Ahhh the holidays. My absolute favorite time of the year. Perhaps it has something to do with having my birthday in December, or maybe it was because I was raised in a family where Christmas was always a big ordeal. Huge family dinners, pristine Christmas trees and loads of family traditions are what my December’s often consist of. To top it all off, my immediate family celebrates 6 birthday’s within the month of December which always makes for a crazy (and expensive) time of year.
I find that as you get older, the craziness of gift giving subsides a bit, or at least in my family it has, which is great! Over the years I’ve learned that what’s most important to me is getting together with friends and family for games and Christmas cheer, not loads and loads of presents, which most of the time you don’t even end up using or forget about after January. As travellers we’ve come to the conclusion that experiences are more important than material things. That’s not to say you can’t still have a great time buying and gifting presents. I absolutely love Christmas shopping, but I like to buy gifts that are either A. meaningful or B. useful for their interests.
Then there’s always the one person in your life that’s hard to buy for. It could be the person that has everything, or the person that doesn’t have a lot of space so trinkets and things are not always the best idea. Generally, my rule of thumb is that if it’s from the heart, it’s always smart. But when it comes to people who are constantly on the road, whether it’s traveling or camping it can be hard to think of new ideas that the person will actually want and use. They often travel with only their backpack, and therefore don’t have a whole lot of room for gifts from the heart. The traveller in your life is actually quite easy to buy for, just make sure its compact, useful and handy for those long trips on the road. Here are my top gift ideas for the traveller on your list, or even just the outdoors person who loves to camp, hike and explore the great outdoors!
Holiday Gift Guide for Travellers and Outdoor Enthusiasts
Gifts for the Camp Chef
GSI Commuter Javapress – Say goodbye to gross instant coffee. Have a cup of French press while out in the woods to start your day on the trail.
Destination Kitchen Set 24 – Because every good chef needs proper cooking utensils and spices. Even out in the wilderness.
Bugaboo Backpacker – This set has been at the top of my wish list for a while. Complete with pots and pans, a strainer, bowls, cups and even a wash basin, this compact set has everything you need while out in the woods.
Soft Sided Wine Carafe – Yes this is a necessity… ok maybe not a necessity but I know I would kill for this after a long day of hiking.
Glacier Stainless Stemless Wine Glass – Let’s try to be classy here, you can’t just drink the wine out of the carafe… ok yes you can but this is cool for sharing. Plus as a bonus it won’t shatter when you drop it!
Gifts for the Practical Camper
Soft Water Bottle – These are great because they can fold up and be stuffed into your pack once they’re empty. Some of my favorites are the Platypus Soft Bottle, H20 Lite 0.5 L Soft Water Bottle and the Vapur Eclipse bottle 0.7L.
Micro Fibre Travel Towel – Compact and fast-drying, a microfiber travel towel is a necessity for every traveller.
Waterproof Head Lamp – If you’ve ever arrived at your overnight destination in late in the evening, and tried to set up camp in the dark, you’ll know exactly why this makes a great gift.
Gifts for the Comfort Camper
Thermarest Lite Sleeping Mat – a self inflating mattress is a must-have for every outdoor enthusiast. This lightweight mat is not only compact it’s quite affordable compared to most mats, priced at $79.99.
Nature Hike Inflatable Travel Pillow – I can’t count the amount of times I have used a rolled up sweater for a pillow, or got a kink in my neck while trying to catch some z’s on an airplane. This pillow is great for overnight hiking and camping or if you’re looking for something even more compact try the Swiss Gear Travel Pillow
Gifts for the Organized Traveller
Crumpled City Maps – These maps are genius! If you know that the traveller on your list is heading to a certain destination in the near future, why not give them a crumpled city map for that city so they’ll never get lost?
Travel Journal – A travel journal is useful for jotting down notes throughout your travels. Perhaps you’ll want to remember the name of your favorite coffee shop in Florence, or the best bakery in Paris. It will help keep you organized and keep track of important details once you return from your travels.
Travel Document Wallet – This keeps all your boarding passes, travel documents and passport in one secure place so you don’t misplace these important documents while on the road.
GoToob Travel Bottles – A must have for every traveller, and will save a lot of money compared to buying travel sized toiletries every time you go on a trip.
Travel Organizer Packing Cubes – I can’t count the amount of times I have had to dump my backpack out looking for one article of clothing. Travel packing cubes completely solve this issue keeping all your belongings organized while on the road.
Marmot Kompressor Day Pack – Having a day pack that folds down when you’re not using it is a must. There are many compression packs to choose from but this is one of my favorites.
Travel Toiletries Case – Say goodbye to plastic Ziploc bags with this airline approved, clear travel kit for carry-on travellers. Going on a longer trip? the eBags Pack-It-Fit toiletry kit keeps your liquids organized and doesn’t sacrifice on space.
Gifts for the Travel Techy
Anker Portable Power Charger – Every traveller has had a need for this at some point in their travels. Your on a train or out and about with no access to a power outlet, but you need to get some charge in your phone or iPad in order to research accommodations. This portable charger has got you covered.
Accessory kit for GoPro – Because what good is a sport camera without cool accessories to go with it?
Universal Power Adapter with multiple USB ports – Not only will this power adapter allow you to charge your devices in multiple countries, but it has multiple USB ports to charge multiple devices at the same time.
Universal Cable Organizer – This could be for the organized traveller as well, because who likes when all your cords get tangled and lost in your bag. Not me! This organizer keeps all your cords organized in one place so you’ll have no trouble finding them.
Gifts for Wanderlusters
Adventure Begins Coffee Mug – at only $10.00, this makes a great stocking stuffer for the person with a severe case of wanderlust in your life.
World Map Phone Case – so they can dream about travel all day long.
Around the World Leather Watch – This watch will definitely make the traveller on your list a happy camper this year! Comes in black, brown and chocolate.
Travel Books – Some people love destination guides, but I personally prefer stories about adventures travelling around the World. Check out some of my favorites including How not to Travel the World and What I was doing while you were breading. You can also check out 13 Great Travel Books for Women on World of Wanderlust or Nomadic Matt’s 13 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust
World Map Bucket Feet Shoes – I absolutely love these shoes and they look super comfortable!
Passport Cover – Basically useless, but add some personality to an otherwise boring travel necessity.
Other Gift Ideas
Airbnb Gift Cards – Every traveller will tell you that Airbnb is the way to go to find comfortable, private accommodations. With over one million homes, Airbnb has a tonne of options for every traveller.
MEC/Sport Chek/Atmosphere Gift Cards – Any outdoor enthusiast would be thrilled to receive a gift card for one of these sporting stores. With active wear, camping gear, sporting equipment and useful travel gear, they’re sure to find something on their Christmas wish list.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas and you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for the traveller/outdoor enthusiast in your life. I know I would be thrilled to receive any of these gifts, as they’re not only thoughtful, but useful as well. With only 6 Friday’s left until Christmas, it’s never too early to start making that list and checking it twice!
**In the spirit of Christmas, lets remember that not everyone has the opportunity to have an extravagant Christmas, and there are many people who go hungry and gift-less on Christmas morning. While your out doing your Christmas shopping, pick up an extra toy or gift or some extra non-perishable food items and donate them to your local food bank or Christmas Cheer Board. You’ll not only feel great about your contribution to a family in need, but you’ll be putting a smile on someone’s face on Christmas morning, and that’s what Christmas is all about**
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