Christmas is just around the corner and while there has been a lot of adventure and travel deprivation this year, it’s not too late to cheer up a loved one (or yourself!) by getting one of these amazing gifts for adventurers and travel lovers.
When I’m not travelling or looking for something adventurous to do, I’m planning my next trip and reminiscing of adventures past. I’ve put together a list of 45 gift ideas for all budgets, with some even as low as $5! Give the gift of adventure this year for Christmas.
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Budget friendly - less than $20
We all love a bargain, am I right?! Here are some of my favourite picks for budget gifts for adventurers that cost less than $20.
Packing cubes are a great addition to your luggage and help keep your clothes organised and wrinkle free. Veken packing cubes are water resistant so even if your suitcase or backpack get wet, they will keep your clothes dry. As an added bonus, this set also includes a shoe bag and a laundry bag.
I love planning my trips ahead of time, writing an itinerary and packing list, and my travel journal comes out as soon as I get to the airport. This travel journal helps you to plan your trip, create a packing list and keep track of your budget along the way.
I never travel without my earplugs. Whether it’s a noisy neighbour on the plane (I actually got moved to business class because of a noisy snorer – comment below for more details!) or just the strange sounds of a new country, a good nights’ sleep is essential for me when travelling.
If you’re looking for a special gift that’s somewhat personalized but doesn’t break the bank, why not buy one of these digital download city skylines? Simply print yourself or send to a print shop and pop in a frame! There are over 200 city skylines available so if you can’t see your city initially, simply contact Ellies List Printables.
6. Travel Prints & Quotes
Give a loved one a practical gift of a universal travel adapter this Christmas. This travel adapter can be used in 160 countries worldwide and can be used to charge up to 5 devices at the same time.
The perfect gift for adventurers who like to hike and camp. Every happy camper needs a unique camper mug. It’s lightweight, durable and multifunctional. Use it for your favorite beverage or a hot meal, and attach it to your bag for easy access on a hike.
There’s nothing quite like reading others’ stories of adventure to inspire you. My favourite travel book I read this year was Love With A Chance of Drowning. A light read, Torre deRoche tells the true story of falling in love and travelling around the world with her other half in a sail boat, all the while being terrified of the water!
Get the whole family involved in scratching off the countries you’ve been to and planning which countries are next on your list. This Scratch Off Travel Map also shows all the flags of the world for scratching off too.
The Zoppen Travel Wallet can hold your passport, airline ticket and phone, as well as having space for cash and cards. I tend to use my travel wallet for day to day uses as well as for travel as it holds so much!
Essential for keeping hydrated and fresh on a long flight, this Evian Facial Spray is refreshing when you need it most and it comes in a pack of two. I always have it when travelling to humid countries to keep me cool throughout the day also.
I try not to collect too much from my travels, but Christmas ornaments is one thing I do collect. This gold leaf globe Christmas ornament is the perfect gift to inspire wanderlust this year.
Whether you burn or not, it is so important to use sunscreen when out in the sun, given the damage it can do. I am a burner and I have tried and tested so many different brands over the year. I found P20 sunscreen to be the best I’ve used. I can put it on once a day and it lasts all day long, even after swimming.
My favourite of the budget friendly gifts for adventurers is this waterproof phone cover. It can be used for hiking in bad weather, kayaking, and other water activities. And the best thing is that it comes with two covers – bargain!
Outdoor adventure gifts
These ideas are particularly good gifts for adventurers who love to be outside. Here’s my pick.
If your loved ones is a camping fanatic, this camping hammock is a great gift for them. And for you, because it’s a double hammock! It comes with the necessary tree straps and it’s super easy to set up.
This one is actually on my Christmas wish list! A survival bracelet can help when you encounter problems while hiking or camping, It has a fire starter, reliable compass, loud emergency whistle, emergency knife and 12 feet of military-grade para-cord.
An unbelievably inexpensive piece of equipment which can save your life, the Lifestraw allows you to drink water out of the dirtiest of puddles in cases of emergencies, by removing 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria.
All about the bags
Whether you’re a light packer or bring everything you own on a trip, everyone needs some sort of baggage for a trip!
I’m a big fan of lightweight suitcases, mostly because I’m not the lightest packer and it gives me more baggage allowance! The IT Luggage series is the world’s lightest luggage and can be bought as a set of three or separately, depending on the size you need.
Price: $167.96 (set of three)
Great for strolling around a new city during the day, why not treat yourself or a loved one to one of these cute backpacks? It features various pockets, with one that fits a laptop up to 13″.
If you’re purchasing a gift for someone who likes to shop when they travel, then this is the solution! Never run out of space again with this foldable travel bag. Pack it for your outward journey and use it for your purchases on your return.
I’ve mentioned this Lay N Go makeup bag before because it’s so practical when travelling. You just open it out and you can see everything that’s in your bag, without having to root around. Simply pull the drawstring when you’re finished with it for a compact makeup bag.
No matter where you go or what you do, one thing’s for sure… You’ll need clothes to do it (unless you’re going to a nudist colony)! Here’s my pick.
The Main Gift
Depending on how much you love them, you may be willing to spent a little more on your loved onces this Christmas! Here’s my pick for the main gift.
With a 30 hour battery life, these Sony noise cancelling headphones will get anyone through a long haul flight or a long hike. They’re wireless so there’ll be no getting tangled in wires!
Out of all the gifts for adventurers on the list, this one could make dreams come true. Adventurers love to get the best shot from the best angle and the Syma X500 drone can help makes those dreams a reality.
I like to take a book with me when I travel. It’s great for the airport lounge, the plant, sitting by the pool, camping, but you don’t always want to carry a book (or if you’re a fast reader, two books!). With a Kindle Paperweight, you can have all your books on the small device to read at any time.
So there’s my list of 45 gifts for adventurers and travel lovers this Christmas. Do you know anyone who would like any of these gifts? Are any of these on your Christmas wish list this year? Let me know in the comments below!
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