The holidays are quickly approaching and one thing on everyone’s mind is deciding what to give their loved ones this year. Some people may choose a gift for their mother or friend because, like 35% of people, they found out about a local business from seeing its sign while passing by and decided to stop in. Others may sneakily take their brother or sister out shopping and note what they pick up but don’t purchase because they don’t want to spend the money.
If anyone on your list has a love for travel, you might want to think about getting them something that can assist them during their globetrotting adventures. Let’s take a look at a few of the best — and most useful — gifts for the traveller in your life.
Smartphones have become an inextricable part of our lives. Many people use them as their primary form of communication in their personal lives and their professional ones, with 96% of organizations using some form of cloud technology. Smartphones are even more important for travellers. In addition to being the way they can contact someone in case of an emergency, these trusty gadgets often hold ticket confirmations, hotel reservations, and directions. When you’re visiting another city or country, running out of power on your smartphone can mean that you lose access to many of the things allowing you to be there.
By giving your loved one a portable charger, you’re giving them a lifeline. Many portable chargers on the market are compact and can easily fit in luggage of any size. They store a significant amount of power, allowing you to charge your smartphone and other devices multiple times before needing to plug it in again. The best part is that these chargers are affordable, so you won’t break the bank with this practical gift.
Have you ever packed your luggage for a trip with extreme care just to find that it has descended into chaos within just a couple of days? You’re not alone. Any of your family members or friends with wanderlust will also know this struggle all too well. That’s where packing cubes come into play.
These cubes look like flat lunchboxes and work wonders to keep your bags organized. They also help keep all of your belongings neat as you take them out of your luggage over the course of a trip. There is a wide variety of packing cubes on the market, but they are generally made of lightweight materials that can still keep their shape inside of your luggage. Many also come with see-through tops or sides, allowing you to know what’s inside without going through the effort of taking them out and opening them up.
If your travel-loving friends and family members prefer the clear blue waters of more tropical destinations, a diving watch is the perfect gift. Humans have been keeping time for between 5,000 and 6,000 years and this watch allows them to continue to do so as they explore the underwater world. Made with special waterproof materials, these watches can stand up to liquids but look as refined as any you would find in a high-end jewelry store. You may have to spend a bit more on this gift, but the recipient is sure to love its style and functionality.
Having a personalized kit of travel bags for toiletries, makeup, and more can instantly make a traveller feel more at home no matter where they are. And since 82% of women believe that they feel more self-confident when they wear makeup, these small bags are essential for a trip abroad. If the kit you’re purchasing for a loved one is customized with their name, initials, or other personal details, be sure that you order it well in advance of your gift exchange. That will allow for time to make the kits, ship them, and for you to return them if there are any mistakes.
Photography is a popular pastime for travellers, as they can document all of the wonderful sights they see during their adventures. While some travellers can splurge on devices in the $100 billion drone industry to help them capture the best birdseye shots, others don’t have the money to spend on taking photos. For these budget-conscious globetrotters, you could purchase phone camera lenses. These lenses clip on to the average smartphone, enhancing the device’s simple camera at an affordable price.
The infinity scarf has seen huge popularity in the past few years. Now, designers have created infinity scarves with zippered compartments to hold all of the small goodies travellers need to carry. Wearers can safely store their passport, credit card, cash, and smartphone in one spot that’s well-hidden from potential pickpockets. As infinity scarves are bulky by nature, they can barely spot the pocket full of essentials. The wide variety of styles in which these scarves are made will allow you to cater your gift to your loved one’s aesthetic tastes while giving them optimal practicality.
There’s nothing better than receiving a thoughtful and useful gift from your loved one over the holidays. The right present can show that they really listen to you and think about your needs. All in all, the perfect gift helps communicate how much they care. Wrap up one of these items for the traveller in your life and you’ll see how far a little thoughtfulness can go.