Did you get the memo? Christmas is coming! And for most of us, that means trying to find the perfect present. So, what do you buy the exploring jet-setter type? What do you buy the city break lover or the lux long-haul lover? Cutting to it, what do you buy the traveller? What are the perfect presents and gifts for travellers?
This list isn’t about passport covers, which by the way, just get in the way and have to be removed through check-in anyway. This list features unique, exciting and stylish ideas to help you wear that smug smile on Christmas Eve. You know – the one that identifies you as the best Christmas Present Buyer Extraordinaire. Yes, it’s all about those present ideas. Welcome to the Taylor Hearts Travel grotto…
♥ Rosetta Stone
Okay, so it doesn’t have to be Rosetta Stone, but this is one of the most trusted and credible self-learn language courses. Sold as a CD-ROM (or download) or an online course, it’s available for both regular use and business use, in 19 languages (including exciting ones like Persian and Filipino). Give the gift of language this Christmas and let your traveller be inspired to travel that little bit further. Who knows, it may even lead to a job in travel, or a foreign romance? I’m undecided between improving my French or German, though as I write this I’m en route to Paris so perhaps Français? There’s a sale on at the moment and you can find out more here.
♥ Travel Vouchers
Obviously it would be a teeny bit lovely if you could just buy an overnight stay or a flight ticket for your travelling loved one. However, unless you have a huge budget it’s probably not a possibility. A gift card/voucher is the next best thing. Help your explorer on their way by gifting them a voucher to use on their next trip. Make sure you pick a travel brand that’s in-keeping with their type of travel though. Backpackers or those about to embark on a RTW trip would probably love a STA voucher. STA specialise in RTW trips and offer flights, accommodation, add-ons etc. The vouchers are available for as little as £10 and go right up to £5,000 (yes, please!). Those that love a stylish city break or a fancy hotel would probably appreciate a Mr & Mrs Smith card to use on one of their beautiful properties. Their gift cards start from £50 (again, yes please!).
♥ Sexy Slips
Talking of stylish city breaks, if you’re buying for your girlfriend or wife, why not treat them to a sexy slip? Better yet, wrap the slip up with a little note as a clue to an upcoming weekend away that you’ve booked for the two of you. Just don’t tell them that you got the idea from here! You don’t need to spend a fortune. H&M has some gorgeous ones from around £15,and Boux Avenue has a good mixture of cute and sexy ones from £35.
♥ Travel Inspired Jewellery
Accessories are a really great way to show a bit of personality, so wearing your travels is understandably a fave. Jet Set Candy offer polished charms and classy jewellery inspired by their travels all over the world. If you’re on a tighter budget, Alex and Ani offer some great alternatives. See links for write-ups and more pics.
If you’d rather buy a practical present, the trtl could be the answer. It’s a innovative travel pillow that’s unlike the rest on the market. Worn as a scarf, it has hidden plastic supports that allow you to nod off with ease in an upright position. It rolls up so that you can easily pack it in your bag or velcro it onto your bag strap. I got mine a while ago and have been using it ever since, including this weekend’s trip to Paris. At just £24.95, what could be better than the gift of sleep?! Find out more and read my review of the trtl here.
♥ Electronic Gadgets
If you want to buy something practical but you have a bigger budget, there’s a whole world of perfect presents for travellers. A tablet or an iPad (including the iPad Mini) will undoubtedly be appreciated by most travellers, especially travel bloggers. Similar to a laptop, but with less of the bulk, they can be used on the go to read stories (books, magazines, blog posts etc), to listen to music, to surf the net…pretty much everything except make a cup of tea. I rate the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but there are loads to choose from. For a more personalised present, you could download the latest travel apps in advance.
A camera is also a must-have item for most travellers, again, especially travel bloggers. There are loads of options out there, so if you know your stuff and have a big budget go for it. I rate the Panasonic Lumix GX7 and I know lots of bloggers love the Canon 70D. However, a camera is a bit of a personal decision so if you’re unsure or you don’t have the budget, a gift card for Amazon or a department store like John Lewis would work well.
♥ Gorgeous Globes
Back to the pretty stuff and for wanderers who like to travel, but also like to have a place to call home, these gorgeous, hand-painted globes are a beautiful accessory for any home. They come in a range of colours, designs and sizes. They’re painted with beautiful messages, including one of my favourite quotes: Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. They’re a little pricey, so they’re really for your favourite people (or perhaps a gift to yourself).
If you don’t want to spend as much, the classic globe is an alternative. I have this simple black globe at home from John Lewis. It’s over half the price of the pretty ones (above).
If you know the travel plans of your special someone, why not get in touch with the hotel to upgrade their booking from a standard room to the next level? If you can stand the anticipation, don’t tell them so that they enjoy the surprise on arrival. If you have a smaller budget, most hotels will gladly organise a bottle of bubbles or cakes in the room. If the hotel has an onsite spa you could even organise a little treatment for their visit. Just give the hotel a call or drop them an email in advance. Remember to tell them that it’s a surprise.
So, you know their travel plans but you don’t want to spend your budget on their overnight stay. Book an experience package for their chosen destination. Whether it’s a city bike tour, or a hot air balloon ride, whatever your budget you’re bound to find something they’ll love you for. Viator and Expedia offer loads of packages and vouchers for a range of experiences all over the world, or if you have something particular in mind, go direct to the organiser.
If your travel addict friend doesn’t have any immediate travel plans, you could still book an experience to help them explore their local area and see their home town through the eyes of a visitor. As an example, London has loads of great spots for Afternoon Tea, with many offering gift packages from as little as £15 per person.
♥ Luggage Love
Last year Santa bought me a gorgeous yellow Samsonite suitcase. It offers four-wheel driving, a sturdy but light case and can be used as a carry-on case. It fits enough for a weekend break, as well as a week long break. Trust me, I’ve been using it for nearly a year now. If your loved one is a frequent jet-setter, a suitcase is an ideal gift. The Samsonite website has a handy tool to show you which cases comply which airlines rules.
♥ Lux Toiletries
The shops are filled with travel toiletry kits claiming that they’re perfect for travellers. Most of them are not. They usually include shower gel and shampoo, which practically every hotel offers. Stylish travellers will love you even more if you buy them more useful mini-sized products and kits. Kiehls offer loads of their amazing products in bottles that are under 100ml, meaning they’re perfect for travellers.
♥ Travel Inspiration for Little Ones
Etsy has loads of travel inspired art for newborns or even mums-to-be. I can’t wait for that day to come so that I can buy it all. In the meantime, have a browse at this seller in particular. The ‘Welcome to the World’ print is too cute.
This one is pretty cute too.
I’ll aim to update this list with some more travel inspired goodies. In the meantime you can get more ideas from the Taylor Hearts Travel Pinterest Boards…
Are you a traveller? What’s on your Christmas wish list? Are you buying for a traveller? X