The Best Travel Gifts in Australia for Adventure Seekers this Christmas
From smart suitcases to skincare, find the best travel gifts in Australia for the globetrotters in your life.
For the adventurous globetrotter, nothing beats the thrill of exploring new destinations and immersing oneself in different cultures. But for those who live out of a suitcase, the perfect travel gift idea is going to look a little different.
From quirky travel gadgets to offbeat experiences and unbeatable travel gift cards, our edit of the best travel gifts in Australia has everything you need to know about the latest and greatest products, platforms, and experiences for the modern-day traveller.
Travel Gift Guide: Platforms
Luxury Escapes - For a Hand-picked Retreat
Everyone should travel in style, so Luxury Escapes offers the world's most amazing travel experiences, handpicked by experts, at great prices. What began as a small, Melbourne-based start-up is now a premier destination for luxury travel, with each booking coming with extra special, bonus VIP inclusions (think cocktails on arrival or free massages). With gift cards available, it's easy to give the gift of luxury this festive season.
Sitchu Picks: With new specials released all the time, you'll be spoilt for choice. On our current must-vist list? The newly opened Lane Retreat in Pokolbin ($529 for a 2-night stay), with breakfast and a wine and cheese platter included.
Riparide - For a Personalised Holiday Rental
Tired of the same old hotel room experience? Whether it's for a special occasion or simply just because, we could all do with a little push to get outdoors and do something to get our feet dirty, hair messy and soul sparkling - and that's where Riparide comes in. Offering personalised and unique holiday rentals, buy a voucher (the ultimate 'choose your own adventure') from their site for a one-of-a-kind travel gift your loved one won't soon forget. The gift of adventure awaits - find out more here.
Sitchu Picks: With the breathtaking Byron Bay hinterland as its backdrop, The A-Frame (from $309 per night) is the gift that keeps on giving.
Booking.com - For the Best Deals
If you know someone itching to go on an adventure but not sure how to make it happen on a budget, Booking.com has you covered. They’ve got a ton of affordable options, including hostels and approachable hotels that will gift them the adventure of a lifetime without burning a hole in your wallet. And it's not just accommodation - you can book some of the coolest experiences out there, from snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef to exploring the outback on a guided tour as well.
Sitchu Picks: Stay in the heart of Adelaide at the Hotel Indigo IHG (from $281 per night), which exceeds all expectations and boasts an impressive rooftop bar.
Airbnb – For a Unique Stay
Your one-stop shop for a travel gift card in Australia that's anything but ordinary. Airbnb offers a range of quirky, romantic and downright beautiful accommodation options that are sure to surprise and delight even the most seasoned travellers. From sleeping in a little red barn in the Noosa hinterland to a whimsical escape in a shack sitting out upon Great Mackerel Beach, your gift recipient will have a story to tell for years to come.
Sitchu Picks: For a taste of luxury with views that can't be beaten, the romantic Eagle View Park (from $500 per night), complete with a fireplace, is a prime spot for watching the sunset.
Hilton Hotels - For a Luxurious Stay
Where exceptional service and world-class amenities are the bare minimum, Hilton’s heavenly hotels will leave your loved one feeling like royalty. From stunning waterfront hotels to sleek city retreats, IHG properties offer a range of luxurious amenities and services to make your stay unforgettable. Relax in spacious, well-appointed rooms with plush bedding and high-end furnishings, indulge in gourmet dining experiences at award-winning restaurants, and pamper yourself with world-class spa treatments.
Sitchu Picks: For a stay combining luxury and play, Hilton Brisbane (from $360 per night) is a Harry Seidler-designed dream connected to Queen Street Mall. Just look at that rooftop pool!
Travel Gift Guide: Experiences
Why settle for a boring, predictable gift when you can give the gift of adventure? RedBalloon offers some of the best travel gifts in Australia with an exciting range of experiences, perfect for anyone who loves a thrill, relaxation, or even just trying something new. Dreaming of hot air ballooning over the intoxicatingly hued landscape of Alice Springs? Or maybe taking a cooking class in Sydney? Whatever your speed, Red Balloon has thousands of experiences to choose from that are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Sitchu Picks: Alice Springs Hot Air Ballooning, $415
Hamilton Island - For a Relaxing Island Escape
For the sun seekers and island chasers, give the gift of a relaxing island escape on Hamilton Island. With a variety of accommodation options, including beachfront villas and luxurious resorts, Hamilton Island offers the perfect getaway for couples, families, and solo travellers. Relax on pristine beaches, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, and indulge in world-class dining and spa experiences. Or why not take to the skies and visit the iconic heart with a Hamilton Island Air tour. Hamilton Island has everything you need to unwind and enjoy a peaceful escape from the everyday.
Sitchu Picks: Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise (from $299) to Reefworld
Your one-stop travel shop, Klook is taking the guesswork out of gifting with everything from flights and hotels to attractions and dining covered with the click of a button. From glamping in Hong Kong to glacier hiking in New Zealand, giftees can choose their own adventure from thousands of exciting experiences and locations across the globe.
Sitchu Picks: Klook Gift Card, from $30
Travel Gift Guide: Beauty
Aesop - Arrival Kit
For the natural skincare obsessed, a gift from Aesop never goes astray. And for those who travel the world, there’s no better balm for the soul than a well-formulated cleanse. Aesop Arrival Travel Kit offers four best-selling products to ensure that your hair and body are well-maintained, even if you live your life on the go.
SHOP NOW: Aesop Arrival Kit, $45
Ultra Violette - Glow and Go Trio
Titled glow and go for a reason - this trio contains three travel-sized SPF bestsellers so that you can protect your face, body and lips while on the go. Gift this as a stocking stuffer, or keep it for yourself so you can stay protected while you gallivant around the world this summer.
SHOP NOW: Ultra Violette Glow and Go Trio, $32
Malin + Goetz - Bestsellers Travel Kit
The perfect travel set of face, hair and body essentials, each product is conveniently packaged in aluminum tubes and comes in a biodegradable bag. Cruelty-free and deliciously scented tubes that include a grapefruit face cleanser, peppermint shampoo and bergamot hand and body wash? Count us in!
Aveda - Shampowder Dry Shampoo
Looking for a super thoughtful travel gift idea? While dry shampoo doesn't sound glam, it's going to be used. A lot. Between flights, salt water, and overall vacay laziness, hair washing isn’t usually at the top of one's priority list, nor should it be. For the times when the locks could use a little loving, Aveda's dry shampoo is a godsend. It instantly adds volume and texture to refresh style, and it's environmentally friendly with non-aerosol packaging meaning you can keep it in your carry-on.
SHOP NOW: Aveda Shampowder Dry Shampoo, $46
Esmi - Refreshing and Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist
The ultimate travel gift idea to freshen up after those long-haul flights suck your skin dry. Simply spritz on your face to give your skin a hydrating 'snack'. Safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, this luxurious and revitalising formula is designed to replenish, rehydrate, and refresh skin and makeup. Oh, and it smells divine!
SHOP HERE: Esmi Skin Snack, $35
Coco & Eve - Tan Masters Holiday Edition Set
Gift the ultimate holiday glow with this Tan Masters Set from Coco & Eve, which includes the brand's top tanning products and accessories, all in a Glow-Getter pouch. Because, let's face it, fake tanning before a special holiday is always a must!
Alpha H - Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ 30ml
An excellent gift for travellers in Australia and beyond is always sunscreen. And Alpha H's hydrating broad-spectrum sunscreen is ideal for all skin types. Designed to protect against harmful UVA/UVB rays whilst supporting your barrier function and providing a dewy finish.
Travel Gift Guide: Luggage & Accessories
Globite - Voyager Packing Cube 4pc
Packing cubes, but make them chic. Pack the perfect, chaos-free suitcase with Globite’s Packing Cubes 4 Piece. Featuring mesh panels (for easy identification), two-way zips and handles for simple unpacking, these clever cubes keep clutter at bay.
SHOP NOW: Globite’s Packing Cubes 4 Piece, $59.95
July - Suitcase, 80L
A checked bag that can carry it all. 80 litres in size, surrounded in a tough German polycarbonate shell, this beauty has the most impressive wheels you've ever seen and makes the best travel gift for any fashionably avid traveller you know.
SHOP NOW: July Suitcase, $375
July - Carry Me Mini Case
This hardshell mini-case will be the best travel accessory you could gift anyone with a detachable strap and easy access on the go. Plus, she's extremely chic.
SHOP NOW: July Carry Me Mini Case, $85
Beis - Weekender Bag
Designed to take the hassle out of packing for the weekend or whichever days you’re away, this chic yet practical tote’s easy-access opening makes getting everything in and out a breeze (no flashlight required). Plus, the bottom compartment is designed to keep your shoes, toiletries and travel essentials separate—you can even stash a hair dryer in there. The perfect travel gift does not exi...
SHOP NOW: Beis Weekender Bag, $185.03
Mon Purse - Personalised Leather Luggage Tag
Travel in perfect style with one of these personalised leather luggage tags. Secure to your luggage for easy identification, and you'll be able to spot your suitcase easily. Add a monogram for the perfect travel gift for any discerning globetrotter.
Rains - Backpack Mini, Straw
We all know a backpack makes the perfect travel accessory, especially for those big walking days around a new city. So, it's best to keep your essentials dry in street-cool style with this minimalist backpack. Featuring a waterproof shell, it's secured with an easy clasp fastening, making it the perfect travel gift your loved one didn't know they needed.
SHOP NOW: Rains Backpack Mini in Straw, $140
Stitch & Hide - Bailey Hip Bag
As any avid traveller will know, having your hands free on a transit day is a godsend. That's why we're a little bit in love with this super cute bum bag by Stitch & Hide. Ideal for hustling through airports or exploring new cities with all your essentials close to your person, it has eco-certified leather, cotton lining and an antique silver finish. Stylish and practical.
SHOP NOW: Stitch & Hide Bailey Hip Bag, $159.95
Wicked Sista - Premium Large Hold All Cosmetic Bag in Teal
A travel gift idea that will clock up serious mileage! This Wicked Sista cosmetic bag is an absolute must-have. With two zipper pockets in the same direction, it can be hung open from a door/hook and all your products will remain upright.
Beysis - Personalised Airpods Case
Music to our ears. These slick AirPods wireless cases not only protect your favourite techcessory from knocks and scratches but also add a splash of colour to proceedings. Guaranteed to make you the coolest cat on board the plane, the matte surface also means you won't have to worry about them awkwardly slipping out of your hands onto the aisle floor.
We think they're a snazzy little travel gift for anyone. Just choose a favourite colour from the eight stylish options and make it personal in just a few clicks by adding your loved one's name or initials to the case cover.
SHOP NOW: Beyis Personalised Airpods Case, $36.90
Frank Green - 34 oz Stainless Steel Ceramic Reusable Bottle with Straw Lid, Buttermilk
The ultimate sleek experience for a spill-proof morning commute, this buttermilk-hued bottle makes the coolest everyday travel gift.
Mulgani Art Series - Self Silk Pillowcase & Eye Mask Set in Pink
Because every jet setter needs beauty sleep, Mulgani's stunning silk eye mask is the ultimate travel companion, helping you get some shut-eye in the sky. Plus, it comes with a matching silk pillowcase, which takes up little to no space in your suitcase for when you need a touch of home in your new bed.
Slip - Jet Setter Travel Pillow, Blush
Let your loved one wander the world in style these holidays with Slip's gorgeous silk travel pillow, which will give them sweet, blush-hued dreams before they even land in Italy! It's a fantastic travel companion to help get your beauty sleep on the go.
SHOP NOW: Slip Jet Setter Travel Pillow, $139
Travel Gift Guide: Art, Books & Homewares
Bed Threads - Assouline Coffee Table Books
Part decoration, part inspiration, we can't get enough of these wanderlust-inspired coffee table books. From Bali and Capri to Provence and Palm Beach, explore these vibrant destinations through illustration from the comfort of your own home.
Fenton & Fenton - Adrianne Dimitrakakis 'Welcome to the Aegean Sea' Limited Edition Print
Bring the colours of the Grecian Islands into your loved one's home with this travel gift with a difference. Adrianne's textured poster-like paintings and prints utilize a vintage aesthetic to convey memories of the many places passed through and of those yet to be discovered.
Maison Margiela - Replica Beach Vibes Candle & Beach Walk Eau de Toilette
A pure, comforting scent that captures the bliss of a summer day, the Maison Margiela Replica Beach Vibe candle and Beach Walk EDT make very pretty travel gifts. They're the gift of a memory, of a carefree calmness and elation that only a lazy summer's day spent by the beach can bring. The fragrance blends notes of bergamot, pink pepper, coconut milk and lemon - fresh and beautiful.
Maison Balzac - La Pluie Large Scented Candle
Sophie Lou Jacobsen and Maison Balzac have come together to create La Pluie (French for "the rain"), a scented candle evoking the first drops of rain to fall on the city. An invigorating perfume with notes of petitgrain, white musk and black pepper. Each candle is presented in one of SLJ’s much-loved ripple cups. It's a great travel gift for those who love travelling in winter or in tropical climes.