Our top gifts for travel lovers
So it’s that time of year that I start to panic about what I’m going to buy everyone for Christmas. Thankfully, everyone in the family is as equally travel obsessed as me so at least I have a starting point..
So here are a few things that would make great gifts for travel lovers of all ages.
NB: Some of these items have been gifted to me, some haven’t, some contain affiliate links, many don’t.
Extraordinary Travellers series
A magic map, a clever invention and an exciting race through France. The Little Museum is a page-turning travel adventure story for boys and girls aged 8-11 with a little bit of French thrown in for good measure.
When Lucy and her younger brother, Tom, find out their mum is part of a group of Extraordinary Travellers they have no idea how much their life is going to change and what adventure awaits them.
Join them on their quest to discover why the Eiffel Tower has disappeared, what else the Little Museum is going to contain and why the President of France needs their help to find the missing treasures. To read the first couple of chapters and find out what’s in store click here!
Great British Adventure Map
Perfect for children aged 6 and up.
There are so many amazingly adventure-filled things to do here in Britain that it’s hard to understand them all without a ginormous map. Well, that’s handy! On this ginormous map, you’ll find 1,000 of the funnest things to do and places to go around Britain. And that’s not all – there are great games to play, tick boxes and notes sections to fill in, and even a huge colouring-in map on the back. Let the adventure unfold!
Fancy a discount? Use the code DROPANDGIMME20 to get 20% off 2 or more maps
It’s a 12-month journey around the world through a combination of postcards and online workbooks. When you first sign up you receive a Travel Pack filled with everything needed for the journey (plus some fun extras). From then, each month children receive a postcard (DTK designed of course) from the country we’re travelling to, giving them access to a workbook about that country. As they complete the workbooks through the year, they can add stickers to their Just the Ticket passports until complete.
The Travel Pack is a great gift for Christmas, giving kids something to unwrap on the day while ensuring they keep receiving learning gifts through the year.
Just the Ticket is available as 3-, 6- or 12-month journeys.
Primus – Klunken
Sustainable, hygienic and practical, the vacuum-insulated Klunken bottle will keep your loved one’s morning cup of coffee hot when on the go. Designed to perfectly partner with the iconic Kånken backpack, this 0.5 litre bottle fits neatly into the side pockets and it is available in eight of the bag’s most popular colours so you can get them a bottle to match their beloved backpack as well as their personality.
LifeSaver – Liberty
The ultimate water bottle for travel enthusiasts and outdoor lovers, the LifeSaver Liberty™ removes a minimum of 99.99% of dangerous viruses, bacteria and cysts from any water to provide safe drinking water on demand. Its unique 2in1 design also means it can be used to pump purified water into other clean containers, so it will keep the whole family hydrated when out on a Boxing Day adventure and beyond.
Go Travel – Ultimate 2.0
Whether your loved one is a bookworm, gamer or travel fan, they’re bound to be pleased to receive this uber-cosy memory foam pillow. From its plush, velvety fabric to its 360° personalised fit, every element provides comfort and helps to prevent neck pain when sleeping or sitting upright for prolonged periods of time.
The new Great British parks map is the first scratch map of its kind to feature key scenic areas in the UK.
Highlighting over 100 amazing natural experiences including 15 National Parks, 54 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 40 National Scenic Areas – it’s a brilliant buy for those who love active pursuits, walking, hiking and family days out. From the Loch’s of Scotland, Welsh hills and waterfalls to beautiful coastal walks and national nature reserves – you simply scratch off the areas you’ve visited and use the map to plan your next adventure.
Micro Scooters are an amazing Christmas gift for people that love to travel. Our review of our new Maxi Micro Scooters will be live soon, but for now here is a blog post all about Scooters instead of bikes for a family road trip from the Travelynn Family.
Micro Scooters fold in half, to minimise space and are built with Swiss engineering. They are really small and fit practically everywhere, they make adults ones and our kids one suit kids up to 12 too!
You can even take microscooters on planes as hand luggage?
World Map Wallpaper
I absolutely love this World Map from Wallsauce they have so many wonderful World Map Wallapers on sale that I really didn’t know which one to choose.
They make a brilliant gift as they come in all different sizes, just measure the wall area you want it to be on and order. You simply paste the wall and expertly add the map to the wall. The price really depends on the size.
We’ve just renovated our basement so need to apologise for the angle and the slightly dark photo but can confirm it’s amazing quality (really thick) and we’ve had so many fabulous comments on it already. Just need to finish the rest of the room now!
We have a variety of travel games recommended on here, and you can find lots of travel games here, however these Lex-Go games are new to us this year.
Lex-GO! is one ‘L’ of a super-fast word game. Race against other players to get rid of all your playing card tiles by creating words, swapping letters and even attacking other players’ words.
- Fast paced, word tile game
- Comes in a neat, canvas bag – great for on-the-go
- Age 8+
- RRP £9.99 or £13.99 for the Harry Potter Version!
- Available on Amazon
Family Waterproof Picnic Mat
Butterflies Family Waterproof Picnic Mat.
- Size: 140 cm x 140 cm
- Price: £39.99
- Material: microfibre polyester surface; water-proof rip stop nylon base
“I absolutely adore our PACMAT. So beautiful, yet durable and waterproof. It’s also super lightweight and folds up tiny. I take it camping and on days out. It’s always in my bag and and ready to be unfurled at a moments notice.”a Rafflecopter giveaway
So I know this seems like a slightly strange gift but believe me I know lots of people (it has to be said mainly Dads) who love the old fashioned camping style of the Trangia. They are small, they are compact but they are also reliable and simple, and for me anything that makes someone else want to do the cooking on a camping trip makes it a winning gift!
You can get a wide selection of Trangia’s from Vango!
Red Original (which launched last year) has produced a ‘Dry Pouch’ to keep wallets, phones, keys completely protected (throw it against a wall and all will remain safe and sound inside) and waterproof (plus it floats) with a YKK zip which will never rust, corrode or let water in. It can be attached through a belt or onto a board, boat, bike etc.
This will be perfect for us as the family that has lost/dropped/misplaced 3 go pros before now in deep water!
Thule Subterra Carry-on
The Thule Subterra Carry-on 55cm is a sleek and durable 2-wheel carry-on complete with a compression panel to maximize packing space and minimize wrinkling. Available in dark shadow, ember and mineral color.
Pipity Activity Set
Activity sets with pencils, pencil sharpener, scissors and glue! Oh and fabulous activity books, all with activities in that can be done whilst you’re travelling with the kit that’s in the set. We’ve used these time and time and time again on holiday (see our review). As they are so self contained they are perfect to take out to a restaurant or to use on the plane, train or in the car.
Splash About Float Suits
We used to use armbands when the kids were little until we discovered the amazing Splash About Float Suits. These give them the freedom to be safe in and around the pool. They also look really good and the kids love them! Splash About Float Suits
They are fab Christmas present for little ones!
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Tile’s most powerful Bluetooth tracker for finding all your things. The durable tracker has a replaceable battery, 300-foot range and is Tile’s loudest tracker yet, making it even easier to find your things.
Luxury Supersize Travel Pillow
The Tielle Love Luxury travel pillows are the ultimate in take-anywhere travel decadence. Generously filled with 80% duck down for softness and squash-ability, and 20% duck feather for support they can be used both on the move and at your destination to supplement the pillows on offer.
At 40 x 50cm they are big enough to properly rest your head on, but small enough to pack into your luggage – and apparently your carry on luggage at that! I’ll let you know whether it does fit when it arrives!