Best Gifts for Travelers

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!


Discover Canada Book to inspire the adventure traveler in your life.


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.


Travelcard charger, the perfect gift for the traveler on the go

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.
aroamas solid perfume sticks, the perfect gift for women travelers

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.


travel scarf, great for keeping your valuables safe when traveling






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!


aaa How to Become a House-Sitter



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.





Silver earrings go with everything and are the perfect gift for travelers!


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!

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their hiking, cycling and wildlife vacations in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.



  1. Patricia Huebschman December 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Discover Canada for Sarah Eles who can “see Canada from her house”
    Travel Card for Leah Nelson who is a friend to all and a stranger to no one (with pictures to prove it)
    Aroamas for my daughter Kenzie and inspired by Nana who always smelled marvelous
    How to Become a House Sitter for Bobby Viana as he would do great at this or even for me!

    • Laurel December 18, 2014 at 9:21 am - Reply

      @Patricia – Sounds fantastic! Good luck!

    • Jenny Chanady December 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      All these prizes look amazing.

    • Jenny Chanady December 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      All these prizes would really work for me. I would be happy with either one of them or all. Not greedy. I really do like the scarf though.

  2. Patt r December 18, 2014 at 5:19 am - Reply

    I want to say I want them to give to me. Is that allowed? Hope so!

    • Laurel December 18, 2014 at 9:20 am - Reply

      @Patt – Most definitely. Best of luck!

  3. Katie @ Second-Hand Hedgehog December 18, 2014 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Lovely list of gift ideas. I’ve seen the perfume sticks before, and they seem like such a great idea. (Solid shampoo is another one I keep meaning to try out, though I haven’t quite got round to it yet.) Oh, and since it’s competition time, I would definitely split the 3 perfume sticks: one for my mum, one for my friend, and of course, one to keep for myself! (Well, you can’t be generous all the time…) 🙂

    • Laurel December 18, 2014 at 9:20 am - Reply

      @Katie – I haven’t heard of solid shampoo, would be interested in trying that one out. Love your idea of splitting the perfume sticks. Good luck!

  4. De'Jav December 18, 2014 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Travelcard is a key element to have in the journey kit. Traveling or not it definitely can be a life saver.

  5. Geert December 18, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

    You have some great gift inspirations there Laurel. But I would definitly go for the 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures so I can discover Canada some more!

    • Laurel December 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      @Geert – It’s a fantastic book! Good luck!

  6. Bethany December 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    My mother and I love spelunking, as well as road tripping through Canada and the US. Any of these gifts would be just perfect for her, though I feel like the perfume sticks, awesome scarf, and travel card would be most helpful. The first because, well, sweat happens. The second because your analysis of money and valuables is so TRUE – it’s hard to keep them safe, secure, yet accessible. The travel card is mostly good for my mom, because she constantly forgets to charge it – never a good habit for a traveler to keep! The discover Canada book might be up our alley, as we do have some pretty easy access to the border. Thank you, this is a good blog post!

    • Laurel December 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      @Bethany – Love how thoughtful you! Best of luck!

  7. Cyrus Codner December 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    The TravelCard looks marvelous! I tend to use all of my phone battery taking pictures and videos when I’m out and about and I can see how this would really help. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Laurel December 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      @Cyrus – I love it, especially because it’s so small. Good luck!

  8. Melissa Greco December 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    These are such cool gift ideas! I’d love to win the Aroamas perfume and the travelcard. 🙂

    • Laurel December 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      @Melissa – Glad you like them. Best of luck!

  9. Samantha December 19, 2014 at 4:00 am - Reply

    All of them. 🙂

    • Laurel December 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      @Samantha – Best of luck!

  10. Sophie @ Sophie's World December 19, 2014 at 7:41 am - Reply

    I’ve been curious about Brooke’s perfumes

    • Laurel December 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      @Sophie – You would love them. Best of luck!

  11. Theresa Christine December 19, 2014 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    What a great round-up of ideas! The travel scarves are great and I might have to get one of those soon. 🙂

    For the giveaway, I would gift the Teddi Hosman Designs earrings to my mother. She’s always treating me and taking care of me, and I know she would love them!

    • Laurel December 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      @Theresa – That’s a lovely idea and very thoughtful. Best of luck!

  12. Tracy Verstraeten December 21, 2014 at 5:22 am - Reply

    I would love to win them all!

    • Laurel December 21, 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

      @Tracy – Best of luck!

  13. Manuel Vizcaya December 21, 2014 at 7:58 am - Reply

    I would like to win any or all of the prizes.

  14. D homewood December 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    They are all great ideas but I would sure love that scarf.

    • Laurel December 21, 2014 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      @D Homewood – Good luck!

  15. H Waller December 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Yes, all of them look good – but particularly interested in learning how to become a house-sitter.

    • Laurel December 21, 2014 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      @H Waller – Excellent choice, it’s a great book, filled with lots of practical tips!

  16. Betty S December 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I would love to give all of these to my daughter and son to share. They love to travel and seeing all of Canada is one of their missions

    • Laurel December 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      @Betty – As a Canadian, I’m very pleased to hear that your daughter and son are so interested in Canada. Good luck!

  17. Debbie Browne December 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I recently traveled and packed my perfume in my checked bag. Luckily, I put it in a plastic bag because it did leak! Everything smelled of perfume though. Having said that, I would definitely love to try the perfume sticks. Have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Laurel December 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      @Debbie – Oh no, but good thinking on your part to put it in a plastic bag. Definitely sounds like the Aroama perfume sticks would be perfect for you. Merry Christmas to you too!

  18. Chung L. December 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Discover Canada 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures, Travel Card, and hand-crafted earrings from Teddi Hosman Designs would make nice gifts under the tree 🙂

    • Laurel December 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      @Chung – Yes they would! Good luck!

  19. Marlene V December 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I would like to win the Discover Canada 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures, the TravelCard, Aroamas solid perfume sticks, or the hand-crafted earrings.

    • Laurel December 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      @Marlene – Best of luck!

  20. Nicole B December 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    They all sound amazing but I really love the scarf!

  21. Ms Elaine Boychuk December 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    all of them. I love traveling and they all look useful or fun.

  22. Anne Derkat December 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I’d have to say all of them. Too hard to just pick one.

  23. jm December 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I would like to win them all!

    • Laurel December 21, 2014 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      @Jm – Fingers crossed for you!

  24. Miranda December 21, 2014 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Would love to win the Discover Canada book, I’m heading home in April and plan on seeing more of Canada. The book would be great inspiration.

  25. Clare December 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Teddi’s jewellery is so beautiful, I often follow that idea about wearing silver while traveling.

    • Laurel December 22, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

      @Clare – Agreed, I love her jewellery as well. Glad to know I’m not the only one who does the silver jewellery trick when traveling :). Best of luck!

  26. Mary @ Green Global Travel December 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    These all look like excellent gifts to give or even have for yourself! Love that you posted a book to go along with the idea that you don’t have to go far away to travel! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Maggie K. December 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I would like to win any of them but most of all the travel scarf. What a great idea!

  28. Nicole December 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    I’d love to win them all. I’d share with my husband – we love to travel & he’d certainly appreciate the Travel Card – what a great idea. I’m in love with the scarf (I hate travel belts : ( ) , the earrings & the perfume. Thanks for the opportunity!

  29. thomas rusinak December 21, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    to my grandmother

  30. Sandi Tymchuk December 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    To be honest, I’d love these travel gifts for myself –the two books (I’m curious about the house-sitting idea as a retirement travel idea in a few years, and I’d love the paperback book as a reference at home), and solid perfume, The travel card would be a great gift for my husband and his phone, and the earrings would be great for my niece (silver suits her). The travel scarf would be great for my younger sister, who travels off the beaten path more often than I do.

  31. Susan B December 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    All of them, of course! Merry Christmas!

  32. Ryan December 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    My wife would absolutely love these items. Particularly the Canada book. While I’m Canadian and we live in Vancouver, she’s originally from South Korea and still getting used to all things Canadian.

  33. Suzanne Giroux December 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I would give the TravelCard to my daughter whose cell phone is always running out of power. I would like to win this prize.

  34. Suzanne Giroux December 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    I would give the Aromas to myself as I would love to have some perfume that is easy to take with me when I travel.

    I want to win this gift.

  35. Suzanne Giroux December 21, 2014 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I would love to win the Speakeasy Travel Scarf for myself and I want this gift.

  36. Suzanne Giroux December 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    I would love to win the earrings from Etsy.

  37. KELLY E December 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Since I like them all I choose all the gifts

  38. Karen Thaeter December 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I think the travel scarf is a great idea!,I like to travel,and my daughter also would love some of these prizes

  39. JStar December 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Surprise me!

  40. Lisa Bristow December 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I would love to win any of these gifts. They would be great for my parents who are both retired now and do a lot of travelling!

  41. roger simmons December 21, 2014 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Id love all these but if I had to choose one. the travel card then.

  42. Karla Sceviour December 21, 2014 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I would like the Aroamas solid perfume sticks..thanks!

  43. charityk December 22, 2014 at 12:21 am - Reply

    i would like all of them , i think the travel scarf is clever even grat for the non traveller,

  44. Randy Winters December 22, 2014 at 12:47 am - Reply

    Would love to win one of these trips

  45. Kiersten December 22, 2014 at 1:32 am - Reply

    I would love to win Discover Canada 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures, the TravelCard, Aroamas solid perfume sticks, and the hand-crafted earrings! Such great suggestions

  46. Aimee Perrin December 22, 2014 at 3:14 am - Reply

    I would love a travel scarf

  47. Jennifer H. December 22, 2014 at 3:30 am - Reply

    I can’t pick. I would love to win any of them!

  48. Brandi L Pierce December 22, 2014 at 5:20 am - Reply

    This collection of items is pretty inspiring. I see a couple of them that will make it to my wishlists. If I win, I would love to share these with my partner, as he travels each year to connect with family and friends.

    Glad I followed your link from LinkedIn. 🙂

  49. brandon forsyth December 22, 2014 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Too hard to choose, I am going to say all of them!

  50. Brenda Lacourciere December 22, 2014 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Teddi Hosman Designs earrings

  51. Lisa Elizabeth December 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    I would like to win all the prizes! My parents are celebrating their 70th birthdays with a European river cruise and these would all make great gifts for them.

  52. Megan Scharlau December 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Every item seems so great! For myself, I’d want the travel scarf and travelcard because I’m going to go to New Zealand for a few months soon and I don’t know what exactly I’m going to do with myself while I’m there and those look like they’d help a lot!
    I’d love to give the earrings to my mother because she can’t leave the house without earrings and they’d just be gorgeous on her.

  53. Lauren K. December 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    I would want to win all of them! Perfect for my next trip.

  54. Jason December 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I think I’d give the travelcard to my friend if I won, she’s been dying daily about running out of battery on her phone!

  55. Rob I December 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    The earrings would be great for my gf as would the Speakeasy Travel scarf.

  56. Steve December 23, 2014 at 3:42 am - Reply

    I really like the Speakeasy Travel Scarves.

  57. Judith T December 23, 2014 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Awesome prizes. Love the earrings!

  58. Cherie Varrin December 23, 2014 at 4:56 am - Reply

    I would give the Discover Canada book to my friend Elizabeth.
    I would give the travel card to my husband Robert.
    I would give the travel scarf to my sister Maria.
    I would give the perfume to my sister Felicia.
    I would give the housitting book to my friend Susanne.
    I would give the earrings to my cousin Randi.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. aarone mawdsley December 23, 2014 at 4:56 am - Reply

    i would like to win any and all of them!

  60. Cherie Varrin December 23, 2014 at 4:57 am - Reply

    I would like to win the travel card 🙂

  61. Laura December 23, 2014 at 5:01 am - Reply

    The Travelcard might be my top pick, but they all look interesting.

  62. Amy M December 23, 2014 at 5:21 am - Reply

    I would love to win them all for my mom.

  63. Deb S December 23, 2014 at 5:44 am - Reply

    I would like to give the email book to myself and my friend karen

  64. Deb S December 23, 2014 at 5:45 am - Reply

    I would like the travel card for myself and to my friend’s husband.Dennis

  65. Deb S December 23, 2014 at 5:47 am - Reply

    I also would like the Aroamas and to give 1 or 2 to my friend Lark

  66. Deb S December 23, 2014 at 5:49 am - Reply

    The Speakeasy travel Scarves would be good for many of my friends and again good for a gift to myself too.

  67. Deb S December 23, 2014 at 5:51 am - Reply

    How To Become A House Sitter would again be good for many of my friends and myself as a lot of us are from Winnipeg, Mb or area and we are known to try and get the least expensive on anything.

  68. Deb S December 23, 2014 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Friends I could give jewellery again include a number of my friends unless they are allergic. Karen, Lark, and Terri top the list along with myself of course.

  69. Leah S. December 23, 2014 at 6:06 am - Reply

    My mom is traveling to Mexico this February, and I would love to be able to gift her with the Travel Card! It would provide a little peace of mind for both of us!

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