Whether you’re buying a present for a green traveler or want to buy something for yourself, there’s no shortage of options available today. As more and more people become conscious of the environment, companies and manufacturers are taking steps to make sure that these customer needs are met.
If you can’t make up your mind on what to buy or where to start, this guide to the best gifts for travelers will get you on the right track. Check out these gift idea lists:
Best Gifts for Travelers ~ Gift Ideas for Green Travelers
Stainless Steel Travel Mug
A mug will come in handy for those quick camping outs and hiking trips, as it gives the traveler a reusable container for water or coffee.
Because it’s stainless steel a traveler can reuse it again and again, eliminating the need for paper or plastic cups. While these mugs are often used for short trips, they’ll also come in handy for school or office. With a stainless steel mug, they can pack up more quickly and get going.
There are few things an eco-friendly traveler needs more than a water bottle. Different types of water bottles are available, but regardless what you buy make sure that it’s BPA free and it’s stainless steel as it will make the bottle last longer. There’s a lot to be said about stainless steel water bottles, but their biggest benefit is they’re versatile enough to be used at home or on the road. Since water bottles are so cheap, you can buy several of these.
Eco-Friendly Shoes and Sneakers
Nothing beats a nice pair of eco-friendly shoes, and there are plenty of these available today. Just go online and you’re going to find an array of green footwear made from recycled materials and using environment friendly processes.
Note that some of these shoes are for casual wear, so if you expect your recipient to wear it while traveling, get a pair of heavy duty travel shoes that can withstand rugged terrain. This isn’t as hard as you might think as green footwear has become more commonplace.
No traveler will be complete without a travel book, it’s a fact. Yes there are travel apps available, but what if he / she goes somewhere where there is no reliable Internet connection? With a good travel book, a traveler will never be lost. A good travel book will provide information about the country as well as photos, so it’s going to be an invaluable aid. If your friend likes to travel to foreign countries, consider getting him / her a dictionary or a book with commonly used phrases and expressions, and it will also help if you get them an etiquette book, very handy to prevent misunderstandings and culture shock.
Kitchen Compost Bin
Ask any frequent traveler and he / she will tell you that a compost bin is a must-have, so why not give one as a gift? They’re very practical, portable and eliminate the odor that would otherwise emanate from the thrash. Many are sold in 1 gallon sizes although other options are available, and if you’re going to buy one, look for those with a charcoal liner as that helps eliminate odors.
A green traveler will appreciate this because it means they don’t have to rely on whatever the hotel is providing them. And if they’re staying in simple lodgings chances are they’re not going to get any towels at all. Towels for home use are large, warm and soft but usually not fit for travel, so it is better if you buy one that’s made of microfiber because it dries quickly, can absorb a lot of water and folds tightly and easily.
A molcajete (mortar and pestle) may not seem like a necessity, but if the traveler enjoys cooking then this will be something they’ll appreciate. If you’re not familiar with it, a molcajete is the Mexican version of the pestle and mortar, and it’s especially useful for grinding and crushing herbs, spices and foods. For hikers and campers who like to prepare their own food, this will be indispensible.
Anyone who travels frequently will need a backpack, but for eco-friendly travelers the recycled ones are going to be most appreciated. Don’t let the term recycle mislead you, because these are as comfortable and dependable as any other backpack. Aside from the green factor, there are a lot of other factors to consider when buying a backpack, such as the size, capacity, and type and so on. This all depends on what type of traveler your gift recipient is, so take that into consideration. However, buying won’t be as difficult as it used to be since there are a lot of options available sold today.
Does your friend have a sweet tooth? Then a gelato maker will be most welcome. This might not seem to have anything to do with being green, but it does actually: having their own gelato maker means they won’t to deal with the urge to buy candies and consequently, not worry about where to throw away the wrappers.
Is there a better way to capture the beauty of nature than with a digital camera? There are a lot of gadgets you can buy, but no question, a camera is what the green traveler will appreciate the most as it allows them to capture the most amazing moments of their trips. Digital cameras are no longer as expensive as they used to be so finding one won’t be too difficult. It’s true that smartphones and tablets have a built-in camera, but the quality a real camera provides is superior. If your friend is picky about pictures, then only a “real” camera will do.
So there you have it, the best gifts for travelers, and whether your recipient has been traveling for a long time or just new to it, there’s no question that they will be grateful and will benefit from any of these gifts.
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