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15 perfect Christmas gifts for travel lovers 2020

Avoid getting presents you don’t want this year – show these pages to a loved one for some handy hints on what you really need this Christmas…


Sand Waxed Navigator Day Backpack


Designed with keen travellers in mind, what’s not to like about Gandy’s new Sand Waxed Navigator Day Backpack? Made of water-resistant waxed cotton and map-embossed leather, and with multiple pockets and detachable brass compass, it’s the ideal gift for the traveller in your life – or maybe just for you!



Pyjamas. £85

Do mosquitos and midges make a beeline for you? We Drifters have the perfect solution to make them bug-off – anti-insect sleepwear. These comfy pjs are made from lightweight bamboo fabric using special technology designed to stop bugs biting you. Plus each set comes with socks, a 2-in-1 pillow case and a storage bag. Brilliant for next year’s ‘buggy’ camping trip, a dream safari, or even just as pyjamas. Sweet dreams.



Pocketalk S, £249

This Christmas, why not banish local misunderstandings to the past? This pocket-sized two-way translation device supports 75 languages and works in 130+ countries. Easy to use, it features a large touchscreen, powerful speakers, noise-cancelling microphones and a text-to-translate camera, enabling you to decipher menus and signs. Brillante!



SurfJet 2.0, £499

Pyranha’s new SurfJet 2.0 sit-on kayak is making waves, as it’s been designed specifically for choppy waters. It comes with a backrest, and side and end handles, too (some accessories cost extra). What’s more, it’s made with up to 25% recycled plastic.




NL Pure Binoculars. £2,370

Whether you or a loved one are looking forward to a Polar cruise, an amazing wildlife holiday, or will just be enjoying exploring Britain’s countryside, then it’s time to invest in some decent bins – or maybe ask Santa really nicely. Swarovski Optik’s new NL Pure Binoculars feature the brand’s largest field of view to date and will last a lifetime.



T1, £70

Perfect for use anywhere from an African walking safari to your back garden adventures, Tilley’s heritage T1 hat is back – and better than ever. A modern update on the original, this bucket-style hat is now made with the brand’s durable cotton duck fabric and has a water repellent finish. Bucket hats have never been so trendy.



Merino Beanie, £45

Beat winter chills with Tilley’s sustainable and stylish Merino Beanie. The cruelty-free wonder wool responds to changing body temperatures, is naturally breathable, and wicks away moisture too. The hat even has a hidden pocket: the perfect place to stash some cash for a warming cuppa.



The Salkan Backpacker, £250

Know someone planning a backpacking adventure for 2021? The Salkan Backpacker is made by travellers for travellers and they have thought through every detail. Available in grey, green and burnt orange, this practical and stylish bag comes with an attachable 20L daypack, laundry sling, flight and rain cover, and has front and top access for easy packing.



Gift Subscription, £35

While our travels may be curtailed at present we can at least indulge our wanderlust through the pages of the planet’s best travel mag. Buy a Christmas gift subscription for a travel-loving friend and you’ll receive a copy of our brilliant new Wanderlust World Travel Quiz Book to either gift them or keep for yourself.



Already a Wanderlust subscriber?

Wanderlust WorldTravel Quiz book, £10.99

Is the person in your life already a Wanderlust subscriber? In that case, challenge their travel knowledge with the Wanderlust World Travel Quiz Book!  Featuring over 130 quizzes, this book will challenge the most ardent and well-travelled wanderluster.



Map Print Fold Up Travel Laundry Bag, £7.99

Stop mixing your dirty clothes with your clean clothes while travelling. This travel laundry bag is perfect for jetsetters everywhere.

This lightweight map print bag has a compact, built in pouch so it can fold up nicely and an attached plastic carabiner that allows you to clip it to your bag or luggage.



Travel Wallet, £42

A vegetable-tanned leather organiser, ideal for solo travellers, this XS model can hold a Kindle, headphones, sunglasses, smartphone, pen, passport and boarding pass, and has a zipped section to keep any cash safe.

Super stylish, they come in lots of other sizes and colours, plus vegan versions. Carry this in your hand at the airport and never faff at the checkout in duty-free again.



Tamar - Heavy Duty Canvas Backpack - Tan, £79

We've only just discovered this British brand, but love the rugged looks of their bags. This daypack would be great for everything from the morning commute if you still have one), to using as a flight bag or taking on your next city break.

Very durable, the authentic but luxury appearance is likely to last thanks to the lightweight waterproofing applied to the outside of the bag to protect it against bumps and scratches.

The fully adjustable straps make it easy and comfortable to carry, whether through the city or through the airport.



The Commander Globe, £265

For the home that has (almost) everything, a globe will add that finishing touch and years of inspiration. Stanfords has a wide range of sizes and styles - this raised-relief example sits atop a sturdy brush-finish metal base and a rich walnut-finished pedestal and complementary gyro-matic assembly, allowing for all areas of the globe to be viewed easily.

The Commander is a handsome floor globe with a versatile twist. By removing the centre post, the Commander converts from a 95cm floor model to a striking and convenient desktop globe.


BAM Bamboo Clothing

Bamboo flexible jeans, £85

Love jeans but wish they were better for outdoor activities? Well these new BAMBOO denim jeans are stretchy, durable and sustainable and perfect for anything from yoga to rock climbing.

Available for both men and women, these will be jeans that you WILL want to pack for your travels. Oh, perfect for wearing on the plane too!



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