When it comes to Christmas gifts, those who suffer from an incurable case of wanderlust can be famously difficult to buy for. Us travelholics are likely to want flight tickets, weekends in new places, or even just a bit of money to put towards their next adventure over anything material. And besides – if we can’t fit it in our backpack, we ain’t taking it with us.
But there are plenty of awesome travel accessories and inspiring boy-toys out there for your travel obsessed brother, friend or significant other. Here’s ten of our favourites…
Fjallraven Kanken backpack
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Fjallraven’s iconic Kanken backpacks have been donning the coolest Scandinavian’s backs since the seventies. They’re perfect for weekends spent exploring cities, and fit laptops, iPads and cameras in easily.
Need something bigger for an extended trip around the world? There’s always the trusty Herschel – for those back to the camera, amazing landscape shots they’ll be ‘gramming.
Olloclip lens for iPhone
Gone are the days when you needed a fancy Nikon with four different kinds of lenses to be a totally awesome travel photographer. These £60 accessories have micro and macro lenses ready to be slid onto your iPhone in a second – so you can capture and share amazing panoramas and really tall buildings, waterfalls and mountains instantly.
Lizard vs. Snake, lion vs. giraffe… and that sloth who decided he was a mermaid = THE BEST. TV. IN HISTORY. Our hangover days got a whole lot better since the new season of BBC’s Planet Earth came to our screens… and now its out on DVD so he can remind himself all over again.
Scratch the World map
Is he an obsessive passport stamp collector? Enter his new toy. Scratch maps are seriously addictive. We recommend a large one like this one from Maps International as its less fiddly to scratch off all of this tiny, obscure countries you’ve conquered over the years.
A personalised hipflask
Maybe he’s a whiskey aficionado, intent on travelling the world sampling the finest ryes, Kentucky bourbons, and Japanese single malts. Or maybe he just wants something classier to sip his £2 Thai Sangsom from than the bottle it comes in. Whatever he fills his flask with – you can personalise one with an awesome travel quote or message of good luck here…
Portable speakers + a hostel dorm full of backpackers keen on a party = instant friend magnet. Betron speakers are compact, affordable and run off Bluetooth. Pair this with a Spotify subscription and a special travel playlist you’ve created especially for them, and they’ll always remember you, at every distant reach of the globe!
A festival ticket
The 2018 festival calendar is filling up fast, and what’s a summer without at least one long weekend spent frolicking in a field/on a beach/inside a fort to the best music, somewhere or another in Europe? We’ve teamed up with FestTicket to bring all of the early bird discounted tickets to you. EXIT in Serbia brings a mishmash of techno, rock and everything in between to thousands of revellers inside an old fort complex, Secret Solstice sees three days of non-stop music amidst Iceland’s dreamy landscapes (spoiler: the sun literally doesn’t set), and October means only one thing: Oktoberfest in Germany!
St Christopher pendant
Historically known by Christians as the Patron Saint of Travel, you might recognise this dude from your nan’s dashboard. But guys don’t have to be particularly religious to wear one of these – they look awesome and are hands down a failsafe gift for anyone heading off on an adventure.
Let’s face it, there are never enough hammocks. Seasoned travellers might roll their eyes at those break of dawn sunbed feuds that always occur in all-inclusive holiday resorts, but put put fifty backpackers in a beachside hostel that only has ten hammocks, and a similar phenomenon will emerge. Solution: bring your own! Being able to pitch a hammock anywhere under swinging palms will also save you heaps of cash, too.
If you’re shopping for your camping-crazed dad or that one nature-loving friend who’s happiest out in the sticks, we recommend Cabin Porn – a scrapbook turned hugely successful Tumblr, turned Instagram, turned coffee table book.
Personalised travel playing cards
Travellers need playing cards – so why not make sure each one of the 52 is emblazoned with a different snap of his travel triumphs (or fails, if he’s the sort to have been tagged in plenty on Facebook)?
Us travel-obsessed lot in STA Travel HQ have as much fun customising each of these playing cards as the recipient has always had rifling through for the first time.
Disclaimer: we won’t be held responsible for any games of Ring of Fire that never end. Each card is a sure-fire distraction for new players. Queen of spades? “Ah… you went to Machu Picchu!?!” Seven of hearts? “There’s me outside the Taj Mahal”… *sigh*
You can upload photos and order them to your door, here.
An STA Travel Gift Card