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‘Tis the season for holiday parties, copious amounts of eggnog, ugly Christmas sweaters, catchy carols that get stuck in your head…and shopping. So. Much. Shopping. And if there’s a world traveller on your list, the sky’s the limit (#SeeWhatIDidThere) when it comes to great gift ideas. Whether it’s making their destination dreams come true by putting a pair of plane tickets under the tree, or wrapping up some gadgets that are sure to come in handy on the road, read on for inspiring holiday gifts that will have you channeling your inner Santa in no time.
A luxe getaway
If you’re feeling particularly generous this holiday season, then there’s no better gift for someone who’s been bit by the travel bug than gifting them with yet another getaway. A week at an all-inclusive resort is pretty much the best thing of life, because hello sunshine and endless pina coladas. Caribbean islands like St Maarten, Dominica and the Turks and Caicos are back in business after being hit by Hurricane Irma in late 2017, so show your support for the rebuilding efforts by booking your loved one a stay at a property like Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, which is tucked into a private peninsula between two turquoise bays on St Maarten’s south coast and has a dreamy infinity pool.
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Gift cards are also the perfect present for intrepid travellers, whether they’re for flights, restaurants, or a hotel. Look for brands that offer lots of flexibility like Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR), whose gift certificates cover everything from stays at their luxe lodges to dining experiences in Calgary at Cilantro and The Lake House. CRMR’s mountain properties are serious vacation goals, thanks to touches like clawfoot bathtubs and fireplaces in rooms at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff, Deer Lodge’s enviable location just steps from the shore of Lake Louise, and the iconic Emerald Lake Lodge in Field, B.C. which has an outdoor hut tub overlooking the water and is Instagram heaven.
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Rosetta Stone language learning software
Being able to communicate with locals is crucial when travelling…after all, how else would you order a beer once happy hour hits?! Jokes aside, the award-winning Rosetta Stone language learning software has been around for nearly three decades, and is used by schools, business, governments and individuals looking to pick up another language. Offering courses in 30 languages, there’s a strong focus on pronunciation through their TruAccent speech engine to assist with perfecting accents, and lessons are based on a real world context instead of simply memorizing a long list of vocabulary. Courses sync across all devices so they’re easy to take on the road, and are a perfect gift for the traveller on your list who’s heading abroad.
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Curb those #PackingProblems with my go-to travel accessory: packing cubes. I’ve been using these beauties for years, and they’re fab for keeping suitcases organized, and condensing clothes so you can fit more into each bag. For bonus points, share my fav travel hack with your giftee: layer dryer sheets between clothes before zipping up the cubes, to keep clothes smelling fresh.
Hanging toiletry bag
This Eagle Creek toiletry bag is my go-to (and as someone who travels 100+ days per year, I’ve def put it to the test). Its best feature is that it has a built-in hanger, so it never takes up any precious real estate around the hotel’s bathroom sink or has to touch anything dirty. There are plenty of pockets to keep everything organized, and it can be tossed into the laundry between trips to keep it clean. Eagle Creek’s Original Wallaby bag is another great option, with the main difference being the pocket configurations and that it comes in more neutral colours.
Travel guide books
Inspire wanderlust by gifting some fab reads, which will help pass the time during a layover and spark great ideas for spots to add to that bucket list. (Disclaimer: all of these amazeballs authors are also my friends. What can I say, I surround myself with awesome people!)
Ultimate Journeys for Two – Anne and Mike Howard
The honeymoon isn’t over for these two lovebirds, who’ve been criss-crossing the globe for more than six years on the so-called ‘world’s longest honeymoon.’ #CoupleGoals. Now, they’ve teamed up with National Geographic (#JobGoals) to share their top tips for couple’s travel in this beautiful coffee table/guide book, which highlights 75 of their favourite destinations along with inspiring stories and travel hacks. Check price
25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit- Jody Robbins
As the title suggests this book is targeted toward family travel, with handy info on baby equipment rental services, how to make camping easier with little ones, making mealtimes manageable and even ideas for how mom and dad can sneak off for some alone time (naughty!). With hotel recs, activity overviews and plenty of pics to inspire adventures from coast to coast to coast, 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit is a great stocking stuffer for anyone planning to explore the Great White North. Check price
125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta- Leigh McAdam and Debbie Olsen
These intrepid adventurers have traveled the world for decades, and now they’re sharing some of the best spots in their own backyard: beautiful Alberta, Canada. From the towering peaks and alpine lakes found in Banff National Park to dark sky preserves and sweeping prairies, they uncover the best corners of the province in this beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read guide book. Check price
The 4-Hour Work-Week- Tim Ferris
I highly recommend The 4-Hour Work-Week, which is an inspiring story about how Ferris has mastered the art of outsourcing to run a multi-million dollar business without doing, well, really anything. It’s seriously life-changing for anyone who wants to dedicate more time to fun things like travelling but still, you know, have money or whatever.
Disclaimer: I do not personally know Tim Ferris. But I wish I did, because that guy is seriously winning life. Check price
Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge Boots
I became completely obsessed with these after picking up a pair to wear to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, which just so happens to be in the middle of winter and HELLO IT’S HARD TO LOOK CUTE WITH FIVE LAYERS ON. These boots do the trick, as they have a built-in wedge that gives you some serious height, but are still comfy AF to walk in. They’re also waterproof and have a solid grip, so they’re basically the perfect, stylish winter boot for all those winter getaways. Also, if anyone out there has a direct line to Santa can you please let him know I’m now lusting after their Joan of Arctic Wedge Chelsea Boot in a size 9 1/2?!
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