Hello to all of you treasure hunters out there who are looking for those unique travel gifts for her on her travels!
Whether she’s your best friend, your daughter, your sister or your lover (ooh la la), this list will guide you in the right direction to what she will be ecstatic to receive.
Is she an off-the-beaten-path backpacker, a luxury city-weekender, a fast-paced jet-setter or an Instagram-picture-hunting voyager?
Within this gift guide, there’s unique gifts for travellers of all kinds.
I have been travelling solo for 8 years and tried and tested many different gadgets, gizmos and travel products. Some of them have totally failed; others have become firm staples on my essential packing list that I won’t leave home without.
Gifts for the dreamers and knowledge-hunters
First up, gifts for the ladies who are day-dreaming and want to start travelling!
Talking of Audible…If paperbacks are something your girl traveller does not want to be carrying around, how about an Audible subscription? When I’m on the bus, I get travel sick too easily to be able to read (bleurgh) so this is when audio books become a godsend.
Travel journal + waterproof pens
The old-school traveller in me still can’t help but carry a travel journal around with me. There’s something about putting pen to paper which makes me so happy. Whether I’m jotting my ideas down for the next Teacake article, scribbling a golden quote from a local, or quickly sketching a scene to capture a precious moment, my journal is there.
Paper is paper, and we all have our own style. I recommend you look through journals on Amazon to unearth the book that is going to strike a chord with her.
Don’t forget to complete the gift by popping some waterproof pens in there. There’s nothing worse then what you have written down disappearing after spilling Vietnamese coffee on it or accidentally getting into a precarious boat.
Unique electronic gifts for the techies
There’s some technology, gadgets and gizmos that I cannot live without on my travels. Here are my top favourites!
Skyroam Portable WiFi
I’ve been using portable 24/7 WiFi for the past 2 years and it has changed my travelling life. When I was driving from the UK all the way to Mongolia (and back) for 5 months straight, having Skyroam in my pocket meant that I could still be connected to friends, family and you lovely readers wherever I was (yes…it even worked in the desert sometimes!).
I’m not going to guarantee that it is going to work everywhere (check where she’s travelling and see if Skyroam cover it) but for most of the time, Skyroam do a blimin’ good job.
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For the organised chicks
If you want to help her get her life in order for the road like a pro, these are my favourite things to keep the balance!
Dashlane Password manager and VPN
I can’t believe that only a couple of months ago, I wasn’t using a Password Manager. I had the SAME password for most things (#idiot). Even worse, I used one document to note down all the other passwords I had. A document which wasn’t secure and an absolute liability if it got into the wrong hands.
It wasn’t until I started getting weird emails from hotels and experiences on TripAdvisor, thanking me for staying with them (no I was not in Vietnam this year – how the hell did you think it was me that was staying with you?) – that I knew I had to tighten up my security ASAP.
For the love of this crazy digital world; buy her the gift of a password manager.
Dashlane enable me to have a different password for everything I use now. They also have a kickass app which I use everyday to access passwords on the go on my phone. The app also includes a secure area for notes, a VPN, and a password generator. I bloody love it.
Peak Design or Osprey Backpack
Every backpacking girl needs the right backpack.
I’ve been testing and trying out many over the years. I was using Cabin Zero (which is great for girls on a budget) but when I went hiking in Pakistan, their backpack simply didn’t cut it.
My current favourite backpack for a city or weekend break is by Peak Design and if you’re going hiking or trekking, it’s gotta be an Osprey backpack. Read on to find out why I think they’re the best.
I also love the hipbelt pockets. They’re ace for giving me easy access to my mobile phone, GoPro and tissues (why do I always get a runny nose when I hike?!). It has an integrated raincover too.
I’ve dragged it through sun, rain and snow. It works. 100% Teacake seal of approval.
Going away for a weekend, city break and want something that you can throw into cabin with you when you jet off to your next destination? I’ve been trying out the weatherproof Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack for a couple of months now and I love it!
*Psst, it’s also ace for photographers!
It expands from 35L to 45L in one quick motion and has access from all the angles you want it to. I can easily get to my laptop at the front, reach into the secure pocket at the top to grab my essentials, or just open it all up at once swiftly to grab that *one* item you think you won’t have to get out of the bag, but always do.
If you want to check it in at the airport, the shoulder straps and hip belt can easily be tucked away securely.
And when you need to pull it off the conveyer belt or out of the cabin above you, this backpack has handles on it in places that will make you say, ‘Why didn’t any other backpack designer think of that?’
For ultimate travel self-care
All adventure chicks need to look after themselves – her are some brilliant gifts to make sure she is taking care of her wellbeing.
Girls Kick Ass Self-Defence online course
I studied Jiu Jitsu for 3 months straight to learn how to protect myself on the road. Turns out that I’ve unfortunately had to use those Jiu Jitsu moves whilst travelling.
For the ultimate self-care gift and reassurance for yourself, gift her with self-defence lessons online. The Girls Kick Ass Self-Defence is brilliant and one that I personally recommend.
How to Skyrocket your self-esteem in 30 days book
Fun fact of the day: I used to work in the UK National Health Service as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. Put simply, if you were feeling depressed, stressed, anxious or low in self-esteem, you would be referred to me!
I’ve put all my experience and knowledge into this handy, straight-forward and easy-to-understand eBook to build her self-esteem and confidence. She’ll be skyrocketing her self-esteem in 21 days like a pro.
She will learn how to be assertive, say no confidently, believe in her own abilities and have the courage to make friends easily.
World Nomads Travel Insurance
If she is thinking about travelling without travel insurance – please get some for her. Throughout my 8 years of travel, I have personally seen and heard some real horror stories of people getting into accidents, having their gear stolen, or falling ill – and not having any travel insurance to cover it. It’s just not worth the risk.
When I was in hospital for 2 weeks in Russia, you can bet that I was thankful as ever that I had invested in travel insurance with World Nomads. They saved me.
For the girls who want to look awesome
Who says adventure clothes have to be all-purpose and no-fashion? Check out these awesome threads and shoes below!
Teacake T-Shirts, Hoodies and Tote Bags
Teacake Travels is THE kickass solo female adventure travel blog for women! To celebrate all things girl power, I’ve got my own Teacake merchandise woohoo! It’s for men and women, and includes kickass t-shirts, hoodies and tote bags.
Do you speak English?
Many first-time travellers worry about how they are going to communicate with locals when they both do not speak the same language. Here’s what she can do.
Point It: Traveller’s Language Kit
This super cute and nifty Point It Traveller’s Language Kit is spot on! It has everything you need to communicate by pointing to pictures including food, accommodation, health and facts about yourself. Plus, it’s the perfect stocking filler if you’re here for Xmas shopping!
Here’s another nifty way for her to start learning the local language! Lingo have these different sets of cards with key phrases and questions on each one. Each pack can be used literally as a flashcard study pack…or you can multitask and play card games with the locals whilst trying out the language there and then.
I think Lingo’s cards are super fun and a lovely mini gift for Christmas! They come in Japanese, German, Italian, French and Spanish.
One-on-one online language lessons
For the ladies out there, who are serious about learning the language of the country they are travelling to, one-on-one lessons online are the absolute best. She will be able to study with a local who is skilled in teaching, and really pick up the correction pronunciation, intonation and those slang words that only the locals know! I have tried some French lessons with Rype and I like them a lot.
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For the travel girls back at home
After 4 years of teaching English abroad and another 4 years of being nomadic on the road, I have finally decided to start adulting (eek). I’ve moved to Leeds in the UK and I am a very happy lady so far!
I have my own bed, I get to meet people that I’m likely to see again, my self-care routine has skyrocketed and bless them, my parents are finally seeing me more than twice a year.
What do you get a girl who travels part-time, is taking a break or wants to start laying down some roots?
Pin Adventures Canvas Map
People keep asking me how many countries I’ve been to. Truth be told, I have never counted until now! I have always been chasing the experiences, not the numbers, but with my new Pin Adventures Map on the wall, the total is 44. May not seem a lot for 8 years – but I’m a quality over quantity kinda girl.
This map is reminding me of what I’ve achieved so far, and what my travel goals are for the future! I’m currently rocking the pink World Map Canvas with 2018 Pantone® colors on my wall.
For the girl who has it all
If you are feeling at a complete loss as what to buy and none of the above unique gifts are catching your eye – do not fear. Let’s play it safe and go for the good old win-win gift card.
Amazon Gift Card
Let her choose what she wants from Amazon, and it will be shipped right to her doorstep.
What unique travel gift for her are you gonna get?
There’s 30 awesome travel gifts listed above. Hopefully one has grabbed your attention and you’re all set!
Do you have any of the above already? Are they living up to your expectations? Do you have a gift which would be perfect to add to this list? Comment below!
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