Travelers tend to be people who pride themselves on minimal worldly possessions and lots of memories instead of stuff. Which can make them impossible to buy gifts for! Here’s some great ideas for gifts for travelers.
Dear Sarah Von,
My bestie is about to embark on an epic six month trip. Of course, we’re throwing her a going-away party and each of us is on a quest to give her The Best Gift Ever. But what do you give to someone who can only take things that fit in her backpack? And that backpack is already almost full?
Good question, friend! I like to fancy myself a great gift giver, but it’s hard to know what to give someone who’s got limited space, isn’t it?
A few ideas?
8 Great Gifts for Travelers
- An extra camera battery or memory card
These are a) always overpriced on the road b) always running out. Just be sure to sneak a peak at their camera and get something that’s compatible!
- Skype credit
So they can call you on the land line at your parents’ house.
- A Pro Account on Flickr
The free accounts are limited to 200 photos and surely they’ll take that many at Angkor Wat alone!
- Make a podcast of all your friends sharing stories and sending them good wishes
They can listen to it when they’re stuck in a dirty hostel in Rio, trying to drown out the noise of that couple making out in the next bunk.
- A solid version of their favorite perfume/cologne
The solid version will last longer and get through customs without any trouble. Annnnd it’ll help them smell human after taking the overnight bus to Saigon. I particularly love this amber butter in a sweet little wooden box.
- Packing cubes
Friends don’t let friends travel without packing cubes. I promise, they will name their first-born after you if you give them these.
- A Really Good Travel Journal
In my mind, a good travel journal is slim (not bulky or spiral bound) comes with a place to tuck a pen, and is water resistant – but your mileage may vary. This one is particularly cute.
- Tiny Luxuries
When I travel, I usually frequent developing countries and find myself washing my clothes in buckets and walking around behind gaseous mules. After two months of this, I will start to fall apart and want to blow $200 on a fancy hotel with nice sheets and hot water. I imagine many backpackers are the same. Give you friend a bit of luxury to take with them: a gorgeously scented travel candle, fancy bar shampoo, a silky cami, luxurious cuticle cream – anything that’s small, fancy and nicely-scented will do.
What gifts do you give to the travelers in your life? What would you like to receive?
photo by Nikolay Loubet // cc