Like it or not, Christmas is coming. Across the world, people have begun their Christmas shopping. It’s happening people. The goose is officially getting fat.
As of today, it’s 37 days ‘til Christmas. In countdown terms, that isn’t very long. But don’t panic, because, once more, the festive folk at Sykes HQ are here to help you pick the perfect Christmas pressie.
Stocking fillers for travel-lovers
Portable Smartphone Charger
Lost in the Lakes with a flat mobile? Reach for your portable smartphone charger. These dinky gizmos pack a punch, providing 250 hours of extra standby time, 5 hours of talk time and 20 hours of music playback. Just don’t forget to charge it, else you will be up a creek without a paddle.
Recommended: iPower Station for iPod and iPhone, IWOOT, £11.99
Like wanderers of old, you too can keep a log of your travels with a lovely travel journal. There are lots of journals – or notebooks – around that are intended for travel use; some are waterproof, others feature maps, whilst others have pockets for your bits and bobs. However you use it, a journal is a great thing to carry on your hols.
Recommended: Travel Journal, Moleskine, £17.99
Purifying Water Bottle
Take clean, fresh water wherever you tread with a purifying water bottle. These clever vessels purify regular tap water as you drink, removing contaminants like Chlorine to make your H2O taste better and do better. There’s a range of water purification bottles available, but we like the affordability and simplicity of the Bobble.
Recommended: Bobble, WaterBobble, £6.99
If you’re uncomfortable with your pricey new tablet bouncing around in the boot, a case makes a great gift. There are thousands of cases available for a range of devices, and some are ideal for travel. Take the Belkin Tab 3; this rustic case cocoons your tab in tough, full-grain leather, so you can force it into a rucksack without fear of damage.
Recommended: Belkin Tab 3, Argos, £31.99
Big gifts for globetrotters
Luxury Picnic Set
If, like me, you take picnics seriously, consider buying your loved one a luxury picnic set this Christmas. My girlfriend received a picnic set for her birthday and I have to say, it’s transformed our alfresco luncheons. No longer do we need to prep for hours before setting off, and the horror of forgetting the corkscrew is a thing of the past.
Recommended: Piccadilly Picnic Backpack, Fortnum & Mason, £100.00
Binoculars may not be at the top of their wishlist, but a pair of these timeless optics will be a pleasant surprise come Christmas day. In the past, binoculars were cumbersome, used by twitchers to watch birds in flight; modern versions however are light, strong and perfect for taking in the view whilst travelling.
Recommended: Nikon Sportstar EX Binoculars, Jessops, £99.00
Nowadays, there’s no excuse to go without tunes on your holiday. With the introduction of portable docking stations and speakers, you really can take music anywhere – including the beach. Despite getting smaller, speakers and docks have got more sophisticated, delivering better sound and a longer battery life. One for the teenager in your life.
Recommended: Bose SoundLink Mini Portable Wireless Speaker, Currys, £159.95
Ah the camera, darling of tourists everywhere. From affordable compacts to high-spec SLRs, cameras are a must-pack item for the majority of holidaymakers. In recent times, the camera has been overshadowed by the smartphone, but we think there’s nothing better than grasping a proper camera in your hands. If you need some tips on how to master your new gadget, have a look at our tips for taking better holiday photographs.
Recommended: Samsung Galaxy NX3000 Compact System Camera, John Lewis, £249.95
Give the gift of a holiday
Or perhaps you’ve got bigger plans for Christmas 2014? A holiday perhaps? If so, why not book a break with Sykes Cottages? Whether you’re planning a romantic trip or a family getaway, a self-catering UK holiday makes the perfect gift, and will keep your loved ones smiling long into the New Year.
Whatever you’ve got up your sleeve this Christmas, remember: the big day is just thirty-seven sleeps away!