Whether they’re currently on the road or taking some time at home to plan their next adventure, it can be difficult to buy a great gift for an ardent nomad. They travel light, and even if they have a permanent residence they won’t want it cluttered with the usual seasonal detritus. Maybe they’ve been away so long you can’t remember what they look like, let alone what they’d like for Christmas.
Our Christmas travel gift guide has got you covered. We’ve put together a wishlist packed with great gift ideas, whatever your price range, so you can keep the traveller in your life happy (before they disappear again).
Stocking fillers (£5-10)
Smartphone and Camera Pouch – £4.99
Amazon – £5.49
This stocking filler is the perfect practical present for beach bums who struggle to keep their phone or camera safe and dry while lazing in the ocean. You can use your touchscreen through the pouch!
True Utility Microtool Keyring
True Utility – £7.99
Housing a knife, scissors, bottle opener, screwdriver, nail file, and nail cleaner, this handy tool has everything an intrepid backpacker could need. Just don’t let them put it in their hand luggage.
Personalised Travel Notebook
Getting Personal – £6.99
Do you know a traveller who loves filling their trip with activities but has the organisational skills of a cat herder? This travel-themed notebook, which can be personalised with the recipient’s name, provides the perfect way to make sure no escapade is ever missed.
Avo-cardio Water Bottle
Qwerkity – £6.99
You should always carry water with you on your travels, and this adorable reusable bottle ensures you can stay hydrated and environmentally friendly.
Under the tree (£10-24)
3 in 1 Urine Bottle
Amazon – £15.29
Public toilets aren’t always easy to come by at a campsite, jungle, or during a road trip, so this unisex portable potty could prove a godsend. The design promises no spillages or odour, which strikes us as pretty important.
1000 Places To See Before You Die 2nd Edition
Amazon – £11.06
This #1 New York Times bestseller offers the ultimate bucket list of travel inspiration, alongside 600 full colour photos, making it the ideal gift for a dormant traveller itching to get back out on the road.
Scratch Off World Map Poster
Not on the High Street – £21.95
A great gift for the enthusiastic globetrotter, every country visited can be scratched off this map, offering fantastic incentive to get back out there and see as much of the world as possible.
Christmas crackers (£25-40)
Personalised leather wash bag
Not On the High Street – £39.95
Bathroom items deserve the best when they’re being carted around the world, and these genuine leather wash bags – personalised, natural – are nothing but the best.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 28
Waterstones – £25
This beautiful collection brings together the very best wildlife photography the last year of this prestigious competition, making it the perfect gift for nature lovers.
Go Travel 407 Worldwide Earthed Adapter
Purple Turtle – £29.95
Any traveller is reliant on technology these days, and while this gift isn’t terribly exciting, it’s absolutely essential for anyone who’s soon to be off around the world with a bag full of chargers.
Personalised Camper Couch
CamperCouch – £40.00
Do you know a travelling couple who can’t bear to be apart for a moment? This double-seater folding couch means they’ll never have to be. You can even plaster their names on it for the ultimate saccharine touch.
Big spender (£50-£100)
Personalised Storyteller Bracelet or Necklace
Not on the High Street – £65
Travelling is about making stories, and these bracelets/necklaces are a great way to help your loved ones remember the dates, places, and people that made them the person they are today.
The North Face Borealis 28L Daysack
Blacks – £55
While it’s probably not big enough for a full backpacker tour, this sizeable and robust bag should prove a faithful servant on the majority of day trips.
Garmin Drive Sat Nav w/ Full Europe Maps
Currys – £99.99
A good sat nav is essential these days for the hardcore roadtripper, and this affordable choice comes loaded with features, including free lifetime maps for all of Europe.
A pregnant alpaca
Alpaca UK – £6950
Some people struggle to settle back into regular life once they return from their gap year. Buying them an alpaca (especially one with babies on board) lets them bring a little bit of the wider world to their home. Careful, they can bite.