Looking for the perfect gift for the travel lover in your life this Valentine’s Day? I’ve got you covered. I might be single right now but I know how to pick out a great gift – and these are some seriously cute, unique ideas that are perfect for travellers and outdoor lovers! Plus if there are any secret admirers out there who want to send me a gift…
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El Camino Bracelet – From £21.99
One of my favourite Christmas presents this year was a beautiful charm bracelet from El Camino, who sent me one as a gift. They create gorgeous travel-themed charm bracelets which are a great way to remember the most special trips in your life. This is a perfect unique Valentines gift since you can select charms for all the places you’ve travelled together – creating a really special bracelet.
You start with a fairly simple bracelet, made from a super-strong, travel-proof woven cord in a range of colours (I love the forest green). Then you select the charms, known as “steps”. You can choose steps with country names on, or “small steps” with the names of specific places or landmarks on. There are also twelve “region steps” which are glass beads in different colours for different regions, and you can also create custom engraved steps with special dates or places. I chose three country steps to mark three of the most important countries I visited in the last few years – Colombia, Thailand, and Nicaragua – as well as South America region step because that was my very first big adventure abroad. It’s such a cute, personal gift and I absolutely love it!
Dual Headphone Connector – £2.75
Recommended by Gemma from Two Scots Abroad
“What’s more romantic than a 14 hour bus journey between South American countries with your other half than being able to share a playlist or watch a movie? A dual earphone connector (who knows that the official term is!) allows two people to plug their own earphones in and watch a film or listen to an album at the same time! No need to noise up other people in hostels or on transport with your volume up. Everyone is a winner this Valentine’s Day.”
Matching Personalised Passports – £24.78
Passport holders are great gifts for travellers, and matching passport covers make a super cute Valentine’s day gift. A quick browse on Etsy will throw up loads of options for couples passport covers. My personal favourites are these personalised couples passport covers because you can add your names to them. I love the cute message on them!
If you fancy splurging a bit, though, consider a sexy carved-leather passport holder from CarveOn. I have one of these and they’re gorgeous! You can customise them with your names and a logo of your choice so it’s a great Valentine’s day gift.
Adventure Fund – £19.99
Saving up for the next adventure? A personalised adventure fund is a really cute idea. I love these joint money box frames on Etsy, which you can personalise with your names. They’re also clear so you can watch them filling up and see your fund come to life.
Photo Print – From £6
Your beautiful travel photos should be used for more than just Facebook. Get a photo of your most special travel memory enlarged into a canvas or acrylic print and put it up on the wall so you remember it forever! I used My-Picture recently and absolutely loved the quality of my print. The prices are really reasonable and the results are great.
Check out my review of My-Picture here for some more info.
Bob Books Photo Book – From £14.99
Speaking of making something more than Instagram posts from your travel photos – consider designing your loved one a photo book to celebrate your top travel moments.
I’ve used the book design service from Bob Books and I would happily recommend them. You upload all your pics, and the designer will create the book for you – selecting the best layout so your photos compliment each other. If you want to have full control and design your own book, you can do that to. The quality from Bob Books is superb and the finished product is absolutely beautiful.
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Home-made Keepsake Box – Free
On a bit of a budget? Making your own present is such a cute idea and means you can be seriously personal. Buy a cheap box (or dig out an old shoebox and cover it with pretty wrapping paper) and turn it into a hand-made keepsake box. Simply gather up a few treasures from your favourite trips together and pop them inside. Ticket stubs, souvenirs, seashells, photographs… anything that reminds you of the places you’ve visited together. Then when you give the gift, you can have fun going through the memories together.
Adventure Scrapbook – Free
Another cute free Valentines gift is to create a scrapbook. It’s not quite free since you’ll have to buy some supplies (unless you already have them) but it can be done pretty cheaply. Choose some of your favourite photos from your travels together (at least 20 should be enough) and get them printed out. Then pick up some photo mounting tape (regular glue can damage photos over time) and a pretty scrapbook or a good quality ring-bound sketchpad – and fill her up! Use a nice pen to add some text or doodles, and glue in any ticket stubs or other scraps that you’ve saved from your travels.
These adventure themed travel books on Etsy are perfect to use as a scrapbook.
Scratch Travel Map – £9.99
Recommended by Sabrina from Clutch and Carry On
“This is what I got for Christmas… I LOVE it!” Sabrina said when she sent me this tip. Scratch Maps are becoming a really popular travel themed gift and it’s easy to see why. They’re foil-coated maps and you can scratch off the countries you’ve been to. A great way to track your joint travels and plan where you want to head next.
Coordinates Necklace – from £23.10
Recommended by Kris from Nomad by Trade
“A custom engraved necklace makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, and for travel lovers, adding the latitude and longitude of a favourite location can make it even sweeter. Find the coordinates of your honeymoon destination, the little cottage you have to visit every fall, or your partner’s favourite place in the world. Frequent travellers will also love having coordinates for home on a necklace. The possibilities are endless.”
This simple engraved bar necklace is one of my favourites!
“Google Maps has a handy feature that tells you the latitude and longitude for any point on the map, so you’ll know exactly what to have engraved. These necklaces come in dozens of designs, so you can find something for everyone’s sense of style. Your Valentine will love carrying that little reminder of a special travel destination with them whenever they wear their jewellery.”
There are so many designs to choose from on Etsy – just have a browse. This beautiful mountain design necklace is perfect for outdoorsy types!
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