Our Top 10 Christmas Gift Inspirations for Gay Travelers
Our Top 10 Gay Traveler Christmas Gift Ideas – The time of love and light has come as we are coming closer and closer to the end of the year. But before we celebrate the new year, Christmas is here with self-made cookies, brushwood decorations and Christmas songs everywhere. That means it is time for Christmas shopping and surprises planning for all our loved ones! Every year again, we are hoping to find the right presents for our partners, friends, and family to surprise them on Christmas Eve.
Sometimes, it seems to become more and more difficult to find that special thing, from a small thank you to making a big long-term dream come true. As Gay Travel Bloggers we love to find extraordinary things like souvenirs from around the world but also special travel presents we found in our home city Amsterdam. Enjoy our selection of Christmas presents and get inspired by the couple of men‘s best Christmas gift ideas.
#1 Romantic Christmas: Winter Trip Surprise
One of the best presents you can give to a gay traveler is a surprise trip of his travel bucket list. So did Karl two years ago when he planned a trip to the snow in Denmark. We all know Daan loves theme parks. In short, Karl booked a surprise trip to the Danish capital Copenhagen together with an all-inclusive one-day entrance ticket to Tivoli Gardens. This second oldest theme park in the world was covered with fresh snow and became the perfect Christmas surprise. It is the best spot in the world to get that good old winter wonderland feeling. Don’t miss the old wooden roller coaster with hunky brakeman riding along your coaster-wagon! Read more about our Trip to Winter Tivoli in Copenhagen >
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- Gay Ski Week in Europe or Canada >
- Gay-friendly Hotels for your Gay Travels >
- All about our Gay Pride Trips in Europe, USA, Canada >
#2 Personalize your gift with Uncover Lab
How cool is it to give your travel-lover a leather journal, notebook or calendar with a special message? We found in Amsterdam the guys and girls from Uncover Lab who are specialized in personalizing your items with a text or/and design of your choice. We decided to enhance the beautiful Midori notebook and calendar with our coupleofmen.com logo but if you want, this team of graphic designers can create any design you want and use their awesome laser-burner to get the job done on a variety of gifts. You find their shop at the De Hallen Amsterdam or you can just order it online and they will ship your gifts worldwide. Website for Online Orders & Shops >
#3 Reflecting Travelers Backpack by Property of…
Living in Amsterdam, bikes are the most important means of transportation. Especially during the dark months from October to March, bikers are obligated to wear clearly visible items to avoid accidents. The Dutch company Property Of… “Makers of Fine Men’s Bags & Goods” found a great way to combine men fashion design and functionality.
We fell in love with the reflecting rainproof Mitch Backpack in army and navy made of fabric constructed with retro-reflective technology. The bags reflect light back to its source while it otherwise appears to be a non-reflective backpack. Next to bags, Property Of… offers in their stores a variety of gorgeous men products. Get your items in one of the stores in Amsterdam or Hamburg or order them online with worldwide shipping. Good to know for Christmas: your purchase will be shipped within 1 to 2 days in the Netherlands and Hamburg. Website & Store Information >
#4 Socks for Winter Weekends traveling.. or in bed
Winter time is socks time. Well chosen to match the colors of the clothes in the design of the season, socks are a timeless Christmas present for the modern gay traveler. We like the rainbow pride line of Happy Socks (to order in the US | to order in the DE/NL), hand-knit winter socks from Karl’s mom and some special ones as souvenirs from one of our trips. Who doesn’t like a good pair of socks on hairy men legs to keep those feet warm?
#5 Play an Escape Room Game with friends & family
Sometimes it is easier than you think to bring someone into a totally different world. The trend of playing an Escape Room widespread across the globe and gives its players a trip to a different world without actually traveling. Living in Amsterdam, we love to play the Escape Rooms by Sherlocked. After setting a new record (which was broken a week later) in “the Architect“, we played together with a bunch of handsome men the new and very advanced Escape Room the Vault. As one of the most difficult escape rooms in the world, we ALMOST cracked the safe! Surprise your friends and family on Christmas with an Escape Room adventure during Holidays or at the start of 2018 and enjoy one hour of excitement, adrenalin, and teamwork!
#6 Gay Movies for romantic nights anywhere you go
During our travels, we visited several LGBTQ+ film festivals. Thereby, the Amsterdam LGBT Filmfestival Roze Filmdagen is one of our favorites. But for a little romantic time in between, for example in a plane, at a waiting area, during a rainy day spending in bed together, we recommend a (gay) movie as a wonderful Christmas gift idea. Our favorite picks: the East-West German gay movie “Westler” (For orders in the US | for order in DE/NL) from 1985, the UK gay movies “Weekend” (for orders in the US | for orders in DE/ NL) from 2011 and “Alive & Kicking” (for orders in the US | for orders in DE/ NL) from 1996 as well as the all-time favorite “Billy Elliot” (for order in the US | for Billy Elliot) are not to be missed in your gay movies. If you are not into DVDs anymore (because of your in a plane like us), you can, of course, stream some of them as well.
#7 Personal Instagram Art for your personal lover
As you know, we love to share our travel experiences from all around the world on Instagram. The medium for great pictures is also the platform of choice for several artists and graphic designers showcasing their best pieces on their Instagram accounts. Some of them offer to create personalized art and portraits you can buy printed on shirts, mugs, travelers bags and even bed sheets. Like the artist Beard Boy, who made these lovely fanart shirts you can find on the webshop of Society 6. A very special and personal Christmas present for 2018. Who doesn’t want to travel proudly with their own art on a weekender or shirt?
#8 Treat your loved one to a Wellness day
Wellness, Spa, Sauna – three words everyone loves to hear when it comes to free days and holidays. When we did our road trip to the central German highlands last January, we stayed in a Slumber Wine Barrel with a Sauna Barrel. Nothing better than to spend a whole day relaxed and without any mobile connection and get refreshed in real powder snow in between sauna sessions. Treat yourself and your loved one to a day full of nothing but sleeping, warmth and healthy food. As a perfect Christmas gift for gay travelers, we recommend to booking a hotel with wellness area or a spa close to the hotel of your destination.
#9 Meggins for party, home and summer time
Be brave, be unboring… true to the motto of the Kapow Meggins, we discovered leggins for our trips this summer. Light-weight, easy to clean and very comfortable – leggings for men support the best parts of the gay traveler preparing the wearer for party or picture moments. For men who like to stand out and live loud, right? Website for Online Orders & Gift Cards >
#10 Ideas for a Surprise Voucher for the next Trip
Last but not least, the very last minute present idea: a voucher. Yes, it sounds like the most boring present of this list thus, how to make this gift a very special one for a gay traveler this year? We took some time to think together how we would like to get surprised and we think that these ideas will get your men smiling: secretly booking a better gay-friendly hotel, upgrading the room to a suite, book late check-out or room service, upgrade the seat category in the plane, make a reservation for a romantic candlelight dinner at your destination or ask your gay travel blogger of trust for the most romantic selfie spot in town.
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Our Top 10 Picks: Gay Traveler Christmas Gift Ideas
We are always looking for more Christmas gift inspirations to extend our list. Do you have any tips? Feel free to drop us a line or to send us a message. If you don’t have someone you can surprise this year, just treat yourself on Christmas with something nice of this list! We will start traveling again in January when we attend the 26th edition of the Whistler Gay Ski Festival as our second Gay Ski Week in Canada. Maybe a surprise trip idea? Together with gay men from all over the world and the gay travel blogger Nomadicboys, we will show you West Canada and Vancouver through a couple of men’s eyes.
Karl & Daan