Are the holidays quickly approaching? Is a birthday coming up? Well, it probably means it’s time to start thinking about the gifts you’ll give to your loved ones this year. Sometimes it can be difficult to think of the perfect gift for everyone, especially for the person who seems to have everything and doesn’t really need anything. That’s where the gift giving guide comes into play.
If you have a traveler on your gift list, it can be even more difficult. What do you give someone who is gone for a huge portion of the year as they travel around the world?
Well, I’ve got ya covered with My Normal Gay Life’s 2016 Gift Giving Guide…travelers addition. There are certain things all travelers need and then there are items which aren’t necessary but make traveling a lot easier. In any case, give the traveler on your list anything off this list and they’ll be pretty happy!
This is one of the only items on this guide that isn’t so much practical as it is a novelty. The Scratch Off World Map allows the traveler on your holiday list to track the countries they’ve visited in a fun, interactive way. It’s a highly affordable, unique, and thoughtful gift for any traveler. Trust me…we all like tracking our travels.
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2) Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle
Hydration is key while traveling…especially at higher altitudes. The small cups of water you’re given on a plane are usually not sufficient. A water bottle is a must but most take up valuable luggage space. The Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle is perfect for the traveler. It collapses down to a very small size and take up almost no space.
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3) Ollo Clip 4-in-1 Lens
For me, carrying around my camera equipment is second nature and I can’t travel without it. But for some people carrying bulky equipment is just a hassle. Cue the Ollo Clip 4-in-1 Lens. This is a little device with a lot of power. It turns your iPhone’s camera into a Fisheye, Wide-Angle, or Macro Lens and weighs less than 1 ounce. This is a great stocking stuffer for your travel.
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With a limit of 50 pounds (23 kilograms) for most airlines, it’s important to make sure you are packing suitably. Going over the weight limit can cost a pretty penny with fees exceeding $50 per bag. This pocket sized luggage scale will ensure the traveler in your life never goes over the limit.
Buy It Here: Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
5) True Utility CashStash
Now this is a pretty neat gift/stocking stuffer. Whenever I travel, I always split my money up just in case something happens. Then I’ll have emergency cash. Well, True Utility CashStash is a pretty cool key chain that serves as the perfect case for a little emergency cash. It’s waterproof too!
Buy It Here: True Utility CashStash
6) Vinnibag Inflatable Travel Bag
If you’re like me, when you come home, you tend to have a few souvenirs. One of my favorite things to bring home is liquor, wine, and beer from other countries. Then I can let my friends and family taste a little of my travels. The problem is most of these items come in glass containers. It’s Vinnibag Inflatable Travel Bag to the rescue. This reusable bag inflates to provide extra cushion for your fragile souvenirs. It meets all TSA and airline requirements and it inflates to suit your needs and your space requirements. Awesome!
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As a traveler, notebooks are invaluable. Most serious travelers tend to take notes or write a journal of some sort. For me, notebooks are extremely important for blogging. There’s always a use for a good notebook and Moleskin makes the best in my opinion. Of course, there are other options when it comes to notebooks.
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In general, books are an awesome gift for travelers. There is a lot of down time when you travel. Time spent on planes, buses, trains, and other means of transportation is time that can be used to expand one’s mind. Life changing books are always a great gift.
Buy It Here: Amazon
9) Packing Cubes
One of the worst parts of travel is packing. Why not give your traveler the gift of organization that comes with packing cubes? Yeah, it’s not really an exciting gift for most people but it will definitely up the packing game. These little cubes help keep everything in order and ensures travelers don’t overpack. That’s especially important when you’re living out of a backpack.
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Power adapters are vital to the modern day travel. Not every country uses the same type of plug or voltage and without an adapter, the juice will quickly run out on electronics. This power adapter coverts to all major plugs in the world, has two USB ports for charging, and turns into a router. It’s an excellent travel accessory!
Buy It Here: Satechi Travel Router