Gift giving is a tricky business. I’ve never been great at choosing special presents for big occasions. However, as a traveler, I remember what gifts I’ve received and loved. If your favorite traveler has a birthday coming up, here are some gift ideas that will show you care. These options range from extremely cheap to a little pricey, so buy this person whatever fits your budget.
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One of the greatest pieces of advice a fellow traveler has given to me was to write everything down during my trips. I took her advice when I moved to New Zealand after college, and my travel journal from that time is one of my most cherished items. I used a journal my brother had given me that was decorated with sketches of passports and maps, as well as inspirational travel quotes. Search Amazon and your local bookstores for options you think will suit your traveler. If the two of you are close, consider writing a meaningful note on the front page.
Nothing gets me in the mood to travel like reading a well-written travel story. If your traveler is a reader, buy them a copy of A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, or Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Spending hours on an airplane isn’t exactly comfortable. (Well, maybe it is in first class. I wouldn’t know.) A neck pillow is one of those travel accessories that’s great to have but no one wants to spend money on. Make their journey a little more enjoyable by purchasing one for them!
Two big purchases that stress travelers out financially are plane tickets and accommodation. Make life a little less stressful by giving them a gift card to their favorite airline or hotel chain. You can also get together with your friends and buy one gift card for a large amount. I only recently found out that gift cards to airlines exist, and I’m pumped to surprise a friend with one for her birthday!
A portable charger is something you don’t realize you need until you have it. Then you realize how much easier it makes your life! Travelers are always on the move, and depending on where they’re going, it may not be so convenient to plug their phones into the wall.