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Gift Guide: For The Travel Junkie

02/12/2010 15:35 | Updated 22 May 2015

Whether your ideal holiday is a chic city-break, an adventurous trip off the beaten track, slumping on a beach or packing as much exploring in as possible, we know that you'll want to do it in style.

So when you write your list for Santa (and anyone else looking for great ideas), we've found some of the top travel gifts to discover in your stocking. And there's even a special discount for MyDaily readers – well, it is Christmas...

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Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

Not all guide books are equal. So if you're already thinking about your travel wish list for next year – and beyond – the limited edition customisable box sets of travel guides from Luxe City Guides are perfect for getting your planning underway and displaying smugly on your coffee table.

The Red Velvet bespoke box set includes any five city guides from the full range of 31, while the Blue Velvet version holds eight or if you've got someone to thoroughly pamper you, the Bespoke Grand Tour box in purple faux suede holds 12 guides. And there's not just the old favourites like Paris and New York – how about Ho Chi Minh City, Chiang Mai or Seoul?

Prices start from £35, available from LUXE City Guides

Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

Do you need a passport holder? Not exactly. But is it one of those things that deep down we'd all love to have – oh yes! And The Travelwrap Company, which specialises in luxurious cashmere wraps, has now launched its brand new French leather collection, including leather passport holders.

There's four colours to choose from – Blush, Cinnamon, Limewood and Kingfisher – all designed to put you in the holiday mood. The passport holders cost £19, but we've got a special discount code for MyDaily readers – just type in CMAS10 when you buy online at The Travelwrap Company for an exclusive 10% off all products until December 31, 2010. Which is really all the excuse you need to treat yourself to one of the ethical Mongolian cashmere wraps as well.

Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

If you've ever taken a long-haul flight or spent hours stuck at an airport, you'll know how essential a travel pillow is. But the Sound Asleep Travel pillow takes things a step further, with two speakers inside so you can also use it to listen to music as you doze off. It connects directly to an MP3 player, so you don't end up tangled in your headphones, and doesn't even need batteries as it charges from the device that's playing the music.

Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

Designed to rest around your neck and support your head, it's packed with polystyrene beads to squish into shape to suit you, while the two speakers are padded so you can't feel them through the pillow. Perfect for when you're sunning yourself beside the pool as well.

Priced £15, it's available from Sound Sleep Speaker Pillows

Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

As any keen diver knows, there's nothing more frustrating that seeing the rare and exotic marine life you've spotted swim away before you can fumble for your camera. Or worse, forgetting to pack a waterproof camera at all. So the rather cunning Digital Camera Mask is perfect.

It doubles up as a 5 mega pixel digital camera and is waterproof to 5m, so you can snap away at anything you're sharing the sea with. It comes with a built-in micro SD card slot and you can upload the photos to your PC via USB. Oh, and it keeps the water out of your eyes too.

Priced £89.99, it's available from Firebox.com

Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

It's true – we don't easily get excited by recharging gadgets. But we're even less excited by the thought of being out and about with a flat battery on our phone or digital camera and no plug in sight. So the Universal Travel Power Pack from One For All gets the thumbs up.

It's got its own battery – 1050 mAh since you ask – which you can precharge to get up to 100 hours extra power for your devices, so you simply plug them in to charge them up even if there isn't a power socket in 100 miles. There's seven different charging tips to fit a variety of devices plus a USB connector and once whatever you've attached has charged fully, it automatically shuts itself off so it doesn't drain the battery further.

Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

There's an indicator showing you how much power is left, and it comes with UK and EU adaptors so you can recharge it again once you are back by a plug.

Priced £29.99, it's available from Comet.

Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

Who says you have to abandon your style rules just because you're boarding a plane? Top of our list when it comes to chic globe-trotting is a gorgeous piece of hand luggage – and Paper Plane's Weekend Travel Bag is one of the cutest we've seen.

Decorated like an Ordnance Survey map, it's got a dinky metal aeroplane charm, a 'luggage label' with S.W.A.L.K. embroidered on it and an airmail style envelope proclaiming Something for the Weekend on it. Perfect for turning heads as you stroll into your hotel on a weekend away too.

Priced £56.99 from gifted penguin and £59.95 from Amazon.co.uk

Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

Listening to music is easily one of the best ways to help the time pass while you're travelling. But with the volume cranked up to be able to hear over the noise of trains, planes and automobiles, you're probably sharing your musical tastes with your fellow travellers and damaging your ears at the same time.

Audéo PFE – or perfect fit earphones – have been designed by hearing experts so that you can listen to your favourite tunes at a lower, safer volume. The ergonomically designed gadgets come with three ear-tip sizes, so you can pick the perfect shape for your ear and cut out background noise by up to 22 decibels, around the same as a background conversation. They also have filters so you can tailor the bass and treble levels so they're just how you like them. Plus they're suitable for all standard MP3 players and devices with a 3.5mm stereo jack.

Priced from £119.99, they're available in black or white from Audeo - Perfect Fit Earphones

Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

If you're planning to doze away your flight – or hate being woken up by the sunrise – then an eye mask is almost as essential as packing your passport. So we love the idea of giving your beauty sleep an extra beauty kick courtesy of the Sleep Eye Mask with Aloe Vera.

Christmas gift guide – travel essentials

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