20 Travel Gifts Ideas for Men & Women who Travel in the Himalayas

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The life of a Himalayan traveler is the most enjoyable, rewarding and thrilling and to give them a travel gift will be a deeply rewarding experience for you! Travel is the buzzword of modern times, and numerous men and woman are making a living by being active travelers. For travel junkies, it is the curiosity that drives them to explore new places, set foot in areas none before them have come and be blessed by the diversity of the world.

A traveler is never happy with conventional gifts. Try giving a shirt to a traveler and he will tell you how consumerism is bad. So what exactly is a travel gift? We would say that it is something that would keep your travel buddy company, and help them in their journeys. If you happen to know a travel-enthusiast, one of the best things you can do is gift them something that would aid in their travels.

The list is, of course, endless, but if we had to pick the best of the best then these are the ones we would go for. Believe us, nothing more is going to make her happy than these stunning travel gifts to comfort her hippy heart.

Perfect travel gifts for a female wanderlust chaser

She is the one with her mind in the clouds and her heart in some far-flung Himalayan location, craving the solace and isolation. She is forever on the lookout to be one with nature and she will talk your ear off for all the stories she has gathered.

She might be the quintessential hippie, the thrill seeker, the escapist or even a conformist; but, if her soul belongs to travel, you won’t go wrong with the following gifting options!

1. Backpack

There are so many different kinds of bags these days, but a backpack could just be the perfect thing to gift a woman traveler. After all, she cannot have her handbag with her all the time!

Go for something lightweight, trendy, maybe leather, or even suede, and choose a medium sized one. It should hold all sorts of little things that a woman would require for her travels. A good backpack should also have enough pockets (MUST HAVE POCKETS!).

2. Skincare Kit

Travel can take a toll on skincare, and there is nothing worse than a bad selfie (amirite?)! So, you can really do her a favor by buying her a good skincare kit with all the essentials in it, such as lotion, moisturizer, a face wash, and more.

It would be even better if you can pack it all up in a nice little bag. Also, bonus points for adding in sunscreen. And in the Himalayas, nothing better than a good SPF 50+ sunscreen.

3. Travel Journal

Now we know that people do not really write their travel experiences in a journal, but this one is a great way to rekindle nostalgia. It is indeed a thoughtful gift, and moreover a great way to show your love and support for the person.

This might even bring out the poet and writer in your traveler friend. So, do not hesitate and go for it. I, for one, would go insane if I ever received this particular gift.

One of my favourite ones

4. Scarves

Scarves are great travel companions and trust me, a woman requires loads of these. So you could get her some beautiful scarves, an assortment of these. From silk scarves to woolen scarves, something for all types of weather; get her something colorful, floral, polka dotted and more.

Bonus points if these are from eclectic and far-flung places with history and stories attached to them!

In fact, if you are traveling to Leh Ladakh, you can get some really warm and nice hand woven pashmina scarves.

Dhanaulti Eco Park
Dhanaulti Eco Park (Picture Credits: Vinod Raman)

5. Power Bank

This one, as you can imagine, is a lifesaver. There will be days when a traveler strays away from the mainland and has nothing in sight to charge the phone, and this is when the power bank comes into play. A good power bank is definitely one of the best gifts you could give your traveler friend.

If you are interested, you can check this 20000 mah power bank from MI and I have been using it for the last three years now without fail.

6. Binocular

A piece of lost equipment, but these are still relevant for travelers. A binocular is a great gift for a traveler, simply because it allows the person to look closely into far off things. Imagine a mountain trip, and how a binocular can come in handy when wanting to see a specific peak.

7. Travel Guide

There are numerous travel guides in the market today, and for a woman traveler, especially if she is traveling solo, this can be useful. You can gift her city-specific travel guide and allow her to know and understand the place where she is in.

These books contain all information, including hotels, restaurants, hospitals, sightseeing destinations, and more.

8. First Aid Kit

A travel plan is not devoid of injuries, especially if it is adventure travel. So, a first aid kit is a great way to show your concern for your friend.

A typical first aid kit should have all the essential medical requirements, from bandages to fast reliefs, to cold medicines, and even band-aids. It is not something many people think of, but trust us, this is a great gift.

9. Customized Passport and document holder

If you know and have observed women closely, they like to keep everything organized and in style. Passport & document holder can come handy in organizing all the travel documents, IDs, visas, currency, etc in one place.

Go for quirky colors with abstract designs. You can never go wrong with these!

Also, every time she travels, she will smile looking at your prefect, thoughtful gift! Presence of mind for a long long time, what else should a gift accomplish?

10. Luggage tags

Just the way women like to accessorize themselves with pretty jewelry, they love to accessorize their travel bags with luggage tags, scarves or colorful badges. You can go for her favorite superhero like Batman or Thor’s hammer.

If she loves minions, there are so many fun options available. If there is no particular liking towards any character, then maybe tags like Eiffel Tower or champagne bottle will sure bring a smile on her face. Or maybe something like these

So, if you want to gift your friend something in a style which she will not only cherish but also remember, follow our list. You can never go wrong with these

The Golden Glow at Kedarkantha Peak
The Golden Glow at Kedarkantha Peak (PC: Vinod Raman)

A perfect travel gift for a male travel adventurer

We all know men make for the worst people to give gifts to! So, if the receiver of your present is a traveler, your job has become ever-so-easy! Get in line with this handy list and the man would be happy for the most thoughtful gift he would receive.

Although, word of caution – men tend to not be expressive or overtly emotive – so the feelings will be felt not shared!

1. Bose Headphones makes for the perfect travel gift

There is nothing better than a good pair of headphones to keep the beats going, and so this is definitely going to keep your traveler friend company. So, look out for an amazing pair of Bose headphones that would help your traveler friend going. These are usually noise cancellation induced, and hence are absolutely amazing.

2. Sunglasses

Travelers require a good pair of sunglasses not just for style, but for legitimate reasons. One of them being, when trekking in a snowy terrain, the sun rays hit the snow and reflect on the eyes making it difficult to walk. This is why sunglasses are very much required for trekkers.

Sopona Lake - The Deserted Look
Sopona Lake – The Deserted Look

3. Go Pro or a Drone

This is a gift that is sure to bring a smile on any traveler’s face. A Go Pro camera or a drone for aerial photography is all the rage these days, and you cannot possibly go wrong with this. It is an action camera that is waterproof and is stand-alone in nature.

However, Go Pros are also used through your phones, thanks to apps that make it possible. If you really want to surprise your traveler buddy then buy him a Go Pro!

4. Umbrella

Yes, something as simple as this is a great gift for a traveler. A traveler goes anywhere at any time, and one of the best things to have by your side is an umbrella. Ask anyone, and he will tell you how rain can play spoilsport during travels. An umbrella comes in and saves the day! Bonus points if the art on the umbrella is travel related (think: earth print, maps, atlas type art!)

5. Track Suit or Trek Pants

A good sporty tracksuit can be a real boon for your traveler friend. This one is an all-weather gift that definitely is a friend to every traveler.

Go for something nice like Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Mesuca, or Gap. But be sure to get the right size, as there is nothing worse than an ill-fitting travel tracksuit!

You may also visit the nearest Decathlon store to buy a nice pair of hiking wear or may be Quechua trek pants if nothing works out.

6. Bar Set

Yes, the quintessential man will be overjoyed to receive this stunning gift. A portable bar set has everything he needs to make his drink anywhere. Glasses, 35 ml drink measure, opener, flask, and more – you have everything you need to make your perfect drink.

Kaza-Langza road
Winding roads around Kaza

7. Windcheater

Traveling light is perhaps one of the best ways to travel, and a windcheater is just the right stuff in this regard. It is light and keeps you safe from cold or ever warm winds.

A real deal-breaker, gifting a windcheater jacket is like blessing your traveler buddy. Go for a good one, because otherwise, it is of no use.

8. Swiss Knife

Is your traveler friend a wannabe Bear Grylls? Then this one is for him. An original Swiss Knife is a thing of beauty, and a prestigious item to own. There are Victorinox Original Climber, Victorinox Swiss Champ, and Victorinox Ranger, among others. So you can take your pick and surprise your friend.

Dheeraj, the primary author on this blog, says, “I am personally using Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Knife for the last 6-7 years and it has been one best investment I have ever done. It helps me in so many situations“.

9. Passport Covers

A traveller needs to safeguard his passport, and one of the best ways to do this is by using a passport cover. You can just go online and take a look at some good looking covers; there are all sorts of them available. But a leather bound passport cover is a great gesture, and a really tasteful gift.

10. Number locks and belts

If your friend is a frequent traveler, then he/she will always have a handy lock and belt. Long wait hours at the airport or long train journeys are a good time to catch some sleep, to energize before or after a good trek. Try gifting these to a friend and you will see how happy he is.

All they need to do is to tie their luggage to a post or a window and sleep to their heart’s content!

Still, Looking More Travel Gift Ideas?

Well, you can always refer few of my articles listed below and get an idea on traveler’s checklist for self drive road trips, biking trips, hiking and trekking trips along with all other general travel trips.

Conclusion

Hope we made deciding on a gift for your friend a bit easier. All you have to do is know their taste in colors and patterns and pick the best-looking one, wrap it in a good paper and voila! We just saved your grace.

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All the above gifts are of course interchangeable – a traveler is a traveler – and utility means the most to them! As a traveler myself, if I get a beautiful wind-cheater right before a trip to the Himalayas, believe me, you will be getting a tonne of happy vibes sent your way from the High Hills!

Tell us in comments below, dear travellers, what is your favourite gift you ever received?

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Shefali spends most of her time day dreaming about her next big vacation. A happy-go-lucky personality, she is an amalgamation of all the places she’s lived in and experienced! She is always confused as to where to call home, having lived in Chandigarh, Shimla, Dehradun, Mumbai, Hyderabad in India and Vancouver, Abbotsford in Canada. Her love for travel is only challenged by her love for reading and eating delicious food! In order to sustain her dreams, she brought out her inner geek, got an MBA and has a job in the corporate world crunching numbers. Do follow @nomadstoryteller on Instagram for updates on her next great adventure.

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  2. MANAPAKKAM NARASHIMMAN RAJAGOPAL on

    I am planning to travel to leh in the month of May or early June with my wife. Are you arranging for the tour, if so furnish me the details

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