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/ Christmas/ [insert celebration here] to watch them unwrap your gift. However, in a world full of mediocre, mass-produced “stuff” it can also be stressful to find that perfect present.
Let me help with this intensely researched list of gifts for creative travelers and travelling creatives. I haven’t used all these items myself, but I did take the time to research and 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 and love.
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Gift photography-enthusiasts a voucher for a photobook publisher. I have used Photobook America, Photobook Australia and Photobook Singapore to create my travel photobooks, 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.
If you are wondering where on earth to start with colours, artist Jane Blundell wrote a wonderful 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.)
Urban sketchers and watercolour artists may also appreciate the Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, A4, Black, Hard Cover (12 x 8.5) (Professional Folio Series), as used by Liz Steel.
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.
Culinary enthusiast Brett Cramer originally created his Salts of the World set as a personalized gift to friends. It was received with such enthusiasm, that he began producing his gourmet salt sets for a wider audience. You can now buy his salt products on Uncommon Goods.
The foodie or chef 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 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.
An original 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.
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The “Try The World” subscription box will allow your gift recipient to try food products produced around the world without leaving home.
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 gift.
Peace, love and inspiring travel,