Having trouble finding the perfect Christmas gift for the travel lover in your life? Or, like us, do you end up secretly wanting to keep hold of all travel-related accoutrements for yourself? Either way, presents for passport-wielding friends and family are not too hard to come by, so here's a few ideas to kick things off...
The Paris Contemporary Globe
No serious travel lover's desk is complete without a globe. Who hasn't spun one, eyes tightly shut, vowing their next adventure would take them to wherever their finger landed? An easy, absent-minded way of memorising all American States or countries in Africa, a globe is a geography lesson and source of endless wanderlust in one. The 11-inch Paris Contemporary Globe is a modern take on traditional globes, and also comes in navy blue and silver.
The Paris Contemporary Globe, £87.99, Tartan & Zebra.
Transit Maps of the World
Mark Ovenden's wonderful and exhaustive Transit Maps of the World is a comprehensive collection of historic and present-day maps of every mass-transit system on earth; manna from heaven for those of us who love poring over maps in great detail, and a coffee-table bible for graphic designers, transport enthusiasts and anyone who just loves travelling around cities. Full of interesting facts and figures, and a fascinating insight into how the visual depiction of metro systems has evolved over the years.
Transit Maps of the World, RRP £16.99, available at Amazon.
Jo Malone Scented Travel Candles
Candles bring a comforting glow and a friendly warmth to whatever space you find yourself in, and can help mask lingering aromas or create a sense of calm in an unfamiliar environment. For those who travel regularly, and not always in the lap of luxury, a travel-sized scented candle makes a thoughtful stocking filler. We love the range at Jo Malone, especially the exquisite Lime Basil & Mandarin and the heady Wild Fig & Cassis.
Jo Malone travel candles, from £22, available at Jo Malone.
Ted Baker Typewriter Laptop Sleeve
Perfect for travel bloggers, digital nomads and Paul Theroux-wannabes, this sturdy, printed canvas laptop sleeve will keep your precious hardware safe from dust and scratches and makes for a quirky conversation starter on long rail journeys, in airport departure lounges, hotel lobbies and far-flung coffee shops.
Ted Baker Typewriter Laptop Sleeve, £30, available at Amara.
PowerBee Solar Phone Charger
With a powerful environmentally friendly Li-ion battery, the PowerBee solar phone charger will charge almost all handheld devices in the UK, including all mobile phones, sat navs, MP3 players, iPods, PSPs and Nintendo DS's, as well as Kindles, most digital cameras and bluetooth headsets. There's also a USB facility to boost the charge when sunshine levels are low. A great gift for campers, hikers, festival-goers, round-the-world backpackers and off-the-beaten-track explorers.
PowerBee Solar Phone Charger, RRP £29.99, available at Amazon.
Don't miss Part 2 of this post for more fantastic travel gift ideas for Christmas.
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About the author: MaxineMaxine Sheppard
Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.