The festive season is one of the most fun times of the year. I absolutely love spending hours coming up with the perfect gift idea for those dearest to me, and then seeing the delight on their faces when they unwrap their gifts on Christmas day and I know I’ve nailed it.
As my holiday gift to you, I have pulled together some of my favourite travel bits and bobs that would make lovely gifts for the traveller in your life.
1. Travel Bracelets, Wue £35
I adore Wue, purveyors of lovely goods. I recently came across their wonderful Airplane and Anchor Silver Bracelets, and am absolutely in love with them. Packaged into small glass tubes with hand-tied printed labels, they feature endearing captions such as “Safe Travels. The world is your oyster” and “We are sailing. Enjoy the journey. The destination is only a small part of it”, bound to delight any traveller.
Wue is offering Jet Set with Jas readers an exclusive festive 15% discount. Simply use the following code at the checkout: JETSETJAS (valid until 25 December 2017).
2. ExoLens with Optics by ZEISS Vario-Proxar 40-80 T* Macro-Zoom Lens, Apple £129.95
The ExoLens with Optics by ZEISS Vario-Proxar 40-80 T* Macro-Zoom lens for iPhone is the first mobile macro lens to offer a continuous focus adjustment function, featuring a variable focal length of 40–80 mm. It gives you full-frame capture of objects with diameters of between three and twelve centimetres, making it the ideal gift for any traveller looking to capture the perfect image on the go.
3. Casio Digital Watch (various models), Amazon £14.50
Made cool again by Millennials, these vintage-inspired watches from Casio feature metal bracelets and easy-to-read digital faces and are finished with a locking clasp closure to keep it secure. They are durable and are both scratch and water resistant. My everyday watch has sentimental value, so to ensure that I am ready for whatever surprises my adventures may throw at me, this cool, cheap and cheerful option allows me to tackle whatever comes my way. I picked up the LA670WEA-1EF on Amazon for a steal at £14.50.
4. Cashmere Bed Socks, The White Company £36
All travellers appreciate a touch of luxury, even those toughing it out in the back seats of cattle class with their heavy packs slung over their shoulders. These exquisite soft socks made from 100% cashmere, are a treat for any feet and are available in five different colours.
5. The New York Times: 36 Hours Europe, 2nd Edition, Amazon £20
I was once given this gift from a close friend and I can’t tell you how much I love it. It is now a permanent fixture on my coffee table and often a talking point amongst visitors. The New York Times share 130 expert itineraries, unveiling local haunts, making it a great gift for those who love a European city break.
6. Luxury Italian Hide Leather Washbag, Tyler & Tyler £85
The Tyler & Tyler collection offers a selection of classic and contemporary men’s accessories that provide the perfect style accent. Their gorgeous washbags will delight the discerning man in your life. There five styles to choose from, made from 100% real leather. I’m particularly a fan of the Sparring Hares and Rutting Stags.
7. Passport Cover & Luggage Tag, Katie Loxton £15.50/ £12.99
Stylish travellers appreciate the detail. Help your travelling loved one spot their bag on a busy carousel with one of Katie Loxton’s stylish luggage tags, and make sure you also grab the matching passport holder. I especially love the printed captions on them. “Adventure Awaits” and “Jet Set Go” are my favourites.
8. Discovery/ Travel Kit, The Organic Pharmacy £45
I’m a huge ambassador of organic skincare products, and wherever possible I use mineral based makeup and organic products in my skincare routine to ensure that my skin remains healthy, hydrated and radiant. The Organic Pharmacy has a great selection of miniatures in a perfect travel essential kit that you will be sure to love.
9. MacBook Air, Apple from £949
Thin. Light. Powerful. With screen sizes from 12 – 15inches, weighing just 0.92 kg – 1.82 kb, the MacBook Air is perfect for travellers and bloggers alike. Hint, hint 😉 They have superb battery life, lasting up to 10 hours + (depending on the model you choose), ensuring you stay charged when on the go. This one is at the very top of my Christmas list for obvious reasons!
10. Bar Globe, Zoffoli (various prices)
These beautiful handcrafted wooden bars are shaped like globes and made in Italy. They make the perfect keepsake for any traveller and are sure to inspire their next trip around the globe. Zoffoli offer tax-free prices for orders placed in the UK. For their special offers, click here.
Of course, giving isn’t everything and what matters most at Christmas is spending time with loved ones and appreciating the wonderful things that we do have in our lives; such as our health, family and friends. And hopefully, for many of you, it’s also a time to take a moment to give back, because we should be grateful for the blessings that we have. Below is a roundup of some really worthwhile causes that you might like to consider supporting as a charitable gift this Christmas.
Disability Snowsport UK
Disability Snowsport UK is a people-centred organisation with a unique sense of purpose, providing people with disabilities an opportunity to experience the thrill of skiing and access to the mountains that able-bodied people take for granted. For over 30 years, the charity has applied their exceptional know-how, to ensure those with a disability are given the joy of the experience to ski alongside the able-bodied. For active, adventure type friends and family who love their ski holidays, a donation here may make a perfect selfless gift. For more information, click here.
I first came across these guys in 2015, when travelling to India with G Adventures. Established in 2003, by G Adventures’ founder, Planeterra Foundation is a non-profit organisation that has contributed millions of dollars towards projects in areas of social enterprise, healthcare, conservation, and emergency response. Projects include empowering women, new paths for youth and conserving cultures. For more information and to donate, click here.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy (“The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World” campaign)
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, will know that Sudan, the last remaining male Northern White Rhino on the planet, really tugged on my heartstrings. He is the most eligible bachelor in the world. His #tinder profile says “I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me.” This poor fella is unlikely to mate with the surviving two female rhinos naturally. Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s “The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World” campaign aims to raise $9 million to assist with ongoing research into Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART). Once perfected, this technology, in particular in vitro fertilization (IVF), will aid to achieve successful pregnancies to gradually build up a viable herd of Northern White Rhinos. We are their only chance at survival. Please give generously here (merchandise also available).
Give the gift that changes lives this year. Travellers will appreciate that the places they visit are not always as developed as where they come from, and might be inspired to help. Oxfam makes this fun and easy. You can buy gifts to empower women, fight inequality, fill classrooms, grow vegetables and inspire children. To view their vast selection that you can present to your loved one (the voucher), on Christmas day, click here.
I hope this has helped to get the creative juices flowing. Wishing you, your family and friends, a very Merry Christmas. Happy shopping!
Until next time, safe travels.
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