Buying gifts for that special someone can always be a bit of a mission. We want to get the perfect gift, the gift that will really show them how much you care. (Yes, I think it’s silly to show affection through consumerism, but let’s face it, it is a part of western culture.)
The problem with gift buying for that special traveller on your list is the gift itself. It will either need to be carried around the world in their suitcase or backpack, or it will be left at home in storage for who knows how long. But there are way’s around this problem. The gift ideas that I recommend in this post are all things that I either travel with myself, or that I have bought as gifts for other travellers.
Valentine Gift Ideas for Travellers
1) Passport cover and travel document organizer
Your passport is your most precious and important thing you have when you are travelling. A lost or damaged passport can put a sudden end to a trip. Passport covers may not help with not losing your passport, but it will definitely keep it safer from damage. The next most valuable thing you have when travelling are your documents. Plane tickets, hostel addresses, immunization forms…. these also deserve a little protection and organization. I never leave home without a travel document organizer and it makes my life so much easier when I travel.
For those with a more discerning taste, check out some of a quality leather goods at RedEnvelope. They have beautiful passport covers, as well as some other great gift ideas. I especially love the leather travel case.
James and I own a kindle keyboard and it is SO useful. I like to travel with guidebooks as well as books to read when passing the time, and having the kindle has reduced the weight of my backpack by at least a few kilo’s. I’m also the type of person that just can not bare to throw a book away, so as I travel I tend to accumulate more and more books which just weigh me down further.
We also download our guidebooks straight on to the kindle, and with lonely planet at least, you can purchase only the chapters that you require.
In fact, the kindle is so useful, that I think we need to buy another one before we start travelling again so that we stop fighting over the one we have!
3) New shoes/trousers/shirt to replace that one that is almost thread bare that they always take with them travelling
I’m the type of person that can get emotionally attached to all sorts of inanimate objects, and clothes are no different. Sometimes though, things just are too worn out. Why not get your partner a new pair of hiking/ walking shoes, or a new travel wardrobe? Remember, when it comes to travel clothing, the more versatile the better. Now all you need to do is have them donate their old threadbare clothes to a second hand store!
I’m a sucker for stationary. Even though I do a lot of my travel writing online, I still like to keep a travel journal with me for my more personal thoughts and feelings. I usually just travel with a plain blank notebook, but I do like to drool over the cute travel specific journals that they have in book stores. A lot of these journals have special spots to paste in ticket stubs or photos, making them not just a diary, but also a sort of scrapbook. In a few months or years after your trip, you can flip through this journal with your partner and reminisce over your travel memories together.
5) An experience that you can enjoy together
This is my favourite type of travel gift, and the one that I typically buy for James. For his birthday last year I got him a full day hiking excursion on New Zealand’s Fox glacier. Not only does an experience not weigh anything or take up any space, but it also helps create memories for you together.
If you are travelling on a budget, valentines day or a birthday can be a great excuse to splurge on that one activity that you really want to do, but which is slightly outside of your regular travel budget.
What is your favourite type of gift to give your partner on Valentines day?
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