Stuck thinking of what to get your travel-loving buddy? Whether you’re looking for the perfect Christmas or birthday present, or just want to surprise someone with something nice, we’ve got you covered with our guide to the best gifts for travel lovers.
Travel may have been drastically affected by the global pandemic, but just because it might not be the right time to book a flight doesn’t mean you can’t perk up friends with a travel-related gift.
Many of us wish we could jet off for some winter sun, but there’s a myriad of ways we can continue to celebrate travel and make the most of what’s on our doorstep while things are well, slightly more restrictive.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a travel lover, consider something that will bring back memories of past trips, or help them plan for future ones.
Perhaps get them something that will help them explore more of their local area this winter?
You might not be able to jet off on a holiday very easily right now, but there’s still so many things that will make a travel-lover smile. So, without any further ado, here’s our 2020 guide to the best gifts for travel lovers…
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Now more than ever, we’re in need of some travel inspiration and something positive to look forward to. Books are a great tool for planning ahead for when we can travel again, or for a little escapism to dream about that much needed holiday.
We recently put together a guide to 28 books that will inspire you to travel, so you’re spoilt for choice, but a new addition we’d highly recommend is the new edition of the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List, which ranks the top 500 best places on earth to experience.
Travel friendly board games
We’re loving board games at the moment, and there’s loads of fun, portable games out now that are perfect to take away on holiday. So many, in fact, that we recently did a round-up of our favourites.
Not only will it give them something fun to play with the family on Xmas day, they’ll have a fun little game to play in the future at the hotel bar, by the pool, on the beach or even in the airport while they’re waiting for the flight. They’ll never be bored by stop-overs again!
Most travel lovers want ‘experiences’ over ‘things’, so why not give them a gift card or voucher?
The added bonus is that with all the travel uncertainty we have right now, it will allow them to book an event for later down the line when things begin to open up again or have something fun to look forward to closer to home.
There’s so much to choose from, from spa days and Bombay Sapphire distillery tours through to afternoon teas! We particularly like the look of the Dukes London: MarTEAni Afternoon Tea voucher. This experience includes three beautifully-paired mini martinis, created with The East India Company Gin, served alongside each of the afternoon tea courses.
Treasure Trails are self-guided trails which can be found in over 1,200 locations across the UK.
Murder mysteries, spy missions and treasure hunt themed self-guided walks will entertain everyone from budding double agents to retired Miss Marple’s. Discover secrets of your hometown or uncover stories in places further afield, looking out for clues and solving riddles along the way.
We discovered treasure trails this summer when we tried one out in the nearby village of Box. They’re perfect for a socially distanced, fresh air, cultural and fun packed experience on your doorstep – or in the locality and only cost a tenner!
Treasure trails cost £9.99
El Camino bracelets
Pretty pieces of jewellery that remind you of a destination or experience are lovely ideas for gifts. Every year my family will get me one or two new El Camino ‘steps’ from destinations I visited that year, which I add to my bracelet and I love them.
This year the company released a lot of UK small steps, to help them tell the unique story of their 2020 travels. Interestingly, El Camino’s most popular step has been ‘Lockdown 2020’, with 20% of sales is going to NHS Charities. so, buy this and you get to support the UK’s amazing NHS as an added bonus!
El Camino steps cost £8.49, bracelets cost from £21.99 and necklaces £29.99
Want to get a gorgeous travel print for someone’s home? Then we recommend the Travel Print Store. This Etsy store was launched by two of the UK’s top travel bloggers this summer and sells beautiful travel prints of destinations around the world.
Via these sleek designs you can transport yourself from your living room to the colourful beaches of Miami, the epic mountains of Switzerland and the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean. With personalised options and a range of colours and sizes, you’re guaranteed to find a unique travel gift to fuel a friend’s wanderlust.
Travel Print Store prints come in a wide range of sizes and prices.
Lavender & Lillie candles
Lavender & Lillie’s candles literally transport you with their evocative smells. The selection includes fragrances from the beaches of the Seychelles through to the Grand Canal in Venice.
Take the Palace Road, India candle for example. Lavender & Lillie recreates the mystical magic of the subcontinent using a complex blend of jasmine noir, spicy amber and smoky sandalwood, while gentle whispers of magnolia champaka sweeten the ambience. Smell is such a great way to whisk you back to special places…
Lavender & Lillie candles cost £42 each
Health and beauty
Arran Sense of Scotland Bath and Shower Gel Discovery Set
The Arran Sense of Scotland Bath and Shower Gel Discovery set contains four 30ml bath and shower gels, perfect for travelling and sampling the ARRAN range.
Explore After the Rain, Glenashdale, Seaweed & Sage and Formulas Bergamot and Ginger provided you with four unique scent combinations, all made with essential oils and enriched with pro-vitamin B5 for a cleansing formula that benefits the skin.
Noble Isle’s Travel Trio
Noble Isle’s Travel Trio is a rather lovely companion for a special trip away, containing three luxury travel sizes of Summer Rising Bath & Shower Gel and Perry Pear Shampoo and Conditioner. This is the perfect gift, with three bottles of its luxury fine fragrances for the ultimate experience in sophisticated travelling.
Noble Isle’s Travel Trio costs £20
The LBB Discovery collection
The LBB Discovery collection comes in a travel pouch and is suitable for hand luggage. Revive and refresh with Take Off – Touch Down; an individual all-in-one facial / biodegradable body towelette, destress with Flight Mode Mood Rescue Roller Stick and restore radiance to parched, dehydrated and dull looking skin with the A-Game Hydration Balm. We think this is a great little set for those who like to take extra care of their skin when they travel.
The LBB Discovery Collection costs £80
Tog24 Women’s Kannick ski jacket
Many more of us will be spending winter closer to home, and if like us, that’s the UK you’ll want to wrap up warm! The ultimate gift for the environmentally-conscious who want to stay warm, TOG24’s breathable, windproof and waterproof ski apparel has an advanced thermal filling made from recycled plastic bottles to provide warmth without the weight.
Tog24 Women’s Kannick ski jacket costs £160
Tog24 Knitted hat
No winter collection is complete without a super soft, cute bobble hat to keep you warm and dry when braving the elements. We love Tog24’a bobble hat because it has a soft fleeced inner band to keep your ears warm without feeling like you’re overheating.
Tog24 Knitted hat costs £20
8K Flexwarm heated jacket
For outdoorsy friends and family, or just for that person that always feels cold (we all know someone!) I’d highly recommend the Flexwarm 8K heated jacket.
Keri reviewed this last winter on her trip to Iceland and thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Although lightweight, it keeps you toasty warm, and you can control the temperature via a handy little app. She’s lived in it ever since!
We Drifters anti-insect sleepwear
We all know someone that the mozzies seem to love, right? Well this is the perfect gift for them!
Made from bamboo fabric and infused with HHL Technology Vital Protection, these PJs are 90% effective against many biting insects, including mosquitoes, midges, ticks, bed bugs, sand flies and fleas. Oh, and each super soft sleepwear set includes a 2-in-1 pillowcase & storage bag.
We Drifters anti-insect sleepwear costs £85
Luggage and travel gear
Madrid-based Lefrik designs bags, backpacks and accessories made from recycled plastic PET bottles. They have a wide selection available but we particularly liked the Lithe and the wash bag.
A convenient travel accessory for small items, the Lithe has three internal mesh pockets and a separate front zipper pocket to keep things organised, while wash bag actually has four separate bags to keep small items tidily stored and the waterproof lining prevents leakages.
Prices include £24 for the Lithe and £28 for the washbag on Lefrik’s official website.
The Stubble & Co Weekender
Perfect for long weekends away, this holdall bag has been crafted with premium waterproofed canvas, natural full grain leather and ultra-reliable YKK zips.
Providing timeless good looks, whilst being exceptionally durable, the roomy 42 litre bag features a high-density protection 15-inch laptop pocket as well as a safe secure inner pocket for valuables. There’s also a practical outer pocket (sized for passport and smartphone), a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap that’s double width for comfort and extra reinforced base with six studded feet shaped for protection.
Practical travel gifts and accessories
JBL GO 3 portable speakers
Take your music with you when you travel thanks to the new JBL Go3 portable speakers. This compact piece of kit is great for all environments due to its IP67 waterproof and dustproof rating, and offers five hours of non-stock playtime.
JBL GO 3 portable speakers cost £34.99
The Dapper Wrapper
The perfect gift for anyone who travels with their tech and likes to keep things organised, the Dapper Wrapper is cleverly designed with lots of pockets and sections to keep your gear in place. Tidy freaks like me will love this!
The Dapper Wrapper costs £24.99 and is available on Amazon
Zippo heatbanks and hand warmers
It’s likely a lot more of us will be getting outdoors in our home countries this winter, and if that’s somewhere like the UK, then you’ll want to keep warm!
That’s why we think Zippo’s hand warmers as a great stocking filler. Perfect for your pocket, they come in two compact sizes and can last for up to 12 hours.
For a double whammy, check out Zippo’s Heatbank 9 (pic above). This combined hand warmer and power bank offers up to nine hours of power for charging any USB compatible phone and device, and the adjustable heat settings delivers gentle, even warmth.
Gifts for food lovers
Green & Blacks Organic Ultimate Bar gift set
You can’t go wrong with chocolate, can you? For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend Green & Blacks Organic Ultimate Bar gift set, which includes the Maya Gold bar.
This was the first chocolate in the UK to be awarded the Fairtrade mark, and was inspired by a traditional Mayan drink of cocoa and spice from Belize.
The Green & Blacks Organic Ultimate Bar gift set costs £25.
The Roasting Tin
Rukmini Iyer’s roasting tin series of cook books makes cooking so much easier, especially when you’re lack both inspiration and time.
The latest in the series, The Roasting Tin Around the World: Global One Dish Dinners is a nice way to bring a little travel to the kitchen when you’re stuck at home–there are recipes inspired by flavours from Americas, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Europe.
Karis highly recommends the Smoky chipotle chicken with black beans, feta and lime.
You can pick up The Roasting Tin Around the World from Amazon for a bargain £9.99
The Spicery is based in Bristol, but the products are inspired by years of travel all over the world. They offer some utterly gorgeous spice mixes, cooking kits and other goodies all year ’round, but one look at their gifts page and your mind will wander to far away places you wish you could have visited this year. You can buy someone you love a subscription or a range of kits that they can experiment with until we’re able to travel again.
Products at The Spicery range from from £10
You may not be able to visit Portugal at the moment, but there’s nothing stopping you from experiencing it at home on your sofa (in your pyjamas and slippers). Xisto Wines bring organic, artisan wines and port from small producers in Portugal via sailboat (not only is that great for the environment, but it’s pretty cool, too). If you’re like me, you might pick up a few different bottles to give to friends and a bottle of port for yourself.
Wines on the Xisto Wines online shop start from about £10.
Gifts for travel lovers
So, there you have it, our selection of travel gift ideas or 2020. Whether you’re after small or luxury travel gifts we’ve given you some great ideas for what to get the travel lover in your life.
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