I hate to bring this to you, but Christmas is right upon us, peeps! I know, right? Where does the time go? I’m sure I’m not the only one to think that it is becoming increasingly difficult to buy Christmas presents for the ones around us, with so and so being allergic to this and that, and so and so buying only locally and fair trade. I’m sure a few of you have this lone traveler in your family for which it is impossible to find the right present because she is living out of a small backpack, and on top of that is a vegan. Fret not! I’ve made this handy gift guide for you! Here’s what I think the best vegan-friendly presents are for all budgets this holiday season.
These are technically for hair, but when traveling minimally, I sometimes carry only this and use it to wash my body, my hair, and even my clothes. The Karma Komba scented one is my fave! Perfect little stocking stuffer!
The vegan passport is a little pocket book that contains vegan phrases in over 100 languages that you can just show in restaurants around the world. Handy!
For the raw vegan, the health conscious or the celiac on the go, this nifty and portable device will allow making pasta ribbons out of zucchini, carrots and cucumbers easily and impress everyone at the hostel!
For the neat freak! Get your packing skills down pat with these lightweight packing cubes.
Neat lego-looking gizmo that will allow you to adapt and get powered up in over 150 countries.
I’ve had this neck pillow for a few years and it’s my favorite because it’s convertible and can be used in different ways. For me, it’s a neck pillow, a meditation pillow, a camping pillow and a cuddle sausage. Just, don’t ask.
Essential for backpackers, this one has an odor-resistant technology and is one of the fastest-drying micro-fiber towels I’ve ever owned.
Every traveler wished they had one of those, but most don’t have one. It just seems like one of those odd things you’d never think you’ll need, up until you find yourself stranded with a bottle of Chardonnay in an Airbnb without a bottle opener, a lone thick-skinned cucumber in hand and an ingrown toenail to your right foot. We’ve all been there.
This is a very versatile and portable tripod that’ll turn anything it can grip onto into an extension of itself. If that makes any kind of sense. It’s awesome, anyway.
So, c’mon, don’t be all prudish. We female travelers are of the rather liberated type and love a good old meet and greet with the locals when traveling to a new country. When all else fails, a vibrator is always a trusty plan B to have on hand. And when traveling, something that is both inconspicuous and silent is de rigueur. This little number ticks all the right boxes.
With the cost of checked luggage always on the rise, more and more backpackers are deciding to go barebone and travel the world with only a carry-on. Cabin Zero makes stylish 44L capacity backpacks that are cabin-sized approved and super sturdy.
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I’ve gone through 3 iPhones this past year, so I think it’s safe to say that these lifeproof cases are a good investment. These are both waterproof and dropproof and let you pack your tech along on your adventures, keeping you connected every soggy, snowy, muddy step of the way.
I can’t recommend those enough! I can’t believe I waited all these years to get a decent pair of headphones. They muffle all the snorers around and help get work done when everyone around is having a party. Plus, they come in a handy travel case that will make sure they don’t get damage.
A favorite of minimalist backpackers! This thing weighs nothing and can hold thousands of books. It’s fully wireless and so makes for the perfect gift that keeps on giving, as you can purchase books and have them delivered directly to the Kindle’s owner from halfway across the globe.
If the sky’s the limit for your Christmas budget, than I absolutely recommend the Olympus OM-D mirrorless camera. I don’t personally own one of my own, but a few friends of mine do. I’ve been ogling it for some time and know that the image quality is impeccable, and the camera is lightweight and beautifully designed. The bundled lens is versatile and perfect for all sorts of photography and video. That’ll make for one very happy camper, I promise you.
What’s on your Christmas list?
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