14 Best Christmas gifts for travelers

It’s that time of the year! It’s Christmas time!! We listen to all the Christmas songs, eat candies (oh my sweet Ferrero Rocher) and make the Christmas trees. We feel the Christmas spirit in the air, and come closer and spend time with our beloved ones. But it’s also when setting free our consumer side and give presents to our friends and family.

So, if are you lacking in ideas of what should you get to your friends and family members who love to travel? What Christmas gifts your loved ones with itchy feet would really appreciate?

Best Christmas gifts for travelers

1. Scratchable world map

This is a fantastic gift for international travelers who like to show off how much they travel. It’s also great fun to scratch off the countries as you visit them. We would love to have one of these hanging in our room or living room.

2. Ultrabook

We just bought ourselves one of these. It’s thin, it’s light, it’s fast! It also looks sturdy enough to take a few hits, and although being the most expensive gift on the list, this is one of the cheapest ultrabooks around. We think this is a fantastic computer to have when you travel a lot and need to write/work, like… I don’t know…. travel bloggers 🙂

3. Travel camera

Let’s face it if you aren’t a professional photographer you don’t need a DSLR. Yes, they can take better photos, but they are way too big, bulky, and heavy. And with all the lens it would be a nightmare to carry around. Sony, Canon, Panasonic have small compact cameras that allow us to go fully manual and have many options to allow you to set free our artistic side. And they are so much cheaper…

Travel drafts favorite camera: Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 Though, check this complete travel camera gear set!

4. External Battery Power Bank

This is a small battery that you charge as any other and then use it to charge other devices, such as phones, tablets, cameras or anything chargeable through USB. It can be so useful as a last resort battery when travelers are away for long periods.

Our favorite: Anker Power Bank

5. Desk Globe

A small globe to put on on the desk or end table back home. It will inspire you and your friends to travel and wander about the new adventures around the world.

Our favorite: Explorer World Desk Globe

6. Pocket notebook

I know it’s old-fashioned but a small notebook is always useful to take notes for future posts, to make a small accounting of the trip or just write some random thoughts or draw when you are bored.

Check some of these beauties

7. Waterproof Dry Bag

A Drybag is very useful for an adventure traveler to keep documents safe when doing water activities. Even if you don’t expect to do it, or be around water to much time, it’s still a good way to ensure that accidents don’t happen and ruin the trip.

Check this Waterproof Dry Bag by Odyssey

8. Universal Power converter

Do you know how many different power plugs and voltages exist? This can be a huge problem when traveling, and even worse if traveling to several countries. Imagine getting to your hotel only to realize that you can’t charge any of your devices. So, a Universal power converter can be the savior and that makes it a great inexpensive gift.

There are so many options!

9. Kindle Paperwhite & e-books

Books are ancient history and outdated!! Just kidding books will always have their place, but when traveling we need to be light, and carrying around 3 or 4 books isn’t possible. But a Kindle solves this easily. It’s thin, light has huge longevity and can store a huge amount of books. In other words, perfect for long travels.

10. A Leatherman multi-tool

Multi-tools are fantastic, I love them and all the things you can do with them. Leatherman’s and Gerber multi-tools are very well built, durable, and resistant. It’s a must-have to any traveler, especially long-term and adventure travelers. For 35 USD or less and weighing only up to 300 g  you get around 15 tools, which include a knife, scissors, several screwdrivers, can and bottle opener, pliers, wire cutter, etc…

Our favorite multi-tool is Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool 

11. Ultralight towel

Any traveler needs to save weight and package space. Usually, towels are big, heavy and difficult to pack, but these ones are light, small and easy to pack and dry very quickly. This is a must have and therefore a great gift.

Again, so many options, but these look great.

12. A day pack

Never underestimate how useful a day pack is when we are backpacking for several days or weeks. It will allow you to take side trips of 1, 2 or 3 days without having to take everything with you! And this is priceless! Remember a good day pack, needs to be light, sturdy and versatile. 

If you need help choosing one, check here the best travel day pack.

13. Packing Cubes

OK, I’ve never tried this, but it’s very high on my wishlist! Barely every person who talks about it, just loved it and says “If you want to keep your backpack/luggage organized this is the way to go”; “You can put your belongings in the cubes and then easily access them when you need it”, “Just, try and you will probably get hooked on them”. My backpack usually becomes a mess after 2 or 3 days of use, so I hope this solves my problem 🙂

Feel free to offer me any of these 🙂

14. A travel tag

A travel tag is not only useful but it can be an extremely cute fashion accessory. If your bag disappears you won’t want to rely on the airline’s tag, because they can easily be ripped and become useless. Some may even have a traceable device in case your bag goes missing. Others are just too cute to not be used! If you need help choosing the perfect one, check this travel tag buying guide.

Our favorite travel tag!

If you need even more ideas for things to offer to someone who loves traveling check this post about what to buy for someone going traveling… but, if that one is a woman, have a look at this amazing list of travel gifts for her or for him.

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