Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide
With Christmas less than a month away it’s time to start finalising those pressie lists.
Following is the ultimate gift guide for your travelling friends and family.
For the Adventurer:
The Öko water bottles were originally designed for NASA and thus uses a high-quality replaceable water filtration system. Perfect for the hiker, camper or adventure seeking friends as to always be able to access fresh drinking water.
1L bottle for $35.95 AUD
2. Kathmandu Waterproof Jackets
For the ladies, the Lawrence Jacket is currently on sale. Not only will this waterproof and windproof lightweight jacket keep travellers dry but the brilliant lipstick colour will assure style to match.
A similar jacket for the men is the Orcus 3-layer waterproof, windproof jacket. This is a lightweight, breathable design waterproofed with ngx3 technology. Shop now for a half priced jacket.
Prices range from $200 – $269.98 AUD
3. Dry Bags
The perfect accessory for the outdoors traveller. Never have wet electronics due to freak rain storms again or keep clothing dry in larger sacks while hiking or boating.
Sizes range from 3L to 36L and come in ultralight to heavy duty. Priced from $12.55 to $69.95 AUD
This Goal Zero Flip Portable Recharger is the perfect size to take on hiking and camping trips when there won’t be any power outlets. Attach to backpacks or leave in the campsite to charge during the day.
5. Black Diamond Headlamp
Don’t let your friend be stuck in the dark again. Whether they’re night hiking or setting up camp, this is the perfect light source. Hands-free and equipped with both a red LED for night vision as well as a white one.
Priced at $79.95 AUD
For the Road Tripper:
For those long stretches of road, early morning starts or when sitting by the campsite, gift your friends with the perfect cuppa. The Aeropress can be seen in the best cafes and produces exceptionally smooth strong coffee. Plus its extremely compact making it the ideal travel companion.
Check out the Aeropress website for in store stockists near you or buy online. $34.95 AUD
2. Travel Mug
A Keep Cup will not only keep your deliciously fresh brewed AeroPress coffee spill free and warm, The Earth will be thanking you too. Environmentally friendly by eliminating disposable plastic, great taste as no yucky waxy paper and Australian made and designed. Many varieties of colour and design to choose from, so buy one for everyone you know! Or use the online store to pick your besties favourite colours and design your own.
Available in 3 barista standard sizes, prices range from $24 – $34 AUD
The perfect stocking stuffer. A magnetic sticker attaches to the back of any phone while the another magnet has an attachment which fits into the air vent in the car. This turns any smartphone into the perfect handsfree device while still being able to see the screen. Perfect for when using maps.
Available at Dick Smith in store or online for only $9 AUD
Make sure your mates are always up to date with the latest tunes. The best thing about Spotify Premium is you can create offline playlists. So they’ll never be without music in a no reception area again.
The first 3 months for only $0.99, then $11.99/month afterwards.
Perfect for when you’re cruising down a long coastal stretch, the sun is shining and tummies are rumbling. No more Maccas or fast food stops for your loved ones. Give them this affordable, water-resistant picnic blanket so they can pull over enjoy the views and lunch outdoors.
Only $20 AUD in store or online
For the Frequent Flyer:
1. Travel Books
With a transpacific flight taking up to 13 hours when better to get through books geared towards travel and adventure. Get your friends excited for their journey with titles like Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Into The Wild by Jon Kakauer and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
All books available at Dymocks online store starting at $19.99
2. Travel Diary
I love being able to write down little notes, quotes and stories when travelling. Buy this for your frequent flyer friend so they can remember their travel stories in years to come. This one includes colour maps of the world, a 4- year calendar and 96 lined pages for memories.
This cute passport holder is handmade and can be personalised to whoever you’re buying it for.
4. Luggage Lock
Something that will always come in handy. Whether it’s to lock up bags on flights to keep them secure or in hotels or while in transit. Make sure the lock is a TSA one like the following otherwise TSA will break the lock if they wish to search a bag.
This inflatable kit comes with a matching travel pouch and takes up much less room than the bulky bean filled ones. Adjust to the local time zone without worrying about bright aeroplane lighting.
On sale for $9.95 AUD
For the 20-something Backpacker:
1. Camera Strap
Sick of the boring, default strap that comes with a DSLR? Buy your friend something fun to personalise their camera. Lucky straps are Australian made leather and available in a variety of styles and colour.
$99.95 +$35.95 to personalise with embossed text.
I love holding a book so when I was given a kindle a couple of years back I was unsure how I felt about it. Now I love it, I have read many more books because of it. Its light, small and easy to download new titles. Any traveller who reads will love this gift.
Prices start at $109 AUD
3. Portable Speaker
Beach days, picnics and having a few drinks are all made better with music. This UE Boom speaker is small, compact, produces great sound and is waterproof.
$229 AUD at JB Hi-Fi
Mosquito bites are never fun. Wear these mozzie repellant bands in high mosquito areas especially where malaria and dengue fever is prevalent to create an extra barrier between being bitten. They are effective for 180 hours and won’t require your backpacker to carry additional liquids.
Lush has a huge range of no liquid products. Buy your backpacking friend dry shampoo to help them avoid spills through luggage plus they can be kept in the carry-on. This coconut-scented, ultra hydrating shampoo works just as well as liquid shampoos which much less potential for mess.
$14.95 AUD for 100g
For the Traveller Who’s At Home Currently:
1. Scratch Map
Buy your friend a world map where they can scratch off the destinations they have been to. More fun than a regular world map and a great reminder of all the places they have visited until their next adventure.
2. Travel Magazine Subscription
Whether it be planning the next trip, looking at incredible photos or reading inspirational stories; National Geographic Magazine has it all. Give a subscription this Christmas so your travel friends know what’s going on around the world.
$49 for 12 issues
3. Money Box
Saving all your coins definitely starts adding up. Buy this travel inspired money box and your friend will be back jet-setting in no time.
4. Flip Book of Travel Quotes
These are an easy handmade gift you can personalise with your friend’s favourite quotes. Have a look on Pinterest for inspiration. Print out quotes on heavy paper or card, punch holes and add a couple of binder rings.
A few dollars for card and binder rings.
A cushion with a travel quote is a cute gift for anyone who loves to travel. Useful and fun.