The Best Gift Ideas For The Wandering Traveler

December 24, 2017

The world’s best scientists have yet to discover the cure for wanderlust. Until they do, the best form of treatment is unrestricted travel. At least, that is what your globetrotting friend claims. Desperate to get from one adventure to the next, they barely touch down long enough to water their plants. Luckily, they cleared their calendar to ensure they will be around the dinner table this Christmas, but that means you need to get them a gift this year. Do not panic just yet! Every explorer needs some help to get them from A to B. Whether it is a high-tech photo lens or a simple journal, that perfect gift is waiting.

A Camera Lens

What is the point of traveling to the ends of the Earth if you cannot bring home photos of it to make people jealous? Pics or it did not happen! No one will be doubting their holiday when you leave a camera lens under the tree. Many of the best lenses are small, portable accessories that attach to their phones, so they do not have to waste any space in their luggage for a clunky camera.

The Olloclip Active Lens kit, for instance, offers up two interchangeable lenses that weigh a collective 54 grams, so they will never have to worry about it going over their weight allowance. The kit provides a 2x telephoto optical zoom lens that is perfect for detail shots and an ultra-wide 155-degree lens that lets them capture impressive landscape shots of their surroundings.

A Vinyl Skin

It does not matter if they prefer to stick to all-inclusive resorts or they favor the road less traveled, your friend will always jet set with their tech in toe. Tablets, iPads, Androids, and iPhones hold important itinerary information, display maps, and take photos. Leaving one behind could spell disaster. Make sure that never happens by wrapping up a customizedtablet, iPad, Android, or iPhone skin this year. When you create an eye-catching design that pops, they’ will never lose their gadgets on the airplane, in the folds of their hotel bed, or anywhere else their adventure takes them.

When it comes to stunning designs, the folks at dbrand have premium skin textures you cannot get anywhere else. These one of a kind skins from dbrand include bamboo and other hardwood, dragon skin, and carbon fiber. And if your friend takes adventure seriously, upgrade to the skin-compatible Grip case. It shows off the customized design you created on a much more formidable, carbon composite material, so it can withstand impacts should they stumble along the way.

A Cord Organizer

The thing about those tablets, iPads, iPhones, and Androids is that they require a dongle for charging, a cord for uploading, and a set of headphones if your traveler expects to hear their navigation instructions. Of course, they all need separate cables, so your friend is stuck lugging a fistful of wires wherever they travel.

You know from first-hand experience how easy it is to tangle a set of in-ear headphones. Now imagine your frustration when it is twisted in with six other wires. Help them avoid struggling to undo the Gordian knot of cables by getting them a cord organizer. A travel roll from Uncommon Goods organizes eight cords, two international plugs, and other small accessories for tangle-free travel. All they have to do is slot their cables in the right place. Once they roll it up, it takes up no more space than a large wallet.

A Travel Journal

Sure, they rely on their iPhone or tablet to take that perfect selfie or translate a foreign language menu. Tech plays an important role in any trip, but for most people, it has yet to replace the old-fashioned journal. There is something to be said for cracking open a notebook and writing out thoughts and memories on its pages.

Stick with a travel-themed journal to help them record their journeys, like the Rifle Paper Co.’s Bon Voyage journal. The soft linen cover shows a cute, if unrealistic, map of the world. Inside, each page is print with metallic accents, designs, and lines to give a little class to their doodles and ideas.

A Subscription Box

Memberships to subscription boxes have skyrocketed in the past few years. No one can resist having cool and unusual treats delivered straight to their door. While there are boxes that supply books, candy, and even gardening supplies, leave those behind for a Dopp kit.

Dopp kits, or toiletry boxes, deliver travel-sized beauty, grooming, and other skincare products to their door every month. You can opt for just one delivery or surprise them with a monthly delivery for a whole year. With products from brands like Kiehls, L’Occitane, and MAC, Birchbox is just one subscription service that will deliver on quality items, and they offer boxes for men and women.

The Bottom Line

You may not see your friend very often thanks to their itinerant lifestyle, but that does not mean you cannot give them a gift that shows just how well you know them. Tap into their love of travel and get them something they can use when they hit the road. A practical gift is always appreciated and they will think of you when they use it half-way across the world. So, take inspiration from this guide and leave a travel-worthy gift under the tree this year.


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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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