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Gift Guide for the Wanderer in Your Life

The Holiday Season truly is the time to celebrate with loved ones. I love gathering around the table heaping with food, having a glass of holiday cheer and laughing with my family! While this is what’s truly important about the holidays, gifts are a very real part of the holiday season too!

Do you have a wanderer in your group of friends or your family and you have no idea what to get them? Let me help you with a small gift-giving guide for that special traveler!

» Gifts for $25 and Under


Travel Bottles – Most travelers at least start out a trip with their own shampoo, body soap, conditioner, lotion, whatever. However, you can’t always take your full sized bottles with you. I simply buy the Up & Up Brand ($1.19 a piece) of bottles from Target to fill with my own stuff from home. *Great Stocking Stuffer*


Travel-Sized First Aid Kit – You’ll always need some sort of first aid kit whether it’s a camping trip, backpacking trip or road trip. It’s so much easier to have this stuff on hand. I love this Up & Up Kit ($6.49) because it’s the perfect size to throw in your pack or your glove box. *Another Great Stocking Stuffer*


Reusable Water BottleThese 32 oz. Nalgene ($10.50) water bottles from REI are amazing because they hold a good amount of water if going out for a full day or longer and their wide mouth makes them a breeze to clean.


These Postcards – I came across these stunning postcards ($15) – set of 12 – from the Adventure Supply Co. on Instagram and immediately fell in love. These two designer cousins teamed up to create amazing stationary and more. These are now on my personal Christmas List and if I don’t get them, they’ll have to become a gift to myself!


Travel Journal – Some people are picky about journals, which I totally get because you’re writing your personal thoughts and experiences in them. However, I am very, VERY confident that any traveler would LOVE this Expedition Log Book Kit ($16) from The Adventure Supply Co. With this kit, you not only get this darling journal, but a binder clip, a roll of yellow Washi tape, a Black Le Pen, their adorable You Are An Explorer Manifesto and a linen bag with a compass to hold them all. So stinkin’ dreamy!


Travel Converter – every wanderer needs a converter and I know I always misplace mine. This converter sold at Target (16.99) is on my wish list because it is an all-in-one for all over the world, a place to plug in two items at once and it even has a USB port so you can charge your Go Pro or phone all right here.


Passport Cover / Luggage Tag Set – like this set from Francesca’s ($18). Buying a nicer luggage tag really pays off – my cheap ones fell apart / off my bag by the time I got home from Asia. The more expensive one i bought (from Francesca’s, actually) is the only one that lasted. Passport covers can be bulky, but it’s nice to have the little pouches to stick all of your documents and tickets in.


Scratch Map – These are so much fun! I have a tradition of scratching the newest country I’ve been to off of the map ($18.95) after each big trip and it’s a perfect way for the wanderer in your life to document their travels!


World Map Necklace – I think this is the ultimate gift for your significant other. My fiancé bought me this necklace ($19.99) for Valentine’s Day last year and it’s one of my very favorite necklaces. Jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive to be special, it just needs to reflect the person that you love, and this reflects a traveler perfectly.


Travel Guides – Of course, prices vary greatly on these depending on where you purchase them. I got this Lonely Planet SE Asia on a Shoestring book from Amazon ($19.99) but all it takes is asking your wanderer where they’re dying to go and these books are not only helpful for planning, but they’re also great for that extra push of wanderlust.

» $50 – $25


This Tee Shirt for Mountain Lovers – I’ve lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains on and off for a couple of years so this John Muir quote tee ($25.99) from Sevenly speaks so strongly to me! Plus, 7% of this shirt gives back to their cause of the week. It’s a gift that keeps giving!


A Day-Trip-Worthy Backpack – I actually wish my backpack was giving out so I could replace it with this one from Target ($29.99). I prefer to have a canvas backpack because they’re lightweight, durable and the look nice if your day trip is in a city. This one looks like it has some great outer pockets to access your stuff quickly.


Packing Cubes These are Eagle Creek packing cubes I got from REI ($38) and they were the most amazing and biggest life-saver during my backpacking trip! These make the organizational nightmare that is packing a breeze. I used the bigger two for tops & bottoms and the smaller for undergarments & swimsuits. They’re simply a must for me from now on.

» $100 – $50


Teva Sandals – I buy these Teva Sandals ($60) every year. They’re wildly comfortable and this spring I wore them 101 days straight doing everything from hiking through rice terraces to volunteering at a zoo, to dancing at clubs. They’re wildly comfortable and I can attest to the fact that they hold up to all kinds of experiences.


U.S. National Parks Pass– Do you know someone planning an epic road trip across the U.S. or even someone who would visit a national park more than three or four times a year? The America the Beautiful National Park Pass ($80) is the perfect gift for them. My parents and I are known to get these almost every year because they’re so worth the money. Get out there and explore the beautiful national parks of the U.S.


I hope this gift guide helps you find the perfect gift for the wanderer in your life. Not quite what you’re looking for? Check out this gift guide from That Sweet Gift. Who knows… Maybe you’ll give yourself a case of wanderlust and take off with them! Cheers & happy holidays! 

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  • Reply
    Mani (A New Life Wandering)
    December 9, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I think that Scratch Map is on every travel blog’s gift guide haha, including mine.

    • Reply
      December 9, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Haha! I think you’re right! My parents gave me one Christmas of 2010 and I’be loved scratching it of for almost 5 years now! Sooo much fun! I’ll have to jump over and check your gift guide out! Thanks for reading mine! Cheers!

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    December 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Love this! The National Park Pass is my fave idea!

    • Reply
      December 10, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, Jamie! My family LOVES the National Parks and get a pass most years, so why not give the gift of nature and adventure! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! Cheers!

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