Shopping and gift-giving should be fun, not stressful. That’s where our Canadian Traveller Gift Guide comes in! We’ve rounded-up some of our personal favourite travel tools and accessories, along with some fun, quirky gift ideas. One thing is for certain-- you're sure to find something for everyone. We hope you enjoy the season and happy holidays from our team!
Away Suitcases are becoming a household name and for good reason. Our personal favourite? The Carry-On, perfect for skipping the baggage line and starting your adventure. Not only is the suitcase incredibly durable, but it also boasts a removable battery (to follow flight regulations) that can charge your phone or camera on the go!
If you like to travel hands-free, the Calpack laptop backpack is perfect for you. A separate laptop compartment fits devices up to 15 inches and multiple interior pockets keep all your essentials secure. With a trolley pass-through feature to attach the bag to your suitcase handle, Kaya is perfect for lengthy travel, as well as everyday use.
Sole Society Weekender Bag
Weekend trips might just be our favourite and so is this Lacie vegan leather weekender bag. Perfect for just the essentials, you'll be ready to head to the cabin in style in no time.
If you have a hiker on your shopping list, Danner boots make for the perfect gift. With superior craftsmanship and quality material, these boots will last your loved-one a lifetime. For a classic style, the Mountain Pass Boots fit the bill, but if you like a more sporty look, try the Mountain 600.
Rothy's The Point Flat
Have you ever travelled with a brand new pair of shoes and ended up with blisters? Rothy's has the perfect solution for that. From sneakers to flats, travellers will stay comfy and stylish with these no break-in period shoes. Plus, they are machine washable and constructed entirely of recycled materials. Sounds like a win-win!
Allbirds sneakers make the ideal gift for your friend who lives at the airport. They are super light and durable, but also take up minimal space in the suitcase upon arrival. With styles for both men and women, we are declaring these the ultimate travel sneakers.
If you know someone who is packing up for a winter adventure, there is no better gift than the gift of warmth. Fjällräven has multiple parkas to choose from and they are all made from environmentally sourced and recycled fabrics including wool, polyester, organic cotton and traceable down. Ready, set, here comes the outdoor explorer!
Whether heading out on a fishing trip, safari or hiking adventure, put Tilley hats at the top of your wishlist this year. With fantastic sun protection, air flow ventilation and repellent material, it's guaranteed to weather through any expedition. Our favourites? (We have a lot), the AIRFLO hat and the WANDERER.
North Face Pullover
There is nothing quite as luxurious of a gift as something you can cozy up in. The North Face makes some of the best fleece sweaters and the Campshire Pullover is currently at the top of our list for snuggling by the fire.
Cuyana Alpaca Scarf
It's generally agreed upon by all experienced female travellers that you should never travel without a scarf. Is it a pillow, blanket, shawl? Likely you'll use it as all three. Gift your bestie the ultimate luxury, an alpaca or cashmere scarf like this Cuyana one. She'll thank you later when she's toasty warm under the airplane's torturous air-conditioning system.
As tech seeps into every aspect of our lives these days, it's no surprise that the Apple Watch is a must-have for travellers. With access to texts, emails, maps and even a fitness tracker at the touch of a button, the Apple Watch makes life simple for the busy traveller.
Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise-cancelling Headphones
Sony's newest headphones have easily become best in class when it comes to noise-cancelling. Babies crying? Can't hear em. Businessman talking obnoxious loud? Silence. Not only that, but they fit comfortably on the ears for a long period of time and have a battery life that lasts a whopping 30 hours.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera
With the specs on instant cameras getting better everyday, now is the time to invest. This particular camera is not only stylish, but also features a smart flash that calculates exposure based on the distance of the subject for a just-right brightness and specific shooting modes for different environments.
If your buddy is super into sustainability (shouldn't we all be?) Gresso sunglasses will make for the perfect gift. The company uses 3D on demand digital production, using one whole piece of material which reduces waste almost to nothing. Plus, the combination of titanium frames and strong Carl Zeis nylon lenses makes the sunglasses virtually undestroyable, meaning they'll last forever.
There is nothing more important when travelling as staying hydrated. Water helps repair your skin and adjust to timezones, so a water bottle is the ultimate travel accessory in our books. Hydro Flask is our favourite for keeping beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours. Not only does it come in a rainbow of fun colours, but it also has a lifetime warranty!
Slip Silk Scrunchies
Well it may seem silly to splurge on scrunchies, wearing one of these Slip super-soft silk scrunchies on the plane will keep hair from creasing. You can even use them heading off to dreamland to wake up with flawless hair.
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Experience the World subscription box
If you're looking for the gift that keeps on giving, look no further than Canadian Traveller's Experience the World box. For $88 every three months, you can enjoy the tastes, flavours and style of a surprise destination. Each box comes packed with items that represent the culture and customs of our chosen place, and a vibrant community of like-minded travellers share in the joy of each delivery on an exclusive Facebook page. Not convinced yet? We're offering a free set of Moscow Mule mugs plus a mystery item (a favourite piece from a former box) with each purchase, as our holiday incentive. Click here for more information.
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