Unique Christmas Gifts for Travellers
As a follow-up to last year’s popular 101 Stocking Stuffers for Men Who Love Travel, I’ve decided this year to widen the net to highlight Christmas gifts for travellers of all stripes.
It’s a combination of travel related gifts that I want, that I love, or that I already have. Plus a few splurge worthy “treat yo’self” items thrown in for good measure. Hey, it’s Christmas — a guy can dream can’t he?
Note: All prices in this Christmas Gift Guide for Travellers for 2015 are current at the time of publication.
Holiday Gift Guide for Travellers
1. Ultra Fast Dry Travel Towel
I know what you’re thinking — big whoop, it’s a travel towel. I have one of those microfiber chamois style travel towels, but unlike that towel (which sort of feels like it just moves the water from one part of your body to another), this is NOT made from microfiber. The result is a towel that dries faster, resists odours better, and actually dries you off.
Price: $14.95 to $34.95 depending on size
Where to Buy: Ultra Fast Dry Travel Towel
2. Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag
I’m in the planning stages for a road trip in 2016, so I’m looking at items that I can add to my road trip checklist. Even though I have no intention of sharing, this double sleeping bag from Ohuhu piqued my interest because I’m tall, gangly, and I like to move about in the night. And I suppose it’s a pretty practical travel gift for couples too.
Where to Buy: Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag
3. GoPro Hero4 Session
I have the GoPro Hero3 which has served my pretty well over the past couple of years, but that didn’t stop me from camera envy when I saw their latest offering. The GoPro Hero4 Session is the smallest, lightest GoPro on the market, and the waterproof housing is built in. GoPro is currently offering a starter bundle, which throws in a free 32GB microSD card and a head mount for the same price as the camera alone. Makes a great gift for the adventure traveller on your list.
Where to Buy: GoPro Hero4 Session Starter Bundle
4. Man Crates
I know what you’re thinking, if this gift guide is for all travellers, why are Man Crates making an appearance. The thing is, the company does offer crates that appeal to the adventure traveller in all of us as well — like this outdoors gift set — aptly titled The Crate Outdoors.
Price: starting at $79.99
Where to Buy: Man Crates
5. My Bunjee Phone Protector
A while back I wrote about how to protect your mobile phone from being stolen, and I really should have included this little gem. MyBungee is a universal mobile phone holder that clips onto any purse, backpack, belt loop, lanyard — anything really. It prevents thieves from snatching your phone while you’re inevitably staring at map directions in a new city. A practical gift for any travel lover.
Where to Buy: My Bunjee
6. FitKit Travel Fitness Kit
One of my New Year’s resolutions (again!) is to get more active. And this little portable fitness kit looks like it will help do the trick. The FitKit is a packable fitness solution with all the tools for a total body workout. It’s TSA friendly, weighs less than 2 pounds and fits snugly in a carry on. Comes with exercise cards with over 250 exercises include strength, cardio and stretching.
Where to Buy: FitKit Travel Fitness Kit
7. The Safety Case
Granted this next gift idea won’t be for everyone, buy if you’re on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift for the pot-smoking traveller on your list (and let’s admit it — we all know one of them) then perhaps this potential present will tickle your fancy. The Safety Case is a smell-proof, pocket-sized cannabis case designed to conceal the smell of your stash and protect your smoking supplies from the elements. Great gift idea for the globetrotter who likes to indulge in a bit of natural herb once in a while.
Price: $49.99 (Get $10 off by using the link below)
Where to Buy: The Safety Case
8. Waterproof Roof Top Cargo Bag
I’m planning a road trip for 2016, so I’ve been on the lookout for road trip supplies that I can gift myself. This waterproof roof top cargo bag from Keeper comes highly rated on Amazon, and is among the most inexpensive of the lot. It holds 15 cubic feet of goods, and the soft sides are flexible to hold even odd-shaped items for your trip.
Where to Buy: Waterproof Roof Top Cargo Bag
9. Moleskine MyCloud Horizontal Weekender Bag
Known primarily for their journals and notebooks, Moleskine has a wide selection of non-paper based goodies that make great potential presents for any traveller. I have this Moleskine MyCloud Horizontal Weekender Bag and love it to bits. It’s larger than I thought it would be, with plenty of room for my MacBook Pro, chargers, phone, and tablet plus a couple of changes of clothing. While it looks like a traditional messenger bag, it converts to a backpack in a pinch by removing the hidden straps. The bag comes with a selection of goodies inside too — including a TSA approved lock, a shoe bag, and a padded shoulder strap.
Where to Buy: Moleskine MyCloud Horizontal Weekender Bag
10. Paww Wavesound 2 Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve cursed a screaming baby or noisy seatmate on a flight, I’d probably have enough to buy one of these fancy noise cancelling headphones. I have a pair of Sony folding travel headphones which claim to be noise-cancelling, but the static noise was more disturbing than a row full of newborns. But that’s what you get I suppose when you raid the clearance bin at Best Buy — they were only 30 bucks. Anyhow, these headphones are on my wish list for now.
Where to Buy: Paww Wavesound 2 Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
11. Trusted Housesitters Gift Voucher
Housesitting is an excellent way to save money on accommodation while travelling. Basically you’re minding other people’s property and/or pets while they are away. Plenty of travel bloggers have caught on to the game, and it makes a great way to live like a local, get immersed in a community and save money while doing it. And of course vouchers make great Christmas gifts for travellers of all ages.
Price: starts at $74.70
Where to Buy: Trusted Housesitters Gift Voucher
12. The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler’s Set
Who doesn’t like a nice stiff drink at the end of a rough travel day? Okay, perhaps recovering alcoholics, but for the rest of us there’s this Cocktail Bitters Travel Set from The Bitter Truth.
Where to Buy: The Bitter Truth Travelers Cocktail Set
13. The Travel Book
You can’t go wrong with anything from Lonely Planet really when it comes to Christmas gifts. I was given The Travel Book many Christmases ago, and although it’s currently in storage, it fuelled my wanderlust for the years it graced my coffee table.
Where to Buy: The Travel Book
14. Customized Boarding Pass Pillows
This has to be one of the most unique Christmas gift ideas for travellers I’ve seen in a while — a customized boarding pass pillow. The folks at Airportag allow you to change the airport code, name, departure and destination cities, etc. to suit your gift recipient. The company also offers custom travel pouch bags, and airport code pillows, t-shirts, and a slew of other airport themed merchandise.
If travel pillows are more your style, check out my Guide to the Best Travel Pillows.
Where to Buy: Airportag Custom Boarding Pass Pillows
15. Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera
I currently have a Canon 70D with a couple of decent lenses, and while I love the photos and the video it takes, it pretty much weighs a ton. Enter the mirrorless camera range from Sony. It’s much lighter than my monster Canon, and is sure to be among the most welcomed Christmas gifts for travellers.
Price: $696.00 (with 55-210 mm lens)
Where to Buy: Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera