10 Unique Gifts for Travelers (They’ll Love Using)
October 13, 2018
Festival season is here and are you looking for gift ideas for your friends and family? How about gifts for travelers? So, I have compiled for you a list of 10 unique and uber cool gifts which are extremely useful for people who love to travel. Here it goes.
NOTE: I don’t have affiliate links on this post. So, if you do purchase anything using the links given in the list, I don’t make money or get any benefit. I have selected these products solely on the basis of their utility for travelers like me! 😊
1. Solar Power Bank
One tends to use his/her mobile more while traveling, sometimes just to pass the time, and other times to click pictures, make videos, use maps, do bookings, etc. All these activities drain the mobile battery so fast that you have to look for a charging point by lunch time.
This is where a power bank comes super handy. Although a power bank in itself is a great gift, I would prefer a solar power bank simply because of its usage. It is an ideal companion when you explore the areas where electricity could be an issue. Highly recommended for trekkers.
My pick is IFITech Solar Chargerwhich is a portable 20000mAh solar power bank. It has a portable handy design and can sustain all weather conditions (water resistant, heat resistant, cold resistant). It also has dual USB ports and a flashlight.
2. Portable Coffee Maker
If you are looking for a unique gift for your coffee lover friend, then think no more and simply get your hands on a portable coffee maker. And I can bet, a coffee lover like me will go nuts over this gift.
A good portable coffee maker is the only thing one needs to get that caffeine kick anywhere anytime. Extremely useful for people-on-the-go.
Don’t we love to take tons of photos while traveling! But, how often do you actually keep a physical copy of those memories? Gone are the days when we used to click pictures on Kodak cameras and wait for the final photo album to come after the negatives were developed. But, no matter the convenience of digital photos, physical copy of photograph still has its own charm.
Also, I think we should practice and create more awareness about #pictureforapicture. It is the concept of not clicking pictures of strangers, especially villagers, tribals, children, for free; instead, take their permission, click their photo and give them back at least one picture as a thank you gift!
So, both instacam and instant photo printer are unique gifts for travelers. You can choose among the two based on its utility. An instacam is a camera which has inbuilt printer; so, you can get a photo printed right from the camera itself as soon as you click it. However, an instant photo printer is a portable printer, which gets connected to your mobile via Bluetooth.
For Instacam, my pick is Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera which comes in five cool colors. It is an easy and fun to use camera that has an analog type printing capability which enables users to obtain on-the-spot high quality credit-card size photos instantly.
And for instant photo printer, my pick is HP Sprocket Plus Instant Photo Printer. What I really like about this printer is its compact size which easily fits into a pocket. Connect it to a mobile using Bluetooth and it is ready to print.
4. Personalized Travel Kit
If you want to give something which is unique and useful at the same time, then an entire travel kit, specially a personalized one, superbly fits the criteria. By travel kit I mean things like travel journal, travel wallet, passport cover, luggage tag/key chain.
Based on you budget, you may select individual item or you may include other personalized items as well, like sunglasses case, ipad cover and laptop sleeve.
All of these items can be customised or personalized with something as simple as the name of the person, or with a travel quote or a message. Who doesn’t like personalized gifts!
My pick is The Ultimate Hamperfrom themessycorner.in which contains a travel diary, eyewear case, travel wallet and keychain. Travel wallet includes inside pockets for your passport, airline ticket/boarding pass, cards, cash and coins.
5. Quirky Travel Jewellery and Pieces
Any girl who loves to travel and who also loves her jewellery would love to have a combination of both these interests. Now a days, many quirky jewellery pieces are available which celebrate the spirited women travelers who have itchy feet.
These jewellery pieces usually have minimal design patterns to make it convenient to wear on the go, without making them too blingy or flashy. These pieces are uber cool gifts for travelers who have quirky taste.
One of the best decisions I took before going for my 6-months long solo backpacking trip was to switch from using sanitary napkins, to tampons, and finally, to menstrual cup. And after using it for almost two years now, I completely swear by it.
Since menstrual cups are relatively new in Indian market, we should highly promote its use. Menstrual cups are game-changers, not just because of their utility, but because of their impact on the environment. It is a one-time investment which lasts upto 10 years and is highly eco-friendly as it doesn’t generate waste. Also, it is the best sanitary product to use while traveling.
So, if you really care for the girl in your life and for the environment, menstrual cup is one of the best gift options. Trust me, it is a life changing item and the BEST GIFT EVER to any female.
Nowadays, there are many options available. But, based on my personal experience, my pick is Shecup. It comes in one standard size which is designed to suit all women body types throughout their menstruating ages (from teenage to menopause). The only difference between Shecup C and L is that L has a longer stem for grip.
A Gorillapod (aka Spider tripod or Octopus tripod) is a flexible camera tripod that consists of several joints that allow you to secure your mobile camera (or DSLR, or both, depending upon the model) to almost any object.
Gorillapod easily wraps the legs around trees and poles or gets the balance you need on uneven surfaces. This is the biggest benefit over normal tripods where you have to look for even surface. Gorillapod is one of the most useful gifts for travelers who are also shutterbugs.
My pick is SoloFlix 360 Degree Gorillapod Tripod. Not only it is economical, but also can be used for both a mobile and a DSLR (up to 3kgs). And its mini tripod legs can be twisted for all kinds of places. It is completely a value for money product.
8. Travel scarf with hidden pocket
A scarf is a perfect travel accessory anyway in every weather. And what if I told you that there are scarfs available with hidden pockets. You can keep your small light weight items like mobile, keys, credit or debit cards, a small wallet and you are good to go outside, keeping your hands free.
It is a great accessory for someone who loves traveling light. Available in different colours and patterns, a travel scarf is one of the smart gifts for travelers who don’t compromise on style while traveling.
Reduce you carbon footprint by using reusable water bottle, instead of single use plastic water bottle. But, you can’t always trust the purity of water when you refill it from outside while traveling. The solution is a portable water purifier.
It is one of the great gifts for travelers who are constantly on the move and love to explore outdoors. It is a perfect company while hiking, camping, or traveling to areas with poor water quality. You can either pick a portable purifier or a bottle attached with purifier.
For a purifier, my pick is Lifestraw Personal Portable Water Purifierwhich is an award winning and internationally recognized product. It filters up to 1000 litres of water and has shelf life of 5 years when stored at room temperature.
For a bottle attached with a purifier, my pick is Lifestraw Go Water Bottlewhich has hollow fiber membrane water filtration technology incorporated into a sleek and durable water bottle.
10. Anti-theft backpack
This doesn’t mean an anti-theft backpack can’t be stolen; what it means is that it has many features which makes it all the more difficult for a thief or a pick-pocketer to steal anything kept inside the backpack, while you are stuffed in a crowded area.
An anti-theft backpack is one of the most useful gifts for travelers because it provides more protection to their important belongings like a laptop, a camera, a wallet and passport kept in the backpack.
A good anti-theft backpack contains special features like cut proof protection board, hidden zippers, secret pockets, integrated USB port, etc.
My pick is XDDESIGN Polyester Laptop Backpackwhich can easily hold a laptop up to 15,6″ and a tablet up to 10″ with a total content of 13 liters. It comes with a rain cover and contains 3 hidden pockets on the sides and back. You can keep your power bank inside and charge your mobile through a USB port integrated on the side of the backpack.
So, that was my list of some awesome and cool gifts for travelers. Get these gifts to surprise someone or just get them for yourself!