12 Creative Gifts ForTravelers Still On the Road
1 December 2016 | Mri & Rob Grout
So the holidays are here, but your much loved friend or family member is still off backpacking around the world and has been adament about not being given anything that would add to their already heavy backpack. Nevertheless, you want to get your traveler a gift that shows you still care about them, but what exactly? After all, what can you get that would beat diving the Great Barrior Reef or hiking the Great Wall of China or any of the other great things that they’re already doing?
Or maybe you’re still traveling with that someone and want to get them something that says just how much you care about them. Because even though they annoy you when they don’t do the dishes when it’s their turn or complain about visiting a place you really want to, you’ve actually really enjoyed traveling with them. However, you don’t want the gift to be big or bulky and definitley not heavy because regardless of how perfect a cork globe would be, making them carry it around all the time would quickly destroy its perfection.
So what is the perfect gift for travelers that are still on the road for this year’s holidays?
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1. A Foot or Back Message
Carrying a fully loaded backpack around all day, walking nearly everywhere you need to go, and sleeping rough a few (or all) nights a week really, really
messes with the muscles of one’s feet and back. Granted, it’s just something we travelers get used to as time goes on, but I have yet to meet a backpacker that would pass up the chance for a free massage…even if they swear it’s more of an ‘eagle attack’ than anything nice.
So why not book your traveler an appointment online at a nearby massage palour? Or for those traveling with them that are a bit tight on the money, just buy a bottle of baby oil and get rubbing!
2. Entry Into a Much Desired Attraction
A simple, but perfect gift idea for travelers still on the road. There are so many places that we travelers want to visit, but due to our limited budget we have to choose which ones to skip this time around (I know, what harsh decisions we face!).
If you're unsure of what entry-attraction gift your traveller would enjoy, though, why not just get them a multiple entrance pass? Most areas will have something that allows people to enter either all of their museums for free or give discounts on all of their main tourist attractions. For instance, England has the National Trust, which allows travelers to access discounts on historical treasures like the Stonehenge and then free entry into nearly a hundred other lesser known attractions all over country.
This is a creative twist on the most common gift for travelers, which is just booking them a room for the night.
Because simple dorm rooms are cheap enough for travelers to book throughout their trip (though having an extra night indoors and in a proper bed will never be grudgingly accepted) booking them a room with a bath...now that's a gift that'll make a traveler love you forever, especially if it's an ensuite! No more having to put on proper clothes to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. No more having to ignore the knocking or yells of 'Hurry up!' and then their following glares. No more having to get up at 5am to make sure there's still some hot water.And even if your traveler isn't a bath person, just a nice night of guaranteed hot water would be a fantastic gift in itself.
4. A New Traveling Game
With 'new' being one they don't already have and not one that was recently created - though I guess you could get that too.But though weight really is something that backpackers obsess over, small traveling game sets like pocket chess or a deck of cards, quickly becomes worth the few extra grams. For though it might look like we travellers are always doing something epic, in reality, there are a heck of a lot of days where we just sit around waiting for the rain to stop or our clothes to dry or for some festival to begin ing two days from now.
Games are also a really great way to make friends quickly and easily when traveling...unless it's Monopoly; that thing still destroys friendships around the world.
5. That Treat They've Been Denying Themself
Every traveler will have something that they regularly deny themself in an attempt to save a bit of money. For me it was herbed cheese. For Rob it was the high-end biscuits. For your traveller, it'll surely be something different, but I would be highly surprised if there's nothing at all.
However, this might not be the best gift to get someone if they're traveling abroad as customs concerning foods can be quite strict. Though if that person is traveling with someone, you could always send their friend money to buy and wrap it for you! Or if they have an address you can ship to, then just buy it off Amazon
6. Replacement Gear
Another simple, but extremely useful gift for backpacker that's still on the road. There are so many things that get lost or broken or even stolen from time to time that travelers can't afford to replace. In addition to the traveling gear that's now completely gone, there are also numerous items that are falling apart or filled with holes that they have yet to upgrade into something actually usable.
For those thinking of getting a camera as a gift for a traveler, then check out my review of the Sony Cybershot WX350
. It's small enough to fit into a tight pair of jeans, sturdy enough to survive a few drops (though not recommended as I was probably just lucky...), and has an amazing digital zoom of 20x to catch beautiful shots of wildlife and scenery from a safe distance. I have one myself and when it finally goes, I'm more than likely going to replace it with the exact same model.
7. 'Get Out of Chores For Free' Cards
Granted, this gift idea is more for those traveling with, but handmade gifts like these are my absolute favourite so I just had to add it. After all, anyone can go out and buy a trinket concerning one's favourite hobby, but it takes true friendship to actually sit down and make such a unique, thoughtful, and creative gift. Chores to get out of can include doing the dishes, driving for the day, dealing with the lost luggage issue, or booking flights.
However, this isn't a gift option just those on the road can give. For instance, if that special someone is traveling in a group, why not make a set of cards for everyone with them? Then you could include 'game cards' like vetos, blind swaps, steals, and your turn to pick (destination, attraction, take-away, etc).
So what chores would you like to get out of when traveling? And when you think of them, why not share this post and then tag your traveling buddy as an inconspicious hint? Haha.
This is a great gift for a traveler...and yourself - yep, yourself! Because the way to give someone airbnb credit is by booking yourself a nice little holiday through their friend invite. If they don't have an account, then you could sign up to it first and invite them to it instead. Either way, you'll both get £25 or the equivalent in your country's currency.
And if anyone wants to get this traveler a gift this holiday season while also treating yourself, then please sign up and book your next holiday through our Airbnb link.
If you haven't heard of Airbnb and would like to read an honest review of both their pros and cons, then check out: Airbnb Friend Invite Credit & Review
9. A Professional Haircut
With 'professional' being the key word here. Rob once made the mistake of accepting my gift of a highly unprofessional haircut for Christmas one year and though I had great fun and the people around us also had great fun, Rob was less enthralled about his new look. In fact, many years later he's still banned me from using any of the photos taken of him in the six months after the fact because it was just that bad.
But when you're on the road, haircuts are an expensive expenditure as $20 is like, four pizzas or a day out depending on where you are. So many travellers cut it themselves (like us!) when really, we'd much prefer a proper haircut.
10. A Vacation Away From Their Vacation
This might sound like a crazy gift idea for a traveler, but take it from two people who've been traveling for a while now.
Traveling for months at a time might sound like a dream come true from the comfort of a home, but night after night of sleeping rough, of searching for hours trying to find a spot to camp where you won't get woken up by drunken passerbys or local police, of running around trying to see everything, all of that eventually takes its toll. And when that finally happens, travelers are in desperate need of a 'vacation away from their vacation.'For Rob and I, this is normally accomplished with a nice room kitted out with either a TV or wifi where we can just laze about through the day as if we were back home on a weekend. However, this gift can really be anything that's a bit different from their normal traveling routine, such as letting someone else do all the planning for the next few days while you just work as a free deckhand.
11. The Sights and Sounds of Home
This is such a sweet and creative gift for a traveler that's still stuck on the road during the holidays. Being homesick is never fun, but it's even worse during those times when the rest of their family and friends gets together for their yearly celebrations.So this gift is all about giving travelers a piece of home that ranges from a video of everyone wishing them a happy holidays and a 'I miss you' to a recipe of the speciial family desert (if they have access to a kitchen) to a funny family photo where everyone's crying because they're not there. The ideas for this gift are endless.
12. Invite Them to Follow Lifelong Vagabonds!
For the gift that keeps on giving, invite them to follow our Facebook Page
or sign up to our monthly subscription below for the latest articles!We'll be covering free attractions all over the world in the years to come so that they can continue traveling for a fraction of the cost. However, they can already discover 100s of free things to do in Australia
, including its weird and wonderful natural attractions, places to sightsee iconic animals in the wild, and many hidden gems off the beaten path. There are also numerous free places to visit in Europe and North America already listed, as well as various travel tips to aid both beginner and experienced travelers.We also try to only promote ethical attractions
like the Koala Hospita in Port Macquarie or Camp Leaky in Borneo, so it'll make a great gift for those travelers standing up against tourism abuse.
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So what gift are you going to get for the traveler in your life?