Trying to find the perfect gift for a fabulous traveller? Or simply looking to #treatyoself before a big trip? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In my rainbow-coloured world, you’ll find very little that’s grey or beige – and whole lotta fun things to make anyone’s adventures a little bit extra. From in-flight cocktail kits to drag queen-worthy toiletries bags, here’s my hot list of fabulous gifts for travel lovers this Christmas.
Gifts under £10
Typo luggage tag
Nothing says “get your hands off my gear” like these fierce luggage tags from Typo. The Australian stationery and accessories brand know exactly how to make a bag stand out from the rest with these fun designs and at this price, you can make someones travels extra fabulous this Christmas.
Herb Lester city map
I’ve been a big fan of the design-savvy team behind Herb Lester for a number of years now and their city guides make the perfect stocking stuffer. Printed on 100% recycled paper, these foldable maps are not only beautifully presented but full of cool recommendations to help you really experience a city. Whether your recipient is visiting Los Angeles, Lisbon or London in 2019, they have the perfect gift for them – and at only £4 per map, you really won’t find a more fabulous budget present. Or why not splurge and buy them the full set of Nordic (£14) or New York (£26) maps for a little.
Paperchase x Philip Normal sassy zippy wallets
Being a good traveller means being a good organiser: keeping all your documents together, keeping different currencies separate, generally trying to remember where the hell you put something in your massive suitcase. These zippy wallets from the king of camp, Phillip Normal, are a great little way to keep to help your favourite traveller stay fabulous during the most boring bits of travel. YAS Stationary Queen!
Buy it now: Paperchase
Gifts under £50
Typo hooded unicorn neck pillow
For the adventurous unicorn in your life, look no further than this fun hooded travel pillow. They’ll float away to dreamland on their long-haul flight with this super cute and comfy accessory. It’s definitely one of the most fabulous gifts for travel lovers this Christmas.
Tatty Devine x Mi-Pac backpack
One of the most fun collabs this year, the team behind Tatty Devine have re-imagined some of their most playful jewellery designs into these fun bags with help from the guys at Mi-Pac. It’s hard to not em-brace (geddit?) the dental bling backpack, or give the Gilbert & George Gin design to the lover of ‘mother’s ruin’ in your life.
Daisy Street rainbow stripe gilet
Nothing says “I’m a fabulous traveller living my best life” like this rainbow stripe gilet from Daisy Street. This cosy piece is padded for extra warmth and is suitably gender-neutral for anyone extra enough to pull this off.
Buy it now: ASOS
Carry-on cocktail kit
Possibly the most genius in-flight gift from recent years, these cool little kits are the perfect ‘bon voyage’ gift for someone heading off on a special trip in 2019. Make their airtime even more fabulous with a little kit that can turn their mini bottle of booze into a proper drink. Whether they’re an Old Fashioned kind of traveller or always in favour of a good Bloody Mary, you can set the right tone for their adventure with one of these stylish gifts.
Atlas Obscura kids’ book
For the littlest adventurer in your life, this illustrated guide from those awesome peeps at Atlas Obscura is the perfect pressie. Turn them into a future nomad with this illustrated guide to the world’s wonders across every continent.
Buy it now: The Book Depository
Wolf & Whistle pyjamas
Help your loved one snooze in style in these stylish silky pyjamas from Wolf & Whistle. It’s hard to choose between the bold monochrome stripes and cute leopard print sets, so I suggest just buy them both for the perfect present bundle.
Buy it now: ASOS
Diptyque solid perfume
If you’re packing a friend off on a mega trip in 2019, help save a little baggage weight with this solid perfume. Without a heavy bottle of liquids to cart around, they will thank you for this fragrant little balm. The Don So fragrance features a heady mix of tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine, making it every fabulous traveller’s secret weapon.
ASOS colour block rainmac
For the friend who doesn’t love a sunny destination (or is a bit of a festival freak), this colour block rainmac is a practical yet fab gift. Mixing my fave colour combo of red and pink, this fun piece also has a hood and massive waterproof pocket on the front to keep you and your phone/map/money warm and dry.
Buy it now: ASOS
Made x Bobbins bicycle helmet
If you know someone heading off on a cycling holiday in 2019, help them shine with one of these glossy metallic helmets from the MADE x Bobbins collab. I can’t decide between the brass with the red faux leather chin strip or the copper with the aqua. If there’s one thing that makes you safer when cycling, it’s being eye-catching – and it will be hard to ignore anyone wearing one of these beauties.
Buy it now: MADE.com
Go bold with one of these make-up/wash bags this Christmas. For the true diva, nothing less than an Ursula-adorned pouch from the Spectrum x Disney The Little Mermaid range will suffice (£24.99). If someone is off on the prowl in 2019, this Skinnydip London leopard make-up bag is the purrrfect present (£14). Kiss your bestie goodbye with this Tatty Devine x Mi-Pac wash bag complete with the Pop Art lips and braces motif (£21.99)
Mi-Pac x Tatty Devine Dental Bling pink wash bag
Spectrum Collections Ursula makeup bag
Buy it now: Spectrum Collections
Skinnydip True Leopard pink make up bag
Gifts under £100
Eubi swim shorts
Hailing from a combo of Melbourne and Los Angeles, the swim shorts company Eubi is on a mission to stop swimwear from being boring. They have cute yet bold designs available in some fruity colours and designs, which are perfect for anyone heading off for some winter sun early in 2019.
Buy it now: Eubi
JBL Clip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker
I’m a big fan of the JBL clip speakers. I cycle around London every day with one attached to my bike. They have decent sound for a budget portable speaker, are waterproof and come with a built-in carabiner so you can easily clip them onto your backpack, bike or even a tree. The Clip 3 has only just been released, so you’ll be gifting your musical travel lover with the latest model. Personally, I cannot recommend this product enough – I really love it.
ADIDAS roll-top backpack
Protest thermo base layer
If you know any outdoorsy travellers, whether they’re going snowboarding or climbing Everest in 2019, then they will love you for gifting them with this fab thermal wear. Perfect for layering underneath their outerwear, these thermal also look cute on their own après-ski (or après-hike).
Price: £70 for the set
Fresh ‘n Rebel caps wireless headphones
It seems like every new smartphone that is being released in 2019 will no longer have a headphone jack, so help out your favourite travel lover with a pair of wireless headphones from Fresh N Rebel. With a range of beautiful colours, like the pretty in millennial pink Cupcake and the sweet as candy Peppermint, these beauties connect via Bluetooth and run for up to 10 hours once charged.
Slip Silk pink snow leopard sleep mask
Years of regular travel have taught me not to leave home without an eye mask (and earplugs) to ensure a decent night’s sleep anywhere. It’s impossible to feel like a queen with this pink snow leopard print eye mask from Slip Silk. Your fabulous traveller will wake up refreshed in any destination after some serious sleep in this beauty.
Buy it now: Slip Silk
Gifts over £100
Mokuyobi x Kate Moross collab mega backpack
Hands down my favourite collab of the year: British illustrator, art director and designer Kate Moross (pictured) hooked up with the awesome Mokuyobi team in Los Angeles to create this amazing backpack. With a whole bunch of crazy colours, pockets (inside and out), side zip and removable eyeball pins, it’s by far the most fabulous backpack you could gift someone with this Christmas.
Price: USD $152
Buy it now: Mokuyobi
Desmond & Dempsey Sansindo tiger-print cotton pyjama
Kulani Kinis swimwear
Even though summer is over in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s just heating up in Australia. So why not order some stylish swimwear from Byron Bay brand Kulani Kinis latest range. These guys have some of the boldest bikinis I’ve come across in ages. These candy pink stripe and floral flamingo sets are a personal fave but they have so many amazing designs, you’re guaranteed to find something to make any winter sun seeker happy this Christmas.
Price: £78 for the set
Lulu Guinness red lips suitcase
A lovely friend of mine lent me her Lulu Guinness suitcase for my summer holiday to Barcelona this year, and it is gorgeous! Beautiful design, size and lining – plus it’s impossible to lose at baggage claim. Start their adventure off in the most fabulous fashion with some amazing luggage.
Buy it now: Lulu Guinness