Everyone has one. That friend who can't seem to stay put. Always jet-setting off to some new adventure, or if they are stationary for a moment, they are dreaming of far away places, and plotting where to get lost next. These people can be hard to buy for. They are sentimental, constantly talking of stories and memories, but not particularly materialistic, mostly because you can't travel with a bunch of random stuff. So what to get this person for Christmas? Well, friends, I am here to tell you. (AKA this is also my Christmas wishlist *hint hint mom and dad!**)
A Passport Holder
Personally, along with many other travellers that without my passport holder my wallet and passport quickly becomes a jumble of plane, train, and bus tickets, stubs, and scraps. A nice elegant passport holder for the frequent traveller is on my list, and probably your traveller friend as well.
A bit more on the sentimental side, Wanderer Bracelets are handmade in Bali and come in a variety of styles. My personal favorite are the coordinate style bracelets. Write down the coordinates of the place you met, your traveller's favorite destination, where you took your first trip together, or another creative idea.
Extra tip: save 20% when you use code BOHOTRAVEL20 at checkout. Merry Christmas!
If you know where your buddy is headed to next, grab them some gear to help ease the preparation of their trip. Hats and headwraps, hiking boots, selfie sticks, thermal underwear, sunblock sticks, hair ties, etc. can all make great stocking stuffers or presents.
Some of my favorite brands include Smart Wool, Helley Hensen, Colombia, and Under Armour.
A Nice Carry On
From a nice backpack to a sleek leather duffel- carry-ons get treated like trash in the traveller world. From being thrown around on planes and busses, to stuffed under beds in hostels, these trusted sidekicks take a beating. Get your wanderer something practical they will use, and possibly make an appearance in their travel photos.
Seriously. Because I don't have a single pair of matching socks, and they ALWAYS disappear when on a holiday. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one with this problem.
Camelback Water Bottle
Europeans constantly poke fun at Americans because of how much water they drink, and it's because they constantly see Americans toting their water bottles around. Sufficient amounts of water fight jet lag and keep you happy and healthy, so get your loved one the latest style and watch as the sticker collection on it grows.
These things are amazing! They transform any regular iPhone into a near professional lens without the cost and bulk of a traditional camera. If your jet-setter loves photos, this might just be the perfect gift. Check this product out here.
Another great and practical gift for the frequent hostel-stayer. A must-have in every suitcase. Recommended in size XL. Check it out here.
These can be found at any electronic store in the US. Again. ALWAYS in my carry on.
A Puffy Jacket
Help your loved one fit into the European style of things and give them a mega packable, in-style puffy jacket. Please, stick to muted tones though.
They produce such darn cute photos, and will instantly print memories that will last forever. A mini one of these will fit right into a stocking.
Swiss Army Knife
More a dude thing, but great for emergencies and opening wine bottles. (They also have a wallet sized version that fits in like a credit card. Wicked cool!)
Apple World Travel Adapter Kit
Quite honestly the best $30 I have spent when it comes to travel prep. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Macbooks. Check it out on the apple store here.
Scarves, Mittens, and Gloves
BECAUSE YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY!
A Plane Ticket
If you give me two, I'll take you with me!