Travellers! Today we kick-off our GIFT GUIDE series and where better to start than a guide specifically designed to make shopping for the travellers in your life a breeze. We hear it all the time… “So and so is IMPOSSIBLE to shop for”.
C’mon now, that’s just not true! But, we totally get that wandering through the mall, aimlessly hoping something jumps out at your can be a particularly traumatic event so we’re doubling down this year with gift guides. We’ve carefully curated lists for the specific types of people in your life – you’re welcome!
Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing gift guides for the men in your life, gifts for your techy friends, gifts for coffee lovers and foodies, stocking stuffer ideas and even some fun last minute gift ideas… but today is all about our fellow wanderers!!!
We’ve picked out some of our favourite travel inspired gift ideas, things we couldn’t live without and also some things on our own wish list. Feel free to share this list with the people in your life to give them a little “nudge” in the right direction.
Now, let’s get this gift giving party started shall we?
1. Map Art | 2. Luggage | 3. Saje Pocket Pharmacy | 4. Ear Buds | 5. Fit Bit | 6. Camera & Gear Bags | 7. Travel Sneakers | 8. Map Glasses | 9. Travel Organizers | 10. Phone Accessories | 11. S’well Bottles | 12. Folding Carry Bag | 13. Trtl Pillow | 14. Staycations
1. Map Art
We travellers love nothing more than sharing our stories and recounting our adventures. Map art has quickly become our go-to decor of choice here at the Dashboard Living house and here are 3 of our absolute favs.
Saltwreck creates custom map art based on your specifications.
Luckies of London scratch maps let you reveal the places you’ve visited in real time and come in all sorts of sizes (we quite like the XL ourselves but hey – to each their own)!
It’s one of those things we all need but never want to buy for ourselves! Great, hard sided luggage with 4-wheel spinner system is a MUST if you’re a frequent flyer.
3. Saje Pocket Pharmacy
Let’s face it – travel makes you more vulnerable than usual to germs and bugs when you’re jet setting around the world and staying in hotels. This pocket pharmacy was gifted to us two years ago and I (Sara) take it everywhere with me!
Sleep is crucial for everyone but especially for those of us trying to work on flights or maintain a semi-regular sleep schedule. A high-quality set of wireless ear buds are worth every penny! If you’re shopping for someone who struggles with sleep (or if you do yourself), you HAVE to check out Bose’s brand new sleep buds which have completely changed my life! Brace yourself – they’re a little pricey but I swear to you (from personal use) they’re worth every penny.
Let’s not pretend we all don’t count our steps when we’re travelling. If you’re anything like us, you like to walk wherever you can and it’s just fun to keep track. We personally like the fitbit flex because it’s discrete and doesn’t “look” like you’re wearing a fitness watch.
6. Camera & Gear Bags
OK Y’all, this is a bit of a splurge but these Kelly Moore bags are the travellers dream. Truth be told, I want them all myself! They’re everything a travellers bag should be – functional, fashionable and fabulous!
7. Travel Sneakers
You NEED cute, comfortable and practical shoes when you travel! The Wool Runners are made from superfine merino wool, so they are soft, itch-free, durable and water-resistant on the outside, and comfortable all over (you don’t even need to wear socks). Plus they’re all machine washable—a dream for travelers!
I’m also in love with TOMS as a company and for their amazing shoes – in fact, I’m in need a new pair because I’ve actually worn right through mine!
8. Map Glasses
Maybe it’s just me but I love any sort of map paraphernalia from map clothing to map art all the way down to map glassware. To me, when you receive something specific to your passion, it just shows that a lot of care went into choosing a gift. And… just so you know, they make “map” everything!
9. Travel Organizers
10. Phone Accessories
The truth is, most people take a LOT of pictures on their phones and many travellers these days use only the camera in their smart phones to capture their adventures. A lens kit for your PHONE is a great way to take your travel photography to the next level without investing in an expensive camera. WARNING: Be sure you know the model of someone’s phone before you purchase one of these sets for them.
11. S’well Bottles & Yeti’s
It’s no secret that I’m all about these water bottles. Frankly, I can’t tell you which I prefer because I adore both brands but I will say this. S’well is more fashionable (while still amazingly functional) and yeti is more rustic looking. They both rock my world!
12. Folding Carry Bag
These foldable bags are fabulous for packing along on any trip. They fold down into nothing and are great for times when you’re overweight with your luggage or need an extra bag on the way home. They also double as beach bags & shopping bags while you’re away. Win-Win!
13. Trtl Pillow
There are lot’s of choices when it comes to neck pillows for travel but the best choice is one that takes up almost no space and can mold to a variety of shapes. That’s why we’re loving the Trtl travel pillow!
Never underestimate the power of an experience based gift. Look, we get it, not everyone can travel as much as they’d like but most people get at least a night or two off each week which makes the gift of a staycation so precious. Oceanstone is one of our favourites here in Nova Scotia alongside many others! Wherever you are, research the area and find a resort – they almost always offer gift certificates.
I hope this list helps you find the perfect gift for the travel lovers in your life!
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