Every year, my mother and mother-in-law ask each child (young and old) put together a wish list. Gift cards are an unsuitable response since these loving ladies, along with our dads, find so much joy in watching their young open pretty packages on Christmas day – plus they make great tree accessories!
Travel and adventure are a few of my family’s greatest joys. Naturally, any gift associated with these topics makes for an exciting gift! Below is a list for anyone shopping for an avid traveler – these are a few of my favorite things as well as some things on my own wish list.
Books are the best way to pass the time while in transit, snuggled up by a mountainside fire, or relaxing on the beach! My favorite genres are autobiographies, memoirs, travel and other non-fiction. Travel guides are a great tool for brushing up on the culture you’re visiting – I also recommend a language book for anyone traveling to non-English speaking countries.
Every avid traveler needs a great camera! Depending on how savvy your friend or loved one is behind the lens, and what they like to photograph, these cameras are my recommendations! My GoPro Hero4 caught some great tide pool video in Costa Rica. The kit lenses that come with the Nikon D3200 are pretty great and very versatile. I used a 50mm as well as a 10-24mm while touring Savannah this October. The Fuji Instax is so much fun for creating candid travel albums while the Pentax K1000 is a great tool for snapping artistic details.
Since Ben challenged me to pack 10 days worth of needs into 1 backpack, I have approached packing and picking travel luggage much differently! Not only is a great carry on important, but a well organized travel wallet is essential for keeping items safe, secure and easy to grab when asked.
I always say a great airport experience is the best way to start a trip on the right foot! Slip on shoes, a water bottle or coffee mug, comfortable attire and other helpful goodies make for a great care package. I personally asked Santa for a backup charger, great headphones and a fun travel journal to take notes.
Airport style isn’t only important to women. Guys care about comfort and ease while jetsetting as well! My husband always has a hat and his easy-off skate shoes while my father-in-law has found a versatile phone case and great headphones essential for travel.
I hope you found these holiday gift ideas helpful. I certainly look forward to seeing a few of these items under my tree! Do you have any great ideas for gifts this holiday season? Please share them in the comments so we can all share the helpful tips!