• 12 November 2021

‘Tis the season of giving! But what do you give to someone who never seems to stay in one place? Travellers can be a tricky bunch to buy for, however, there are plenty of fun gift options for those who call the world their home. Expat Explore has come up with some great gift ideas for that traveller in your life. From making their travels easier to inspiring their wanderlust, here are some of our top picks for travel-related Christmas gift ideas.

For the Flight

For many travellers, the flight is the worst part of travelling. It can be uncomfortable and stressful, especially when it comes to long distance flights. Here are a few gifts that will help make the flight much more comfortable.

  • Compression socks: A twist on the quintessential Christmas gift of socks, compression socks come in a variety of cute and quirky patterns and styles. Long-haul flights are far more comfy with a pair of these. 
  • Foot sling: Elevate your feet with this groundbreaking invention. Not only is the foot sling comfy but it also helps to prevent blood clots and swollen feet and ankles. 
  • Neck pillow: A vital accessory when (attempting) a peaceful sleep on a flight! Memory foam and foldable neck pillows are particularly convenient and not something that everyone would think of buying for themselves.
Neck Pillow, Christmas Gift Idea for travellers
A neck pillow will certainly make that in-flight sleep far more comfortable
For Luggage

Of course, beautiful designer luggage is the ideal gift for any regular traveller! However, high quality luggage can be extremely pricey. Have no fear, there are plenty of luggage accessories that don’t cost an arm and a leg! 

  • Luggage tags: A great way to spot your luggage on the baggage carousel! Luggage tags allow you to list your personal details, such as where to send your luggage if it goes missing. 
  • Baggage cubes: For the efficient packer, you can purchase baggage cubes which help compartmentalise your bag into different sections. 
  • Travel purse/travel wallet: Travel purses can hold your passport as well as cash, cards and boarding passes. It’s a super handy way to keep all necessary documents in one spot. They come in different styles, from basic organisers to designer products! 
  • Digital hanging luggage scale: These clever, compact gadgets measure your luggage’s weight with a sensor. This will ensure that you don’t have to pay hefty overweight luggage fees.
Luggage Tag, Christmas Gift Idea for travellers
A cute, personalised luggage tag will make your baggage easy to spot!

Related: Have a look at these expert packing tips before your next adventure!

For the Memories

One of the best things about travelling is all of the memories you make along the way. To help your travelling friends and family remember their travels, consider one of the following gifts!

  • Polaroid camera: A cool, vintage way to instantly produce keepsakes! Polaroid cameras can be very affordable and don’t take up nearly as much room as clunky high-tech cameras.
  • Selfie stick or foldable tripod: For solo travellers, these items will aid in taking fantastic photos of themselves in beautiful settings. 
  • Notebook or travel diary: A useful way of jotting down names of places or keeping note of special memories from the trip. 
  • World map: This could be in the form of a wall sticker, poster, old fashioned globe or scratch map. This is the perfect home accessory for anyone who has caught the travel bug!
Selfie sticks offer solo travellers a way to take photos of themselves in beautiful backgrounds
For the tech savvy

With the ever-changing digital landscape, it is becoming increasingly important to stay on-the-grid. These clever tech gifts will help travellers stay connected, wherever they may be in the world.

  • Universal travel adapter: Different countries use different plug types. On a multi-country trip, it can be hard to keep up! A universal travel adapter connects to all plug points, allowing you to use all of your necessary appliances.
  • Portable phone charger: Stay charged with a portable phone charger. This will be very useful if you’re not near a plug point. For example, when hiking or travelling long distances on public transport. 
  • Wifi hotspot: For digital nomads, a clear connection is vital when working in foreign places. A portable Wifi hotspot could help to stay online, even in signal-free places. 
Power bank, Christmas Gift Idea for travellers
Portable power banks will help to keep your phone charged and to stay connected at all times
For the best travel gift of all!

The ultimate gift for any traveller? A trip abroad! For that extra special traveller in your life, perhaps a parent, a spouse or even yourself, why not purchase an Expat Explore tour? Expat Explore tours take you to top attractions, hidden gems and natural wonders all over the world. You could even take advantage of our excellent Black Friday discounts and get some of our best tours at a much lower price! 

Expat Explore tour in Switzerland, Christmas gift ideas
Tour Leader Luke and happy Christmas travellers on an Expat Explore tour in Switzerland

Whether you’re shopping for someone or looking for items to add to your Christmas list, we hope this list has given you some good suggestions! Has all this talk of Christmas presents gotten you in the festive mood? Have a look at our upcoming Christmas tours for 2021 and 2022!

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