Location Independent Gifts for your Nomadic Friends

When you go home for Christ­mas, you run into the risk of com­ing back with an over­weight lug­gage full of show­er gels, note­books, bulky books, socks, and many more gifts. Made (or bought) with love, of course. But not real­ly essen­tial (or con­ve­nient) for your nomadic and min­i­mal­ist lifestyle.

That’s why we cre­at­ed a handy list of ten vir­tu­al, use­ful, and unique gift ideas for Dig­i­tal Nomads (or loca­tion inde­pen­dent peo­ple): share it with your friends and rel­a­tives to give them great gift ideas, and avoid those annoy­ing lug­gage fees when you go back from your Hol­i­day trip.

  1. For the movie-addicts
    I only need one word: Net­flix. Make some­one hap­py by gift­ing them a one-year Net­flix sub­scrip­tion. Unlim­it­ed binge-watch­ing. Unlim­it­ed high-qual­i­ty stream­ing of the lat­est tv-shows and movies. I guar­an­tee you you’ll get the grat­i­tude vibes from the oth­er side of the world every time your nomadic friend winds down from their hard days’ work and relax­es on a couch some­where to watch the lat­est episode of Game of Thrones while sip­ping a glass of wine. Try it.
  2. For the music lovers
    Or, yeah, for pret­ty much every­one. Who doesn’t use Spo­ti­fy these days, right? And who doesn’t hate those annoy­ing ads and the shuf­fle mode on mobile that come with the free ver­sion: some­how the song you real­ly want to lis­ten to, nev­er comes up when you turn on that app. Give the gift of ads-free choice for your friends: buy them a Spo­ti­fy gift card. Light, easy, use­ful. Just the present we love!
  3. For the book­worms
    Peo­ple who trav­el a lot hate books. Yes, sor­ry, we do. Even if we might like the nos­tal­gic smell of paper pages, or the roman­tic feel­ing of hold­ing an actu­al book, we still hate them. They take up way too much space, are heavy and hard to fit into our back­packs already full of elec­tron­ic gad­gets. But some of us are still book­worms. Or, bet­ter said e-book worms. What else would we do in all those hours we spend on planes with­out our beloved wi-fi? Here you have the per­fect gift: Kin­dle Unlim­it­ed. Free unlim­it­ed ebooks and audio­books with great Ama­zon qual­i­ty. Give the gift of read­ing, with­out the has­sle of car­ry­ing around books.
  4. For the do-good­ers
    In Italy, we have a say­ing that goes “A Natale siamo tut­ti più buoni” which lit­er­al­ly trans­lates as “Dur­ing Christ­mas time, we are all nicer”. This time of the year makes us often think about the peo­ple who are less for­tu­nate than us, it makes us more inclined to give to char­i­ty in order to fight against the con­sumerism that sur­rounds the Hol­i­days. Nev­er­the­less, the choice of giv­ing to char­i­ty is a very per­son­al one, so it’s hard to decide for some­one else.
    One great and orig­i­nal gift idea could be a Kiva’s gift card. You give a cer­tain amount, and the per­son lends it to the entre­pre­neur or orga­ni­za­tion (s)he wants to sup­port. There are tons of pos­si­bil­i­ties and the best part about this is that, when the entre­pre­neur pays back the loan, they can decide to lend it to some­one else, mak­ing the gift last for a very long time and make many peo­ple hap­py across bor­ders and con­ti­nents.
  5. For the trav­el­ers
    If some­one is loca­tion inde­pen­dent, it’s very like­ly that they love trav­el­ing. And since there’s no gift card that you can use on any air­line to go any­where (if they are in Europe, Ryanair is a good bet though), let’s focus on the oth­er typ­i­cal trav­el expense: accom­mo­da­tion. Airbnb offers gift cards for peo­ple resid­ing in the Unit­ed States. Or, for the real dig­i­tal nomads who are look­ing into spend­ing a longer peri­od of time in each loca­tion (bonus point if they love pets!), there’s the option of an hous­esit­ting sub­scrip­tion, for exam­ple for the famous por­tal Trust­ed Hous­esit­ters.
  6. For the adven­tur­ers
    If you know any bud­get trav­el­ers, give them the gift of a vol­un­teer­ing expe­ri­ence. Work­away is a web­site that con­nects locals and small busi­ness­es who need help and trav­el­ers who need a place to stay. For a few hours of vol­un­teer­ing per day, you can live an unfor­get­table expe­ri­ence, trav­el cheap, get to know the local cul­ture and more. It’s avail­able all over the world and the year­ly sub­scrip­tion costs only 29€. Get it for your trav­el­ing friends!
  7. For the not-so-min­i­mal­ist shop­pers
    I know, I know, I said we all don’t like mate­r­i­al gifts, we are all a bunch of min­i­mal­ists trav­el­ing around with only a lap­top and a 10kg back­pack. Well, that’s not always true. We like shop­ping as well, espe­cial­ly for elec­tron­ics. So why not give us the gift of get­ting your newest tech gad­get faster? Patience has nev­er been a typ­i­cal fea­ture of our gen­er­a­tion. An Ama­zon Prime gift card is the solu­tion. And it comes with some pret­ty sweet side-perks too, such as unlim­it­ed cloud stor­age and Prime video (which is not as cool as Net­flix, but still…).
  8. For the life­long-learn­ers
    Work­ing from your lap­top means that you need to stay up-to-date with many tech­no­log­i­cal changes and be always on top of the lat­est trends. Give the gift of an awe­some Ude­my course you’ve tak­en and you loved, or one that you think your friend will enjoy, or find use­ful. Check out their huge list of busi­ness, tech and per­son­al devel­op­ment online cours­es that you can take how and when you want. When you buy a course, you can access it for­ev­er!
  9. For the city-dwellers in a hur­ry
    If you are one of the mil­lions of Uber users, you prob­a­bly know that it’s an easy and fast way to go around a city. Why not gift an Uber Vouch­er to some­one that lives in a city and uses it a lot? You’ll save them mon­ey and they’ll be grate­ful every time they go out at night or are too lazy to get the sub­way or walk home. Remem­ber to check if Uber is avail­able where they cur­rent­ly live though, it’s not as pop­u­lar in Europe as it is in the US.
  10. For the aspir­ing loca­tion inde­pen­dent
    Do you have a friend or fam­i­ly mem­ber who wants to become loca­tion inde­pen­dent? Why don’t buy them the Work­styling Skills Analy­sis to get start­ed with this lifestyle? It’s a real­is­tic and com­plete skills analy­sis, like the tra­di­tion­al ones you prob­a­bly did at school, but ori­en­tat­ed towards remote jobs and design­ing your work around your skills, pas­sions and desired lifestyle (noth­ing tra­di­tion­al here!). Don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us if you have doubts or ques­tions about this.

We hope you liked our list of awe­some hol­i­day gifts for your nomadic friends! Go ahead, make a dig­i­tal nomad hap­py this year with one of these presents.

Hap­py Hol­i­days from the Work­styling team!

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