It’s the time of year where Christmas markets all over the world are in full swing, holiday music wafts through the cold air, snow falls in slow motion and Christmas trees make their ways from forests to homes for the holiday.
If you’re still in search of that perfect something for your special traveler friend, adventurers in your family, or partner in jet setting, look no further. We’ve rounded up a gamut of gifts: from the innovation-inspired to the traveler who likes to give back. Our favorite gifts for the seasoned traveler are in our complete last minute gift guide below.
THE ULTIMATE LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE
FOR THE WEEKEND WARRIOR
FUNCTIONAL WEEKENDER – $120
For the weekend (or week-long) warrior, the Lo and Sons Weekender is a must-have for any traveler. It’s the perfect carry-on size for those quick trips, and comes complete with a sleeve to slip over a rolling suitcase for those longer trips. See how efficient the storage space is in our packing guide here.
A SURPRISE WEEKEND ADVENTURE – Price Varies
The perfect gift to share is the gift of time and company, so what could be better than a surprise weekend getaway! Perfect for your significant other or bestie, book a fun trip with Pack Up + Go without any of the hassle. All you have to do for your next adventure is fill out an interest form along with your projected budget, and the company does the rest.
FOR THE HOSTESS
TRY THE WORLD – $19-$39
Your favorite hostess probably doesn’t always have the time to book a transatlantic adventure, so bring all of the spice and flavors from all over the world straight to their kitchen with a Try the World subscription. All the world’s delicacies will be delivered straight to their door for their next cocktail or dinner party.
CUSTOMIZED TRAVEL INSPIRED GLASSWARE – $14 – $28
A set of etched map glassware by Uncommon Green that will keep you gushing about your favorite places. Choose a set of places that linger in memories past or destinations you’ve longed to get to. This way you’re reminded every day of past adventures or what’s to come. My personal set of four includes New York, San Francisco, and, of course, Nantucket.
**USE CODE: BORDERFREE15 to receive 15% off Uncommon Green through 12/18/2016**
COYUCHI FOR THE HOME – $248
Coyuchi is committed to using only organic cotton and natural fibers as well as partner with fabric mills and workshops to remain environmentally and socially sustainable. We love this value since keeping our environment beautiful is important for all the adventures we plan to take in the future! That’s why the Hostess Gift Box is the perfect gift for the friend who loves to throw parties telling stories about her adventures.
FOR THE BUCKET-LISTER
SCRATCH OFF DESTINATION MAP – from $20
From Scratch Off Maps for your wall to a 3-D build-it-yourself Scratch Globe, Luckies of London maps are a fun and interactive way to keep checking those places off of your traveled-to list. My personal favorite is the Scratch Globe, which we used on our trip to Thailand.
FOR THE CREATIVE CAMERA OBSESSED
PRYNT – $150
Why wait for prints of all your favorite photos from your most recent trip when you can instantly print them out anywhere, anytime. In addition, Prynt adds a little magic to your photos by bringing them to life when you hold your phone over the printed image, so you can capture more than just a moment!
DJI OSMO VIDEO CAMERA – $570
There’s no longer need to worry about capturing good footage when you travel alone: as a lightweight, compact video camera you can easily hand off the DJI Osmo to a stranger to film you and still come out with quality results. DJI Osmo is one my favorite cameras to travel with. The ease of capturing smooth footage with the DJI Osmo Handheld 4K Camera makes it one of my favorite cameras to travel with.
*Check out how I used it in the film I created in Costa Rica here.
MAVIC PRO DRONE – $1,300
Everyone wants a drone nowadays. With the recent release of the DJI Mavic Pro Drone, now it’s easier than ever to purchase a packable, foldable drone that can easily fit in with the rest of your daypack. It’s on backorder and set to ship in the beginning of January, so this is the perfect ‘worth waiting for’ gift for that creative someone in your life.
FOR THE OUTDOOR ADVENTURER
COORDINATE TRACKER – $89
We all have those friends who like to take the path less travelled… but now they are no longer at risk of getting lost! With Nat Geo’s Personal GPS tracker, all you have to do is lock in your coordinates with the push of a button and the built-in compass will lead you back to your starting point. It also has a built-in backlight if the sun sets before you find your way back.
BLUNDSTONE BOOTS – starting at $170
For any outdoor adventure, Blundstone has footwear covered. Whether it’s ankle support for those uphill hikes or comfort for those long journeys, these boots are the perfect gift for the traveler who is active along the trail.
*Check out how we roam in Blundstone here.
GO PRO HERO 5 – $399
No outdoor adventure is complete without a Go Pro, and the GoPro HERO5 is the hot ticket on the market this holiday season. With voice command, auto-cloud backup, 12MP photos, and 4K video, your loved one will have the gift of capturing the moment without missing it.
FOR THE INNOVATION OBSESSED
LOST & FOUND – $70
One of the most anxiety-provoking situations for a traveler is losing things along the way – especially things such as luggage, keys, phones, and cameras that are important for your adventure. With Tile Mate Key Finder, your favorite traveler will never have to worry about their stuff again based on its bluetooth tracker technology that easily attaches to anything.
HEATED LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET – $159
This lightweight heated jacket is the first of its kind! Never miss a photo opp because your cell battery is too low. This lightweight heated jacket with cell phone charger will keep your loved ones constantly updating their instagram with photos from all their 2017 adventures.
SMART LUGGAGE – $595 for the set
Raden is the luggage of the future for smart travelers. With its ability to charge your phone, weigh your bag before you get to the airport, and track your bag through its journey via phone app makes traveling a whole lot less stressful. The bag comes in two sizes to meet your traveling needs. See more on why we love rollin’ with Raden here.
FOR THE SKIN CONSCIOUS
MINERAL SUNSCREEN – $40
Whether you’re trying to find the perfect gift for the island-hopper, hiker, or city-dweller in your life, the Coola Suncare Travel Set is ideal for all. With moisturizing benefits in addition to sun-protection, I don’t leave home without this stuff and your loved ones shouldn’t either.
ON THE PLANE + ON THE GROUND FOR YOUR FACE TRAVEL SET – $155
Hopping from plane to plane can really take a toll on the skin, so the Complete Gift Set from the Global Creator has thought of all the products that will bring any travelers face back to life after a long day of travel. All products are the perfect size to fit in any carry-on, and will leave you ready to tackle your next destination.
FOR THE ONES WHO LIKE TO GIVE BACK
HAND IN HAND SOAP – $32
For the friend who likes to backpack, to camp, to see the world from a tent or a hotel room, the 4-pack Assorted Bar Soap set is a gift that keeps on giving. The soap is vegan, palm free, all natural and environmentally friendly, so no matter where they stop for a shower, be it in a lake, the ocean, or a full tub, the soap will cause no damage to the environment. What more could you ask for? Well, for each bar of soap purchased, a month of clean water and a bar of soap will be given to a child who needs it.
MALA BRACELET- $24
Whether it’s for you mother, your sister, your aunt or your bestie, jewelry is always the way to go. Let’s face it: you just can’t go wrong. Especially when 100% of the profits from the Transcendence Bracelet you buy goes straight to support the Humanity Unified International Project in Rwanda. Each bracelet is made out of special prayer beads representing either love, peace, resilience, and transcendence and are handmade by women in rural Indian villages.
GIVE A CARD (& PLANT A TREE) – $29 for a set of 10
To the bestie who still loves snail mail, give her a set of Holiday cards or Thank You cards from Paper Culture. Not only is it the perfect way to ensure she keeps writing you during all of her travels, but Paper Culture also plants a tree with every order. That way your friend can write you the perfect thank you note for the card set and help reforestation where we need it the most.
SLEEPING BAG – $350
For all your travel friends who prefer to see the world via backpacking or car-trips and camping, the Cotopaxi Sueño Camp Sleeping Bag with down fill is the perfect gift to keep them cozy. With an insulated media pocket, built-in pillow pocket, they’ll have the best sleep of their life no matter where in the world they find themselves. What’s even better, 2% of the revenue is put away for grants to nonprofits such as Educate Girls India, International Rescue Committee Middle East and Europe, Nothing But Nets Sub-Saharan Africa and more, so by helping your friend stay warm, you’ll also be helping them help others.
A HOTEL STAY – prices vary
Book a trip for your friend using Kind Traveler booking and not only get exclusive hotel rates, but you also donate to your loved one’s favorite charity in the process, making their next adventure so much more worthwhile. You can book hotel stays with Kind Traveler in select U.S. cities, Mexico and the Caribbean, so make sure your friend’s bags are packed and that they are ready to enjoy their travels while giving back to the world that gives so much to them already.
So tell me… What is your favorite gift on this list? Let us know below!
You can still check out our Jetsetter Gift Guide here.