Perfect Christmas gifts for people who love travel
I don’t know about you but I find it quite difficult to think of what to buy people for Christmas. I love spoiling my nearest and dearest and it gives you such an amazing feeling when you find that perfect present for someone. So I’ve put together this Christmas gift guide for travel lovers to give you some inspiration.
And also, Santa if you’re reading this – hint hint!
If it’s adventure travel and the outdoors that they love then new gear never goes amiss. There’s a lot to choose from in this category but here are some of my favourites.
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Acai Outdoor Skinnies
I’ve seen lots of outdoors bloggers wearing these and so they’ve made it onto my own Christmas list! I always wear leggings when I’m hiking as they’re really flexible but sometimes they’re not the best as they don’t offer much warmth or any protection from rain.
The Acai Outdoor Skinnies offer the stretch you need for walking while also being water resistant, lightweight and breathable. They’re both stylish and practical which is a difficult combination to come by and they’re suitable for a range of outdoor activities including walking the dog, big hikes and even horse riding.
They come in lots of different colours and there’s even a thermal version for winter walking. They’re also available in petite and long lengths which is brilliant as you don’t find much outdoor gear which caters to us shorties – I sometimes end up getting kids stuff!
Yugen Explore bobble hats
Perfect for winter walking or even winter city breaks, the Yugen Explore bobble hats are practical, warm and stylish. I love my Toubkal Bobble Hat and it’s kept me warm on hundreds of adventures. I’ve got my eye on the Kyoto bobble hat next, I love the colour.
Yugen Explore is one of my favourite adventure brands as they don’t just sell travel gear and accessories but they’re also a community too. Yugen host adventure meet ups for people who love to get outdoors.
Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights
I saw these Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights on The Girl Outdoors’ Instagram as her outdoor trousers of choice and so I thought they deserved a place on the list. They’re durable yet stretchy and have practical pockets. They also have extra patches on the bum and knees which are definitely handy when you’re out in the hills.
Vivobarefoot walking boots
I was gifted these boots from Vivobarefoot a couple of months ago. This minimalist walking boot has a waterproof lining and thermal protection which means that your feet are kept super cosy in all weather. They have a firm but thin sole which is super comfy and perfect for rough terrains.
They’re also really travel friendly as they are lightweight so won’t take up much of your weight allowance if you’re going abroad.
If there’s one thing that makes a great travel gift for a backpacker, it’s a backpack! There are lots of choices available for day packs which can be used for hiking, hand luggage on flights and even for exploring on city breaks.
Sundrift 25l Backpack
If surfing and beach days are your thing then the Sundrift 25l Backpack (affiliate link) should go top of your list for Santa. Not only is it lightweight and durable but it’s sustainable too. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles and Sundrift offers 100% carbon neutral shipping, ideal if the person you’re buying for is trying to reduce their carbon footprint. Also it comes it two cool bright colour combos!
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I saw that Where’s Mollie was doing an Instagram competition to win one of these 16L Kiwi Classic Rolltop backpacks and I immediately fell in love with it – the colours are so cool – I love Potters Clay or Butterscotch!
It’s got different compartments for your tablet and laptop which makes it perfect for a carry on bag on the plane and it stays upright when you place it on the floor which is great for hiking.
Gift vouchers & experiences
Gift vouchers are a perfect gift to get for the traveller in your life, especially if you’re not quite sure what they would like, or if they’re saving up for a big trip that they can go towards.
Hostelling Scotland vouchers
Give the gift of adventure with gift vouchers from Hostelling Scotland. They come in £5, £10 and £20 so they’re perfect stocking fillers for any budget and they can be posted out or emailed.
There are so many amazing places to visit in Scotland and hostels are a great base for travelling. I’ve got the North Coast 500 trip on my bucket list.
If your loved one is anything like me, they’ll be constantly saving up to book a long haul flight and these Flightgift vouchers can go towards their next trip. They can be used with over 300 airlines including budget airlines. Frequent travellers will love them!
And you can do the same thing with hotels with Hotelgift vouchers. They can be used at over 200,000 hotels in over 170 countries throughout the world. This is a perfect gift for someone who is planning a backpacking trip.
Travelzoo has a range of unique gift experiences so you can give the gift of memories that will last a lifetime. Choose from bird of prey experiences, spa days and wine tasting, plus many more. There’s something for everyone!
Whether it’s for the foodies in your life, the spa enthusiasts on your list, those who are always on the move, or for that someone who has everything, Harbour Hotels has got you and your loved ones covered with their exclusive Harbour gift experiences.
Welcome Beyond are offering electronic gift vouchers. Treat a friend or loved one to an unforgettable stay at any one of over 240 one of a kind properties. Choose to give a gift with a monetary value from 50 Euros up to 5,000 Euros, and the gift will be sent via email for you to share personally.
From Greek island retreats for two to rambling Italian villas, and from alpine lodges to modernist beauties, Welcome Beyond’s handpicked collection of holiday properties is as varied as it is beautiful. Start dropping hints now!
What do people who love travel do when they’re not travelling? Well, reminisce about past trips of course. Adventure homeware gifts are really thoughtful and perfect for anyone who loves travelling.
Go Your Own Way mountain-inspired homeware
From Christmas decorations to enamel mugs (perfect for camping too!), Go Your Own Way’s outdoor adventure homeware features mountain designs that are designed and handmade in the Lake District. If your loved one has a favourite UK peak then something from here would be a great gift.
A tried and tested Christmas present for anyone who likes travelling overseas. There are hundreds of thousands of designs of passport covers to suit every taste and budget. I love this Mulberry passport cover as a special treat or there are lots of different designs and options for personalisation on Etsy.
I got a laundry bag a couple of years ago and it was an absolute game changer for keeping the underwear and swimwear that you’ve already worn separate from your clean clothes. I love these ones from Yvonne Ellen.
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I don’t have any packing cubes but I’m dying to try them as I’ve heard lots of people raving about them. They’re perfect for any backpacking friends as they make it really easy to find the items that you’re looking for and for staying organised as you move from hotel to hotel. The Eagle Creek Pack-It cubes are great quality.
If you know someone who’s planning to travel to somewhere tropical, Zap-It! could be a great stocking filler. Zap-It! delivers a low electrical pulse to the area to stop the itching from pesky mozzie bites.
Of course, you can’t go wrong with a good book. Not only perfect for feeding our wanderlust when we’re not travelling, they’re also great for taking on long flights or train journeys.
The Ordnance Survey Great British Treasure Hunt
Ordnance Survey’s bestselling puzzle book is back for 2020. The Ordnance Survey Great British Treasure Hunt contains puzzles based on 40 new maps stretching the entirety of Britain. Each map has a key puzzle and once solved you’ll be able to work out the final location of the treasure.
Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments
What happens when the past is fabricated? Executive Director of the World Monuments Fund John Darlington’s new book, Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments explores just that. From fake medieval towers in 18th century English country houses, to Tennessee’s faithful replication of the Parthenon in Nashville, fake heritage appears in many forms. This exploration of fake heritage delves into the financial benefits, political power and personal fame that can be gained from counterfeiting heritage.
These themed self-guided walking trail booklets (£9.99 each) take explorers on a circular route of approximately two miles, with the challenge of solving sneaky clues along the way to crack a puzzling Murder Mystery, Treasure Hunt, or Spy Mission.
Treasure Trails are the perfect budget-friendly stocking filler, unique Secret Santa pressie, or smaller gift for under the Christmas tree. There are more than 1,200 Trails to choose from all over the UK, providing discovery fun and shared memories for all ages.
I also put together this list of some of the best travel books to read during lockdown a few months ago and so head over there for more ideas.