We all have that friend. Or maybe you are that friend. The one who uses all of their PTO to travel as far as they can for as long as they can.
Because they crave worldly experiences, when the holidays come around, they can be some of the hardest people to shop for. You know that a candle won’t work because they’d never stay home long enough to enjoy it. You’d get them a Christmas sweater, but you know that they’ll probably be somewhere tropical for the holidays.
So, what do you get for the person whose single desire is to see and travel the world? You get them something that would complement that dream. Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy them a plane ticket. Here are some things that every traveler can use.
For Any Type of Traveler
The perfect carry-on bag
Going through TSA at the airport is every traveler’s nightmare. Trying to fit everything you need for a 2-week trip into two regulation-sized bags is not an easy task. However, there are companies that have made it their mission to create the perfect travel bag. Companies like Nordstrom carry a wide variety of different types of travel handbags and backpacks. Brands like WOWBOX have great options as well for under $100.
No matter how experienced the traveler, packing can still be a challenge. Packing cubes are an organizational dream, and they can fit into any suitcase. They make the best use of space and help last-minute packers stay organized. This handy gift can be found on Amazon and other online retailers.
Portable charger and travel adapter
This is perfect for anyone going abroad and especially helpful for those digital nomads who need to stay connected. You can find these nifty devices at most electronic stores or Amazon. A bonus is these gifts make perfect stocking stuffers.
If these gifts ideas don’t seem right for the traveler in your life, then perhaps you need to shop based on who they are as a traveler. Typically, there are three main types of travelers. There are those who travel for vacation, those who backpack their way through unmarked trails, and those who travel for the culture and experience. Here’s what to get for each type.
For the Vacationer
Vacationers are the people who travel to relax and escape the responsibilities of their corporate job. They’ll most likely be staying at a fancy hotel or resort. Most of their days will be spent soaking up the sun, resting poolside with a book in hand. Therefore, a Kindle Unlimited Subscription is a great option for them.
In addition, the Cabeau Evolution S3 Travel Pillow will help them get their vacation off to a comfortable start. Unlike other commonly sold neck pillows, this design is built for maximum support and is compactable. This way your traveler will feel relaxed even before their feet hit the sand.
For the Backpacker
These types of travelers are the opposite of vacationers. They are most likely to travel to some jungle in a remote location or hitchhike their way through Europe. Hence, buying them anything that they can’t put into their backpack is not a good idea.
A great holiday gift that is both useful and backpack friendly is a water bottle with a filtration system such as the LifeStraw Water Bottle. This water bottle filters out chemicals and microplastics, so no matter where their journey takes them, they’ll have clean water.
In addition, a useful accessory is a quick-dry towel. Backpackers often stay at hostels or go camping. Either way, it can be very inconvenient to carry around a big, bulky towel. These quick-dry towels are easy to carry, sleek, and you guessed it, quick-drying.
For the Experience Seeker
Experience seekers are travelers who are naturally curious. They are all about seeing new things, trying new foods, and meeting new people, all to have the experience of a lifetime.
These types of travelers are usually very mindful and have a ton of stories to tell over Christmas dinner. Hence, a travel journal would be the ideal gift for them. Journals can range from very simple to more elaborate designs that are specifically geared towards travelers such as the journal by Crabtree & Evelyn.
The experience seekers are natural storytellers. You’ve probably heard a ton of stories about how they’ve volunteered in an orphanage in Nepal or other ways they’ve given back to the communities where they’ve traveled. With their generous hearts, making a charitable donation to a community they’ve served is a gift they will cherish for a lifetime.
Shopping for the person in your life who loves to travel can be difficult. However, with newer and more handy travel gadgets coming out year after year, it’s getting easier to shop. Whatever gift you choose to give, remember that gift-giving is only a small part of the holidays. Sometimes the best gift is just spending time with your traveling friend, sibling, or child and helping them feel connected and loved while they are at home.
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Kiersten is a freelance writer and coach. As a writer, she has written for Travel Noire, Passion Passport, BAUCE mag, and various travel and lifestyle blogs. As a writer, her goal is to write content that inspires others to take action. As a coach, her goal is to empower women to be their most authentic selves. In her free time, you can find her dancing to any song any where.