12 Unique Holiday Gifts for Travelers At All Price Ranges
Believe it or not, the holidays are almost here! If you're looking for some unique gifts for your traveler friends, look no further.
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Coloring books are a great form of stress relief and also help to pass time while traveling. And in case you missed the memo last holiday season, they also aren't just for kids anymore. They're easy to fit in a carry on (and a stocking!) and don't break the bank, making them the perfect addition. The Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel Coloring Book ($13.28) is especially great for travelers given that it is entirely travel focused!
On a similar note, Lonely Planet also has a book called Ultimate Places: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See which looks amazing and could be a great source of travel inspiration. I might be buying that one for myself, even.
Airbnb is a site that connects travelers with unique accommodations around the globe. What I love most about it is that you can find a place at any price range and generally with a lot more charm than that of a hotel - making an Airbnb gift card ($50) the perfect gift for any traveler!
One of the top 5 things I always recommend traveling with is a black cashmere pashmina. It's bigger than a scarf but still folds up pretty small so it's likely you can always fit it in your bag. I bring mine everywhere and often use it as a blanket during flights, a scarf when I'm unexpectedly without enough layers, even draped over my head to block out light so I can sleep. This one by Saferin has great reviews and is quite the steal at only $48.99 currently!
Another great way to pass time while traveling is, of course, reading! A Kindle is a great way to accomplish that given that it's thinner, lighter, and holds thousands of books. It's also glare-free so you can use it on the beach while getting some R&R!
I also have and love an iPad Air which I highly recommend if you need more of a Kindle-computer hybrid.
Made by Mary is my favorite place to get unique jewelry because it's so well made and I hate walking around with the same pieces as everyone else. Two of my favorites, both of which I own, are the state charm necklace ($30+) and the geo-coordinates necklace ($52+). Both are perfect for travelers because it allows them to carry a piece of home (or another special place) with them wherever they go!
As I traveler I can vouch for the fact that travelers always love anything that will make packing and organizing easier. If it's cute and unique, even better! Enter "The Anything Pouch". If your traveler is also a photographer, go for the "Photog Things" option, otherwise go the custom route and order "Traveler Things"!
Adobe Lightroom is the one program that all travelers and photogs or aspiring photogs should own. I use it religiously and when comparing price, ease of use, and quality there is nothing I recommend more! If you're shopping for a traveler that is trying to improve their photography, this is the perfect gift.
8. TRAVEL JOURNALS & NOTEBOOKS
Another item high on my "won't travel without list", a notebook! I use them to jot down places I pass by that I want to come back to, places we tried that I want to remember to recommend, sometimes even what I did all day everyday in case I need to re-create my itinerary for someone. Rifle Paper Co. has a handful of great options - the Bon Voyage Journal, the Passport Pocket Notebooks, the Travel Essentials Journal, and the set of 2 Parisian Notebooks.
Side note: Rifle Paper Co. also has an adorable Bon Voyage 2017 Calendar!
If you've been following my blog for awhile I'm sure you know that I highly recommend mirrorless cameras, specifically the Samsung NX500 which I also own and frequently use while traveling. It's cheaper than a dSLR, lighter, and more compact making it perfect for travelers wanting to capture great images without breaking the bank!
It comes with a decent lens but if you want to go the extra mile, I recommend the 30mm.
If instead you are looking for a dSLR, check out my post on camera recommendations.
I've been traveling with Lululemon Wunder Unders for so long that I actually can't think back to when I didn't travel with them. They are a bit on the pricy side, I will admit, but they last for so long and are hands down the best quality I've ever stumbled upon. They're also extremely versatile - you can travel in them, exercise in them, or just lounge/sleep in them. I own at least 6 pairs for good reason!
Winter is coming and with that often comes, unfortunately, rain and snow! Packable Hunter boots are fantastic because they are classic Hunter boots made better. They are light and roll right up so you can stuff them inside any bag, unlike most rain boots which are thick, heavy, and impossible to pack :)
Didn't think that existed? Me either but it does, thanks to Gatta! Gatta isn't just a pretty face - it's built specifically for cameras with built-in protection so that you never have to pick between keeping your equipment safe and looking good.