I’ve selected 12 top local Australian brands for the 2016 Travel Christmas Gift Guide for the traveller, the explorer, the adventurer, and the outdoor lover!
Can you believe it’s only a few weeks to go until Christmas? This is going to be my third Australian Christmas already and still in Summer! I am slowly getting used to it but it still feels a little weird. What isn’t changing though is my ability to get presents at the very last minute…. So this year I thought I’d get some inspiration about what I love the most, travels! I’ve created this Christmas gift guide for travellers with some of the best Aussie brands.
To all the adventurers out there in Australia, in France or anywhere else in the world, discover 12 amazing brands and products which I’m sure will be on your Christmas wish list or help you to get something for your friends and family.
1. The Scrubba wash Bag
Going on an adventure is fun until you run out of clean clothes. Especially when camping or going into wild areas, it can get even harder. That’s what Ash Newlan understood in 2010 when he founded the Scrubba Bag after travelling to Africa to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with a mate. The Scrubba Bag is a pocket-sized washing machine which will also travellers to wash clothes anywhere anytime. It is super light (145 grammes), requires nothing else that just a bit of water. It can also use as a stuff sack or cushion!
You can find the Scrubba bag here for AUD$64.95 + free AUS shipping or USD$55 + free US shipping.
2. The Travel Bra
For all the ladies, this might be one of the most useful gift ever! Created in 2015 by Dr Annie Holden, The Travel Bra is the alternative for solo female travellers to money belts. She wanted to feel safe and comfortable in particular when she needed to carry cash or was travelling in places where it was advisable to hide her passport. Made from organic cotton and bamboo, The Travel Bra has multiple pockets such as credit card sleeve, drop down passport holder, pockets in the cups to store cash and mini pockets in shoulder strap for rings and valuables.
3. The Kathmandu Backpack + Microfibre Quick-Dry Towel Combo
Founded in 1987 in Melbourne, Kathmandu is probably one of the most known Aussie brands to create awesome clothing and accessories for explorers, adventurers, travellers and most of all outdoor lovers. The Wayfarer Pack is a great 25L backpack combined with utilitarian style. Additionally, the Microfibre Quick-Drying Towel is a large and soft blue stripe towel that you can easily carry around as well. The quick dry feature is a must when taking showers on the go or after having a dip in a waterfall!
You can find the Wayfarer pack in cool grey for a discounted price of $108.98 and the large Microfibre Quick-Drying Towel in Soft Blue Stripes for $39.98
4. The Frank Green Smart Bottle
This Australian made and designed accessory is great to stay hydrated on a road trip and travels. It’s also a great environment conscious accessory as Frank Green wants to motivate others to live more sustainably and to reduce unnecessary waste. Not always easy when travelling abroad, but definitely achievable when on holidays nearby! With a clever push button operations; the Smartbottle opens and closes with a spill resistant lid. It’s also BPA-free and non-toxic. Not to mention the colours are super fun!
The SmartBottle is available here for $34.95.
5. The Honeybell Waterwear UPF50+ Shirt-Dress
Honeybell waterwear founder Annaliese wanted to create a piece of clothing that would be sun protective, comfortable, rashie-like and fashionable. All that you need when travelling in hot and sunny places like in Australia. Made with lightweight, quick-drying, and breathable fabric that is certified as providing UPF 50+ protection, the Honeybell Waterwear shirt-dress has the highest possible rating available, blocking 98% of the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays. Feeling like a rashie, this is also pretty good if you need to take a quick dip somewhere and don’t have a swimsuit handy.
The Honeybell Waterwear shirt-dress can be found here for $139.
6. The Regal Ultramarine Picnic Rug by Wandering Folk
Designed locally in Tamarama, Sydney, and born on a very muddy camping trip, this travel rug with many shades of blue is the perfect improvised picnic companion. Being a fan of road trips, a good travel rug is always a must for a break on the way or at the destination. It weighs 2 kilos and has a waterproof canvas to keep you dry from the damp ground. It is adorned with hand made tassels in each corner as well and it comes with its very own woven strap, so you can carry your new rug wherever you roam.
You can get the Regal Ultramarine Picnic Rug by Wandering Folk here from $180 + free shipping in Australia. Its size is 164cm x 147cm.
7. A’OK Espadrilles
You’ll think, why espadrilles in a travel gift guide? Well for me, it’s been one of the most useful shoes to carry around on travels. They are super lightweight, very easy to carry around and so comfortable while still stylish for day or night. That’s exactly why Australian Brand A’OK decided to launch in 2014 their own version of the traditional footwear seen in the town of St Tropez, France. A’OK Espadrilles are also all about the everlasting spirit of summer with a stylish and chic touch for every occasion while travelling. Each shoe is created from canvas with an inner sole made out of rope. For durability, the outer sole is made of rubber.
You can get the A’OK Espadrilles here for $29.99 in many fun colours!
8. The Australian Made Scarf by Love Merino
Sourced exclusively from a family-owned farm in Wellington, Western NSW, Love Merino have beautifully designed 100% superfine merino wool scarves. Lightweight of about 180 grammes and a size of 2m x 45 cm, these warm scarves are the perfect travel accessory for cold planes and air conditioning. I know I easily get a sore throat when travelling so always carry a scarf around! The scarves are limited edition (1 of 50) and can be traced right back to the flock of sheep on the farm. Love Merino has also embraced the “slow fashion” ethos by working in small scale production with local Australian manufacturers (Woolerina), artists (Manuela Strano) and design houses (Publisher Textiles and Shibori) to produce limited edition pieces inspired by the land they love so much.
You can find different colours and style from $170 to $190 dollars on Love Merino website. The Paper Daisy Scarf is my favourite!
9. Paper Planes earring by Fairina Cheng Jewellery
Crafted by Sydney jeweller, Fairina Cheng, the Paper Planes earrings are inspired by travel stories and wanderlust. Crafted in solid sterling silver or solid 9ct gold, their simple, geometric shape tells of tales scrawled in well-worn journals and postcards sent from across the seas. Much like their owner, they are happiest when travelling the world. I know while travelling I always want to keep stylish while not have too many jewels to carry so having one set of earrings that are so dreamy is perfect for happy travels.
10. The Cord Roll by Afternoon with Albert
Afternoon with Albert Founder and Qantas Pilot, Shane Thompson decided to design a travel accessory based on his experiences of moving about the globe so frequently. We’ve all experienced the chaos of cable management for phone and music accessories and dreaming of a life untangled. The Cord Roll is a simple way to keep cords, cables, thumb drives and all of life’s necessities safe and organised in one easy-to-find spot. The Cord Roll comes in three colours, Jet Black, Tan and French Grey and fits into jacket pockets, jeans, backpacks or handbags. It is also made of vegetable tanned leather.
The Cord Roll is available in three colours for $75 each.
11. Adventure Travel Turkish Towels by Sandy Cove Trading Company
Created in 2014 by Australian co-founders of Sandy Cove, Phoebe and Duncan, the adventure Turkish towels are perfect to carry on a sunny holiday. Lightweight and easily packable, the towels come in many colours and are wide enough for a break on the beach or a picnic in a city park. You can also wear it as a sarong! Sandy Cove is also donating 10% of all profits to selected environmental and humanitarian charity organisations. The Adventure Travel - Turkish Towels is made from 100% cotton, highly absorbent, lightweight and fast-drying.
You can shop the Adventure Turkish Towels in many colours on Sandy Cove website for $42.95 + free delivery in Australia and free delivery over $100 internationally.
12. The Harlequin Belle Triangle Shoulder Bag
You probably understood by now that I am a fan of packable, lightweight accessories! The Harlequin Belle Triangle Shoulder Bag is just that. Founded in 2013 by Kellie, Harlequin Belle is an Aussie brand creating all kind of leather products as well as this lightweight bag with handless uses when travelling to carry beach products, food, books or anything else you would carry. It’s made from beautiful raw fabric with a soft leather handle. Not to mention that if you purchase any leather product by Harlequin Belle, you will get this bag for free.
You can buy the Triangle Shoulder bag for $39, its size is 60cm width and 65cm height.