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Best Gifts for Travel-lover

Wondering what to gift the travel-lover of your life this year? She/he is financially independent and have been travelling for long enough to have all that she needs to make her travels easier. Then what can I buy for someone who seems to have everything sorted? Trolley bag? Carry-on luggage? Travel shoes? They must already have these essentials figured out for themselves. Here’s a gift guide telling you what travel-lovers actually want, “as a gift”, rather than buying it for themselves.

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Travel Pin board

Budget: Rs.1000 – Rs. 2000

It’s not a surprise that travel lovers love different ways to keep their travel memories alive, and show it off too. This blog is also my way of doing the same. But not always do we feel like buying these fancy little things for ourselves. Like a world map pin-board. Remember the romance of timeless romance “Up”?

This A3-size board from Oye Happy is inspired by the animation movie and has a flying house with colorful pins as its balloons. Pin the places you have visited or want to visit. You can also pin small photos of the places you have been to.

 

For a smaller budget you can get bulletin boards like the one above. These are priced at ~rs.600 and can be used for a similar purpose – displaying photos, pinning locations on the world map etc. The size is smaller than the Oye Happy pinboard so you can’t probably pin photos in specific locations.  Here are some options you can look into:

Travel Scrapbook

Budget: <rs.500

Travel Gift Guide: Scrapbook

For adult travel-lovers with a creative spark, travel scrapbooks are their secret wish. They won’t buy these for themselves as it might seem childish and a waste of money. That’s why present these to them and they will love it. 

 

Check out these options for different dimensions

Paper Plane Craft Book

Printelligent Gift for Loved one

Fancy Travel Journal

Budget: Rs.500 – Rs.1000

 

Every time I come across these fancy leather-finish journals with handmade papers I wish I had them. But then, what’s the utility when I could simply take notes in my phone or notepad? Well, it’s about aesthetics and a feel-good factor which you can bring with a lovely gift of travel journal.  

Cavallo has some really gorgeous travel journals for writing and doodling during travels. Visit the Cavallo Store to explore the world of unique journals.

Other options are:

Ebook Reader and accessories

Travel-lovers are often bibliophiles, but they can’t carry multiple books around. So, make their life easy by gifting them with an eBook reader like Kindle. If they already own one you can present them with reader accessories like Kindle Cover, cases etc.

 

Electronics Organizer

 

Ever went for a trip and struggled with managing your chargers, USB cables, power bank, batteries, memory cards etc.? I think we all have been there. So, a sleek electronic organizer will be a blessing for the travel lower in your life.

This 3-layer organizer bag from Seagull is made of waterproof nylon material. Strong and durable with padded foam around to protect the items inside against scratches, dust, impact and accidental dropping. The zippers enable convenient access

Other Electronics organisers from Stoique and House of Quirks.

Packing Cubes

I learnt about packing cubes from fellow travel bloggers and know how useful they are. But then, being from an Indian middle-class household I own a stock of good-quality plastic bags of different sizes neatly stacked under my mattress. We often use them as packing cubes for our travels. It’s only when I started using them while travelling with my baby, I realized what a blessing they are. It’s so easy to organize and use stuff on long vacations and keep the soiled ones separated from the used.

So here are my top-picks for some unique travel gifts this season. As promised, I stayed away from the usual “essentials” and kept everything within a pocket-friendly budget. Hope this helps you bring a smile on your travel-lover friend’s face this holiday.

 

 

Sinjana Ghosh

Sinjana Ghosh is a full-time business professional with a penchant for writing and travel planning. Backpack & Explore is a journal of her travel stories and tips she collected from her experience. She is the author of the travel book “Postcards from India” which is available on Amazon, Flipkart and Notionpress.com

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