Knowing you have bought the perfect gift for someone can be one of the most exciting feelings in the world; when you don’t want to wait until their birthday or [insert relevant celebration here] to watch them unwrap your present. However, in a world full of mediocre, mass-produced “stuff” it can also be stressful to find an original and meaningful gift. Let me help with this intensely researched list of creative gifts for travel lovers.
Though I haven’t used all these items myself, I did take the time to understand the desires of creatives in their particular fields, from photography and design to music and food. I consulted with creatives in each category to find out what they use, want and love – especially when they are taking their creative pursuit on the road.
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Gift photography-enthusiasts a voucher for a photo book publisher. I have used Photobook America, Photobook Australia and Photobook Singapore to create my travel photo books, all to great satisfaction.
Take a favourite travel photo and have it made into a wooden box in reclaimed mountain beetle pine by Artifact Uprising – the perfect place for a traveller to keep their photos, souvenirs and keepsakes.
Buy your beloved globetrotting creative a travel-sized watercolour palette and/or maybe some paint. Watercolour artist Brenda Swenson recommends the Heritage Arts HWP18 Paint Palette 18 Wells as a great travel-friendly palette.
If you are wondering where on earth to start with colours, artist Jane Blundell wrote an informative blog post explaining how just three primary colour paints can give an artist a rainbow to work with, so don’t be afraid to buy your creative the basic DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Primary Watercolor Set, 3 Tubes, 15ml. (Most artists I researched preferred Daniel Smith brand paints.)
Gift your favourite travelling cross-stitcher the Wanderlust Cross Stitch Map to mark their global adventures. Alternatively, a cross-stitch pattern for their favourite city. Satsuma Street and Xrestyk on Etsy sell gorgeous modern cross-stitch patterns for city skylines in pdf format.
Knitters, quilters and jewellery makers are going to love one of the subscription services by Darn Good Yarn. This New York-based company source products from artisans in India and order fulfilment is performed by a non-profit organisation providing employment to adults with developmental disabilities. Their products include used saris that have been cut down to create unique ribbons and yarns – checking the “reuse” box.
Foodies and cooks will love the Luxury Collection Epicurean Journeys, which is described as a “culinary journey of the world’s most beloved food destinations, curated by internationally celebrated chefs.”
For the mixologists onboard, gift your travel lover a Carry-on Cocktail kit for their favourite mixed drink. These airport security-wise kits are available for the following cocktails: Gin and Tonic, Hot Toddy, Old Fashioned, Champagne, Margarita and Moscow Mule.
Music lovers and makers will enjoy partying on the road with the Pocket DJ Mixer.
For the composer in your life, a Moleskine Art Plus Music Notebook will help them capture those inspiring moments on the road in song.
A unique travel gift for musicians and music fans alike is this World Song Map which replaces place names with song titles.
An original vintage travel poster makes a very special gift for a travelling designer. However, if an original piece isn’t in your budget, there is always a print. All Posters offer framed and unframed options.
Get instant cred with the designer that receives your gift of a LOSTin city guide, designed by NODE Berlin Oslo. These indie-magazine looking guides are filled with recommendations by local creatives in destinations around the world.
The Homebound Traveller
Pandemic or otherwise, these are gifts for travel lovers who can’t travel (right now). Like the “Try The World” subscription box which will allow your gift recipient to try food products produced around the world without leaving home. Another non-subscription option is the “Taste of” Box that allows you to choose from a selection of themed boxes with ingredients from France, Spain, Greece, Southeast Asia, India and Mexico.
Crafters and those with a deep appreciation for handmade products are going to be rapt with a Globein Artisan Box subscription. Globein curate a monthly box of ethical, artisan products that will not only bring joy and colour to the recipients home but helps to provide an income for people in developing nations. Box subscriptions start at $10 per month for a single item. You can also curate your own box for a one-off, personalized gift.
Enjoy watching the face of someone dear to you, light up when they receive your unique travel gift. Tell us which one you would like to give or receive in the comments below.
Peace, love and inspiring travel,