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38 Christmas Gift Ideas (For Someone Who Loves to Travel)

With Christmas fast approaching, finding the right gifts for the right people can be a little overwhelming.

In this post I round-up practical, fun and (mostly) reasonably priced gifts for that person in your life who just loves to travel.


1. Filter Water Bottle

The perfect gift for someone travelling to somewhere where the water may be a little questionable! Much better for the planet than buying bottled water and much safer than tap water in many parts of the world.


2. Bamboo Travel Cutlery Set

Lightweight, eco-friendly and durable these are a great little present for someone going travelling. They might seem only useful for someone heading off hiking into the woods, but we used ours countless times in hotel rooms where we’d bought food from local shops to keep costs down.


3. Multi-Tool & Knife

My Leatherman multi-tool has been with us on every trip (as long as we’re not on hand luggage only flights!). It has come in handy more times than I can name. I particularly like this version as it includes scissors, which aren’t standard on multi-tools but are probably my most used part.

New Wave Multi-Tool
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4. Personalised Notebook

I took loads of handwritten notes when we went on sabbatical in an aim to decouple myself from my phone and create a record of all the amazing experiences we had. This notebook takes things up a level by allowing you to add personalised text to the front, a lovely and one-of-a-kind gift,


5. Vagabonding

This is the best book on long-term travel I have ever read. From the practicalities of booking a trip to the realities of life on the road. It’s a fantastic companion present for someone going travelling.

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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
  • Villard Books
  • Potts, Rolf (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

6. Foldable Travel Yoga Mat

Trying to keep in shape while travelling is pretty tough. Yoga is a great way to stay flexible and fit but yoga mats are normally far too big to take travelling. Step in the YOYI travelling yoga mat, which folds down into a small carrier which can easily slot into a backpack.

YOYI Travel Yoga Mat - Foldable Lightweight Fitness Mat, Non Slip Folding Mat for Pilates, Aerobics, Floor Exercises, 72"x 26" Thickness 1/16 inch, with Carrying Strap & Bag (Green)
  • FOLDABLE & LIGHTWEIGHT - This mat is foldable, 1/16 in thick yoga mat can easily folds up, making it the ideal travel yoga mat. Coming with convenient carrying bag. DIMENSION: 72"L x 26"W x 1/16"...
  • PERFECT for TRAVELING - It comes with a small, yoga mat carrier to keep it from taking up extra room in your bag or shelves. The 1.5mm slim design lays flat in your suitcase or luggage to optimize...
  • NON-TOXIC & ODORLESS - Suede material above, non-toxic natural rubber down, both sides are made by eco-friendly and quality material. Using our foldable travel yoga mat with confidence.

READ NEXT: 8 Basic Yoga Poses To Keep You Flexible While Travelling


7. Travel Hair Straighteners

Becca took these with her when we went on our three-month sabbatical around Southeast Asia. She spoke about them so much we ended up lending them to one of her friends when she went travelling the following year. They heat quickly, are compact but still have enough metal area to deal with a humidity perm! Oh, and they also can be used as a makeshift iron when you are desperate!

Woman straightening a blue shirt using hair straighteners, a perfect present for someone going travelling
Becca “ironing” a shirt of mine in Vientiane, Laos. I had a job interview via Skype the next day and the room had no iron!

8. Travel Backgammon

…or chess, or a personalised pack of cards or Uno or (say it quietly) Monopoly! We love playing backgammon, so this little travel set was fantastic to pull out when we had no WiFi and were facing the prospect of actually talking to one-another 😂

FOSUBOO Jaques of London Backgammon Set - Traditional Tan Design Genuine Leather Backgammon Set - Travel Backgammon Set Inc. Gift Packing Quality Games Since 1795
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FOSUBOO Jaques of London Backgammon Set - Traditional Tan Design Genuine Leather Backgammon Set - Travel Backgammon Set Inc. Gift Packing Quality Games Since 1795
  • Fun Games: Players take turns pressing down any number of mice they wish in a single row. The player who presses down the last mouse loses.Push and "pop" it's a great fidget tool for hair pullers,...
  • Fun Games: Players take turns pressing down any number of mice they wish in a single row. The player who presses down the last mouse loses.Push and "pop" it's a great fidget tool for hair pullers,...
  • Fun Games: Players take turns pressing down any number of mice they wish in a single row. The player who presses down the last mouse loses.Push and "pop" it's a great fidget tool for hair pullers,...

9. Solar Panel Charger

None of us wants to be tied to our tech whilst we travel but the reality is it’s so damn useful! Your phone replaces a hundred other items, a kindle is much lighter than carrying books and a digital camera is easier to back-up than a bag full of film.

With every device comes a charger and so if you’re looking for a leaving present for someone going travelling off the grid (hiking, climbing, mountaineering) then this solar-powered charger could be the perfect addition to their kit bag.


10. Waterproof Clip Bluetooth Speaker

We both love music but when you travel there aren’t many opportunities to crank the volume as you’re often in groups rather than in your own house or car. This little speaker was perfect to carry around with us for when we did have a chance to take our headphones off and listen to music together. It handily clips onto a backpack, is waterproof and also lasts over 10 hours on one charge. It’s also so small you barely notice it in your bag.

JBL JBLCLIP3BLK Clip 3 Portable Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black
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JBL JBLCLIP3BLK Clip 3 Portable Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with...

11. Solid Perfume

This is such a handy gift for a traveller. It is perfume in stick form, meaning it won’t leak or getting taken away through customs.


12. …Or Solid Cologne

The man’s version!

Solid Cologne UK Travel Tin Xavier Scent
  • A solid cologne
  • Moisturises
  • Made with natural ingredients and oils

13. First Aid Kit

One of our friends bought us this exact kit before we went travelling through Southeast Asia. It was the perfect gift and saved us lots of time trying to buy the bits individually. We unpacked the contents into a lightweight bag for easy packing but we took everything with us.

First Aid Kit - 170 Pieces Hard Case and Lightweight - Includes 2 x Eyewash,Instant Cold Pack,Emergency Blanket, CPR Respirator for Travel, Home, Office, Vehicle, Camping, Workplace & Outdoor (Green)
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First Aid Kit - 170 Pieces Hard Case and Lightweight - Includes 2 x Eyewash,Instant Cold Pack,Emergency Blanket, CPR Respirator for Travel, Home, Office, Vehicle, Camping, Workplace & Outdoor (Green)
  • ☑️ Security and Reliability - All of our first aid products carry certificate of conformity to ensure conformance to global standards wherever they are used.
  • ☑️ Contents - Packed with 170 useful and valuable hospital grade first aid supplies - See the product images and the product description below for a full list of contents.
  • ☑️ Quality - You need outdoor gear that's as tough as you are, which is why we sell only the highest quality products that are built to last.Providing you with the best in the industry.

Read More: RANKED: Our Favourite Places, Food & Experiences in Southeast Asia


14. Tile Mate

A tile would make a great gift for someone heading off to travel. It’s unlikely they would have bought one themselves but they can be an absolute lifesaver. They attach to important pieces of kit and help you to locate them with Bluetooth range.

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Tile Mate (2020) 1-pack - Bluetooth Tracker, Keys Finder and Item Locator for Keys, Bags and More; Water Resistant with 1 Year Replaceable Battery
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Tile Mate (2020) 1-pack - Bluetooth Tracker, Keys Finder and Item Locator for Keys, Bags and More; Water Resistant with 1 Year Replaceable Battery
  • FIND KEYS, BAGS & MORE -- Directly attach Mate to everyday things like keys, bags and other stuff you need to keep track of regularly and use our free app on iOS or Android to find them.
  • FIND NEARBY -- Use the Tile app to ring your Mate when it’s within 200 ft. or ask your Smart Home device to find it for you. Tile works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Xfinity, and Siri.
  • FIND FAR AWAY -- When outside of Bluetooth range, use the Tile app to view your Tile’s most recent location or enlist the secure and anonymous help of the Tile Network to aid in your search.

15. Wrinkle Release Spray

This spray takes wrinkles out of clothes without the need for an iron. If the traveller in your workplace loves to dress up for a night out, this might be the perfect addition to their kit list.

Ecozone Wrinkle Away Kit - Lemongrass, 1.1000000000000001 kg
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Ecozone Wrinkle Away Kit - Lemongrass, 1.1000000000000001 kg
  • Available in fragrance-free, lemongrass, & Lavender options
  • Fast acting Fabric wrinkle remover
  • Quick drying formula

16. Travel Adapter

You can never have too many travel adapters, so it is an easy leaving gift for someone going travelling.

This is the one we use as it is so convenient. From the three USB sockets to the pop-out plugs that allow it to be used in any country, it does the job better than any other version we’ve had.


17. Buff

I first discovered Buffs when I was doing long-distance cycling and they are now a staple of my travel kit.

Whether used as a scarf, balaclava, headband, cap or even as a makeshift flannel the

Buff Original us eskor Dark Denim
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Buff Original us eskor Dark Denim
  • Thermal protection from cold & wind
  • Quick-drying- 2-way lateral stretch
  • Moisture-wicking

18. Door Stop Alarm

This is an unusual but incredibly handy gift! We were staying in a hotel in Vietnam when someone came knocking and shouting at the door at 3am. Thankfully they didn’t push their way in, but it was pretty scary.

This device sits behind the door like a standard doorstop but when the door makes contact it sets off an alarm. Really handy for those dodgy hostels we’ve all stayed in!

EpicTraveller Travel Door Security Alarm System and Stopper | 3 Sensitivity Levels, Loud 120dB Siren
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  • VERSATILE DOOR ALARM KIT: This 2 in 1 handy little device is really multipurpose. Use it as a security door alarm system and keep potential intruders away. Use as a door stopper and prevent doors from...
  • NO INSTALLATION NEEDED: Forget about incomprehensible manuals. Forget about drilling holes. Forget about cleaning up all the mess. Just hold an EpicTraveller door stop alarm in your hands, choose...

19. Collapsible Water Bottle

We each took one of these travelling with us. A clever space-saving design that rolls up when not in use to save vital bag room.


20. Head Torch

You can never have too many head torches – well, I can’t anyway. I lost ours in the jungles of Thailand and had my dad bring us a replacement when we met in Cambodia!

With all phones now having torches built-in, you might wonder what the point is but a decent head torch is so much more useful as it frees up your hands. I’ve used one whilst cooking a braai in the dark (with hyenas watching from the other side of the fence) in South Africa, tied to the inside of a mosquito net as a makeshift bedside lamp in Thailand and replacing flat tyes by the roadside in more places than I care to mention!


21. How To Shit Around The World

If you’re looking for a funny gift that is also helpful, this is it! Written to help you stay clean and illness free while travelling it includes hints from managing on long bus rides to how to choose food that will stop you getting ill.


22. A Notebook

There are notebooks and then there are NOTEBOOKS. And this is a NOTEBOOK? With me? Well look, I love keeping a journal while I travel and don’t really want a fancy custom thingy so I just like a good old-fashioned decent notebook to scribble in. I used to use Moleskines but these are my new favourite as the paper seems to be slightly higher quality.

LEUCHTTURM1917 - Medium A5 Ruled Hardcover Notebook (Royal Blue) - 251 Numbered Pages
  • The A5 MEDIUM notebooks are the perfect size with a wide range of colors making them ideal companions for all walks of life — this notebook series is perfect for midnight ramblings, daily entries,...
  • Thread-bound to open flat which helps make reading the contents easy and adds efficiency to note-taking
  • Features 80g/m² acid-free paper with high ink compatibility to help prevent bleed through, an expandable gusseted pocket on the back cover, 2 page markers / bookmarks and an elastic closure band

23. Aeropress A80 Coffee Maker

In some countries there just isn’t good coffee. I can’t survive without a decent cup to get me going in the morning! We got my dad one of these for Christmas a few years ago and he loves it. They aare remarkably compact when compared to a usual cafetiere so I am considering taking one with me next time I travel.

If you’re looking for a leaving gift a coffee lover this could be the perfect choice!

Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker - Makes 1-3 Cups of Delicious Coffee Without Bitterness per Press
  • Makes 1 to 3 cups per pressing in about one minute! Brews both American style coffee and Espresso!
  • Rapid, total immersion brewing process makes delicious full flavored coffee without bitterness!
  • Less Bitterness! Because of the lower temperature and short brew time, the acid level of the brew is much lower than conventional brewers.

24. Microfibre Travel Towel

These pack down into a tiny bag and come in a range of funky colours. We used ours regularly while travelling when we went to the beach or out swimming. We still have ours and they regularly get used on day-trips.


25. Lonely Planet Guide

Simply the best guidebook you can buy. Not as many pictures as some but the information is detailed and accurate. I love my collection of these and make sure I buy one for every new country we visit. They make a perfect gift for someone leaving to go travelling, especially if you get the whole team to sign the inside cover.

The World: A Traveller's Guide to the Planet (Lonely Planet)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Planet, Lonely (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

26. Silicon Travel Containers

More for short-haul flights than long-term travel but these are still a practical and unusual gift for a traveller, much better than the see-through plastic ones sold at pharmacists. Just be careful though, as the bag they come with isn’t clear enough to be accepted by airport security.


27. How To Travel The World On $50 A Day

Written by the most famous travel-blogger of them all Nomadic Matt this book is packed full of useful tips for budget-conscious travellers. This (along with Vagabonding and The Four Hour Work Week) helped inspire us to take our first sabbatical.

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How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Third Edition: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter
  • Kepnes, Matt (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 01/06/2015 (Publication Date) - TarcherPerigee (Publisher)

READ MORE: My Sabbatical Story


28. Powerbank

Another gadget that falls into the ‘you can’t have too many’ box. A double USB one is perfect for multiple charges on long trips. A smaller version is great for slipping in a pocket on a day’s adventure through a big city. I usually travel with one of each.

Anker Portable Charger, 325 Power Bank (PowerCore Essential 20K) 20000mAh Battery Pack with High-Speed PowerIQ Technology and USB-C (Input Only) for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and More
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Anker Portable Charger, 325 Power Bank (PowerCore Essential 20K) 20000mAh Battery Pack with High-Speed PowerIQ Technology and USB-C (Input Only) for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and More
  • Ultra-High Cell Capacity: The massive 20,000mAh cell capacity provides more than 5 charges for iPhone XS, almost 5 full charges for Samsung Galaxy S10, more than 4 charges for iPhone 11, and over 2...
  • Advanced Charging Technology: Anker's exclusive PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology combine to deliver an optimized charge to your devices, while the trickle-charging mode is the best way to charge...
  • Simultaneous Charging: Twin USB ports allow you to charge two devices at the same time. The USB-C port cannot charge other devices.

29. Waterproof Phone Case

These were a lifesaver when we hit monsoon season in Vietnam. Even a normal day out risked ruining our expensive phones! We took these watertight cases with us and they saved us an insurance claim or two. We also found the lanyards useful for high pickpocket areas as we could wear them around our necks and under our clothes so they were out of sight.

Spigen AquaShield Universal PVC Protective Cases with IPX8 A601 Compatible with iPhone, Galaxy, Xiaomi, Google (Pack of 2) - Crystal Clear
  • Transparent waterproof pouch or waterproof phone case for protecting mobile phones and accessories against water, sand, dust, and distress
  • Universal size mobile phone case allows you to add all of the smartphones from Apple, Galaxy, OnePlus, Google Pixel, Oppo, Honor, Sony, Moto up to 6.9 inches
  • Compatible with the touch screen as well as the ID side of the iPhone X (please note: the ID side of the iPhone X does not work when it is in water)

30. Cable Organiser

GEEK ALERT! I’ve been using this bag for about three years now in my work bag but we also took it travelling. It might seem excessive but when it’s late at night and you find the right cable without having to turn out an entire bag, you’ll thank me. Maybe….


31. Packing Cubes

I saw so many people rave about packing cubes but I didn’t truly understand until I got a set. They are much more lightweight than they look and are used to keep your clothes separate so you only take out what you need rather than rifling through your whole rucksack. A great little gift but worth checking they haven’t got a set already.

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32. Travel Clothes Line

When you’re on the road for a long time so much washing is done in hotel bathrooms and coin-operated washing machines. Having somewhere to hang up the wet stuff is not always a given so a travel washing line is a useful addition to the kit bag.


33. Travel Journal

If you weren’t convinced by buying a standard notebook as a gift then this Moleskine Travel Journal is a perfect alternative.

Moleskine Passion Journal, Travel, Hard Cover, Large (5' x 8.25') Elm Green, 400 Pages
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Moleskine Passion Journal, Travel, Hard Cover, Large (5" x 8.25") Elm Green, 400 Pages
  • MOLESKINE PASSION JOURNAL: Whatever your passion, plan your next steps & track your progress with a Moleskine Passion Journal, with notebook designs for cooking & recipes, books & reading, traveling,...
  • DURABLE COVER & ELASTIC CLOSURE: From tracking your workout goals & plans, to a reading log, recording recipes, or planning out your perfect garden or wedding, the leather-like Moleskine cover & ivory...
  • GIFT QUALITY NOTEBOOKS: Moleskine planners, journals and notebooks come in hardcover or softcover and colors like black, red, blue, green and brown. The binding and cover have a durable finish,...

34. Travel Neck Pillow (1)

This travel pillow one was recommended by Tim Ferriss on a podcast titled ‘Cool Tools For Travel‘. We managed to get one from our local TK Maxx outlet. It is incredibly comfortable but we found it a bit bulky for long-term travel.

Cabeau Evolution Classic 100% Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow for Airplanes and Travel, 360-Degree Support Backed by Sleep Science, Midnight
  • HEAD & CHIN SUPPORT: Designed to cushion vital points in the head and neck with high-grade 100% memory foam.
  • TRAVEL IN COMFORT: Fall asleep in any seat or position. Front clasps and a unique design cradle your head and neck in any position for 360-degree comfort.
  • WASHABLE COVER: No need to worry about those unwanted smells or dirty microbes, the Cabeau Evolution Classic Travel Pillow's removable cover makes it easy to wash – always fresh for your next trip.

35. Travel Neck Pillow (2)

Having put aside the first pillow for journeys where we are staying in a single hotel so space isn’t a worry, this Trtl neck pillow is now my choice for long-term travel where space is at a premium. Machine washable, lightweight and comfortable it makes a great that the recipient is unlikely to own already.

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  • Our UNIQUE PATENTED DESIGN is your ticket to an awesome night’s sleep, wherever you are. Designed to look like a SCARF, the Trtl Pillow can be easily adjusted to your comfort.

36. Drybag

I’d say this is almost a ‘must-have’ piece of kit for any traveller. Keeps sand and water at bay at the beach, makes a perfect washing bag for trips to the laundrette and lines a rucksack in monsoon rains. Ours was especially useful when we went diving in Vietnam to keep all our kit dry on the boat.


37. Book A Tour

GetYourGuide does amazing tours with local guides right the way across the world. If you know their route, booking a tour could make the perfect surprise gift for a colleague when they reach their destination.


38. Mosquito Bands

Insect bites are horrible at the best of times (just ask my wife who reacts really badly to them) but if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time your legs and arms can be a feast! These bands last about seven days each and make a colourful and unexpected gift.

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