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For been-there-done-that travellers
The only thing to give someone who has ticked off every item on their travel bucket list is the chance to visit their favourite places all over again. Travel gift cards allow you to spend as much or as little as you choose (minimum spend is usually around the $25 mark), and you can often personalise the gift card.
“The lucky recipient can choose from more than 600 treehouses, cabins, boats, Gypsy caravans, shepherd’s huts and boats”
Airbnb gift cards open the doors to more than 1 million places to stay, and they don’t expire so there’s no pressure to book immediately. If you want to be absolutely certain the person you’re buying for will find somewhere they love, look no further than hotelgift.com, which has 110,000-plus hotels from more than 140 hotels brands on its books, including Hilton, Four Seasons and Travelodge. For something a little more unusual, try Canopy & Stars’ gift cards. The lucky recipient can choose from more than 600 treehouses, cabins, boats, Gypsy caravans, shepherd’s huts and boats. You can also find gift vouchers for holiday packages from numerous providers, including lastminute.com and Trailfinders.
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If you’re not a serial over-packer yourself, you probably know one. Help yourself/the woman in your life who struggles to keep within the baggage allowance to pack smart with these seriously handy presents.
For frequent fliers
Kit out your friend with a billion air miles with everything they need to stay comfy and well-slept when they fly.
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For minimalist travellers
Women who like to travel light are among the hardest people to buy for. They’s already got everything they need, right? Wrong! Pick them out something that takes up even less space in their carry-on than the version they currently have, or makes something they can’t leave home without multifunctional. This Ollo Clip 3-in-1 Lens Set
turns smartphones into a fish-eye, super-wide or macro camera.
Travelling light doesn’t have to mean boring, beige practical clothes. These Cambiami sandals come with interchangeable T-straps
so you just need the one pair with a selection of straps to go with every outfit. (Added bonus: you can simply buy news straps to add to the collection every year!)
For luxury-loving travellers
Wave off your luxe-loving friend with a cashmere wrap blanket
to keep her cosy on flights and chilly evenings. At £200+, it’s not cheap, but it will become your life-long travel companion. In fact, if you’ve got the cash, you might as well get yourself one too – but get them monogrammed so there are no arguments over whose is whose!
“it’s not cheap, but it will become your life-long travel companion.”
If a proper cup of coffee is a home luxuries that’s sorely missed on the road, give the gift of a proper brew wherever you wake up in the world. A Nanopresso protable espresso maker
is just the thing for caffeine addicts who love to travel off the beaten track.
For another taste of luxury on the road, try a new Hairburst Mulberry silk pillow case
. It’s perfect for keeping frazzled plane hair under control, if you worry about that sort of thing. And even if you don’t, who wouldn’t prefer to wrap that papery aeroplane pillow in something so smooth and silky?
For armchair travellers
We all know someone who’s forever dreaming of their next trip. Indulge them with one of these gifts that keep the travel spirit alive even when you’re stuck in a 9-to-5 at home. Rocket & Co make bespoke text map art
using vintage maps showing the location(s) of your choice – it’s a really thoughtful memento of past trips or a tantalising hint of what’s to come. The same goes for this cork globe
. For a gift that keeps on giving, try a travel magazine subscription, annual membership to a local museum or art gallery, or this Try the World gift subscription
, which delivers a selection of ingredients for meals from around the world to your doorstep – just because you can’t travel right now doesn’t mean your tastebuds can’t!
For travel-tech devotees
Thoughtful gifts for upcoming trips eg Cumbria’s Love Cumbria Winter Rewards Card