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It’s almost holiday time! That means searching for all those perfect gifts for family and friends. The key to finding one-of-a-kind presents is to let your travels influence your shopping. To help you get started, here are 6 quick and easy travel inspired gifts.
I love travel-inspired Christmas ornaments. They are not only unique and special decorations, but they also have a way of sparking memories of past trips.
Ornaments are usually easy to find when you are on vacation. Plus, they are small and easy to fit in your suitcase.
If you are shopping at home, look for ornaments that will remind the recipient of a recent trip they took or maybe a trip you took together.
Another great idea for travel inspired gifts is jewelry. Many times, you can find inexpensive handmade jewelry while on vacation. This is another example of a small gift that makes a big impact.
A few years ago, on a trip to Fiji, I picked up some cute jewelry for my nieces.
If you are shopping at home, look for flea or craft markets where you can find some special creations that will remind your loved one of a favorite destination.
Also, check out World Market or other globally-inspired stores for travel-inspired jewelry.
Artwork is a wonderful way to give the gift of memories. From photographs and posters to sculptures and wood carvings, artwork comes in a huge range of sizes and price ranges.
It makes a personal and unique travel inspired gift that will remind your loved one of their favorite trips and moments.
You could have a favorite photograph from a recent trip blown up and framed or order a travel poster featuring a treasured (or desired) destination.
For the women in your life, scarves and sarongs make fabulous unique travel inspired gifts.
Whether you are traveling to the South Pacific or Disney World, you can usually find beautiful and affordable scarves and sarongs.
Because of their small size, they don’t take up too much space in your suitcase either. Not only are they beautiful, but they are very practical as well.
Sarongs, in particular, have a multitude of uses. Try using one as a tablecloth or even as a tree skirt for your Christmas tree.
If you have a coffee lover or someone who likes to cook on your shopping list, look for spice or coffee blends while you are traveling. These are a great way to bring a taste of your travels home to family and friends.
You can usually find small packages or bottles of coffee or spice blends that can be slipped into your suitcase to bring back home. If you are at home and looking for some exotic blends, try World Market for a nice selection.
Another one of my favorite ways to bring a piece of our journey home to friends and family is by buying candy when we travel.
Most countries have candy that you just can’t find at home. New Zealand, for instance, has delicious chocolate.
If you need to shop before your next trip, check out Amazon’s selection of sweet treats from around the world. World Market also carries candy and snacks from other countries.
With a little creativity, you can find unique travel inspired gifts for everyone on your shopping list this year.
By thinking ahead, you can check off a lot of your holiday shopping while doing your own traveling. But, you can find gifts reminiscent of cherished destinations while at home too.
For tips on planning your next adventure, see how to have an amazing vacation on any budget. Do you have ideas for unique gifts inspired by travel? If so, leave them in the comments. Happy travels!
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