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Travel-Themed Valentine’s Day Gifts: For Him, For Her, For Two

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Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and we’ve been turning the heat up searching high and low for a fabulous selection of trip treats and lovey-dovey presents. Take a look at our top-picks for romantic travel-themed gifts that will woo the socks off your globetrotting-other. Think magic multi-purpose beauty balms and sleek travel wallets for her; seductive in-flight friendly scents for him; and sexy city guides and a bug spray with bite for you both!

FOR HER:

Aspinal Black Jewel Calf & Red Suede, £125

Sophisticated, elegant and very chic, the Aspinal Classic UK Travel Collection is your passport to partner perfection! This sassy travel wallet set includes two stunning luggage tags and also a pride-of-Britain passport cover. Made from beautiful Black Jewel Calf Leather and luxuriously lined in moiré silk with contrasting plush red soft-suede, the wallet oozes style and sophistication. You can even personalise it with her initials to make it extra special.

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Bobbi Brown Caviar & Oyster Collection Mini Brush Set, £60

Give her the gift of beauty this Valentine’s Day. This absolutely adorable travel brush set from Bobbi Brown is handbag friendly, classy as anything and is perfect for a romantic weekend away. With four classic tools of the trade, flawless make-up application is guaranteed on the go.  For flawless makeup application wherever you go, we kitted out our travel brush set with four tools of the trade (in handbag-friendly sizes). Inspired by Bobbi’s Caviar & Oyster Collection, this limited edition set feels chic yet edgy in a sleek black leather-like case lined with slipper-pink satin. Beautiful!

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, 50ml, £25

If you only buy one beauty product for your globetrotting lovely, let this be it! Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is quite possibly the most magical multi-tasking balm to have hit this planet. The cult skincare classic restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked and dry skin. It works efficiently to sooth roughness, redness and minor skin irritations. In fact, the uses are practically endless! Perfect for travel, the award winning cream is a make-up artist must-have and will cut down on all her beauty products. So do your girlfriend (and yourself) a favour…

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Longchamp, Le Pliage Shopper in red, from £62

Treat your woman to a gift that she’ll use every single day. Longchamp’s fold-away shoppers are practical, light-as-a-feather and a worldwide phenomenon, making them the ultimate travel companion! Make her the lady in red with this romance-ready pop of colour.

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Red Cities Case by Verso, £39.99

Bring back the romance of well-loved hardback novels with this handcrafted and foil-stamp embellished cover for her new-age Kindle. Now she’ll be able to travel light with a hint of by-gone days, carrying millions of lovely digital books in this elegant hardback case. You could even hide your Kindle amongst your paper books when you’ve finished with it for the day – no one will ever know. Genius!

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FOR HIM: 

L’Atelier du Vin, Oeno Travel Box, £127

Tantalise his taste buds with L’Atelier du Vin’s travel Oeno box: the ultimate treat for wine-lovers the world over. He’ll discover the aromas of 50 European wines, sniffing them gradually, letting their smells awaken echoes and souvenirs. Perfectly portable, he can keep this stunning collection close to his heart at home and on holiday. Yes please!

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Diptyque, L’Eau de Neroli Roll-On Cologne, £28

Diptique’s Neroli is not only in-flight friendly and ultra elegant but is a fragrance that stirs the senses with evocative notes. Re-live sunnier climes with neroli and orange blossom that rise on sparkling clear notes of bergamot, giving your man the essence of the mediterranean. The roll on metal ball further intensifies the citrus notes of the scent, leaving spicy orange blossom lingering seductively on his pulse points. Mmmmmmm.

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Personalised Grid Reference Handmade Keyring and Ring, Alison Moore Designs, £87 and £80

Inspired by wave-like map contours, these charming handmade rings and keyrings are the ideal romantic gesture for a man with subtle taste and travel on the brain. The solid sterling silver countour rings and keyrings are engraved with the grid reference of a location that is poignant to both of you. Be it the restaurant you had your first date in, the church you were married in, or the house you first bought together, he can carry this gift with him always.  Subtle yet sexy.

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Personalised Men’s Wash Bag and Hand Towel, the Alphabet Gift Shop, £26

Make travel a little more exciting with this matching wash bag and towel for your man. It’s neat shape and style means that it is perfect for packing into a cabin bag for weekend in Prague… just because you can! Its roomy interior is easily accessible and there are three individual pockets to keep toothbrush, razor and comb separate from the shower gel and aftershave. Embroider both the wash bag and hand towel with his initials for an extra special touch.

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FOR TWO:

Bespoke Wooden Map Heart Box, Bombus, £40

These bespoke wooden boxes from Bombus are thoughtful, utterly unique and absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. Heartfelt and travel-themed, the handmade boxes are personalised with a vintage map printed in the centre representing a location close to your heart.This little wood heart also works as a secret lock to keep the lid closed and you can even have your initials or a special date engraved on the lid. Bombus use pieces of real, vintage maps so each box is is uniquely handmade for you. Simply delightful!

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Tabasco, Miniature Travel Pack 6 x 3.7ml, £5.99

Spice up your meal wherever you are with this Tabasco Pepper Sauce travel pack. It features four miniature bottles of everyone’s favourite taste-boosting pepper sauce. Turn up the heat on your next adventure and take a taste of home with you!

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Cowshed Horny Cow Seductive Travel Candles 4 x 38g , £22

Pick up this pack of Horny Cow Seductive Travel Candles the next time you’re planning a romantic retreat abroad. for . The 100% natural and organic candles are infused with rose absolute and essential oils of desirous patchouli and warming cinnamon to give you both a boost of passion when you’re on your travels together. Steamy stuff!

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 Luxe City Guides, from £4.99

Compact enough to fit in a handbag or under your arm out on-the-go, Luxe has a fabulous collection of city guides that are as practical and useful as they are stylish and sexy. With short, sharp and snappy reviews, mixed with a personal-style of writing the guides give you all of the must-know information from the main attractions to the lesser-known ‘hidden treasures’. The latest edition focuses on the city of love and romance, Paris, and features the most up-to-date information on the key sights, best places to shop and most delicious places to eat. Weekend getaway to Paris anyone…?!

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Stamp Art Heart, Bombus, £55

A unique, hand-made gift to grace any home. A medley of used stamps from around the world with striking display of shapes, images and vibrant colours are carefully selected to form the heart shape. Each heart cheerfully represents the wonder of travel and the colourful diversity of the globe. Pretty! We want one.

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Intelligent Nutrients Bug repellent, £16

Attract the right sort of bites with this profoundly unique spray! Intelligent Nutrients’ certified organic personal perfume is skillfully crafted to attract humans whilst repelling biting, stinging and scourging insects. Free from drying and dehydrating chemicals, the skin loving and non greasy combination of oils condition and soften while providing moisture resistance. Love bite anyone?!

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Top 10: Christmas Gifts for Globetrotters & Travel Lovers

Everyone loves getting presents, why wouldn’t you? But buying Christmas presents for our friends and family can be hard, especially nowadays when everyone already seems to have everything they need. So to help bring in the holiday cheer, we’ve rounded up our top 10 unique Christmas gifts for those who tend to be difficult to shop for, and who are also particularly fond of travelling.

1. Travel Journal

Travel Journal Christmas Gift Ideas

Bound in fabric or leather, and beautifully illustrated with vintage maps and inspirations from around the world, these exotic journals are ideal for anyone you know who holds travel memories dear. Tour the globe and store your priceless memories in a journal whose splendour captures the beauty of travel.

£20, available from www.libretto-group.com

2. P5 noise isolating mobile hi-fi headphones from Bowers & Wilkins

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Compatible with most Apple devices as well as regular headphone sockets, these stylish noise-isolating headphones are the perfect partner for anyone looking to become the master of surround-sound. Slide them on, and only listen to your favourite tunes as loud as you like, safe in the knowledge that no one else is listening in to your playlist!

£250, available from www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk

3. Scratch Map

Scratch Map Christmas Gift Ideas

Know anyone who wears their immigration stamps like a badge of honour? Or thinks of their visas as a licence to be ‘bad-ass’? This World Map is made for them. Simply scratch away the wax over places you’ve visited and create a live documentary of your globetrotting. Travel, record, and remember. Then show it off!

£15.95, available at www.scratchmap.co.uk

4. Soar

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For Christmas, Aesop has released this trio of exotic bathroom essentials for all gentlemen far and wide. Named after the Hawaiian Koiea, a graceful honeyeater, and also suitable for post-workout purification, it’s an ideal gift for men who understand that to look good, you need to smell good.

£55, available from www.aesop.com

5. On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way It Does – Simon Garfield

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Described by the Independent as a ‘rollicking sweep through map history, packed with curiosities and written with verve’, this is an absolute must-read for any contemporary map lover. Start a fascinating new voyage this Christmas, and with Simon Garfield at the helm, it’s sure to be a journey to remember.

£16.99, available from www.amazon.co.uk

6. iPhone driSuit Endurance

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A dream come true for any iPhone user, this iPhone driSuit lets your iPhone follow you to new, hidden depths. Travel underwater, play on the beach, or hike through mountains, and  relax knowing that the protective gel layer is keeping your phone safe and cosy. Phew!

£40, available from www.photojojo.com

7. Set of six Great Britain Map Plates

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These set of stunning white bone china plates depicting a large vintage Great Britain map across them, are a beautiful addition to any household. Perfect for any British fan of fine china, and made for those who feel patriotic all year round, these map plates will help Christmas taste that much sweeter. Aaaaaw.

£130, available from www.liberty.co.uk

8. Oliver Sweeney Swipe Gloves

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These stylish, touch-sensitive leather gloves will delight any of the fashion-conscious out there. Rid the world of those ridiculous gloves that were woolly affairs, and trade them for these Swipe Gloves that allow you to comfortably use TouchTec technology in any type of weather, and in style.

£99, available from www.oliversweeney.com

9. Tapestry Cushion

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This plush feather-filled tapestry cushion complete with striking Burmese imagery inspired by photography, is an ideal companion for any traveller who loves a good night’s sleep at a moment’s notice. No matter where you are, this square of feathery goodness is sure to bring you nothing but sweet, sweet, dreams.

£56, available at www.liberty.co.uk

10. Suitcase All Aboard Board Game

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A great gift for any fan of geography as your knowledge is put to the test in an exciting after-Christmas-dinner travel-themed game. Bring your love for exploring the world right to your door as you travel to exotic locations, navigate through interesting obstacles, and try to take the express route to victory. Hurrah!

£12, available from www.johnlewis.com

By Charles Oben (inspired by Conde Nast)