Here are some great items for globetrotters to include in their letter to Santa this year.
From luxury hotel vouchers to a raft for outdoor swimmers and a portable pillow to a smart adventure bag, these are all wonderful gifts for anyone with a fancy to travel.
THE SOUND OF SILENCE
There are wonderful gifts to buy for anyone who feels like traveling
Drown out loud engines and crying babies with Sony’s XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones – essential for frequent travelers. Along with exceptional sound quality, the combination of lightweight comfort and up to 30 hours of battery life make them reliable for long-haul travel (£ 349, currys.co.uk).
Treat your loved one like a celebrity this Christmas with an Away suitcase. Globe-trotters, including the Duchess of Sussex, Karlie Kloss, Margot Robbie and Jessica Alba, are regularly spotted rushing through airport terminals pulling the trendy luggage behind them. Away’s The Carry-On is available in 17 colors (some are limited edition) and can be personalized with an embossed luggage tag (from £ 215, awaytravel.com).
Unforgettable Journeys takes intrepid readers on over 200 adventures
IMAGINE YOU ARE HERE
From cruising around Alaska and Antarctica to train travel in Zambia and Zimbabwe, Unforgettable Journeys takes intrepid readers on more than 200 adventures in a vibrant celebration of the Scenic Drive.
Heavy hitters, including interrailing across Europe and Route 66, are also covered. Unforgettable Journeys is published by DK Eyewitness Travel and costs £ 25.
LUXURY HOTEL VOUCHERS
For those who prefer the experiences to the personal belongings, treat your loved one to a stay in an upscale hotel of their choice this Christmas with a voucher from the French luxury hotel brand Relais & Châteaux. The vouchers, valid for two years, can be redeemed at 580 establishments in over 60 countries, including Chewton Glen in Hampshire or The Surrey on New York’s Upper East Side (from £ 100, relaischateaux.com).
‘HOLD MY PASSPORT …’
Aspinal of London’s fine Italian leather passport covers are available in 22 colors, including bright orange and aqua, and can be personalized with embossed gold or silver initials. The sleeves are lined with buttery soft suede, plus a handy ribbon marker makes it easy to find these stamped pages (from £ 36, aspinaloflondon.com).
Salford Dark Spice rum, pictured, is inspired by rum and spices imported to the city’s major docks in the early 1900s
Bring the Caribbean home with a bottle of Salford Dark Spice Rum, inspired by the rum and spices imported to the city’s great docks in the early 1900s. It’s infused with vanilla, coconut, burnt caramel and of cloves, and goes well with cola or ginger beer. It also comes in a ceramic bottle (now £ 30, salfordrum.com).
Make outdoor change a snap with the Dryrobe Ultimate Outdoor Change Dress. The super-warm dress is windproof and waterproof with insulating fabrics at its base, so that sports fans can enjoy outdoor activities without feeling wet or cold. With a two-way interior / exterior zipper mechanism and an overall loose fit, changing underlays is simple. Even Aidan Turner from Poldark has been spotted cuddling under one (from £ 130, dryrobe.com).
SUITABLE FOR TRAVELING
Find the perfect pants with Spoke’s Fit Finder, a quiz that finds the perfect fit and can be completed in under 60 seconds. The Bulletproofs Pants from Spoke are available in 200 size variations and are available in dark navy blue, army green or graphite. Breathable fabric repels water and stretches in two directions, making them ideal for active weekends, bike rides or country walks with the dog (£ 135, speak-london.com) .
Whether it’s road trips or climbing mountain peaks, the Adventure Bag from Stubble & Co is the perfect gift for explorers. With a sleek and minimalist look, the all black bag could also be used for a city break. Sized to be used as hand luggage, the eco-friendly bag is made from sturdy, recycled and waterproof materials. Inside is a padded pocket that can hold a 16-inch laptop, a separate shoe compartment, and pockets for cards and valuables (£ 185, stubbleandco.com).
RAFT FOR SWIMMERS
RuckRaft by above below in the photo is a fully inflatable raft with a giant dry bag
Wild swimmers love RuckRaft by Above Below, a fully inflatable raft with a giant dry bag you can load everything into. The raft can carry 15kg without compromising its buoyancy and is neon orange for increased visibility on the water (£ 139.99, above below.sc).
SUPPORTING THE OCEANS
Help charities with a Virtually Wrapped Christmas gift. It stocks brands such as Mangata London, which produces swim shorts from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. All products arrive packaged (virtually wrappedchristmas.com).
Can’t go on Christmas but want to bring the holiday feeling home? Why not buy a Drinksfusion cocktail box? From Nordic Negroni margarita to Winter Berry margarita, you can customize each box to feature classic cocktail glasses suitable for beverage and professional bar equipment. Each comes with hand-picked botanical cocktail garnishes and fruit to add an elegant and impressive finish (from £ 18, drinksfusion.com).
BIKE TOWARDS THE FUTURE
Try a Bike Club bike subscription, where you can improve your child’s bike as they get older
Tired of constantly having to improve your children’s bikes as they get older? Try a Bike Club bike subscription, making bikes more durable and affordable. From balance bikes to mountain bikes, you can choose to receive a new or used bike, then upgrade when your child is ready for the next step (from £ 5 per month, thebikeclub.co.uk ).
Need a gift for someone in conservation? Art for Rangers offers exclusive access to the purchase of a signed limited edition print by award-winning filmmaker and explorer Beverly Joubert. All proceeds go to Project Ranger, an initiative set up by the Great Plains Foundation, which aims to conserve and expand natural habitats in Africa (prints from £ 186, projectranger.org).
The Snoooze pillow, shown, is available in two machine washable sizes
Hygiene is more important than ever and 2021 is set to be the year of travel, Snoooze pillows are great sock fillers this year. Avoid lumpy hotel pillows with these. They come in two machine washable sizes – and a special zipper feature on the larger Snoooze lets you choose your preferred density (from £ 24.99, snooozeworld.com).
SOCK IT TO ‘EM
The hiker of your life will stay warm with a pair of HJ Hall ProTrek socks. Combining classic prints with lightweight, ultra-strong fibers, they come in three levels of support depending on the wearer’s walking tip (from £ 10.50, hj.co.uk).
YOU ARE COVERED
Start every trip with a clean seat. Slumber Bliss reusable seat covers can be used on buses, trains and airplanes. The covers are made from a soft antimicrobial fabric and are accepted by all airlines (from £ 40.80, slumber blissseats.com).