Gifts for travelers- what should you get for that friend who loves to travel?
Buying gifts for travelers, no matter what the occasion is, is a bit different than buying gifts to most of the people you know. why?
first, since travelers don’t stay for too long in one place, you need to think of the size and weight of everything you get.
second, even if the gift you got for the traveler is small and lightweight, he can only carry a limit amount of stuff with him, and he’d rather them to be useful and reliable.
More importantly, when it comes to personal, meaningful gifts, the traveler is away for long, and yes, travelers do get homesick even if they are currently in “paradise”, so making it personal is even extra important.
To sum it up, gifts for travelers should be small, lightweight, useful, reliable and personal.
Here is my A-Z list of gifts and presents for travelers, there’s a gift for each letter (Even more than one for some of them), and it is budget-friendly! gifts for travelers on this list are under 25$ (USD)! Take a look!
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A-Z List of Gifts for Travelers!
Adapter– We all know that the charging point at airports either busy and crowded or not working, plus, after a long long traveling day when you finally arrive at your hotel or guesthouse, you just want to charge your phone and tell your friends and family you’re safe but then oh no! Surprise!
Well, this is pretty much why a Universal International Travel Power Adapter is a very useful gift (Price: 19.99$).
Bluetooth Headphones- Can’t even imagine traveling without music so I’m pretty sure your traveling friend will use this gift- a lot! (Price: 28$- The only item on the list which is over 25$, you can easily find cheaper headphones but I was not too sure about them, do your research).
Books– I love reading! It’s a great way to pass time during flights, layovers, train rides, and it is so much fun spending a day at the beach with a great book. If your traveling friend loves reading, books are great as gifts for travelers!
Think of your favorite book, got something on your mind? Get it for your friend.
The last book I got as a present was My Brilliant Friend (Originally translated from Italian L’amica geniale) by Elena Ferrante.
I loved it so much and read it in less than a week, it has 3 more sequels which I immediately bought as well (and currently reading the 4th). Basically, the book is about two best friends growing up in a neighborhood you wouldn’t want to grow up at (but can’t get enough of reading about it!) during the ’40s in Naples, Italy.
Click on the photo to read a bit more about the book (Price: 10.31$).
Kindle version is also available (6$)!
Any good books you’ve read recently? What is your favorite book? share it in the comments below!
Cards– Card games are great as gifts for travelers, playing card games is an awesome way to socialize while traveling, Doesn’t matter if it’s for drinking games before a night out or for when you are camping and have no wifi signal. Card games are fun and social! Trust me!
You can get the classical standard deck of cards (Price: 4.29$):
What’s your favorite card game? Send a comment and let us know!
DIY– Do It Yourself. Well. I wish I could actually make myself an entire gift for someone, but let’s be honest, it takes more time than just buying a gift and not all of us are very good in arts and handicrafts and those kinds of stuff.
But it makes your gift personal. way more personal. So here are two easy ideas for gifts you can make (If I can make it I am sure you can too): bookmarks (goes well if the gift is a book) or photo frame (with your favorite photo of you and the person receives the gift), just remember to keep it light if it is for a traveler.
One last thing, the card, yes you can buy beautiful, funny, heart touching Happy Birthday cards (or for any other occasion), but yes, I will always prefer making it over buying it.
External Battery/ Portable Charger- When your phone is running out of battery while you travel it sucks. It’s not only you can’t communicate, but you also can’t use digital maps, phone camera, play music and maybe some other stuff.
First Aid Kit- Again, travelers need it and for some reasons not all of them have it. Get it for your traveling friend, he will be thankful for it one day.
Well here are two kits I personally recommend, The first one is a bit bigger and it’s 130 pieces, If your traveler friend mainly travels by car, and you know he doesn’t carry his gear much, definitely go for this one (Price: 19.97$):
For backpackers and hikers, I would consider getting lighter and smaller kit. This one has 92 pieces in it (Price 10.99$):
Please read the description on Amazon’s website before buying it and make sure it has all you’re looking for.
Gloves- No matter where your traveler friend is, you don’t want him to get cold, right?
These gloves are touchscreen (You don’t need to take them off to use your phone), comfortable and vegan (Polyester, Thinsulate- faux/fake leather).
Check out these gloves as well- 5 different colors, touchscreen, unisex and vegan as well (Lycra, Conductive Fabric, Silicon printing).
These are really good gloves, but keep in mind they are not hiking gloves, for hiking, consider getting professional hiking gloves which are over 25$.
Headtorch- A must have for camping and hiking.
This one is waterproof, durable, lightweight, has bright CREE-3W LED technology and long battery life, also money back guaranteed if you’re buying it from Amazon and not satisfied (Price: 12.97$).
I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded- Writing is fun! This specific journal not only is super cute (You can see the preview on Amazon’s website) and a fun gift, It’s inspiring, easy to use, and perfect for first-time travel writers (Price: 14.73$).
Journal- This is probably my favorite gift here, because as you can see- I love traveling and writing!
This one has a classic vintage design, it’s hardcover so you can just pack it without any worries and it even has inspiring beautiful quotes on some of the pages (Price: 12.34$).
Don’t forget to tell your friend that he/she can share his/her travel stories right here!
Keychain- Because you don’t want your traveling friend to lose his keys for his rental car or guesthouse, right? For that reason, get him a keychain! but a meaningful one, either personal or a private joke. If you can’t think of anything, these ones are cool gifts:
Luggage Scale- With Airlines being more and more strict about the size and weight and luggage, this one is a cool handful gadget (12.97$):
Luggage Name Tag- So many designs for this one! these are my favorites (Price: 10.88$):
Money Belt- A bit geeky but I guess better safe than sorry, plus, thieves can’t steal what they can’t see (Price:14.99$)!
Neck Pillow- Another kinda geeky item, but if it helps to sleep well on flights- it’s worth it (Price: 9.99$):
Origami Book- I can’t say I’m good at it but Origami is fun! you don’t need any wifi signal for it! And every time I tried it I got people coming over either wanting to join and learn or just starting a conversation.
Check out this Origami Page A Day Calendar, New design for each day, compact size, very detailed instructions and it is suitable for all levels (Price: 14.99$):
Packing Cubes- Packing and unpacking are probably two of my least favorite things to do before or during my trip. For that reason, I definitely recommend Packing Cubes.
Packing cubes make it way easier to pack and unpack and keep your stuff well organized. I am sure your traveling friend will use and appreciate it.
I like this packing cubes set- 1 small cube, 2 medium cubes, and 2 large cubes. Lightweight, durable and you get 100% satisfaction guarantee. 7 different colors to choose from as well (Price: 22.95$)!
Passport Holder- Provides a comfortable feeling and protection from dust and abrasions. And of course, you can find cool fun designs (price: 8.99)!
Quick Dry Towel- Ultralight, compact, soft, quick and easy drying, made out of microfiber material which means it stays cleaner and fresher longer. A must-have for backpackers, hikers, and people who just love camping (Price: 14.95$).
Ring, Necklace, or Any Other Travel Related Jewelry- Just take a look:
Scratch Off World Map- But not just any world map, get this scratch-off world map! One of the coolest gifts for travelers! Fun and inspiring (Price: 20.55$).
Toiletry Bag- Everyone needs and everyone uses a toiletry bag. But to be honest buying it is not as much fun as buying nice soaps and shampoos, hiking gear or gadgets, well after all, by the end of it, it’s a bag.
For that reason, it’s so much fun to receive it as a present!
The particular bag in the photo below is ultralight, can store all your necessary stuff, affordable and comes in 4 different colors (Price: 19.99$).
Umbrella- You probably got your last umbrella while it was already raining and you were already wet by then.
Not only that, it was cheap, not so great umbrella and you probably paid triple than it should’ve cost. Don’t let your traveling friend go through that! A good, compact umbrella is useful and great to get as a present (Price: 21.99$).
Vouchers, Visitor Passes, or any fun activity you can book in advance- trips are great gifts for travelers!
Just stop for a second and think of the country your friend is traveling to. If you were him where would you go? Where would he go? What would he like to do there? Try to find a local travel agency and book a fun day trip for him!
Waterproof Dry Bag- Another useful gift or travelers since it is important to keep your valuables nice and dry.
The Waterproof Dry Bag I have is only 2L which in my opinion is too small.
Which size you should get or your traveling friend? I’ll try to make it simple:
5L- Can fit in all the very basic stuff he/she needs for a day trip.
10L- Can fit in all the very basic stuff he/she needs for a day trip, a set of dry clothes, ultralight towel, and few snacks.
20L- Can fit in all the very basic stuff he/she needs for a day trip or a 2 days trip, extra clothes, normal size towel, food, and even photography gear if it’s not too big (would still think twice whether to take it or not though). The 20L Waterproof Dry bag has a double strap so it’s more comfortable to carry.
Basically, if your traveling friend is super adventurous consider getting the 30L or 40L bag but for most people 5L- 20L should be enough (Price: 9.99$-24.99$).
Xuan Paper- Rice paper originating in ancient China. it’s soft, and its fine unique texture is good for painting, writing, and especially practicing Chinese or Japanese calligraphy.
Yoga Pants- No, not every traveler does Yoga, and yes, this one is for female travelers.
Not only the design is nice, but these are also super comfortable to travel with, lightweight and the cute little-hidden pocket is a bonus (Price: 9.99$- 19.98$)!
Zen Page-A-Day Calendar 2019- Beautiful calendar with beautiful and meaningful quotes. Take a look at its preview to see what I am talking about. The Zen Page-A-Day Calendar is just a little bit bigger than the size of an average book, but it’s worth carrying, not only it’s useful, it’s also very inspiring (Price: 10.39$).
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