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2018 Holiday Gift Guide: 15 Gifts for Adventurous Travelers & Nature Lovers

by Jodi Lucas

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’Tis the season to be jolly… and to fret over finding the perfect gift for your loved one.

Finding a gift for someone you love can be tricky. But if you’re racking your brain trying to think of an amazing gift for the adventurous traveler in your life, then we’ve got your back.

Here are 15 unique gift ideas that are perfect for anyone who loves travel, nature, and wildlife.

Gift Ideas for Conservationists:

If you’re playing Santa to someone who has a passion for saving the environment then consider me your magic little helper because I’ve rounded up 5 gifts that give back to the planet!

15. Adopt an endangered animal
Adopt an elephant

As adorable as they are, bringing home a bow-tied baby elephant or panda is just not kosher but that doesn’t mean you can’t adopt an endangered animal for your loved one.

There are plenty of wildlife conservation projects such as WWF, Defenders of Wildlife, and World Animal Foundation, that protect wild animals and their habitats with a symbolic species adoption.

You can even make the gift a little more special by adding a plushy of their favorite animal to the adoption kit!

14. A token of Africa from BeadWORKS

From jewelry to homeware, pet products, and keychains, you’re bound to find something that your loved one will adore.

BeadWORKS is a community-driven project that not only helps to fight poaching in Africa but also transforms local lives by reducing reliance on natural resources and empowering pastoralist women in northern Kenya, by transforming their skills into income.

Beadwork is a long-standing staple of Kenyan tradition and plays an essential part in the ornamentation of their body. While each pattern has a meaning, generally white signifies peace, blue signifies water, green the grass upon which their livestock depend, and red; blood, warriors, and bravery.

13. A Lush Charity Pot
Lush Charity pot

I LOVE Lush products and I’m confident that your environmentalist loved one will too! The company is well known for hand making each of their fresh, organic, and vegan-friendly cosmetics that fight against animal testing (and are great for the skin).

As if this wasn’t cool enough, they have also come out with a Charity Pot body lotion where 100% of the purchase price goes toward animal rights, environmental rights, or human rights organizations! 

Each pot has a sticker on the lid that tells you where the donation is going to.

12. PangeaSeed artwork

Artwork: Eternal Waves by Mikael B 

The Earth without art is just “eh" - Demetri Martin

Art is inspiring, it tells stories, gives life to open spaces, and also helps the environment. Well, at least PangeaSeed’s art does. 

This creative non-profit is dedicated to using “Artivism” to raise awareness about the ocean and the importance of its creatures.

11. A Bureo skateboard

As someone who skateboards, I can tell you that there is no such thing as having too many boards. So, if you know someone who does and has a passion for the ocean, Bureo’s boards will make an epic holiday gift!

Their boards are made from discarded fishing nets which are collected from coastal communities in Chile.

If you're not a boarder but still want to support the cause, they also make sunglasses and apparel.

Gift Ideas for Adventure Travelers:

We all have that one friend who is always off on some crazy adventure. When they’re not surfing in South America, they’re biking in Indonesia or trekking some far-off mountain in Africa.

They practically live out of a backpack, so when it comes to gifts it can get a little tricky.

Don’t worry, here are a few gift ideas that will help capture those epic moments, inspire future adventures, and make life on the road a little bit more enjoyable.

10. A GoPro

Everyone loves taking photos of their experiences, but there are times when holding a camera is just annoying or not possible. Enter the GoPro.

This is the ultimate gift for thrill seekers and gadget-lovers. In fact, GoPro was founded by a surfer, skier, and motorcyclist who wanted a better way to film himself and his friends surfing.

Did I mention that they also have free shipping? 

9. A Grayl Trail Water Filter

There are two things that every adventure seeker needs: a water bottle and a water purification kit. Or, a water bottle that can purify your water.

The Grayl Trail does just that, using a coconut husk-derived carbon filter that protects against the full spectrum of pathogens as well as many chemicals and heavy metals.

As a bonus, they also pledge a percentage of their sales to environmental preservation.

8. Scratch map

So, this one might not be as “useful” as the other gift ideas, however, I’m always all for any gift that encourages its recipient to see more of the world.

A Scratch Map is not just fun and pretty way to keep track of your travels, but it will also inspire your adventurous loved one to travel more!

7. The Trtl Pillow

The worst part about traveling is having little to no neck support while trying to catch a snooze on a long-haul flight. Sure, memory foam pillows are okay but they’re bulky and don’t quite cut it.

Enter the Trtl Travel Pillow. It is super lightweight, provides ample neck support, and is easy on the wallet.

6. Flight 001 5-in-1 Adapter

Adapter plugs are often one of those essential travel items that people forget to purchase. Plus, there is the effort of having to find the specific one for each new destination you travel to.

Thankfully, this compact adapter set enables travelers to plug in in 150 countries, and it comes with a color-coded map to make it easy to determine which prong situation accompanies their destination.

Gift Ideas for Safari Lovers

Whether the recipient is a seasoned safari-goer or a first-timer, these safari-themed gift ideas are sure to be a hit this holiday season.

5. Binoculars

This is a fantastic gift for all kinds of safari enthusiasts!

For a wildlife safari, a magnification of between 8x and 10x is recommended, but remember: the more you zoom, the shakier the view becomes. Binoculars from Nikon and Zeiss are always a great bet.

4. Photography equipment

For a gift that'll excite a budding wildlife photographer, look no further than the Olloclip Lens Set, which turns the iPhone’s built-in front and rear cameras into wide-angle, fish-eye, and macro 15x lenses.

3. The right sized travel bag

If your gift recipient is thinking about going on a safari in Africa, a lightweight travel bag would a fantastic gift!

While international flights have the usual restriction of 20kgs per person, luggage restrictions are much more intense (about 14kgs) on smaller bush planes that fly between African parks.

This makes having a lightweight bag (and water resistant) super important!

2. A good book

I’m going to level with you here: flights to Africa are LONG! And, the excitement of traveling wears thin once you’ve been in the air for a while.

Save your friend from the torture that is watching cheesy in-flight movies and get him/her a good book to read.

I’d personally recommend Peter Allison’s Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide or an epic fantasy like The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

1.  An amazing safari in South Africa

Is there a better gift to give a safari lover than the chance to spot the Big Five in the flesh? I don’t think so.

For many people, going on a safari is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so this is guaranteed to be a gift that will bring an endless flow of joy to your loved one.

On this epic 2 day safari at the Kruger National Park, guests will have a chance to travel through the vast wilderness of one of Africa's famous parks all while spotting the iconic Big Five along the way! 

The best part is that this grand gesture won’t break the bank either. Starting at 104USD, this thrilling experience includes sunrise and sunset game drives, accommodation at the Ama-zing safari lodge and all transfers!

If two days is not enough then there are plenty of other amazing, budget-friendly safari experiences available.


The holiday season doesn’t mean just buying gifts for others. Spoiling yourself is a must and what better way to do so than by lounging on a tropical island? Treat yourself to an adventure: go on an island safari in Zanzibar.

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