Leather Passport Holder
Head over to Aspinal of London to pick up a something both fashionble and functional. Experts in leather goods and general Great British class, their wares never go out of style. Pick up a passport cover for around 30 quid and it’ll trump any others your travelling friend has knocking around the house.
Travel Books and Guides
Whether it’s a phrasebook for their next destination or a map of their favourite country, there’s a chance here to give even the most last minute gift a bit of thought. Stanfords has a great collection of books so there will be something for even the most seasoned traveller. Their staff are really helpful too.
If you’re buying for someone who’s going on a big trip, go to Southampton Street near Covent Garden. There’s a handful of outdoor shops in close proximity so you’ll be able to price check mozzy nets, socks, bags and base layers and have time for a mulled wine at the end of it all. Or if worst comes to worst, a gift card will be most welcome.
Handy Bits and Bobs
A favourite with minimalist types, Muji’s great for cosmetics bags, bottles and notebooks. Perfect for stocking fillers, their sleek designs will go far. And with shops dotted all around London there’s bound to be one near you.
Travellers love a good watch. If it can survive the surf and shine through the darkest campsite, all the better. Timezones, thermometers and other gadgets are handy add-ons, but when in doubt choose practicality over price – it’ll only get nicked otherwise.
Maximum Brownie points for those who splash out on one of these babies. Frequent flyers love a good gadget, and an e-reader will save on space in the suitcase. Reserve online at Argos and pick up in person. They’re easy to giftwrap, too.
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