OK, so there's been a lucky few who have managed to bagsy a trip this year but once the lockdown's get lifted there's bound to be some people who are more likely to jump on a plane than go to the shops. Here are 10 ideas of what you could buy a travel lover this Christmas - whatever the budget.
Deluxe Scratch Map Buy from John Lewis £22.95
This is a serious upgrade from previous versions. This large scratch map (H59 x W82cm) includes lots of smaller islands and has an impressive level of detail. Scratch away where you've been to - or perhaps reveal a 'bucket list' of desired destinations instead? This will definitely keep a travel enthusiast quiet this Christmas.
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel Guide Buy the 2020 guide now or reserve your 2021 copy at Amazon.
Any self-confessed travel geek will tell you they are always looking for the next adventure: the hottest destinations, undiscovered beauties, the latest openings. Every year, Lonely Planet put together their 'Best in Travel Guide' (the 2021 edition will be in stock from 25th November 2020) so surely this is a fabulous gift idea for travellers? They will discover things like:
Top 10 countries, regions, cities and best value destinations
Best new openings
Best new places to stay
Best new food experiences
Best sustainable trips for families
Minimise your carbon footprint
Give back on your travels
Hiking for meditation
Aesop Departure Travel Kit Buy from Aesop £45.00.
This is ideal for those who are en-route and wish to maintain an impeccable appearance and arrive fresh-faced on arrival. I find that as I get older, my skin becomes more dehydrated, especially after a long-haul flight. So, for those times in the not to distant future when we will hear those immortal words "This is your Captain speaking" this will be the perfect travel companion.
This Departure range maintains clean and hydrated hands, nurtures dehydrated skin, and provides perfect oral hygiene. The seven-piece beauty kit can be used in carry-on luggage or whilst in transit.
Steamery Cirrus No. 2 Travel Steamer Buy from various outlets including Selfridges £110
Let your holiday linen look it's best with this easy-to-use handheld steamer. When the in-room iron is all sticky or they're not allowed in the room (which is a thing in some places), the Steamery comes into it's own and leaves your wardrobe with a professional finish. Starts in just 25 seconds and with 6 minutes of on-demand steam (more than enough to steam one outfit) this is the perfect device for ironing on the go. And, as it's only 0.58kg it's lightweight enough to pack in your case.
Gift vouchers to support the travel industry
It's been well-reported that the travel industry has been amongst the hardest hit in the pandemic crisis. So, gift a loved one a gift voucher and help this very important industry. Here are some places that you grab a voucher:
Guestline are offering vouchers to support hotels, restaurants and bars in the UK and Ireland.
Secret Escapes provide (in their words) luxury travel at low prices. Their vouchers can be used to book luxury breaks from deals on their site such as boutique hotels, European city breaks or long-haul exotic package holiday.
Relais & Chateux offer 18 gift boxes (from spa treatments, gastronomy meals and overnight stays) that can be used in more than 350 of their luxury properties around the world.
Jet Lag Face Mask - Summer Friday's. Buy from Cult Beauty £22.50
Well if it's good enough for KK (Kim Kardashian-West) then it's good enough for us! With promises of a business-class complexion what's not to love? This mask is perfect for thirsty skin.
Personalised Passport Case. Buy from Not on the High Street from £15
Cut the arguments at the the check-in desk. Having your own colourful passport cover will ensure it's easy to find whilst you're rummaging in your bag. This is a great gift for a travel fan. And, it's a great choice for a pet passport too!
We both love Tom Ford fragrances. Yes, they're something of an investment but so worth it. The frangrances have such depth and last all day so a little goes a long way!These atomisers are perfect for weekends away and at only 10ml are ideal for carry on or transit travel.
Mia Tui Travel Bag Buy from Mia Tui from £47.00
The founder of Mia Tui was fed up of never being able to find anything in her bag when travelling. So, she developed a range of bags that are travel must-haves. There's a pocked on the back that slips over the handles of your suitcase, making travelling through airports much easier. As for the bag's interior, you can find things quickly thanks to space for a tablet, phone, pens and clip for your keys. Some bags also include a small cross-body bag and clear PVC bag for liquids. Available in multiple colours and sizes. Backpacks also available.
Travel Magazine Subscription Buy Now Magazine.co.uk
I love a magazine subscription. I'm quite old school as I love to flick through the pages of an actual magazine rather than view on a tablet. Each month you get to read the latest news - so what's not to love? So what's it to be? Wanderlust? Conde Nast Traveller? National Geographic Traveller?
Wishing you happy shopping, a healthy Christmas and here's to next year when we can hopefully travel again.