Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For Travellers

15 December 2014

You haven't done your Christmas shopping!? But there are only 10 days left! Now now, there's no need to hide yourself under tinsel. We've got you covered with nine last-minute Christmas gifts that will make the avid travellers in your life think you know them better than anyone else.

It's just a matter of choosing which one...
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Scratch-Away Bucket List Map

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 Use this bucket list map to keep track of all the places you've been and all the places you want to visit

Technology has developed more space-friendly ways to track your travels, but there's something special about having a world map on the wall marked with all the places you've been. The bucketlistmap, created by Awesome Maps, provides that feeling.

These come in four styles. There's matte finish, re-writable (write your own thoughts across the map), and a jumbo sized version with museum-quality canvas. However, the most unique has to be the scratch edition, which lets you scratch off the parts of the world where you've been, revealing colourful artwork beneath.
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Ride-On Suitcases

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 Rex: One of the ride-on suitcase characters

This one's for all the travelling families out there. Trunki's ride-on suitcases allow young children to get off their feet during long airport check-in queues and wherever else you might expect to hear an exhausted, "I'm tired."

They're small enough to be carry-on, but still have 18 litres of space to fill. The suitcases come in a range of characters including Bernard Bee, Freddie Fire Engine, Hello Kitty and Harley Ladybird.
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Insta-Calendar

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 Instagram pictures made into a calendar

Smart phones and social sharing apps have been utilised by travellers for years, with Instagram being one of the main sources for nomads to draw envy from families and friends. California-based company Print Studio have brought the Insta-verse out onto hardcopy with a range of printed media.

If your friend or family member loves sharing their travels, they might be perfect for an Instagram calendar. You'll just need to send Print Studio 365 of their photos to be printed into one of three calendar layouts. Orders after Monday 15 December 4pm PST probably won't get here before Christmas, but they're in America, so you've got an 18-hour head start.
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USB Shaver

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 No more post-flight stubble with the USB Shaver

Sometimes when travelling you can't afford to let a few days of stubble start sprouting, let alone a bushy chin-fro. You can stop it before it begins with Go Travel's USB Shaver.

Regular electric shavers can be bulky and often need to be plugged into wall outlets, while the USB Shaver can be plugged into your laptop or portable charger and is no bigger than the palm of your hand.
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Lightfoot Travel Slippers

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 Your feet won't want to step out of these Lightfoot Travel Slippers

Long-haul flights can be torture on feet. When the low cabin pressure starts to make your feet swell, those black leather shoes or lace-up sneakers can become uncomfortably cramped.

There's already enough to be irritated by when it comes to economy seating, and although you can't make the seats further apart, you can trade in tight shoes for a pair of Lightfoot Travel Slippers by Sea to Summit. The soft fleece material is cloud-like compared to leather and makes this footwear space efficient in case you don't want to be trouncing around the airport with them on.
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Collapsible Camping Kitchen Sink

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This compact kitchen sink can be used for storing water, washing clothes, yourself and the dishes. It's also quite durable, with waterproof coating and rustproof cables inside to ensure it doesn't collapse while you're washing up.

Once you're ready to move onto the next campsite, you can fold it up into its near pouch and fit it easily into a backpack or jacket pocket. The sinks come in five-litre, 10-litre and 20-litre varieties.
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Travel Belt With Concealed Zip

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 Keep money safe in a travel belt with concealed zipper

What are your favourite hiding places for spare money while travelling? Most of us do it, whether it be in our shoe, a small compartment in our bags or down our shorts.

Fortunately, there's a more effective (and hygienic) way to keep your money safe. Korjo's travel belt features a concealed zippered compartment where you can store notes inconspicuously. There are a few of these belts on the market, but Korjo's would have to be one of the more stylish and affordable.
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Lonely Planet's Best In Travel 2015

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 Lonely Planet's Best In Travel 2015

Perhaps you know someone who wants to travel, but has no idea where to start. Offer some inspiration to break through their indecision with this in-depth travel guide by Lonely Planet.

Written by actual travellers, Best In Travel 2015 encapsulates the world's best places worth visiting in the coming year. You may know some and be surprised by others. Regardless, whoever reads this will have a wealth of knowledge to help them plan their next trip.
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Anti-Theft Camera Backpack

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 Anti-Theft Camera Backpack with side zip for easy access to camera

This is the backpack for adventure photographers. It has enough space to fit your DSLR camera and other travel necessities, and also features an easy-access side compartment for retrieving your camera.

The anti-theft features such as smart zipper security, slash-proof straps, draw-string inner divider and a pocket with RFID blocking capabilities, help deter any would-be crooks. There's also space in the back for a three-litre water bladder and a convenient amount of item-specific pockets to go round.
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An "It's On The Way" Gift

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Airport Code Tees

 

 London Airport Tee

Won't you look cool walking around Los Angeles International Airport with a LAX shirt on. No, you seriously will; these shirts are a new breed of badass. Not just for travel nerds who know the layout of every international airport, these airport code t-shirts by Pilot&Capt. are stylish and quite comfy.

They cover most of the world's major airports, so you could get a shirt for your favourite or for every one you've landed at. International shipping takes between four and six weeks, so you're a bit late this year, but there's always next birthday.

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.