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27 Gift Ideas for the Digital Nomad In Your Life [that Support Small & Black-Owned Businesses]

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Digital Nomads are a rather difficult group of characters to buy for… always on the go, and therefore cannot fit “the usual” gigantic pile of clothing into their backpack.

So… I’ve created a list to get you inspired with holiday gift ideas for your digital nomad friend or family member. The second half of this is dedicated to supporting #blackownedbusinesses, #smallbusinesses, and local Filipino businesses however there are a couple of Amazon gifts sprinkled throughout.

I also tried to showcase items that are mostly digital because I know from experience that it’s not easy to ship a package from the U.S. to the Philippines without costly import fees.

Without further ado here are 27 gift ideas for the digital nomad in your life.

1. Local Spa Packages

With all the hustle, and bustle digital nomads experience, a day at the spa is never a bad idea. Look up the closest massage parlor nearest and book a spa day for them-- they’ll love you forever!

2. Audible Book

You can opt-in to purchase a membership starting at $15 for one month or you can purchase a book you think they’d enjoy. Here are some of my recommendations:

  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

  • The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

  • The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene

  • Why Now is the Time to Crush It! by Gary Vee

  • The $100 Start-Up by Chris Guillebeau

  • The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

There are plenty of others but those are just to name a few. You may want to peek at this page for more books for digital nomads.

3. Airbnb Gift Cards

Most likely your friend or a family member has used Airbnb before so they’d absolutely LOVE a credit for their next homestay! You might even check out Airbnb’s experiences if they’ll be going to a particular city in the near future. I for one thoroughly enjoyed, “The Day in the Life of a Muay Thai Fighter” an authentic experience I booked via Airbnb earlier this year. Today they’re even offering “virtual experiences” as a way to adapt to the pandemic. You can check out more here.

Bangkok Muay Tahi Experience

4. Silk Sleep Mask

This might not seem like a big deal… but trust me it is. Traveling can really take a toll on your body and so having a handy dandy sleep mask as a way to catch some Zzz’s comfortably is more important than you might think!

5. Digital Subscriptions

Being away from home for long periods of time often means being alone or away from loved ones. That’s where Netflix, Headspace, or Spotify Premium come into play. For those of you who are new to the game, Headspace is a guided meditation app that cultivates all-around mindfulness.

6. Udemy Courses

Udemy is a skill-sharing platform that has courses on anything you can think of from Programming to iPhone Photography or Interior Designing. Some even priced as low as $10.99! Maybe your loved one is on the road toward entrepreneurship or they just want to learn a new skill. Either way, they’ll gain some valuable knowledge from an Udemy course.

7. A Portable and Waterproof Speaker

Okay, so this one is more of a splurge… I recommend going waterproof as digital nomads are oftentimes near water (hello convenience!) This UE Roll is not only waterproof but shockproof too. You can check out more about this speaker here.

8. Pocket Wifi Device

I’ve quite literally lived off of my Skyroam Pocket Wi-Fi device. It’s convenient and can be taken across countries and continents. It’s the perfect contraption to sustain working online as a digital nomad. There an array of options for purchase like Skyroam Day passes or 5GB worth of data so that you can stay connected wherever on whatever budget you may have. You can check out their offerings & get 10% off your first purchase using code FINDYOURWAVE here.

9. Noise-canceling Headphones

In perfect combination with the silk mask mentioned earlier, noise-canceling headphones would make for a restful sleep or maybe for heightened concentration. Headphones are a true necessity in any digital nomad life from listening to a podcast or falling asleep on the plane. I enjoy my Sony Headphones ($14.95) but if you’d like wireless ones you might try out the Mpow Bluetooth Headphones ($46.99).

10. Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

This gift is not only nice to your bank account (currently only $12.97), but also to the planet. It’s convenient and easy to use. So say adios to plastic water bottles and HELLO to the Lifestraw! It filters out waterborne bacteria and silt leaving fresh, clean water that’s ready to drink!

11. Journals

Every trip is not complete with a nice journal to record memories, reflections, and ideas. I swear by journaling as I travel, it has literally changed my life. I prefer ones with separated sections but any journal will do just fine. You might have a look at the Travel Planner Journal with 6 categories here.