Awesome Travel Gifts for Christmas from an Avid Traveler
Great Travel Gifts – Updated for the 2016 Holiday Season!!!
So you have a vagabond in your life who spends more money on travel in a year than they do on their rent and car payments combined. Buying them a Christmas present always presents a challenge since you can’t possibly send them on a two-week backpack excursion to West Africa, and giving them money for such an excursion feels so impersonal. You’re wondering what your travel gifts options are.
No worries, I got you covered. Here are some travel gifts that will totally impress the traveler in your life.
45 Degree Latitude Stainless Steel Insulated Beer Growler
What can I say, I’m a beer traveler! A stainless steel beer growler is the perfect gift for your beer traveler. Unlike a glass growler, an empty stainless steel growler can be left in your car until the moment arises without fear of it breaking. Don’t just purchase any stainless steel growler though, make sure its insulated like this one from 45 Degree Latitude. It can keep beer cold for up to 24-hours without refrigeration!
FitBit Charge HR
It’s true that the FitBit Charge HR seems to be on everyone’s Christmas list this year, but there’s good reason. It’s a cool piece of technology that helps keep the wearer in shape, and it packs plenty of benefits for a traveler. First, it automatically tracks sleep to help get over jetlag. Second, it’s fun to see how many steps we walked in a day. Third, it has a built in alarm clock.
There’s something romantic about writing your travelogues in a leather bound travel journal. I never leave home without one. Sitting at a bar with a local beer and journaling helps me channel my inner Bruce Chatwin. It’s one of my favorite travel gifts to both give and receive.
Canon Pureshot S120 Camera
Small is the new large when it comes to travel cameras. With advancements in camera technology, some point-and-shoot cameras snap as good of photos as bulky DLSRs. Unless your traveler works for National Geographic, then a compact camera that can fit in her pocket is the perfect solution. The Canon Powershot S120 is the preferred choice of frequent travelers.
Ollo Clip 4-in-1 Lens
Maybe minimalist is his travel style, and a camera is too much since he’s already carrying a phone. An Ollo Clip 4-in-1 Lens converts an iPhone into a powerful camera.
Travel Blog Success
Speaking of working for National Geographic… In today’s environment, it’s impossible to get started as a travel writer or photographer without first showcasing your skills with a travel blog. Travel Blog Success helps get aspiring travel bloggers started with an easy to follow curriculum and an online community featuring some of the world’s top travel bloggers (like me!).
Every traveler wants one, but most are too embarrassed to buy one. Help them rock the #selfie world with a selfie stick. I recommend this one because it has a built in tripod. I have one and use it all the time.
A Kindle Paperwhite or Voyager
The Kindle Paperwhite and Voyager are two of the newest Kindle’s. If the traveler in your life is still using the old school, heavier version, it’s time to give them an upgrade. I just upgrade to a Voyager and my wife has the Paperwhite. I splurged for the Voyager because it is better lighting and I’m legally blind. As an added bonus, it weighs less and is smaller while still offering the same screen. However, my wife loves her Paperwhite just fine (the weight and size difference aren’t that significant). If they don’t have a Kindle yet, then this is the perfect gift as books are way to bulky.
Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones
hether staying in a shared hostel room or flying overseas, noise cancelling headphones help wearers travel in peace. Of course, Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones are the best.
I can’t say enough about PacSafe bags. Mrs. G. and I have several of them. PacSafe bags are designed to keep your stuff safe on the road with safety features such as locking zippers, slash proof mesh, steel wires in the straps, and RFID protection for passports. From daybags to purses to camera bags and straps, no traveler should leave home without a PacSafe bag. They even sell suitcases, which I don’t have but want.
Anker Astro E1 Portable Charger
Because you can’t travel with SnapChatting, Facebooking, and Tweeting the entire trip. However, all those social media updates are draining on a phone battery. A portable charger (external battery) will make sure their phone is never dead. I like the Anker Astro E1 because it is small and charges quickly.
Because waking up to put on your shoes when you have to go to the bathroom on an overnight flight is a pain in the ass. Slipper socks make a great stocking stuffer.
Eyefi SD Card
Another awesome stocking stuffer – a wifi memory card! With an Eyefi SD Card, you can transfer photos from your camera to your phone for sharing via wifi. Isn’t technology awesome?
Cube Light by Enevu
A Cube Light by Enevu can serve as anything from a reading light to mood lighting. Since it’s battery operated, powering 100 hours, it’s also perfect for camping and emergency situations.
Which of these travel gifts do you plan to add to your wish list?