Tiso Gift GuidesGifts for Travellers
Give the gift of adventure this Christmas with our handpicked goodies for those who love to wander. Whether you’re buying for a seasoned backpacker or a total newbie, our selection has something that’s useful for everyone, whatever your budget. Shop our selection of gifts for travellers, curated by adventure specialists to find that something special for the explorer in your life.
Ultimate Gifts (£50-£100)
If you’re looking for a gift that will wow them - what about a new backpack? The Bach Dr Duffel is the epitome of travelling convenience. Bridging the gap between a duffel and backpack, it sits securely and comfortably on your back like a regular pack, but self-stands and opens with a full zip like a doctor’s case, so they can easily find what they’re looking for in a flash. Featuring an array of compartments, they can easily organise essentials in a way that’s most convenient. What’s more, it’s cabin luggage dimensions – a traveller’s dream!
A classic Christmas gift with a twist! Everyone has at least a few reusable water bottles lying around their home and lurking in the cupboards – but this Lifestraw version from Camelbak is an ideal addition for anyone who is going to be backpacking in remote areas. It removes bacteria, parasites, and microplastics and reduces any unpleasant tastes so they can drink water anywhere in the world – even from natural sources like rivers – safely.
A lightweight tee will never go amiss in a traveller’s wardrobe – especially when it’s made with merino wool. These uber comfy t-shirts from Artilect are made with a technical merino/nylon blend for fast drying times and serious durability. What’s more, merino wool is a naturally odour-resistant material – so this t-shirt can be worn multiple times before the next trip to the laundrette.
No one really wants to be lugging all their belongings around with them all day every day when travelling – which is why taking a second, smaller pack is always a good idea. This lightweight multiway backpack from Osprey is super versatile and practical, transitioning seamlessly from backpack to tote – so travellers can wear it anywhere from market to hike. What’s more, it’s made from recycled materials, bluesign-approved fabrics, and is PFC-free – helping them to explore the planet with a lighter footprint.
Secret Santa Gifts for Travellers (£25-£50)
A microfibre towel will always come in handy when adventuring. Compact, lightweight, and highly absorbent – microfibre towels can be easily squeezed into the corner of any pack, and they’re 8 times faster drying than a regular beach towel. Give your explorer a reminder of home from the other side of the world with this Ben Nevis printed version.
If they’re backpacking in hot climates, a protective sun hat is almost always essential. A wide-brimmed hat helps keep you cool and will give your eyes a welcome break when there’s no cloud to shield the sun. This boonie style will keep them well protected with a UPF rating of 50+ and a wide brim to cover the head, face, and shoulders.
There’s nothing like a hip pack to make life easier when on the move. Gift this to help keep their phone, money, and passport secure, close to hand, and easily accessible an essential for travellers! This vibrant option from Patagonia is manufactured ethically with sustainable materials, and stuffs into its own pocket when not needed, taking up virtually no space or weight in a backpack.
It’s a luxury – but one they’ll thank you for. The likelihood is that if someone is embarking on a backpacking trip, especially on a budget, they won’t know where (or what) they’ll be sleeping most of the time. Give them a slice of home comfort with this premium inflatable pillow that will guarantee a good night’s sleep wherever they are. At just 79g, it won’t eat up their luggage allowance either.
Stocking Fillers (£5-£25)
The once yawned-at stocking filler that every adult is now secretly thrilled to open, socks are a failsafe option for the backpacker that has everything. These ultralight merino socks are perfect for all kinds of warm weather activities, including hiking and running. They’ll keep feet cool and dry, and the merino blend provides natural odour resistance, trust us they’ll need it!
Backpacking is all about packing as light as possible, and what could have a better space-to-use ratio than a multi-tool? With several useful features all wrapped up in one compact package – this will come in handy for any adventurer. This classic Swiss army knife features a thin blade, nail file, toothpick, tweezers, and a pair of small scissors.
Exploring unknown areas on the other side of the world means there’s even more need for a phone in case of emergency, and we’re willing to bet they’ll be caught short without a plug on more than one occasion. This compact power bank provides a full charge for Apple and Android devices – and also doubles up as a handy wallet for travel convenience.
It might sound boring – but this is perhaps the most useful gift you could buy for the explorer in your life. Not only will it keep all of their important documents safe and in one place, this wallet is also water resistant and protects against radio frequency identification theft. With enough pockets to store pretty much any documentation, tickets, money, and even a phone – it’s bound to be their most used item of the trip.
Washbags are a travel essential - great for saving space and preventing leakages whilst on the move. With 2 main compartments to separate wet and dry, a detachable mirror, and a metal hanger for convenience wherever they find themselves – they'll wonder how they ever travelled without it.
The number one rule when buying for someone who loves to travel is to make sure that it’s useful. If there’s a genuine use for it, and they can justify packing it – you’re on to a winner. But don’t fret! If you’re still stuck with what to get the explorer in your life, our friendly adventure experts can give you a hand – pop along to your local Tiso store and we’ll be more than happy to help.