Whether you’re looking for a meaningful gift for your travel partner, or you’re stuck with the awkward guy in the office secret Santa draw, there’s something for every kind of traveller here. Get your Christmas lists at the ready: here are the best gifts for travellers this year.
The best Christmas gifts for travellers
For the practical traveller: cafetiere mug
This is for the traveller that won’t sacrifice a good brew while on the road. Whether you’re camping or hostel hopping, this will save you from drinking the awful instant found on many a budget trip. The plastic mug, with its cafetiere-style filter for one-cup quality coffee, doubles as a thermos, keeping your morning caffeine fix warm for hours.
For novelty: Where I’d Rather Be umbrella
If you’ve got a friend suffering from some seasonal sadness, or someone getting a spot of itchy feet, this is the gift for them. These high-quality umbrellas not only keep you dry, but will help you forget the miserable rain you’re hiding from with their underside prints. When the heavens open, transport yourself to the tropics or onto a paradise island.
For the photographer: the Prynt phone case
So maybe you can’t afford the latest lenses for your loved one’s travel shots, but you might be able to splash out on this brilliant bit of tech. It’s a case that turns your iPhone/Android into a Polaroid-style camera, with the ability to print photographs immediately after taking them. No more will you be taking down new friends’ addresses on the road, only to never send those promised portraits you always take.
For travel-themed therapy: Colour the World
Colouring books are a great way to wind down after a long day. So what better way to sketch your way to relaxation than to Colour the World with our latest title? From the temples of Angkor Wat to the magnificent Machu Picchu, you can colour your way around the world with this gorgeous book. Just don’t forget to buy pencils too…
For the stylish traveller: watercolour map print
If you love to travel, you probably already own a standard world map. But this beautiful watercolour print from Etsy is perfect for those who want a little more travel chic in their homes.
For the adventurer: bivvy bag
What’s more adventurous than sleeping out in the open with nothing but the stars? We don’t know, but we do know it gets pretty cold. Which is why a bivvy bag is the perfect present for any adventurer seeking solitude in the great outdoors.
For the person needing inspiration: Best Day on Earth
If you’re stuck for ideas for travel in 2016, our new coffee-table book, Best Day on Earth will have you booking flights after page one. This book is packed full of stunning photographs – from sunrise to sunset and late into the night – to inspire you to make the most of your time on Earth.
For the conscious traveller: charity appeals
We’ve all been touched by people and places along our travels, so why not give something to help those you’ve met along the way. Survival International – a charity that helps fight for tribal peoples’ rights – have an online shop where 100% of the profits go towards their campaigns. You can choose from beautiful 2016 calendars and Christmas cards illustrated with photos of tribes from around the world, as well as t-shirts and stunning photography prints. Alternatively, you could purchase an Oxfam Unwrapped gift to forward on to someone who is more in need: options include fertiliser, a toilet and a pair of goats.
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