Ah the Holidays, ’tis the season to be jolly. Besides all the gifts and the food that usually follow, the music, the ugly sweaters, booze and all your annoying relatives, you know deep down all of the above makes it the best season of the year! The time has come to sip on a cup of hot cocoa whilst watching some Netflix Christmas special and a million  Hallmark movies that have been playing non-stop since July without any shame. Go out and sing every  Micheal Bublé’s Christmas songs and spread the joy to the world.

What’s not so great is how many Christmas shoppers wait at the very last minute to find that perfect gift for their loved ones then rushes to the stores with that same stress level of a poor student who’s desperately praying to salvage his grades upon the end of the semester. You know who you are!   Well, your prayers have been answered, and we’ve made you a list of gift ideas that are perfect for that special travel lover or frequent flyer on your list.

 A table top travel book

Not only is this a great way to decorate your coffee table, but it is also an amazing conversation starter when planning your upcoming trip. Either pick an antique book from your local second-hand bookstore or pick up a copy of Journey published by DK.

A camera to create a scrap book

The instax SQUARE SQ20 allows you the snap and create a scrapbook of your adventure as it happens with new functions such as frame grab and timeshift collage as well as the special sequence filter.


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A globe for your desktop

The perfect addition to any desk. Indigo has a great selection of chic globes, or if you’re on a budget, why not browse the local flea market or thrift shop to find one as unique as the person you are shopping for.

A functional camera bag

Protect your expensive equipment shopping for a functional and chic camera bag like this one from Lowepro we found at Best Buy.

A travel journal

Capture all of the memories from your trip in a chic travel journal. This one from a Vancouver maker Ashley Caitlin Crafts on Etsy is a lightweight option perfect to pack with you on the road.

A chic passport holder

It’s no secret that a passport is a traveller’s most trusted companion. This passport holder from Fossil is not only RFID enabled but can be personalized and embossed with your name or initials for free.

A gift that gives back

Give back to others this year by donating to The Intrepid Foundation this year to help someone in need.

A travel sized organizational bag

If you’re an avid reader of Travel + Design, you’ll know we’re huge fans of The Flight Pack. The Flight Pack is a meticulously designed travel bag created to take the stress out of packing. Crafted with premium vegan leather, gunmetal details and microsuede lining, this water resistant bag will be your trusted partner in crime when on the move.


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Carry-on luggage

Not only do the suitcases from AWAY come in a range of colours, but these compact suitcases are also TSA-approved at fit comfortable in the overhead compartment for most airlines.


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A light-weight backpack

The MEC Travel Light Carry On bag is lightweight nylon, it’s free of unnecessary bulk and durable enough to survive sliding around overhead bins and little bumps on bustling streets.

A camera fit for adventure

Probably one of the most expensive gifts you might receive this year if someone on your list has a special talent in video editing and loves taking pictures, why not all pitch in and get them the latest GoPro.

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Sharpen your skills with a photography class

Learn how to take better photos on your next trip at Henry’s Learning Lab with topics that vary from instructional classes that teach you how to use your specific DSLR or point-and-shoot, to creative classes that teach you a wide variety of techniques including composition, low light photography and video.

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A subscription to a travel magazine

Need inspiration for your next adventure? Start the year off right by subscribing to a great magazine like National Geographic, Condé Nast, or Lonely Planet.

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A language learning book

Help your loved one learn a new language before their next trip by surprising them with a language learning book. I prefer pocket-sized books to carry with me or one with key phrases to navigate my way around a destination.

A scratch map for your wall

The latest trend is having a map that you can scratch to mark the countries you’ve visited like this one from Indigo.

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