As it’s now December I think that’s it’s OK to start planning for Christmas. Especially if, like me, you have legions of people to find presents for. If you need ideas for presents for Mums or sisters or friends or anyone else who likes travelling (or me) then I think that these things are all splendid. I’d be very happy to unwrap any of these at Christmas.
- Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 because I love reading travel guides and those from Lonely Planet are always great. This one is all about the most exciting places to go at the moment and I know that it would inspire me. £9.99, Lonely Planet.
- A GoPro camera for filming my travels. GoPros are sturdy action cameras which you can wear on your body to film what you’re doing. They’re really fun, are great for bloggers and I’d love one. From £99.99, GoPro.
- An iPad keyboard so that I can use my iPad more effectively. When I travel I take my iPad for writing and working. I’d love a keyboard to attach to it to make typing easier and quicker. I like the look of this one from Logitech. It’s made of aluminium so it’s very light and it’s rated by Which? as a Best Buy. £52.95, Amazon.
- Another Juice Cube charger. This is a very useful device for charging up your mobile phone when you’re on the move. We bought one of these last year and have used it a lot. You plug it in to an electric socket to charge it up and then connect it to your phone when you need it. It comes with a range of phone connectors but I’ve changed my phone and now need one with an iPhone 5 connector. £24.95, Amazon.
- Luxury leather cross-body bag. I have a version of this bag which I bought at a market in Venice and which my teenage daughter finds repellent. I need a bag like this though for travelling, one which I can wear across my body and which can hold our passports, travel documents and my phone and purse. I figure that if I have a posh bag for this then my daughter will be able to sit next to me once more. £150, Stow.
- A decent, hard-wearing suitcase with four wheels. The new Aire range from Antler is apparently the lightest suitcase range which the brand has ever produced. The Medium Antler Aire suitcase in aubergine looks pretty good to me. £136, John Lewis.
- A bunch of Samsonite luggage straps in bright colours. When we went to Austria in the summer my son stopped a woman from walking out of the airport with my purple suitcase. It was identical to hers. I’d like some noticeable luggage straps to make sure that my suitcase looks different to anyone else’s. £13.46, Amazon.
- The Liz Earle Essentials Try-Me Kit. My marvellous Mum introduced me to the Liz Earle beauty range this summer. I’d been using the same luxury brand of moisturiser for years and my skin was dry and awful, the worst it’s ever been. I now use the Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, tonic and moisturiser twice a day and my skin is back to normal, hurrah! This kit contains mini sizes of the products which I use and so is perfect for travelling. £23.00, Liz Earle.
- Chocolate. Members of the official-sounding Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club receive a selection of chocolate to try every month. This has absolutely nothing to do with travelling but it’s a genius idea. There are gift subscriptions available from £50. Just saying.
Do you have any gift ideas to add to my list?