The holidays are here, and ’tis the season to be giving. And it looks like travel gear is on the Christmas Gift Wishlist of every traveller. Unless you’re willing to part with your airline miles and hotel reward points, here’s our pick of gifts for the traveller. So whether you’ve got big budgets or a shoestring, all you need to make your traveller friend happy this season is a big heart (and this list).
PS: If you’re feeling exceptionally giving, we’d love to receive any of these too!
5 Unique gifts for the traveller for all budgets:
1. Go Pro Hero 3/4
We got the GoPro Hero 3 Plus from Changi Airport last year, and the timing couldn’t have been better. We really enjoyed its 1080p60 video and wide lens as you can see in our video of the Great Ocean Road Drive through Southern Australia and then maxed its wifi and underwater capabilities on our snorkelling day in Nalusuan Island in the Philippines. It’s tiny, great quality, waterproof, and also comes with a wide range of accessories from chest harnesses to head-mounts and more. What more could a traveller want, to capture all those stunning sights and memories? Of course, now that the GoPro Hero 4 is out, Charles wants that too.
GoPro Hero 3 Plus at $ 576.50/ INR 35,990 Buy here.
2. Travel Toiletry Case
Every trip reminds you of the need to pack efficiently. From transferring your shampoos and conditioners into travel sized bottles, to having earbuds, perfume, a teeny sachet of detergent for emergencies, combs, creams and other essentials, packing a toiletry case right is key. And if you’ve got the right toiletry case, it’s super easy. After changing several toiletry cases over the years, we’ve finally found this beauty from Georgio Armani does the trick. Its calfskin body is sturdy, looks elegant, and is the perfect size to throw it all in, regardless of whether you’re on a weekend jaunt or a longer sejour.
Georgio Armani Washbag in Calfskin Leather $223 INR 13931 Buy here.
3. El Camino Bracelets
While we definitely subscribe to the opinion that you can’t “do” a country, it’s always nice to keep track of the places you’ve been and things you’ve experienced. Every traveller will agree that memories are the most priceless souvenir from their travels. And the El Camino Bracelet lets you wear those souvenirs on your wrist and build on them as you journey your way across the world. Featuring a high strength cord, with handmade glass region steps, hand polished surgical grade stainless steel clasps, country and small steps, and solid mahogany and oak spacers, this is a thing of beauty. We’re slowly building our collection, starting out with the one’s closest home first – India and Thailand. And we love the name, derived from the Camino path (that we’re planning to walk in 2016).
El Camino Bracelet Starter Package £29.99/ INR 2944 Buy here.
4. Moleskine City Notebooks
If you’ve been reading our city guides, you’ll know that we’re a bit OCD about planning our itineraries. And we love using the metro or any other local public transport when we travel. To top that, just so that we can remember everything to blog about it later, we naturally need to keep meticulous notes. The Moleskine range of City Notebooks solved all three of those things for us. With space to enter your daily itinerary, pull out maps to mark it out on, metro routes, and journal space to jot down notes, this is the only book we carry on our travels. It’s kind of like a guidebook you write yourself. The fact that it comes in the unmistakably beautiful acid free paper, pocket friendly size and black hard cover only makes us love it more.
Moleskine City Notebook $17.95/INR 1302 Buy here.
5. Travel Hamper
Not every useful and exciting gift for a traveller costs money. Here’s a hamper that (depending on just how frugal you are) you can create for very little or even for free. Travel sized toiletries like the ones you find in hotels are perfect while packing for a short trip, and even a longer one, since you can keep throwing away the bottles you’re finished with, making your load lighter as you go. Buy travel sizes or pick up samples at the mall. The ability to fall asleep anywhere from waiting rooms, to planes and trains is an art every traveller hopes to perfect. Help them along with a nice soft eye mask and neck pillow. Fluffy slippers so they feel like it’s a five star no matter where they are. We have a large drawer filled with these, and we love dipping into this supply whenever we need to. Get creative and customise the hamper depending on your friend’s preferences.
So that’s our list for those who have been nice this year. What’s on your wishlist? What do you think would make ideal gifts for the traveller this year?