As I stated in my previous Christmas-themed post, I thought it might be a good idea to create a gift guide of my own – one for travellers. Many because not many bloggers or YouTubers actually create guides like this – most of which are just themed as his, her, mum, dad etc. Which again there is absolutely nothing wrong with those and I find them to be absolutely fabulous come Christmas time! But, I wish to add some more variety to the selection so if anyone on the inter webs is searching around for a travel themed gift guide…hello I am here! I’ve mostly included things that I would like to receive, as I really enjoy receiving gifts that are useful for travelling. As much as I love beauty and skincare products like any other girl, I adore receiving useful items over pamper/novelty items. But just because I would like to receive these gifts it does not mean that they are all tailored to young females! I’ve got a mixed selection right down below. Happy gifting!
Well this product is pretty obvious, to travel you need a suitcase. I personally own quite a few different suitcases in various sizes and colours and to be honest they all do the job and I do not need any more or a new one. However, it’s Christmas! If I could I would love to own a gorgeous looking suitcase or a super robust one! Which is why I’ve picked the two above. The Ted Baker suitcases are absolutely gorgeous, they just scream class and are so beautiful. However they are certainly on the pricey side and I’m pretty sure they aren’t the strongest ones out there. For short city breaks to Europe where you keep it as a cabin bag with you at all times, I would adore one. If you opted for the larger hold baggage size, who knows how nicely the ground staff will treat your luggage?! Which is why for long haul I really like the look of Samonite’s Lite Cube in the medium size. This is because it is large enough to keep lot of items, robust to survive the most careless of ground staff and it’s not too big. The reason is, if you’re someone like me who likes to do a lot of travelling whilst you are already away, the last thing you want is the heaviest biggest case on the planet to lug around. For my future trip to Japan I will be starting in Sapporo and ending all the way down in Fukuoka…if you look on a map…that is quite a lot of train journeys to be lugging a huge case. So this medium sized guy is my favourite! Both cases I have mentioned would be suitable for men too! Providing you go for the male version of the Ted Baker one!
A TRAVEL WALLET
These are fricken essential for my trips! I’m someone who likes to carry a paper copy of every single document I could ever need. Plus various tickets, travel insurance and passports need a safe place to live too! I do already own one, however to say the least it’s not the most attractive and it is quite worn out! Which is why I would adore one of these ones that I found on Etsy. This size is perfect. Enough room for my iPad, my passport, my documents and even a pen so you can fill out those pesky landing cards with ease. Plus it really shows how put together you are. You don’t want to be that person at the check in desk scrambling around in your backpack for your documents do you? As I’ve already said this is such a useful item for your friends that travel, but these ones on Etsy are just so lovely looking it would probably be a lovely treat that people would not normally buy themselves – I certainly wouldn’t!
THE BEST THINGS EVER. I used to take my Kanken everywhere, Sixth Form, Uni, travelling, even to work sometimes. I kid you not I have not come across a backpack that manages to look great and do good that is not a Kanken. I’ve had mine for nearly 3 years now, and not one seam has come out *winning*. Despite the fact I’ve carried a few kgs in them at times, being a student = laptops, textbooks, bottles of water and the weight adds up! My point is, most people who travel know about Kankens, and many would love to own one. You’d be gifting someone a bag they would actually be pretty happy wearing and it would be super useful to them. As a final note, its rectangular shape and the fact that you can pull the zips right the way down means packing is an easy task (and finding your travel wallet in your bag at the airport!) Make sure you pick the best colour out of dozens though! Everyone will be different.
At Christmas, there will be no shortage of beauty gift sets that mainly feature miniatures. Although most hotels provide most toiletries, in my opinion, there is nothing nicer than jetting away and arriving to use your most luxurious miniatures. Molton Brown, L’Occitane and Origins are my favourites to pack when I’m going away! If buying for a skincare freak, I really recommend Origins skincare kits. Due to the abundance of natural ingredients and all the testing their products go through, it is very unlikely the products will upset your skin. The ingredients used are usually famous for their calming and detoxifying properties – perfect for tired skin. For men, they produce lovely shaving kits for taking away and the same rules apply in regards to the ingredients. Molton Brown and L’Occitane are the best for shower gels and shampoos. Lovely smells and non-striping they are fabulous!
Okay, this one is pretty darn obvious and the easiest to buy. I recommend Lonely Planet always as they produce some pretty interesting but useful books. How to take good photographs, travel destinations of the year and their giant books that are more unique such as Epic Bike Rides of the World and You Only Live Once look gorgeous on a coffee table but also really educate the mind! But if you know one of your friends is jetting away soon or has a destination in mind, purchase a location specific travel book. It really shows you have not just gone out and bought any travel book on the market, but you clearly pay attention to their interests and know where they wish to go.
A NICE EYE MASK
For those of your friends who like to travel long-haul frequently (or just fly at horrible times) an eye mask would be a lovely present, and no, I don’t mean get any one you can find. This one from M&S is only £5! A very comfortable, padded and well-fitting eye mask can really make the difference of sleeping or wriggling around uncomfortably for 10 hours on a long-haul night flight! The amount of times I have managed to get comfortable after much wriggling, but the person in front has their reading light on – worst.thing.ever. Plus I’m the kind of person who loves to sleep on the plane so I feel more refreshed in my destination and gain an extra day of exploring rather than being stuck in bed. It also helps you adjust to the timezone more as I mentioned in my jetlag post. In other words, I would adore a good eye mask, and I’m definitely planning on investing before my next long haul flight!
A GOOD TRAVEL-FRIENDLY CAMERA
Now this is for you people who have a lot of cash to spend, and the person you are buying for is very special to you. Now when people travel, one of the best things to do is to take pictures and film the experience. I personally recommend any form of compact system camera. You get DSLR-level quality but great portability. Plus most have wifi/bluetooth connectivity! My recommendations would be the Olympus Pen EPL-8 (although I have the EPL-7 and there is not much difference and it is cheaper now!), Canon EOS M10 and the Sony A6000 (again like the EPL-8, it’s older counterpart the Sony A5000 isn’t much lower in specs) I really recommend one of these if your friend likes travelling, this is because although I adored my DSLR I ended up selling it as it was such a nuisance to lug around place to place! Portability without sacrificing quality is what makes these cameras so great!
Now that’s all the wrappable presents covered! I’m pretty sure your travel loving friends would be happy to receive any of these gifts, no matter what age or gender! Is there anything I may have left out that you think would be a perfect gift?