I often get asked, What are the best gifts or travelers? You want to buy something they will really use, not just some gadget that will get left at home, shoved in a drawer and never used. But my list isn’t a normal list – there are no shortage of those out there. It’s a list of gifts for travelers created by travelers, or travelentrepreneurs, or entrepreneurs who are passionate about traveling!
Each of these gifts will not only be appreciated and useful to the recipient, but they also support entrepreneurs, and I’m passionate about supporting entrepreneurship however I can! And none of these are affiliate links – i.e. I’m not getting a commission for recommending these products, I’m recommending because I believe in them and the people who created them. And as a special thank you for being a reader of Monkeys and Mountains, I’ve got some giveaways for you as well!
This book is for the adventurer in your life or for the person who thinks that “travel” means having to go far away. Leigh McAdam from the popular blog, HikeBikeTravel has experienced every single one of these 100 adventures herself and compiled them into Discover Canada 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures. They range from family friendly to tough multi-day backpacking trips, but either way they’re sure to change how you see Canada while you drool over the gorgeous photography. Being Canadian, I’ll admit to being a bit biased on this one, but it is a fantastic book by a true adventurer! Discover Canada 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures can be purchased as a paperback for $29.95 or an e-book for $9.99.
Image courtesy of the TravelCard.
As a travel blogger, I’m constantly worrying about my smart phone running out of juice which is really easy to do when you’re using wi-fi, taking photos and uploading them. The same is true for most travelers, so if you know someone who uses their phone a lot when they travel this external smart phone charger is the perfect gift. The TravelCard is compact – the same size as a credit card and fits easily in your wallet. It has a built in lightning cable and gives you an additional five hours of talk time. This is the third external charger I’ve had and my favourite by a long shot, due to how compact it is and that it actually provides the charge it says it does. You can purchase one at TravelCard for $39.00.
Confession time: I rarely wear perfume when I travel. And that’s because it takes up too much space, it spills and if I’m only traveling with carry-on luggage it’s usually over the 100ml limit that airport security enforces! That’s why I love Aroamas, solid perfume sticks that are handmade by Brooke Schoenman, also known from Her Packing List – she’s a busy lady! They come in a variety of scents and are a solid that you just swipe on – no spills, no leaks and they don’t count towards your liquid count if you only have carry-on luggage. Absolute genius! You can choose three scents of your choice for $21 Australian dollars, at Aroamas.
I hate traveling with a money belt. I always end up sweating around my stomach – not attractive – and it’s hard to get your money out when you need it. That’s why I love the Speakeasy Travel Scarves created by Beth and Randy from Beers and Beans. In their words We make beautiful scarves with secret pockets. Such a brilliant solution to a problem that every traveler has – keeping your valuables safe! And as someone who was recently robbed recently while traveling, it’s more important to me than ever and I love that I can look good while doing it. Speakeasy Travel Scarves can be purchased for $52. They make a great gift for any traveler!
If you have someone in your life who says they would love to travel more but they can’t afford it, How to Become a House-Sitter created by Dalene and Pete Heck of Hecktic Travels is the perfect gift! It will save you major mola on accommodation and according to Dalene and Pete, It will change the way you travel, and help you experience new countries like a local. And they should know, they’ve done it 14 times in 9 countries, saving $50,000 in accommodation costs, while experiencing a more local side of the destination that most tourists miss. How To Become a House-Sitter is available in Kindle or PDF format for $19.
Admittedly, it’s not just female travelers who appreciate jewelery as a gift, but I had to include it as Teddi from Teddi Hosman Designs crafts some gorgeous pieces, one of my favourites which is pictured here. My jewellery secret when traveling is to just bring silver pieces that I can wear with everything and much of Teddi’s jewellery fits the bill. And her newest collection, Lori’s Vineyard was inspired by Napa Valley. I personally take inspiration from someone who is able to create something so beautiful! Teddi’s jewellery starts at $55 and up and can be purchased through her Etsy store.
So there you have it, my six best gifts for travelers created by travelers or entrepreneurs!
The contest is now closed. Thank you all those that entered and congratulations to:
Kiersten for winning the Discover Canada, 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures book by Leigh McAdam.
De’Jav for winning the TravelCard.
Melissa for winning her choice of three Aroamas scents.
Sandi for winning the e-book How to Become a House-Sitter by Dalene and Pete Heck.
Clare for winning her choice of earrings up to $75 by Teddi Hosmand Designs.
Many thanks to our prize sponsors who made this giveaway possible! And to everyone else, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Thank you for being a reader and joining me on this journey!