Christmas is fast approaching and we’re all facing a gift shopping experience unlike any seen before. We’re being encouraged to stay home and this means less trips to the shops. And, we’re also being asked to support small businesses, but even large household names need a little help this year. So, we’ve compiled a list of gifts that are ideal for the traveller in your life, to help you on the Christmas gift hunt. Here’s to hoping they’ll have plenty of opportunities to use them in 2021!
1. Departure Travel Kit Bodycare Gift Set
You can’t always rely on your accommodation to provide quality toiletries and for some travellers this is non negotiable, no matter where they’re heading. Help them out with this luxury selection with everything they’ll need for their trip.
“Departure brings together a selection of onboard Aesop favourites for the first time: Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque, Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol and Rosehip Seed Lip Cream. Together, these formulations work to replenish hydration and nourish the face and lips. A generous application of discrete, transparent Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque is recommended at the journey’s outset to replenish hydration. Regular use of Rosehip Seed Lip Cream will help soften and soothe dry lips, while an occasional spritz of Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol will refresh and enliven.”
2. Personalised Scratch the World® Travel Edition Map
Do you know someone who’s heading off travelling next year? On this personalisable map of the world they’ll be able to scratch off all the countries they visit – you couldn’t find a more perfect gift.
From: Not On The High Street
“This is a brilliant travel sized concept map allowing visited destinations to be scratched off revealing the beautifully styled up-to-date world map underneath. At a handy A3 size rolled neatly into a tube for non personalised maps (personalised maps are sent flat), you can now take your map with you on your journey and scratch your travels!”
3. Refill X Chilly’s Bottle
More and more cities around the world are introducing drinking fountains, in a bid to reduce plastic bottle usage. Get a head start with a sustainable water bottle to take on your travels, plus you’ll be doubling your support for the cause as a percentage of all sales goes towards the Refill campaign.
Product Description: ”Refill is an award-winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution at source by making it easier to reuse and refill your water bottle on the go than buy a single-use plastic bottle. Feel good knowing your Refill X Chilly’s bottle contributes £10 towards the cause.”
4. Salter Soft Touch Black Luggage Scale
We’ve all been there – arriving at the airport to discover that you’ve gone slightly over the weight allowance when packing (yes, I really do need my v-cushion…). Save that person in the family the stress and embarrassment of having to unpack their belongings in the check-in queue with this at-home scale.
“Weigh your luggage with the Salter Soft Touch Luggage Scale before you travel and avoid paying airline excess baggage charges. Simple, small and lightweight with a maximum weight capacity of 40kg / 88lbs.”
5. Tierra Palm Multicoloured Travel Bags Set of Two
Packing your bag for the journey home always seems to be trickier than when you first packed it, doesn’t it? We love the idea of separate bags for your laundry, so that you sort it when you pack, meaning one less job to do when you get home. The patterns are pretty cute too!
From: Oliver Bonas
Product Description: “If you’re travelling or holidaying, do so in style with this set of two cotton travel bags. In a small and large size, this pair is printed with eye-catching geometric and nature-inspired prints in sun-drenched colours, designed in the OB Studio. With one for laundry and one for undies, this pair of travel bags will help to keep you organised while on-the-go.”
6. Travel Steamer
Weddings, business, formal dinners… there is often a reason to pack something a little fancy for your trip. But annoyingly, shirts and cocktail dresses don’t travel so well. People are raving about the results of this travel steamer so it’s probably a solid investment for anyone who doesn’t do casual travel.
Product Description: “Keep your prized fashion pieces in perfect wrinkle-free condition, with the Cirrus No.2 Travel Steamer. The easy-to-use handheld device is designed to spread the steam evenly over fabrics to smooth out creases in one gentle swipe. It heats up in only 25 seconds and weighs just 590 grams. Pop it in your case to explore the world in impeccable style.”
7. City Illustrations Calendar
Calendars didn’t get a lot of love in 2020, but with vaccines in the works, 2021 is looking like a much busiser year for us all. Your loved one can start plotting trips with this glorious illustrated calendar that will take you around the world all year long.
Product Description: “Take a trip around the world in 2021 with this beautifully illustrated wall calendar. Featuring 12 of the most exciting cities in the world! Spend January in Paris, February in Helsinki, March in Toronto, April in Florence, May in London, June in Boston, July in Prague, August in Halong Bay, September in Madrid, October in New Orleans, November in Oslo & Dec”
8. Panasonic Lumix G100
Many of us have moved on from the days of packing a camera as advances in technology often means that our phone’s camera is as good – if not better – then our cameras. But creatives will love this camera, it’s tailor made for vloggers to create much crisper content than you can achieve with your phone and it’s all packed into a lightweight design ideal for travelling.
Product Description: “The G100 offers a lightweight solution that offers outstanding quality with the creative flexibility of a Free-angle LCD for whether you are in front or behind the camera. Small enough to fit into your bag and light enough to carry around all day.”
9. Travel Wallet
Travel wallets are nothing new, but this one is the top rated for its design and durability. Such a timeless and useful gift for anyone in your life.
“Spacious wallet for your passport, travel documents, phone, bank notes etc. Made from G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco S with an outside flat pocket for your boarding pass and documents you want close at hand before departure. Part of Kånken Essentials, a series of smart accessories for outdoor life, travel and everyday use.”
10. Where On Earth Game
What is Christmas without a game or two? This game is compact so it’s great as a stocking stuffer, plus it’s educational as players answer trivia questions about travel!
From: Science Museum
Product Description: “A globe-trotting game of travel trivia! Answer your way around the world in this travel-tastic trivia game. To win bonus points test your geographical knowledge even further by locating your answers on the travel map. A great game for family events. For ages 12+.”
*Prices correct at time of publish.