Don’t you just love Christmas? Decorating the Christmas tree, Christmas lights popping up everywhere, hoping it’s going to be a white Christmas (or an extra sunny one), Christmas gift shopping, and spending time with your loved ones. I just can’t get enough of it! However, I know the gift shopping part can be a pain in the ass sometimes. That’s why we decided to help you guys fill the empty space underneath your freshly decorated Christmas tree.
Here are some cool Christmas gift ideas for travelers. Just click on the product images or titles to find them on Amazon!
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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Newbie Traveler
Is your loved one planning a long-term trip? Has he or she recently been bitten by the travel bug? Help them assemble a collection of basic, but handy (some might even say essential) travel gear by buying them one (or more) of these great items. It’s all about saving space!
Packing cubes are great: they help you organise your clothes and save space in your luggage. A must have for every kind of traveler!
When you’re living on the road, there’s nothing easier than being able to hang up your toiletry bag. Whether you’re in a campervan, tent, or hotel: it saves space and you’ll always find a handy spot to put it, even when there’s no extra space around the sink. Pick one with different storage compartments to keep things organised.
A microfiber travel towel is a gift from heaven for travelers: it’s lightweight, compact, easy to wash, and dries quickly. Some would say it’s the only thing you need to travel the galaxy.
We took some Dr Bronner’s Pure Liquid Castile Soap (Peppermint) on our trip around the world. It’s all-in-one soap you can use to wash your body, clothes, teeth, dishes, you name it! Genius, right?
If you’re traveling long-term, it’s impossible to take enough clothes to last the entire trip. You’ll eventually have to wash them. Depending on where you are, or what kind of trip you’re on, you won’t always have a washing machine or laundry service available. Here comes the Scrubba in handy: your personal portable laundry system. And it doubles as a dry-bag!
When traveling long-term, you might decide to do your own laundry in the sink, bath, or Scrubba to save money. Where are you going to hang those wet clothes to dry? Bring a travel clothesline: no need for clothespins and easy attachment to doorknobs and faucets for example.
A Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is a great gift for anyone who likes to read. It’s compact, lightweight, has no screen glare, and can hold more books than you have time to read. The perfect Christmas gift for travelers!
Christmas Gift Ideas to Inspire Travelers
The world is huge, and most people only get to see a small part of it. Deciding where to travel next can be difficult, so here are some books that can help and inspire you.
National Geographic’s Destinations of a Lifetime presents 225 of the world’s most amazing places. It includes stunning photos of each destination, together with some basic information about when to go, what to do, where to eat, where to stay, and where to find more information. Ready to plan your next trip?
Lonely Planet guarantees you’ll learn something new when reading their Book of Everything. Broaden your general knowledge and impress people all over the world. From outdoor survival to etiquette around the world, this book knows it all.
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel book lists the 500 best places to see. Ranked. From staggeringly popular landmarks to lesser-known gems, this book is the perfect source to compile your ultimate bucket list. It tickles your wanderlust with gorgeous photos and a short summary of what to expect.
Christmas Gift Ideas for a Traveler’s Home
Most travelers also have a home to come back to. Here are some Christmas gift ideas to bring travel into your home.
A world map mug to drink your early morning coffee from is a great way to start your day as a traveler who’s temporarily home!
We’ve got a digital scratch off world map on our blog, but we would love a big one for our future living room, to showcase where we’ve traveled to. An awesome and interactive way to bring your travels into your home.
Travel to twelve of the most awe-inspiring places around the world without leaving your home with a travel wall calendar. For those days you’re home, but would rather be traveling.
Want to travel to another destination every day? Get this Daily Desk Calendar by Lonely Planet and tear off one sheet every day to reveal a new destination.
Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Travelers
Does the traveler you know already have everything we mentioned before? Don’t worry, we saved the best for last! Here’s a list of unique Christmas gift ideas for travelers.
I know we live in an age where everything is digital, and chances are you or your beloved traveler friend have a blog to document their travel adventures. Still, I love something tangible, like a travel journal, to remember our travels by. This Luckies of London Travelogue Travel Journal, complete with mini scratch maps, is perfect for that.
The book “Travel Listography: Exploring the World in Lists” is a combination of a travel journal and a bucket list. Over 70 thought-provoking topics allow you to document your past or future travels in list form. From countries visited to animals seen in the wild, there’s room to list them all!
I wish we had brought this “One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book” on our trip around the world. It would have been awesome to have a short note about every day during this great experience.
While traveling you sometimes fail to look further than the popular landmarks and touristy spots. Not with the Anywhere Travel Guide though! It has 75 cards with challenges and concrete actions to inspire exploration beyond the classic city guides.
Do you love exploring a new city with a map instead of the GPS on your phone, but hate that you never seem to succeed in folding it the right way? Crumpled City Maps to the rescue! They map out streets, monuments, and museums like a regular map, but on top of that they’re lightweight, 100% waterproof, and don’t require folding. Just stuff them back in your pocket or backpack!
Our favourite Christmas Gift Ideas for Travelers
Honestly? I want them all! (hint, hint …) That’s a bit greedy though, so I’ll choose a couple I like best. I love lists, so you would definitely make me happy with Travel Listography, but I really love the Anywhere Travel Guide as well. Lonely Planet’s Daily Desk Calendar would be great to pimp our desk, but it would be even more awesome if we’d make one of those from our own photos. (Added to idea list.) We already have the Luckies of London Travelogue Travel Journal, and once gave the Crumpled City Map as a gift.
Christmas is the cosiest time of the year, and I love giving (and getting!) presents. We hope this list of Christmas gift ideas for travelers helps lifting a bit of the stress of finding the perfect gift for your traveling loved ones. Merry Christmas everyone!
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