This list is travel inspired, but you don’t have to be a traveler to use or appreciate the gifts listed. We have divided the gifts in this guide into 12 categories to help the decision process be as painless as possible, so you have more time for Netflix and chilling with a cup of nog.
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Earbuds make a great gift for anyone. Whether traveling, working out, or just relaxing to your own sounds. We especially like these models for quality and weather resistance. We have a higher end model and one for more mid-priced one for both Apple and Android below.
Photography Pros and Wanna-Be Pros
If you don’t have a photo it didn’t happen…right? Taking great photos is a must to capture those special moments in life. I was devastated when my GoPro was stolen in Niagara Falls. I needed to find a new underwater camera to take shots for our upcoming Cancun Trip stat! Enter my new favorite camera, the Sealife DC 2000 land and sea camera. With manual adjustability and 4 underwater shooting modes and built-in color correction, it is the perfect lightweight adventure camera for overland and undersea adventures.
Travel Organized and Safe
Packing cubes are on every avid traveler/ travel bloggers gift guide, and for good reason! I never understood what all the hoopla was about until we traveled to Thailand for almost a month with only a backpack. These babies keep your items organized and separated (think dirty stinky clothes) and packed so compactly you can fit more in your pack then you realized. These ones are our favorite.
On the Road (or Plane) in Comfort
Ever wish you could sleep while sitting straight up? Whether in a plane, train, or automobile, you too can sleep in comfort with this handy memory foam travel pillow. We dig this guy because it comes with a soft washable cover and its own travel bag.
Practical and Pampering Personal Care Products
One of the things that I always found challenging was how to fly carry-on and still have great hair. TSA allowances don’t allow for much liquid, and I hate all those little plastic bottles. Then I discovered shampoo and conditioner bars. These left my hair clean, soft and smelling delish. They also come with their own plastic container.
Eco-Warriors Making a Difference
When shopping, we make a point to use our own reusable grocery bags, but with both of us being blonde, we tend to forget them in the car. With these bags, that is a problem of the past. They fit in my purse, are washable and can carry up to 28 lb comfortably.
Outdoor Enthusiasts and Aficionados
Since moving to Florida, it has become even more apparent that if we want to get outside and play there will usually be water involved. Whether we are kayaking, paddleboarding, canyoneering, or just taking a hike, there is always a chance of the random (or not so random) downpour. That’s why this daypack/ drybag is our new favorite.
Crazy Pet Parents
I’m not going to lie, we don’t have this item, but we want it so bad! We have a friend that has it, and it is awesome. We have a cat-cam that we used to watch the girls while on travel when we lived in San Diego, but 20 out of 24 hours (it seemed like) they would be on the cat tree, so camera location was easy. Now that we are in Florida, the house is bigger and potential cat locations have increased. This camera alerts the pets and incentivizes them to partake in a little camera time.
Functional and Fashionable Clothing
PrAna makes travel, adventure and yoga clothes that are practical, ethical and stylish. We love that this brand is inclusive (goes up to size XXL-18 for women, XXXL 43-44 for men) and cares about fair trade and sustainability. Wins all around for them in our book.
Coffee Connoisseurs and Devotees
Anyone that knows Ed and I knows that, not only does coffee play an integral part of our morning routine, it is practically imperative to our day to day functions. As a matter of fact, several of our wedding vows to one another involve coffee. The AeroPress Coffee Maker is easy to use and clean up and has gotten us through many road trips and camping excursions.
Endless Entertainment and Reading
One thing we all have in common, and can’t be denied, is our need and love of entertainment. Regardless of our location, be it at home or traveling. We have put together a few of our most entertaining picks.
The best thing you can get for the book lover on your list is a Kindle. We love this one because it is reasonably priced with a glare-free touchscreen and a free subscription to Audible.
If you prefer to read your books the old school way, and want them with a side of travel inspiration, you will love Ultimate Journeys for Two by our friends Mike & Anne of HoneyTrek.com. They have written National Geographic’s first book on couples travel. In this gorgeous coffee-table-meets-guide, they’ve pinpointed their 75 favorite destinations, best tips, most inspiring stories, and handiest travel hacks. It’s organized by type of experience–so no matter if you (or that couple on your holiday list) are into beaches, mountains, deserts, or road trips, you’ll find amazing new places to match your style.
If you are looking for a little inspiration wrapped up in an adventure story, look no further than A Story of Karma. The story begins with the author Michael Schauch’s dream to climb an unknown mountain in the Himalayas of northern Nepal and evolves into a deeper journey of the heart. Chasing this dream leads him to meet a little girl in a remote mountain village. Little did either of them know that from that moment they would change the trajectory of each other’s life. It is a story about a journey and how travel can bring about mindfulness, human connection, love, and compassion amidst the complex dichotomies of our world.
How to Quit Your Job & Travel: Everything You Need to Travel Long Term (& All the Things Nobody Tells You)
“If you’ve ever dreamed of putting it all on hold, packing a bag, and hopping on a plane to escape reality for a while, I’m writing this book for you.” We are excited to share with you the first book (currently in pre-sale) from our friend (and one of our favorite people) Lia Garcia from the website Practical Wanderlust. Lia spills all the things nobody tells you about the reality of long term travel – and coming home again – with stories from her own disastrous year-long honeymoon. This book is a practical, step-by-step guide to learn to tackle each of the challenges preventing you from taking off on a long-term trip, from finances to the fear of returning to reality, all with the nitty-gritty logistics you will need to work out along the way.
How Santa, Rudolph and Sedrick the Camel saved Christmas
Though we at Coleman Concierge cater to an adult audience, there are not too many adults who do not have a child in their life and on their holiday list! Our friend Robyn (the Managing Director of Innovative Travel, the amazing travel company Jenn went to Egypt with in 2019) wrote the story of how Santa, Rudolph and Sedrick the Camel saved Christmas. It is a heart-warming story of hope and unity, overcoming the Covid-19 challenges even in the North Pole! It is written for all children (young and old) who believe in Santa Claus.
Games can be a great way to not only pass the time but to bring people together. The new generation of card games are mobile and provide hours of laughs, not to mention valuable insights into the psyches of your friends, family members, and travel companions. The first game shown, Cards Against Humanity, has been a longstanding holiday tradition in the Coleman household. Does that make us horrible people?
The Hard to Shop For
For those in your life that have everything or are just straight up hard to shop for, the Gift Card is like manna from shopping heaven. Here are a few of our picks.
Gift Guide Wrap-Up
You guys are still here? Thanks for staying with us through all 12 categories and over 60 items. We hope that you found a gift or two that you would be proud to give. We know that we put a lot of thought into this list for you. We also hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday season filled with joy, laughter, family, and the perfect gift.
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