Welcome to gift guide number four!
I’ve already shared my gift guide for people who love hosting parties, for those looking to make some eco-friendly changes in their lives, and also for those who love to cook or experiment in the kitchen. So if you haven’t seen those, and think they might be perfect for someone you know, then click on the links to take a look!
As I said in my last guide, for me, Christmas is not about the gifts. However, sometimes you do want to get somebody a special something, or perhaps you need to (like for Secret Santa or a December birthday), so I thought I would put together some little lists for inspiration. I find other people’s lists and recommendations so useful and even if I don’t purchase anything from them, they often give me an idea for something I hadn’t thought of before.
My next guide is for those who love to travel and visit new places. I own a few of these items already and would highly recommend them, and then I’ve added some that I would absolutely love for myself or I have bought for others. There are a wide range of price points on here from £10 to £105, so there’s something for everyone; from your colleagues to your travel buddy. I’ve included all prices at the time of writing, so you get an idea of price point before you click.
All of these products are for English sites, however you can obviously search for these on your own country’s site instead, and if that’s not possible, then some stores will even ship worldwide. (As I’m between two continents I have tried to share larger stores that are more likely to post to multiple countries)
DISCLAIMER: The links below not only take you to the product page of the items, but they are also the links to where the photos in the gift guide came from too. None of these photos are my own, so I’ve made sure to link them all below.
1. Kånken Backpack (pictured – Frost Green) // Fjällräven – £80
This is a fantastic backpack. You may see these Norwegian wonders on the whole world and their wives, but that’s because they’re great. Super comfy, looks gorgeous and fits a ton inside. It’s also the perfect size for your ‘personal item’ hand luggage on the majority of planes. I received mine for my birthday this year and I’ve already used it quite a lot. They have a ton of colour options and different sizes too, so there’s sure to be the perfect one for your gift.
2. Earth Sky Blue Great Barrier Reef A5 Dotted Journal // Dingbats – £17.95
Keeping a log, diary or travel journal is a great way to document your travels. These notebooks are dotted which means that it’s easy to journal in any way you like, as you have a guide for lines etc without them being a main focus on the page. You can stick photos in, ticket stubs, business cards, stickers, and make it a hub for all your paper travel souvenirs. These specific notebooks are perfect for bullet journals too. They’re made from 100% degradable vegan leather and FSC certified paper, so they’re pretty eco-friendly too. Each one of these ‘Earth’ journals are dedicated to a different natural area in the world and have an infographic all about it printed in the front to raise awareness. They also have a ‘Wildlife’ range dedicated to different animals too. One of my favourite colours is the Green Deer (£15.95).
3. Memory Cards (SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC) // Amazon – £15.22
If you know someone who loves to take photos, then a memory card has got to be the perfect gift! Any one of your preference is obviously fine, but I’ve linked to mine as it holds well over a thousand photos and I love it.
4. Paloma Travel Wallet // Anthropolgie – £28
A travel wallet is a great idea for keeping all your tickets, documents and passport all in one place, so nothing gets lost. There are a ton of options out there, but I loved the design of this one. It’s s bright and colourful, but also so beautiful. I need one of these in my life!
5. Travel Size Products! (Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 50ml and muslin cloth) // Boots – £10
If you know the person you’re buying for pretty well, then travel size versions of some of their favourite products is a fabulous idea. I’ve linked to my favourite cleanser above, but obviously the pharmacies do a lot of different products in mini sizes. If you’re in North America then Sephora is a great spot for mini products.
6. Bon Air 4-wheel Spinner 55cm Cabin Luggage // American Tourister – £105
If you know someone who is looking for a great carry on case, then I would highly recommend this one. It fits on all planes, including Ryanir and Easyjet, which have some of the smaller size allowances, so it’s really useful. It has 4 wheels, which makes for easier manoeuvrability, and has a separated sections inside for perfect packing! It has a built in lock, so if you need to check it in at the last minute, you don’t need to worry about the security.
This looks a fun game with a travel theme. It’s not so much for taking away with you (although you totally could), but if you know someone who is interested in travel but you’re not sure what they would like, then a quiz like this could be the perfect option. I’m thinking it would be a gem for Secret Santa.
I mentioned this in my eco-friendly guide, but these are the perfect bottles to travel with. In hot destinations they keep your drinks cold for up to 24 hours and in cold countries they keep your drinks hot for up to 12 hours. Perfect right! They cut down on how many plastic bottles you might use when travelling. The majority of countries have safe water to drink, but of not then you can always use water filter tablets or pens, or buy huge bottles of water to decant.
9. Lonely Planet’s ‘Where to go When’ & Rough Guides’ ‘Make The Most of Your Time on Earth’ // Waterstones – £19.99 & £12.99
If you want to give someone inspiration for travelling, then these books will make their travel bucket lists last for the next 50 years at least! The Lonely Planet book helps to pick destinations depending on the month of the year you want to travel, and the Rough Guides book is more for ‘must-do’ experiences around the world. They’re both great books that you’ll find yourself returning to time and time again.
10. Nellie Blue Round Travel Jewellery Box // Oliver Bonas – £18
If you know someone who likes to travel with a lot of jewellery or accessories then this could be the perfect gift for them. I bought one just like this (from Oliver Bonas but in pink instead) for one of my family last Christmas and she absolutely loved it. The one I bought was sturdy and protective for valuable items and this one looks pretty spacious too!