Christmas Gifts for a Family that Loves to Travel
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.
What about actual travel?
New Year’s Family Break at Sands Resort Cornwall
Welcome 2019 with a family break in North Cornwall. Celebrate in style with a delicious 4-course dinner, a casino, DJ and our fun packed kids’ entertainment programme at our “Night at the Oscars” family party.
Book 2 nights from £199 per adult incl. dinner, breakfast and entertainment. Children’s discounts apply.
Find out more: https://goo.gl/TzcVhV
and you can read Mini Travellers review of Sands Resort from back in 2015.
Reima Fern Gilet
These gorgeous winter jackets from Reima are designed to allow children to move without limits. The responsibly sourced down/feather fill insulation will keep your child warm down to -10˚C. Perfect moving from Autumn to Winter and all jackets are water-repellent too. For extra warmth, the Filpa jacket for girls features a long, curved hem, adding in some style while still remaining warm and practical.
You can see our full review of the Reima Jackets and why we loved them so much here.
RRP: Fern: £65
Snugpak Torrent Jacket
Torrent (SRP £159.95) – The Torrent jacket, built to battle everything nature has to throw at it. Insulated with exclusive Softie® insulation and taped seams making it fully waterproof. This fully featured jacket is equipped with a detachable insulated hood that can be rolled away or removed when not in use, dual adjusters on the sides and rear of the hood allow for a perfect fit.
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.
Barts Women’s Jasmin Beanie
This Women’s Jasmin Beanie from Barts is a stylish and warm pom-pom beanie, ideal for cold days in the city or the outdoors.
Sealskinz Women’s Sea Leopard Lux Glove
These women’s Sea Leopard Lux glove is a light, versatile accessory suitable for any outdoor use, from hard adventuring to walking the dog. No details have been overlooked in the design, from its slimmer finger profile and PU grid embossed palm. The faux fur outer cuff provides extra warmth, and the water-repellant outer layer will keep your hands dry for as long as you need them to. I can’t wait to wear these gloves on cold walks down to the beach. What do they say about weather – no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.
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!
Reduce single use plastic in the playground with the LifeStraw Play, the only two-stage filtration water bottle designed for children. This product is BPA-free and will remove microplastics from your child’s drinking water. Mine actually love a new water bottle to show off at school too as well as them being perfect to take travelling.
Hydro Flask 12 oz Kid’s Bottle
A top-of-the-line vacuum insulated drinking bottle that boasts the ability to keep your drink ice cold for 24 hours and piping hot for up to 12 hours (for that all important hot chocolate). Mine actually love a new water bottle to show off at school too as well as them being perfect to take travelling.
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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.
The Book of Everyone
The Book of Everyone helps people to easily create gifts that carry true emotional value. The easy personalisation platform means you don’t have to be a computer whiz to create an amazing book for someone special, stuffed full of curiosities, beautiful designs, inspiring quotes and fun facts. All you need to provide is some information on and anecdotes about who you’re creating the book for. It really was sooo easy it actually felt like you were cheating! Pop it in the suitcase for some fun finding out facts about you and the year of your birth when you travel.
Lifeventure Ordnance Survey SoftFibre Towel
With new designs launched for FW18 including maps of London , Pen y Fan and High Peak, Lifeventure’s award-winning SoftFibre Trek Towels make a great gift for travel and outdoor fanatics. The size of a giant bath towel yet a fraction of the weight and size, Lifeventure’s super-soft Ordnance Survey SoftFibre Towels absorb 9 times their own weight in water and dry 8 times faster than a conventional towel. Treated with Polygiene® for permanent odour control, the towels also have a convenient hanging loop.
These are amazing for popping in a suitcase, particularly for adventure travel and camping!
Lifeventure RFID Mini Travel Wallet
A great gift for travel lovers. If you are adventuring overseas keep your most precious items organised and secure on the go. Lifeventure’s bestselling RFID Mini Travel Wallet includes slots for your cards, passport and travel documents plus it features RFID shielding technology that blocks the personal data on your passport or credit cards from being illegally accessed. It is available in classic grey or eye-catching purple.
The Sleep Shade
A great stocking filler for ladies who value their beauty sleep, albeit I am not going to gift this as a present, I’m going to be keeping it for my flights next year to Tanzania and New York ! The Sleep Shade from Go Travel blocks out any unwanted light, for a guaranteed good night’s sleep. The soft to touch silky outer fabric is both elegant and effortlessly comfortable whilst the elastic head strap keeps the mask in place. Offering a unique domed shape over the eyes, the mask is perfect in-flight if you have eye make-up on as it will avoid smudging it, ensuring you look fresh pre and post flight – even after the New Year shenanigans!
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!
Ultimate Memory Pillow
Give the gift of luxury this Christmas with the Ultimate Memory Pillow from Go Travel. Premium, high-density memory foam that responds instantly to your natural contours combines with a supersoft velour outer and fully adjustable front tension straps to provide a bespoke 360o fit like no other. The unique shape is contoured at the rear to allow your head to slope gently backwards, while the tension straps hold it in place to avoid head-roll waking you from a peaceful slumber. Ensure excellent upright sleeping for your loved one this yuletide season.
Lion/Giraffe Neck Pillow
A must-have travel companion for kids, these super soft and cuddly pillows are shaped to support a child’s head and neck for added comfort in an upright sleeping position. Long tiring journeys become cosy, snug and fun. The best part – they double-up as a toy for entertainment when the journey needs a bit of excitement.
My Travel Journal
This stylish hardback travel diary starts off with a checklist and ‘things to do’ to fill in – so you don’t forget to pack or organise anything – because let’s face it, there’s always something you manage to leave behind…swim stuff, travel plug, passport! Oh and just in case you’re looking for some inspiration for your next escapade, it also has pages of suggested things to do, places to go, things to see and eat. Finally, to help you keep a track of your trips there’s also a handy world map – so you can mark everywhere you’ve been and perhaps where you’d like to go!
My eldest has her eye on this!
Currently £13.99 reduced from £19.99
100 Places Scratch off Bucket List
With 100 spectacular places to explore, this scratch off bucket list is the perfect gift for the ultimate travel junkie! Scratch off each place as you visit and watch your bucket list come to life with an array of lovely images that represent all the wonderful places you’ve been.
This fabulous bucket list compiles all of the most ‘must-see’ destinations from all over the world. So, if you want to go travelling but aren’t sure where to start, this bucket list will set you off in the right direction. Whether you want to boast about all the places you’ve been, or simply keep a personal record for yourself, this poster is the perfect way to display all of your traveling adventures.
Dream Holiday Fund Box
Saving for a change of scenery?
Ah you can picture it now, golden beaches, crystal clear waters gently lapping upon the shore, the sun beating down, or maybe powder fresh slopes waiting for you to be the first to make a trail, a relaxing cruise or perhaps the haven of a countryside retreat or bright lights of a city with gems just waiting for you to discover…Whatever your dream holiday may be, simply pop your spare change into this Holiday Fund Box and before you know it you could soon find yourself with enough savings to help get you to your dream destination!
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PowerStones™ Trio Universal Mobile Powerbank
Developed for smartphones and other mobile devices, the PowerStones™ feature two 5,000 mAh ultra-high capacity batteries and a wireless charging station which allows two mobile devices to be charged simultaneously. I need this in my life.
RRP: £39.99 VAT inc
Available from Amazon w/c 3rd December 2018
Whether you’re outdoors for an afternoon hill walking or on a month long expedition to Nepal ensuring your gear is organised and protected is essential. That’s why Osprey designed a series of Ultralight Washbags perfect for housing all of your toiletries. Made from tough ripstop nylon the ultralight washbag padded features a miniaturised version of our StraightJacket™ compression, to keep your toiletries secure. This means you can compress the washbag to reduce the space it requires when not fully laden. The washbag has a padded main compartment to keep your kit safe. Featuring reflective graphics and large grab handle, means you can grab the washbag quickly even when buried at the bottom of a fully laden pack! Haven’t we all needed this before.
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