My Christmas wish list and perfect presents for travel lovers

CHRISTMASLooking for the perfect Christmas gift for a travel lover? Read on for unique and affordable gifts they’ll love…

For the first time in my life I’m actually feeling pretty organised about Christmas. Lots of my presents are bought and even wrapped already and I’ve sent my Christmas list to Santa. (I know this sounds ridiculously organised but over the next few months I’ll be moving house not once but twice and I’m busy being pregnant too).

Little tip: When someone asks you what you’d like for Christmas just tell them! It’s easier for everyone involved and there’s never any awkward requests for receipts.

But sometimes you genuinely don’t know what you want or you’d like to buy someone a great surprise. So here are some unique gift ideas for people who love to travel.


Flytographer – $250 – $650

Best for: Someone who has a special holiday coming up (big trips, honeymoons and first family holidays)

Flytographer is a vacation photography service and is basically the best idea ever. When you’re travelling, or even when you’re in your home city, you can be joined by a professional photographer who will take photos of you in your destination.

Anyone who is sick of taking selfies or is usually the person stuck behind the camera will understand why this is so awesome.

You’ll get some great shots of you and your family or friends and your photography may even show you some unique sights.

Some of my blogging buddies have tried Flytographer and got gorgeous shots. Check out Jayne’s over on Girl Tweets World and Beverley’s on Pack Your Passport.

Flytographer - christmas gift for travellers

Bargain Ski Gear – £79.99

Best for: Someone hitting the slopes for the first time

This is an absolute bargain for anyone going skiing this year. Mountain Warehouse have a ski gear bundle for men, women and kids. For £80 you get your ski pants, jacket, hat, gloves and socks.

I paid over £150 for my jacket alone so you’re going to look super generous if buy this for someone as a gift!


Bargain ski kit

Magazine Subscription – From about £15 – £25

Best for: Anyone!

This really is the gift that keeps on giving. Give someone a magazine subscription to their favourite magazine and they’ll get it every month for a whole year. What’s not to love about that!?

Present hack: When you subscribe to most magazines you’ll get both a print copy and a digital copy for your tablet or phone. If you’re buying for someone who doesn’t want/need both copies then you’ve got a little present for yourself too. Call me a cheapskate but don’t let that extra copy go to waste!

 Selfie Stick -£4.50

Best for: Solo travellers

Just 6 months ago I was laughing at people for using selfie sticks. How ridiculous do they look? And then I tried one and selfies have never been the same again.

Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t deny that your selfies look way better when you use a selfie stick. You might feel like an idiot but you’ll thank yourself in 10 years time when you’ve got photo evidence to prove you really did visit the Great Wall of China.


Home Cooking Kit – Monthly Spice Box – From £19.95

Best for: Foodies

Recreate your favourite dishes from abroad with a home cooking kit. You buy it in a subscription from The Spicery and when you’d like to use it you select what you’d like to cook and they send the fresh spices and instructions to your home.

I bought this for my boyfriend a few months ago. Now that I’m pregnant and we’re saving for a house we’re not eating out as much so it’s a fun way to make Friday nights in a little less depressing.


Personalised Camera Strap – £47.50

Best for: Snappy happy travellers

Travel and photography go hand in hand and most frequent travellers these days have a DSLR camera. Make your camera a little more special and unique with a personalized leather strap.

Sam had this one made for my birthday with ‘The Travel Hack’ inscribed in it. I love it and people always comment on it when they spot it on my shoulder. It’s from Magpie Accessories and they have loads of great gift ideas. It doesn’t look quite so pristine these days but I like the worn leather look it’s developing.



Snapfish Personalised Calendar – £9.99

Best for: A budget buy for your family Choosing 12 photos to go on the calendar is the hard part but once you’ve found them this makes a great gift!


 Daily Greatness Journal – £34.95

Best for: Goal setters and motivation seekers

OK, this one isn’t really travel specific but I love it so much I had to include it on the list. This motivational journal is unlike a traditional diary as you make goals and set plans to ensure you achieve them. It encourages you to spend 5 minutes each morning and evening thinking about what you really want to get out of the day and then what you feel like you did well. I’ve made this sound a bit like a grad scheme workbook but it really is a beautiful journal. Daily Greatness also have them for training and yoga.

My @dailygreatness journal has arrived! This is the most beautiful, inspiring and creative daily planner I’ve ever owned. I was going to save it until 2015 but I don’t think I can wait! Here’s what it says on the back cover: How we start our days determines how we spend our days. How we spend each day determines our future. What, then, is more important than beginning and ending each day with clear intentions. A positive focused mind and conscious reflection? RIGHT NOW, in this present moment with your current thoughts, you are creating your future. What’s it going to look like? Success is the sum of small actions repeated daily. What we practice we embody, what we embody we become. Daily greatness awaken + become. Because your life matters. A photo posted by Monica Stott (@thetravelhack) on

Artis Make-up Brushes – from £20

Best for: Girly travellers

All girly girls love make-up and I’ve fallen in love with these Artis make-up brushes. My make-up gets wrecked really quickly because I’m constantly travelling with it and it gets thrown around my bag. I’ll have a shimmery blusher explosion and and I feel like my life is covered in glitter for months.

These brushes are unusual because they’re a different shape to the ones I normally use. They’re gorgeously soft, great for application and the mirrored side means they’re better protected against bumps and bashes as you travel. I have the Elite Mirror 3 Brush Set and I love them. They are pricey at £60 but they make all the difference.

artis makeup brushes

Inateck Wireless Speaker – £89.99

Best for: Music lovers

There’s nothing better than chilling out on the beach, by the pool or in your hotel room while listening to your favourite tunes. Gone are the days where you need to play your music through the tinny speakers of your smartphone as many people now travel with portable speakers. This wireless Inateck bluetooth speaker is great for travellers as it has 10 hours of battery life and the sturdy design means it can take some knocks without being damaged. For less than £90 the sound quality is amazing and the lightweight design means you’ll barely notice it in your luggage.



Hot Air Balloon Ride – from £109

Best for: The awkward person who has everything

And finally, we all know someone who is just impossible to buy for so an ‘experience gift’ is your best bet. There are lots out there but a hot air balloon ride is a gorgeous gift that would appeal to virtually everyone. Virgin Balloon Flights have over 100 locations to choose from in the UK so it will be easy to get to no matter where you live. I think it’s a bargain at £109 but it’s still quite a pricey present so could be the kind of present you club together to buy.

Virgin Balloon Flight

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? Let us know in the comments below and then subtly forward this post on to your loved ones!

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • V
    November 17, 2014

    Flytographer? Brilliant idea!! I love it because I am totally that person who’s always behind the camera.

    Great ideas!


  • November 17, 2014

    Flytographer gets my vote! I love love love love them and always use them wherever I go (and where they have a location!)

  • November 17, 2014

    Great minds think alike! I published my ‘Perfect Christmas Presents for Travellers’ list this morning too (though I’m obviously a lot more greedy/giving – I’m not sure which – as mine is a bit longer!). There are so many great gifts out there.

    I love the journal idea. It’s a nice twist on the usual travel notebooks. Flytographer is a really good idea too. X

  • November 17, 2014

    Love the daily greatness journal- sounds amazing.

    I still laugh at selfie sticks but have yet to try one! Maybe it’ll change my mind.

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

  • November 17, 2014

    Personally if I had to choose a present for myself I like the idea of receiving the “Daily Greatness Journal”, I hope Dale is reading this comment too 😉

  • November 17, 2014

    Monica – Thank you for featuring us in your Christmas wish list! We are so honoured!!

    Founder, Flytographer

  • November 18, 2014

    Flytographer is way cool! And I love the idea of a magazine subscription. Growing up, my grandma bought us National Geographic every year and I just didn’t appreciate it as a kid! That was seriously the best thing ever!

  • November 18, 2014

    I love that the selfie stick is on here! Ridiculous and embarrassing, yes, but also so useful!

  • November 18, 2014

    I do love that camera strap and Flytographer is fantastic – I’m always behind the camera so have few shots of me on my travels.

  • Hannie-Lou
    November 18, 2014

    That journal looks like the sweetest thing!!! Now to send this list to eeeeeeeeveryone I know 🙂 x

  • November 19, 2014

    I love this list! Between your list and Samantha Brown’s lists, you really can’t go wrong. I had not heard of some of these things which makes it even BETTER!

  • November 19, 2014

    I love the Flytographer idea!

  • November 19, 2014

    I am obsessed with the personalize camera strap and adding it to my list-thank you!

  • November 20, 2014

    Some great gift ideas! I’ve just bought (sorry, I mean Santa has just bought) a selfie stick for my husband as he loves a fun selfie and it will be easier to just snap a quick photo of ourselves rather than finding someone to ask 🙂

  • November 23, 2014

    Monica I’m so glad you put selfie stick in here haha ! need one!!!!

  • Lauren McGuire
    November 24, 2014

    Great list for travel lover, I like the idea of personalised calender. We can choose memorable moment of our life to print on each page.

    • January 6, 2015

      Hi Lauren – glad you liked the personalised calendar. Did you manage to order one yet? Snapfish UK

  • November 28, 2014

    What an awesome list! I have not heard of flytographer before but what an amazing idea! You’d come away with photos and memories that are so much more meaningful than the usual tourist snapshots. Happy holidays!

  • December 3, 2014

    Not ANY magazine subscription, only The National Geographic 😉

  • December 5, 2014

    These gift ideas are fantastic! I am in love with that personalized camera strap, so classy! I need to share that one with my hubby! 🙂

  • December 9, 2014

    I think I need that Daily Greatness Journal. Nice find!

  • December 12, 2014

    I really enjoyed my day with Flytographer, they were so great – thank you for including me in this Monica! 🙂

  • December 17, 2015

    Beautiful selection. Especially the personalised camera strap. I love personal and unique gifts!
    I also found some inspirations for those who are looking for gifts for travel lovers I would love to share on Baltic Muse.


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