Well, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and naturally that means we’re low-key panicking over finding the perfect gift for our nearest and dearest. Seeking something thoughtful for the travel-lovers in your inner circle? We’ve rounded up some terrific ideas that’ll have have them saying “Aw, you shouldn’t have”… in a good way.
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Try The World subscription
Perfect for the foodies in your life, Try the World is a subscription service that delivers special goodie-filled boxes relating to a new destination each month – think pistachio cream from Italy, couscous from Morocco and olive spread from Argentina.
Helping you to create dishes at home inspired by your travels, this creative group will make your mid-week dinners a little more exciting.
The Bucket List Book: 1000 Adventures Big & Small
Bucket lists – whether you write them down on paper or have a working-draft in your head, we all have them. Available from YellowOctopus, The Bucket List Book: 1000 Adventures Big & Small is filled with amazing experiences that you’ll definitely add to your own checklist.
Caution – with things like ninja training in Japan and cruising the Galapagos listed, this book promises to give anyone who reads it a serious case of wanderlust.
With the tagline ‘leave it better than you found it’, Parks Project has won us over. Stocking everything from hoodies and funky lapel pins to chic printed artworks, the group donates its funds directly to backlogged projects in America’s incredible National Parks.
Got a friend who’s recently visited Joshua Tree? Is your dad still talking about his ’80s Yosemite camping trip? Check out their super-cool items for a gift that, well, keeps on giving.
Scrubba Air Sleeve from Calibre8
Know someone who’s all about practicality and often travels for work? Racking your brains trying to think of something they’ll actually want? Introducing, the Scrubba Air Sleeve from Australian company Calibre8.
A versatile inflatable sleeve for your laptop or tablet that protects from minor bumps, this clever gift also doubles as a travel pillow – great for catching some sleep on a layover. Smart stuff.
We can’t get enough of this brilliant Australian boutique. Working with a family-run block print house, the ethical fashion social enterprise Saheli Women in rural Rajasthan and home-based sewers in Bali, Tulasii stocks exquisite decor and accessories with a focus on slow fashion.
Loved by in-the-know travellers, the boutique’s block scarves are a fabulous wardrobe essential (they also work beautifully as a head scarf), while their uber-soft cotton robes make ‘lounging around’ utterly luxurious. Seeking a present for your decor-loving mum? Tulasii’s photographic art prints and Moroccan floor cushions are sure to put you in her good books.
Chuchka round towels
If you ask us, a holiday often means a trip (or three) to the beach. So, treat the surf-and-sand-lover in your life with one of Chuchka’s stylish round beach towels – very on-trend.
Available from Australian boutique Zanui, these beauties come in a range of playful designs and are made from plush cotton. Check that boho-chic tassel trim!
Dual-head jade roller from Indagare Natural Beauty
You know when you touch down after a long-haul flight and your skin just feels so dry and gross? Helping to increase circulation, clear fluid and puffiness, promote lymphatic drainage and enhance skin radiance, Indagare Natural Beauty’s jade rollers will have you feeling – and looking – like you’ve just stepped out of a day spa.
Wonder how it works? Simply roll the beauty tool over your facial muscles (the smaller head is great for the eye area) to feel blissfully relaxed and rejuvenated. Hand-crafted and featuring the highest quality jade, it’s an essential for your suitcase or carry-on.
Scratch Off Travel Map from Gyrofish
A fun gift for your intrepid friends, the Scratch Off Travel Map from Gyrofish will certainly look impressive on their wall.
They’ll show off their travel-credit when they scratch off the destinations they’ve visited and reveal the ones to add to their must-see list – you know, just in case they needed any ideas for their next trip. Helpful links: Try The World // Yellow Octopus // Parks Project // Scrubba by Calibre8 // Tulasii // Zanui // Indagare Natural Beauty // Gyrofish
Thinking of escaping to somewhere romantic? Find plenty of inspiration and beautiful places to stay here…
Image courtesy of Tulasii, Yellow Octopus, Calibre8, Zanui, Indagare Natural Beauty and Gyrofish, and sourced via www.facebook.com/pg/TryTheWorldBox/ and www.parksproject.us/