Christmas gifts for travellers? We’ve got something for everyone here. Simply take a look through our list, place your order, pour some Eggnog, consume a box of mince pies and look very smug (if not a little sick).
We’ve also got a collection of retro-cool gifts that any traveller would love to receive. Roll back the years to time when digital was still in its nappy.
On top of this, we’ve also got a selection of health gadgets that you can give to help those with underlying medical issues to help them regain confidence get their travel mojo back.
Here’s this year’s eclectic collection of gifts to stuff the stockings of your nearest and dearest travel fans…
Parrot AR Drone 2.0: The ultimate in holiday video footage
Looking for the ultimate photo accessory for travel fans? The look no further than the Parrot AR Drone 2 – an affordable smartphone controlled quadricopter that’s equipped with a 720dpi high definition video camera. Soar into the sky and take jaw-dropping video from up above as you swoop across over stunning holiday scenery – it’ll even perform mid-air flips. The device is controlled directly from your smartphone where you can also monitor live footage streamed from the camera – ensuring you get the shot you need. Video is saved to an on-board memory card. Use the autopilot feature to take off, then take control by merely tilting your smartphone in the direction you want the drone to travel. You can also enter a GPS position for the drone to fly to, then hit the ‘Home’ button to let the computer bring it safely back to where it took off from. No need to be a trained pilot, even beginners will be swooping and soaring within minutes.
How much: From £280.00
Where: Locate an online store here
TYLT Energi+ Backpack: Power on the move for multiple devices
Perfect for an international business baron or tech-savvy pleasure traveller, this stylish backpack will feed the needs of three power-hungry mobile devices all at the same time. The internal battery has enough power for up to four smartphone charges or one full tablet top up. With more than 1,450 cubic inches of internal space It has 13 pockets, with seven that are accessible to the power supply.
How much: £159.95
Where: Get back-up power in your backpack here
TabCoosh: Take the strain from tablet time
Tablets such as the iPad are great for keeping kids happy during flights, but their skinny nature makes them difficult to hold over long periods – resulting in grumpy offspring or even cracked screens as they tumble to the floor. Usher in the TabCoosh; a small beanbag-type affair that supports the tablet at just the right angle for viewing while resting on knees or seat-back tables. There’s a TabCoosh for most devices including the iPad 1, 2, 3, 4, Mini & Air; Kindle Fire, Paperwhite, Touch, Keyboard; Samsung Galaxy; Google Nexus; Motorola Xoom. They come in a range of designs from funky to staid, so no-one need be excluded.
See the TabCoosh collection: Pick yours here
How much: From £31.50
Where: Get your TabCoosh here
Pod: Keep tabs on your pet while you’re away
Research has revealed that around 25% of Brits have opted to stay at home because they’re too worried about their pets to leave them behind. Do you know someone who’s missing out on their hols to stay at home and hold their pet’s paw? Then help is at hand with the new Pod pet tracker. The non-invasive device is small enough to clip to a collar on cats and dogs – but powerful enough to allow the pet’s ‘mum’ or ‘dad’ to enjoy some quality beach time while keeping tabs on Colin the cat or Derek the dog. Owners can use their smartphone to instantly locate their pet from anywhere in the world. Owners can programme ‘safe’ zones – such as a property or neighbourhood – and receive a text alert the moment their pet strays beyond its confines. Local carers can also receive the alert and spring into action to track the pet’s location to within just a few metres. The tracker uses a sim card, but there are no monthly bill to worry about, just a £30.00 annual subscription.
Features include: Real-time location, perimeter alerts, activity tracking, fully waterproof, no contracts or monthly fees, app works on Android and iOS
How much: £129.00
Where: Order your Pod tracker here
Grid-It: The gadget saver for tech-savvy flyers
Business travellers or tech fans often have an large number of gadgets that can be thrown around by bored baggage handlers, so give them the gift of this Grid-it solution. It’s is a simple organisation system made up of dozens of elastic bands that hold devices firmly to the inside case. It’s slim and features a rear pocket for more storage. Not glamorous, but the commercial travellers will love it while baggage handlers will be left to ket their kicks from someone else’s baggage.
How much: £11.48
Where: Get organised here
Biolite Campstove and Portable Grill attachment: Burgers and power
The perfect gifts for intrepid travellers who might occasionally stray beyond the confines of their hotel room. Whether in the middle of the Australian outback – or having a barbie on a beach in Benidorm, they’ll never go hungry or fall from the cellular radar with this Biolite Campstove and Portable Grill attachment. The Campstove base unit uses a high-tech set of self-powered internal fans to improve combustion and deliver smoke-free flames in minutes – but it can also divert surplus electricity to charge smartphones and other such devices. You won’t need to take fuel with you, either; the stove unit is powered by twigs and scraps of wood you can find just lying around. Charging a phone will take around 2 hours, but a couple great gadgets for the environmentally savvy traveller who’s in touch with nature.
Biolite Campstove: £124.95
Biolite Portable Grill: £56.95
Biolite Portable Grill
Overboard Phone Case: Underwater action for your iPhone
Is the Apple addict in your life looking a little down? Perhaps this is down to the fact that unlike Android rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, the iPhone 6 doesn’t have built-in water protection. Don’t worry, though, you can help restore their expression of smug satisfaction with the purchase of a waterproof Overboard phone case. Watertight at depths of up to six metres, so we’re told, mean users can snap underwater pics of tropical fish and surf in the surf with the risk of damaging their precious iPhone or iPad. The cases come with lanyards/shoulder straps for extra peace of mind. It’s not pretty, but neither is seeing an adult bawling after carelessly drowning their new iPhone.
How much: Prices as follows…
Get them here: Overboard iPhone case
June UV Tracking Bracelet: Help sun lovers avoid the burn
It’s the perfect gift for the beach-loving sun-seeker in your life. The June UV Tracking Bracelet could just be the difference between a gentle sun-kissed complexion and the less-than-flattering appearance of an over-cooked jacket potato. The glam-looking bracelet works alongside an app and offers real-time UV exposure and tells users when they need to bail out of the sun and make for the shade. The i0S-based app also offers bespoke sun-protection information based on the user’s skin tone. The chic bracelet is available with jewels in three colours; platinum, gold and gun metal. It also has the choice of leather or premium silicone wrapband.
How much: From £75.00
Where: Get it here
Lifestraw Go: Instant fresh clean water for all
The perfect gift for anyone who travels just about anywhere beyond the Isle Of Wight. From minerals to bacteria, sensitive Brit tums baulk at the thought of anything less than pure bottled H20 (or multiple pints of lager or local vino) the moment we step from the shore of Blighty. However, it’s not always possible to get hold of clean water, so the Lifestraw Go makes the perfect gift for anyone who travels abroad. Unlike the original Lifestraw, you don’t need to suck water directly from muddy puddles or the like, but simply fill the bottle like normal. The smart device instantly strips baddies from the liquid as you drink. It filters a maximum of 1000 litres of water, which is enough for one person for a full year. It’s not just a gimmick, either; it’s saving lives in disaster zones all around the globe.
How much: £25.20 (approx.)
Where: Get a Lifestraw Go here
Samsung Galaxy Fame: Cheap and unlocked for overseas comms
Buying for a child who’s off travelling or anyone that takes regular trips overseas? This affordable phone from Three makes a perfect present to keep a cap on foreign communication costs. The benefits of Three are two-fold: firstly, Three has introduced its Feel At Home plan in 16 destinations — with more to come. This lets you use your allowance to call and text the UK and use data just as you would at home, without paying a penny more. Additionally, all of Three’s phones are sold unlocked, so the recipient can also use local sim card if required. The Samsung is a well-features phone, too, with camera, internet and all the essentials included.
How much: £45.99
Where: Get connected here
Monopod Selfie Stick Bluetooth: Take selfies with Bluetooth remote
Looking for the ideal stocking filler for the travel fan in your life? Putting this extendable ‘selfie-stick’ at the top of your hit-list will prove a sure-fire winner whatever their age. From teens to octogenarians, you’ll have to look long and hard to find anyone who’s not completely selfie-obsessed. The Smoothshot selfie stick can handle most phones up to 75mm in width – or cameras with a standard ¼” mounting point. The monopod can extend up to one metre and includes a Bluetooth remote control blipper to operate the camera. No more dodgy angles as they contort their body to reach out and take photos, just beautifully posed pics with perfectly framed attractions a backdrops.
What phones work with the Bluetooth remote shutter? Good question, here’s a list…
Apple iPhone 4/4S 5/5G/5S 5C
Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100 / S3 i9300 / S3 mini i8190 / S4 i9500 / S4 Mini i9190 / S4 Active i9295 / Note i9220 / Note 2 II N7100 / Mega 5.8 i9150 / Mega 6.3 i9200 / Note 3 III N9000, HTC ONE M7 / ONE MINI M4 / ONE X / ONE S / DROID DNA
Sony Xperia Z L36h / Xperia Z Ultra XL39h / Xperia ZL L35h /Z1 L39h
Nokia Lumia 1020 / 920 / 820 / 720 / 520 / 625 / 925
LG Nexus 4 E960 / Optimus G Pro F240 / Optimus G2 F340 / Nexus 5 D82
Blackberry Z10 / Q10
Motorola XT910 / XT926 etc
How much: £9.97
Where: Get your selfie stick here
Rollie Eggmaster: Forget frying poaching or boiling… go egg-on-a-stick
Buying for a regular business traveller? Then help them stay fit and avoid endless greasy hotel breakfasts with this amazing new Egg On A stick device. No messy cooking, just pop the portable device in a suitcase, buy some eggs on arrival and let them enjoy perfectly cooked eggs… on a stick. Simply give the internal chamber a light spray of cooking oil, then crack and pour in a couple of eggs and press go. No need to time it either, it’s all automatic. Simply eat off the stick, slice for salads or plop it on a plate and eat with a knife and fork. Okay, so you still think it’s a bit weird, right? Simply watch the video and tell us you wouldn’t want to wake up a hot, fluffy cylinder of egg on your self-catering hols or business trip. You can also add ham, mushroom and the like for tasty cylindrical lunch and dinner options.
How much: £29.99
Where: Get the egg-on-a-stick machine here
iStorage datAshur Personal: Secure data storage
Another ideal gift for business travellers who need the ability to quickly and securely back up and transport sensitive data. Whereas portable memory sticks are easy to lose and simple to access, the iStorage dataAshur Personal is secure and can only be accessed by entering the user’s PIN code using the on-board keypad. Data is also encrypted to military standard.
How much: From £41.34
Where: Get protected here
Smartphone timelapse turntable: Capture it all in a moment
Everyone’s fighting to get the best travel photos, which is why this smartphone timelapse turntable makes a perfect present for anyone who wants to move beyond the static and take their holiday pics to a new level. Timelapse apps are plentiful, but without the hardware to take advantage of them, the results are often pitiful. Not a problem with this piece of kit in hand, though. Powered by clockwork, the turntable offers a smooth progression of up to 360 degrees, recording the timelapse over a period of up to 60 minutes. Once complete, most apps – such as Lapse It – will let the user share the professional-looking timelapse on everything from Twitter to Facebook. A must for the snap-happy travel fan in your life.
How much: £19.99
Where: Timelapse turntable here
Luci Outdoor Inflatable Solar Lantern: Let there be light anywhere
Great for those heading off on a backpacking trip, the lightweight and waterproof solar lantern ensures that there’ll always be a ready supply of free light wherever they are. In the morning, simply deflate it and stow it in a backpack. The ideal emergency lighting solution when batteries or mains power can’t be relied on.
How much: £15.00 (approx.)
Where: Get your inflatable light here
The Panono Panorama Camera ball: All-seeing-pics
Forget cheap smartphone apps, if you’re serious about your holiday snaps, then the Panono camera ball is all you need. Simply toss the ball into the air, where clever tech will calculate the highest point where it’s barely moving before triggering its 36 internal cameras to produce a stunning 360-degree panorama. You can then preview it on your smartphone before sharing it on social media sites or embedding it on a blog page. Just look at this example taken below the Eifel Tower in Paris.
See it in action: Here’s a panorama taken with the Panono…
How much: £430.00 (approx)
Where: Order your Panono here
Aiptek PocketCinema Q20 Projector: Holiday cinema for all
This Aiptek PocketCinema Q20 Projector makes an amazing gift for any traveller, but especially those with kids. Digital is great, but few things can beat the excitement of rolling back the years by projecting your smartphone and tablet movies on a big screen – or holiday apartment wall. Get the popcorn in and either deliver movies and TV programmes from a micro SD/SDHC, USB dongle, smartphone or tablet. Media can be projected on to a screen size of up to 125cm (diagonal). Plays Q‐1080p (960 x 540) resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio and supports full HD video.
How much: £79.99
Where: Get a pocket projector here
TrackDot Luggage Tracker: Keep on the case of your missing case
If you’re buying for a prolific traveller, then they’ll certainly appreciate this compact luggage tracker as the perfect gift. Most of us will have experienced the crushing realisation that our bags have changed their holiday plans at the last moment and decided to head to an alternative mystery destination. The thought of spending the next five days in the pants you stand won’t do much to improve your mood – which is where the TrackDot device comes in. The recipient of your gift simply pops it in their suitcase before loading the accompanying app and tracking its location on their smartphone – via the free app – with the help of super-accurate GPS positioning. So, should the worst happen – they’ll be able to inform the offending airline of its location and get them to return it before the bagless traveller’s pants get too whiffy.
How much: £79.99
Where: Get your bags located here
Rapoo E6300 Bluetooth Keyboard: Type on the go with ease
Whether you’re buying for a regular traveller or business-tripper, this compact Bluetooth keyboard will make the perfect gift. From writing up a travel blog to catching up with some work on the plane, the Rapoo E600 is thin and light enough to fit in your hand luggage (the keyboard measures 8.0 x 3.2 x 0.5 inches and weighs 5.6 ounces) and connects to smartphones or tablets. A single charge lasts for about a month and it has 15 hotkeys for an iPad, including search and music play/pause. It comes in either black or white versions. A well regarded keyboard by many experts.