Christmas present ideas for travel lovers: a gift guide

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Are you looking for some Christmas present ideas for travel lovers in your life? No? Here’s a little gift guide anyway.

Every travel blogger seems to be doing one of these gift guides so I thought I’d jump onto the bandwagon. As someone who loves travel, I’d be made up with any of these things. In fact, I already have quite a few of them. So I can vouch that they actually are useful and good things to have. Also, I want to assure you that this list does not contain scratch maps, novelty passport cases or anything else that’s been done to death on travel blogs…

1. For the reading and travel lover 

I got one of these for my birthday a few years ago. It’s improved my life tenfold. Seriously. As much as I love the feel and smell of a real book, in reality they just weigh so much and take up a lot of room in luggage. You need several books in your bag for a long flight or for a relaxing holiday. That’s a lot of extra baggage weight that could be used for shoes. It’s the same if you’re a commuter – having a hefty thick book to carry around all day is a pain, especially if you’re also laden with your work laptop and other ‘essential’ rubbish.

Since I got my Kindle Paperwhite, I’ve read every morning and evening on my commute (pre-COVID of course before we all had to work from home!). I’ve not had a sore shoulder from a heavy bag once. It’s also come on every trip abroad with me, and has seen me through some horribly long flights.

The white version is £79.99 on Amazon in the sale now.

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2. For the travel lover who can’t cope with annoying humans on planes 

These life-saving, noise-cancelling headphones are one of the best things we’ve ever bought. They successfully shut out that awful droning noise on aeroplanes, along with most (but admittedly not all) screaming babies, over-confident loud men and irritating adverts. You can’t put a price on that.

But we got ours from Amazon for £34.99.

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3. For the city break travel lover

Did you know that the average sight-seer walks over 24.8 miles a day on a city break? No? Neither did I, because I’ve just made that stat up off the top of my head.

But there’s no denying everyone covers some serious ground on a city break and many shoes won’t cut it. You want something that looks nice with lots of different outfits and that’s probably why everyone has a trusty pair of white Converse in their wardrobe. The only downside to Converse is that the white eventually turns grey and they do get knackered after a few years. Time for a new pair?

The classic plain white ones are £50 at Asos for woman and for men.

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4. For the eco-friendly, sustainable travel lover

This reusable water bottle is a must for anyone who often needs to drink water to stay alive. So, quite a lot of people then.

I’ve blogged before about how easy it is to avoid killing the planet and wasting money with horrible disposable plastic bottles of water when you’re on your travels. We’ve collected a few different fold-up and collapsible water bottles now. My favourite is a beautiful floral chap from Asos, but he’s currently out of stock.

However, you can get this jazzy green one from Mountain Warehouse at Amazon for £2.49 currently. It’s bright enough so you won’t lose it at the bottom of your handbag.

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5. For the travel lover you want to spend an obscene amount of money on

Not going to lie, I was tempted by a swanky suitcase before I opted for a nice cheap Primark one. I knew I’d only end up with it ruined by battering it round airports.

But if you really want to spoil someone, and you know they’ll look after it, these suitcases have got to be the most gorgeous ones available. They’re from Ted Baker and cost an eye-watering £206.50 even in the huge sale they’ve got on at the moment.

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6. For the travel lover who deserves something thoughtful

I’m obsessed with Etsy. It’s so good for little thoughtful presents that fit with people’s specific interests. And everything is made by independent designers. For travel lovers, there are so many cute items of jewellery – cufflinks, earrings, necklaces etc with things like globes, aeroplanes, trains, suitcases and compasses on.

The compass one pictured below is just one of many and only costs £15.28 from Etsy (at the time of writing) but looks much more expensive.

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7. For the travel lover who doesn’t do packing light

It may seem boring, but this is a cheap, practical present that could save your pal a lot of airport-based hassle. A luggage scale. Seeing as RyanAir and the like expect everyone to wear one outfit for weeks on end with no shoes, or be forced to pay for extra baggage, this kind of thing is becoming more and more important when you’re packing.

There are loads of different types but this one from Amazon is currently down to £6.99 from £22.99 and is really well rated.

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8. For the stylish travel lover who can pull off a hat without looking like an idiot

It might not feel very seasonal now but this one is worth putting away till summer. It’s an amazing ‘out of office’ straw/floppy hat – something I always see on Instagram and stuff but could never quite pull off myself with my giant head. But if you know someone who’d suit it, you must buy them it and let me know.

The original one I liked pictured below is from The Bagtique but is out of stock at the mo. Versions (in stock) are available from Very for £13 or BooHoo for £4.

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9. For the travel lover who… has hair (sorry, I’ve run out of title ideas)

Everyone who needs one probably already has a travel hairdryer but did you know that not all of them work everywhere abroad? The same goes for straighteners/stylers. When we first went to Japan in 2015, we – and yes I do mean both of us because my hair affects Chris too – had a total panic two days before we were due to go. Someone told us that the voltage was different there, so unless you had universal appliances, they may not work. We’d simply never even considered it, as we were so used to only travelling locally in Europe. My hairdryer was already universal – but my GHD stylers weren’t. Argh. I ended up rushing to find somewhere that stocked universally suitable ones with two days’ notice. Not something I’d ever want to go through again.

All new GHD stylers will work in countries with different voltages – but if you have older ones, they might not.

The new standard GHDs are currently £89.

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