Shopping for a woman with a nomadic heart; equally at home on the mountains in Whistler or that famous stretch of sand in Sydney‘s Bondi can be a challenge. But, we’ve made it that much easier for you this year, by curating your holiday shopping list with 15 unique, stylish and useful travel gifts for the woman in your life who is always planning her next big adventure.
Useful Travel Gifts She’ll Love
A Travel Yoga Mat
Encourage her to stay healthy and fit with a travel yoga mat. The Yoga Design Lab Travel Mat is a stunning, lightweight travel yoga mat. Not only are they beautiful, but they are also eco-conscious and ethically sourced; made from natural tree rubber and recycled plastic bottle microfibre. She can throw the mat in her carry on or suitcase easily and roll it out easily, each morning no matter where in the world she is.
A Pair of Tailored Pyjamas
These softly tailored pyjamas from Ettitude are a gorgeous and stylish gift to give her for a romantic weekend away or a long haul trip. Made from organic bamboo fabric, they are also hypoallergenic, breathable and thermo-regulating making these pyjamas super comfortable for both summer and winter.
A Fashionable Camera Bag
There’s nothing better than a camera bag that doesn’t look anything like a camera bag. The Johansen Betsy Black camera bag looks like a classic black handbag. The adjustable internal pockets and laptop pocket mean you can simply sling your basic kit over your shoulder and with no one the wiser. It’s also a very reasonable price for a handbag, let alone a camera bag.
An Oversized Scarf
An oversized cotton scarf is year-round travel essential with endless uses. Aside from its obvious role, transform it into a light throw or blanket on the plane or train, use it to cover your shoulders or head for modesty when entering religious sites or even as a picnic rug for that impromptu park or beaches lunches while travelling in summer.
A Personalised Photo Book
A personalised Momento Photo Book is a great way to encourage her to showcase her travel photos in a beautiful, memorable way. Whether you buy her a gift voucher or have one printed and bound for her, this will be a gift she will appreciate for years to come.
A Beauty Travel Kit
There is almost nothing better than jumping on a plane with a case full of nourishing, moisturising beauty products to keep your skin feeling fresh for the long haul. There are lots of non toxic beauty brands that now do travel kits. My personal favourites right now come from DR. HAUSCHKA and Trilogy.
A Travel Wallet
An iconic name in travel leather goods, splurge on a classic and stylish Smythson Travel Wallet to keep her travel documents efficiently in one place. For those with a little less to spend, this Liebeskind Berlin travel wallet offers a more affordable alternative that is still set to impress.
Fun Phone Accessories
A fun, stocking stuffer this phone Ring Light is a unique and handy gift for the traveller looking to perfect her Insta-game. Illuminating the skin during the day or night she will look at her refreshed best for every snap.
For the travelling book-worm, this is the gift that keeps on giving. With a Kindle she will be able to download and immerse herself in a new book or two with each new adventure, while avoiding the last-minute airport impulse book buys.
A Travel Journal
Is she bound for a trip in the name of self-discovery? Then she will need a journal to hold on to all of those memories. These Graphic Image Little Notes Travel Journals are made from soft, grain leather and will fit easily into her hand bag or carry on, primed for whenever or wherever inspiration strikes.
A Compact Digital Camera
A camera is essential for most travellers; from the first-timers to the intrepid. Thankfully, there are so many options these days when it comes to choosing a camera that is easy to travel with but still performs. For the woman in your life who likes to dabble in photography this Canon Digital Camera will make her Christmas. Here are some tips on how to choose photography equipment for beginners and some other travel tech gift ideas that she also might like.
A Travel Toiletry Bag
A toiletry bag may seem like a bit of a practical present on first glance, choosing the right design could save her time (and broken products) while travelling and she will love you for it. Look for style features like generous, plastic-covered pockets (to protect clothes from leaks) and a large hook that will enable to hang the bag off wet benches and dirty floors and make everything much more accessible like this travel toiletry bag from Mor.
A Mini Magnet Gallery
Is she a fan of the Gram? If her Instagram gallery is a work of art, why not bring it to life by transforming her gallery into magnets so the highlights from her feed can be showcased for all to see, on her fridge.
A Crossbody Handbag
A crossbody handbag is a female traveller’s must-have. Big enough to fit her exploring essentials in with a generous crossbody strap and the foldover feature will help her to keep her hands free and valuables close. We love this bag from Everlane.
A Versatile Tote Bag
A tote bag for travel is a fashionable and functional gift that she can use at home or away. This tote flattens easily to fit in your suitcase and can be used as a carry on bag, beach bag, gym bag or shopping tote while she wanders the globe.
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Skye is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Fit Traveller. She is a journalist, writer, photographer, intrepid traveller and a former personal trainer with a passion for helping others reach optimal health. As a TV journalist and producer, Skye has worked for household names such as 60 Minutes, Sunrise, TODAY and Nine News. She has also written for Women’s Health, Fodor’s Travel and Yahoo7 Travel, among many others.
Skye created The Fit Traveller as a beautiful online space and community where people feel inspired to escape the desk to move and explore more.
Equally comfortable in a 5-star resort or hiking a far-off mountain, Skye loves the unexpected and enriching life experiences that each trip brings and can often be found in a backstreet chatting to locals with her camera in hand.
Skye is based in Sydney, working to master the balance between motherhood and her insatiable appetite for adventure.