Top ten Christmas gift ideas for travellers



Looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves to travel? We've found Christmas presents for all budgets and types of jet-setters, from backpackers, hedonists, techies and even tiny travellers! Browse our travel gift ideas...

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Perfect as a stocking filler for someone going backpacking through the world's biggest cities, such as New York, Paris, Madrid or Munich, Crumpled City Maps can be stuffed into a bag or pocket and spread out on any surface. Each map comes with a carry pouch and features all of the particular city's monuments, museums, galleries, parks and historical spots. It also comes with a list of 10 SoulSights - evocative places that are off the beaten path. £9.99, firebox.com

If your little ones have already caught the travel bug and they're determined to do things for themselves on holiday, the Gruffalo Chums neoprene wash bag and adorable purse are just the accessories for them. The wash bag comes with soft ears and is ideal for popping in their travel toiletries, while the purse fastens around little wrists and gives them somewhere to store their holiday money! £14.99, Trunki
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BRITA Fill&Go is a 60ml bottle that filters water on the go. It can be refilled at any tap and you won't have to worry about stocking up on bottled water when you travel, saving you a fortune! It's good for the environment and keeps globetrotters hydrated while on the move. £9.99, robertdyas.co.uk

Know someone who can't be without their phone - even on holiday? Give them the gift of warm hands this winter with these Pro-tech Touch Screen Gloves. The gloves contain specially-formulated conductive threads for ease when using a touchscreen and means they can use their phones on the ski slopes without getting frost bite! The gloves are available in pink, black and cream. £12.99, o2.co.uk

Treat a jet-setter looking for recommendations for hotels, restaurants and attractions from people who actually live in the city their visiting to a Luxury Red Velvet Limited Edition LUXE Bespoke Box this Christmas. The red velvet box comes with five small, handy tongue-in-cheek guides that you choose for your recipient, creating a unique and personalised gift that will look gorgeous on their book shelf too. £35, luxecityguides.com

Who wouldn't want to find a portable hammock in their stocking? The Hang-Out Hammock is for those who like to laze around in the sun swaying back and forth with a drink in their hand! Know someone like this? All the hammock needs is something strong to attach it to so they can relax on the beach or in a park somewhere exotic. The fun gift rolls up in a ball too so it fits nicely into a handbag, rucksack, beach bag or man bag! £7.95, Prezzybox

Treat a couple you know to a stay at a romantic boutique hotel, with Mr & Mrs Smith's Get a Room! gift card. The sleek gift card can be used at over 900 hotels worldwide and means you can let your recipients do the choosing. It comes in a pop-out box and is ready-wrapped. From £50, mrandmrssmith.com

Those who travel a lot will want to keep track of the cool places they've visited and putting a Scratch Map on their wall means they can show off the exotic destinations on a map. All they'll need is a coin to scratch off the different countries they've seen. It also comes with a carrying tube so they'll never guess it's a map once you've wrapped it up. £14.95, Prezzybox

No beauty junky will be happy with standard hotel toiletries, which is why they'll love you for popping this Best of Korres Kit in their stocking. The gift set includes a range of Korres' best-sellers: Wild Rose moisturiser, Evening Primrose eye cream, Basil Lemon shower gel, Vanilla Cinnamon shower gel, Guava body butter and Yoghurt cooling gel. The eye cream and moisturiser contain SPF 6 and of course, all six products come in airport-friendly containers under 100ml. £19, oliverbonas.com

Those who love capturing every memorable moment on holiday will appreciate Leica's D-LUX 6 digital camera, which offers full creative control, optimum lens performance and great image quality. Its features include manual setting options, automatic mode and Full HD recording. The lens offers a zoom range of 24 to 90mm and it's versatile for all kinds of shots, from wide-angle architectural to landscape. £600, leica-storemayfair.co.uk

Whether your mum enjoys the comfort of home on her holidays or likes a touch of travel in her home, these limited edition Water Dragon slippers are perfect if she has itchy feet! Designed by fashion designer Vivienne Tam for Hilton, the slippers celebrate the one-year anniversary of Hilton Huanying in China and are made from luxury terry cloth with a mirrored design of two inward-facing dragons. £17.50 hiltontohome.com or from The Waldorf Hilton in London.

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And if you fancy giving a travel junkie something different this year, check out our array of unique days out gift ideas...

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Gift vouchers don't have to mean shopping! Give someone peace and quiet this Christmas with walking holiday specialist Foot Trails' relaxing rural escapes vouchers. They can take time out to explore the countryside and hospitality of South West England whenever they choose and it means they'll have something to look forward to when Christmas is over. The vouchers are available in denominations of £25 and £100, and come beautifully packaged in a hand-crafted box, complete with a gift card, Montezuma chocolate and a guide to the walking breaks available.

Know someone who loves relaxing in England's beautiful countryside with a paintbrush in hand? Then give them a weekend art break at Bedruthan Steps Hotel, where they can get creative and be taught the art of painting landscapes in acrylic. Perfect for beginners and budding Hockneys, the two-night break (from £320 per person) will show them how to play with light, colour, movement and mood. Plus they'll return with their own artistic masterpiece and new skills, such as painting clouds, rocks and texture.

Kingston's Rose Theatre runs regular drop-in classes on diverse subjects from Shakespeare to stage-combat for wannabe stars to dip their toes into theatre work. The classes are energetic, interactive and cost from £20 per person. Students can even become part of a choir for the day and join up to 100 people on the Rose stage to rehearse and perform a full public concert. It's challenging and exhausting but the concert at the end of the day makes it worthwhile.

Give a foodie the gift of a Gourmet Weekend (from £380 per room) in Yorkshire at luxury country estate Swinton Park, where fine cuisine and wine are brought together in its award-winning restaurant kitchen and cookery school. The weekend includes wine tastings, meetings with local food producers, cookery demonstrations and a gourmet treasure hunt. Guests also enjoy a five-course gourmet dinner and a Land Rover tour of the stunning grounds to see the deer park. Plus they'll be sent on their way with a foodie gift.

Perfect for dads, lovers of classic slapstick humour and those who think they've had every dining experience under the sun, Faulty Towers is a two-hour interactive production set in a restaurant. Here the audience are the diners who enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner while being entertained and interacting with actors impersonating the comedy series' much-loved characters, including Basil Fawlty and Manuel.

Treat a film buff to getting behind the camera at The Old Rectory Cottages in Devon, where they can pick up essential directing skills from experts with a course in basic film-making. They'll produce their own mini-documentary under the guidance of experienced tutors and will be taken through every stage of the film-making process to produce a five-minute film. The Old Rectory Cottages sit between the thatched village pub and the Saxon church in the village of Kings Nympton in the North Devon countryside. The course costs £400 per person and includes four nights' accommodation and a Devon cream tea for selected dates from January until May.

If you know someone who is impossible to please, this is the perfect gift for them... walking with wolves! The Wolf Conservation Trust's Walk with Wolves is a once in a lifetime experience where you see the animals up close as they interact with the environment, investigating scent trails and swimming in the stream. Annual membership to the Trust costs £100 and includes a wolf walk for two in Berkshire. Volunteers are on hand to answer questions throughout and there is an official talk during the experience. Members can go on additional walks throughout the year for £30 per person.

Jewellery is a popular present to give at Christmas, but how about encouraging someone to make their own? Higham Hall in Cumbria runs a five-day residential course (£355 from 29 March to 2 April) with jewellery designer Sally Rotarides, where guests can choose to learn techniques including etching, texturing, soldering and cold enamelling. They'll come away with unique pieces of jewellery that money can't buy!

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