8 Christmas Gifts for a World Traveler


Shopping for a globetrotter or global denizen you love? Here’s my selection of Christmas gifts that the world traveler or third culture kid in your life would appreciate.

1. Moleskin Cahier Journal (Set of 3)

These are my favorite little notebooks.I always have one in my shoulder bag to jot down thoughts, addresses, or names. Unless you pack 50 of them, they don’t weigh a thing. The pocket version of Moleskin journals is the perfect size—not too small but inconspicuous enough to slip into anywhere.

2. Passport Cover

For those times in the customs or money exchange line when he doesn’t want to flaunt his nationality, this ocean currents map – slash – passport cover may come in handy. He can pretend he’s an oceanographer or whatever he usually does when no one around knows him.

3. “Hola” T-shirt

J. Crew Hello T-shirt





This cool “Hello” tee by J. Crew is a conversation starter…in 8 different languages. Help your traveler take her manners abroad with the “Thanks” version or drink to everyone’s health and happiness around the globe with the “Cheers” t-shirt.

4. Compass with Quote

Compass and Quote





So that she may find her way through the world or back to you—and because Robert Frost offers a shot of courage—consider gifting your traveler some classic direction. This compass by Victoria Camp Designs is not just for show—it works!

5. The New York Times 36 Hours

For those who work hard all week to escape on weekend getaways, The New York Times 36 Hours books hold tips to make the most of precious little free time. The collection by Taschen, carefully researched and stylishly written, offers well-crafted itineraries for exploring interesting destinations around the world. Shown is the guide for the USA and Canada full of 150 weekends, but you can find one for travel through Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Oceania. Fun for all, from the weekend warrior to the more experienced traveler.

6. Around the World Ornaments






Is your traveler at home for the holidays? She’ll appreciate these 6 artistically crafted Christmas greetings from around the world designed by Suzy Ultman for Crate & Barrel. I’ve loved her designs since I spied her Masha and Friends Journal—that’s a matryoshka doll—by Chronicle Books. Frohe Feiertage!

7. City Puzzle Maps

If they can’t be out deciphering a map in a snowy metropolis on Christmas, they may enjoy sipping eggnog while assembling the Left Bank. I spotted these city puzzle maps by Design Ideas and like their clean images. Choose from Paris, London, San Francisco, and more for some cozy downtime hours.

8. Beers of the World






Last but never least, gift your traveler a nostalgic trip through tastes from his/her past brew romps. From Argentina’s Quilmes to Thailand’s Chang, this set contains 9 world beers worthy of a revisit. Eat, drink, and be merry!

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