Finding gifts for travellers can be EXHAUSTING. What on earth do you buy someone who is always on the move? Or who has minimalised and is downsizing… so they can go travelling?!?! We've been the ‘awkward ones' in our family for many years when it comes to gift buying (and for other reasons, but we won't go into that here!) and we know it can be a difficult task finding travel gifts- you want something practical, thoughtful and that they'll actually want to use!!
We've put together a list of the things WE love and use while we travel, in the hope that it will help you narrow down the search. Whether they prefer road trips, backpacking or luxury travel, there's something for them here. We've tried to include gifts for men and women, as well as a few bigger ‘joint' presents. All of these travel gifts are suitable for Christmas, birthdays or any other special occasion, so we hope you find the list useful!
NOTE: As always, there are gifts here for UK and USA readers- welcome to all of you *big love*. Above each picture link you'll see Amazon.co.uk or Amazon (which is the USA site), so you can easily find the product without huge shipping charges!! If you have your images disabled, you might want to enable them for this post!
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Gifts for Travellers- Noise-cancelling headphones
I will never ever EVER get on a plane/ train/ bus without these ever again. We've tried many (cheaper) makes and nothing comes close to how good these Bose headphones are at blocking out screaming babies, annoying groups of giggling girls or snoring plane-mates. Yes, they're expensive, but for anyone who travels regularly, it's the PERFECT gift. They come in over-ear or smaller in-ear ones- I prefer the smaller ones as they fold away neater but Jade prefers the over-ears as they stay in place better and she says the sound quality is better! So either way, you can't go wrong!
Gifts for Travellers- Powerbank
We've all been there- you're happily using your phone as a camera to take a bazillion photos… and you realise your battery is pretty much dead! Not good- for many reasons, but particularly when you're travelling in a foreign country. I use my phone for directions, translation, booking references- EVERYTHING, so if it dies, I'm in trouble!
Even if you rarely wear makeup, this mirror with power bank is too cute to resist! Perfect for popping into a handbag or rucksack if you're out for the day – the power bank is great for topping up your battery whilst you relax and take in the sights for a short while. It even comes with a cable for charging! For the man who loves travelling, there's a plain black power bank with a torch… but if you think he'd prefer a pink and sparkly mirror instead, who am I to question it??! 🙂
Travel Gifts- Folding Yoga Mat
Say what now?? Nope, your eye's haven't lost the plot. They now do folding yoga mats– and they are awesome! As you may know, I struggle to stay fit on road trips. I always have the best intentions, but honestly, pulling the mat out of the storage unit is never as appealing as…well… sitting down and having a cup of tea (and some biscuits!) But this mat allows me to keep it in one of the motorhome lockers, or my bag if we're travelling by plane. It's small enough and light enough to pop into a backpack- and durable enough to actually use! There are other colours if you're a purple-hater… or, like, a man.
Gifts for Travellers- Travel Pillow
Anyone who travels regularly will know that being able to fall asleep in comfort is one of the most useful tricks! ‘Normal' u-shaped travel pillows are fairly uncomfortable, but this one from Travelrest allows your entire upper body to stay supported whilst you sleep. It can be used in a car/ Motorhome, on a plane or anywhere else you want to get a little rest! It folds up really small- perfect for putting into a rucksack or stashing in a cubbyhole.
Travel Gifts- Shampoo Bars
Many travellers are becoming more and more concerned by the impact we are having on the planet. The news is full of devastating stories about the plastic in the ocean and destroying many beautiful beaches. It may not feel like much, but if every person stopped using disposable toiletries, it would make a HUGE difference. We are currently switching to shampoo bars, which have absolutely no plastic packaging at all- they even come with a cute bag to keep them in!
Sadly, we don't have the ‘sampler' option here in the UK- can't wait for it to become available. And if you really want to encourage someone to go plastic, the biodegradable starter kit is a great place to start- it even includes a bamboo toothbrush!
Travel Gifts- Portable coffee maker
I'm married to a die-hard coffee addict. Seriously- you don't want to meet him before at least his first two cups of coffee… possibly three. Although he drinks instant when needed, he LOVES a ‘proper coffee' as he calls it- and this portable coffee maker is perfect. It's compact, lightweight and can be used pretty much anywhere… even on a paddleboard, according to their marketing pictures!! It's ever travelling coffee-lovers dream present!
Travel Gifts- Remote Selfie Button
Selfie sticks are universally-hated and are being banned in a lot of places (Disney and the Colosseum for starters.) Here's an alternative which is far more discreet- a remote selfie button.
You can set the phone up, step back and press the button- simples. Travel photos will never be the same again!
Gifts for Travellers- Portable Hard Drive
It's not sexy. It's not cool (although just look at that red! I'm getting that one next!!) They might not even know what it is at first glance, but I use my hard drive daily and it's one of the best things I ever got. I take so many photos and videos that it's impossible to keep them all on my phone or laptop. And after I've put a few on Instagram or made a Youtube video what do I do with the images?? (are you following us on Youtube? If not, you can fix that HERE!) Well, honestly, they sit on my hard drive… until I take them out again and do something pretty with them- like make a calendar or something. But at least I know I have all the mementoes of our trips, which is the important thing! They come in a range of sizes and colours and are small and lightweight for popping in a rucksack or laptop bag. And yes, you can take them through airport security without a problem.
Travel Gifts- Drone
You all know we LOVE our DJI Mavic Pro, but that's one heck of a gift!! It's also probably more drone than a lot of people need, so the DJI Spark is a great alternative. Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty expensive gift, but over half the price of the Mavic Pro. Just think of the eternal love and gratitude you'd get!
If none of the above grabs you as the perfect gift, might I suggest Not on the High Street? They have a wide range of unique and beautiful gifts, many of which can be customised and personalised. My wishlist on there is long, but distinguished (bonus points if you can tell me which film that's from! 🙂 ) Sorry, I digress. Here's the link to Not on the High Street- they'll be sure to have the perfect travel gift for you to give.
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I hope that's helped. I'm sure your loved one will be thankful for whatever you chose to give them. Let me know what you decided on, or if there are any awesome gifts for travellers which I missed!
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