Can you believe that Christmas is almost here again!? Each year it sneaks up on me (which is probably why this post is going up later than I’d like)! Luckily, I’ve got plenty of travel gift ideas after spending the past few years trying, testing and collecting accessories. The great thing about Christmas in Australia is that travel gifts also work as the perfect summer holiday pieces. Last year, I focused on Etsy gifts which are great for supporting local creatives. This year, I’m mixing basics for days at the beach with hard-working items for long haul travel. If you need stylish gift ideas for female travellers this is where to find them…
1. CROSSBODY BAG
A crossbody bag is the most versatile bag a traveller can own. The compact size makes them easy to take anywhere, with enough room for daily essentials. If you’re unsure about the recipient’s personal style grab a neutral shade with an adjustable strap.
The Santorini Crossbody Bag from Wanderers Travel Co.
2. FRAMES AND PRINTS
Printing and framing travel photos is the most beautiful way to cherish travel memories. These days it’s easy to let your pics sit on the camera roll for eternity without appreciating them. Gifting a voucher for an Instagram printing services is an easy way for your hashtagging bestie to print her shots! My pick is Social Print Studio whose print quality I’ve been really happy with in the past. If you’d prefer to give them something tangible, Country Road has a great collection of classic frames that won’t date.
Alder poster frame from Country Road.
3. IN-FLIGHT TREATMENTS
Every long-haul traveller has read about the benefits of applying a nourishing mask mid-flight. However, they’re often expensive and end up way down the bottom of the travel budget. Enter, the perfect gift idea. My pick for avoiding the scary sheet-mask look is a cream option. This one from Herbivore Botanicals focuses on exfoliating the skin to reveal a post-flight glow. It’s easy on your wallet too :)
Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask from Herbivore Botanicals.
4. FLAT BEACH BAG
Straw bags are still having a huge moment but they aren’t practical for packing in a suitcase. Flat bags, like rope and raffia and macrame styles are much more travel friendly. The reason I’ve listed a beach bag on my list is because they can double as market/shopping bags when you’re elsewhere. My go-to brand is Dharma Door for their range of woven and full-coverage styles. Plus, each bag is handmade by skilled artisans in Bangladesh.
Jumbo Hemp String Bag from Dharma Door.
5. BEACH PILLOW
Okay, so serious beach goers will definitely have this on their wish list. The inflatable beach pillow packs flat and comes with a comfy cover for lounging. The Beach People offer beautiful designs and colours which make the perfect picnic accessory too.
Wander Beach Cushion from The Beach People.
6. JEWELLERY CASE
Jewellery is always a compromise when packing. Either you take a hard case which is too big, or limit your pieces and stuff them into a pouch. Well Mimco has recently answered my packing prayers with a compact and protective jewellery case made for travel. The different compartments house earrings, rings and bigger items like bangles. It’s a bit of a splurge but well worth it for the woman who can’t part with those statement earrings.
Phenomena Jewel Box from Mimco.
7. FRANK HOLIDAY KITS
Frank body is my go-to scrub when traveling. I’ve written two reviews previously, including their limited edition travel scrubs. Now, just in time for Christmas, they’ve released the Twice as Fun kit. It includes two mini scrubs of your choice to slip in the suitcase. These are great, both for prepping fake tan in summer and soothing dry skin in winter. With change from $20 they make a great stocking filler.
Twice as Fun kit from Frank Body.
I hope from this list you’ve taken away a few gift ideas for the wanderer in your life. I love finding practical pieces that can make life easier abroad. And who doesn’t love receiving an excuse to book that next trip? If you’ve had a favourite travel find over the years please share it below so I can check it out some more gift ideas.