It’s that time of the year again to start making your holiday shopping list. If you’re wracking your brains trying to think of what to give the travel enthusiast in your life, fear not! I have created a list of holiday gift ideas for travel lovers that any adventurer would be thrilled to receive.
These are all things that I personally own and use when I travel. In addition, they’re all pretty budget friendly, ranging from $10-100.
Packing cubes are the greatest thing since oxygen. I’m not sure a traveler can have enough of them. They come in all shapes and sizes and are so helpful in keeping things organized.
A lot of times travelers will find themselves in need of a towel. Microfiber towels are great because they’re super absorbent and they can fold down really small, so they don’t take up a lot of room. These towels are not only great for just after the shower, but bring them along on a hike, in case you find a lovely stream or lake you want to enjoy.
I love traveling with my hammock. They make a perfect excuse to just hang around outdoors. They also make a great blanket to sit on at the beach. These sub7 hammocks by Eno are especially great for travelers. They are extremely compact when folded up and they only weigh just under 7ounces- Perfect for the traveler packing light! You’ll also want to get some tree straps to make hanging the hammock much easier.
If you’re concerned about helping the lady-traveler in your life stay safe on the road, consider purchasing an Anti-Theft Purse. This purse helped me feel so much more relaxed while traveling in Central America. The cross-body strap is slash proof, the zippers lock closed, and the interior cards slots are equipped with RFID-blocking material. It also comes in several different colors!
This is another nifty little accessory that can help your traveler keep their things safe. This infinity scarf looks like a regular old scarf. But hidden within the folds is a small pocket you can use to hold things like credit cards, a passport, cash, and even a smart phone. Keep your hands and pockets free of easily-nabbed items by storing them in your scarf!
If your traveler follows the backpacker scene, no doubt they’ll be familiar with elephant pants. These “harem style” pants are super lightweight making them the perfect thing to wear when it’s hot, but you have to cover up. They’re super comfortable and come in tons of different designs. Plus, when you make a purchase, this company will donate money towards elephant conservation! And who doesn’t love elephants??
Sandisk iXpand Drive
I have told you all the reasons why I love my iXpand drive. This little thing takes all the headache out of taking travel photos with your phone. You can just plug it into your iphone, download the day’s worth of travel pics, then delete them off your phone to save storage space! Travelers can back up their files without having to lug a laptop around with them.
Universal Travel Adapter
There are so many different types of outlets around the world it can get really annoying to have to keep track of all your adapters. Luckily, this little gadget takes the hassle out of trying to remember to bring all those adapters. This universal adapter includes plugs for US/EU/EK/AU and works in over 150 countries around the world.
Okay, if you really want to win gift-giver of the year, you have to get your traveler Global Entry. What is Global Entry? It’s a program that drastically reduces the amount of time you have to wait at customs and immigration. Global Entry members merely check in at a kiosk and they’re on their way. Global Entry is not just for US Citizens. Citizens of Colombia, Canada, Germany, Singapore, The UK, The Netherlands, Panama, South Korea, and Mexico are eligible for Global Entry as well. Find out more information about the Global Entry program.
Gift Cards & Certificates
Southwest Airlines offers giftcards in $50 increments. Give your traveler access to hundreds of routes within North America. Not to mention, Southwest was ranked one of the top 10 airlines in North America in 2016.
Is your traveler looking for more unique places to stay? Think about giving them an AirBnb giftcard! There are tons of amazing and affordable places to stay around the world, through AirBnb. There are castles, tiny houses, clock towers, you name it!
More and more cities across the world are jumping on the city pass bandwagon. These cards are essentially discount cards that will get you into different attractions, restaurants, and modes of transportation for free or at a discounted rate. If you know where your traveler is headed to next, try looking to see if that destination has a city pass discount card. Nobody will be disappointed with discounts as a holiday gift!
If your traveler is looking for a new way to spice up the home, why not get them one of these sweet scratch-off world maps! As they continue their travels, they will be able to scratch off country by country, revealing the colorful map beneath!
If there is one thing that travelers have way too many of, it’s photographs. Allow the traveler in your life to display many of their favorite photos by getting them a multi-photo frame. This one holds nine 4×6 photographs. Or if you think nine photos isn’t enough, here’s one that holds 12!
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