You may be wondering about gifts for solo travelers on your list. After all, these people don’t have someone to help schlep, hold, or guard extra items. They travel light out of necessity.
And if they’re like me, they’re also on a “solo budget,” so every dollar/Euro/peso is wisely spent. So your gift can really make their day! These ideas are good for all the travelers on your list, but the solos will be most grateful.
Here are five thoughtful ideas to get you started:
Door Jammer: No one wants an unexpected guest in their hotel room. A portable door jammer provides peace-of-mind, no matter where the solo traveler roams. It must be small, lightweight, and easy to pack and use. Some have alarms that sound if a would-be intruder decides to pay a visit. The one shown here is $25 on amazon.com. You’ll also find them at hardware and home improvement stores.
Personal Alarm: Forget about whistles–in a moment of danger, who has time–or breath–to locate the whistle and blow? Instead, choose a TSA-approved device that blasts a noise to notify the planet that you need help. It should be tiny and easy to activate. The BASU eAlarm gets great reviews and costs about $10. Find it at amazon.com or a travel store. Better than mace, which an attacker can grab and use on the traveler.
Menu Translator: Yes, I know “there’s an app for that”…but how much simpler to pull out a credit card-sized pamphlet. Or maybe you don’t want to rely on devices during a meal. Herb Lester Associates has delightful travel guides and unusual items, such as souvenir notepads from fictional hotels. The website is worth a visit: “Herb Lester Associates publish guides for tourists and locals: witty, pretty, curious and opinionated.” Order from the company–it’s in England–or from amazon.com. Crazily inexpensive at $10.
Amazing Scarf: There are two reasons to surprise the solo traveler on your list with a lovely new scarf. First, they can be pricey. The savvy traveler puts her money to other uses, even though she packs scarves to dress up her bland wardrobe. Second, it’s fun to choose a scarf that she might not get for herself. Maybe a wild color or pattern, or a different shape. For instance, how about a silk bandana? You can find beautiful scarves anywhere, from Target to Bloomingdales. Go ahead, make her day!
Hotel or Airbnb gift card: Easy to buy, easy to use…it doesn’t get much better than this! If your solo traveler has a favorite hotel brand (Hilton, Marriott, IHG, etc.) even a small gift card helps with the next adventure. Airbnb has gift cards, too. If they haven’t tried Airbnb yet, give them a nudge–they’ll be thanking you well into the new year.
Hopefully, you’re no longer stumped about gifts for the solo traveler. I think you’ll find they are fun to buy for, because you can make a big difference in their future adventures!
The ideas from my Budget Travel Gifts post will also thrill the solo traveler! For more inspiration, read The Best Gifts for Travelers: Adventure and Memories.