7 travel gifts that should be on your Christmas wish list

With the festive season almost upon us, it’s time to start thinking about what goodies you might fancy adding to your Christmas wish list – especially if you have some exciting travel plans on the horizon. Maybe you’re after the ideal gift for the globetrotter in your life who has it all.If so, these helpful suggestions might make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier.

1. Scratch Map Original World Map Poster by Luckies

Original world Scratch Map by Luckies
How much? £18.95
The original and best – invented in 2009 by Luckies of London, the scratch map is a hugely popular phenomenon amongst jet setters and makes an ideal gift for the seasoned traveller in your family. Scratch Maps are a great way to chart your travels and highlight just how far and wide you’ve been – in a stylish and memorable fashion.

The map itself features a gold foil top layer and the idea is that once you’ve visited a country you, scratch off the foil to reveal some details about the country – and amazing facts about the world! Ultimately, it acts as an alternative way of charting and showcasing your escapades across the globe. It also looks great framed and offers a brilliant excuse to start planning another trip.

2. Audio-Technica Wireless, Noise-cancelling Headphones

Audio-Technica wireless, noise cancelling headphones
How much? £149
There’s a reason why Audio-Technica is the best-selling headphone brand in Japan – their products tend to be of exceptional quality and the ATH-ANC40BT headphones are no exception. High quality playback on the move without the hassle of wires is exactly what the music loving traveller needs in their life.

The ATH-ANC40BT uses Bluetooth technology for clearer wireless sound. If you’re playing music through a smartphone you can easily take and end calls as well as adjust music and video playback. One of the most appealing features is the fact that it cancels up to 90% of exterior sound – perfect for when you’re stuck on a busy train or plane.

3. Micro Luggage Scooter

How much? £299.95
With the Micro Luggage ‘scootcase’, you’ll never be late for a connection again. Not only does the Micro Luggage look fantastic (there’s a minimalist edge to it that means it’s bang on-trend), but the fact it folds down into a scooter that can whisk you through a busy airport is a stroke of genius.

If you’re a regular traveller, this is a great solution to shifting around heavy luggage because this charming invention is actually a kickboard, suitcase and luggage trolley in one. Versatile and sturdy, the Micro Luggage scooter holds up to 26 litres and is accepted as hand luggage by most airlines

And anyway, why should kids have all the fun at the airport?

4. Pandora Bracelet and Travel Charms

Pandora bracelet and travel charms
How much? £55 (bracelet) and between £25-£55 for travel charms
Recognised the world over, the popularity of Pandora jewellery shows no sign of letting up and their travel-inspired charms are a lovely present if you want to get that special someone a meaningful gift.

From postcards and globes to cameras and even a mini passport, there are plenty of disarmingly cute bracelet additions to choose from. There’s also the added meaning that wherever the charms go in the world, they’ll always act as a reminder of the loved ones back home.

5. Apple Watch

Apple WatchAnna Hoychuk / Shutterstock.com

How much? £299.00-£339.00
One of the most sought after gadgets of recent times, you might think you’ve heard all there is to hear about the Apple Watch, but the travel-related apps are just brilliant.

Whilst the likes of TripAdvisor might already be well known to frequent travellers, there are a plethora of travel apps that are well worth checking out and work particularly well on the Apple Watch. The Uber app is a particular standout. As soon as you open the app, you’ll be told how long it’s likely to be before a car can reach you. The car can then be ordered and the app will track its progress.

The IGH Translator is another ace app – just speak into the watch and it can translate English into 13 different languages with the added help of phonetic spelling.

6. Twister Picnic Blanket

Twister picnic blanket
How much £18.00
Add a twist of fun to your family picnic with this unique picnic blanket. This is guaranteed to add some fun and laughter to any outdoor occasion, and what’s more is that it conveniently rolls up for easy storage – great for throwing in the bottom of the picnic bag. The miniature spinner keyring is attached to the blanket so it won’t be easily misplaced. The plastic backing means that it can be used on dewy ground as well as other terrains – beach anyone? The classic game of twister is great for any occasion and it’s not just for the little ones – who will be the last player standing.

7. Ted Baker Travel Manicure Set

Ted Baker travel manicure set
How much? £22.49
For the lady who likes to travel in style, the Ted Baker Opulent Bloom range of travel gifts is sure be on this year’s list of must haves. With the striking floral design and pretty coral trim, it is sure to be admired by fellow travellers. The zip close case features rose gold manicure essentials including a nail file, clippers and  a handy cuticle tool with the feature words ‘A Duty to Beauty’. The collection doesn’t end there with other idyllic items for the lady on the move – how about the matching Jewellery Roll, Satin Laundry Bags, Passport Holder and Luggage Tag. They even include a Postcard set – perfect for those P.S I love you moments.

Published 6th November 2015

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