Never know what gifts to buy the travellers in your life? Whether for Christmas, birthdays or a fond bon voyage, this tribe can be tricky to buy for. Check out my guide to the
Check out my guide to the top gifts for people going travelling featuring unique experiences and small, lightweight or useful objects that are easily packed.
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Experience gifts for people going travelling
If you are anything like me you don’t need more stuff. The same is true for most people on the road or those who are living a slightly transient expat life. I love to receive experiences and fortunately there are many unique travel gifts only a mouse click away.
Guided tour gifts
Travelling is all about the experiences you have in the destinations you visit and one of the best ways to do this is via a local tour. With over 29,ooo local tours and activities in destinations all over the world available on their online portal or handy app, a Get Your Guide gift certificate is a very thoughtful gift. I have used this service several times and its a great way to find unique and interesting tours in countries around the globe.
You can browse the Get Your Guide site for suitable tours by location and interest and then choose the “Give as a gift” option on the right hand side. Choose the value of the gift certificate and then add a personal message to the recipient. Review the preview of the printable gift certificate before you go ahead and pay via their secure connection.
Choose the value of the gift certificate and then add a personal message to the recipient. Review the preview of the printable gift certificate before you go ahead and pay via their secure connection.
To use the certificate your recipient simply uses the gift card code after they have selected their tour and are checking out. The gift certificate is valid for 18 months from purchase.
London tour ideas
Loved ones travelling to London? Here are some tour gift ideas they are sure to enjoy.
Links to all the tours listed on Get Your Guide in these major cities
Responsible travel gifts
If you a looking for a gift that not only gives insight into the countries your friends and family visit and benefits the local community then a Visit.org gift certificate is a great idea.
Choose from over 400 unique tours and activities in more than 50 countries hosted by impactful nonprofits. When you book a tour on visit.org, 100% of revenue is invested back into local communities like this tour of Edinburgh – The Paths of Inspirational Women – that trains people who have been affected by homelessness to become walking tour guides while offering alternative, socially minded tours of the city.
Gift certificates are valid for 2 years from date of purchase.
Tech and organisation gifts for travellers
When space is a premium, gadgets that make your life easier are a great gift idea. Here are some of my must have tech and organisation items perfect for gifting.
Having travelled long haul for business and pleasure for many years I can guarantee the traveller that receives these noise cancelling headphones will be forever grateful. Sometimes you just need to block out all the noise and zone out.
Capture all the fun and memories on this Go Pro camera. I covet this item so much. It is small, lightweight, durable and even waterproof. Plus it takes amazing photos and video.
Now some of these items may not be romantic but they will be used constantly. To keep tech items charged and ready to go you can’t go past a lightweight portable power bank for fast recharging on the go.
We have so many adaptors lying around the house for different countries. Travellers can simplify everything with this handy international power adaptor with usb ports.
Lastly, even though I do not do ironing as a general rule, no one wants to turn up crumpled to a fancy dinner. A tiny travelling iron is a useful and thoughtful gift for those who like to look sharp on the road.
Gifts for children going travelling
We have been travelling with our kids since they were a few weeks old and have learnt a few tricks along the way. Here are a few recommendations for keeping the little ones happy.
Our twins have had these noise reduction earphones for over a year. They love the fun design and I like that the noise is controlled to a safe level for their little ears no matter how hard they try to turn up the volume.
Anything that keeps kids entertained for a long time in planes, trains and cars with no mess is a winner with me. I love the classic Etch a sketch pocket as it encourages creativity and an activity book is an inexpensive way to keep kids occupied.
Books are always welcome in our house but these Mr Men and Little Miss Books are lightweight, fun and small enough to pop a few in the onboard luggage without being too heavy
Our twins love their Little Passports subscription box. Each month they get a new pack in the post that helps us explore culture and geography around the world.
It is a fantastic complement to the learning they do as we visit new countries and makes a wonderful gift.
Read my full Little Passports review
I hope you found some ideas and inspiration in this guide. The act of giving has always been a pleasure for me and I enjoy finding special and unique gifts that are either fun and/or useful.