Unique gifts for the traveller in your life

As Christmas is fast approaching, my attention is being turned to some of the awesome gifts out there available to seasoned (or even beginner) travellers.

This year my family are visiting from Texas and they’re die-hard travel fans, thanks to my uncle Julian’s influence (which I must admit, I think a little bit of this has rubbed off on me). I’ve been having all sorts of fun fantasizing about what I could get for these guys, and obviously going miles off track during the process. So I thought I would put together my definitive list of travel gifts for the traveller in your life. I hope you’re as inspired by these as I am!

1. Herschel Little America Backpack – £85 asos.com

Herschel little america backpack

I must admit, I am a little bit obsessed with this backpack, which is great for both men and women, since I came across it putting together an All-American Gift list for work. Herschel are known for their sturdily designed bags which last for ever, so at £85, I think this would be a great investment!


2. Vintage World Watch, £42 eu.fab.com (made by Cheapo)

Vintage watch

This vintage watch puts the whole world as close to your hands as humanly possible. Contrary to the name of the watch’s manufacturer, it looks just about as expensive as you can get for a fairly budget option. Plus I am ridiculously into vintage stuff at the moment.


3. Paris 1745 globe – US$359.99 ultimateglobes.com

Paris Globe

Speaking of vintage, here’s another beautiful specimen to tickle your globe-buds. Although slightly on the pricey side, this would be an ideal gift for the traveller in your life. Did I tell you I’m also obsessed with globes? So much so that for Christmas last year my boyfriend bought me a globe and an adult sized hula hoop. I kid you not.


4. Personalised Hammered Gold Bangle, £14.50 notonthehighstreet.com

Personalised bangle

These cute little bangles can be personalised with the initials of the recipient as well as little charms such as the Eiffel Tower, clouds, stars, pine cones and flowers. Perfect for a girly girl who loves weekend or shopping breaks. Or for me, if you’d ever like to get me a present (a girl can dream!).


5. Joby Gorillapod for DSLR – £39.99 – Currys.co.uk

JOBY Gorillapod

I already own one of these and they are in my opinion one of the best lightweight tripods on the market. They bend and flex to suit any ground surface and can be wrapped around posts, tree branches, balanced on rocks or a whole manner of other things for that picture-perfect shot wherever you are.


6. Waterproof iPhone case – £25.99 Coastcloud


A gift for the traveller who just won’t put their phone down, even when soaking in the hotel’s pool. This case transforms a vulnerable iPhone 4 into a rough, tough waterproof, sandproof, snowproof, holidayproof device; perfect for capturing those underwater shots to make everyone jealous.


7. Polaroid Neon Noise Cancelling Headphones – $24.99 polaroidstore.com

Polaroid headphones

I couldn’t find these for sale in the UK but these awesome noise cancelling headphones are well worth the shipping wait time from the US. Travelling can sometimes be noisy (think screaming kids on planes), so these are perfect for zoning out and removing yourself from travel hell. Plus you’ll look COOL.


8. Delaying the Real World – From £2 (used), £16 (new) amazon.com

Delaying the real world

For anyone who follows my blog, I recently wrote about whether I should go travelling or buy a house, so this book speaks to my inner twenty-something girl just screaming out for adventure. It’s also a bargain and is available on Kindle too.


9. JBL Speaker and Charger in one – £119.99 uk.jbl.com

JBL Spreaker

A portable speaker that not only lets you stream music wirelessly, but actually charges your devices on the go, too! This is the kind of witchery that usually scares the bejesus out of me, but I’m willing to make an exception for this lovely piece of tech which promises to make my life a shed load easier.


And finally… 10.  GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition – £359.99 GoPro.com

GoPro Hero 3 Plus

If anyone at GoPro is reading this, I bow down at your ever-superior feet. Owning a Go-Pro has been on my travel bucket list for years, but I simply can’t make up my mind which one to buy. The most recent model is 20% lighter than its predecessor, has improved battery life, better image quality (with auto low light mode) and can capture up to 30 high-def images per second, as well as HD movies. Drool.

If you’d like more gift inspiration, visit my (ever growing) gifts board on Pinterest, and of course let me know what would be on your Christmas list this year.

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Hayley is the author behind A Life of More, a travel and lifestyle blog with the goal of helping you to live a happier and more fulfilled life, whether you're currently travelling or happily settled.

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