Friday, 25 November 2016

10 Seasonal Gifts for Keen Travellers

Pic of 2CV car with enornous present boxes tied to roof

Following the popularity of last year’s recommendations, here is my seasonal gift list with a travel theme. We linguists generally have the travel bug. Many of us also have friends and family overseas.

No list would be complete without a charity recommendation. I remember how we used to enjoy preparing shoe boxes of small gifts when my children were in primary school. It was a great way to teach a young child the value of giving.

I’ve had fun compiling this list. I hope you will enjoy giving these gifts, stocking fillers or the other ideas you discover for yourself along the way.

1. Teach someone to read
A great CAFOD gift initiative. Just £10 could help a child to read. The gift of literacy will enable self-sufficiency and go on giving for a lifetime.

2. The goat that gives
Another great CAFOD gift initiative. It gives an Ethiopian family a regular milk supply – plus a few other side benefits for your £28.
3. Cross Stitch Maps
Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line, the latest exhibition at the British Library, inspired me to write this blog. As well as the exhibition guide, the online shop has a series of map-related gifts for all budgets with UK and international delivery.

For those gifted with a needle and thread, you can create and personalise your own Cross Stitch Map of the World. Cost £25. 
4. Very British Problems Board Game
The Brits seems to have baffled Europe and the world with Brexit. Try this game to maybe gain an insight into British mentality? Or if you are British, have a good laugh at yourself. Seen for £18 on John Lewis website from above link. International delivery available.

You can also find more information about the TV origins along with books, greeting cards, t-shirts, etc on the main website.

5. Every charger in the universe (except the one you want*) bag
I love the quirky humour of this bag. These days we seem to need so many cables, chargers and adaptors when we are on our travels. Currently discounted on Campus Gifts at £7.46.

6. Day Dream Travel Wallet
Always dreaming of your next trip abroad? Have everything ready in one wallet. Seen at £29.99 on Totally Funky website.
7. Personalised Travel Diary
How about getting a travel diary personalised for your keen traveller friend or relative? Names can appear on the cover. The same company, Getting offers a range of personalised gifts.

8. Passport Holders
That well-worn passport could do with some protection. Take a look at the range of options on Not on the High’s website. In fact the company has quite a large range of gifts for the frequent traveller.

9. Go Away I’m Reading Badge
If like me you like to immerse yourself in a good book while on holiday, this little stocking filler might come in handy at £2.12. A silent warning that it is not a good time to disturb you.

10. Go Away I’m Tweeting, Go Away I’m Editing, Go Away I’m Writing 
There are also mugs at £11.95 each in the same range.

We just need Translating and Interpreting versions now!

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