Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts For Travellers

7 February 2016
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Nobody wants to wake up the morning of Valentine's Day and realise they haven't bought their partner anything.

I've been there. It wasn't fun. Not at all.

With less than one week before V-Day, now is an appropriate time to start scouring the net and raiding stores for the perfect "I love you" gift. (An "I like you" gift is alright as well if you're not quite there yet.)

If you're dating a traveller, you needn't worry, because I've just given you the perfect gift list.

1. Surfing Lesson On The Gold Coast

Surfing lesson Give the gift of a new skill (Image: Getty)

It's ludicrous to live in Australia and not try surfing at least once. With such long stretches of idyllic coastline and breaks, it's the perfect place to surf for the first time.

Queensland's Gold Coast is home to some of the country's best beaches and excellent surf schools. Open to last-minute bookings, the schools provide experienced instructors, wetsuits and easy-to-ride beginner boards.

2. Eye Mask With Attitude

Eye Mask You better be good looking (Image: Typo)

For the lady or fella who isn't afraid to loudly express her/his opinion, these soft eye masks are comfortable to wear, provide adequate darkness and keep everyone away with some choice phrasing on the front.

3. Selfie Stick

Selfie Stick For the best couple shots a selfie stick is required (Image: Getty)

Couple selfies can get annoying, but gosh darn it they're the most romantic photo op possible when no one else is around. Make sure your travel memories don't feature awkward angles by getting the photo fanatic in your loved-up duo a selfie stick.

4. Letter Set

Love letters Love letters last a lifetime (Image: Getty)

Is most of your partner's travel work-related, splitting you apart for days at a time? Stay in touch the old-soul way with a beautiful letter set. Skype is great, emails are fine I guess, but there's something particularly heart-warming about reading a love letter on actual paper.

5. Aeros Inflatable Pillow

Inflatable pillow Never wake up with a crook neck again (Image: Sea to Summit)

Adventure seekers needn't use their bag as a pillow while camping anymore. This lightweight inflatable pillow by Sea to Summit occupies minimal space while offering a soft and stable place to rest your head.

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6. Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Carry-on cocktail kit He'll be the Don Draper of the skies (Image: My Habit)

The sophisticated traveller's must-have carry-on accessory, these pocket-sized cocktail kits by W&P Design let you enjoy your favourite drink while sky high.

Inside the reusable tin you'll find a recipe card, ingredients, linen coaster and stirring spoon. A range of cocktails are available including Old Fashioned, Gin & Tonic and Moscow Mule.

7. Scratch Globe

Scratch Globe Simply pick, visit, then scratch (Image: Map World)

A wandering soul deserves an appropriate place to track their travel achievements and dreams. The Scratch Globe contains a world map covered in gold foil that can be scratched off whenever you've visited a certain place. Hang it from the ceiling and start plotting.

8. Jewellery Or Tie/Belt Roll

Jewellery Roll Because fishing for jewellery at the bottom of your bag is a nightmare (Image: Ciao Bella)

Popular travel fashion store, Ciao Bella, sells leather jewellery rolls that protect your items and conserve space. There's also a circular roll for the lads, which can hold belts, ties, cufflinks and watches.

9. iPad Case

ipad case So they can always think of you while on the road (Image: Getty)

Funky, expressive, functional or sophisticated, iPad cases come in many forms, so you'll need to know your partner well before you buy them one.

Business travellers usually prefer leather or keyboard varieties, while university students dig the loud designs. But everyone's different, just like iPad cases.

Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals.

Ben Stower

I love the kind of travelling that is one part strategic planning and two parts spontaneous adventure. Whether I'm exploring my local city or a small town in the middle of nowhere, I'm always hoping to find something no one else has discovered.