Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers

Before the 1st December, I am the biggest Grinch in the world.

I hate the ridiculously early pre-Christmas anticipation, the excessive amount of poorly executed Christmas ads on the TV (Monty the Penguin, what is that all about?) and of course, the worst bit of all?

Christmas shopping.

Or at least, the fact whenever you go into town from mid-November onwards, it is packed. And if you dared to venture out last weekend - how did you even get out of it unscathed?

But then December comes around and I feel it's perfectly justifiable to melt the ice queen exterior and (slightly) give into the 'Tis the Season to be Jolly malarkey.

And no doubt, probably around the 19th/20th December time, I will realise I have yet to sort out ANY Christmas presents.

I never learn.

But, naturally, I've already thought out of the sort of presents I would ideally like to give (and be given, WINK WINK) were my budget not so restricted.

And some of you may be running low on ideas to buy for your very own travel lover whether it's your brother from another mother, an actual blood relative or the love of your life. So the good person that I am, I've decided to share some of my Christmas gift ideas and maybe some of these will take your fancy.

So without further ado, my Christmas gift ideas for travel lovers.

The Colombiaphile

I had the pleasure of trying these tasty little morsels of chocolate covered Colombian coffee beans (that's one hell of a mouthful) by Amelia Rope at the Colombian Food Fest in London last week and considering they're made in Colombia, it's nice little touch to the usual chocolate-based present idea.

The Wanderluster

For ridiculously photogenic inspiration with words that will have you chomping at the bit to book the next flight, a subscription to AFAR magazine (you can get it digitally if you can't get the print copy) is ideal reading material for those who've been bitten by the travel bug.

The Journal Keeper

My Dad gave me a Moleskine notepad many blue moons ago and ever since then, it's still a special occasion, to sit down and write in it, admittedly when I do actually find time to do so (when I manage to sit down for more than two seconds). I've been meaning to regularly write a journal since god knows how long but for those who do write a diary religiously, you can't go wrong with a Moleskine.

The Coffee Fiend

For those who need their caffeine fix in the morning (or afternoon or evening), these cute DIY coffee pods make a nice gift with a personal touch.

The Book Worm

Being able to sink into a book when travelling is synonymous with that holiday feeling. For Christmas, why not add to their book collection with these suggestions?

For a classic, the iconic On the Road is a good start, for a laugh out loud and poignant in equal measures travel journal, Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island and for the language lover, Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe by Gaston Dorren sounds right up their street (definitely up mine).

If you're feeling particularly flash, why not buy a Kindle. It may sound like sacrilege to those who love having an actual book but for travel purposes, it's less weight and more reading material - what more could you want?

The Explorer

They've been here, there and everywhere and most of their stories will start off with "This one time in...". They've probably been there, done that and got the t-shirt in most places around the world. So finding them a gift for their perpetually itchy feet is quite a challenge.

To give them an unique experience whilst they're inevitably on the road, Tinggly has the answer. By buying a gift box for $125, the recipient can choose from experiences ranging from a Two Day Tour around Halong Bay in Vietnam, Half a Day Wine Tasting in Santiago, Half a Day Barrier Reef Dive in Belize and many, many more options, worldwide. There are just so many great options (although sadly none in my dear Colombia, as of yet) that even the fussiest traveller would be hard-pushed to not find something that didn't float their boat.

If anyone who knows me is reading this and you know, short of present inspiration, cough, cough, wink, wink, you know the rest.

The Shutterbug

For the snappy happy friend, other half or family member, something to add to their photography collection is ideal.

This cute little bottletop tripod for point and shoots means you never to wrestle with a massive tripod again.

Finally, it's not just iPhones that are having all the fun as Olloclip now does detachable lenses for Samsung too.

And if you really want to push the boat out, ONA camera bags are the solution for a stylish but useful camera bag that doesn't scream that there's an expensive DSLR in it (one day, I will get my hands on one of these).

What are your Christmas gift ideas?


  1. Top of my wishlist: Frequent Flyer Miles. Hahaha!

  2. Great gift ideas for travel lovers.Ligno is An outright enjoyment to read.Not particularly useful in any manner however a reality book in a considerably more interesting wrapper.For those not familiar with linguistics like me,this is a lovely way to find out about different languages.Best wishes.