The Urban Nomads Christmas Gift Guide
Wanderers, adventurers, explorers, Christmas is nearly upon us as for many this time of year is synonymous with panic, tiredness and a general air of stress.
The good news is, is that it doesn’t have to be that way. For us nomads, those who like to live minimally and those who love nothing more than to pack up and head towards the open road, gift buying doesn’t have to be a source of anxiety; yet, more simplicity.
There are a few key items that make incredible gifts for us stargazers, a few things that improve our lives, help us get things done and while at the same time, not contributing to our societies need for indulgence, adding into the superfluous of items that don’t benefit us and wind up lying around, never to see the light of day.
So we have compiled a little list of 10 items that every nomad would be over the moon to receive, meaningful items, practical items and little keepsakes that will make Christmas a breeze.
- Antique Hip Flask. Buying someone real silverware is a beautiful gesture. It’s a precious metal that will last and something like a hip flask goes into backpacks and can be taken on hikes, to be used sat in front of a roaring fire while camping or accompanies you on adventurers. The flask itself will last, to be treasured and even handed down. Whoever receives it will think of you when they use it and it will be bashed, thrown around, scratched but ultimately- LOVED.
2.) For many of us, the concept of buying expensive gifts for each other can be a strange idea to get our heads around, for many, the giving and receiving of gifts can be more meaningful when charity and the feelings of giving-back are more valuable. That’s why number 2 on our lift is to sponsor a cat. Any charitable donation would be simply wonderful but considering cats are such a huge part of our lives, we know how happy we would be if someone donated on our behalf. The people at Cats UK are doing great work and we think they are more than deserving.
3.) We are absolutely in love with the candles at Anthropologie. They are truly incredible, many of the candles are soy based and are infused with essential oils making the scents more pure and long-lasting. Some of the larger candles burn for over 100 hours seeing you right through Christmas. If we may recommend the “Fireside, Sweet Vanilla Cinnamon & Mulled Wine” scents for a perfect Christmas candle. Pro tip- when you first burn a large candle, allow the wax to melt to the edges so you get an even surface everytime you light the candle!
4.) Continuing with Anthropologie- we.are.obsessed! The range of “Personalise Me” stationary is simply magical. You can buy basic yet beautiful crafted diaries and planners plus extra accessories for the lucky recipient to be able to decorate and customise themselves. Made with quality materials and with delicate decorations, for any intrepid wanderer, keeping a diary and writing down thoughts and plans are crucial, therefore making this a PERFECT gift.
5.) Because we love the outdoors and we know you do too, items that help us on adventurers make great practical gifts. That’s why number 5 on our list is a Swiss Army Knife. Its something every outdoorsman should have with them at all times, whether you love to ski in the mountains, hike in the forest or camping by the lake, a Swiss Army Knife helps you perform all kinds of tasks. Victorinox- A Swiss institution make these incredible little wonders and they rightfully earn a spot on our list.
6.) “Consider your journey on planet Earth from your feet’s perspective. It’s an immense journey over astonishingly diverse terrain: pulsing, neon-drenched city streets, volcanic black sand beaches, pristine Alpine switchbacks, sun-bleached desert trails, tropical swamps chock full of snakes and gators… And the most important treks of all—the journeys you make every day going about your daily life.”- Vivobarefoot. Number 6 on our list is the incredible ateliers Vivobarefoot who make sensational footwear. They are any adventures best friend as we all know comfort begins with the feet, that’s why a solid pair of practical, functional and beautiful footwear is a great gift. Plus they have FREE Delivery up until 21/12/2017.
7.) Next up we have a super interesting and exciting innovation in the way of the “Evapolar” cooler system. The folks over at EvaPolar asked the question “Is it really necessary to cool the whole room, wasting large amounts of energy and money and inhaling unhealthy air just to cool yourself, or is it better to have your own personal cool zone exactly where you need it?” The answer lead them to this wonderful invention that introduced a personal microclimate. For us who love to travel and have adventure in our blood, we certainly don’t opt for 5* luxury in accommodation. That’s why a product like Evapolar is perfect to take with us on the go to keep us cool-calm and collected! There is a huge 20% off Until 25/12/2017!
8.) We are in love with Passenger clothing! “Passenger clothing is an adventure surf, outdoor, travel and music inspired UK lifestyle and surf brand, dedicated to developing products that reflect everything we live for.” Now, nomads, does that short sentence describe your life? YES! We would be over the moon to receive anything from Passenger but their range of Travel Blankets certainly peaked our interest. In collaboration with Rumpl their range of travel accessories are warm, cosy and irresistible! If you use the code “Cabin15” by 17/20/2017 you can claim 15% off, otherwise, watch out for deals in the run-up to the 25th!
9.) This next item is a total must have- a necessity and a crucial item in any outdoor lovers backpack. Introducing the down mid layers from Go Outdoors. For everyone, a style and colourway to suit all, not to mention a price point for all budgets. We personally adore all products from Rab, not only is it a British institution but the products are super high quality and the mid layer jackets keep you at a sustainable moderate temperature whatever the weather, whenever the time of year. Go Outdoors do awesome festive season discounts so head to their website to check them out.
10.) Last but not least, Egloo! “Egloo is a new eco-friendly way to heat, scent and humidify your room enclosed in a smart product with a unique design. Imagine being able to bring your fireplace with you wherever you go and forever change the way you experience your home.” Egloo is simply perfect for life on the road too, whether you are a vanlifer or travel around a lot, camping and being in nature, Egloo is sure to keep you warm and relaxed. The design is smart and the whole concept makes the idea of “home from home” possible. But the best bit?- If you use the code “urbannomads” in the run-up to Christmas you can get yourself a huge 20% off your purchase.
We hope you found this guide useful. Have you got any go-to items that never fail you for Christmas gifts? Maybe you like to make things too? Let us know in the comments and we hope you have a magical Christmas.