Christmas–the season of presents, stocking stuffers, and (hopefully) togetherness–is quickly approaching. I hope you’re as ecstatic as I am! We at Modern Love understand that plenty of you will be travelling to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Christmas shopping can be difficult when you’re driving, and it can be much more difficult when you’re the one purchasing long-distance presents for a tourist.
Gifts for travellers should ideally be compact, practical, and affordable–not to mention something your friends and family might enjoy. Since it can be difficult to find the right stocking stuffers or presents for a traveller, we’ve compiled a collection of suggestions to get you started.
1. Organizer for “Cords & Things”
How many times have you discovered twisted cords or misplaced your iPod, battery, e-reader, phone adapter, or other valuables in the mess of your suitcase? This slim case has plenty of pockets and loops for all of your cables, flash drives, memory cards, and small computers.
2. Luggage Scale for Travel
Have you ever been charged for extra baggage? I’ve done it because it can be expensive (hello, $338 in Bangkok airport… that one hurts). These tiny luggage scales (along with reading the fine print on your booking, which was my issue in Bangkok) will help you from making a costly error.
3. Autoseal Stainless Steel Travel Mug By Contigo (20oz)
This is the ideal stocking stuffer for anyone who prefers a “horrible work commute” over a “backpacking around Turkey.” It’s simple to vacuum, auto seals between sips, and can hold 20 ounces of coffee hot for up to five hours.
4. Cubes for Packing
Some people are born with the ability to hold a suitcase neat. Others of us, on the other hand, aren’t so sure. And ripping your neatly prepared bag apart in search of your one pair of black underwear is very inconvenient. What is the solution? Cubes for packing. This collection of four packing cubes would bring organization and sanity to Every traveller’s luggage. Even my own.
5. Wine Bottle Guards
While we’re on the subject of beverages… Anyone who enjoys wine and travels will often encounter the issue of how to bring their beautifully selected selection of wine home. This package of four reversible wine protector sleeves would take the hassle out of shipping wine (except for thinking about getting all four bottles into customs).
6. Memory Card Carrying Case
This is the least expensive travel present on the list, weighing in at an impressive $3.99 (and 0.3 ounces), but it would be worth even more to someone who wishes to bring more than one memory card. This tiny case will accommodate up to 20 memory or SIM cards (12 regular size slots and 8 larger slots for SD cards). You can splurge to have one or two memory cards.
7. Cell Phone camera lens package
Did you realize you might get tiny lenses to help you take better photos with your phone? This compact set includes nine lenses, including macro, fisheye, and wide-angle lenses. They are compatible with a broad variety of cellphones, including iPhones, Samsung Galaxy devices, and others. Perfect for someone who values both flying light and taking images along the journey.
8.Daypack Outlander Packable Lightweight Backpack
This backpack folds down into its zippered inner pocket and is lightweight, roomy, and sturdy. Take it with you and unfold it if you need a carry-on for extra luggage, a daypack, a shopping bag, or something in between.
9. Adapter for Travel
This convenient adaptor has dual volts, dual connectors, and dual USB charging ports. A power LED predictor. Voltage conversion is not available (voltage conversion necessitates a larger, heavier converter), although most travellers would not need it.
10. Wireless High Gain USB Adapter
This amazing device expands your laptop’s wifi signal, allowing you to pick up and boost signals that were previously poor or out of reach–many users report getting a four-bar signal when there was previously just one. Ideal for use of guest facilities, airports, or communal accommodation.
11. 3dtrisport Walking 3d Pedometer
Speaking of fun tools, keep this in your pocket or bag and it will monitor your everyday steps (walking and running), speed, fat and calories consumed, and workout time. It can be a perfect motivator for your traveller to do some additional sightseeing on foot while still getting some exercise.
12. Stealth Waist Bag
And where is your traveller going to keep their previous papers when they are out walking on your pedometer? This lightweight, light bag clips around your waist and can be tucked under your clothes if desired. It’s a steal and the ideal hands-free and safe location for travellers to hold their pockets, visas, watches, or something else tiny that they need to take with them.
13. Jewelry Pouch With a Drawstring
A jewellery case is another must-have when it comes to holding valuables secure when travelling. I’ve tried several different things, but I keep going back to these plain drawstring pockets. They have soft sides and are lightweight. The inside pockets that line this little pouch are excellent at holding necklaces and earrings untangled and out of harm’s way.
14. Credit Card and Passport Sleeve Protectors/Blockers
Do you know it costs less than $80 to purchase a portable automated reader that will steal details from your credit cards or passports, such as your bank account number, name and address, and card expiration date, without even reaching you? It’s known as digital skimming, and it’s becoming more popular. This gift set includes 10 RFID blocking sleeves and 2 passport protectors to protect your credit cards from electromagnetic readers.
15. Luggage Tags That are Strong and Safe
Identifying your suitcase or backpack when it exits a plane, train, or bus may be more difficult than you think–especially if it is dark. These vividly coloured luggage tags can help your traveller maintain track of their luggage while still protecting your address and other identifying details from prying eyes.
16. Watertight Dry Bag (and Bonus Smartphone Dry Bag)
This pair of drybags can come in handy if your traveller goes somewhere near the water (beach, hiking, kayaking, fishing, etc.). The big 10L drybag can hold anything you need to keep dry, while the tiny one is ideal for storing a pocket, passport, tablet, and keys.
17. Bluetooth Speaker Portable
Purchase a portable Bluetooth speaker for them to provide great-sounding tunes and though they’re on the path to lift their spirits and fill their life with music.
18. Coffee Grinder on Wheels
Is your traveller a coffee connoisseur? If that’s the case, they’ll bring this portable hand-crank coffee mill with them and thank you every morning that they don’t have to drink hotel coffee. If you just want to go all out, pair this gift with an Aeropress portable coffee machine.
19. First-aid Kit
This 291-piece first-aid package isn’t anything your visitor is going to bring with them in a bag the next time they come to visit, but it is something they should carry home with them and have in their vehicle (which is where they’re likely to use it–while they’re busy driving back and forth). So stock up with first aid equipment to assist your traveller in taking care of themselves or others while they are in distress.
20. A Proper Way to Show Certain Images on The Refrigerator
Is your refrigerator a jumble of pictures, cards, and reminders? Worse still, do you have some happy snaps in your fridge? Hanging memories of happier days with family and friends will make you smile every day. There are a million ways to do this, but here’s one: hang this photo organizer (the fridge gallery) on your fridge to hold all of your pictures and fridge alerts perfectly arranged AND accessible.