This year, travelling may have taken a backseat, but everyone's hoping that the coming year will bring with it the hope of ticking off those destinations from wishlists.
For those people in your life (including yourself) for whom travel is not an option but a major part of a lifestyle, here are 10 perfect gifts for the holiday season.
For the traveller who loves to read, packing a paperback copy is only going to add to the weight of luggage. A Kindle is a better choice as it stores favourite books in one place. The Kindle Paperwhite comes with built-in light which can adapt to low light environments and an in-built 4G connection so you can download books anywhere even if WiFi is not available.
Buy it here, INR 12,999
For Those who like to Travel Light
You can never go wrong with an expandable bag which can be reduced to a pouch if needed. It's perfect for a small trip, a hike or while bedding with friends for the weekend. The best ones are lightweight, are made from extremely durable material, and can be used as an extra luggage which you can fit in a small bag.
Duffel from The Northface, INR 4,044
For Beauty Fans
Frequent travellers understand that flights, or even train journeys, can dry out the skin, making one look dull and tired. Gift your friend a skin rejuvenating boost with herbal and floral face mists. They smell heavenly and keep the skin dewy soft.
Facial Tonic Mist Panchpushp, INR 975
For the Sleep-Deprived
Let's face it, travelling can be an exhausting business. All those flights and trips in buses and trains can take a toll on your body. To maximise comfort, masks and neck pillows are the best. We suggest you ditch those basic greys and blues and pick up quirky alternative. We love Chumbak's colourful neck pillow and eye mask. It will definitely turn heads while keeping comfort levels high, which makes for a pretty sweet deal.
Chumbak neck pillow and eye mask, INR 1,166
If your friend likes things subtle, pick up this scarf-style wraparound which supports the neck and relieves neck pain on long and arduous journeys.
Wrap around travel neck pillow support, INR 699
For Green Warriors
If the friend is the kind who makes sustainable, green choices, how about a kit with reusable bamboo straws, cutlery,bags, and bottles which will eliminate single-use plastic?
Plastic Free Travel Combo with Bamboo Straw, INR 1,427
We also liked this set of metal straws which are easily cleanable and a wonderful alternative to plastic straws which take upto 500 years to biodegrade.
Reusable drinking straw set, INR 565
For Looking Good Under Cover
The pandemic is not over yet and so covering up is still a necessary mandate. But one can pick good-looking and reusable, handmade masks for a quirky travel look. We chose these mask sets in breathable material that are eco friendly and consist of ear-loop ties for a closer fit. They also come with peppermint essential oil which you can roll on the seams of the mask to breathe in fresh fragrance.
Another option is this multi-layered handloom face mask with pockets to insert surgical filters. All these masks are washable and can be kept for long usage, and are made with pure cotton to provide comfort in breathing.
Handloom face mask, INR 700
For the Messy Ones
Clean packing may not be everyone’s forte but with these compartmentalised bags and waterproof casings it sure does get a lot easier. A bonus for frequent travellers, these even let you organise accessories sizewise, from small to large items. We liked this Ikea 10-piece set with a compartmentalised bag.
Ikea FÖRFINA ten piece set, INR 259
Another great gift for organising luggage are these colorful and quirky cover bags for shoes.
For Coffee Fiends
For travellers who can't do without their coffee and always complain of having to leave it upon luck for a good cup of joe, there is a better alternative. Gift them a travel-size coffee-making machine. This Aeropress coffee maker from The Blue Tokai coffee roasters is small enough to fit in any bag and presses for you an amazingly smooth cup of coffee. Unlike other press-type coffee makers, this one comes with micro filters for grit-free coffee. The best part about it is of course that you can brew it anywhere, anytime and however you like it. No more stale cups of coffee on your travels!
Aeropress coffee maker, INR 3,850
For the Foot Savvy
For warm feet with a twist, gift these quirky Beatles-themed sock set.
Happy Socks Beatles gift box set, INR 2,882
This fun Christmas-themed sock box from the Sock Soho also caught our eye.
Happy Socks gift box, INR 2,300
For The Planners
This 2021 Explore The World Calendar is a beautiful piece of art that should be considered as any traveller's visionary board. It comes illustrated with 12 works of art from around the world, each is an inspiration to travel to these places even if they cannot quite just yet. It is the reminder that 2021 is ripe with opportunities to fly to faraway lands.