25 Travel Themed Stocking Fillers For Under £20 | Travel Lover Gift Guide
This year has flown like never before and even though my brain is still stuck in March, Christmas is in fact right around the corner. I, like many other people, need my Christmas shopping to be much more budget friendly this year and so cheap, stocking filler style gift guides are always a good go to for some inspiration. I've seen lots of travel themed gift guides floating around but a lot of them include presents a little more on the expensive side (I can't afford to buy my travel friends a GoPro or new set of suitcases, sorry!) and so I've taken to doing my own research. Here's what I've found: 25 cheap and cheerful stocking fillers for your travel obsessed loved one. I've split my findings into 2 separate lists to make your gift buying even easier. The first is full of fun travel themed bits and bobs, and the second is some cheap and cheerful travel essentials to make life on the road that little bit easier. As a travel lover myself, I've received gifts from both options in the past and appreciated them both so much, so let's begin...
Also a quick note: in an effort to promote a more 'shop small businesses' kind of Christmas, I'm going to try not to link to any big online stores like Amazon for most options (only if it's the only option for UK shoppers), but I'm sure you can find them on there yourself if you need.
Travel Themed Bits & Bobs
The perfect way for your loved one to remember their travels. You can get these from lots of different stores these days including on the high street.
Etsy, From £8.99: here.
Passports are obviously any travellers most prized possession, not only are they essential equipment but the stamps inside also hold precious memories. A nice case is the perfect gift to add some style to it whilst also helping keep it safe.
Etsy, From £7.49: here.
I'm a massive scrapbooker myself so I can vouch for the joy you get when putting all your travel photos together in one. It's a great travel themed gift and also encourages a new hobby- double win.
Etsy, From £8.95: here.
If you read my post over the summer that was all about scratching the travel itch (read it here) you'll know that there's some bloody great books out there that involve travel and journeys. Some personal favs include:
The Lost City of Z by David Grann: Waterstones, £8.99: here.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed: Waterstones, £8.99: here.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: Waterstones, £8.99: here.
Travel Planning & Guide Books
Any seasoned traveller will know that just underneath the actual trip in the 'best things about travel' list, is planning where to go next and what to see while you're there. The internet provides some decent suggestions but there's nothing better than a good old printed travel guide. Individual destination guides are a great option if you know where your loved one's next trip is, or here's some broader suggestions that I can recommend:
Lonely Planet's "Where To Go When": The Works, £9.99: here.
Robin Barton's "101 Weekends In Europe": Waterstones, £14.99: here.
Matt Kepnes' (AKA Nomadic Matt) "How to Travel The World On $50 A Day": Amazon, £9.69: here.
Collect Your Destinations Keyring/ Necklace
I've seen these advertised a few times and I think the idea is brilliant. Traveller Collective is an independent brand with the aim to do good. You can buy a hand made keyring or necklace, and then engraved metal rings to add to them that represent everywhere you've travelled to. 10% of every purchase goes to their 'Do Good' campaign, where they fund lots of different projects such as providing clean water and education in places that need it most.
Keyring, From £17: here.
Necklace, £17: here.
Engraved Metal Rings, From £8: here.
Travel Themed Games
Is it even Christmas without a good game? Why not try a travel themed one this year?
"Where On Earth?": Waterstones, £7.99: here.
"Backpacker: Ultimate Travel Game": Amazon, £9.99: here.
"Round The World": Zatu Games, £7.89: here.
The Gift Of Travel Itself
Possibly the ultimate traveller gift, a contribution to the next trip itself. A little more personal than cash, a lot of the bigger travel brands out there will offer gift cards and vouchers including:
Flight Centre: here.
World Map Colour In Mug
Any sort of a travel mug is a win, but why not take it one step further. This customisable mug is of a similar idea to the scratch map as the receiver of said gift can colour in the countries that they've visited, the perfect memory of their travels.
Not On The High Street, £19.95: here.
For travellers with a home base, why not treat them to some cool wall art. I've personally been loving Desenio for prints at the moment as they're a great price, and they plant 2 trees for every purchase made. Some great travel prints on there include:
City Maps, £12.95: here.
Henry Rivers Travel Prints, £13.95: here.
Smartphone Lens Kit
So many of us these days take all of our photos on our phones, and getting the ultimate travel photo to remember a trip by is no small feat. A good lens can be a game changer.
Jessops, £10.50: here.
Instax Mini Refills
Like so many others, one of my favourite ways to capture a destination is in a polaroid photo. Lots of travel lovers have Instax cameras, but the refills can be pretty expensive if you use them a lot. A surprise pack of shots is a great gift idea that any Instax user would appreciate.
Pack Of 20 Shots: Argos, £14.99: here.
One of the most essential things that you need when travelling, especially if the person your buying for is a cheap skate like me and refuses to pay for anything other than hand luggage.
Decathlon, £7.99: here.
Essential for long travel days and even longer journeys.
Argos, £7.49: here.
Scrapbooking your memories is great, but reading journal entries from while you were actually away is arguably better. You can even get them personalised!
Etsy, From £5.99: here.
Collapsible Reusable Cups
Most travellers survive their trips on pure caffeine, or a hot drink at least. These are a great sustainable gift option, and they collapse down to an easily packable size too. You can read more about easy sustainable travel options here if you'd like.
The Clean Market, £11.50: here.
GorrillaPod Mini Mobile
Selfies are great but what about other options? Trying to find places to prop up your phone can be a nightmare, unless you have a mini tripod on-hand to help.
Argos, £14.99: here.
Lush Solid Toiletries
Another great sustainable option, and they don't even have to go in your liquid bag. These were one of my most valued items during my last backpacking trip as they last forever and are super small and compact. They also feel luxurious, just without the luxury price tag.
Shampoo Bars, £8: here.
Conditioner Bars, £9: here.
No Drought Dry Shampoo, From £7: here.
Having a pack of playing cards for drinking games and long journeys is a backpacker essential. Why not get some cool travel themed ones to keep as your specific on-the-road set?
World Map Playing Cards Double Deck: Stanfords, £12.99: here.
Keyring Bottle Opener
There's nothing worse than being excited to dive into a fresh pack of foreign beer and then realising you have no way to open the bottles. A bottle opener is definitely essential when travelling, and getting it on a keyring is one way to make sure it never gets left behind.
Etsy, From £2: here.
Universal Travel Adaptor
Juggling different adaptors for different countries can be an absolute nightmare so one of these is definitely essential.
Amazon, £14.99: here.
Collapsible/ Silicone Food Storage
If your chosen travel lover is thrifty and/or a backpacker, chances are they'll make a lot of their own meals while on their adventures. Things like food storage boxes are great for making food last or for saving leftovers, but can be very bulky, unless you have some collapsible ones on hand!
Set Of 3: Dunelm, £10: Here.
Wash Bags & Makeup Bags
Needed for all styles and lengths of trip and you can get some really stylish ones too.
Pack Of 3 Plain Transparent Cosmetic Bags: Superdrug, £5.99: Here.
Corduroy Wash Bag: Urban Outfitters, £12: Here.
Microfibre Quick Dry Towel
When moving around a lot these are essential. Not only are they super thin and lightweight for packing, but they dry within hours so you can pack them up ready to hit the road again.
Plain Green Microfibre Towel: Mountain Warehouse, £5.99: Here.
Striped Cabana Beach & Travel Towel: Dock & Bay, £18: Here.
Travel Jewellery Case
It's always nice to take the odd bit of jewellery away on a trip for nights out, and jewellery is also one of the most common souvenirs bought while on holiday. Make sure none of it gets lost or tangled with a small travel jewellery case. You can get these in most high street shops, or I can personally recommend:
Oliver Bonas, £14.50: Here.
And there we have it, a whole list of perfect travel stocking fillers. I may even have to send this list to a few people myself! Would you buy anything off this list? Or maybe even want some of it for yourself? Let me know!
Happy shopping, Meg x