It can be very difficult to buy a gift for someone in today's day and age. If you are like most people, when you realize that you want (or "need") something, you quickly take a quick shopping trip to the store or make a few clicks online and ta-dah! The immediate gratification that our society now functions under is fulfilled and you have your new purchase in hand. With the Holidays fast approaching, more and more people are faced with the dilemma of what constitutes a "good thoughtful gift" for the loved ones on their list. This tricky gift buying battle results in increased worrying, hair pulling, hand wringing and overall increased stress levels, especially as the holidays are fast approaching and you must find the perfect gift for everyone from your hairdresser, to your parents and your little one's bus driver. Worry not, we are here to help! I'm going to guess that at least one of the people for whom you must purchase gifts enjoys traveling. So here is a quick and easy guide to our Top 11 Holiday gifts for the travelers in your life.
1- The most basic item every traveler requires is a carry on bag or suitcase of some type. Obviously, the type of bag might vary based on the type of travel your loved one enjoys. For example, someone who enjoys backpacking trips might prefer a smaller foldable backpack such as this one,
while others who travel with their suitcases and max out the scale for checked luggage would certainly rather receive a rolling suitcase (such as this one ). (Keep in mind that different airlines have different baggage limits, so you should check ahead of time the specifics for various companies.)
2 - Traveling is amazing, especially when you have a good night's sleep before big fun-filled days! That's why it's important to sleep well regardless if you're spending the night on an airplane, train, bus or in a hostel dorm room. That's why we recommend a quality travel pillow as a great gift idea! There are blow up ones available, but one such as this is especially great, as you can have it be much smaller when packed away, and then it becomes bigger and fuller when you decide to get some much needed zzzz's!
3 – Since we're on the subject of sleep, it's great to have your head comfortably rested, but if there are loud noises around you (or if the person next to you won't stop snoring loudly!), noise-cancelling headphones can be a lifesaver! These are available at varying prices, but these are a great example of what to look for, as they are also foldable and lightweight!
4– It's normal to be a little concerned when you're packing away all your necessary liquids (such as sunscreen when heading to secluded sunny beaches!) in your checked luggage and hoping that they make it to the final destination with you. This can get even more worrisome with missed connections or delayed arrivals before connections. This is why squeezable refillable bottles that meets the airline's requirements for carry on luggage are extra handy! These bottles can be found for varying prices, but check out these for great quality examples.
5– If the traveler in your life is new to traveling (or if they're not but are always borrowing from other people), then an around the world adapter might be just what they need! Adapters like this one are extra convenient, since you don't have to worry about losing any of the pieces as they're all in one! Make sure that the adapter can also convert electricity so that the electronic devices are safe to use in it.
6– Another useful tool for electronics while traveling is a mobile power pack (see this as an example). This allows for charging of the many electronics considered 'basic essentials' for travels, so that you don't miss out on the perfect photo opportunity just because your camera battery decides to die before the day is over!
7– Packing cubes (such as these ) or a packing organizer (like this one ) can make for a great present. With variable prices and strong variety of designs, sizes and colors, these can fit in any budget. They will also be appreciated by your loved one who will be able to easily locate smaller belongings when needed while vacationing!
8– Turkish towels or quick dry towels (such as these) are a must for travelers, especially for backpackers! These are quick to dry, light and require little space to pack in a bag. This makes them perfect for beach days, to use as a blanket for a picnic or to dry off after a swim or shower! The Turkish towels, like these, tend to be bigger sizes and more fashionable, so they also make for great sarongs.
9– Travel sized games, (such as this or that) are a great idea for the traveler who might want entertainment to go while waiting for flights or other transportation! It's a great way to fill in those free hours and perhaps even make new friends playing these social games!
10– Water damaged electronics in the middle of a trip is one of those "I’d never wish upon anyone" situations. That's why waterproof bags make excellent gifts, especially if they enjoy spending time at the beach, near the pool, or also going boating (particularly great for snorkeling or scuba diving). These bags vary in prices and sizes, so it can be specifically for smaller electronics, or it can also be to ensure clothes and towel remain dry while you go swimming with the fish.
11 - Scratch edition bucket list map, like this one, is a more relaxed luxury item. It's a great way for the traveler who dreams of traveling the world to keep track, scratching off one country at a time as they travel!
There you have it, great gift ideas for the travelers in your life! Now, get shopping before the holiday crowds become too overwhelming, and you can instead relax while enjoying the festive holiday atmosphere in a couple of weeks!
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