Thoughtful gifts for the avid traveller
THE festive season is upon us and that means it's time to choose gifts that will delight those who receive them. Even if it's not for Christmas, there are birthdays and other special occasions to consider.
But what should you get for your travel enthusiast family member or friend?
Here are some gift ideas for travellers:
For the modern nomads, a round-the-world air ticket to six continents sits at the top of their bucket list.
You can help out by presenting them with the Scrubba Wash Bag (US$49.95 or S$70).
Backpackers usually spend long periods on the road and sometimes go off the grid. As they can't bring their washing machines with them, their clothes tend to stink until they reach civilisation.
Not any more, though, thanks to this handy "magic" wash bag, which promises to help them stay cleaner and, presumably, healthier.
Simply place the dirty, sweaty and smelly clothes in the bag, add some warm water and detergent, lock the bag, rub it for 15 minutes and, hey presto, you have clean clothes for the road.
Check it out at www.amazon.com.
THE CAMPING COFFEE
The Minipresso GR portable espresso maker (US$59) is a brilliant travel mate for the camper and coffeephile on the go.
This tiny device fits in a pocket and features an in-built cup. Compact as it is simple, the espresso maker does not need electricity or batteries. Instead, it relies on the user pumping it to brew a strong cuppa.
Get it at www.wacaco.com, although delays in deliveries can be expected during the holiday season.
People jump into the saddle for different reasons. If the bicycle is the new pub to your friend, the 6-Bottle Bike Bag (US$72.99) is a brilliant gift. Perfect for holding bottles of water, soft drinks or milk, the bike bag is sturdy and waterproof, comes in snappy colours and sits well without leaving scratches on the bike.
Get one for your bike buddy and one for yourself from www.amazon.com.
Mark and Graham's Travel Jewellery Case (US$59, price in Singapore dollars jumps considerably, though) will quickly become a woman's best friend on the road.
This sleek, circular zippered case has multiple layers to safely store earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other jewellery in transit.
Made of a durable and flexible vegan material with a soft linen lining, it features multiple layers to hold jewellery, keeping them safe and contained while travelling.
Get it at www.markandgraham.com.
Dinner With Jackson Pollock is a great book for both the foodie and art buff.
Pollock, a painter, might be recognised for his artwork but is perhaps less known as a gardener, baker and dinner-party host.
From starters and entrees to side dishes, breads and desserts, Dinner With Jackson Pollock features more than 50 recipes collected from Pollock, his wife, artist Lee Krasner, his mother, Stella, and their many friends in the town of Springs on Long Island.
They're interspersed with Pollock's masterpieces, still lifes of the Pollock-Krasner home and beautiful photographs of each delectable recipe, plus delightful tales from the family and friends.
This truly unique and insightful portrait of a great American artist is available at www.amazon.com for US$40.35.
THE ROAD JOURNO
Armed with a smartphone and Wi-Fi connectivity, this traveller likes to blog about his travels on social media.
A set of Photojojo's magnetic lens series can turn a smartphone into a fancy camera. It doesn't mean you can ditch your DSLR camera but it's a handy option to have.
The collection has six lenses - from telephoto to fisheye - and each lens is made out of solid aluminium and fitted with thick, high-clarity glass.
It's the perfect present for the snap-happy traveller.
There are several options to choose from, including buying individual lenses (US$20 each) and the whole set (US$99).
Find the lenses at photojojo.com.
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