1. Aerophobia Courses: There’s nothing a traveller likes than travel – that’s a given. But what if they love the destination but hate – perhaps even dread – the journey? Easyjet’s Fearless Flyer Course proposes a solution to just that: Having helped more than 1,500 people overcome their fear of flying since launching in Autumn 2012, they’re now run nationwide and will be at Gatwick, Liverpool, Belfast, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Stansted and Luton between February and June next year (dates are available at www.fearlessflyer.easyjet.com – with more to be announced for the autumn at a later date). The course has two parts to it: a ground course where top phobia expert Lawrence Leyton and a senior easyJet pilot dispel the misconceptions that phobics have about air travel and give them proven mind techniques to use onboard and ahead of a flight, and a dedicated 40-50 minute flight the following day where participants will put what they’ve learnt to the test. It’s suitable for all levels of flying phobia, from completely petrified phobics who are unable to board an aircraft, to those who don’t enjoy flying and experience slight anxiety. Courses cost £189 per person, and participants can also invite a friend or family member with them on the flight if they wish for £79.
2. Hotel Gift cards: Gift cards are usually a last resort for those who do not know what to get their loved ones. Luckily, travellers LOVE gift cards because it allows them to use their money on even more adventures. Having been to afternoon tea at The Bulgari Hotel here in London this winter, I wholeheartedly recommend the Bulgari Hotel & Residences London Gift Card, which will gift your traveller with one or more of five unique experiences: a luxurious treatment or spa day in Bulgari Spa; afternoon tea in the lounge; lunch or dinner in Rivea; an overnight stay or the ultimate movie experience in the hotel’s state of the art private cinema. Alternatively let the recipient decide and load the card with a value to spend as they wish. To order a Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London Gift Card, please contact the hotel on + 44 (0)20 7151 1010.
5. Skincare: There’s one skincare product that travellers will always need, and that is sunscreen. A good sunscreen can make or break a holiday so you can be sure the traveller in your life will thank you if you find them one that will make it into their holy grail of travel skincare products. This year I finally met the sunscreen of my dreams in Clinique’s Face Cream SPF30 – which also has the honour of being the only sunscreen I have found to not whitify my brown face. It’s chaperoned me unscathed through snow glare in the Austrian alps, intense sunshine in the Cinque Terre mountains and most recently on the beaches of St. Kitts and Nevis. £18.00 50ml
6. Fragrance: 2014 was the year I finally got tired of mass-produced designer brands, opting instead for those from smaller, niche perfume houses. I can’t say my search is over but I have at least scratched the surface with the English Penhaligon’s Ladies’ Fragrance Collection, which introduced me to 4 of the brand’s signature ladies’ perfumes. Travellers will love this gift because of how small and portable the bottles are, allowing them the freedom to travel with all of them. £30
8. Coffee machines: This is not strictly a traveller gift but I have fallen so in love with Magimix’s Maestria in the past month that I couldn’t resist recommending it. It’s not so much the quality of coffee it allows you to make in the comfort of your own home – which, by the way, is excellent; For me, it’s the sleek, sophisticated exterior that bowls me over everytime. Those on the move will appreciate the ability to make your own barista-quality coffee before leaving the house. £314.99
10. Edible gifts: This gift idea is not only for those who resent the commercial claptrap that Christmas has become but want to give the traveller in their lives a customised, one-of-a-kind gift. I can assure you – if you don’t mess up the recipe considerably – that us travellers who like our food like the comfort of having something to eat in our backpacks, just in case the food served on the plane/train/boat wasn’t up to scratch.