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The Ultimate Gift List for Wanderlusting Couples

Are you one of those couples who just love to travel?

Do you forgo shopping sprees and pricey nights out to invest your spare cash in your next big trip? Perhaps you love nothing more that a five star hotel mattress, with plush pillows to match? Or perhaps you’re a flashpacker with an adventurous spirit but the gadgets to get you out of any travel related pickle (while taking lots of photos along the way.) Or maybe you’re the weekend jetsetters, you work hard, play hard, and do it in style.

Whatever way you and your other half like to travel, your wedding registry is a great way to pay homage to your holidaying hobby – from honeymoon funds and experience gifts, to gorgeous luggage and luxurious linens.

Continuing our partnership with our friends at The Wedding Shop, (who created a very cool edit on this very topic just the other day!) we’re rounding up some of our favourite additions every couple who loves to travel should include on their gift registry.

1. The Honeymoon Fund

The honeymoon fund is a great option for couples who don’t necessarily want ‘things’ but still want to put their gift registry to good use.

Whether you’re planning to flake out on the beach for two weeks in Barbados or be intrepid adventurers on safari in Kenya, you can set up a fund with The Wedding Shop to contribute towards your honeymoon.

Your guests can add to your general honeymoon pot or their gifts can go towards flight or room upgrades, special dinners, spa treatments, or honeymoon activities (think hot air balloons or helicopters!).

For guests, making contributions to a honeymoon fund still allows them to personalise a gift, and it feels so much nicer than simply putting cash into a card.

And for you, planning the trip of a lifetime gets a whole lot easier!

2. Experience Gifts

Bona fide globetrotters know that sometimes the best travel experience can be right on your doorstep. With The Wedding Shops’ experience gift offering, couples can enjoy bucket-list worthy experiences that are both close to home, and (quite literally) out of this world.

Among my favourites in their collection; a trip to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon (yes you read that correctly!), a visit to the opera in Vienna, cheese & Champagne tasting, star-gazing in a Scottish castle, and a guided Wimbledon tour with a Michelin star lunch.

There are so many different ideas, with experiences every couple will enjoy, some you might have wanted to do your whole life (driving a Lamborghini) to things you may never have considered, but that sound like a lot of fun (espionage classes!).

Even if you mix them in with more traditional wedding registry items, these are a great way of adding personality to your gift list.

3. Luggage

Luggage is one of those investment items that – once you buy quality pieces – will last you decades. Which makes it the perfect gift for a couple who love to travel.

Think about the kind of travel you like do you, do you need hard cases for long haul flights, or do you prefer something light and easy for weekend getaways?

The Wedding Shop offer an extensive collection of matching luggage sets, garment bags and holdalls to cover all kinds of style.

Look out for brands like Hartmann Luggage. Samsonite, Brics and Victorinox Luggage for stylish suitcases that will last you long after your honeymoon.

Photo via Samsonsite

4. Hotel Level Linens

Why is it that the beds in hotels are so freaking comfy? And the towels, how do they get them so fluffy? Oh and that’s before we talk about the robes.

Your wedding registry is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your pillows, duvet, sheets and towels, and bag yourself the kind of quality and softness seasoned luxury travellers are used to.

If you really want to replicate the quintessential five star hotel experience, keep it classic will all white linens, while grey or neutral tones tend to be a little easier to wash at home (unless of course you also have hotel level laundry services too!).

The Wedding Shop have some gorgeous options for all kinds of bedroom and bathroom essentials – the pillow section on their site made me want to dive headfirst into my laptop.

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Photo via The Wedding Shop

5. Photo Albums & Frames

Be honest. You take tonnes of sunset cocktail snaps, landscape shots and selfies on holiday, but aside from uploading a few on social media, the originals get hidden away on some hard-drive never to see the light of day again.

Make it your newlywed resolution to start printing more photos.

There’s nothing like a lazy afternoon sifting through photo albums looking at old pictures. While framed photos of your favourite travels will be just the pick-me-up you need on a dull morning in January.

Add lots of stylish frames and cool photo books to your gift registry to ensure your resolution comes to fruition.

6. Reading Material

If you can’t be somewhere far flung and exotic every week of the year, you can at least be looking at the pictures, right?

From inspiration for your next great adventure to cool coffee table additions that show off your lust for travel, books make really treasured and personalised additions to your gift registry.

Reminisce on places you’ve been to as a couple and start planning all the big bucket-list trips still to come.

The Wedding Shop has a collection of beautiful travel books that will earn a coveted spot on any couple’s bookshelf or coffee table.

Travel Books

7. Travel Gadgetry

No flash-packer worth their luggage allowance will take a trip without the right kit. And your wedding registry is a great chance to add some new gadgetry to your holiday must-haves.

A quality camera to catch every dreamy sunset, a Go Pro to make sure you capture all the action without stopping for a second, a great portable speaker so you can play your favourite tunes while you have cocktails on your balcony, and matching headphones to escape into your favourite podcasts and movies on your next long haul flight.

I’m all for unplugging when you go away, but there’s nothing like a couple of techy home comforts to make the experience a little smoother, right?

8. Eclectic Homewares

If you love to travel, score finds in a local market, or bring home crafts and art work from all the destinations you visit, you’ll want your homeware to reflect your greatest passions, right?

Eclectic homewares are one area of expertise The Wedding Shop have locked down.

You can mix and match textures, with raw woods, metals and stoneware, go for travel-inspired additions like globes, map prints and trunk style furniture, or opt for mixed prints, animal patterns, or pottery.

With homewares sourced from designers and brands from around the world, you’ll find it easy to reflect your well-travelled tastes across your wedding gift list.

Travel Lover Wedding Registry

Our Travel-Lovers’ Gift Edit

Clockwise from top-left: The White Company Bed Linen // 100 Getaways, Metal Picture Frame // Go Pro // Luggage Tags // Bang & Olufsen Headphones // Elizabeth Scarlett Travel Pouch // Egyptian Cotton Towel Set // Globe //  Weekender Bag // Great Explorers // Passport Wallet // Suitcase.

Check out The Wedding Shop’s own Honeymoon Essentials shopping list and get ideas from their Honeymoon Funds and Experience Gift offering.

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