If you’re shopping for someone who loves travelling, here is my ultimate gift guide, perfect for those who are travellers at heart. Of course, there are so many options out there, but these are definitely some of my favourites.
Eco-Pillow Covers are the ideal travel hack that will give you more space to pack. The Case Closed Eco-Pillow covers come in an array of designs and colours, they are reversible (printed on both sides) and above that, they’re also super cuddly while helping to free up some space in your hand luggage. They are 40cm x 28cm in size, secure with a zip and provide additional space for soft, bulky items. Or, choose to purchase the inner pillow, which most airlines won’t count as luggage. It attaches easily to your luggage with a small strap that slides over the bag trolley handle. You can also buy it as part of a set, which includes a matching suitcase cover. Shop here.
A pair of sneakers is the one thing I can’t travel without, which is why it’s only natural for me to add two options in this gift guide. These sneakers from Fitflop are ideal for airport strides, as well as for trendy outings along the Stellenbosch Wine Route.
Or, ignite that special someone’s wanderlust with sneakers from Cole Haan. A mix between precision engineering, heritage craft details and old-school style, the GrandPro Wellesley Runner Sneaker is the perfect pair of sneakers for a fashion-conscious traveller.
Speaking of this exceptional brand (with a shop at Sandton City), they also have some great tote bags worth looking at if you’re looking for a special gift for a special traveller. Check out their Essentials Tote Bag here.
The Crossbody bag from Thule’s latest range, the Paramount Collection is also a great gift for travellers who enjoy exploring. It’s stylish, modern and will undoubtedly complement your style while allowing you to carry your essentials with you wherever you go.
The Delsey Chatelet Air 2.0 55cm 4DW Cabin Trolley Case from Destinations by Frasers is light and durable and the very embodiment of French know-how and elegance when it comes to luggage. It evokes the traditional architecture of Paris and calls to mind the vintage design of yesteryear’s luggage options, with a modern, contemporary look and feel.
SPF is a given whenever you travel – whether it’s for work or for pleasure. LifeLab’s SPF50 comes in just the right travel size, it feels light on your skin and protects against UVA, UVB, HEV and HR-A. Find it online here.
Zara stocks a whole range of travel-sized perfumes, which are rather affordable and a quick spray on the pulse will provide that instant luxurious feel while travelling. A gift guide essential, of course.
La Laila Travellers Journal with its vintage leather cover, available on Takealot, is another great gift for travellers, especially those who like to jot down their memories.
The Pomabrush electric toothbrush is the perfect travel companion. Its trendy charging case can go without charging for 120 days, with the electric toothbrush that can last 30 days without being charged in its case.
Mrsdry Travel Bottles for Toiletries, available on Amazon. They are BPA free, leak proof and squeezable silicone containers that come in a clear toiletry bag.
This makeup sponge holder will not only come in handy for any girl traveller, but it also makes a rather unique Christmas gift, whether it’s I combination with some self-care essentials, or as a little something for those Christmas stockings.
For the natural traveller, Aromatic Apothecary’s travel kit is the ideal gift this holiday season. Founder, Doryce has more than 30 years’ experience in formulating tried and tested aromatherapy solutions in easy-to-carry and quick-to-apply packaging like mini roll-ons and inhalers. The travel kit essentially consists of seven solutions for various travel-related conditions. The mini roll-ons include: Stress-less for children on a long roadtrip or family frustrations over the festive season; Silent Moments for better sleep in strange beds; Wake Up & Focus for those who need to stay awake and alert on the road; Headache Care for pains amplified when travelling; Cold & Sinus Soother for new environments that might trigger allergic reactions; Zap-Zit for skin breakouts due to diet, sleep and exercise changes over the holiday; and Zap-Bites for those irritating mozzies and bluebottles.
The ‘work from anywhere kit’ from Pinch Provisions was the ideal item to add to this gift guide for those who have a hybrid work life. The kit includes a little tech, a little office and a little personal care, as it comes with mesh pockets for maximum organisation and includes essentials for work on the go. Inside, you’ll find a notepad, sticky flags, a pen, a stain removing towelette, a microfiber cloth, a phone/tablet stand, lip balm, breath drops, pain reliever, a cord organiser, charging cable, wall charger, cleaning tool, hand cleansing towelettes and a password hint list.
With the recent heat waves, this portable neck fan can only come in handy, especially while travelling. This trendy looking neck fan will keep you cool on the move, providing a gentle, quiet breeze wherever you are. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery and can be slipped into the included pouch for effortless portability. There are also a couple of other options on the market, with Makro selling the Arctic Air Freedom, which is USB chargeable.
These JBL Wave Buds True Bluetooth Headphones are perfect for travelling. They have 32 total hours of battery life and secure, comfortable bud design. Whether you’re roaming city streets or relaxing at the beach, hands-free stereo calls will always be crystal clear, while Smart Ambient tech keeps you aware of your surroundings.
And, finally, this travel set from Pinch Provisions includes an assortment of travel luxuries like a Sherpa sleep mask with a silky backing, ear plugs, a scrunchie, a refreshing towelette, a vegan leather cord organizer and a phone/tablet stand.