BEST CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR TRAVELLERS
As the festve season is upon us, we made a quick list of thoughtful gifts you can get for the travellers in your life
Words: Emily Georgieva
Photography: Yoann Siloine, Will&Bear, Douchebags, Bold Tuesday, Traveller Collective
10 December 2020
The festive season is upon us and thoughts of what to get your friends and family have probably already started to occupy your mind. Our editors know how difficult it can be to pick the right gift sometimes. Since everyone can use a little help to think outside the box, this is NOMADSofORIGIN's ultimate guide to Christmas shopping for travel lovers. With everything that happened this year our team believes that it is more crucial than ever to support small and independent businesses. Even though travelling has become strickter, there are great ideas of things you can get for those who can't wait to plan their next adventures once the world is safe to explore again.
Join us in supporting cool and independent businesses by getting some thoughtful gifts that will make every traveller happy this Christmas and encourage them to keep exploring the world all year long.
Who doesn't want a stylish hat that makes them look the part as well as feel like the traveller they are?! Will&Bear are the brand you should keep on your radar this Christmas season. Each collection is personalised, unique and has that traveller-chic feel to it. If this isn't enough to get you to head to their online shop, the fact that the business is on a mission to positively impact the environment will. For each hat anyone buys, Will&Bear plants 10 trees. Learn more about their initiative from our interview with the founders of the brand and get inspiration to pick out the right hat from browsing their online shop.
Coffee Table Books
The thing about coffee table books is that they not only inspire but also educate their readers. There is always something new you can learn from them and get motivated to tick more countries off your bucket list. We strongly believe that it is important to travel across destinations in a conscious manner and be respectful of the local culture. From the comfort of their own home, readers can learn about different cuisines from travellers' cookbooks, admire portraits that capture the essence of nations as shown in The Atlas of Beauty or discover top-notch photography that revolves around the customs of native tribes around the world in books such as Jimmy Nelson's work.
Every traveller can use charms either to trace places they have been to or to map out destinations they plan to visit. Traveller Collective have made this not only possible but also stylish. The aesthetical rings are easy to carry around wherever your adventures take you and with each place you visit, you can add another ring to your collection. With this thoughtful gift instead of keeping track of your travels only from photographs on your Instagram page, you can also carry a reminder of them in your pocket. Head to Traveller Collective's online shop and choose your charms.
Travel Guide Books
A pocket travel guide is always a handy thing to own. Travellers can easy flick through the pages to learn more about the place they plan to explore. Most guides are designed in a cool and simplistic way to fit the style of every nomad. From phrasebooks to city and continent guides, there is a little something for everyone.
Instax or Digital Camera
A picture is worth a thousand words and it has never been as fun to document your travels than it is with an instant camera. The Instax cameras are compact and easy to pack so you can take them with you everywhere you head to. Every traveller needs one so this suggestion is a no brainer. Alternativelly, depending on your budget, you can pick a different style or a more expensive camera. This gift is also one that keeps on giving as the traveller in your life will be albe to make memories with their loved ones and keep the pictures in their travel archives.
Everybody needs a cool pair of sunglasses to accompany them on their travells to sunny and even snowy destinations. If you have a bigger budget, explore this as an option. Even though RayBan naturally comes to mind, there are many independent brands to consider and you can easily look up the local businesses around you to pick the brand you like best.
A trendy world map that keeps track of your adventures around the world - yes, please! Bold Tuesday is a pro when it comes to designing cool maps of continents and countries that are both stylish and allow you to interract with them to mark your travels. From peeling off the countries you have visited to colouring the states you have travelled to and tracking all the capital cities you have ever headed to, Bold Tuesday adds a whole new dimension to your adventures and turn into the perfect gift for travel enthusiasts.
With the current global warming rates we all need to make smarter everyday decidions to positively impact the environment. Plastic polution is one of the biggest modern-day problems we face. There are easy things to do like switching from single use plastic bottles to permanent water bottles. Various brands allow you to choose from bottles that keep your water cold or warm. In addition, they often have cool designs and multifunctions allowing you to freshen up your H2O with healthy fruits. Apart from stylysh, water bottles are also practical and easy to carry around whether you are a backpacker or a luxury traveller.
Travelling with style has never been easier than it is with the backpacks from Douchebags. The founders of the Scandinavian company are fashion wizards who specialise in making your packing as comfortable and stress-free as possible. The award-winning travel gear is designed for the modern nomads that have a lust for exploring new places and always being on the go. The brand is a favourite one of travellers from all over the world. Browse their online shop and find the most unique Christmas present for your sister, brother, other half and everyone else on your list.
Last, but not least, a subscription to a travel magazine is the perfect way to start off the festive season for someone you love. From copies of NOMADSofORIGIN Magazine to Cereal Magazine, Suitcase Magazine, Water Journal and Kinfolk, there are many possibilities that combine art, travel, culture and design all brought to you through the work of journalist, travel gurus and expert photographers. A perfect excuse to explore tucked-away destinations and lesser known places, a travel magazine will inevitably spark your sense of adventure.
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