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Gift ideas for a traveler in your life

Gift giving is a mystical creature – where do you go? what do you get? will they even like it? will they ever use it?

Gift giving for a traveler in your life can be equally as challenging if not more so! They are frequently on the go, they can probably buy more interesting stuff at a better discount by actually buying from the source country. Do travelers even have the time to shop with all the jet setting they do and carry on/suitcase limitations?

The answer is – get them something practical and relatively small, unless of course it’s a trip Around the World – then GO ALL OUT!

As an equally addicted person to the drug of travel, let me introduce to you a few travel gift ideas from around the net that I know your significant someone is going to appreciate. In no particular order:

If you find the usefulness of foam rollers for your daily aches and pains, you might have to go without on your next trip. While even the smallest of the foam rollers can get pretty bulky, you can solve that problem with a portable one!


For that spacial lady wanderlust who likes to subtly show off her love of travel with a quirky purse from Vietnam or a comfortable pair of fisherman’s pants from Thailand. Present her this very inexpensive (she doesn’t have to know) necklace, while she is getting ready, while gently lifting her hair and putting it on. How romantic! How James Bond of you!


Finally, you don’t have to bug your friends and relatives if they’ve seen your latest blog posts. Show off your personal scratch off map as a giant hint as to how many countries you’ve been to, without having to sound pretentious by saying the number out loud – they can now see it and bombard you with questions about New Zealand or Iceland. Check mate!


Do you get chilly on those long flights? Do you frequently forget your eye mask while traveling? Do you wish you could fit your Ipad and a drink in one jacket without it feeling bulky? BAUBAX Jacket should be right up your traveling alley as it contains a shit load of features you’re bound to find helpful no matter the destination. They even have male and female versions in different colors.


If you’re a big collecting dork like me and like to save up all those coins and currency from various nations, then you definitely know that they get bent, scratched and (oh no!) water-stained all the time. It’s time to stop keeping them in glass spaghetti sauce and cookie jars and invest in some proper protective gear which won’t break the bank. Don’t want to keep them hidden? Get some 2nd hand coffee table, a bucket of Epoxy-Seal and work your DIY magic!


Come out victorious with unplanned, but much needed small traveling items (such as safety pins, anti allergy tablet, ear plugs, floss or electrolyte replenisher tablets) when you’re in a pinch. It’s like a Swiss Army Knife that you hope to never have to use and you’ll be glad you packed.


Fellas, you’ll be hoping you had one of these when your passport or money go missing in a foreign country (god forbid of course!) Ladies, let’s travel in comfort and feel safe while doing so. Since you’ll be sporting the “World’s Best Travel Jacket”, why not the “World’s Best Travel Bra” and you’ll be World’s Best Traveler for sure!


Because we live in the future and Unbound’s Apparel is definitely an indication of that. They claim that it doesn’t smell, doesn’t wrinkle, dries fast and regulates your temperature – hmm, does it smell like roses when you fart too?! I’m kidding, but their example of a dude wearing the same clothes for 40 days is definitely impressive. Currently, they have a t-shirt, underwear and socks available from their collection. How about a girls version for this stinky traveler?!


No more excuses to not bring your camera due to its bulky size. You can even carry it with you on those action packed adventures, while attaching it to your head, bike, chest, etc. Oh yea! You can also swim with this bad boy and film yourself getting petrified by whale sharks in the Philippines or going surfing first time in Bali. Ridiculously inexpensive, very portable and always in my travel bag! Yup it’s a knock off, but don’t you know that this traveler is always on a budget 🙂


As Matthew Mcconaughey once said: “Alright, alright, alright!” Maybe your traveler is a minimalist at heart and wants no possessions to keep him/her down, after all we’re very transient creatures. Then, feast your eyes on one or more of the, you guessed it, adrenaline-filled experiences at Adrenaline USA – they have sky diving, white water rafting, helicopter rides, hot air ballooning – What?! been there done that? How about: canyoneering, pilot lessons, dog sled rides, flyboarding, jet packing and more! Uh huh! I knew you or your traveling know-it-all haven’t tried-it-all! Give the gift of an experience, where you know the’ll be screaming: “Holly shit! This is awesome! Can I get down now?!”

Hopefully, the aforementioned ideas give you or the travel lover by your side an idea of what to get them/yourself this holiday season. Even if you just browse through the list, I hope you get the courage or the sense to travel, because as an Anonymous quote states:

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

Unless of course you have the World’s Best Bra, then you’re safely in control of your finances. 🙂

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  1. Those are some smart gadgets and apparel. I had no idea they had so many clothing lines suited for the traveler specifically these days. I just stick money in my bra and IDs in my pants and call it a day.. or is it the other way around. Cool list though!

  2. That jacket is magic! I can’t imagine how heavy it must be after putting all my things in the pockets – it’d be like wearing my handbag haha! Love the portable foam roller – my boyfriend uses his so much. Super cute list. We have a colouring in map which is pretty cool – feel like I cant colour it in fast enough though!

  3. Great travel gift tips, Alla! It warmed my heart to see the “Scratch Off Map” on there…I am a total map whore, and I love the idea of marking where you go in life. And you’re right……it does make you less pretentious than if you were to say out loud where you’ve been!

  4. I love the necklace! And I want to change my camera. I find it bulky so I always end up not bringing it with me. Plus cellphones are always convenient. The SJ4000 above looks like a good alternative. Plus it has wifi connectivity which my dslr is not.

  5. That jacket is a gamechanger! I always travel with just a carry on so that would be perfect for me to keep all my stuff in, leaving more room for clothes and souvenirs!

  6. The world necklace is so perfect for me! I could see new camera gear definitely being of interest for you. What a wicked list of ideas for the holidays! I’m sure it’ll make things easier for a lot of people!

  7. I actually had the scratch off map in the US and absolutely loved it! I just wish I was able to scratch off more countries, but soon enough I will! I also liked the jacket and sports bra. Might just gift them to myself haha

  8. What great ideas! As a traveler who struggles to keep fit while on vacation, that foam roller could help a lot while we’re on holiday! I would love to have that for my morning runs while on vacation. The travel jacket you mentioned has also been on our radar since it was being crowdfunded and started making waves in the travel community. Such an interesting list of features that most (if not all of us) would enjoy! Very well thought-out list, and we’ll be be passing this along to family in hopes of getting some of these cool items.

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