Each holiday season triggers a worry in some as to what to gift their friends and loved ones. For the traveler on your list, you might turn to the wealth of gift guides out there to steer you in the right direction. Having clicked on these articles and browsed through their selections, I have found that the shopper must still be cautious with those travel themed gift guides. One size does not fit all in the travel department. To avoid getting gifts for the nomad on your list that won’t suit their wandering soul, practice these tips as your peruse those travel themed gift guides.
Think Practical Luxury, Not Just Practical: Every traveler might need packing cubes or a travel wallet, but they don’t always make for the best gifts. A travel themed gift can be practical but it should also be something that the travelers on your list wouldn’t necessarily buy themselves. Gifts that make travel all the more luxurious such as a plush airplane comfort kit or high-end travel sized products will help the traveler on your list but also give them something they wouldn’t necessarily call practical or buy normally for their travels.
Know Your Traveler: Before you can even buy the traveler on your list a travel related present, you need to know what type of adventurer they are. Are they more of a budget traveler or a flashpacker type adventurer? Each type of traveler might have different needs and wishes. Not all of the items on those travel themed gift guides are geared toward a universal traveler. Before you click purchase, you must consider if the gift will fit into how your traveler roams. For example, a gift card to a luxury hotel chain might sound like a nice gift but for the backpacker who prefers offbeat hostels, they might benefit more from some type of travel gear more suited to the hostel lifestyle.
Purchase Suitcases With Caution: Luggage often sounds like the ultimate gift for the traveler on your list. However, selecting a suitcase for an adventurer can be a shot in the dark. Not everyone prefers a rolling suitcase to a backpack or vice versa. Also the nomad on your list might have special needs in terms of compartments and durability. Rather than going with a big ticket suitcase, small bags for weekend trips or day excursions might make for more useful and appreciated gifts that don’t need to be returned later.
Memory Saving Gifts Can Be More Meaningful Than Travel Gear: Gift guides aimed at travelers can often be more about the gear needed for the act of travel. Gift givers often neglect the gifts that help the traveler record and remember their adventures. From journals to glossy photo books put together of previous travel snapshots, the wanderer on your list will appreciate such a gift that helps them record and remember those precious moments on the road.
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