It’s that time of year when you need to start seriously thinking about presents for your nearest and dearest.
What do you get for that friend who is away so much you keep threatening to unfollow them on Instagram? Jealous, us? Of course not. To help you prove it, we’ve compiled a list of the best travel gifts for the jet-setter in your life.
Silky smooth eye mask
Unless you’re bonkers rich and regularly travel first class, sleeping on a flight can be an absolute nightmare. There’s nothing like a silky-smooth eye mask to bring a little touch of luxury to the experience and we love this SLIP Silk ‘Lashes’ mask, made using the highest-grade long-fibre mulberry silk.
Price: From $50 from SLIP
Lifesaving power bank
Which globetrotter hasn’t been stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery and no charging point in sight? No need to ask a random bartender to “pop it behind the bar” and hope you get it back; this lightweight Anker PowerBank will hold 3-4 charges, and will no doubt save your friend’s life. How else are they going to upload those envy-inducing ‘gram stories with a dead phone?
Prices for an Anker Powercore II 10000 from $41.99 from Amazon.ca
Not only are Lush Cosmetics’ ‘naked’ shampoo, conditioner and soap bars plastic and packaging-free, they’re also safe to take onboard as hand luggage (win!) and there’s no risk of a spill in the bags. Plus, they last for months. We suggest the seanik shampoo for that beach babe (or dude) look.
Price: from $11.95 a bar from Lush Cosmetics
Durable water bottle
We love these super stylish water bottles, especially as they’ll keep your drink cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Versatile? Yes, sir! You can even have them personalized with your recipient’s name or catchphrase. What better way to help your loved one reduce their plastic use and stay hydrated when they’re on the road?
Price: From $35 from S’Well
Real life diary
We might be inundated with tech these days, but sometimes, only pen and paper will do. Whether they’re jotting down addresses and directions, or writing long rambling diary entries, your friends will love having this leather-bound notepad with them on their travels.
Price: From $23.95 from Dryden
Purr-fect passport holder
All that travel can be hard on a passport. Think how many grimy hands they pass through over the years. Eww. Make sure your loved one’s most precious document stays protected with this meow-worthy passport crafted from crosshatch leather and finished with a sweet feline face. YES PLEASE.
Price: $135.45 from Nordstrom
This isn’t just any towel: it’s super compact and lightweight, dries three times faster than a normal towel, and sand shakes straight off. No seriously, it repels sands. It’s basically magic. Plus, they come in loads of great colours so you can get your mate’s fave.
Price: Start from $19 from Dock and Bay
You know your friend has a beaten up old suitcase with wheels that have been worn down to squares. Treat them this holiday season with a savvy new suitcase to turn all the heads in the airport (because the suitcase is stylish, not because its wheels bump along on the floor).
Price: $164.99 from Herschel Supply Co