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Gift Ideas for Relatives Overseas: Lightweight and Meaningful

Spoiler: This Christmas gift guide contains no socks or scarves!

Christmas shopping can be stressful enough, especially when you have to pack everything into a suitcase or carry-on because you’re going to be travelling over the holidays to spend time with loved ones! Do you often end up buying vouchers, picking up overpriced gifts from duty-free or scrambling last minute when you arrive at your destination? Well this year, that’s all going to change.

If you’re travelling for the holidays, we’ve got the perfect gift guide for you. Check out our Christmas gift ideas for relatives overseas. These thoughtful and meaningful gifts are easy to pack and will bring a smile to your loved ones come Christmas Day – and best of all, cabin friendly!

1. Carry-on Cocktail Kit

These cute little cocktail kits are just one of those things that you often want to buy for yourself but for one reason or another, ever end up purchasing. Each package contains ingredients for two cocktails, a recipe card, linen coaster, and stirrer.

The best part is you can make the present more personal by selecting a kit based on your recipient’s favourite drink. So whether they like a Moscow mule, an Italian spritz or the classic gin and tonic, you’ll find plenty of options. Cheers to their good health and yours.

2. DGI OSMO Pocket

This camera may be tiny and slide into pockets and Christmas stockings, but it packs a punch. A 3-axis stabilised, handheld camera – it’s the perfect gift choice for seasoned or inspiring film-makers who want to capture small moments or big adventures on-the-go. This compact device will enable them to shoot in 4k at 60fps, one-hundred percent shake-free. 

3. Jewellery from Mejuri

Mejuri is a jewellery company created for women by women. They empower women to buy fine jewellery for themselves (instead of waiting for a man to buy them something). So if you’re a woman looking for something thoughtful and unique to give a female loved one – a sister or a mother or a girlfriend – this Christmas, introduce them to Mejuri. Their timeless, ethical and hand-crafted pieces are something your female loved ones will treasure year after year and wear every day.

4. Rose quartz roller

With burn-out levels at an all-time high, most days it feels like we could all get a little more self-care in our routine, which is why these jade rollers are perfect. A wellness ritual that dates back to ancient China, just five to ten minutes a day of facial rolling is believed to have relaxing and de-stressing benefits. Think of it as a tool that promotes inner and outer beauty through a gentle daily massage.

5. Saje Pocket Farmacy

Saje transforms essential oils into something you can use every day for your wellbeing. Their compact Pocket Farmacy is a collection of blends that can alleviate everything from muscle pain and stress to headaches and upset tummies. Plus they smell fantastic! Our editorial team loves this company, and you can bet that every single one of us has one or several Saje products on our desk. This little kit includes all our favourite remedies: Pain Release, Peppermint Halo, Eater’s Digest, and Stress Release.

6. Five Minute Journal

Want to arm someone with the gift of mindfulness and intention in 2020? If so, put the Five Minute Journal under their Christmas tree. This nifty little journal proposes to work wonders in minutes and is based on psychological research. The format of this journal is simple: you start and end each day with gratitude by writing for just five minutes. The Five Minute Journal has thousands of fans, many of whom claim that focusing on the positive in their lives has led to increased happiness, better relationships and feeling more optimistic.

7. Personalised Longchamp Le Pliage bag

Longchamp’s Le Pliage bag collection has been around for decades and remains a go-to choice. This chic, versatile collection of handbags, totes and backpacks is super lightweight and sold flat-packed – making them super easy to travel with. They can be used for the gym, for work, for travelling, a day-to-day bag, pretty much anything. And because they have so many different designs, you can pick a style that suits the person you are gifting.

What’s even better is you can go one step further and create a custom one-of-a-kind Le Pliage bag for the person you are gifting. Their personalised service will allow you not only to add their initials but also hand-pick everything from the colour down to the type of handle and hardware. It’s a bag for life!

Do you have any cool holiday gift hacks? Share your tips with the rest of our readers in the comments!

Still looking for an adventure for the holidays? Check out Christmas and New Year tours and trips on TourRadar.

Based in Toronto, Sahar is a full-time content editor for Days to Come and part-time travel junkie.

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