Christmas gift ideas for the traveler in your life, from luggage tags to heated jackets

The travel gifts that really get you going, from pineapple-shaped luggage tags to heated jackets to keep you warm on the slopes

  • A Stanfords luggage tag would make a great stocking stuffer
  • Holiday gift cards are a brilliant idea for those who dream of time in the sun
  • A pair of ‘yacht friendly’ loafers or sandals would be perfect for cruising enthusiasts


Each week, our holiday hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the work so you don’t have to. This week: Christmas gifts for travel enthusiasts.

A bright yellow pineapple-shaped luggage tag, a grab-and-go game Monopoly for travel and a super soft monkey-shaped travel pillow for kids – they’re all among the stocking stuffers offered for under £10 by map – and travel experts Stanfords (stanfords.co.uk).

If you’re buying for a sun worshipper, a handmade Fedora or Panama hat can fit from £85. Pick one from Pachacuti, the ‘British Hatter of Distinction’ based in Leek in the heart of the Peak District.

You are insured: Give your loved ones a Pachacuti Panama hat this holiday season

An easily recognizable Stanfords pineapple luggage tag makes a wonderful gift for under £10

An easily recognizable Stanfords pineapple luggage tag makes a wonderful gift for under £10

It also offers hippie chic embroidered belts for women for £39.50 and a range of ‘yacht friendly’ loafers and sandals ideal for a cruise (panamas.co.uk).

Stylish luggage is offered by Stubble & Co, a British brand with a strong focus on the environment. The £185 jet black Adventure bag, made from recycled plastic, has a laptop compartment, shoe compartment, water bottle holder and document pouch (stopbbleandco.com).

A £95.95 heated jacket can be a hit for anyone planning a ski trip. The Regatta jackets have three temperature settings and provide two hours of battery-powered warmth (regatta.com).

Personalized ‘Treasured Location’ prints are a reminder of a favorite place. Tell the designers at the Brambler studio in Kent why a holiday was special – a honeymoon in St Lucia, for example – and for £28 they’ll draw a stylish card with a short message and a heart or star to mark the spot. Order the location prints on notonthehighstreet.com.

Holiday gift cards are a brilliant idea for those who dream of time in the sun. Tui offers tickets from £50 (tui.co.uk). Trailfinders gift cards start at £10 and have no expiration date, and are popular with young travelers inspired by the agency’s gap year offers.

A top pick for 2022 is the return of the Summer In The States journey, where travelers work in summer camps, then follow Route 66 and tour the country (trailfinders.com).

For those hard-to-buy relatives, opt for a hotel gift card.  We recommend the 'Christmastime, Mistletoe and Boar' gift card from The Impeccable Pig in Sedgefield, pictured above

For those hard-to-buy relatives, opt for a hotel gift card. We recommend the ‘Christmastime, Mistletoe and Boar’ gift card from The Impeccable Pig in Sedgefield, pictured above

Individual hotels across the UK also offer gift cards. A fun option is the award-winning The Impeccable Pig in Sedgefield, County Durham, also known as the ‘Christmas time, mistletoe and swine’ gift card. From €25 (impeccablepig.co.uk).

Pick something a little more traditional at English Heritage’s online store. Gingerbread and salted caramel spreads, jars of winterberry and apple jam, bars of Merry Christmas soap or cranberry and raspberry chocolate start from £3.50.

Or hand wash Whiskey & Water for £19 (english-heritageshop.org.uk).

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