There are only a couple of weeks to go before Christmas. Have you done all your shopping yet?
For those still looking for unique and fun gift ideas for their travel buddy friends, here are our picks that will appeal to anyone bitten with a serious case of wanderlust.
1. Backpack and luggage covers from Wanderskye
Ideal for hikers and backpackers, Wanderskye’s backpack covers feature artistic designs by Filipino artists that will inspire anyone to hit the road. The durable backpack covers are waterproof, which will help keep stuff dry when traveling during the rainy season. It can also protect backpacks from scratches, dirt and stains and can be fold neatly into a compact size with its built-in pouch when not in use.
For jet-setters, Wanderskye has a line of waterproof luggage covers to ensure suitcases stay dry and secure on the way to the airport or while in transit. Luggage covers come in various sizes to fit standard size hand carry or carry-on luggage and come in hip and eye-catching designs featuring travel stamps, maps, inspirational quotes, icons and patterns.
For a more personal touch, you can even order custom luggage cover designed with your name or favorite travel quote! The luggage covers are durable, eco-friendly and way more stylish compared to securing bags with cling wrap or duct tape.
Cost: Backpack Covers: P895 for XS, P995 for Small and P1195 for Medium; Luggage covers: P1195 for Small, P1395 for Medium and P1595 for Large
Where to get it: Order online from www.wanderskye.com or buy in-store at Wanderskye Kiosk, Rustans, Flight001, Bratpack, R.O.X., Deuter, Flight001, Fab Manila and Go Shop.
2. Iconspeak shirts and bags
For those traveling abroad who need to bridge the language barrier the simplest way possible, Iconspeak shirts and travel bags could be really useful. The quirky minimalist design on their line of t-shirts for men and women, tank tops, tote bags, drawstring bags and phone cases features 39 essential icons that will help you get around.
For your friend who always find themselves “lost in translation” when traveling overseas, all they have to do is simply point to the appropriate icon like a plane, WiFi, bus, toilet and so on.
Cost: Varies per size / item (check website for full prices)
Where to get it: Order online from https://iconspeak.world/
3. Maz Brasil Sneakers
Maz Brasil is a sneaker brand from Brazil that’s now available in the Philippines. They offer a stylish line of comfy kicks that come in vibrant colors like Red Hot Chili, Amazon White and Samba Orange and are just perfect for travelers.
The sneakers are lightweight (as light as 200 grams), flexible (can be folded to fit your luggage or carry-on while traveling) and machine washable (dries in 10 to 15 minutes). The sneakers are easy to take on and off for the airport and comfortable for walking around all day, making them ideal for city tours. The vibrant colors and design also add interest to those OOTD snapshots.
Cost: P4,200 - P4,600 (depending on design and size)
Where to get it: Order online at https://mazbrasil.com.ph/
4. Juan Hugot Away Travel Journal
There are a lot of travel planners out in the market, but Juan Hugot Away Travel Journal will appeal to Pinoy travelers because of the beautiful photographs around the country and unique wit and Pinoy “emo” humor.
Aside from being made of genuine and top quality leather, the journal serves as a monthly and weekly planner, travel guide, a book of 365 hugot posts, and habit trackers rolled in one. Everyone can relate with the content.
With unique features like a Philippine map tracker, destination checklists, suggested actvivities, Instagram photography hacks and suggested location hashtags, this travel planner may inspire you to hit the road sooner than you think.
Where to buy it: Order online from http://juanhugotaway.com/
5. Unique backpacks
Unique backpacks are always a good choice for travelers, especially functional ones like waterproof bags or those with anti-theft features. Locally made bags that make use of traditional weaving techniques or upycled materials are also a good choice for environment-conscious travelers who want to make a statement.
“Verbs” bacpacks are bags made from upcycled denim that feaure traditional hand-embroidery skills of the rural women of Baao, Camarines Sur. This product is an attempt to make people conscious of their fashion choices, opting for sustainable fashion over fast fashion. Travellers will like the comfy feel of upcycled denim for casual city walks. All the bags are machine washable as well for easy cleaning.
Where to buy it: The F.A.R.M. Shoppe by BidiBidi enterprise, Baao, Camarines Sur (Contact: 0916-4513749), Pinoy Souvenir Center, Robinson's Place Palawan, Puerto Princesa.
For your outdoorsy friends, hammocks are another popular gift choice. In our gift list for travel junkies last year, we already recommended the Duo-yan by Hammock Republic, a travel pillow that transforms into a cocoon-type hammock. Their newest designs come with built-in mosquito nets, perfect for those beach getaways.
Cost: P1,100 - P1,400 with free shipping anywhere in the Philippines
Where to buy it: Order online from https://www.facebook.com/hammockrepublic
For those looking for something more lightweight, Kayumanggear offers packable duyans which you can easily bring to hiking trips. The hammock weighs between 0.5 to 1 kilo and can be easily folded into a pouch. The hammock is made of ripstop nylon/microfiber nylon and comes in non-waterproof and waterproof/water-resistant fabric, which can serve double duty as a bag protector for hikers when it rains.
Where to buy it: Kayumanggear hammocks are usually sold during bazaars. You can order online through their Facebook or Instagram. Facebook: Kayumanggear
7. Travel gadgets & tech accessories
For tech-savvy travelers, you can’t go wrong with gadgets and tech accessories like powerbanks, universal adaptors, triple cube adaptors, noise-canceling headphones or bluetooth speakers, which are all pretty handy tools to have while on the road. Opt for quality brands or those that serve more than one purpose (ex. Powerbanks with built-in LED flashlights.)
For digital nomads who bring their laptops whenever they travel, a stylish laptop sleeve is another good choice. Woven is a social enterprise that features modern, high quality handmade products that use traditional Filipino materials and techniques to empower local weaving communities around the Philippines.
Their line of laptop sleeves are made of handwoven and embroidered banig (traditional mats) with an interior section padded with foam and garters on the bottom corners to keep your laptop secure. They also sell bag tags that make use of vibrant Yakan fabrics from Mindanao along with banig interiors and leather straps.
Cost: Woven Laptop sleeve: P950 - P1299 (depending on the size); Bag Tags - P220 each
Where to buy it: Order online from https://wovenph.com for delivery. Woven is available in Roots Katipunan, FBR Building, Katipunan Ave, Quezon City; Go Lokal, Manila (Robinsons Department Store, Ermita), LoloBanana, Rizal St., El Nido, Palawan and Greenhouse, Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao.