So how’s your Christmas shopping going? I’ve not started mine yet (eek!), but I’ve put together this Christmas gift guide to give you some inspiration for gifts for parents who like to travel, with or without their children.
Electric Jukebox is a music streaming service which works via your TV, making listening to music a social experience. As long as you have a wifi connection, it takes just a couple of minutes to set up, and gives you access to 29 million songs, with no monthly subscription needed. The voice-activated controller allows you to find the music that you want really quickly and easily. The device includes 12 months of unlimited music streaming, and you can take it with you to use on your travels.
My son loves playing football and we always take a football with us when we travel. This personalised football from Mitre is a great idea, especially for someone who loses things – a ball with someone’s name on is likely to find its way back to them, right? You can personalise the ball with up to 48 characters, it’s available in green, red or blue and is delivered pumped up and in a gift box.
Mitre personalised football £30, including free UK delivery.
My Kindle is brilliant for when I’m travelling, as it holds so many books. My daughter even borrowed it when she went InterRailing. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is highly rated by Which? – they say that it’s one of the best ebook readers that they’ve ever tested. This model has a 6″ high -resolution display with built-in light, as well as Wi-Fi.
I often need a big bag to use as a handbag/ camera bag combo on my travels. My daughter made me buy a white PVC backpack from Accessorize last year because the bag that I was using at the time was offensive to her. I grumbled at the time (mainly at the PVC aspect), but it’s actually been really useful and much admired. I can’t see it on sale any more, but this Kipling Women’s City Backpack is pretty similar.
I bought a Sea Salt wool shawl a few years ago, and I use it loads when we’re travelling. It works as an extra warm layer, or a pillow, or a blanket, and is just a really useful thing to have.
I included these suitcases in my gift guide last year, and then received two of them for Christmas (thank you!). I’m including them again, because they really are great. They come in a range of sizes, they’re lightweight and durable, and they open up into two separate zipped sections, which really helps to organise your stuff when you’re travelling.
Eastpak Suitcases from £41.18.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Gift Set
Liz Earle beauty products are just fantastic, especially for sensitive skin. The company is based on the Isle of Wight and their products aren’t tested on animals. I’ve been using their face products for a couple of years, and this gift set is ideal for travelling as it has mini versions of cleanser, toner and moisturiser.
Heyland & Whittle Travel Bag Miniatures
Heyland and Whittle use natural ingredients to create sulphate and paraben-free toiletries and home fragrances in England. This gift set of mini shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion looks perfect for travelling.
We always take some games along with us on family trips, and this year’s favourite is definitely Monopoly Deal. Playing it is a great way for kids to practice strategic thinking, and it’s really portable as it’s just a deck of cards. It’s suitable for ages 8 years +.
Portable battery charger
This battery charger has dual USB ports, so you can use it to charge two devices at the same time when you’re on the move. It has the capacity to fully charge an iPhone 6s nine times before needing a recharge, according to Amazon, (although obviously you could use it to charge any phone, tablet or other gadget with a USB connection). This charger would be very useful to any family, I reckon.
Personalised photo gifts
Personalised photo gifts are easy to create and often offer great value. You can personalise a whole range of things, from mugs to cushions to calendars to stickers. This personalised photo make up bag is a great idea and very useful.
Fire TV Stick
You’ve probably seen these advertised – the Amazon Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to a huge selection of movies and TV episodes, and includes Netflix, Amazon Video, BBC iPlayer, low-cost movie rentals, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games and more. It works on any HDTV, so you can use it when you’re travelling as well as at home.
Fire TV Stick | Streaming Media Player from £33.20.
This was my favourite Christmas present two years ago, and my Muck Boots have kept my toes warm during countless walks and football matches since. The boots are made of neoprene with a rubber overlay, and they keep your feet completely dry. They’d be a very useful gift for someone who likes country walks.
Muck Boot Wellingtons from £47.95.
If you’d like to send a gift to someone who really needs it, check out the Unicef Inspired Gifts range. It consists of real, life-saving and life-changing supplies which they deliver to children and communities around the world. Options include hats and gloves to keep four Syrian children warm (£12), polio vaccines to protect 100 children (£100) and a bicycle for a health worker (£114).
UNICEF Inspired Gifts from £6.00.
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