There is a certain joy that comes with giving, especially for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or the holidays. It’s a chance to show a loved one just how much you care, which will mean even more to those whose primary love language is receiving gifts.
However, it can be difficult to know what to buy for an individual who may seem like they don’t particularly need anything. You don’t want to waste money or disappoint them with an impersonal gift that feels like you haven’t put any time or effort into it.
In this case, let me tell you about one of my favourite gifts to give: travel memories. This is essentially a physical reminder of an adventure that you had with the other person, whether it’s a day trip, mini break or full-blown vacation — and it’s always a winner.
3 Reasons to Gift Travel Memories
There are a few key reasons why travel memories make such a great gift.
1. They Bring Joy
Let’s face it, times are tough and sometimes we all need to be reminded of happy moments in our lives as a way of motivating us to keep going. A gift featuring travel memories will instantly make them smile.
2. They Help the Recipient Reminisce
All those lovely travel memories will be flashing before their eyes as they open your gift. They will feel nostalgic for the trip and this will remind them of the bond you share.
This type of gift is thoughtful and meaningful; therefore, it really makes an impact.
3. They Spark Wanderlust
Travelling is one of the most exciting things we can do in life and there are many benefits to seeing new parts of the world. Reminding your gift recipient of an adventure they’ve had in the past may inspire them to book another.
They may even decide to take another trip with you so that you can recreate the travel memories you’ve highlighted. Well, life’s for living, after all. Happy travelling!
7 Types of Gifts for Travel Memories
There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to the type of gift you buy to showcase your travel memories. I’m sure all kinds of ideas will be appreciated! That being said, here are some of my top picks.
A photobook is ideal if you want to share a collection of travel memories rather than just a single photo. It effectively tells the story of your adventure from start to finish, but it does take longer to produce (and can be quite pricey).
Luckily, there are websites like Photobook Deals that scour the internet to find the best retailers and apps for photobooks in terms of quality and affordability.
Or, you can go old-school, buy a scrapbook and individual photo prints and tear images out of magazines to make your own masterpiece.
2. Travel Memory Box
If you’ve still got mementoes from your trip together, producing a travel memory box for a loved one is such a cool gift. The good news is, it can be as big or small as you like, which helps with the affordability factor.
All you have to buy is the photo prints to put in it. You could even create a small photobook to fit inside the box if you want to go above and beyond.
3. Home Decor
Home decor is one of the best gifts for travel memories because it allows the receiver to show off the item around their living space. You can pick between:
- Wall art
- Framed photo prints
A singular framed photo print is the more affordable option, but the other suggestions are so unique that your special someone is bound to love them. The choice is yours!
Similar to home decor items, a mug featuring travel memories is a practical yet quirky gift. And spoiler alert: they can be pretty cheap when you purchase them from websites like Photobox or Snapfish.
You can choose to showcase one photo or multiple. Either way, the recipient will think of you every time they make a cup of tea or coffee. So cute.
A calendar is another nifty travel memories gift. I mean, it’s always useful to have a calendar in the house, whether it’s in your kitchen, bedroom or home office.
You can get creative making one too, with various photos that aptly represent each month. For instance, if you have a spooky-looking photo, you can use it for October in the spirit of Halloween.
If you don’t usually buy gifts for this person, a keyring with a photo is a nice little gesture without going overboard and spending too much.
You can get numerous shapes, sizes and designs if you want something extra momentous. Alternatively, stick to a simple one-photo style to keep your keyring minimal or use it to supplement other gifts.
7. Phone or Tablet Case
Last but not least, a phone or tablet case can make a suitable home for your travel memories and is a gift that keeps on giving. After all, the receiver will use it and get to relive your time together every day, each time they pick up their device.
Even so, this type of gift can be costly, and you need to know the make of their device to be able to purchase the correct item.
Gift-giving indicates love and affection, but finding an option that the receiver will treasure forever is important to show them just how much you care. You also don’t want to be responsible for gifts going to the landfill!
A gift featuring your favourite travel memories is ideal for any special occasion. And not just for the receiver. If you love this idea for yourself, ask a loved one to get one for you at the next opportunity.
“Live life. Take pictures. Relive memories. Repeat.”
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