2011 Holiday Gift Ideas

November 4, 2011  By: Gretchen

It’s hard to believe that that holidays are right around the corner. We’re publishing our gift ideas list early this year so that you can get your shopping out of the way and enjoy time with family and friends. These ideas are for passionate travelers, Africa buffs, safari lovers and those who want to give back.

For the traveler in your life, you can consider luggage, clothing, accessories or camera gear. Magellans is a great resource for safari-worthy luggage, as well as the little things you need for a trip like power adaptors, flashlights, noise reduction headphones and eyeshades.

ExOfficio has an entire line of clothing designed for safari; from sun and bug protective clothing to hiking socks, boots and safari hats.

For Africa buffs, there is an endless selection of books; fiction and non, as well as guide books. Check our suggested reading list, or follow us on Goodreads to see what we’re reading right now.

A new camera is a wonderful gift for a photography lover, and certainly for anyone going on safari. B&H Photo in New York is one of the most reputable retailers in North America. There is a huge variety of equipment available; from point and shoot cameras, to high-end SLR’s. There are a lot of new and innovative cameras available this year as well. Camera accessories can be a welcome gift for the avid photographer; a compact tripod or a macro lens could open up new possibilities for them.  Don’t forget, you can find binoculars here, too!

If you’re not in the market to buy new equipment, check out this story about renting high-end cameras for your safari.

Alternative giving has many benefits. In addition to the wonderful side effect of making the giver and the recipient feel great, it can change someone’s life.  Giving a microloan is a great way to honor someone and to make a difference to a small business owner or a cooperative in a developing nation at the same time.

If you would like to support education in Africa, you could consider a donation to our partner organization AfricAid.  Alternatively, you could donate to 4-star Charity Navigator rated Books for Africa (who provide exactly what they are called).  Finally, you could change a life with a gift to Heifer.  There are options to give from $20 to $5,000.  Choose your favorite animal and honor your loved one with a gift that could save a child or a family from hunger.

If you want to give the gift of a lifetime, consider giving your loved one a safari (better yet – a safari with you!). We can help you plan something between now and the holidays so that you can share the magic of this gift on your special holiday. Call us to get things moving.

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!