It is always hard to buy thoughtful Christmas gifts, but it is especially hard when the receiver of gifts will be packing them into a 23kg suitcase in three weeks’ time. Check out our ideas for lightweight and affordable gifts for your loved one who is studying, working or volunteering abroad.
There’s nothing more exciting than an empty bedroom ready to be decorated. However, without being able to bring photo frames and heavy wall art on a flight, decorating a room abroad can be an extra challenge. Lightweight fairy lights, polaroid style photos to hang, washi tape and no damage wall hangers are all items than can help someone make an empty dorm room in a foreign country feel like home.
The old architecture in European countries can be an attractive factor to prospective residents. However, these old buildings are notoriously cold. Slippers will help your loved one stay warm in the winter months and keep their feet feeling cosy. Hut booties are a great lightweight and packable (usually made from down) option that you can get from most outdoor stores.
It is a well-known saying that ‘the best camera is the one you have with you.’ While high quality cameras are the best in terms of the technical aspects of photography, a detachable phone camera lens is a portable and affordable option for taking great photos on the go. A smartphone lens can offer high quality zoom, super wide and fisheye features, among others. As such, this gift can offer a study abroad student, volunteer or worker the opportunity to document their adventure and keep their Instagram looking amazing!
The best part about Christmas break is having the opportunity to curl up by the fire and read. Check out this article for suggestions of books that will inspire their reader to explore the world.
Compact Phone Charger
Portable phone chargers are a travel essential, and can often help travellers out of a tough spot, but they can often be clunky and heavy. Thankfully, small phone chargers, and even phone chargers that attach to the back of your phone, are now an option.