Like it or not, people are hanging Christmas decorations, stores are playing festive tunes and shoppers are gearing up for the holiday season. The good news is that there's still time -- at least for now -- to find the perfect gifts before the malls become as crowded as the beaches of Goa during the December break.
Even better news is that male travellers are a relatively easy group to shop for. Of course, you could just give the gift of travel and call it a day, but not everyone has the cold, hard cash to blow on a round-trip flight and hotel package to their dream destination.
And if you do, keep on reading. Surely one of these gift ideas will prove to be a sweet stocking stuffer.
The first step to finding a globe-trotting guy's gift is to determine what kind of traveller he is. Is he a frequent flyer who jets around the world for work? Perhaps he tends to travel recreationally, alone, with his partner or the whole family. Or maybe he's coming home for Christmas after months of backpacking in Europe.
Not sure? Go through his Facebook albums, crawl through his Instagram photos or creep a little into where he's checked in on Foursquare. Either way, step one is to identify the type of traveller he is.
Next, set a price point. Not all travellers are created equal. Well, neither are all gifts and that's okay. At the risk of sounding like a kindergarten teacher, remember this: it's the thought that counts. The gift for a travelling secret Santa wouldn't be the same for your travelling father, unless your secret Santa isyour dad.
Finally, shop. You've determined what kind of traveller he is and you've made a budget -- so stick to it and do what traders do at the sight of cheap Apple stock: Buy! Buy! Buy!
And if all fails, there's nothing like a wire transfer for when your travelling man has had one too many drinks, bet one too many chips or a combination of both.
12 Christmas Gift Ideas For The Travelling Man In Your Life:
If He's A Road Warrior.. Consider Getting Him Satellite Radio
Chance are if your guy is a frequent road tripper, he'll have an adapter for his iPod if a jack doesn't come built into his car. But there's only so much music and so many podcasts you can cram into an iPod before it runs out of space. Instead, why not consider a satellite radio? A package from <a href="http://www.siriusxm.ca/" target="_hplink">Sirus XM </a>offers more than 120 channels split between music, news, sports and talk programs so there's something for everyone. Hardware comes in a variety in sizes depending on whether you want to listen in the car or take the radio inside your house. All that's left is to choose a monthly subscription and your man with have something to listen to while driving or to keep the kids entertained on the next family road trip. Sirus XM Radio: <a href="http://www.siriusxm.ca/" target="_hplink">$29.99 - $299.99 + Subscription service ($15.99-21.99/month)</a>
If He's A Backpacker.. Consider Getting Him A Scrubba bag
Maybe the man you're gifting likes to backpack. Perhaps he's done Europe, maybe he's heading to Asia or perhaps he's never backpacked at all. Either way, he'll realize one thing quick: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/07/backpacking-packing-tips_n_4229402.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-travel" target="_hplink">pack smart and pack light</a>. That means choosing a limited number of clothes with plans to wash them regularly. To help him along, <a href="http://www.thescrubba.com/" target="_hplink">a Scrubba bag</a> might be a good idea. Essentially a portable and self-contained washing machine, it requires no batteries or electricity. All that's needed is some detergent, water and dirty clothes. Travellers fill the bag with all three items, fold it up to the specific level, give the contents a 30-180 second rub, rinse the clothes with clean water and hang everything to dry. Scrubba Bag: <a href="http://www.thescrubba.com/" target="_hplink">Available online starting at $64.95</a>
If He's A Business Traveller.. Consider Getting Him A Dodo Tablet Case
If your travelling man is a business traveller, there's a good chance he eschews a traditional laptop for a tablet. So logically, the next step is to accessorize said tablet. And that's where Dodo cases come in. Yes, the dodo seems like a strange animal to name your brand after, but these cases are feather-free and much more resilient than their name gives credit for. Cases come in a variety of sizes so whether your guy owns an iPad Mini or Nexus 7, there's something to protect his device. The case gives a sophisticated look, like what Ernest Hemingway would carry if tablets existed during his time, all while protecting the precious content against drops, nicks and scratches. Cases come in various builds, from your basic cover to a fitted wooded trim to keep your tablet nice and snug. Dodo Cases: <a href="http://www.dodocase.com/" target="_hplink">Available online for $34.95 and up.</a>
If He's A First-Time Traveller.. Consider Getting Him A Google Nexus 5
Let's be honest: you must really like this guy if you're giving him a brand new phone. But rather than deal with the complications of choosing a carrier and plan, gifting a Nexus 5 smartphone means you can give an unlocked phone and let the guy set it up on his own terms. Granted, this means purchasing the phone directly from Google Play but the benefits are that the phone works out to be cheaper when bought outright. Also it gives your guy the freedom to swap out SIM cards based on wherever he's travelling instead of dealing with Canadian carrier's long-distance add-ons. Google Nexus 5: Available online at <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Nexus_5_32GB_Black?id=nexus_5_black_32gb&hl=en" target="_hplink">Google Play starting at $349.00 for 16GB </a>of memory ($399.00 for 32GB) <em>CORRECTION: An earlier version of this slide said that the $399.99 version of the Nexus 5 came with 64GB of memory. It has since been updated.</em>
If He's A Well-Seasoned Traveller.. Consider Getting Him A Morphie Juice Pack
On the topic of phones, a well-seasoned traveller knows that a smartphone can prove to be an indispensable tool. They're pretty much the Swiss Army knives of the 21st century giving travellers a camera, access to maps or internet connection...until the phone runs out of juice. Fortunately, there's a wide range of expandable battery packs to help smartphones get through a rigorous day of use. Morphie comes recommended thanks to its support for most flagship phones and its unique blend of an extra battery hidden inside a minimalist case. It may add a little bulk to your phone but the extra juice will come handy if you're a travelling power user. Morphie Juice Pack: <a href="http://www.mophie.com/" target="_hplink">Available online starting at: $79.95 </a>
If He's A Father.. Consider Getting Him A Bellroy Slim Wallet
A bulging pocket due to an oversized wallet can make anyone a prime target for thieves. So to minimize risk, a wallet with a slim profile can help dads cut down on bulk, get organized and even make more room photos of the kids. Wallets can be a matter of personal preference but the makers at <a href="http://bellroy.com/" target="_hplink">Bellory </a> have nine different styles of wallets, each coming in at least two colours and a various sizes based on how they fold up. There's even a dedicated traveller's wallet which features slots for your passport, boarding passes, business, credit and bank cards as well as currency bills of all shapes and sizes. Bellroy Slim Wallets: <a href="http://bellroy.com/" target="_hplink">Available online starting at $54.95</a>
If He's An Adventure Traveller.. Consider Getting Him A GoPro Video Camera
Ah yes, the male adventure traveller. The man who's probably been in more foreign hospitals than you have stamps on your passport. While a traveller's insurance policy is more practical, a GoPro camera might be more appreciated. The company's latest line, the Hero3+, comes in three different tiers, but they all feature the same lightweight, yet rugged frame which houses a five megapixel shooter capable of recording 1080p HD quality video or better. Cameras are mountable on helmets, clamps or straps and are well suited for the reckless and wild adventure traveller in your life. After all, what good is doing cool stuff abroad unless you can document it and share it on the internet? GoPro Hero3+: <a href="http://gopro.com/cameras" target="_hplink">Available online and at major electronic retailers starting at $199.99</a>
If He's A Guy Who Likes To Eat Food And Travel.. Consider Getting Him A Scratch And Cook Map
Travel and food go hand in hand so for the gastronomically gifted in your network of male travellers, try a scratch and cook map. Created by <a href="https://www.luckies.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Luckies of London</a>, these designers have crafted a gourmet scratch map which features crafty typography of local cuisine shaped into the regions they hail from. The idea is that if you've visited a particular country, you get to scratch off the black top coating, revealing a coloured version of the country and a recipe suggestion to invoke those tasty meals you once had abroad. At the very least, it's a neat way to show off how diverse your palette really is. Gourmet Scratch Map: <a href="https://www.luckies.co.uk/winter/gourmet--scratch-map/" target="_hplink">Available online for $31.50</a>
If He's Your Secret Santa.. Consider Getting Him A Cool Travel T-Shirt
Whether you know your secret Santa well or whether he's some random dude whose name you drew from a hat, Pilot and Captain's airport T-shirts can make a nice gift regardless of your relationship. They're made out of comfy cotton, come in a small to XX-large and feature a variety of major North American airports and a few in Europe. After all, every traveller has an airport they call home base or they've fallen in love with. What better way to show off that pride than by wearing it on your short sleeves? Pilot And Captain's Airport T-Shirts: <a href="http://pilotandcaptain.com/" target="_hplink">Available online starting at $32.00</a>
If He's A Roaming Shutter Bug.. Consider Getting Him A Mirrorless Camera
Not quite a point-and-shoot and not quite a DSLR, mirrorless cameras blend the small, portable body of a point and shoot with the customization of a DSLR thanks to the swappable lenses. If you're set on buying a mirrorless camera, Sony's latest Alpha 7R and Alpha 7 are the world's first mirrorless cameras to feature full-frame CMOS sensors. If that's meaningless to you, know that you can now get a DSLR-quality photos in a much small package. And when it comes to travel photography, smaller and lighter is typically better. Sony Alpha 7R Mirrorless Camera: <a href="https://blog.sony.com/press/sony-introduces-first-full-frame-e-mount-lenses-2/" target="_hplink">Available this December at most electronic retailers for $2.300. (Sony Alpha 7 priced at $1,700)</a>
If He's Your Boyfriend.. Consider Making Him Something
This is your boyfriend we're talking about here. If he's travelling without you -- his beloved partner -- then it must not be an enjoyable trip. So, to ease the pain, or at least damper the thoughts of him cheating, why not make him something by using your strengths? Are you a solid baker? A dozen chocolate chip cookies with taste 100 times better than whatever's on the plane. Maybe you're good with words? Poetry and hand-written letters are a long lost art in this age. Even something as simple as a box of photos featuring your finest moments as a couple will suffice. Besides, you can always get him something from this list for his birthday. Home-made gift: Priceless
If He's A Weary Traveller.. Consider Getting Him An Airport Code Pillow
Travel can be exhausting and for the weary male traveller on your shopping list, we recommend the Airport Code Pillow. Like a t-shirt, these pillows feature a printed airport code of your choice, though the only ones available are Canadian (we're not complaining). Pillows measure 20" by 20" or a smaller 20" by 11" and are feathered filled for added comfort during those long flights. There's even a few with a Canadian icons for anyone feeling extra patriotic about their home and native land. Airport Code Pillow: <a href="http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/NicoleTarasick?ref=l2-shopheader-name" target="_blank">Available online starting at $65.00</a>
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