I know I shouldn’t mention the ‘C’-word yet – that’s ‘Christmas’ for those who are in denial – but December is here and that means Michael Buble Christmas songs will be playing in stores near you!
It’s the time of year to pack your bags for a vacation or put together a plan for all those places you want to see in 2015… and why not start planning your adventures with a gift!
I’ve spent the year slowly putting together this list of gifts for travellers. From the Aviation Geeks to the Travel Lovers who are settling into their new homes; the ones with a chronic case of wanderlust and even a section of gift ideas for those planning their first or next epic adventure!
Personalised Travel Notebook – £9.00
Even though I share most of my adventures on the blog I always carry a hardback notebook when I travel. This luggage tag travel notebook can be personalised with the receivers name and choice of airport code!
Grid-It! organiser– prices vary
Keeping organised while travelling is hard so avoid a tangle of cables, chargers, stationary and items by using a Grid-It! organiser to keep things in place. Best of all, it’s the perfect case for tablets OR laptops!
RAF ‘Clear for Take Off’ Mug – £9.95
Have an aviation aficionado in the house? This mug is a cute but classy gift for them to enjoy their morning cuppa out of.
Agloves Touchscreen Gloves – $19.99 – $34.99
When the temperature drops the last thing you want to do is to take your cosy gloves off to send a text message or answer the phone. Agloves Touchscreen Gloves allow you to use your touchscreen device without taking them off!
4-in-1 Adapter – $25.00
A simple, handy device for any traveller and useable wherever they choose to travel.
Make-Up Pouch – $19.75
A make-up pouch, a pencil-case, technology holder… the options for use are endless!
New York Burger Map – £8.00
Herb Lester Associates have some of the coolest guides, stationery and gifts for the traveller in your life so do check out their growing range of products! I received the NYC Burger Map in the mail this morning for my friend and can’t wait to taste test their decisions soon!
For Aviation Geeks and Frequent Flyers
Airport Tag Pillow – from $24.90
Great for beds or couches, these customisable Airport Tag Pillows are a fun and practical gift for the travel-obsessed!
Airplane Simulator Experience – prices vary
Does someone you know have dreams of becoming a pilot? Perhaps an Airplane Simulator Experience is a good gift idea for them! Flight Simulators can be found in most major cities, such as Hong Kong Flight Simulator Experience.
Priority Pass – from $99.00
Priority Pass is the world’s largest independent airport lounge access program that allows members to use lounges across the world. Perfect for the frequent flyer!
Stay Connected with GoGo Inflight – from $5.00
When I’m in America, I purposely choose flights that use Gogo Inflight‘s in-flight WiFi so I can stay productive while travelling. One-time usage, gift cards and annual passes are available on their website. Another option for global coverage is Boingo who operate in airports, hotels and cafes around the world.
Godinger Airplane Cocktail Shaker – $49.00
Why make your favourite cocktails with a plain old cocktail shaker when you could make them with a PLANE cocktail shaker!
Godinger Airplane Corkscrew – $26.00
For the travel and wine lovers of the world.
Airline Leather Toiletries Bag – $185.00
I came across Skyebags when searching for some unique gift ideas for aviation lovers and these are indeed unique. Using donated American leather recycled from Delta Airlines, Skyebags hand make each leather toiletries bag, tote bag or wallet!
Essential Electronics for Travellers
This Is Ground Laptop Mod, Craft Edition – $575.00
I am a little bit in love with This Is Ground’s collection of stylish and durable products, and their Laptop Mod is at the very top of my Christmas Wish List. Keeping all of my cords, keys, stationary and laptop organised means no more panicking rummaging through my bag for that elusive item – sounds good to me!
WD My Passport Ultra – from $69.00
Ever come home from a fantastic holiday only to find all your photos and videos had been deleted from your SD-card? To avoid this, I now backup to my WD My Passport Ultra every day so I have two copies of my images should something happen.
MDN JuiceExtra Portable Charger and Speaker – $19.95
I was given one of these a gift in November and it is seriously one of the coolest presents I’ve ever received. The slim device easily slips into my pocket or handbag, is lightweight and will charge my iPhone or iPad. With a twist of the top, it becomes a speaker and stand for music or videos – cool right?!
AiAiAi Pipe Earphones with Mic – $40.00
Comfortable in my ears and lightweight, these AiAiAi Pipe Earphones have been part of my essential travel kit since I picked them up earlier in the year. I’m pretty fussy with sound quality and for the price, these are miles better than any others I own.
GoPro – from $169
If you’re an adventurer a GoPro is a fantastic piece of kit to consider. Lightweight, durable, and easy to operate, the only limit with these cameras are your imagination!
Lifeproof iPhone Case – prices vary
I picked up a Lifeproof iPhone case before my trip to the USA to test while snorkelling with dolphins in Hawaii and this baby has proven to be fantastic! I had some hesitations with taking it into the water the first time – make sure ALL the holes are closed – but the casing is well designed and really easy to use.
Microsoft Surface – from $289
While I love my iPad it really had become a glorified book reader and movie watching device for long-haul flights. Since picking up a Microsoft Surface 2 in March I’ve found it really easy to be productive whilst travelling, even without a laptop. The detachable keyboard, that also acts as a cover, is a nifty addition and with the kickstand turns it into a small laptop. Best of all, I can still watch films and read books on the big screen when I need a break from working on the next blog post!
Spotify Premium – $11.99 per month
I began using Spotify about three years ago, just before its Australian launch, and I swear it’s the single best monthly subscription fee I pay. Every season I create a new playlist full of my favourite songs that I can play at home, on a road trip or offline when I travel. I can save single songs, whole albums or the latest charts from around the world to listen to. Browse millions of songs and artists… really – it’s like a never-ending jukebox on my iPhone.
For those unsure, there is a free version which will play an ad every few songs and not allow offline playlists and there is now a student discount available!
Tieks – from $175.00
These foldable ballet flats have been touted as the most comfortable and versatile flats in the world and I would have to agree. Space and weight are king when travelling and these shoes fold up into next to nothing. Perfect to slip into my suitcase or my handbag. While an investment piece, these shoes are stylish, durable and super comfortable!
I Heart… State Necklace – from $26.85
Home is indeed where the heart is and why not show it off with this simple, silver necklace? In the picture featured is New York State, however. the store now comes with most American states and plenty of countries from around the world, including Australia!
This Works: In Transit Range – from £9.00
A brand new range by British company This Works, their In Transit range is all about keeping your skin hydrated with travelling. I hate bringing too many products with me so it’s great to see that they’ve included an SPF 30 in the product as well.
This Works: Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – £16.00
If you’d let me, I’d rave about this product all day long. I am in LOVE and travel with a small bottle of this everywhere I go. Infused with essential oils, it’s a natural way to assist with sleeping and overcoming jet lag.
If you don’t want to purchase a full-size bottle consider getting their Dream Team kit which contains a small Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and the Deep Sleep Stress Less rollerball. These packs are also available for free when staying at selected Crowne Plaza Hotels.
Longchamp Le Pliage Travel Bag – $135.00
Now a cult item, the Longchamp Le Pliage Travel Bag is the ultimate foldable hold-all. Perfect for taking out during the day or carrying those extra shopping purchases back home.
Too Faced Cause A Scandal Kit – $65.00
I’m a big fan of quality products that come in nice kits and Too Faced offers that. Their Boudoir Eyes kit offers shades to create the perfect smokey eye for day or night along with the BEST mascara (That’s their ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara), primer and eyeliner. Just add a lipstick and you’re ready for anything!
Aroamas Solid Perfume Sticks – $8.00
It really frustrates me when I find a perfume I love but can’t get it in travel size and those testers from stores often don’t have a lid – frustrating! Cue Aroamas. These solid perfume sticks are perfect for travellers and you have no worry of broken glass bottles. My personal favourites are Lavendaria and Almaty Apple!
Speakeasy Supply Co Scarves – $63.00
When I saw these scarves, made by fellow travel bloggers, I couldn’t help but love the concept. Stylish and practical, these scarves have a hidden zipper compartment perfect for hiding passports, money or other small items!
Antler Elara Suitcase – from $269.00
If you’re a frequent traveller you’ll know what your luggage goes through – a heck of a lot! My Antler luggage has been travelling around the world with me for three years and I’m in dire need of an upgrade. The Elara range is stylish and cute – perfect!
Ray Ban Aviators – from $89.00
Classic and cool, aviators are the ultimate stylish travellers accessory!
Minnetonka Moccasin – from $40.00
I’ve been rocking Minnetonka Moccasin’s across the world for the last three years and I love them! Perfect to wear at the airport, dress them up or down, or wear day-to-day; they are soft, stylish and take up little room in your bag.
Kate Spade Scarf – $128.00
I’m a big fan of wearing scarves to change up my outfits and these three silk scarves by Kate Spade are simply gorgeous! – Transcontinental Express Travel Tag Scarf, Key Pieces World Map Scarf and the New York Map Scarf!
Mona Mara London Skyline Necklace – £58.00
Make a statement with this London Skyline Necklace. I always find myself wearing neutral tones when travelling – much easier when travelling for an extended period – and a statement piece like this, that isn’t bulky, really makes a different to an outfit. They also have a range of bracelets with beautiful inscriptions on them that is on my Wish List!
Dodo Case: Stamen Maps – $84.95
These elegant cases, which feature maps of the worlds biggest cities, are a classy protection for your technology. Check out their ranges for iPhone, iPad and Android.
Restoration Hardware Roll-Up Travel Charger – currently out-of-stock
Dealing with cords and tangles are such a hassle but Restoration Hardware’s Roll-Up Travel Charger makes it easy to keep them organised while looking stylish.
Tiffany & Co. Airplane Cufflinks – $415.00
A simple touch to an outfit, these sterling silver Tiffany & Co Airplane Cufflinks are an elegant accessory for any event.
The North Face Condor TriClimate Jacket – $290.00
My North Face Condor TriClimate Jacket is one of the best purchases I’ve made. I’ve worn it during Melbourne’s winter, the detachable outer jacket during monsoon season in Asia and the wind resistant jacket inside when I needed something light during winter in Europe. It is one of the most versatile pieces I own and comes with me to every country I visit!
Travel Inspired Gifts for the Home
Glasshouse Fragrance Candles – from $18.95
When you can’t be out exploring the world, bring the world into your home with Glasshouse Fragrance Candles. My personal favourite is Rio De Janeiro an orange candle that combines the smell of passion fruit & lime or the scent of O’ahu – lightly floral fragrance with Pink Freesia, Ilima Milk & Honey.
Humans of New York – $17.99
Telling one story at a time from the streets of New York, Humans of New York is the book stemming from the uber-popular Facebook page. A great addition to any coffee table or bookcase.
Nanoblocks Travel Edition – $15.97
Unleash the inner kid in you with Nanoblocks travel edition. Create the Sydney Opera House, an Eiffel Tower, or even the Moai on Easter Island.
Bicycle – from $249.00
Depending what city you live in, bicycles are such a great way to get around and so often looked over when driving a car is much easier. Whether it’s a weekend bike ride, cruising around with your little ones or the tool to get to-and-from work, Reid Cycles Vintage bicycles are my hot pick. I’ve been eyeing up their navy vintage bike for a while now!
DIY Travel Memory Display – prices vary
Create mementoes of special trips with these fun DIY project. Simply download, follow the instructions, print and display.
Matryoshkas Measuring Cups – $25.00
This Is Fred has created a whole range of Matryoshka kitchenware from the measuring cups, kitchen timer, cutlery set, and plastic ware. The perfect little injection of Russian culture and kitsch in your kitchen.
Map Glasses – from $12.50
Whether it’s for your whisky or a cool drink of the non-alcoholic kind, these map glasses are a fun way to incorporate travel into your drinking. Currently featuring cities across the US and some European cities, with more to come.
National Geographic Allanson Globe – $99.00
Ever wanted to ‘spin the globe’ to see where you’d travel next? Why not try planning your next adventure using the National Geographic Allanson Globe. As a person with a chronic case of wanderlust, I’d love to spend hours pouring over new countries and cities I could travel to.
Gifts In Paper and Print
Books to Inspire Wanderlust – prices vary
We can’t always be travelling but we can always be inspired by other people’s tales. Here are just a few of my current favourite travel reads;
- Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant by Owen Beddall – $26.96
- My Name Is Not Konnichiwa! by Rodney Ee – $9.99
- What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman – $11.18
- Love With A Chance Of Drowning by Torre DeRoche – $11.90
- N-W: A Novel by Zadie Smith – $12.76
Travel Print – prices vary
Give the gift of a beautiful custom travel print for the traveller in your life. Check out Etsy for this one and much more.
Travel Photography – prices vary
If a travel print isn’t quite the right fit why not consider some travel photography? Some of my favourite at the moment is of Hong Kong’s now closed Kai Tak Airport.
Louis Vuitton City Guides – $43.00
A touch of style, a touch of class – the Louis Vuitton City Guides are the perfect practical gift for the luxury traveller in your life.
Cavallini & Co Vintage Map Sticky Notes – $17.54
Who said office work can’t be fun if you inject it with this cute sticky note set! They have a range of world map inspired stationary on their website.
World Scratch Map – $19.34
A fun way to track your travels, each time you visit a new country simply scratch your map to track your travels. Especially great for young adults learning about geography.
World Globe Ornament – $4.97
Yes, even your Christmas tree can have a touch of the world with these fun world globe ornaments!
Gifts for Photography Lovers
Flytographer – from $250.00
I’ve heard a lot of good things about Flytographer this year and it sounds like a great way to capture beautiful photos of you, your partner and family while on your next travel adventure or even in your own backyard!
Check out Captain and Clarke’s Travel Memories from Slovenia for a taste of what Flytographer offers.
Photography Books –
If you’re planning on making 2015 the year you improve your photography then consider these two books that will have you taking better photos in no time;
- Beyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy DSLR Camera Off “Auto” and Photograph Your Life like a Pro by Rachel Devine – $18.64
- Getting Out Of Auto by Beer & Beans – $9.95
Joby GorillaPod – from $7.95
These versatile tripods are a staple in my camera kit. Regardless of what surface you want to set your camera up on, GorillaPod will be able to do it – even clinging to poles with its flexible legs!
Instagram Magnets – from $15.99
Print out your favourite Instagram snaps and magnets, calendars and all that’s in-between with Stick9’s magnet sets. I have a set that I printed out about a year ago and I’m always getting compliments about what a good gift idea this would be.
ONA Brooklyn Bag – $349.00
If your camera bag needs an upgrade consider checking out the ONA Brooklyn Bag. Made from sturdy leather, it’s the perfect size for your camera, lens and a few other bits and pieces for the day. I’ve already asked Santa nicely if an ONA can join my family this Christmas.
Sony QX10 Lens – $198.00
If you think that your smartphone camera is more than good enough but want to take it to the next level consider purchasing a Sony QX10 Lens. These smart lenses clip onto your phone and offer a 10x zoom – nice!
Blurb Photobook – from $13.63
Don’t just leave your travel photography sitting on your computer’s desktop; Make photo books as memories of your adventures.
Blurb is my pick of websites (especially for Australians), but after seeing C’est Christine’s beautiful Iceland photo book from Artifact Uprising, they look like a great option, especially for North Americans.
Planning an Epic Adventure?
The New York Times 36-Hours – $31.75
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next weekend getaway then look no further than these The New York Times books which have curated dream itineraries for North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia & Oceania. A sure-fire way to get you inspired to creating your perfect weekend getaway.
Travel Vouchers –
Know that you want to travel but not quite share where yet? Why not ask for travel vouchers for Christmas. Here are a few of my favourite companies you might want to consider;
- airbnb – Find truly local accommodation on any budget around the world.
- Uber – Need a car? Perhaps a taxi? Call a Uber for peace of mind wherever you are in the world.
- Eurail – Planning a European vacation then consider getting a Eurail pass. These passes will give you free of deeply discounted train tickets across many countries in Europe.
- Viator – The leaders in memorable experiences, day trips and multi-day trips, check out Viator for some ideas of what to include on your itinerary during your travels.
Heys Vintage Map Suitcase – $189.99
Planning a new adventure and don’t think your old backpack or suitcase will cut it? Why not invest in the Heys Vintage Map Suitcase?! Stylish and practical – you’ll easily be able to spot your suitcase in a crowd of bags! – it’s the perfect investment piece, and the hardshell is sure to last for years!
Escape Monthly: Vacation in a Box – $49.95 per month
If you’re still counting down til your next vacation, pass the time a little faster with Escape Monthly’s Vacation in a Box. Each month you’ll receive a themed box exploring a different city or region. For December 2014, the these is Europe! These boxes are put together in the US but for additional, they can be shipped worldwide.
Qantas Cash – prices vary
If you’re a fan of collecting Qantas Points or know someone who is, give your Christmas gift in foreign currency. Currently, Qantas are offering double points for any International currency spend!
Olympus OM-D – $799.00
Looking to upgrade your camera to something small but powerful? Then check out the Olympus OM-D. The light, rugged aluminium casing houses a powerful camera that’s easy to slip into your bag on your next getaway!
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