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Great Christmas ideas for the traveller in your life

Buying the perfect Christmas gift for friends and relatives can be difficult at the best of times, but choosing the right gift for the traveller in your life is especially hard. With such limited space in their packs, it’s not like they can take much with them on their journeys.

So if you’re stumped as to what to give a globetrotting friend or relative this Christmas, here are 12 great gift ideas to help you out:

Passport wallet and tag set
Just because you’re travelling, doesn’t mean you need to forgo style. With plenty of room to organise your cards and cash along with your passport, this Leather Travel Wallet Set from Ciao Bella, is not only stylish, it’s also very practical. What’s more, it’s available in a rainbow of fun colours including hot pink, lime green, turquoise, coral, lemon, pale pink and aqua.

Amazon Kindle
Noting beats a good book to help a traveller pass the time on a lengthy plane, train or bus journeys. But traditional books are heavy and take up much needed space in travel packs. The Amazon Kindle takes care of that. Not only can you read and download books, but it also plays music like an iPod and you can browse the Internet if you get the new 3G version.

Travel journal
Some of the world’s best travel books started out as jottings in a travel journal. To help encourage the budding travel writer in your life you can’t beat the Moleskine Journal. A favourite of legendary author Bruce Chatwin, it’s the ideal planning trips and keeping fond memories.

Waterproof camera
The rugged Olympus Stylus Tough waterproof camera is the perfect gift for adventurous travellers. Not only are they designed to withstand abuse — they’re waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof — they take excellent photos to boot.

Grid-it Organiser
Tech savvy travellers will love the Grid-it organisation system from Cocoon. The rubberised woven bag organiser holds anything from a pen to a camera, cell phone and charger, so you’ll never have to rummage through your bag again.

Worst case scenario travel game
Travel-sized games are not only great for kids. Based on the best belling book series, this fun card game will test your survival knowledge and keep you entertained at the same time offering bizarre (but useful) travel tips on everything from how to book the safest hotel room in case of fire to how to fend off a grizzly bear.

The Travel Book
The recently released second edition of Lonely Planet’s The Travel Book is an amazing gift for any traveller — even armchair travellers. The comprehensive A-Z travel pictorial covering 229 countries and destinations will have them plotting their next holiday before they’ve even unpacked from the last.

World travel mains adapter
Perfect for the gadget laden globetrotter, the compact SKROSS World Adapter works in more than 150 countries, allowing you to plug in wherever you are. It can be used with a range of two and three pole devices, including digital cameras, laptops, mobile phones, hairdryers and MP3 players.

Solar power charger
Another inspired gift for travelling techies is the Powermonkey Explorer solar power charger. Not only will it charge electronic devices anywhere there’s sunlight, it can also charge from a USB port or power outlet making it an invaluable item in any travel kit.

Sewing kit
Kathmandu’s credit card sized sewing kit is a great stocking stuffer. After all, no matter where you travel to, you’re bound to lose a button or pull a hem sooner or later.

Travel gift card
The best present for a traveller is travel itself. From as little as $25 you can get a Flight Centre gift card which can be used for flights, accommodation, tours, car hire and travel insurance.

Kiva Gift Card
For the gift that keeps on giving you can’t beat a Kiva Gift Card. The award-winning non-profit, provides micro loans to help alleviate poverty by connecting borrowers with lenders around the world. The real joy in receiving this gift is that you get to choose who you want to support. Then at the end of the loan, once the money has been repaid, you can relend it to someone else.

Do you have any great gift ideas for a travel-buddy? Enter your comments below.

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