Now that the Massacre of Turkeys around the world has gone down a notch; it’s time for everyone’s favorite Holiday – Christmas! Oh, joy! I have a love and hate relationship with Christmas. I love spoiling my dear friends and family with presents, but shopping for anyone is rather difficult.. I imagine that to be true for anyone shopping for me – and with that in mind, the idea for this post was born. How original, right?! [the force of sarcasm is heavy here].
I’m sure you can google gifts for travelers, and you will get a gazillion links to help you out. In a sense, this is pointless. Maybe. Maybe not. But I am in one of those “type my life away” moods, and honestly, I am procrastinating from writing about my Peru adventures. So, here is a list of gifts that you can buy the traveler in your life. I own a few of the items on this list, but, most I wish I had. Please hover over the title for product link.
You can never go wrong with Lonely Planet’s guidebooks, and this book is no exception. I love this coffee table book. It provides basic information about 223 countries. For a small but not so small book, you get a cultural insight for each country. This is the little version of LP’s original Travel Book 2, which is the size of your typical Atlas books. As my bed-book-shelf has limited space, I treated myself to the small version. Oh, and it’s only $24.99!
LifeStraw bottle is hands down one of the best purchases I made last year. I was looking for a good water filter bottle for our multiple hiking trips in Ecuador and Peru. Weighing just 6oz, this is one of the best water filter bottles in the market. I was able to drink water from our untrustworthy hostel faucet, glacier streams, and from the drainage on Machu Picchu! Yes, you heard that right! The irrigation system on Machu Picchu is still very functional, and I was able to fill up my bottle. I made many people jealous. The water, of course, was pure and delicious. The LifeStraw Go bottle is available at most department stores. I purchased mine at Dick’s Sporting Goods for $34.99.
This was one of the many things I bought for my hiking adventures in Ecuador and Peru. It is also my very first packable rain jacket, and it may be the only one until it decides to let go of me. It’s windproof, waterproof, and incredibly warm. It has polytech mesh lining inside, making it very breathable. During my go-carting adventure in the pouring rain, my upper body was dry and toasty warm. The best feature of this jacket is that it folds into one of the pockets, making it a perfect travel jacket – ideal for hikers. I purchased this for $49.99 on Amazon.
I, of course, have one too many luggage tags. I recently came across this, and it’s unique. My tags are either plastic or leather, but I’ve never seen a wooden luggage tag. It will stand out. My favorite part is that you can customize it to your liking. Plus, it’s handmade, and you’ll be supporting an artist! It is rather pricey, but I think it’s worth $36.82.
I’m going on an Etsy pattern here because I always find the most unique gifts on Etsy (and again, you’ll be supporting some starving artist out there). This lovely ring is another gem I found. Once again, it’s handmade and available in various colors. Bubblebox’s shop is full of travel goodies. I think I’d like to buy everything, but this ring may do for now. It’s only $16.68!
I stumbled upon this framed print at TJ Maxx and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, it was the only frame I saw there and was on sale for $10! Now it hangs on my bedroom wall, and every morning before leaving my room, I get a glimpse of it – keeping that travel bug alive. Upon some research, I found an endless amount of prints on Etsy starting at $5/piece; unfortunately, they are not framed like mine. Luckily, Society6 has one. It is a little pricey, $35.00, but how can you go wrong with glittery-gold-framed-travel-quote?
Some travelers get inked to mark how many countries they’ve been to, some collect Flag patches for their backpacks, pins for their caps/purses, and who knows what else. Since yours truly is terrified for needles, and have been too lazy to stitch the flag patches on her backpack, she decided to treat herself to a necklace. Traveller’s Collective offers stamped rings with country/state names on it. So far I’ve collected 22 rings, displaying on this beautiful gunmetal necklace. I get so many compliments on it, not to mention it’s a great walking/talking story piece! Also, I love that they donate a portion of the sale to their charity which helps someone else’ travel dreams come true. Check out their website for more info!
I’m working on creating a collection of Passport covers – a new one for a new country. I’ve had my eyes on this for a long time now. It’s a cliche of a quote, but I love it. I’d like to think I’m making history in my life as most women in my family have stuck to their traditional roots. I’ll stop babbling, but you can buy this badass of a gift for $25.00!
A traveler’s room is incomplete without a world map/globe. I have three…no, I am not obsessed with the world. Ha! I recently came across this beautifully customized globe on Etsy. As much as I wanted to purchase one for myself, I decided to gift this. I hope this person likes it. Otherwise, I will be taking it! Laura, the shop owner, processed my order almost immediately, a great shopping experience.
I’m the least organized person, my bestie can attest to this. However, I recently purchased packing cubes to force me to pack light and travel better. So far, these are incredibly helpful in organizing my outfits (before packing cubes, I had to repack my bag once a day). The material is super durable and light (11.2 oz), so they’re adding almost no weight to your pack! They are worth all of $23 I spent on them!
There you have it! A list of ten travel items that every traveler should have! Happy shopping!