Is there a traveller on your holiday shopping list? Lucky you! We're an easy bunch to shop for.
If you're looking for a gift that's not hardside and mounted on four wheels - or a leather passport holder - you've come to the right place. I've assemble 10 awesome gifts priced between $10 and $150. Some are beautiful and wanderlusty while others are practical. All recommendations are our own; this post contains no sponsorship.
1. Olloclip for iPhone
For the shutterbug
For travellers who love documenting their trips but are constantly on the go, a chunky DSLR camera isn’t always practical. This 4-in-1 optic lens transforms your smartphone’s mediocre camera with interchangeable lenses. It’s diverse, portable, and the ultimate stocking stuffer.
Price: $79.99 – 119.99 CDN
Buy it here: olloclip.com
2. Vintage-style travel posters
For the nostalgic traveller
Anderson Design Group
Anderson Design Group’s collection of vintage posters, puzzles and games are appealing relics for reminiscing over past vacations or inspiring new ones. The world travel poster collection includes 1920s-stylized posters from destinations such as Venice, Paris, London, Sydney and Havana. Other eye-catching collections include American National Parks, Lake and Lodge, and Southern Delight.
Price: $39.95 USD
Buy it here: andersondesigngroupstore.com/collections
3. RAVPowereExternal battery pack
For the tech-savvy traveller
The tech-savvy traveller already has an external battery—so one-up them with this heavy duty bad-boy. With 3 charging ports, the RAVPower 26800mAh can charge multiple devices simultaneously, up to 6 times on one charge.
Price: $59.99 CDN
Buy it here: Click here
4. Refillable travel-size perfume bottle
For those who spritz
Travalo’s elegant, capsule-like refillable spray bottle is a genius solution for perfume on-the-go. The 5-ml bottle holds about 65 sprays, making it an excellent travel companion (and a smart stocking stuffer). Personalize it by filling it first with his/her favourite scent.
Price: $19.99 USD
Buy it here: travalo.com
5. Passport notebook
For those who journal
Rifle Paper Co.
Nomads are forever scribbling away. Whether it’s daily recaps, travel checklists or just mindless doodles, your musings deserve a travel-inspired journal. These notebooks emulate passports and slide easily into back pockets, backpacks, or Christmas stockings.
Price: $10 USD for a set of two
Buy it here: riflepaperco.com/passport-everyday-pocket-notebooks
6. Moroccan home décor
For the armchair traveller
Boho travellers long to fill their homes with décor from around the world. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to cart a load of furniture home with you. Problem solved: you can order these Moroccan leather poufs online.They're made of genuine leather and have a sturdy zipper closure on the bottom.
Price: $120 CDN + free shipping on orders $100+
Buy it here: babasouk.ca/shop/tan-leather-pouf
What better way to fight off the winter blues than by getting cozy between worldly sheets? This classic black-and-white blanket with dangling pompoms is handmade in Morocco. The Himalayan teal throw (made in Quebec) is a patterned option for those not afraid of a pop of colour.
Price: $96 - 125 CDN + free shipping on orders $100+
Buy it here: babasouk.ca/black-and-white and babasouk.ca/himalaya-teal-throw
7. Red Christmas Tea
To travel the world in a teacup
Few things make the holiday season come to life like the wafting aromas of freshly baked gingerbread, sizzling turkey and spiced tea. A steaming mug of TWG Tea’s signature Red Christmas Tea can transport you back to times when you’ve savoured a cuppa abroad.
Buy it here: Click here
8. Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist
For the bucketlist crusher
Here’s a global list for my Christmas list. The world’s leading travel guide company has ranked the world’s top 500 attractions and compiled them all into this gorgeous hardcover book. The Ultimate Travelist makes an appropriate coffee table heavyweight for nomads to flip through and daydream. Warning: this present is likely to inspire wanderlust.
Price: $30.75 CDN
Buy it here: Click here
9. Rafiki (friendship) bracelets
For a gift that makes a world of difference
ME to WE
I love goodies from around the world, especially when they come with good karma. This versatile rafiki 3-in-1 bracelet/anklet/necklace from Me to We is handmade in Kenya. The craftsperson receives a fair wage and every purchase provides access to education.
Price: $15 CDN
Buy it here: shop.metowe.com/ca/brass-paillette-and-tassel-rafiki
10. Bose wireless speakers
For the grooving globetrotter
From the pool to the patio to Pompeii, this water-resistant speaker is the perfect travel gift for music-obsessed nomads. The sound quality is stellar, and it doesn’t look half-bad either. The SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® Speaker II comes in four colours: aquatic blue, coral red, soft black and polar white.
Price: $149.99 CDN + free shipping
Buy it here: bose.ca/speakers/wireless_speakers
Bonus: A Canadian Traveller Magazine subscription!
For the dreamer
A gift that gives throughout the year (four times, to be exact).
Find words by editor Terrilyn Kunopaski and even a few articles penned by myself! Columns include snapshots, in short, 72 hours in..., shop, travel muse, unexpected icon, confessions and our destination features. We publish Canadian Traveller quarterly and editions can also be read digitally at no extra cost.
Price: $17.95 for 1-year
Happy Holiday Shopping!
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