Christmas gift guide: What to buy a traveller?

If you have a traveller or two on your Christmas list, lucky you: to seek a gift for a traveller, after all, is to choose from a world of possibility. From gadgets to garments, luggage to lingerie, beach towels to ear buds, we're always in need of a little something to make life on the road better.

We like things that give us comfort or which offer convenience. We might have a penchant for taking a little piece of home with us on our journeys, or we must just adore social media and the gadgets that go with it. We always need things to make airport waits more endurable and flights more comfortable, things to record our thoughts and memories, things to inspire us or amuse us, or things to set us on our way (a little gift card will never go astray).

The key, though, when it comes to successful gift giving, is to consider what type of traveller you have on your list, because we all have our preferences and quirks. It's no good buying the same thing for a fan of cruise travel as for an adventurous sort. That plan of action has refund - or re-gift - written all over it.

And so, with this, our 2017 Christmas gift guide, we've suggested 10 kinds of traveller and some fun and inspiring presents to suit.

Happy shopping.

THE CRUISE TRAVELLER

What to give the seafaring traveller? Something that makes for smooth sailing.

COAST VOMO 24 HOUR BAG, $599

Perfect for stashing all the things a cruise passenger needs between boarding and luggage delivery, this impeccably constructed New Zealand-made bag features hard-wearing navy waxed cotton, leather trim, antique brass fittings and spun polyester webbing. It's carry-on size for most airlines. See coastnewzealand.com.au

ARVUST BLOOM BOARDSHORTS, $69.95

These classic boardshorts go from the pool to the bar in style. Made in a soft cotton, they have an elasticised waistline, tie at the waist, three-pocket detail, woven logo at the reverse, and an all-over floral print for a little originality. See generalpants.com.au

JOURNEY CO BEAUTY CASE, $169

One of the great things about boarding a ship from a home port is not having to worry about in-flight liquid allowances. This beauty case transports your full-sized make-up and beauty essentials and then keeps them attractively tidy and tucked away in your stateroom. See thestore.com.au

TDE WINDOW LUGGAGE TAG, FROM $54.95

Cruise regulars know well the end-of-cruise scrum for luggage and disembarkation. Identifying your bag in the crowd is a doddle with The Daily Edited's soft nappa leather and gold hardware luggage tag. TDE monogrammes these beauties, for a little splash of style. See thedailyedited.com

ONNE TRAVEL PACK, $69

Onne skincare is organic, natural and effective. The Onne Travel Pack contains sample sizes of the Body Balm, Complexion Cream and Clarifying Cleanser, perfect for morning rituals when a cruiser has had to leave their luggage outside their stateroom the night before. See onnebeauty.com

THE JUNIOR TRAVELLER

A gift that's memorable and fun will set the junior traveller on their merry way for Christmas.

SNUGGLY RASCALS, $17.99

Snuggly Rascals are headphones comprising speakers in a soft fleece adjustable band festooned with character designs. The decibel-controlled phones can be popped out of the band so it can be machine washed. A portion of each sale goes to children's charities. See jbhifi.com.au

DISNEY CLASSIC QUIZ CARDS, $10

For those who know their Elsa from their Ariel, their Cruella from their Cinderella, keep the Disney-addicted amused on car trips or around the camp fire with these cards that feature 500 questions to test everyone's knowledge of the Magical Kingdom. Suitable for ages eight-plus. See winningmoves.com.au

BAND.DO PINK PASSPORT HOLDER, $49.95

At present opening time, avoid an eye-roll from the female tween in your life by giving this cool and cute passport cover. The baby pink vinyl casing features the words "I'm Outta Here" embossed in gold on the front. See mrandmrsjones.com.au

ANDAMAN UNDERWATER CAMERA, $26.95

This film camera has vintage appeal as well as being lots of fun. It has a detachable waterproof casing, takes 35mm film, is focus free and will capture underwater holiday memories. It's lightweight and has a wrist strap. See sunnylife.com.au

JOEY'S KIDS' TENT, $310

Got little campers to cater for? From quality Melbourne-based outdoor lifestyle brand Homecamp, the Joey kids' tent features a classic A-frame design and is made from the same high-quality canvas as the company's full-size bell tents. See thestore.com.au

ECO

A gift that gives back, takes little, or lasts a lifetime will please an eco-aware traveller.

PACIFIC GOLD STRAW SET, $17

A not-for-profit with proceeds going to beach clean-ups in Australia produces these glam, polished, gold-plated stainless steel straws. Each set has a slim straw for light drinks and a wide straw for thick drinks plus cleaning brush. See cleancoastcollective.org

LUSH SNOWDROP SHOWER GIFT, $35

Lush products are vegan-friendly and this festively wrapped duo is designed to soothe skin after a day in the sun. It contains an original-sized Dream Cream (45 grams) and Snow Cloud Soap (100g). Lush has a large range of gift packs available. See lush.com.au

BLUNDSTONE BOOTS, $174.99

The classic Blunnies Style 500 reflects an Australian heritage of crafting footwear for 145 years, with a fashionable side detail. Loved by festivalgoers the world over, and made to last, these boots are the antithesis of throwaway fashion. See blundstone.com

SMALL WORLD DREAMS VEGAN BAG, FROM $60

One of the ???rst Australian designers to use Pinatex. This is a natural material made from pineapple leaf ???bres which are byproducts of pineapple harvests in the Philippines. Hence, no extra land, water, fertiliser or pesticides are used to create it. Made to order. See smallworlddreams.com.au

S'WELL INSULATED BOTTLE SANTORINI, $69.95

Each bottle features a hand-applied textile pattern and is one of a kind. It fits in any standard-sized cup holder and drinks are kept cold for 24 hours. S'well has teamed up with the US Fund for UNICEF to help provide clean drinking water to children around the world. See thestore.com.au

THE BUDGET TRAVELLER

A money-conscious or roughing-it traveller will appreciate these nifty gifts.

WEBJET GIFT CARD, FROM $50

Webjet's gift cards can be used towards flights, hotels, holiday packages and more. They come in $50 or $100 denominations and are in a range of retailers, including Woolworths and Australia Post. So they're also perfect for that last-minute present. See webjet.com.au

GLASSHOUSE CHRISTMAS EXPLORER SET, $39.95

If your budget traveller is still saving for far-off lands, inspire them to keep their dream alive with this set of four 30-gram candle samples, in fragrances including Rio de Janeiro Passionfruit Lime and Kyoto Camellia & Lotus. See glasshousefragrances.com

100 AUSSIE THING WE KNOW AND LOVE, $19.99

This fun book by Bunny Banyai gives hours of talking points with which to entertain fellow group tour members and hostel guests. It's its own whistle-stop tour through Australian people, places, animals, food, events and cultural quirks. See hardiegrant.com

PELICAN ELITE SOFT COOLER, FROM $279.95

Coming in 12 and 24-can sizes, and a lightweight alternative to hard coolers, The Pelican Elite Soft Cooler is durable, easy to carry, waterproof, leakproof, and keeps ice for days. That's right, days of icy cold beer. See pelicanstore.com.au

TK MAXX SLEEP EYE MASK, $6.95

They get them for free in business class, so give your budget traveller a little glimpse into life at the pointy end of the plane in the form of an eye mask designed to block out light for a flyer determined to get some shut-eye. See tkmaxx.com.au

THE PILGRIM TRAVELLER

Soul searchers will value gifts to enhance their spiritual wanderings.

HYNT LAPTOP CASE, $99.95

Journaling on the journey can be hazardous to laptop health. This see-through polycarbonate and TPU case provides strong protection from bumps, nicks, scratches and accidents but lets the beauty of a MacBook Pro shine through. See stmgoods.com.au

JARVIS POWERED TOTE BAG, $149.95

The Jarvis Powered Tote Bag has a built-in Joey battery so even the most prolific Instagrammer won't have to worry about phone battery life. It charges fully up to two times and stores power for months. See pocampo.com.au

FOSSIL DEFENDER RUCKSACK, $379

Walk the Camino with this waxed cotton canvas, vintage military-inspired design backpack that features expertly placed pockets for carting your tech and travel accessories. Roomy on the inside, it also holds a 15" MacBook Pro. See fossil.com

SPORTSGIRL PATCHWORK KAFTAN. $79.95

Whether visiting temples, the beach, or heading out to a bar, this kaftan is a versatile addition to a pack, doing triple time as a modesty garment, beach cover up or fun evening wear. See sportsgirl.com.au

PARED EYEWEAR PUSS & BOOTS SUNGLASSES, $260

The receiver of these can stroll around Rome looking the epitome of la dolce vita. A handmade clear acetate frame with deco corner detail surrounds brown CR39 lenses. Free worldwide shipping. See paredeyewear.com

THE PARTY TRAVELLER

Help the hedonistic traveller seek out fun with gifts to entice and inspire.

BIG BOYS' TOYS, $40

A guide to the best money can buy, this book by Chris Conners explores the world of luxury consumer goods, from cars, planes, and boats to watches and clothing and where to get them. It doesn't say how to afford them, but dreaming is half the fun. See newhollandpublishers.com

DEADLY PONY OSTRICH MINI WALLET, $269

A chic little wallet for the party gal on the go, with lots of room for credit cards, coins and business cards. The gold and black on this one goes with everything. Deadly Pony has a range of stylish wallets and clutches. See deadlyponies.com

MAC SNOWBALL MINI LIPSTICK KIT, $59

Mac's limited edition trio of mini-sized lipsticks will put a smile on the dial of the travelling glamour puss on your list, especially as it leaves more room in the make-up kit for other bits and bobs without sacrificing lippy colour variety. See maccosmetics.com.au

ORIGINAl BEACHCOMBER ESPADRILLE BY SEA STAR BEACHWEAR, $149.95

If there's a shoe that will take a person from aperitivo in Milano to brunch in Monaco, sundowners in Corfu to spritzes in Cinque Terre, it's the classic espadrille. These come in a number of colours and materials. See thestore.com.au

SOFITEL CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS, FROM $24

What to get the party person with everything? Shout them a drink. Sofitel Melbourne on Collins adds a kick to the festive season, serving up a series of "Merry Cocktails" packed full of nostalgic Christmas flavours, from toasted marshmallow and candy cane to gingerbread and meringue. See sofitel.com

THE SOLO TRAVELLER

Treat the independent explorer to practical and beautiful gifts to enhance their wellbeing on the road.

AESOP GIFT KIT, FROM $70

Aesop Gift Kits for 2017-18, are collectively titled, The Enigmatic Mind, with each of the six packagings celebrating an influential social psychology experiment that rose to prominence in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. Perfect for your social scientist. Hopefully, they won't read too much into it. See aesop.com

SEAQUATIX WATERPROOF PHONE CASE, $54.95

The solo traveller carrying a mobile phone to the beach risks it being stolen while going for a dip. This phone case makes it possible to take the phone into the water. It will be up to this gift recipient to then hang onto it. See thestore.com.au

LOVIN SUMMER BEACH SHADE, $179

This lovely little piece of personal shade is easy to erect and take down, making it ideal for one. It comes in a variety of patterns and colours with co-ordinated beach chairs to match. See thestore.com.au

LANDA CAIRN PERSONAL LIGHT, $79.95

This is an ultra-bright two-in-one lantern and rechargeable power bank, that has a multi-axis reflective nylon cord for hanging. You can adjust the brightness with the dimming feature and there's an SOS strobe-mode. See au.bodyguardz.com

SHELLY HAT BY HATMAKER, $599

The classic style and beautiful handwoven quality hat is an all-rounder, perfect for a weekend escape, a day on the beach, or a day at the races, with its combination of natural straw and black ribbon. See hatmaker.com.au

THE ADVENTURE TRAVELLER

The climbers, jumpers, speedsters and daredevils on your list need gifts to excite.

VICTORINOX WHITE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EDITION POCKET KNIFE, $139

Only 15,000 of this special edition Christmas 2017 Victorinox pocket knife have been made, making it a shoo-in gift for collectors. Featuring a white, raised snowflake design, it houses many tools, including a large and small blade, corkscrew, can and bottle opener, screwdriver and even a magnifying glass. See victorinox.com

SUUNTO SPARTAN SPORT WRIST HR BARO, $799.99

Got a skier or mountaineer on the present list? This GPS multisport watch could be just the thing for them. It features heart rate measurement and an air pressure sensor for more precise altitude readings. A software update introduces sleep tracking, route navigation improvements, sunrise/sunset times, and alpine and ski features. See suunto.com

OSPREY FARPOINT/FAIRVIEW, FROM $199.95

Osprey's men and women-specific pack styles come in four sizes; 80, 70, 55 and 40 litres - so there's one for every kind of trip - and are built for durability and comfort. Both Farpoint & Fairview packs are built for durability and utmost user comfort using Osprey's trademarked Lightwire suspension frame, which, partnered with the Atlion frame sheet, means the pack-weight is effectively transferred through the comfortable and breathable mesh-covered foam harness and hip belt. See ospreypacks.com

M7 PHONE CASE, $399.95

When carrying a phone during extreme activity, chances are it's going to be bumped, knocked, and even dropped. The M7 is the answer. Made out of a feather-light aerospace grade aluminum, this rugged, tough case provides superior drop protection and has a modular pocket clip attachment that secures the unit in pant pockets. See elementcase.com

PADDLE LUXURY BEACH TOWEL BY CREATIONS JEAN-VIER, $129.90

Even the toughest adventurer needs a nice, big, soft, absorbent towel. This beautiful version features Basque paddles on a turquoise backdrop, ideal for a rapids or stand-up paddle board rider. It comes in other aquatically themed styles. Made of cotton velour, it measures 100 centimetres by 180 centimetres. See thestore.com.au

THE TECH TRAVELLER

Amuse connectivity, social and gadget happy types with these cool and quirky ideas.

NUHEARA IQBUDS, $399

Used in conjunction with an app that allows users to customise and control their audio, the Nuheara wireless IQBuds include noise cancellation and speech elevation, high-end sound fidelity, tap touch control and more. A single charge of IQbuds provides 16 hours of on-the-go Bluetooth streaming and 32 hours of on-the-go hearing augmentation. See nuheara.com

HP SPROCKET, $199

The HP Sprocket is a small, light, pocket-sized photo printer. When a selfie is a keeper, or to share a memory in a form that can be stuck on the fridge, your tech friend can select and print via the HP Sprocket App on special print-embedded paper - the unite requires no ink. A version, featuring both camera and printer in one, is on the way. See hp.com.au

MISFIT VAPOR SMARTWATCH, $299.95

This is a design-forward Android touchscreen smartwatch that gives your techy friend everything they need on their wrist, including built-in music, real-time location and activity tracking, and an optical heart rate sensor. It also features on-display email, call, text, and app notifications plus vibration alerts and alarms. See misfit.com

MAKEUP MIRROR POWERBANK PHONE CHARGER, $39.95

Charge a smartphone on the go while fixing make-up? But of course. It's the selfie-obsessed's dream gadget. This small, lightweight device is the quirkiest of multitaskers that is small and compact, so handy to keep in a handbag, backpack or bicycle basket. We bet the techie on your list doesn't have one yet. See gyrofish.com.au

TALKING MOUSTACHE KEY RING, $4.99

This Kikkerland Design stocking stuffer is just right for the moustachioed member of your Christmas clan. A black moustache on a key ring with a button operated sound machine says: "Well Hello There!" when pressed - what's not to love? And what's Christmas shopping without the inclusion of at least one novelty item? See yellowoctopus.com.au

THE SOPHISTICATED TRAVELLER

They love luxury and the finer things, but a gift for them needn't break the budget.

NEW YORK CHRISTMAS, $39.99

New York Christmas is a celebration of Christmas in the Big Apple, with 50 recipes, including glazed pork roast and eggnog alongside stories of the city in the most festive of seasons. Written by Lisa Nieschlag and Lars Wentrup, it's gloriously photographed and an inspirational and aspirational browse. See murdochbooks.com.au

ABERCROMBIE & KENT GIFT VOUCHER, FROM $250

Shopping for the person who has it all? An A&K gift voucher can be used towards any holiday from the luxury travel company's portfolio whether it's a honeymoon in Rajasthan or a family safari in Botswana. A&K gift vouchers can be bought from $250 and as much as any budget will allow. See abercrombiekent.com.au

TRENERY MEN'S FERNANDO SLIDES, $99.95

When a pair of rubber thongs just won't do, the leather slide takes the sophisticated gent from the pool to drinks al fresco without breaking stride. This Trenery crossed-front version comes in tan and black with braid detailing. They are 100 per cent leather. See trenery.com.au

MAISON BALUCHON CLUTCH, $160

Maison Baluchon is a brand of high-end, handmade accessories exclusively made in France in fine Frenchie tradition. The collections are inspired by nature and each product is handmade in Chaumont. This tropical-print clutch is a lovely accessory for a sophisticate who loves resort life. See bastilleandsons.com.au

SILK TRAVEL LINGERIE CASE BY THE SILK BOWERBIRD, $129

A luxurious pure silk lingerie travel case designed to keep delicate items organised, protected and snag-free when travelling. It's hand-tailored from handwoven silk, with dual padded compartments. It's available in a variety of pretty colours. See thestore.com.au

PERSONAL GIFT GUIDE

JASON MINTY - MANAGING DIRECTOR, BECKER MINTY

IF I COULD HAVE ONE TRIP FOR CHRISTMAS IT WOULD BE ...

Two weeks in a fabulous resort somewhere in Sri Lanka. I'm aching for some sun and a holiday experience that doesn't require me to lift a finger - with the exception of sipping on a cocktail of course.

IF I CAN'T HAVE THAT I WOULD LIKE ...

I'd kill for a new set of luggage. I keep hearing great things about Rimowa, but haven't yet experienced it myself. It's also time for an upgrade of my old SLR Camera - I'm thinking Leica, of course.

THE BEST TYPE OF CHRISTMAS TRAVEL GIFT TO GIVE IS ...

Definitely a Mr & Mrs Smith Gift card - you can't beat the ultimate gift of travel, a cashmere travel set (eye mask, socks and throw) or a fabulous F. Hamman Grooming kit or Manicure kit - they are super luxe and so beautifully made - oh, that German precision!

THE BEST CHRISTMAS LOCATION IS ???

Oh, so many, but let's go with New York. It's all about the weather, the food and the shopping. Germany's many cities which have such beautiful Christmas markets (Wiesbaden is a great example) comes a close second. I can smell the gluhwein from here.

THE ONE SHOP FROM MY TRAVELS THAT I LOVE THE MOST IS ...

MONC XIII, Sag Harbour, New York. Natasha Esch's exquisite selection of furniture, home and accessories. It's like stepping into her home - a space where she shares her love of old and new, where traditional meets modern.

See monc13.com

TRUDI JENKINS, DIRECTOR, THE STORE BY FAIRFAX; TRAVELLER TOURS (SEE THESTORE.COM.AU )

IF I COULD HAVE ONE TRIP FOR CHRISTMAS IT WOULD BE ...

Somewhere snowy and twinkly, preferably in Europe. Being from Britain, I have never acclimatised to a hot Christmas on the beach.

IF I CAN'T HAVE THAT I WOULD LIKE ...

An art work that reminds me of faraway places. My most recent purchase is by James Drinkwater, inspired by his time in Vence, France.

THE BEST TYPE OF CHRISTMAS TRAVEL GIFT TO GIVE IS ...

Something luxe and indulgent they mightn't buy themselves: a merino wrap for a chilly plane or some good noise-cancelling headphones.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS LOCATION IS ???

Anywhere cold and dark with fairy lights, carol singers, mince pies, gluhwein and Love Actually playing.

THE ONE SHOP FROM MY TRAVELS THAT I LOVE THE MOST IS ...

I love shopping at The White Company when I'm overseas - all gorgeous, chic, monotone purchases for a life that I don't actually live. See thewhitecompany.com

NICOLA CERRONE, FOUNDER, CERRONE JEWELLERS (SEE CERRONE.COM.AU )

IF I COULD HAVE ONE TRIP FOR CHRISTMAS IT WOULD BE ...

December is such a busy time of year for us with Christmas shopping and proposals. However, if I could, I would be in the Alps in northern Italy. The landscape, the local cuisine and shopping are breathtaking.

IF I CAN'T HAVE THAT I WOULD LIKE ...

An Armani leather briefcase is high on my list. Their leather is great quality - and practical when travelling.

THE BEST TYPE OF CHRISTMAS TRAVEL GIFT TO GIVE IS ...

Nothing says "I love you" more than jewellery. A classic pair of pearls or diamond stud earrings from Cerrone Jewellers make the perfect travelling accessory - classic yet elegant. Or cufflinks for the man.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS LOCATION IS ???

Our family home in Kangaloon, in the NSW Southern Highlands. This is where we spend many weekends and Christmases with extended family and friends. The local community is so friendly and we always feel rested after time spent there. Home really is where the heart - and plenty of food - is!

THE ONE SHOP FROM MY TRAVELS THAT I LOVE THE MOST IS ...

DSQUARED2, Milan

As soon as you walk into this emporium of edgy, upmarket men's and women's apparel and accessories, you notice the warmth, music, striking visual merchandising and overall architecture. They give off the impression of being innovative, vibrant and genuine. This does not come cheap, of course, but the whole experience makes it worth your while.

See wdsquared2.com

GAIL ELLIOTT, CO-FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, LITTLE JOE WOMAN BY GAIL ELLIOTT

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE TRIP FOR CHRISTMAS IT WOULD BE ???

A trip to beautiful Flores in Indonesia sailing on a Phinisi boat exploring Komodo National Park.

IF I CAN'T HAVE THAT I WOULD LIKE ???

A selection of Lisa Marie Fernandez bathing suits and some Hermes beach towels.

THE BEST TYPE OF CHRISTMAS TRAVEL GIFT TO GIVE IS???

A silk slip dress as it's versatile, light to pack, doesn't crease, suits any body shape, is luxurious and you can wear it to lounge in or to cocktails and dinner.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS LOCATION IS ???

Bali. It's the perfect time of year to visit, the weather's coming to the end of the rainy season and it's a beautiful place in the world to celebrate Christmas and New Year with friends and family.

THE ONE SHOP FROM MY TRAVELS THAT I LOVE THE MOST IS ...

Ku De Ta boutique in Bali. It's a treasure trove filled with clothing, sandals, jewellery and gadgets that have been carefully curated and sourced from all over the world. They have a particularly great selection of swimwear and also happen to carry my women's clothing brand, Little Joe Woman by Gail Elliott.

See kudeta.com

JOEL COOPER, CO-OWNER AND DESIGNER, FRANK & DOLLY'S (SEE FRANKANDDOLLYS.COM )

IF I COULD HAVE ONE TRIP FOR CHRISTMAS IT WOULD BE ???

Back to Cesky Krumlov. We spent Christmas there eight years ago, and it was simply divine. Mulled wine, cosy winter coats, caroling in the town square and snow falling on our happy faces.

IF I CAN'T HAVE THAT I WOULD LIKE ...

A beautiful hand bound leather note book, to start mapping out our travel adventures for 2018. We are doing an around the world trip, so there's nothing like a crafted leather journal to get the journey started.

THE BEST TYPE OF CHRISTMAS TRAVEL GIFT TO GIVE IS ...

Anything linen. Linen is the most lovely fabric to wear while travelling, and will take you through all seasons. We've just deigned some incredible linen cropped pants in our next collection, the perfect travel companion and easy gift.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS LOCATION IS ???

Anywhere that my beautiful family are by my side. This year it will be at our home along the Great Ocean Road.

THE ONE SHOP FROM MY TRAVELS THAT I LOVE THE MOST IS ...

Ponto LX, Lisbon, Portugal

Tucked into the slope of a cobbled path along Tramline 28, lies the most soulful store, Ponto Lx, full of history and treasure. Portugal is famed for its sardines, and the store owners handmake one-off fabric sardines, symbolising culture and creativity. We shared stories over the sewing machine, as a sardine was stiched for our daughter, a Lisbon keepsake.