Well, the holiday season has arrived and like every preceding year, I find myself struggling with new gift ideas for my friends and family. Gifts obviously aren’t the most important part of the holidays, but things are a little more fun when the receiver flips out because you nailed it. If you have an avid traveler to shop for, here are a few awesome, travel-inspired gift ideas.
You don’t see watches around as much these days, now that seemingly everyone relies on their cell phones for the time. Given that our phones tend to run out of battery quicker when we travel, a watch may not be a bad idea for holiday gift. Better yet, a travel-themed watch.
Passports are issued (in the United States) for ten years at a time so if you travel frequently, that thing is going to go through a lot of wear and tear. A passport holder is a cute accessory that can help keep it from getting too worn.
For the travel photographer that needs that perfect shot. This one is lightweight, versatile, isn’t too expensive, and has great reviews.
Every traveler needs a solid journal to document their adventures (and who doesn’t love Paper Source?)!
Personalized Luggage Tags
This isn’t something you’d really think about as a gift, but personalized luggage tags are actually pretty cool. The luggage tag I was using (the standard one that came with my suitcase) started to fall apart and it was getting annoying having to fill out those paper ones at the airport all the time. I absolutely love these handmade leather tags you can find on Etsy.
I’m not really a tablet person, but I opted to try the Kindle Fire because I read a lot when I travel. Kindles were originally used for reading eBooks, but the new Kindle Fire can also be used for web/email, social media, gaming, and watching movies; pretty much everything a tablet can do but for much cheaper.
These lightweight totes are perfect for a day at the beach, shopping in the city, or a picnic in the park when you need something bigger than a purse, but not as large as a backpack or suitcase.
If you’re shopping for an experienced traveler, chances are they already have a really good camera (or it might be out of your budget). These Fuji Film instant cameras are a fun way to capture in-the-moment adventures with polaroid pictures.
I am obsessed with this camera case. It’s not bulky and the camera is easily accessible – you don’t even need to take it out to snap a photo.
Noise Canceling Earbuds
Earbuds are a must for every traveler – we all have them. These noise canceling earbuds from Bose block out background sound, making your music clearer and the silence quieter so you can sleep more easily.
Travel books are always great gifts. Travelers are constantly looking for new destination ideas, travel tips, and overall inspiration.
Leather Camera Strap
Most factory camera straps are pretty uncomfortable. Leather camera straps are awesome, and seldom thought about, holiday gifts for a travel photographer.
As I mentioned earlier about cell phones running low on battery more quickly while traveling, portable chargers are super useful gifts. This high capacity EasyAcc power bank can recharge cell phones, tablets, Go Pros and DSLR Cameras when outlets aren’t accessible.
Pivothead Recording Sunglasses
A true way to record your experience hands free from your own point of view. These sunglasses from Pivothead have a video camera directly on them, making it ridiculously simple to film a sky dive, skiing down a mountain, or zip lining through the rainforest.
This adorable compass necklace actually works in case your traveler friend gets lost during their travels (provided they know how to navigate!). The coordinates on the back can be customized with your friend’s favorite location as well for an added personal touch 🙂