In case you are looking for that last minute gift for a traveler in your life, here are my picks for 2015. There are loads of things that you can buy people, you just have to know where to look. Some people like going on sites like jacobs the jeweller, whilst others prefer taking their time and looking around actual shops to find the gifts. Some people may even decide to take the gift-giving one step further by buying a gift that no other world traveler is sure to have. For example, a tee shirt quilt which is full of your own personal memories could be a great keepsake to gift your friend with, so they’ll always think of you regardless of where they are in the world. The good thing is, is that there is always an option, you just need to tailor it to your friend’s likes and interests. Say, someone has an awesome sock collection, you might as well give them some personalized socks (Chaussettes personnalisГ©es in French) that could help expand their collection!
Anyway, I’ve decided to come up with my own list of things which I think would be perfect for any traveler – most of these items are recent purchases that have quickly become favorites, and the others are on my own wish list.
A bottle of wine, $25. Pop open a bottle and swap stories from your favorite travel adventures or plan for a new one.
A personalized passport holder, $85, for you and your best friend, so no matter where you are in the world you two can travel together. If you need a little more room for organizing documents, try the travel wallet.
A doorstep necklace, $98, for a nostalgic traveler to mark the first place they considered home. You could also celebrate their favorite destination with a coordinates necklace – here’s a splurge and a steal.
Bonjour New York, $9. It’s like a little scavenger hunt to guide their next trip to the big city.
A scarf camera strap, $38. Sometimes the last thing I want to do is draw attention to my expensive camera, and the strap it came with does just that. Plus it’s not cute. A scarf strap is the perfect upgrade and I love the neutral colors and thin stripes on this one.
5 Year Diary, $13, to keep track of where they’ve been and what they’ve done. Like timehop for the technology-averse or anyone who loves a good old fashioned diary. After seeing mine, my sister is now asking for one of her own.
A dainty rose gold bangle, $35. I bought this bracelet a few months ago and haven’t taken it off. It’s perfect for small wrists because it easily bends and the phrases feel personal and inspiring. My favorite for adventurers are this one and this one.
An ethical necklace, $42. It is perfect for packing because it goes with anything and is enough to make a statement by itself. I love Ethic so much I just bought this, this and this to give as gifts. My friend Maegan works with artisans in Ethiopia to design each piece before they are handcrafted from recycled tire threads and bullet cases from former war conflict areas in east Africa.
Photography book, $12, so they can capture beautiful memories on their next adventure. Even my brother, a professional, finds it inspiring when he needs to freshen things up. Which is why I’m grabbing him the sequel for Christmas.
Bluetooth headphones, $50, so your favorite jetsetter doesn’t have to fuss with cords on the plane while they listen to their favorite tunes or binge on Netflix during a layover.
A rose gold foiled print, $36, so she can remember what motivates her when shes home in between journeys. Artist Emma Kate also offers the perfect gift wrap for whatever you end up buying your traveler.
If you’re in the DC area and need to purchase last minute presents, check out the Good City Guide. A guide I created in collaboration with Stephanie, Ashley and Maegan to to highlight the businesses that do good, and to help you discover local stores that are the soul of the city and products that have global impact. No business paid for advertising – we included them because we love them.