Most years, I don’t start my Christmas shopping until December comes around so I was feeling rather smug this year when I bought my first Christmas present in October. But then I got a bit complacent and now it’s nearly December again!
With Black Friday deals now being promoted all over the internet, I figured it was about time to get my serious shopping head on again – and grab myself a few bargains in the process.
Of course, this is also a perfect time for me to publish my annual Christmas gift guide for travellers. I love writing these yearly gift guides. It’s my way of bringing together all the fantastic new products I’ve discovered throughout the past 12 months, and highlighting any deals I’ve come across that are just way too good to miss.
If you’d like to view a larger range of the products I love and use and that would make perfect gifts for the travel-loving person in your life, you can read my previous Christmas gift guides here and here.
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So, without further ado, here is my 2018 Christmas gift guide for travellers. Most of these gifts are under £50 and they’re all products that I personally use and love.
#1 Wall decors by Saal Digital UK (from £5.95)
Despite returning from my 6-month Peru and Bolivia adventure over four years ago, I’ve only recently gotten around to getting a couple of photos from the trip made into wall decors to hang on my living room wall, and I’m super stoked with the results!
Saal Digital UK actually provided me with a discount code in exchange for an honest review on social media, of the finished products when they arrived. However, there was no expectation for me to mention the products in this post; I’m just genuinely so pleased with the quality of my prints that I think they’d make wonderful gifts for Christmas (or, in fact, any gifting occasion).
You can order your prints directly from their web shop or you can download their free software in order to edit and customise your designs. You can also choose from a variety of finishes/mounts.
I chose two 30cm x 20cm prints in the Alu Dibond (matt) finish, and I am so impressed with the sharpness of the images and vibrancy of the colours.
Saal Digital are currently offering £15 of any of their wall decors (minimum order value £30) until 30 November 2018, so you’d better get your order in quickly! Just use code “WB326BAH” at checkout.
Buy from: Saal Digital UK
#2 Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 (from £7.13)
Although I’ve always got a long list of places on my travel wish list, I don’t really start to make plans for the coming year until the Christmas break, when I’ve actually got time to sit down and do some proper research.
This little book always features on my Christmas list, as it draws upon the collective experience of Lonely Planet’s writers (who, between them, manage to explore almost every country in the world, every year) in order to recommend the places that should feature in our upcoming travel plans.
The countries, regions and cities (there are 10 of each) they choose are often under the radar destinations or places they believe to be hugely underrated, so it’s a great way of discovering parts of the world that you may not otherwise have thought about visiting, or maybe had never even heard of. They also recommend the best value destinations or those that offer unique experiences.
Lonely Planet also have some amazing Christmas offers on right now. They’ve got 60% off gift books (while stocks last), you can save 40% on an annual magazine subscription(and get their Best in Travel 2019 included free!), AND this weekend only (Friday 22nd – Sunday 25th November 2018) they’re running a Buy One Get One Free sale on everything!!
Buy from: Amazon or Lonely Planet
#3 A Tinggly Gift Box (from £59)
Much as I love things (I’d be totally made up if you bought me that pair of Dr. Martens I’ve had my eye on for ages, or a box of my favourite Lush goodies), for me the best Christmas gift has to be the gift of travel. But, aside from actually gifting someone a trip (which can get expensive), how do you buy someone a travel experience?
Well, you can with Tinggly. You buy one of their travel experience gift boxes and the recipient gets to choose their experience (from over 340 in 100+ countries) and dates. There are foodie experiences (croissant making workshop in Paris? or a tapas cooking class in Seville?), cultural experiences (Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru? or Ostrog Monastery in Montenegro?), outdoor activity experiences (mountain biking down the World’s Most Dangerous Road? or kayaking and snorkelling on Okinawa?), and bucket list experiences (a tour of Bolivia’s Salt Flats? or a Northern Lights and Husky Experience in Trømso?) to choose from.
It’s also a great way of persuading to recipient to try something they wouldn’t ordinarily thought of trying, or to visit somewhere that wasn’t on their original itinerary.
There’s 33% off everything right now at Tinggly. Enter code “BLACK33″ at the checkout (valid under 26 November 2018).
Buy from: Tinggly.
#4 Handcrafted personalised leather travel wallet ($48.99 / £38.13)
This is actually another product that I was asked to review, but I love it so much that I now take it with me on every trip I make. The handcrafted leather travel wallet is made from full-grain distressed leather by JooJoobs: a family-run business based in Chiang Mai.
I use mine to carry my passport, boarding passes, and a small notebook and pen.
You can read my full review of JooJoobs leather travel wallet here.
As well as travel wallets, JooJoobs make passport holders, chain wallets (I’ve always thought these are such a brilliant idea for keeping your money safe when you don’t carry a handbag; guys, I’m looking at you!), iPhone and Samsung cases, credit card holders, and belts. All products can be personalised, with a name, initials, or a logo, so they make fantastic gifts.
Buy from: JooJoobs.
#5 Bedtime Bliss sleep mask (£8.90)
I don’t know about you but I really struggle to sleep if it’s not completely dark, and when you travel a lot and your surroundings (and places in which you lay your head at night) are constantly changing, it can be difficult to find somewhere to sleep where there’s a complete absence of light. You’ll also experience unfamiliar sounds all around you, and if you’re really unlucky – thumping dance music from the bar next door until the early hours of the morning. So, ear plugs kind of go hand in hand with a sleep mask, and I never travel anywhere without both of these. I mean, I love a good party, but not when I’ve got a bus/train/plane to catch the next morning!
What I love about the Bedtime Bliss sleep mask is that its contoured shape makes it really comfortable to wear and also does a great job of blocking out any light. I also love that it comes in its very own storage pouch (together with the ear plugs), which makes it easy to find and difficult to lose!
Buy from: Amazon
#6 Humangear GoToob 100ml (£7.99)
If you’re anything like me and travel with carry-on only for the majority of your trips, you’ll be all too familiar with the airline rules as far as carrying liquids are concerned. But, not only are those little travel size conditioners, shampoos and shower gels ridiculously expensive to buy each time we travel, if we just throw them away at the end of our trip then we’re contributing to the whole global issue of plastic pollution.
We can minimise our environmental impact by travelling with reusable containers. Humangear GoToobs are made of BPA-free and FDA food-safe silicone, and they come with patent-pending LoopLock technology, which prevents accidental openings and leaks – one of the main issues I had with the cheap 50p-£1 reusable containers I’d bought previously.
Other useful features of the Humangear GoToobs are:
- A hook so you can strap them on to your pack or hang them up in the shower
- A sucker pad so you can stick them to a wall (great for showers that don’t have shelves)
- A textured area on the collar to write in the contents (so you don’t get your conditioner mixed up with your shower gel!)
- A variety of different colour options (which brightens up your backpack and makes showering a bit more fun)
Buy from: Amazon
Oh, and while we’re on the subject – if you’re not yet using solid shampoo then you should be. Lush have a massive range that are made from natural ingredients and are 100% vegetarian. None of their products are tested on animals and they use minimal, biodegradable packaging.
#7 Lush ‘Coal Face’ facial soap (£7.95)
As I’ve already mentioned Lush twice in this post, you may have guessed that I’m a bit of a fan of their products.
I like to use a separate product to wash my face with because the skin on my face is quite oily in comparison to the rest of my body, but I want to travel with as few a liquids as possible.
Lush’s Coal Face facial soap is a perfect edition to my Lush collection because my skin loves it, it lasts ages, and it makes an excellent travel companion.
Buy from: Lush
#8 Airportag packing bags and t-shirts (from $14.99)
Last year I was all over Airportag’s throw pillows, as I’d just moved into a new house and was in full-on decorating mode. I still love my sofa cushions (is “throw pillows” an American term?) and regularly receive complimentary remarks about them, but this year it’s been all about organising my luggage and packing smart.
I also got tempted to add to my t-shirt collection. I already had the ‘I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list’ t-shirt, but the ‘Jet lag made me do it’ and ‘World Traveler’ are new 2018 editions. I love that they’re simple, but eye-catching, wash really well, and go fantastically with a pair of skinny jeans.
Apologies for the crazy expression; I was trying to look excited!!
There’s some great Black Friday deals available on the Airportag website at the moment, with up to 50% off packing bags and 15% off selected t-shirts (including two of the three I’ve mentioned here).
Buy from: Airportag.
So that’s my 2018 Christmas gift guide for travellers! Do you have any cool new travel products you’ve discovered this year that you think would make great travel gifts for Christmas? Let me know in the comments below!
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