Be Sure to Find the Perfect Gift for Your Travel Buddy!

Written By: Tamara Philips Perfect Gift for Your Travel Buddy

Let’s face it. Gift giving can be such a challenge if you’re trying to avoid the lame gift card or fuzzy pair of socks…yet again. It’s especially an endeavor to find the right token for the loved one or buddy who is constantly on the go. For the camper, weekend getaway aficionado, globetrotter—any traveler, really, all of these quirky (yet practical) items will “wow” when unwrapped this year. Here’s our top eight.

Perfect Gift for Your Travel Buddy

Air Mail Envelope Memo Pad

This is the ultimate gift to give a globetrotter this season. Each memo note pad folds up into air mail envelopes. Just fold and seal, and you can send out these vintage-inspired letters recounting your near-death adventures to the whole fam. You can hug mom after you scare her with your travel tales. Head on over to Oh, Hello Friend for this super cute stocking stuffer.


Lucy Blue Camera Strap

FERN is the cutest boutique you’ll see in Leucadia. With a ton of cute gift options from mahogany journals to California-inspired jewelry, you’re sure to find something for everyone! Although, for that adventurer friend of yours, be sure to grab this camera strap from FERN—it’s not only a cute camera accessory to bring anywhere, but practical as well. Double win!


Bradley Mountain backpack: The Wilder

For the great adventurer, a locally made Bradley Mountain backpack is a splendid gift option. Each bag is handmade by the super cool crew in San Diego and is designed to withstand almost any trip and hold a large amount. I’m hoping at least six pairs of shoes fit in there. You gotta be prepared for anything, right?! From backpacks to all sorts of travel accessories, Bradley Mountain seemingly does it all.


Takeya Thermoflasks

Wherever your trip takes you, always be sure to stay hydrated! Huntington Beach-based Takaya Thermoflasks come in various sizes, but the 40 oz is perfect for the adventurer on the go. Whether it’s water in that bottle or a hot apple cider (with rum, maybe?), the bottle will keep your drink cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours! *Hint: These slide perfectly into a stocking!


Fuji Instax Mini 8 Camera

Pigment in North Park, San Diego has a variety of items that you absolutely don’t need but HAVE to have—like this Unicorn Popper for instance. You better click on it. So cute, right? Anyway, if you’re holiday shopping for a traveler you must snag this bright little polaroid camera so your friend can snap photos of all of his adventures. This one you DO need.


Mumu Nena & Co. Beach Bag

For the carefree adventurer, head over to the new Show Me Your Mumu in Venice Beach. These colorful bags are the perfect gift for the jetsetter who loves to spend weekends away. Based in Utah and Guatemala, Mayan artisans create these beautiful bags to be one-of-a-kind. Pft, Nordstrom ain’t got nothin’ on these hand-crafted bags.


Sand Cloud Towels

For a colorful addition to your weekend picnic or even a trendy body wrap at the beach, be sure to gift a Sand Cloud towel this year. There’s a style/pattern for every taste! And the best part: With each purchase, you’re supporting the preservation of oceans and marine life. And you can take a pretty cool Insta pic with one of the towels, let’s be real.


Dutch Martin Miniwallet

Hello, sexy wallet. Wait. Can a wallet be sexy? Leaning toward “YES” over here. This wallet by Secrid is developed and produced exclusively in the Netherlands and is the perfect wallet for those spending a lot of time in crowded airports and metros. Four credit cards can fit inside the aluminum cardprotector and the hard carnauba wax makes the leather scratch-resistant and water-repellent. West of Camden is your go-to for this travel-friendly wallet.


Canal Bordo Slippers

Who doesn’t want to be comfy while traveling by plane, train, or automobile? Fifi Venezia’s chic, comfortable, and sophisticated velvet shoes are the perfect slippers to travel with. They are handmade and carefully constructed by Italian craftsmen and modeled after the traditional Venetian canal pantofola. Get a different color for each family member!

Perfect Gift for Your Travel Buddy


About The Author

Tamara is SoCal born and bred with Dutch roots. With an English degree from Vanguard University, she is thrilled to be part of the LOCALE editorial team. She enjoys reading, eating green bell peppers, petting other people's dogs, and cooking/baking while singing into a kitchen spoon to Broadway show tunes.

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