Looking for Christmas gift ideas for digital nomads and other travellers in 2017? Here are some suggestions for non-material gifts for full-time travellers.

Christmas gifts for digital nomads can be tricky. How can you give a Christmas present if posting packages is not an option?

This is a list of potential Christmas gift ideas for digital nomads and other full-time travellers. The list also works the other way around: even if you’re the one travelling, geographical distance won’t limit these non-material presents.

Note that the prices may vary in different regions.

Digital traveller gifts

I. Apps and App Subscriptions

Does your traveller friend or family member like yoga? Meditation? Language learning? Whatever their interest, there are probably apps for it – and these apps make great presents for travellers.

1. Yoga and Meditation Apps

If you want to give a Christmas gift for a digital nomad who likes meditation, a subscription of Headspace, Calm or some other meditation app might be a good idea. If you want to give something a bit more physical, the most popular yoga apps include Yoga.com and Pocket Yoga. However, these yoga apps use in-app purchases instead of subscription fees, so giving them as a present is a bit more tricky.

Prices (checked in December 2017):

  • Headspace: 96 US$ / 12 months

  • Calm: 60 US$ / 12 months

  • Yoga apps: Usually free, in-app purchases

(I’ve used Headspace for a year, so I can definitely recommend the app. However, I plan to try Calm next, so I wouldn’t mind getting the Calm subscription this Christmas. Psst family members that was a hint!)

2. Spotify Premium

Spotify Premium is a great Christmas gift idea for digital nomads. When online access is limited, you love to have your favourite music available offline.

Unfortunately there’s one big catch: Spotify is not meant for full-time travellers. The app will disconnect after two weeks abroad. To be able to log in again, you need to access your home country’s network.

You can solve the problem by using a VPN connection. A VPN connection routes your internet traffic via another country – in this case, your home country – and lets you get around regional restrictions.

If you get a good VPN access, the process is only a minor annoyance. Still, this makes Spotify Premium a slightly worse Christmas gift idea for long-term travellers.

Price (December 2017):

3. Language Learning Apps

Many travellers like to learn new languages. Language learning is also a big business, so there’s plenty of app subscriptions to pay. Duolingo works quite well without Plus subscription, but paying the subscription removes the ads and gives you offline access to the exercises.

Other popular language learning apps that work as Christmas gifts for digital nomads include Babbel and Memrise.

Prices (December 2017):

  • Duolingo: 48 US$ / 6 months or 72 US$ / 12 months

  • Babbel: 27 US$ / 3 months, 45 US$/ 6 months, 83 US$ / 12 months. The subscription only covers one chosen language.

  • Memrise: Pro membership for 5-9 US$ / month or lifetime membership for 129 US$

4. Google Play / Apple App Store Gift Card

While some apps work on subscriptions, others – especially games still have a more traditional price tag. If you can’t decide which app to give as a gift for the digital nomad, you can also give a gift card for an online store like Google Play or Apple App store / iTunes.

Entertainment gifts for full-time and long-term travellers

II. Other Entertainment

Be careful when you give entertainment as a gift for a traveller. There’s no use giving a e-book for a digital nomad who doesn’t read.

I’m not recommending many specific brands here. Instead, these Christmas gift ideas for digital nomads will help you think of different types of products.

5. E-Books and Audiobooks

Many travellers read books, but the platforms vary.

Some (like myself) are in love with their Amazon Kindle E-Readers and buy almost all their books as digital editions from the Kindle Store. Besides novels and non-fiction, I also recommend digital editions of Lonely Planet guidebooks as Christmas gifts for travellers and digital nomads.

Other travellers like to listen to audio books. Audio books are especially great for long bus rides and other modes of transportation if you’re prone to travel sickness. In those cases, individual audio books or subscriptions to services like Audible are great traveller gifts.

Prices (December 2017):

  • E-books: Lots of variation, usually around 10-15 US$ / e-book.

  • Lonely Planet guidebooks: around 10-20 € / e-book

  • Audible: 15 US$ / month

6. Netflix and Other Media Services

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon… Many (mostly media) companies offer subscriptions for their media platforms. If slow internet connections are not an issue and your target likes this sort of entertainment, these services are great Christmas gifts for digital nomads.

Note that there’s a lot of variety with the platforms between countries. Some services are only available in certain countries, and the prices also vary.

Prices (December 2017):

  • Netflix: Depends on the plan. 8-14 US$ / month

  • Hulu: 6 US$ / month for the first year

  • Amazon Prime: 11 US$ / month or 99 US$ / 12 months

7. Online Courses

Does education count as entertainment? In this traveller gift list, it does. These days you can learn almost anything from photography to chess online. Digital learning platforms such as MasterClass and Udemy offer all sorts of online courses for different interests.

Prices (December 2017):

  • MasterClass 180 US$ / year

  • Udemy: Depends on the course

Donation gifts for long-term travellers

III Miscellaneous Gifts

These last Christmas present ideas for digital nomads and other travelers don’t fit the previous categories.

8. Travel Resources

Money is not the most innovative Christmas gift idea. But to be honest, it’s probably the thing that backpackers and other full-time travellers need the most. (At least that’s how I personally feel right now, hah!)

Luckily you can get a bit more creative with your financial support. You can give a gift card for a hotel, or designate some money for a specific activity. For example, you might offer a digital nomad a meal in a fine restaurant, money for hiking shoes or train tickets for a weekend trip.

9. Donate to Charity

I’ve used this idea once before, and I think it’s quite sweet. Instead of giving a gift directly for the other person, you can donate for a charity with a cause that they supports Many (but not all) travellers are quite environmentally conscious, so organizations like WWF or Greenpeace might do.

If the traveller flies quite often and worries about climate change, you can also pay CO2 offsets for their next/previous flights. I personally use Atmosfair for my carbon offsets. Instead of counting my exact emissions, I usually pay 10 % of my ticket prices.

What did you think about the traveller gift list? Do you have great Christmas gift ideas for digital nomads and other travellers? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!