Spring birthdays are the best – the weather is just starting to show signs of warming up, but no one’s away on summer vacation just yet. Here are some great ideas for birthday gifts for the avid traveller in your life that will help make your next spring trip safer, easier and more comfortable.
First up is merino wool clothing, which is warm but lightweight and breathable, and, unlike most other wools, does not itch. In addition to being highly durable, merino wool is a moisture-wicking material known for being sweat and bacteria resistant, as well as naturally water-repellent. Experienced travelers know the importance of packing lightly, and because the best merino wool clothing is sweat and bacteria resistant you can wear it for weeks before it needs to be laundered, allowing you to pack fewer items. For example, one pair of merino wool socks can take the place of many pairs of cotton socks, leaving more space in your bag for some special souvenirs.
A Good Light
No matter how adventurous your spirit, it can be scary to be in the dark in an unfamiliar place. Give that special someone the gift of light with a collapsible solar lamp for their birthday. New LED technology makes these lights surprisingly bright and lightweight, and the collapsible styles now available make them perfect for stuffing into your backpack. A great choice is the Solar Puff collapsible light, which is bright enough to let you set up a campsite or read in your tent, and it’s much lighter and more compact than a flashlight. It’s also a wonderful item to have on hand for emergencies and power outages.
If the traveler in your life likes sleeping in the great outdoors but has trouble getting comfortable on the hard ground, consider a camping hammock. The portable Roo hammock is lightweight but strong enough for two people. It can hold up to 500 pounds but weighs only 23 ounces and takes up very little room in your pack. Loops along the sides are a clever feature that lets you keep important gear within arm’s reach. Best of all, the socially conscious company donates a portion of its profits to good causes – so in addition to giving them the gift of a good night’s sleep, you can tell them that it’s for a good cause!
Mosquito Repellent Wristband
Jewellery is a traditional birthday gift, but a mosquito repellent wristband is a practical twist on the tradition. You might not think this is the most thoughtful birthday gift in the world, but if you’ve ever spent a camping trip swatting mosquitoes, you’ll appreciate just how thoughtful this gift is. Nothing says, “I care about you”, quite like, “I don’t want you to get eaten by mosquitoes”, and you could always present it to them in a jewellery box as an added little gag.
There is better to do when the weather gets better than head out and enjoy the beauty of nature. If the traveler in your life has a spring birthday coming up, any one of these gifts is sure to impress them.