over 200 routes.
How to wrap a gift for travel lovers
The present is surely the most important part of a present, but appearances are important too! The best way to make the gift – cheap or expensive than it is – even more special is by choosing the perfect packaging. An old map (possibly related to the destination of the traveller’s next journey) and a basic string will surprise every travel lover. Did you run out of ancient perfect-looking maps? Don’t worry, on Etsy you find everything you need for an awesome packaging: from the wrapping paper (my favorite is NormansPrintery with its historical maps of the Alps, cities, arctic areas and even the moon!) to the decorated tape and, of course, the greeting cards – the air mail style greeting cards on top of the page are NormansPrintery too.