Last year I made a Christmas gift guide for travel lovers and now here’s part two. It’s filled with things that travel lovers – from digital nomads to the armchair variety – will enjoy. All the ideas on the first list still stand, so do have a look at that too.
1. The gift of travel
So this is the ultimate gift for anyone who loves to travel: the gift of travel itself. For those extra special people in your life, you could splash out on a specially curated trip. I’ve done this for Steve a few times, and we also did it for his parents as a way of saying thank you for all the help they put into our weddding. We booked the flights and accommodation and then created a little pdf guide, mapping out the itinerary with suggested things to do and places to eat. If you know someone has a trip in mind, you could also offer to pay for a portion of it, for example the flights, a night’s accommodation somewhere special, a massage, or a fabulous meal. Remember to check that whoever you’re booking for is free on those dates before you book anything. Sometimes it’s better to give the gift as a voucher and let them book the dates themselves. These printable vouchers are a cute way to present the gift.
2. A travel companion craft project
If you’ve been on a brilliant trip with someone, a great gift is something to commemorate that trip with. You could buy something, but for that extra personal touch, why not craft something with keepsakes from the trip? There are some lovely ideas in this post. I particularly love the travel keepsake boxes and travel shadow boxes. I might make some myself!
3. Travel quote globe
A globe is the universal mascot of travel lovers and this Etsy shop has some gorgeous hand-painted examples. They have lots of designs to choose from, or you can get one inscribed with a quote of your choice. This is also a great wedding gift – I particularly like the idea of using one as a guest book for people to sign.
4. Personalised map gifts
Another thing you can’t go wrong with when it comes to the travel-obsessed is a map-themed gift. This shop, Bombus, has some beautiful options, from maps to hexagon wall hangings featuring your favourite locations. I also love these little compact mirrors.
5. Travel bucket list books
There are loads of excellent wanderlust-stirring books, filled with destinations around the world that are sure to inspire travel lovers of every kind. One of my favourites is Atlas Obscura’s book of unusual places around the world. And another few good options are Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist or Secret Marvels of the World, New York Times’ 36 Hours Europe, Rough Guides’ Make the Most of Your Time on Earth.
6. Magazine subscription
I put magazines on the list last year, and this year I’m adding a few more suggestions: Suitcase, Flaneur, Lost, Lodestars, Boat and Drift. I’m a magazine addict and I recommend them all! You could buy one of the latest issues, or step it up a notch and buy a year’s subscription.
7. Travel guides
It’s true the majority of people now tend to rely on their phones or digital guides, but I’m still a huge fan of paper and love to have a guide book, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Lonely Planet remains a favourite, but I also love some of the more stylised guides such as Wallpaper, Lost In, Petite Passport and the Herb Lester maps. They are simply beautiful books to own and are a good choice for lovers of both design and travel.
8. Travel photography books
As well as the bucket list books, there are also some wonderful world-inspired art books that I always lust after when visiting bookshops. A few that have caught my eye recently are: The Rolling Home; The Outsiders; Wildside: The Enchanted Life of Hunters and Gatherers; The Little Book of Hygge; and Cabin Porn.
9. Travel jewellery
As I said last year, you can find plenty of travel-inspired jewellery on Etsy, but this globe locket is my current favourite. It’d make an ideal gift, especially for someone you’ve shared a trip with and can add some photos from it to the locket.
10. Pin map
I’m a huge fan of maps and I have this particular one from Hello Canvas in my office. It’s a beautiful canvas that comes with little flag pins that you can use to mark all the places you’ve been. It’s wonderfully satisfying to add a pin every time you go someplace new.
This list is mostly made up of pretty things, but here’s a practical gift to top it off. This is something that every traveller will be thankful for: a portable charger to top up their phone. When using maps and the camera, phones tend to run out quickly, so it’s super useful to have a back-up charge while you’re out and about. There are tons of options on sale, but one good one is the iMuto, which can charge an iPhone 6 almost 8 times.
Any other ideas?
And that’s it for this year’s gift list. Let me know if you have any suggestions to add to the list.
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