Pick the perfect gift for adventurous globetrotters
Posted on Tuesday 20 November 2012
in France, Paris, Ireland, Dublin, Italy, Florence
By Rory MacTavish
As the holiday season arrives, the need to cross off items on the shopping to-do list becomes more and more urgent with each day. Some people require more thought than others when it comes to finding the perfect gift, especially for those individuals who seem to have everything. Got some travel-hungry friends or family members? There are a number of unique gift items that could make the perfect present for globetrotters who are just too tough to shop for, and can possibly even inspire them to book a trip to a new locale! Here are a few gift options for those tricky present recipients:
Some people can't even count the number of cities and countries they've explored. They coordinate trips like others make dinner plans, and the souvenirs they collect from lands across the globe make their homes look like a cultural museum. While you may not be able to give them many gifts that will astound them, there is one that they will certainly appreciate as a symbol of their travels. A scratch-off map of the world allows users to take a coin and simply rub away the initial layer of the poster, revealing a burst of color underneath and a symbolic pat on the back for crossing off another destination from their list of world travels.
Shopping for a backpacker or country camper? One cool toy is the one-piece storm kettle, a traditional Irish camping supply that eliminates the need for an unwieldy set of cooking stove pieces or a roaring fire. Made of aluminum, the thermos-like kettle boils water in mere minutes - all users need to do is light a small fire underneath with twigs, newspaper or dry grass. As the design is authentically Irish, those who receive the gift will delight in hearing the history of the primitive piece, and might even decide to break it in on spontaneous Dublin holidays.
If shoppers know that someone they're shopping for is gearing up for flights to Paris or London holidays, they can research certain cookbooks written by renowned chefs who hail from each city. Whether they choose a locale that the person has already visited or one that's on their upcoming agenda, they can help bring back special memories by encouraging them to recreate traditional dishes found in these areas. "Lunch in Provence," written by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Andre Charial, is the perfect selection for someone who gushes about past travels to the South of France. Featuring 35 recipes, the book captures each dish in stunning images by photographer Rachel McKenna.
For loved ones who are planning Florence holidays, the perfect gift for their trip is a stylish hat. If budget is of no concern, then the ultimate present is one crafted by Borsalino, the famous name that has graced the heads of the most stylish Italians since the 19th century. Some are made out of straw, making them the perfect accessory for ventures to the Tuscan region of Italy during mild-weather months. The gift is gender neutral, so whether shopping for grandpa, a cousin, a girlfriend or a niece, a meticulously crafted hat can be the quintessential holiday gift.
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