The Ultimate Gift Guide For Modern Travellers

With Christmas just around the corner, we hope you’re all in a giving mood! This festive season, we’re looking forward to some rest and relaxation and will be reflecting on all our adventures from 2018. We’re hoping to pamper our bodies and souls to get them recharged and ready for the new year! Hopefully you haven’t left your Christmas shopping to the last minute but if you have, we’ve listed some wonderful ideas in this gift guide for modern travellers.
Taking a bath with a view of the rice paddies at The Shala Bali, Ubud, Indonesia


As frequent travellers, we have become more attuned to our carbon footprint everywhere we go. We have seen first hand the devastating effects that humans have on our planet. Each day, we strive to take steps to adopt sustainable initiatives so that our children will have the opportunity to witness and enjoy the beauty of Mother Earth too.

Made With Respect was started to inform and encourage consumers that they can lead a sustainable lifestyle through responsible consumption. The company works with socially conscious businesses from around the world, making them available on a single web platform. All brands that work with Made With Respect must fulfill the criteria of four pillars:

  • Demonstrate a devotion to craftsmanship – make quality products that last and stand the test of time
  • Have a transparent supply chain – good and fair working conditions are imperative and does not use nor endorse child labour
  • Use of natural materials and natural ingredients – no unnatural chemicals or toxins, recycling, upcycling, regeneration and reduction of waste, embracing renewable resources and preserving the environment
  • Giving back – the business’ mission goes beyond making profits and shows a commitment to making the world a better place including supporting local or disadvantaged communities

If you are passionate about adopting a responsible and sustainable lifestyle, Made With Respect partners with brands who create beautiful products. From clothing to skincare, homewares and accessories, it’s also a wonderful one-point stop to shop for a gift! Some brands who partner with Made With Respect are featured in this blog post.


The Groomed Man Co. Face Cleanser & Body Scrub

For many men, I’d fathom a guess that a skincare and beauty regime does not fit into a regular daily routine. This was the same for Bevan, however, a care package* from TheGroomedManCo. has since changed his philosophy on male grooming.

In 2014, The Groomed Man Co. launched in Melbourne, Australia. Founder Daniel Mahony has successfully filled the gap of locally produced grooming products for the bearded population. With a primary focus on beard oils made with organic essential oils, the brand has since branched out into face scrubs, cleansers and moisturisers. The whole kitten-kaboodle. Their design aesthetic is clean and sharp, similar to the zingy scents of their premium product.

TheGroomedManCo. skincare products in Ubud, Bali

The beard oils are sold in 30mL bottles, which means you’ll breeze by the “liquids police” at your airport security screening. Bevan didn’t try the beard oil this time given his current lack of facial hair, however, he was pleasantly surprised by the tingly fresh feeling after using the Face Fuel Cleanser (yes hun, that would be because you just unclogged your pores). He is also a convert of the Activated Charcoal & Bamboo Body Scrub, which has convinced him that he will never need a loofah or exfoliating brush again.

Combined with witty humour that makes me want to join the copyright team, TheGroomedManCo. also has a moral compass, with 5% of total profits donated to local charities. Bless them.

The Groomed Man Co Cahrcoal Body Scrub - Mens Gift Guide
Activated Charcoal & Bamboo Body Scrub
The Groomed Man Co Face Fuel Cleanser - Gift Guide
Face Fuel Cleanser
The Groomed Man Co Face Magnet Scrub - Gift Guide Modern Traveller
Face Magnet Scrub

The Divine Company Gel Cleanser & Day Cream

I’m actively seeking to learn more about beauty products and developing a regular beauty regime, even when I’m on the go. So when Made With Respect approached me to test a few products* for Australian company, The Divine Company, I was both eager and thrilled.

The Divine Company is an Australian Certified Organic beauty brand. The company is passionate about enriching beauty and wellness by working with natural elements from the environment. The Divine Company adopts a philosophy of living an authentic life and helps people to work towards this by offering beautiful, premium skin care.

I’ve found that I’ve easily been able to work The Divine Woman Lactic Gel Cleanser into my daily routine. I simply lather a small amount onto my face in the morning to help me wake up and my skin feels bright and refreshed, ready to tackle the day ahead. However, my favourite is The Divine Woman Illuminating Day Cream. I learned that it contains Native Australian Kakadu Plum, known for its high source of Vitamin-C, which works to detoxify and flush out toxins from the skin. The cream has a light fruity scent and its 50mL size means it is also perfect for carry-on travel.

Divine Woman Age Defying Gel Serum - Gift Guide
Divine Woman Age Defying Serum
Divine Woman Daily Renewal Lactic Gel Cleanser - Gift Guide
Divine Woman Lactic Gel Cleanser
Divine Woman Illuminating Day Cream - Gift Guide
Divine Woman Illuminating Day Cream


With tons of one-use plastic ending up in oceans each year, it is encouraging to learn of several swimwear brands making conscious efforts to use recycled plastics and other materials in their production. Australian designers are helping to make waves in the industry, seeking inspiration from the country’s landscapes to create unique prints, source the highest quality fabrics and empower women to feel beautiful inside and out.

Baiia Mossman Onepiece Wrap Swimsuit
Baiia Swimwear
Skye & Staghorn Tessa Frill One Piece Swimsuit - Womens Gift Guide
Skye & Staghorn
Bondi Born Evangelie One Piece Swimsuit
Bondi Born


It’s not just women’s swimwear pioneering the design and production with recycled materials; menswear designers are also getting on board. Recyclable polyester and salvaged fishing nets converted to environmentally-friendly econyl sport eye-catching, funky designs to ensure that the gentlemen look suave in the surf and on the sand.

NikBen Platano Board Shorts - Mens Gift Guide
Original Weekend Board Shorts - Gifts For Him
Original Weekend
Palmacea Anchor Board Shorts - Gifts For Him

little black bag

A lady’s companion to take you from day to night, from sight-seeing to bar hopping. Keep all your personals strapped around your waist, slung over your shoulder or draped over your arm. Metallic embellishments and monogramming add a little bit of sparkle.

Fawn Design Fawny Pack - Gift Bag For Her
Fawn Design Fawny Pack
Le Petit Cartel - Giulia Python Black Handbag
Le Petit Cartel Giulia Python Bag
X Nihilo Eight Mini Black Handbag - Gift Guide Modern Traveller
X Nihilo Eight Mini Bag


For regular travellers, a backpack will be your trusted carry-on piece which makes them a great gift idea. Make sure to find a style where you can throw in your laptop, camera(s), noise-cancelling headphones, reusable water bottle, book/kindle, passport and other bits and bobs. We find that it’s often easier to store backpacks in overhead storage and there’s less chance that it will end up in the hold if the overhead lockers are filled with suitcases!

Kathmandu Travel Pack v3 Backpack
Kathmandu Travel Pack
Crumpler Tactical Green Backpack - Gift For Him
Crumpler Backpack
Fossil Estate Leather Backpack - Gift Guide for Men
Fossil Estate Leather Backpack


Unless you’re flying first class or business class, nobody enjoys long-haul flights! Find me a traveller who will argue otherwise. With these accessories, get as comfortable as possible so that you can get block out all the white noise and get some much needed ZZZs.

Bose Quiet Noise-Cancelling Headphones Black - Gift Guide Modern Traveller
Bose Headphones
Love Stories Rizzo Eyemask - Gifts for Her
Love Stories Eyemask
The Daily Edited Passport Holder - Gift Guide Modern Traveller
The Daily Edited Passport Holder


When you’re back at home and feeling down with the holiday blues, surround yourself with items that will spark your wanderlust. Maps will remind you of your favourite cities and highlight the ones still on your bucket list. I’m still a sucker for writing things down so a diary will help you plan for the next adventure, and a watch will count down the hours until you board that flight!
Mapiful New York Map - Gift Guide Modern Traveller
Mapiful Map
An Organised Life Diary
An Organised Life Diary
Adexe Watch London - THEY Grande - Gift Guide For Him
Adexe Watch THEY Grande

*Some items in this blog post were gifted. All thoughts and opinions are explicitly our own.

What are your gift ideas for travellers? Share them with us in the comments below!


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