I got my travel buddy as the person I have to buy a Secret Santa present for this Christmas. Any suggestions for good travel-related pressies, or what kind of things is everybody getting for their travel-enthusiast friends??
Found The Lonely Planet Travel book, which looks like a great coffee table book. That's top of my list so far!
"On Christmas, may your heart be light,
Yet brimming up with glee -
A joy too great to be contained
By boxes 'neath a tree."
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 27, 2007, at 8:07 AM by Brendan ]
Ooohhh - a box of ziplock plastic bags! You can never have enough of them when you travel!!
Seriously, what about a nice compass? They are small so easy to pack but also can be very handy when hiking the trails or going off the beaten path.
Another possiblity is an assortment of different sized carabiners for hooking things to a pack, etc. They come in really cool colors now.
Last but surely not least, a small Maglite flashlight. They also come in different colors and you can include some spare batteries.
That's my 2 cents worth...
What about a travel journal book a hard back book which can write up a log. Or one of those 1000 places to visit before you die?
If I buy enough boxes of ziplock bags, wrap them all up in Christmassy paper and tell her not to open it until she goes home I'd look really generous!! Great idea! I love those BBC things to do before you die books but the title is a wee bit morbid!! Bought one for my Mam last Mother's Day, I think she thought I was calling her old
These are all great ideas by the way. I'm taking notes!
Keep them coming
I was just going to ask if your travel buddy was male or female because my next suggestion usually is more female oriented (though not always).
For several years now, here in the States, scrapbooking has been a huge industry. (Our local arts & crafts store revamped and is now does picture framing and sells only scrapbooking materials.) What about a scrapbook kit so she can save all those tickets, match books, menus, bits and pieces in one place? I found this Irish online scrapbooking store called thescrapebookstore. Go fig!
Years ago, I made a scrapbook for my sister-in-law. It has thin wooden covers and (sort of) blank sketch paper inside. I just used a 2-hole paper punch to make the holes and tied it together with ribbon. On each sheet, I used watercolors to paint different things front and back. I have done 3 more sketchbooks worth of inserts for her to keep it going. It's about 3 inches thick now.
Try to create something rather than join the crowd in Businessmass !
Also I feel strongly that most of the Far Eastern Countries works over a year just to make the Christmas producs for businesses.
So, make something, create a thing, write a poem, a story, etc for your friend.
That scrapbook idea sounds lovely, wish I had half your creativity!!
The Lonely Planet Travel book is a gorgeous book - i got it last year. Lp also do a gorgeous Cities book, and one called Asia which details every country in the continent.
Also what about a Leatherman http://www.leatherman.com/ - they are like swiss army knives but better and smarter! (I'm hankering after one for Christmas).