Whether you are buying for a birthday, a holiday or some other special occasion, shopping for your favorite traveler is easy if you use these ideas as inspiration.
1. Gifts for travelers can range from high-tech to low-tech and from practical to a little bit frivolous. The most obvious, and perhaps the most certain to be useful, is a gift certificate for travel. You can quickly and easily purchase all kinds of travel gift certificates online, ranging from exclusive spas to budget motels. Or purchase a gift certificate from a travel site, which will give a range of choices to any of a number of destinations. You may want to combine a travel gift certificate with a coupon book for the traveler’s next destination – or an attraction pass, such as those that allow general admission to a number of attractions for one price.
2. For someone who is traveling for the first time, a natural gift choice is luggage. While your gift recipient probably has his own set of luggage, you can always purchase accessory pieces that he’ll be sure to enjoy. Small bags with zippered pockets can help the recipient organize his valuables, for example, and keep everything orderly as he travels.
3. Travel pillows and other items that help a traveler stay comfortable are also good ideas. You can find travel pillows that have aromatherapy scents to help the traveler feel relaxed, refreshed, and invigorated. Another similar idea is a small foot massager that a traveler can use to comfort her feet after a long day of sightseeing.
4. Noise canceling headphones are perfect for people who want to get some rest on an airplane or other public transportation. These gifts are normally lightweight so they don’t add to a traveler’s bulky packages.
5. There are also many high-tech (and somewhat higher priced) gifts that are great for travelers. If your gift recipient is visiting a foreign country, he will definitely appreciate a pocket translator. These devices can help travelers use phrases in up to twelve different languages, which will help them get around when they arrive at their destination.
The low-tech version of this gift is a foreign phrase handbook. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that you know exactly where the recipient is going before making this purchase.
6. Because digital photography is so prevalent these days, it makes sense to give your traveling friend something related to his hobby. This way he’ll be able to take lots of photos while he is traveling so he can share his experience with you and others. Find out what kind of camera he is taking and purchase backup memory cards so that he can take lots and lots of pictures.
You can also find camera bags, neck straps and security devices that will help him keep his camera safe. You may also want to give him a gift certificate to his favorite online photo-processing site so he can get all of his photographs developed.
7. If you want to help your recipients to remember their trip in a different way, consider buying them a travel journal. A travel journal doesn’t have to be anything fancy; just a well-bound blank book that is relatively lightweight. Include a nice pen that will be easy to write with, and you’ve got an instant gift that any traveler will love.
Any of these gift ideas can be found online or in a local travel or department store. The best part about shopping for travelers is that they’ll likely remember your gift while they are traveling and return with a souvenir just for you!