Another year, another Holiday Gift Guide! 2020 is coming to an end, finally, and gift-giving is on everyone’s minds. This guide is full of fun and unique gifts that are sure to brighten the holiday season.
Holiday Gift Guide 2020
JBL Portable Speaker
I’m staying positive for 2021 and stating that we’re all getting out of the house more! With that I’m going to kick off my 2020 Holiday Gift Guide with a JBL Portable Speaker. I’ve had a JBL for several years now and love it! We take it with us almost everywhere and the charge lasts for several days. If you have a music lover on the go on your holiday shopping list get this!
Subscription to FabFitFun
This year I became OBSESSED with the podcast, True Crime Obsessed, as a result they introduced me to FabFitFun and I’m in love!
FabFitFun is unlike any other subscription box I’ve ever gotten because you get stuff you actually want AND you get to customize it! It comes seasonally, so you get give it as a gift for 1 season or all 4. I don’t know a single person that gets it and doesn’t fall in love.
I love giving handmade gifts and Etsy is my go-to place to find them! I recently purchased this Bathtub Caddy for my boyfriend’s Dad for Christmas. It might sound weird, but he recently remodeled his bathroom and he’s going to be over the moon when he gets this.
It’s SUPER sturdy and I love the built in wine glass and book holders.
Plus after the year we’ve all had, everyone deserves a nice warm bath!
A Subscription to Babbel
Learning a new language can be hard, but with Babbel isn’t fun and easy! I got a subscription to Babbel last Christmas and I’m getting better and better at speaking Spanish every day.
With over 10 languages to choose from including French, German, Italian, and Russian this is a great gift for any avid traveler.
Scratch off Map of the World
A scratch off map of the world is one of those gifts that most travelers aren’t going to buy for themselves, but would love to have. They’re so much fun and with a glass-less frame can be displayed on a wall. I received one a few years ago and love coming home from an adventure to scratch off the countries I’ve been to.
Zero Waste Home Kit
This is the perfect gift for a friend or family member who is starting out on their journey to reduce plastic. This zero waste kit has everything they’ll need to turn their home into an eco-friendly space
In this kit you’ll find:
- Bamboo cutlery set (knife, fork, spoon, straw and cleaner in a cotton pouch)
- Organic cotton string shopping bag (green)
- Large organic cotton drawstring reusable produce bag (26 x 40cm)
- Shampoo bar (vegan, three scents to choose from)
- Battle Green travel tin (fits the shampoo bar)
- Bamboo toothbrush (with 100% bio-based bristles)
- Battle Green bamboo toothbrush travel case
- Vegan natural deodorant balm in an eco-friendly push up card tube (three scents to choose from)
- Natural loofah exfoliating body sponge
- 200 Bamboo cotton buds
Chunky Knit Blanket
Winter can get pretty chilly, at least it does where I live and because of that I’ve added this to my Christmas list and now I think everyone needs a Chunky Knit Blanket. It is the ultimate Netflix binge accessory.
Grayl GeoPress Water Purifier
Raise your hand if you hate plastic water bottles. *raises hand* I sure d! I recently discovered this awesome water purifier perfect for travelers because you can get water from anywhere and make it safe to drink with the Grayl GeoPress Water Purifier.
The GeoPress protects from:
- global waterborne pathogens (virus, bacteria, protozoan cysts)
- heavy metals
Give this to a friend or family member and they’ll never have to buy another plastic water bottle again!
Forky “I’m Trashed” Wine Glass
If this gift doesn’t say 2020, I don’t know what does! I’m not saying we were all trashed this year, but Wine O’Clock definitely happened.
We all have that one friend that can relate (I have several) and probably loves Toy Story too. If you know someone like that, get them this Forky “I’m Trashed” wine glass, it’ll be a hit!
RFID Blocking Travel Passport Wallet
RFID stands for radio frequency identification. Objects like credit cards as most passports issued after 2006 have RFID chips in them. Someone can scan your chip through your pocket or backpack with the right equipment. I have an RFID wallet, but it’s almost time to get a new one and I’ve got my eye on this because of the size. It can fit everything I need while traveling inside; passport, credit cards, cash, and plane tickets. It’s not overly bulky to take up tons of room in a bag, but it’s not going to get lost at the bottom of it either.
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Believe it or not, I’m not the only person left in the world that gets their travel inspiration from books. In fact, I see 1,000 Places to See Before you Die pretty often in homes of traveler friends, and there is one on my bookshelf too.
In its pages you’ll find some of the most spectacular places to visit around the world; some you’ve probably heard of and others that are lesser-known, but should be visited nonetheless. This book is perfect for that work gift exchange or Yankee swap you have no idea what to bring to.
A Southwest Airline Gift Card
Did you really think we were going to get through this Holiday Gift Guide without having an airline gift card? If I’m flying domestic or to the Caribbean, I’m probably on Southwest unless I’m using airline miles. Southwest Airlines is inexpensive, timely, and if you’re lucky and have a hilarious cabin crew – which they usually do – the safety briefing is so funny! This is a great gift that any traveler would love to receive.
ENOs Double Nester Hammock
Hammock life is the best life and if you don’t agree with me on this, I’m sorry but we can’t be friends. A few years ago I bought my boyfriend a ENOs double nester hammock (OK it was more like a gift for both of us, but don’t tell him that) and he loves it. Small enough to throw in a weekend getaway bag and it can be set up anywhere. We always bring it when we go camping.
Holiday Gift Guide: North Face Base Camp Duffel
Know a traveler that needs a bag that will last forever? The North Face Base Camp Duffel is that bag. I received this as a gift over 8 years ago and trust me when I tell you that I’ve put it through the ringer. Not only is it waterproof, but it converts between a duffel and a backpack for easy carrying. I have the medium and if compressed enough it can fit in the overhead compartment as a carry on depending on the size of the plane and airline requirements. It comes in all different colors and ranges in size from extra small to extra-extra large.
An Experience on Living Social
Whenever I get to a new city I check out Living Social. They have everything on there from local events to cooking classes. I’ve used Living Social all over the U.S. and have found amazing things to do and they even have a section dedicated to travel! The best part is, even if they’re not going somewhere they can use it close to home. A Living Social experience is a great gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list.
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GoPros are the ultimate adventure camera. Whether you’re taking stills or video, they’ll get the job done. Small and compacted they’re perfect for the minimalist traveler. With plenty of accessories that will mount the camera to your helmet, bike handlebars, wrist, and then some you’re sure to get the perfect shot. This gift will be a huge hit.
Holiday Gift Guide: Packing Cubes
I’m a hot mess when it comes to packing. It all starts off organized, then 2 days in it looks like a bomb went off and my stuff is everywhere. Packing cubes help. For the hot mess I am they don’t fix the problem, but I know they help out lots of people. With so many different sizes and colors you’ll find something for every traveler.
Fuji Instax Camera
I got a Fuji Instax camera for Christmas last year and I LOVE IT! It takes me back to the time of Polarods! I take it on all of my adventures and have some adorable shots because of it. They come in all different colors and are super fun having around friends and family. Mine may or may not be the color avocado.
Osprey FlapJill Courier Bag
The Osprey Flapjill Courier bag is my everyday Nanny bag. It’s big enough to fit everything I need for myself and all the little extras I carry for the kiddos. I also use it as my carry-on and as a weekend bag. With all the pockets it’s perfect for things I need to carry on me, but might not need every second. It has a water bottle holder on the side to fit my Nalgene and a small pocket right at the top under the handle to fit small items.
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Holiday Gift Guide: Hotels.com Gift Cards
Accommodations are one of the most expensive aspects of any trip. Why not give the gift of lodging? A Hotels.com gift card is perfect for the traveler in your life you don’t know what to get. I says, “I love you enough to support your travel addiction”, what more could a traveler want?
Holiday Gift Guide: Travel Journal
Every traveler needs a travel journal. I firmly believe writing down ones experiences, even for non-writers, helps process what we’ve seen and helps us go back and relive important moments and memories. This journal gives great prompts to help you document your trip and is small and compact for easy packing.
Travel + Leisure Magazine Subscription
I don’t usually get magazines, but my Cousin has gotten me a subscription to Travel + Leisure for the past couple of years and I’ll admit, I love getting it in the mail. With all the junk mail I receive it’s like getting a travel pick me up every month. I pick up some ideas for trips and even though I can’t afford most of the experiences in the magazine, the travel inspiration makes my day a little brighter.
Ticket Stub Diary
I’m not big on souvenirs and I usually don’t print out photos, but I do keep my tickets stubs in this Ticket Stub Diary. It would be so nice to have them all organized with dates to look back on. It would be a great way to share your travels with the ones you love. At least thats what I picture in my head.
Holiday Gift Guide: Luci Light
I LOVE my Luci Light! According to the MPowered website, “We want to empower the three billion people around the world who still live without reliable access to electricity,” and thus was born the Luci Light. Not only do I love the reason it was invented, the product itself is amazing. It inflates and deflates when I need it to. It’s compact and doesn’t rely on batteries. I hang it from my backpack during the day and it has plenty of power for when the sun goes down.